On Saturday, February 4, 2012, 35 participants attended a five-hour workshop on the Common Core Standards sponsored by the Lehman College School of Education. The Common Core Standards are a key element in ongoing efforts to reform schools in New York City and New York State. The Common Core is designed to provide a clear, consistent, and research-based framework that will help us to prepare P-12 students for college and the workforce. Daniele Zimmerman, a graduate student in science education, conducted the workshop for 14 Noyce Scholars, 16 teachers from Analucia Academy in Yonkers, and 5 faculty and staff from the School of Education.
Daniele Zimmerman plans to complete all of her degree requirements by the end of Spring Semester, 2012. An outstanding candidate, she received a technology award at the 2011 LUTE awards ceremony. Following in the footsteps of her mother who had a long, distinguished teaching career, Daniele is an Earth Science teacher who has developed a passion for school leadership. In fact, she is currently one of the principle authors on a proposal to start a new NYC Department of Education school.
Daniele developed and conducted a Common Core workshop during her first graduate science education research class. Her work was so inspiring that Dr. Wesley Pitts, Assistant Professor of Science Education, suggested that we enlist her to conduct a winter workshop for Noyce Scholars. We then opened up the workshop to interested area teachers and to Lehman faculty and administrators.
According to Dr. Pitts: “We have a cadre of students and graduates like Daniele who are very willing to come back to Lehman, bring fresh views from the field and work with us in various capacities in science education. They are a vital part of our program and science education seminar series.”
If you are interested in attending a Common Core Standards workshop, let us know. We will try to get Daniele to agree to a repeat performance.
Certainly committed, talented graduates can be found in other disciplines as well. We hope that candidates and graduates who read this blog think about ways that they can give back to Lehman and the profession by sharing expertise. We look forward to hearing from you.
- Dr. Harriet Fayne, Dean of the School of Education