The following is a tentative program for the January 22nd institute (subject to change):

Constructing Modern Math/Science Knowledge
January 22, 2009

9:00 AM Welcome - Christopher Lehmann – Principal of Science Leadership Academy
9:10 AM Keynote Address: Constructing Modern Math/Science Knowledge - Gary Stager
9:30 AM Plenary Session: Playful Invention - Brian Silverman
10:00 AM Plenary Session: Using Modeling Technology in Education: A Revolution in the Making - Carolyn Staudt
10:30 AM Workshop Session #1 (Choose one of the following)
  • Inquiry-driven Projects and the Development of S.T.E.M. Skills (David Thornburg)
    • This workshop will give a brief overview of why STEM subjects should be integrated, how inquiry and PBL fits into the equation, and then we move to groups that will address a serious current real-world problem with a view toward developing insights and deeper skills than could ever come from a textbook.
  • The New Dynamic Classroom: Teaching & Learning Math with Technology and Web 2.0 (Ihor Charischak)
    • Come and experience a series of unique & compelling activities that incorporate significant software environments (Spreadsheets, MicroWorlds, and Sketchpad) that will help a teacher to engage their students in gaining a deeper understanding of powerful mathematical ideas. For more information see
  • Turtle Art: The Art of Exploration, the Exploration of Art (Brian Silverman)
    • One of the great benefits of computers in education is they are for exploration and experimentation. This workshop will be about exploring with computers, examples taken from math and art.
  • Using Modeling Technology in Education: A Revolution in the Making (Carolyn Staudt)
    • This workshop will use the Concord Consortium’s Molecular Toolbench to explore how free and open-source modeling software may be used by students and teachers in creating simulations of powerful scientific phenomena.
12:00 PM Lunch & conversation (provided)
1:00 PM Workshop Session #2 (Choose one of the workshops offered in the morning)
2:30 PM End of Workshop Session #2
2:45 PM Closing panel discussion, sharing & reflection – Where do we go from here?
3:30 PM Day complete