NJ PRIME: NJ Partnership for Research to Improve Mathematics Education (2013–2016)
NJ PRIME was a NJ Department of Education-sponsored Mathematics and Science Partnership program that provided school-based teams of K-5 elementary teachers with professional development to strengthen their content and teaching expertise and prepare them to be effective mathematics teacher leaders. The 3-year program was designed to ensure that participants could engage students in deeper conceptual understanding, critical thinking, and problem-solving in the topic areas now emphasized by the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and facilitate their use and understanding by other elementary teachers in their districts. Project research was investigating teachers’ understanding of and confidence in key mathematical topics, their pedagogical content knowledge, and their ability to apply the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics to their classroom teaching practices. Partners included 12 schools from the Bayonne, Weehawken, Union City, and Elizabeth public school districts and Stevens Institute of Technology.
Sponsored by John Wiley & Sons, the 2015 Engineering Design Academy brought WaterBotics to Hoboken, NJ 8th and 9th grade students as a 1-week summer experience. WaterBotics was an innovative, engaging and research-based engineering and science program for middle and high school youth that challenged students to design, build, program, test, and redesign underwater robots using LEGO® components and related programming tools. Students in hands-on experiences in science, engineering design, and computer programming through a scaffolded series of team-based challenges.
BISU, supported by a $2.5 million National Science Foundation ITEST grant, refined and expanded a previously developed underwater robotics program to national and state partners with a focus on girls and underserved minorities, through formal and after-school education programs. WaterBotics® supports students to learn engineering practices and engineering design concepts, computer programing, and underlying physical science ideas. Partners include the National Girls Collaborative Project and the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association. Project research investigated impact on students, training and classroom implementation, and scale-up and sustainability efforts. Partnering hub sites included Sinclair Community College, Triton College, the Texas Girls Collaborative Project, the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project, and the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Project. Research and evaluation partners included Teachers College at Columbia University and Evaluation & Research Associates.
PSEG WaterBotics Camp (2014)
With support from the PSEG Foundation, Stevens Institute of Technology conducted three WaterBotics week-long day camps for a total of 72 middle school aged youth in the summer of 2014. WaterBotics is an innovative, engaging and research-based engineering and science program for middle and high school youth that challenges students to design, build, program, test, and redesign underwater robots using LEGO® components and related programming tools. Campers engaged in hands-on experiences in science, engineering design, and computer programming through a scaffolded series of team-based challenges.
PSEG Sustainable Energy Institute (2012-2014)
Sponsored by PSEG and the NJ Science Teachers Association’s Maitland P. Simmons Foundation, this teacher professional development program blended middle school science concepts for renewable energy with hands-on engineering design to raise awareness of the challenge of using sustainable energy resources to meet growing world demand. Teachers explored key scientific and technological concepts needed to understand solar and wind power generation that are aligned with the NJ standards in science and technology. Career awareness of energy-related science and engineering disciplines were infused throughout the institute. PSEG has supported this and similar programs at Stevens since 1989.
BAYER Healthcare – Alka Seltzer Rocket Contest (2012-2013)
Bayer Healthcare partnered with CIESE and Liberty Science Center to hold the Alka-Seltzer Rocket Contest. The contest was held June 8, 2013 at Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ. 500 students from 30 middle schools throughout New Jersey participated by designing, building, and launching film-canister rockets. CIESE provided support by recruiting educators, writing curriculum, facilitating professional development workshops, and helping with event logistics.
Girl Scouts – 100 Years of Science Conference and Professional Development (2012)
Through a grant from PSEG, CIESE partnered with three New Jersey Girl Scouts councils to host 100 Years of Science, a one-day, science and engineering event at Stevens on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. Prior to the event, CIESE provided training to adult volunteers from each of the councils to prepare them to lead the girls in hands-on design activities for solar and wind energy production during the conference. At the event, student volunteers from the Stevens Society of Women Engineers worked with middle-school-aged scouts from the Heart of New Jersey, Northern New Jersey, and Central & Southern New Jersey councils on alternative energy experiments and green energy projects.
