Elementary school science teachers attended adult-learning workshops over 12 days in September and October to discuss implementing hands-on lessons to help improve science teaching and learning in our classrooms.  From left are Kristin Panzino, Andrea Calcagno, Stacey Salvato, Jacqueline Arrieta and Phyllis Colacitti.

two photos of teachers in elementary school science workshop

Left: Megan Bordonaro, Joan Dolan and Danielle Barney. Right: Lauren Ioviero and Jefferey Merton.


The district’s experienced kindergarten teachers gathered at the Professional Development Resource Center on Tuesday, Oct. 2, for an adult-learning workshop to expand their abilities to assess students’ hands-on science learning.

Among the lessons they examined were: what happens when yeast is added to warm water; how counting the chirps of a cricket helps gauge the temperature; what you find when you take apart a flower; and how the layers of a hard-boiled egg relate to the layers of the earth.

It was the final day of a 12-day program that brought in all science teachers in kindergarten through Grade 5 for a day of training under the guidance of teacher coach Cynthia Apalinski.

New teachers discussed their abilities to plan and implement lessons, the teachers’ manuals and science kits, and their understanding of concepts. Experienced teachers reflected on last year’s success and challenges, deepened their understanding of science practices, and dissected the state learning standards to boost student achievement.

As the year continues, these same teachers will experience two additional professional learning sessions, one in November and one in February, developed to continuously improve science teaching and learning in our elementary classrooms.