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For Release: August 7, 2001

Sally V. Harrington
Media Relations Office
216/433-2037
Sally.V.Harrington@nasa.gov


Clissold Elementary Teachers Learn From NASA Workshop

Nineteen urban teachers arrived with an idea of what they wanted to see happen in their schools and departed with action plans they will implement upon their return.

Teams of educators from grades K-12 representing school districts in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio participated in the NASA Educational Workshop (NEW) Urban 2001 during the last two weeks of July. This unique residential workshop was located on-site at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH. The goal of the two-week workshop was to support systemic change and to enhance the skills, abilities and resources of the teachers.

Jane Bushwaller and Carol Kopczynski, teachers from Clissold Elementary School in Chicago, IL, agreed that it was an outstanding workshop. "I feel privileged to have had this opportunity," said Bushwaller. Both teachers enjoyed touring the facilities and interacting with Glenn scientists and engineers as well as working with the other participants in the workshop. "I can't wait to present the material to my students," said Kopczynski. "I hope my enthusiasm rubs off on them."

Participants experienced direct interaction with NASA scientists, engineers, technicians and education specialists. Incorporating the knowledge they gained, contacts they made, and new resources they discovered, the teachers developed action plans for model programs to be used in their schools.

"The NEW Urban workshop was developed in 1998 to meet the needs of urban districts," said NEW Urban Program Manager Linda Little of the Office of Educational Programs at Glenn. "The resources provided to them during the workshop can also be used for staff development and parental involvement throughout the school year."

The NEW Program was established in 1984 to encourage students' enthusiasm for mathematics, science, technology and geography by engaging teachers in an exciting program. The first NEW Urban workshop was held at Glenn in 1999. NEW is funded by NASA and is a collaborative effort between Glenn's Office of Educational Programs and the National Science Teachers Association.

Additional information on Glenn's Office of Educational Programs is available on the Internet at:
http://www.lerc.nasa.gov/WWW/OEP/about.htm

Further information about NEW is available on the Internet at: http://www.nsta.org/programs/new.htm

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