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02-067
For Release: September 25, 2002

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


NASA Workshop Helped Teachers Prepare for New School Year

Fourteen middle school educators from five Northeast Ohio school districts participated in an intensive teacher workshop at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland during the summer.

At the NASA Educational Workshop (NEW) Ohio 2002, teachers personally experienced NASA's state-of-the art research, development activities and commitment to education. They visited Glenn's research facilities and observed scientists, engineers and technicians at work.

The participants were given opportunities to increase their knowledge through inquiry-based, hands-on activities and to acquire new interdisciplinary and team-teaching strategies through development of team action plans they presented on the last day of the workshop.

A key element of the July 2002 workshop is that two 1-day follow-on workshops, scheduled in January and April 2003 will take place to obtain an update from the teams on how they are progressing with their action plans and to provide them with additional NASA educational resources as needed.

For the first time, the Science and Mathematics Achievement Required for Tomorrow (SMART) Consortium served as Glenn's partner for this program which included informal education institutions such as Lake Farmpark and the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. The SMART Consortium, comprised of 19 school districts in Northeast Ohio, developed the Science Course of Study, which links major themes across grade levels and is a model for the new Ohio standards for science. Benchmarks from the Science Course of Study for grades 5 through 8 were used throughout the workshop to provide a curricular framework for teaching and learning.

The teachers who participated in this workshop are listed below by their city of residence. The subject and grade they teach and the name of their school district is also listed.

Huron, OH
Denise Fahrney, 8th grade Science, Lorain School District

Lakewood, OH
Paula Morgan, 7th and 8th grade Technology, South Euclid-Lyndhurst City Schools

Lorain, OH Catherine Graves, 7th and 8th grade Science, Lorain School District

Medina, OH
Laurie Timberlake, 4th grade gifted Science, Mathematics, Technology, Geography, Strongsville School District

Rocky River, OH
Jodi Marizek, 7th grade Science, Lorain School District -2001-2002; Cleveland Heights School District - 2002-2003

Solon, OH
Glenn LaRue, 7th and 8th grade Technology, Warrensville Heights School District

South Euclid, OH
Debra Long, 7th grade Science, Mathematics, South Euclid-Lyndhurst City Schools Stacey Simon, 8th grade Science, Mathematics, South Euclid-Lyndhurst City Schools

Strongsville, OH
Jay Mutti, 5th grade Science, Strongsville School District Cindy Vernon, Former Teacher/Volunteer, Science, Mathematics, Technology, Geography, Strongsville School District

Twinsburg, OH
Brender Arnold, 7th grade Mathematics, Warrensville Heights School District

Vermilion, OH
Jennifer Vincenty, 7th grade Science, Lorain School District

Willoughby Hills, OH
Keli Davis, 5th grade Self-Contained, Maple Heights School District

Willowick, OH
Michelle Schermer, 7th grade Science, South Euclid-Lyndhurst City Schools

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