Systems Engineering Capstone Project
A $2.5 million U.S. Department of Defense research effort in collaboration with the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) based at Stevens and 10 universities, this project researched strategies and practices to infuse systems engineering concepts and increase learning and career interest in systems engineering through undergraduate and graduate capstone projects.
WaterBotics Summer Camp (2012)
With support from the Lockheed Martin Foundation, Stevens held a 1-week summer day camp for middle school students, engaging them in WaterBotics, an innovative, underwater robotics program that challenges students to design, build, program, test, and redesign underwater robots made of LEGO and other components. Campers progressed through a series of increasingly sophisticated “missions” that culminated in a final design challenge.
iSTEM: An Integrated STEM Professional Development Program (2011-2014)
This teacher professional development program in the Diocese of Paterson provided integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workshops and classroom support to elementary and middle school science, math, and technology teachers from seventeen schools. Focused on core content areas in STEM education which emphasized 21st century skills, such as problem-solving, global collaboration, creativity and innovation, and communication. Students engaged in design, problem-solving, decision-making and investigative activities.
Student Innovation Camp (2011)
Funded through an NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) in recognition of CIESE's expertise, encouragement, and mentoring of teachers and students in science and engineering, this summer camp experience held at Stevens expose d middle school students to examples of successful innovation techniques, highlighting inventions and patents of faculty and graduates and provided a hands-on approach to identifying problems and developing solutions. A camp manual was developed to share with other STEM camp providers.
American Farm School (2011-2012)
Stevens partnered with the American Farm School in Greece to bring innovative and interactive teaching methods to enhance student motivation and subject interest.
Curriculum Topic Study to Enhance Achievement in Mathematics and Science (C-TEAMS) (2010-2013)
This three -year, $1.7 million NJ Dept. of Education Mathematics and Science Partnership program utilized a research-based methodology, Curriculum Topic Study, to provide multi-grade level teacher teams from partner districts with intensive professional development designed to deepen teachers' science and mathematics content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge through an intensive investigation of the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards.
Impact of Strengthening the “T” and “E” Components of STEM in High School Biology and Chemistry (2009–2014)
Curriculum and professional development in biology and chemistry were the foundation of this $1.4 million NSF Discovery Research K-12 grant to investigate the impact of incorporating engineering in these courses on student learning and acquisition of communication and collaboration skills. CIESE partnered with Portland State University to develop engineering-infused and parallel traditional curriculum materials in a randomized controlled trial to investigate the impact of engineering. Measurement instruments were developed to assess the students’ understanding of science concepts and their communication and collaboration skills.
Energy & Engineering Institute (2009-2012)
With support from PSEG, CIESE conducted a professional development program for middle school teachers that incorporated renewable energy topics and hands-on engineering design. Teachers explored an extensive array of wind power resources and constructed a working wind turbine generator.Teachers used the engineering design process to optimize the performance of the turbines as they were used to run motors, light LED’s and pump water. Strategies for implementing the activities in middle school science and technology classes were discussed and modeled through classroom support visits with teachers.
Tres Bosques (2009-2010)
Through a partnership with IEARN USA, CIESE provided professional development programs on forest ecology with field excursions to Black Rock Forest, NY; Washington DC; and the Dominican Republic for 20 educators.
Montclair Public Schools Middle School Math Program (2009-2010 & 2011-2012)
CIESE collaborated with the Montclair Public School district to provide mathematics coaching services and classroom support to strengthen student achievement at the middle school level.
Department of Homeland Security (2009-2010)
CIESE conducted professional development workshops related to the content/themes of the DHS Maritime Security Center of Excellence at Stevens for select members of the Build IT project. Participants used the LEGO equipment and training for an advanced project using technologies that are part of port/maritime security (RFID and underwater sensors.)
