The National Teacher Training Institute for Math, Science and Technology: Some Reflections

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The National Teacher Training Institute for Math, Science and Technology: Some Reflections


Donlevy, Jim, International Journal of Instructional Media


INTRODUCTION

Summer 2000 marked the 11th gathering of the National Teacher Training Institute for Math, Science and Technology (NTTI) in New York City. Organized and developed by Thirteen/Whet, NTTI is a distinguished professional development initiative that now reaches thousands of teachers in multiple sites across the United States each year (see Donlevy and McGowan, 1991; Donlevy and Donlevy, 1995c; Donlevy, 1999h). The Institute is devoted to improving math and science instruction and provides teachers with intensive training in effective use of video and Internet resources.

Master teachers from the New York Metropolitan area design NTTI workshops for the New York City Institute and provide state-of-the-art demonstrations to other teaching professionals at the multi-day event. What follows is an interview with Ms. Vibha Palekar, a master teacher at the most recent New York City NTTI. Ms. Palekar teaches science in Greenburgh-North Castle School District located in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

REFLECTIONS ON THE NATIONAL TEACHER TRAINING INSTITUTE

Donlevy Please tell me a little about your experience at the NTTI.

Palekar It was very, very positive. There were so many different schools represented and teachers from a great variety of backgrounds. There was genuine excitement about learning and real interchange among professionals.

Donlevy As a master teacher, how did you go about planning the workshop sessions that would be offered to attendees at the Institute?

Palekar A few months before the summer Institute, we met in day-long sessions to plan the delivery of model lessons. Math and science were part of each instructional unit and video and Internet components were included to provide a rich classroom experience.

Donlevy Was there a range of expertise among the teachers in attendance at NTTI?

Palekar Yes, there were many experienced teachers and new teachers as well. The New York City teachers expressed a common concern. More technology is needed in the classrooms to take advantage of video and Internet methodologies.

Donlevy In your own work as a science teacher in Greenburgh-North Castle, do you implement NTTI strategies?

Palekar Yes. I try to use them in my daily work. For example, NTTI encourages teachers to preview video and Internet material; to provide flexible opportunities for student research in the classroom, and beyond; and to plan follow-up activities that build upon and reinforce instructional goals. …

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