Collaboration with the DNA Learning Center
Our District has an ongoing collaboration with the DNA Learning Center and our teachers have engaged in professional development in the area of science through courses and workshops offered locally in our District as well as through the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in New York State.
The following is an excerpt from the Cold Spring Harbor Annual District Report for the school year 2011-2012.
ELEMENTARY CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
ELEMENTARY SCIENCE: DISTRICT COLLABORATION WITH THE COLD SPRING HARBOR DNA LEARNING CENTER
During the 2011 - 2012 school year, our work with the COLD SPRING HARBOR DNA Learning Center was increased for the students in fifth and sixth grades. Time and resources were also provided for teachers to begin the transition of weekly science instruction from science teacher to daily instruction with the primary classroom teachers. Kevin Craine, District elementary science teacher, wrote curriculum units and provided resources for the second, fifth and sixth grade teachers. These units were further developed and updated by the classroom teachers throughout the year. Mr. Craine provided additional support for the second grade teachers on half-days and in grade level meetings.
Classroom teachers of science in fifth and sixth grade also collaborated through their participation in a Middle School Collegial Network led by national consultant, Dr. Nancy Doda. In terms of additional materials, throughout the year, teachers from both Lloyd Harbor and West Side Schools chose several Interactive science kits for selected units of study. These resources were obtained through NYS grants from the Office of Curriculum and Instruction.
In the 2012-2013 year, we look forward to further enhancing our work in science through a newly formed partnership with Stony Brook University. When Dr. Wilansky and the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction met with Stony Brook University’s Director of Science Education, he complimented our District on our work in science and affirmed that Cold Spring Harbor has the highest participation rate and results in Physics across all of Long Island.