Systems and Global Engineering Project (SAGE) (2008-2010)
Funded by the Martinson Family Foundation and Edison Venture Fund, this groundbreaking initiative introduced systems engineering and globally-distributed collaboration to high school students throughout the U.S. Stevens and the New Jersey Technology Education Association (NJTEA) partnered to develop, pilot and disseminate systems and global engineering instructional modules for use in high school engineering, technology and science courses. CIESE provided both face-to-face and online professional development to prepare teachers to effectively implement the curriculum modules in high school classrooms.
BUILD IT: Building STEM and IT Skills and Career Interests (2008-2009)
The Motorola Foundation funded the expansion of the BUILD IT project to eight middle and high schools in New York City. Sixteen teachers and over 200 students engaged in designing, building and controlling underwater robots.
21st Century Community Learning Center (2008-2010)
In partnership with the Red Bank Borough School District and with funding from the New Jersey Department of Education, CIESE prepared grades 4-8 teachers to implement STEM curricula with their students in the areas of life science, earth science and physical science as well as in engineering.
Self-Assembled Nanohydrogels for Differential Cell Adhesion and Infection Control (2007-10)
A science research project funded by NSF through the Nanotechnology Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT) Program, the project included an outreach component for high school biology and chemistry classes. CIESE created and distributed curriculum materials that introduced students to the university level research as it relates to core concepts in biology and chemistry. More than 1000 high school students in five states completed the activities. Furthermore, the chemistry module was revised to include an engineering component and was used in a NSF-funded Discovery Research K-12 project.
Partnership to Improve Student Achievement (PISA) (2007-2010)
This New Jersey Department of Education sponsored mathematics and science partnership among Stevens Institute of Technology, Montclair State University, and Liberty Science Center, provided Grades 3-5 teachers from Jersey City, Hoboken, Bayonne, Newark, Weehawken, and Piscataway with high quality, research-based, classroom-focused professional development, innovative curricula and materials, and a dynamic and supportive learning community designed to address topics in key content areas in life, earth, and physical sciences and technology education.
Honeywell Teachers for the 21st Century (2007-2010)
With funding from Honeywell Hometown Solutions, CIESE provided professional development to Jersey City and other New Jersey middle school science teachers to engage them in proven strategies that use technology-supported science curricula, combined with hands-on science investigations, to increase student interest and achievement in science.
Four Rivers, One World (2007-2008)
In collaboration with iEARN, CIESE conducted teacher professional development workshops on water quality testing and analysis. The workshops consisted of hands-on, on-location training for teachers in New Jersey, New York, Bangladesh, Nepal, and India.
Engineering Our Future New Jersey (2006-2010)
This Stevens initiative was designed to promote engineering and technology education in elementary, middle and high schools throughout New Jersey. With support from Verizon, CIESE provided professional development to over 2,000 K-12 teachers throughout New Jersey by partnering with school districts, other institutions of higher education, and related engineering, technology, science and research organizations.
BUILD IT (2006-2009)
This $1.2 million comprehensive NSF ITEST project provided over 2,600 students from socioeconomically and racially diverse middle and high schools throughout New Jersey with intensive, in-class IT experiences in the design, construction, and programming of underwater robotic vehicles.
GEAR-UP College Knowledge Passaic (2005-2006)
In partnership with Passaic Public Schools, CIESE provided high quality hands-on mathematics professional development to teachers of seventh grade students. The GEAR UP program is a discretionary grant program of the U.s. Department of Education designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Particulates Matter (2005)
The curriculum, Particulates Matter, developed by CIESE enhanced awareness of current environmental health hazards posed by fine particle pollution through integration of the EPA’s new particulate real time data source. This curriculum involved the collection, recording and analysis of real time particulate matter data to engage students in authentic, real world scientific investigations into issues related to particulate matter pollution.
