Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

Newsletter

Spring Family Earth and Sky Night

Dr. Senn and Dr. Smyth Present Paper

Improving Teacher Quality Higher Ed. Grant Program

RPSEC Student Programs Reservations Go On-Line

Center of Excellence in Education Technology Workshops

USCA Graduate Student Fees (2003-2004)

NRSMEEP

Camp USC Aiken 2004

Contact Information

Friends of the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

Did You Know?

2004 Instructional Fair

Traveling Science and Math Demonstrations Program

2004 Robert E. Alexander K-12 Outstanding Administrator Award

Dr. Ruth Patrick

Summer USCA AP Institutes

Building a Presence for Science at Your School

Dr. Bass Named Robert E. Alexander Outstanding Administrator

Camp Invention

Graduate Education Programs Available at USCA

NRSMEEP/Audubon

Spring 2004 Special Events Calendar

Graduate Courses Summer and Fall 2004


Spring Family Earth and Sky Night

When: April 24, 2004. 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

Where: Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at USC Aiken.

What: Telescope viewing, planetarium shows, astronomy lectures, hands-on activities.

Hosted by: The Augusta Astronomy Club, the Dupont Planetarium, and the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

 

Theme - Transit of Venus: A transit of Venus occurs when people on Earth see the planet Venus move across the Sun. This will happen during the early morning on June 8, 2004. The last time this happened was on December 6, 1882. A team of German scientists had a viewing site in Aiken during the 1882 transit.

Planetarium shows: "Venus: Up Close and Crossing the Sun", will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The shows will begin at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. The cost for planetariums shows are: Adults $4.50, Senior Citizens $3.50, PK-12 Students $2.50. Children under 4 years old are not admitted.

 

Earth Day and National Astronomy Day: Earth Day is on April 22 and National Astronomy Day is on April 24. The Spring Earth & Sky night is held annually on National Astronomy Day.

Astronomy Lectures: A special presentation titled, "Mars, Our Red Neighbor" will be conducted by astronomer Dr. Stelios Kapranidis. The presentations will begin at 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.

 

Telescope Viewing: A number of people from the Augusta Astronomy Club will have their telescopes available for the public to use. Come see many of the wonders of the heavens. This is a good opportunity to learn about telescopes, especially if you have been considering the purchase of one. The Bechtel telescope in the RPSEC Observatory will also be available.

Hands-on Activities: A variety of hands-on activities will be available to help people understand the wonders of earth and space science. Many of the activities will have materials you can take home with you including your very own star chart.

The Family Earth and Sky Night will be held rain or shine. Free refreshments will be available. Plan to bring friends and your whole family to a fun-filled evening of celebration.


Improving Teacher Quality Higher Education Grant Program

Dr. Paula Gregg, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, at the University of South Carolina Aiken recently received a grant from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and the U. S. Department of Education under the auspices of the Improving Teacher Quality Higher Education Grant Program to develop high quality middle school mathematics teachers over a four-year period.

The grant was developed in partnership with Lexington School District 4, the Department of Mathematical Sciences at USCA, Ruth Patrick Science and Education Center, and members of the Higher Education Mathematics Partnership (Frances Marion University, College of Charleston, Claflin University, Columbia College, University of South Carolina, Central Savannah Mathematics and Science Regional Center and the Low Country Mathematics and Science Regional Center Low Country Site) and USCA Instructional Services.

The purpose of the grant is to help teachers become both highly qualified and certified in Middle School Mathematics by the year 2008. The first year of the four-year grant was funded with continued approval for all four years, pending available funds. The grant will provide full tuition for graduate courses for 20 participants, materials and supplies, and textbooks. The grant will also pay for the required Praxis II exam for all participants. Courses will be content-based (until year 4) and will be taught by both a mathematician and math educator. Courses will be taught in Summer I, Fall and Spring of each year.

Participants in year 1 will be asked to commit to be part of a cohort for the year. These participants will be required to take the Praxis II Middle School Mathematics Exam (20069) by June 12, 2004 and again in April 2005. The grant will pay for these exams (through reimbursement) and participants are required to submit their score reports for credit in the courses. Funding is available for 20 participants (priority will be given to teachers in Lexington School District 4) and a Scholarship Application form must be submitted to Dr. Gregg by April 9, 2004. There will be additional slots available for teachers at the cost of full tuition (contact your district office for available funds from NCLB).

