Enhancing the Capacity of Math and Science Teachers
Planning Conference

Stevens Institute of Technology & Council of Independent Colleges

December 2-3, 2004


This NSF-sponsored planning conference will explore the possible use and necessary adaptations of a faculty development program for faculty who teach preservice teachers. This program, called the Savvy Cyber Professor, is being developed by Stevens Institute of Technology’s Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE).

Over the past ten years, CIESE has worked with a large number of K-12 teachers on the effective integration on Internet-based resources in the classroom. Documented gains in student learning have resulted from these efforts, as reported by independent evaluators such as ETS and Harcourt Educational Measurement.

More recently, with the support of a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology (PT3), CIESE has extended this work to the preservice education of teachers. CIESE and its eight partner organizations have developed materials and workshops that enable undergraduate students to learn Internet-based approaches that they can fairly shortly use in K-12 classes that they will be teaching. The strategy of this initiative has been to model the effective use of technology in science and mathematics courses taken by preservice teachers. In addition, the project is establishing a shareable library of "Real World Learning Objects" (RWLOS) that can be used by project participants and others, to employ technology in the teaching of core subjects.

As you will see from the materials on the CIESE website, we began this faculty development work with community colleges. The goal for our planning meeting on Dec. 2-3 is to see whether a related effort for four year institutions is desirable, and if so, to suggest revisions in the materials and strategies available. The outcome of this two-day conference will be a set of recommendations regarding the applicability and possible adaptations needed to implement the faculty development program in four-year colleges of teacher education.

Therefore, a small group of faculty members and teacher education administrators from independent colleges and universities that are members of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) will review the materials and consider the possibility of designing a national program, with the working title of Savvy Cyber Teacher Pre-service Initiative, to make these approaches and materials widely available to CIC institutions. Members of this pilot group have been chosen to explore the materials in advance of and during the conference, and to work together to formulate such recommendations.

CIESE and CIC are pleased to engage you in this program, and we look forward to our collaboration.
  1. Conference Participants
  2. Pre-Conference Review of Materials
  3. Conference Agenda
    1. December 2, 2004
    2. December 3, 2004
  4. Findings and Recommendations

For a temporary login and password to review the Savvy Cyber Professor materials contained on this site, please contact Mercedes McKay with the message SCP Temporary Access Requested.


CIESE Home Page
CIC Home Page
Pathways Project
Savvy Cyber Professor Course Materials
Real World Learning Objects Library

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