These programs are not currently offered at Green Street or PIMMS but they may give you a sense of what we’ve been up to.
eesmarts Energy Education Workshops
The eesmarts and Learning for Clean Energy Innovation programs brought summer workshops on energy, energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy sources to Connecticut. The PIMMS professional development workshops reviewed content and pedagogy regarding energy-related scientific and mathematical concepts. Educators received training for inquiry-based, hands-on activities for the classroom.
Each workshop addressed grade-specific topics as outlined in the CT Science Framework relating to Energy, Energy Transfer and Transformations, Energy Conservation and Efficiency, and Science and Technology in Society. Elementary teachers focused on forms of energy, light bulbs, electricity and magnetism, and energy consumption and efficiency. Middle school teachers also looked at energy transformation, generators, energy sources, and electricity usage. Teachers first learned about the related science concepts and then engaged in hands-on activities to reinforce the ideas using the scientific inquiry to explore basic phenomena.
Early Childhood Leadership Institute
PIMMS offered advanced training in mathematics and science education for young children. The primary goal of the project was to improve young children's development of mathematics and science concepts in order to increase their probability of future success in elementary school.
Under the guidance of Early Childhood expert Ann Spinelli, teachers explored mathematics and science content, developmentally appropriate activities for young children, and received training in how to observe Pre-K students for evaluation of their understanding of basic mathematics and science.
Educators also enjoyed on-site visits to learn additional strategies and observe mentor teachers in action. During the academic year, district teams of teachers engaged in collaboration sessions to share ideas and instructional strategies, and discuss solutions for classroom challenges.