Thursday, December 16, 2010

"Inspiring Middle School Literacy through Science and Social Studies" - new resources available through Teachers' Domain

These self-paced classroom lessons are designed to enhance the literacy skills of struggling readers in grades 5–8. Each uses videos, interactive activities, note-taking, reading, and writing to present students with an engaging science or history topic.

Each lesson addresses a range of specific literacy strategies, which are listed in the accompanying teacher's guide.

Content Areas
Science Topics
Social Studies Topics
Key Literacy Strategies
Asking Questions
Categorizing Basic Facts and Ideas
Comparing and Contrasting Ideas
Constructing Summaries
Determining Important Information
Establishing Cause and Effect
Identifying and Using Text Features
Making Inferences
Sequencing Events
Understanding Problem/Solution

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Justice Through Science -Lessons Learned from Famous Cases Dr. Henry Lee

This is not a NU Program. Contact information is below

NEACT Western Division Meeting

When: 10:00am-12:00pm (registration at 9:30am) January 8, 2011
Where: Notre Dame Catholic High School, 220 Jefferson St., Fairfield, CT

Program: Justice Through Science -Lessons Learned from Famous Cases Dr. Henry Lee

9:30 Registration & refreshments
10:00 Program
12:00 Lunch on your own

Massachusetts PDPs and Connecticut CEUs are available.
***RSVP to Robert DeSimone

Dr. Henry Lee Dr. Lee is a legendary investigator and a pioneer in the use of modern forensic evidence in the courtroom.
Justice through Science : Lessons Learned from High Profile Cases Dr. Henry C. Lee Commissioner (Ret.), Connecticut State Police, Department of Public Safety Distinguish Professor, Forensic Science, University of New Haven Director, Forensic Research & Training Center

The goals of this presentation are to describe; (1). The concepts of justice though science. (2). Recent advances in forensic sciences. (3).The importance of professional standards of forensic scientist. (4). Lessons learned from high profile cases

Over the last century, the crime rate has increased almost 200 % worldwide.
Both violent and property crime have increased consistently throughout the world. To date, almost 60 % of all households in the world were touched by crime. Each of these households was victimized by at least one burglary, larceny, fraud, or motor vehicle theft; or one of its family members were victims of a rape, robbery, assault, kidnap, physical or mentally abused, or murder. At the same time, the clearance rate of crime has remained relatively low. The contemporary criminal justice system is built on the trust of the public. Unless the crime was solved and the justice been carried out, otherwise the public will lost the trust and confidence on the system.

In recent years, Contemporary advances in molecular biology, chemistry, medicine, toxicology, electronics, instrumentation, micro circuitry, computer technology, data base management and artificial intelligence have virtually revolutionized the capability of forensic science laboratory.
Major efforts to systematically apply new forensic technologies to criminal investigation have been inaugurated though a variety of research and development activities in forensic science field. Hundreds of new methods and techniques are emerging while redefining the means and methods by which law enforcement conducts their criminal investigation.

In addition, continuing atrocities, terrorist acts, natural disasters, political assassinations, high profile cases and controversial death have also generated considerable media and public attentions. A review and analysis of many such instances will demonstrate the complexity and sensitivity of the investigations into these kinds of case. Most the police departments, judicial systems and even the public, start to realize the importance of the concept of Justice through Science.

Forensic science has emerged as a significant element in efforts to resolve civil, criminal and public safety issues. The court has also become increasingly dependent on scientific evidence in civil and criminal litigations. Therefore, the forensic scientists not only have to establish technical and ethical standards, but also have to maintain its objectivity and professionalism. There many lessons we can learned from high profile cases. We have to follow the scientific and legal standard, in the searching and document of crime scene to the examination and presentation of forensic evidence in court. Famous cases, such as Kennedy Assassination, wood chipper murder, the William Kennedy Smith case, O. J. Simpson case, Jon Benet Ramsey case, the Johnson series killer investigation, the White House Counsel Vincent Forsters death case, Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case, Taiwan President, Chen Sui Bain shooting case will be use to illustrate the importance of scientific and legal standards.

Brought to you by the New England Association of Chemistry Teachers

***RSVP to Robert DeSimone

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Educators' Summit at the 36th annual Building Energy Conference and Trade Show CONNECT. GET INVOLVED. BE PART OF THE DIALOGUE.

Educators' Summit at the 36th annual Building Energy Conference and Trade Show
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA

Hands-on STEM workshops with a focus on teaching energy efficiency and
renewable energy in the classroom. Check out the workshops
Keynote with David Orr of Oberlin College!

Workshops, BE Track Sessions, Trade Show, and NESEA Night with
networking opportunities and Hors d'oeuvres.

For more information and to register visit NESEA at or contact Education
Director Arianna Grindrod at 413-774-6051 x 21