Research in Engineering Education (RIEE) (2004-2010)
A joint initiative between CIESE and the School of Engineering, this project created innovative tools and pioneered new instructional methodologies to increase student learning, engagement, and persistence in technological fields. Through funding from the New Jersey Department of the Treasury and the AT&T Foundation, 17 Stevens faculty members received catalyst grants to improve and enhance undergraduate engineering, science, and mathematics education to address critical and pervasive challenges in engineering education worldwide, such as deepening student understanding of an ever-increasing breadth of technical knowledge needed by engineers; increasing student engagement and interaction in large lecture classes; infusing systems thinking earlier in an undergraduate's education; and making stronger connections between undergraduate coursework and relevant, real-world problems.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Air Quality Modeling (2004-2005)
Funded by the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, CIESE developed an online module for high school students entitled Air Quality: Learning Science with Models, EPA's Internet Geographic Exposure Modeling System (IGEMS/ISC). This material promotes student participation in scientific inquiry and use of models for the prediction of potential exposure associated with the release of chemicals to air.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Air Pollution, What’s the Solution (2004-2005)
CIESE developed and piloted this EPA-sponsored online curriculum project, Air Pollution, What’s the Solution. It used inquiry-based science materials to place student learning in the context of real events. Teachers, students, parents and other educational stakeholders learned about air pollution and its health effects. Through these materials, students learned to think critically, and enhance problem solving and decision making skills.
New Jersey Community College Strategic Partnership (NJCC SP) (2004-2007)
In collaboration with six New Jersey County Colleges (Burlington, Camden, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, and Middlesex), this faculty training program focused on improving teaching and learning in P-12 science, mathematics, and technology, and extended the US DOE funded Pathways project. NJCC SP infused dynamic, research-based teaching methods—those that utilize Internet-based real world data—into the preservice education of New Jersey’s teachers in order to increase student interest and achievement in science and mathematics in grades P-12.
Passaic Math Achievement to Realize Individual eXcellence (MATRIX) (2004-2007)
This three-year partnership with the Passaic-City School District aimed to improve sixth, seventh, and eighth grade student achievement in mathematics through ongoing teacher professional development and in-class support that focuses on effectively integrating technology into teaching and learning.
Elizabeth Math Achievement to Realize Individual eXcellence (MATRIX) (2004-2007)
This three-year partnership with Elizabeth Public Schools aimed to increase student achievement in mathematics in grades six through eight by providing classroom teachers with ongoing professional development and in-class support that focused on integrating technology into the curriculum and instruction. CIESE worked with Elizabeth Public Schools to align authentic mathematic problems and activities to the district curriculum and develop a cadre of core mentor teachers in the district.
Trenton Savvy Cyber Teacher ® (2004-2008)
For over ten years, Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) enabled CIESE to bring its Internet-based curriculum and professional development training to schools across the state of New Jersey. PSE&G funded the Savvy Cyber Teacher® professional development program, whereby 30-hours of hands-on professional development was provided to elementary teachers in the Trenton school district.
Enhancing the Capacity of Math and Science Teachers (2004-2005)
This $20,000 planning conference sponsored by the National Science Foundation gathered faculty from several prestigious independent colleges across the country to explore the possible use and necessary adaptations of a faculty development program for college faculty who teach preservice teachers. The program, called the Savvy Cyber Professor, was developed and implemented in partnership with community colleges under the Pathways Project umbrella.
Teaching Math with Technology (TMT) in Piscataway (2004-2005)
In a one-year program partnership, with $85,000 funded by the NJ Department of Education's P-12 Higher Education/Public School Partnership grant program, CIESE collaborated with Piscataway Township Schools to provide 40 hours of hands-on professional development, teacher mentoring and web-based support in Piscataway Township’s three middle schools to improve student mathematics achievement through technology.
Collaborative Research of Mid-Atlantic COSEE: Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (2003-2007)
A partnership among: Center for Environmental Science / University of Maryland (CES), Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE)/Stevens Institute of Technology, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Hampton University, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JCNERR), Mid-Atlantic Bight National Undersea Research Program, New York Aquarium, Rutgers University Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences (IMCS), University of Delaware College of Marine Studies, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). The goal of the NSF funded $2.5 million, five-year partnership was to integrate research and education programs to encourage lifelong learning experiences for everyone. COSEE aimed especially to reach out to K-12 educators, students (K-16), coastal managers, families, and underserved audiences. COSEE-Mid-Atlantic used Coastal Observing Systems in an effort to attain its goal and to promote awareness and understanding of our oceans.
