Thursday, August 31, 2017
WE ARE PROUD OF OUR FACULTY
LEAD SPEAKERS AT NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF MATHEMATICS
AEC Director of Technology Innovations Camille McCue and Lower School STEM teacher Rachel Ziter have been selected to present at the 2018 NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C. Their presentation is entitled, "Random Thoughts: Fun, Easy-to-Code Math Models from Flipping Coins to Wandering Aliens." Proudly representing Adelson Campus, Camille McCue and Rachel Ziter will discuss mathematical models in the form of student-created computer programs, which provide a fruitful framework for deep computational thinking and discussion. Focusing on random number generation, students learn coding (via Scratch) as easy, real-world, visual models addressing size, speed, heading, coordinates, frequency and more! Congratulations for this National recognition.
Camille McCue recently signed a contract to write and publish her ninth Book for Dummies: Coding with Kids, a book for parents and adult mentors to coach kids in learning computer programming. Camille also completed her Certificate in Computer Science Education from the College of St. Scholastica. This included methods courses in instructing both AP computer science courses, as well as a capstone in which I developed a cybersecurity curriculum for MS students.
Rachel Ziter has also completed writing a book soon to published and has already signed a contract for a second book with Capstone Publishing.
LOWER SCHOOL TEACHER TO SPEAK AT NATIONAL SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
Lower School science teacher Cheri Garner will be presenting at the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) conference in Baltimore in October. Ms. Garner made a similar presentation at a different national science conference in Austin, TX last March. Sharing the benefits of implementing the Thomas Edison Challenge and now the Marie Curie Challenge. "I'm so grateful for the way our Adelson students have embraced our science challenges each year starting with the Albert Einstein Challenge my first year. Science is a blast and inspiring young scientist to go above and beyond classroom expectations is personally rewarding!" boasts Ms Garner. Adelson students and the way they learn is receiving national attention and quickly becoming the model for other school around the country.
ARTS UNLEASHED: CREATING SUCCESSFUL, LASTING ARTS PROGRAMS
AEC science teacher Paula Jacoby-Garrett recently wrote an article for NRPA (National Recreation and Park Association), a national monthly newsletter. “Those who regularly participate in the arts are more likely to have academic achievement, be elected to a class office position, win awards, read for pleasure and perform community service,” says Garrett. To read the article, click here.
Over the summer break, Upper School Hebrew teachers Yifat Fuss and Hila Havdala-Shafshak passed the "Google Educators" course. The both worked with Robin Pence who is a trailblazer among our faculty as a Google Educator, Google Innovator, Google Trainer and Apple Distinguished Teacher.