How to get more math and science teachers to want to stay in teaching. How can we improve their sense of professional stature, autonomy, confidence, control, satisfaction? http://nyas.org/RetentionStrategies A panel discussion with award winning science teacher, Michael Holmes, Hunter College Dean of the School of Education David Steiner, and Preeti Gupta, Director of Youth Learning and Research of the Museum of Natural History, moderated by Julia Rankin former K-12 Director of Science for the New York City Department of Education and currently CEO of The Science Collaborative, Inc, where she works to build and enhance professional learning communities, like pairing science teachers with scientists to feel part of the larger scientific learning community. Sponsored March 7, 2012 by New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) and Demos, a pubic policy think tank. Occasionally shaky camera by Joe Friendly.
Michael Holmes received both his BS(1997) and MS(2000) in Chemistry from NC Central University. Prior to teaching, he worked in research institutions in developmental biology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Population Council in New York City. Mr. Holmes was invited to participate on the NYC Teaching Fellows Advisory board for the 2012 academic year, was selected as a Jhumki Basu Foundation Fellow at NYU in 2011, and was awarded the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching Science. Mr. Holmes also received a Funds for Teacher Grant to examine Nuclear Testing Sites in the southwest United States. Throughout Mr. Holmes' teaching career he has been involved with various projects with the American Museum of Natural History, New Visions, and PBS.
David M. Steiner was born in Princeton, New Jersey and was raised in Cambridge, England. He earned degrees from Balliol College, Oxford University (BA and MA) and Harvard University (PhD). From 1999 to 2004 he was a professor of education in Boston University's School of Education in its department of administration. From 2005 to 2009 he served as dean of Hunter College-CUNY's School of Education. At Hunter, Dr. Steiner led a national partnership with the KIPP Academies, Uncommon Schools, Achievement First and Teach for America to create a dedicated teacher preparation program for charter and non-charter school teachers geared to the unique challenges of urban schools. Known as Teacher U at Hunter, the partnership has gained national attention for rethinking what rigorous teacher preparation looks like. Dr Steiner was appointed by the Board of Regents as President of the University of the State of New York and Commissioner of Education in October 2009 and served in that capacity until 2011 when he returned as dean of Hunter College School of Education.
Dr. Preeti Gupta is director of youth Learning and Research at the American Museum of Natural History and one of the faculty of the newly state funded Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. Previous to this position, Dr. Gupta was Senior Vice President for Education and Public Programs at the New York Hall of Science and was responsible for strategic planning and program development for the internationally replicated Science Career Ladder Program, as well as teacher professional development, out of school time programming, digital learning, family learning and the museum's science technology library. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Bioengineering from Columbia University, a Master's Degree in Education from The George Washington University and a doctoral degree in Urban Education from the City University of New York Graduate Center.
Dr. Julia Rankin has extensive experience in K-20 education with students of all ability levels. She is the former K-12 Director of Science for the New York City Department of Education and the Director of Science/Life Skills, K-12, for Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut. Committed to urban education, she helped develop NSTA's Urban Science Education Leaders (USEL). As President of The Science Collaborative, Inc, she works to build and enhance professional learning communities. For the last three years, she coordinated the California Science Project Teacher Retention Initiative (CSP TRI) and the Science and Math Initiative for the Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP). Presently, she is the Project Manager for the Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) developing the FoLAR River Rover, a mobile education interpretive center.