Pathways Project (2003-2007)
The Pathways Project was envisioned to fill a critical need in preparing tomorrow's teachers. Involving faculty from 33 community colleges over four years in Internet-based training, Pathways was designed to promote best practices using technology-based instruction. This $1.5 million initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) grant program, included a faculty training program called the "Savvy Cyber Professor," a library of over 200 Internet-based "Real World Learning Objects" and membership in an online community to support course implementation.
Education Commission of the States (2003)
A collaboration between CIESE and the Education Commission of the States helped to disseminate and promote materials and information from the PT3 Pathways Project (described above.)
Students Using Technology to Achieve Reading/Writing (STAR*W) (2003-2006)
CIESE collaborated with Hoboken Public Schools in this three-year, $750,000 partnership to increase student achievement in Language Arts Literacy in grades three through five through the use of technology. CIESE administered, implemented and provided all services for this grant, which was funded by the New Jersey Department of Education.
Savvy Cyber Teacher in Jersey City (2003-2006)
CIESE implemented the Savvy Cyber Teacher professional development program with teachers in Jersey City Public Schools to prepare them to use unique and compelling Internet applications for science and math instruction.
COOL Classroom Project (2003)
In collaboration with Rutgers University, CIESE developed classroom activities that utilized real-time data from the Rutgers Marine Remote Sensing Laboratory located in NJ.
Afghan Women's Program (2003)
CIESE received a grant from the US State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' Citizens Exchange Office to undertake an intensive summer training program for nine women science and mathematics instructors from universities in Afghanistan. The program provided professional development in mathematics, science and educational technology to support classroom learning in Afghanistan’s high schools.
Bank Street College Pre-Service Teacher Technology Program (2003)
Ciber@prendiz: Aplicaciones de la Internet para el Aprendizaje Educativo (AIAE) was a curriculum and technology based teacher professional development pilot project sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Omar Dengo Foundation. This project focused on preparing educators and administrators from Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Perú in the use of "Unique and Compelling" educational applications of the Internet in their classrooms.
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CTDEP) Clean School Bus Project (2002, 2005)
CIESE was commissioned by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection to develop curriculum and professional development materials to accompany the clean school bus technology employed by the state's school districts as part of the EPA's Clean School Bus initiative. Building on the success of the "Is Your Bus Exhausting?" air quality curriculum that CIESE created for Norwich, CT, CIESE collaborated with Bridgeport teachers on the integration of the curriculum into their classrooms. The professional development consisted of a combination of face-to-face and Internet-based asynchronous sessions.
Stevens/Hoboken Partnership (2002-2005)
This four-year, in-district technology program was designed to teach effective use of Internet resources in the K-12 classroom, including web page building and in-class support.
Elizabeth Public School District (2001-2011)
In this long-term district partnership, CIESE worked with middle school mathematics teachers to improve teaching and learning through technology. Initial work with 11 schools and 120 teachers resulted in an increase in district test scores. This led to an extended partnership funded through the New Jersey MATRIX grant.
Independent College Fund of N.J. (2001)
In 2001, support was provided for CIESE program TKO Science: Turning Kids on to Math and Science. The program was designed to help K-12 educators infuse technology in their math and science curriculum.
Project AIR (2001)
Funded by the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), Project AIR (Atmospheric Investiations in Real-time) resulted in the development of online curriculum materials for students in grades 6-9 to introduce them to the topic of ground-level ozone. This curriculum was the basis of a later, further developed curriculum by CIESE called Air Pollution: What's the Solution.
