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STEM Curriculum, Learning, and Assessment Studies

1st Annual Conference:


October 17, 2012


The Atrium

NJIT Student Center

New Jersey Institute of Technology


Theme: Assessing Opportunities in Urban Education


The conference focuses on the importance of an integrated vision for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education with literacy and assessment.  The unique combination of vision and technology will provide a promising model for conceptualizing 21st century learning assessment systems for urban K-16 students.  There are 7 thematic  strands

Ø      Accreditation and accountability

Ø      Assessment systems and evaluation

Ø      Assessment in urban education settings

Ø      STEM curricular design

Ø      Student learning assessment

Ø      Technology and assessment

Ø      Writing, cognition, and STEM

Conference Schedule of Events

Registration and Breakfast

Opening Remarks

Ian Gatley, Provost, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

Invited Panel-Educational Assessment

Jeffrey Backstrand, Director of Research-Newark Schools Research Collaborative

Drew Gitomer, Rose & Nicholas DeMarzo Chair in Education Graduate School of Education Rutgers University

Todd W. Kent, Associate Director , Program in Teacher Preparation Princeton University

Information Literacy & Common Core State Standards for ELA

Nancy Glazer, Assessment Specialist Educational Testing Service

Irv Katz, Director of the Licensure and Credentialing Research Group.

Davida Scharf, Director of Reference, NJIT

Keynote Speaker

Carlo  Parravano, Executive Director, Merck Institute for Science Education

Luncheon Speaker

Fadi Deek, Dean Colleges of Science and Liberal Arts, NJI

William. David Burns, Executive Director–SENCER, National Center for Science & Civic Engagement

Concurrent Tech Workshop and speaker Sessions

Ø      Research and Teaching: Towards a Common Future

Ø      Hands-on Technology workshop: Clickers, Podcasting, NJIT Tech Envoy Program

Ø      STEM Curriculum and Assessment

Closing-PD Credit distribution


All available space for the conference has now been.


Newark Public Schools teachers should contact Monica Peart, Director of Science MPeart@NPS.K12.NJ.US  for more details and information


All other interested parties can email Dr. James Lipuma for more information and to determine if any space has opened for additional  attendees.


 Registration fees for the conference includes attendance on October 17 for all events and materials.  It also includes breakfast and lunch.  Thanks to generous contributions by Roche, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, and HSBC Bank USA, N.A., any STEM educators or administrators for grades 6-12 will receive a discounted registration fee as shown below.  Special funding is available for Newark Public School teachers to cover all the costs for this event as shown below. All registered participants can also receive up to 8 hours of professional development or continuing education credit by participating in the conference.


Registration Fees

Type of  Registration


Day of event


Attendee-October 11-October 16


Early bird Attendee—Prior to October 10




STEM Teacher


Newark Public School Teacher (Must register)



$15 *

* Please register and  email to determine if  fee waivers  are available for undergraduate and graduate students



Payment should be made with a check payable to New Jersey Institute of Technology Please mail the check to:

Sylvana Brito-Rodriguez

Special Projects Coordinator

504 Cullimore


323 M. L. King Blvd.

University Heights

Newark, NJ 07102-1982, USA


Registration fees can be paid via personal check mailed separately to NJIT and should be paid prior to arrival at the conference.   All those attending the conference must register for the conference and pay the appropriate fee