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PSP Summit

Program of Events

May 13-14, 2011

Note: Click on the program links to view the slideshow presentations.

Friday May 13

7:00 – 8:00            Registration

7:30 – 8:45            Breakfast Buffet - Lesson Gallery Setup, Camden Room

9:00 – 9:15            Welcome and Introductions of new PSP faculty and staff

Susan McKay – Director of the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) and Professor of Physics, University of Maine.

9:15 – 9:45            The Vision and Plan of the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership

Susan McKay

9:45 – 10:30            Panel: The Links between STEM Education and Economic Development in Maine

Ralph Chapman – Maine Legislature Member and Technical Education Consultant, United Technologies Center

Dana Humphrey – Professor and Dean, College of Engineering, University of Maine

Marsha Leander – Assistant Vice President of Staffing, UNUM

Linda Silka (moderator) – Director, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center

10:30 – 10:45            Break (refreshments available in The Foyer)

10:45 – 11:15            Building Partnerships through Collaboratives

Michael Wittmann – Associate Professor of Physics, University of Maine

Susan Smith – Curriculum Director, RSU 24

Bob Kumpa – Middle School Science Teacher, Mountain View School

Table activity

11:15 – 11:35            Research-guided Initiatives in University of Maine Mathematics and Science Courses

Natasha Speer – Assistant Professor of Mathematics, University of Maine

11:35 – 12:00            Building Diversity in STEM: Mentoring and Outreach

Ashanti Johnson – Executive Director, Institute for Broadening Participation

Susie Valaitis – Associate Director, Institute for Broadening Participation

12:00 – 1:15            Lunch

1:30 – 2:15            Curriculum and Research Breakout Sessions:

  1. Middle School Curriculum: Brian Frank and Lori Matthews (Camden Room)
  2. Implementing a Learning Assistants’ Program at the University of Maine: Natasha Speer (Lincolnville Lounge) 
  3. Development of Communities of Practice in the PSP: Bill Zoellick (Northport Room) 
  4. Connecting what teachers know about energy and know about what their students know to how they teach in the classroom: Michael Wittmann (Compass Room) 
  5. The Teacher Classroom Observation Program: Rob Blaisdell and Susan McKay (Compass Room)

Lesson Gallery open, Camden Room

2:15 – 3:00            The Maine PSP: Evaluating a Federal Investment in the Improvement of Science Education

Mark St. John – President, Inverness Research

3:00 – 3:15            Break (Refreshments available in The Foyer)

3:15 – 3:45            Findings from an Initial Survey of Teachers

Michelle Phillips – Research Associate, Inverness Research

3:45 – 4:00            Table Activity and Announcements: Susan Smith

4:00 – 5:00            Free time until 5:00. Participants who have not yet checked in to their rooms could use this time for that.

5:00 – 6:00            Reception and Cash Bar, Lincolnville Lounge Lesson Gallery open, Camden Room

6:00            Dinner Buffet, Compass Room

Saturday May 14

Note: if you are checking out today, checkout time is 10:00 a.m.

7:00 – 12:00         Registration

7:30 – 8:30            Breakfast Buffet

8:45 – 10:00          Vignettes

10:00 – 10:45       Panel: Research and Documentation – What could we learn from this Partnership?

Mark St. John – President, Inverness Research

Michael Wittmann – Associate Professor of Physics, University of Maine

Bill Zoellick – Education Research Director, Schoodic Education and Research Center

Jeff Hecker (moderator) – Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Maine

10:45 – 11:00        Break (Refreshments available in The Foyer)

11:00 – 12:00        Reflection Panel

Nicole Gillespie – Associate Director for Teaching Fellowships, Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

Steve Haskell – Middle School Science Teacher, Hancock Grammar School

Ashanti Johnson – Executive Director, Institute for Broadening Participation

Jon Pratt – Academic Dean, Foxcroft Academy

Anne Pooler (moderator) – Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, University of Maine

12:00 – 12:15         Wrap-up and Closing Words

12:15 – 1:15            Lunch Buffet

Lesson Gallery

Conference participants are invited to observe and interact with this gallery of science lessons, which will be set up in the Camden Room. Displays will be set up all day on Friday.

Contributer Title Grade Level
Dan Capps From Earthquakes to Fossils: Getting Students to use Data as Evidence in Earth Science 9-12
Jon Shemwell Can You Light the Light Bulb? 9-12
Jon Shemwell Up and Out (Intro to Force Components) 5-12
Michelle Smith Using Reality TV to Teach Mendelian Genetics and Probability 11-12
PBIS How Can Sound and Light be Forms of Energy? 6-8
SEPUP Observing Soil 6-7

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