New Jersey High-Tech Workforce Excellence: K-12 Partnership Enhancement (2000-2003) This was a $1 million, three-year program funded by the New Jersey Department of Education to enhance opportunities for educationally and economically disadvantaged students by increasing their interest and participation in science, math and technology education. CIESE provided intensive professional development to science, math, and technology teachers from the Newark, Jersey City, Irvington, Passaic, Elizabeth, Union City and Keansburg public school systems to strengthen teaching and learning in science, mathematics, and other core subjects through the meaningful integration of Internet-based curriculum resources. CIESE worked with 30 K-8 schools and 30 high schools to engage students in authentic investigations of real-world phenomena, including collaboration with scientists, engineers and other experts located around the world. Dr. Gayle W. Griffin, Assistant Superintendent for the Newark Public Schools was quoted for attributing “dramatic increases in students' science achievement scores…in those schools that worked with Stevens...”
Applying Technology and Triarchic Enhancement to Instruction and Assessment in a School Science Curriculum (2000-2002)
This NSF-sponsored research project, conducted in collaboration with the PACE Center at Yale University, investigated the effects of triarchic instruction and real-time Internet learning on instructional outcomes. Student achievement in high school physics was evaluated based on learning with/without triarchic instruction and with/without use of computers.
Technology in Mathematics Education (TIME) (1999-2006)
The TIME workshop series provided teachers, technology coordinators, library/media specialists, and administrators with the skills and knowledge to help children use technology effectively to better understand mathematics.
Felix & Elizabeth Rohatyn Foundation (1999)
Support provided to CIESE for continuation programming.
Bank Street College Teacher Recruitment Initiative (1999-2001)
National Internet in Education Teaching Program: Alliance + (1998-2003)
Alliance+ presented a proven model for wide-scale dissemination of teacher professional development in the use of technology in K-12 education. This $9.2 million, five-year initiative awarded by the U.S. Department of Education led to the piloting of the Savvy Cyber Teacher® professional development program, in which over 8,000 teachers participated. To learn more about this professional development program, visit http://www.stevens.edu/ciese/savvycyberteacher.
Internet Knowledge Exploration (IKE) (1998-2001)
With support from the 1998 New Jersey Department of Education Eisenhower Professional Development program, CIESE partnered with the Paterson, New Brunswick, and Bayonne school districts in New Jersey in an intensive elementary school professional development effort focused on improving teacher proficiency with educational technology. The program utilized Internet-based communications tools and curriculum resources in grades 4-6 in science, mathematics and language arts/literacy. CIESE collaborated with Bank Street College and St. Peter's College in the development and delivery of professional development activities in the area of language arts. St. Peter's College incorporated the use of Internet-based resources into their teacher education programs based on the CIESE model.
Science LINK (1998-2001)
With funding from the AT&T Foundation, 30 middle school teachers from Paterson, Passaic, and Plainfield Public Schools were engaged in an intensive, three-year developmental process to learn the tools and techniques of the Internet and to discover compelling curriculum applications which engage students in authentic investigations of science.
Project LINK (1998)
In collaboration with Teaching Matters Inc. (TMI), CIESE worked with New York City school districts to bring its Internet-based curriculum materials and approaches to middle school mathematics and science educators. Funding was provided by Pfizer Inc., the Greenwall Foundation, Chase Manhattan Bank, Union Carbide, and others along with the districts themselves.
Paterson IMATT Math Project (1998-2000)
Technology in mathematics mentoring project with Paterson middle school teachers.
Alliance for Training K-12 Teachers (1997-1999)
With support from the U.S. Department of Education, a 10-session, hands-on professional development program to introduce teachers to unique and compelling Internet applications was developed and piloted. The Savvy Cyber Teacher® program assisted elementary, middle and high school teachers in implementing Internet-based resources that engage students in quantitative, inquiry-based activities in science, mathematics, social studies and language arts.
NASA/CIESE Partnership (1997-2001)
CIESE partnered with NASA's Goddard Space Center in a telementoring project to engage and motivate disadvantaged Hispanic and Latino students and their teachers in science. The Stevens/NASA telecollaborative partnership paired engineers and researchers with teachers and their Hispanic students in grades five through nine. The schools involved were the Joseph Brandt Middle School in Hoboken, School 40 in Jersey City, and four schools in Union City: Woodrow Wilson School, Roosevelt School, Edison School and Union Hill High School.
