February 1, 2010

Empire State College Professor Named Chairman of New York Academy of Sciences Initiative

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Jan. 28, 2010) Fernand Brunschwig, a professor with Empire State College’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, has been named chairman of the New York Academy of Sciences Science Education Initiative. The initiative is aimed at helping New York City science teachers better prepare their students to be competitive around the globe in science and math. The Initiative, under Brunschwig’s leadership, has attracted $150,000 from private and foundation sources which will support complementary one-year memberships in the academy for the teachers; a number of special events; and the opportunity to participate in a community of educators, learning and collaborating about science education policy, curriculum, and classroom “best practices.” The initiative also will facilitate connections between education professionals and academy members from the broader scientific research community.

The first two events are:

  • Science SLAM, Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The inaugural event for the NYC Science Education Initiative, this is an evening full of insights and ideas to take back to the classroom. Attendees will hear from outstanding science teachers on their best ideas for engaging students in science and math. Natalie Dennison, a student in the college’s M.A.T. program, and a NYC Teaching Fellow, will be a presenter.
  • Science Teaching as a Profession: Why it isn’t. How it could be, Tuesday, March 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sheila Tobias, co-director of the Science Teaching as a Profession project, will present results of extensive research illuminating the challenges and opportunities involved in efforts to elevate the status of science teachers.

Empire State College offers adult learners the opportunity to earn State University of New York associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees through independent study, seminars, residences and online courses. The college is a leader in evaluating and granting credit for prior college-level learning gained from work and life experiences. Empire State College serves more than 19,000 students worldwide at multiple locations in the state of New York and online. For more information, visit www.esc.edu.

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