Free Seminar on Science Standards for Educators and Administrators

Fairleigh Dickinson University and The Bergen Record to host

“Decoding the Next Generation Science Standards”

Friday, Oct. 25 at the College at Florham.


Madison, NJ (October 17, 2013) — Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Bergen Record will host “Decoding the Next Generation Science Standards,” a free seminar for New Jersey educators and education administrators on Friday, Oct. 25, from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in Dreyfuss Auditorium at the College at Florham.


This learning opportunity, which focuses on K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) can be used for professional development hours. Registration is open through Monday, October 21.


The Newspaper In Education Program of The Record and Fairleigh Dickinson University’s STEM Institute for Education have partnered to offer a full day of workshops, including experts from the NJ Department of Education to Liberty Science Center.  Both breakfast and lunch will be provided.


FDU’s University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Christopher A. Capuano, PhD, will offer opening remarks at 8:30 a.m.


Kiron Sharma, PhD, Co-Director of STEM Institute of Education (SIE) at FDU and Professor of Computer Science, will speak about STEM Education for College and Career Readiness.


Michael Heinz, Science Coordinator of the New Jersey Department of Education will deliver the Keynote Address entitled “Next Generation Science Standards: Impact on Science Learning.”


From 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., attendees can choose from the following presentations and workshops:


·      “Making the Move: Enabling STEM Education in ALL Science Classes,” Margaret Holzer, President of the National Earth Science Teachers Association and Science Teacher at Chatham High School and John Moore, Director of Geoscience STEM Education at Palmyra Cove Nature Park and Environmental Discovery Center.

·      “Bolstering Student Achievement Through NGSS - Tweaking Lesson Plans,” Kim Feltre, Supervisor of Science, Hillsborough Township Public Schools

·      “Teaching Science Through Problem-based Learning and Sustainability Themes,” Vicki Cohen, EdD, Director of Peter Sammartino School of Education and Professor of Education FDU and Joel Harmon, PhD, Executive Director of Institute for Sustainable Enterprise and Professor of Management, FDU.

·      Engaging Students in Learning Science Using Technology and the Next Generation Science Standards, Shane V. Smith, PhD, Co-Director of SIE and Senior Lecturer of Education, FDU.

·      Using Newspapers to Research STEM Topics, Cynthia Forster, Community and Public Relations Manager, The Bergen Record.

·      Cyber Security: Stop, Think and Connect With the Next Generation Science Standards, Neelu Sinha, PhD, Associate Professor of Computer Science, FDU.


A lunch and networking session will follow.


From 12:30-1:30 p.m., there will be two presentations. Daniel Menelly, Vice President of Science Education at Liberty Science Center will present “Liberty Science Center and STEM Education,” and Geoffrey Weinman, PhD, Dean of Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences, FDU will deliver the closing remarks.


To register, go online to, or call our events hotline at 973-569-7562. Attendance is limited.


The College at Florham of Fairleigh Dickinson University is located at 285 Madison Ave., Madison, NJ 07940.



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