A New Vision for Building Elementary Teachers' STEM Skill and Instructional Leadership



Participants will share challenges and successful practices with one another and learn ways to engage
students as scientists and engineers. Our unique partnership with Capital Region science centers will allow educators the opportunity to learn how these resources enhance science instruction for both students and teachers. Participants will be supported as they create a vision and implement instruction that is consistent with NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards and A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices,
Crosscutting Concepts and Core Ideas.


Agnes Zellin, CASDA Faculty

Agnes’ is a National Board Certified teacher, taught for 13 years at the intermediate level in rural andsuburban school districts, served as a district elementary science coordinator and developed a field based science program in collaboration with the Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station in Upstate NY. She has written grants to fund arts-in education and science enrichment programs, and has been an adjunct professor at The Sage Colleges and Siena College.

Betsy Smith, CASDA Faculty

Betsy Smith is currently an educational consultant working with school districts and schools to develop
improvement plans, build leadership capacity and provide professional development in the areas of
data driven instruction, professional learning communities, co-teaching, literacy and the New York learning standards. She has served in public education as an elementary teacher, ELA coordinator, elementary principal, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and as a superintendent of schools.


Session Dates:

Session I: October 12, 2017 - Location: Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

Session II: November 16, 2017 - Location: Children's Museum of Science and Technology 

Session III: January 18, 2018 - Location: UAlbany Health Sciences Campus, Room A407

Session IV: March 8, 2018 - Location: The Museum of Innovation and Science (MiSci)

Session V: March 28, 2018 - Location: UAlbany Health Sciences Campus, Room A407



Each session will run as follows:
8:00 am - 8:30 am - Coffee/Networking

8:30 am - 10:30 am - Program

Only $199 for all 5 sessions!

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