K-12 Partnership Program (1997-2004)
A professional development program for grades K-8 and 9-12 teachers to enrich science education through the use of the Internet.
David Sarnoff Research Laboratory (1997, 2000-2001)
Hosted by the Sarnoff Corporation and led by CIESE, Project MOST (Maximizing Opportunities for Students through Technology) engaged high school minority and economically disadvantaged students and their teachers in learning the technical skills required for real-world computer-based assignments. In this demonstration project, students learned to conduct data transformation tasks necessary to manipulate hard copy and electronic text and image documents for optimal presentation on a U.S. government Internet web site. Students and teachers learned computer applications that included word processing, web authoring, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Students were also introduced to a variety of career preparation topics.
Bell Atlantic Networking Infrastructure in Education Fellowships (1995-1996)
Funding from Bell Atlantic supported teachers engaged in the NJNIE program (below).
New Jersey Statewide Systemic Initiative (NJSSI) (1994-2004)
Serving Hudson and Bergen Counties, CIESE served as a Regional Center and Specialty Site for NJSSI’s science, mathematics, and technology education outreach and dissemination program. CIESE collaborated with school and district administrators and teachers to promote rigorous, standards-based curriculum and professional development opportunities for K-12 science, mathematics, technology, and general classroom teachers and served as a facilitator to help schools and districts identify useful resources to strengthen teaching and learning in these core subjects.
New Jersey Networking Infrastructure in Education (NJNIE) (1994-1997)
This $2.9 million, three-year project funded by the National Science Foundation was one of the first in the country to explore Internet application in K-12 science and mathematics. CIESE worked with approximately 3,000 teachers from 700 schools across the state of New Jersey, resulting in the development of Savvy Cyber Teacher ® and a library of Internet-based real time data and collaborative projects for K-12 science and mathematics.
Independent College Fund of N.J. (1994)
CIESE developed and offered the program, Strengthening School-College Partnerships for Access to the Information Superhighway, consisting of hands-on Internet training for teams that included math, science, technology and library educators and school administrators.
U.S.DOE Star Schools Program (1994)
Teleconference series on using technology in mathematics education conducted in collaboration with New Jersey Network/SERC.
Business and Education Together (BET) Foundation (1994)
Multiple grants from the BET Foundation supported professional development for teachers in NJ's Monmouth, Ocean, Morris, Somerset, and Hunterdon counties for learning how to use technology for math and science education.
Charles A. Dana Foundation – NJ KnowledgeNet Videoconference Series (1993)
In the spring of 1994, CIESE completed production of twenty-one 90-minute teacher training videoconferences on the use of technology in mathematics. More than 500 teachers from 150 school systems in New Jersey as well as teachers from 15 states participated in these videoconferences. Produced in cooperation with New Jersey Network and broadcast via the Satellite Educational Resources Consortium (SERC), these videoconferences included live panel discussions by CIESE staff and teachers; taped documentaries of real classroom experiences of teachers using technology in mathematics instruction; and demonstrations of various software packages.
Enhancing Mathematics Instruction through Computer Oriented Active Learning Environments (1993-1996)
Funded by the National Science Foundation, middle and high school teachers from 33 N.J. schools were trained in the effective use of computer-based technologies for teaching mathematics. These teachers were also trained and supported as mentor teachers who worked with over 200 mentee teachers during the lifetime of the project.
Teleconference Program on Computers in Mathematics Education (1991, 1993)
Supported by both the N.J. Department of Education and the N.J. Department of Higher Education.
IBM Corporation (1990)
With funding from IBM, CIESE provided computer labs to Hoboken Public Schools and the School District of South Orange and Maplewood.
Fund for Innovation in Education, U.S. Department of Education (1989-1991)
Supported the expansion of the Computer Integration in Mathematics Education program (below) to include middle school teachers in addition to high school teachers.
Computer Integration in Mathematics Education (1988-1991)
Sponsored by the N.J. Department of Education, CIESE worked with high school teachers in 5 NJ school districts to prepare them to use computers and technology in mathematics education.