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Professional Development Offerings - NYS CTLE Eligible

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STEM and STEAM Professional Development for Elementary Teachers

Dr. Meghan Marrero taught a Professional Development at Trinity School, New Rochelle, on material properties and observing crystals. The elementary teachers conducted scientific observations and tests to determine what an unknown was.

Common Core Mathematics Professional Learning

Support your math teachers using a number of vehicles including: team or department facilitation, workshops, teacher and leader coaching, and curriculum design support. A variety of topics can be tailored to your needs including but not limited to: inquiry-based instruction, data-driven decision making, differentiation, student engagement, vertical alignment, deep understanding, skill/fluency, and developing mathematical thinking.


Mercy College’s Center for STEM Education is pleased to offer schools and districts professional development programs for both teachers and administration. Our professional development offerings are designed by full-time Mercy College faculty and presented by faculty, STEM education professionals and master teachers. Please see descriptions of what we have been working on, but feel free to approach us with a specific need or focus so we can create an appropriate program for you.

A Series of Workshops in partnership with STANYS (Science Teacher Association of New York State) - TO BE RESCHEDULED

Crosscutting Concepts: NYSSLS / NGSS

Speaker:  David Jacobs, Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES

Thursday, March 19, 2020 | 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Location: Mercy College, Tarrytown Campus Training Rooms, 828 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591

What are Crosscutting Concepts?  How can K-12 teachers use them to connect content to make meaning for students?  Teachers will work in vertical groups to discuss the most effective implementation of the Crosscutting Concepts.

$25.00 per person

Register at  Discount for STANYS Members


Invention Literacy Workshop (Makey Makey)

On November 9, 2019 the Center for STEM Education and PRISM of Montclair State University hosted an Invention Literacy Workshop using an MIT-designed invention kit called Makey Makey. Teachers from Westchester, Long Island and New Jersey began the day by creating computer touchpads with playdoh and wires in order to play the piano, and ended with their own team invention created in one hour, from design to programming to finish.

Team one created a device which, when touched, delivers reminders about time to eat or time for medications for dementia patients.


Vertical Professional Learning Community

In this series of 4-7 sessions, teachers form vertical groups consisting of elementary, middle and high school teachers. In their groups, teachers focus on a research-based method for instruction and one science content area for their work. The program includes support with selecting teachers, group formation, facilitation of inter-visitation of classes, debriefs using an established protocol, review of monthly journal entries and final presentations. The Center for STEM Education team also collects formative feedback to adjust the model, accordingly, along the way. Participating teachers must also meet in their vertical teams between sessions to facilitate progress in this model.

Our own educational research and current literature support the benefits of VPLC: higher commitment levels; improved effectiveness; creation and sharing of a large body of professional knowledge; a shift in school culture towards shared decision making; and a positive impact on longevity of teachers careers.