Noyce Workshop Planning Session

On Saturday, February 12th eleven exceptional CNY math and science teachers and seven members of the SUNY Cortland Noyce Project Steering Committee converged at SUNY Cortland to plan a pilot workshop for SUNY Cortland Noyce Scholars. The workshop will address issues related to successfully teaching in a high-need* school.

A plan for a pilot workshop resulted from an engaging brainstorming session and group discussion. The workshop, set for Saturday, March 26th, will address:

  1. Motivation and Classroom Success: Building Professional Relationships
  2. Motivation and Classroom Success: Sensitivity to Student Needs
  3. What is Collegiality: Building Healthy Relationships with Teachers
  4. What is Collegiality: Building Healthy Relationships with “Everyone Else”

If the pilot is successful, the SUNY Cortland Noyce Project will host a series of workshops for Noyce Scholars, Cortland’s Urban Recruitment of Educators (CURE) science and math majors and SUNY Cortland students interested in applying for the Noyce Scholarship.

By participating in a series of interactive workshops, the Noyce Steering Committee hopes the pre-service math and science teachers will be more prepared to successfully enter a high-need environment by

  1. Acquiring additional and/or expanding on current knowledge on topics related to high-need environments;
  2. Interacting with and learning from successful science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers working in high-need districts; and
  3. Beginning a network of support among fellow Noyce Scholars, teachers, and SUNY Cortland faculty.

Teacher participants included:

  • Abbey Albright, Mathematics, Cortland Junior-Senior High School
  • Chad DeVoe, 7th Grade Life Science, Groton Middle School
  • Kevin Douglass, 8th Grade Physical Science, Homer Middle School
  • Sandy Francis, Mathematics, Grant Middle School, Syracuse
  • Paula Jones, Chemistry, Homer High School
  • Richard Lajza, Mathematics, Dewitt Middle School
  • Nicholas LeFort, Physics, Lafayette Junior-Senior High School
  • Michael Osborn, Earth Science, Fayetteville-Manlius High School
  • Gary Podsiedlik, Mathematics, Homer High School
  • Ron Reed, Biology, Cortland Junior-Senior High School
  • Kurt Schmidt, Earth Science, Cincinnatus Central School

SUNY Cortland Faculty and Staff included:

  • Dr. Anne Burns-Thomas (Co-PI), Assistant Professor Foundations and Social Advocacy; Coordinator, C.U.R.E. Program
  • Kerri Freese, Noyce Project Coordinator
  • Andrea Lachance, Professor and Chair, Childhood/Early Childhood Education
  • Dr. Mary Gfeller (Co-PI), Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics
  • Dr. Rena Janke (Co-PI), Associate Professor, Biological Sciences Department
  • Dr. Larry Klotz (Co-PI), Distinguished Teaching Professor, Biological Sciences Department
  • Dr. Greg Phelan (PI), Associate Professor and Chair, Chemistry Department