For more information, contact Dr. Paula Gregg at paulag@usca.edu or 803-641-3633. The course schedule for the grant is:

2004 - 2005

Geometry

Algebra and Precalculus

Data Analysis and Probability

2005 - 2006

Problem Solving

Number Theory

Calculus

2006 - 2007

Utilization and Applications of Computers

Classroom Assessment in Mathematics

Methods of Teaching Middle Level Mathematics

2007 - 2008

Early Adolescent Growth and Development

Reading and Writing in the Content Areas

Middle Level Curriculum and Organization


Center of Excellence in Educational Technology Workshops

May 17-20 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The Center of Excellence in Educational Technology (CEET) at USC Aiken is offering hands-on workshops for university faculty in South Carolina. The goal of these workshops is to provide technology related instructional strategies to all higher education faculty.

Module One - Creating Dynamic PowerPoint Presentations

May 17, 2004

Skill Level:

Introductory - Intermediate

Topics include:

Working with text

Manipulating graphics in Photoshop

Incorporating sound and video

Publishing to the web

Primary Software Used:

Photoshop Elements, Microsoft PowerPoint

Module Two - Creating Useful Web Sites

May 18, 2004

Skill Level:

Introductory

Topics include:

Working with text and graphics

Adding multimedia to a web page

Publishing a web site

Primary Software Used:

Mozilla Composer, Macromedia Dreamweaver

Module Three - Desktop Moviemaking

May 19, 2004

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Topics include:

Capturing and editing digital video

Adding sound and still images to motion video

Integrating digital video into other applications

Primary Software Used:

iMovie

Module Four - Blackboard - A course Management System

May 20, 2004

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Topics include:

Setting up a course

Gradebook

Online Assessment

Communication and Collaboration

Primary Software Used:

WWW Browser


Natural Resources Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education Program (NRSMEEP)

A cooperative effort of the Department of Energy, the USDA Forest Service, Silver Bluff Audubon Center, and the University of South Carolina Aiken

Once again NRSMEEP is having a wonderful year full of informative, yet exciting activities for students, teachers and parents alike. As most of you know, our partnership with the Silver Bluff Audubon Center has turned out to be a great enhancement of our program. Anne Bohnet is our wonderful instructor out at the Audubon site, which is located between Beech Island and Jackson. She uses the same type of innovative, stimulating, inquiry based lessons that we use at SRS to engage students and teachers in learning opportunities that are hard to find elsewhere. Many of Anne's classes are also participating in the grant we received from the EPA called Underrepresented Populations Learning in Natures Kindergarten (UPLINK). Our goal is to facilitate and show an improvement in student achievement by administering pre and post tests to participating students as well as comparing their PACT test results with the students in the same school who did not participate in our programs. Results thus far on the pre and post tests look very good, showing about a 20-30% improvement.

Joining Jody Childs at SRS is our new instructor, Mrs. Danielle Murfee. Danielle is a USCA graduate with a degree in Biology with an emphasis in Environmental Science. She has a year of natural resources teaching experience from her previous position at Phinizy Swamp. She is doing a great job fitting in with our team. Expectations of providing a quality educational experience for the students and teachers who participate in NRSMEEP programs are very high. Danielle has met these standards, but due to funding cutbacks, her position may end after this school year.

s most of you know, we are primarily funded through the US Dept. of Energy Savannah River (DOE-SR), which has indicated that our funding will not be renewed. We are currently operating on a no-cost-extension of our agreement. Securing the partnership with Audubon, getting the EPA grant and receiving some support from the Columbia County School District, will allow us to continue through next year with one instructor at SRS and one at Audubon. We will be charging $3.00 per student to participate in all NRSMEEP student programs next year. We do hope to be able to continue to pay for your substitute teachers when you visit us. A USCA leadership team did meet with Mr. Jeff Allison (DOE-SR manager) to plead our case with him to continue our funding. We appreciate very much that many of you wrote letters of support to him. If you did not write a letter but would like to, please feel free to do so. His address is Mr. Jeff Allison, U.S. Dept. of Energy, PO Box A, Aiken SC, 29802.

If you have not applied to attend NRSMEEP next year, but would like to, please do so soon as we will begin scheduling activities this spring.

Please note the great graduate course we are offering in June. It costs only $150 for registration and you will receive at least $250 worth of equipment. Hope the rest of your year goes well. Jody Childs, NRSMEEP Director.

 

 
Contact Information*

Name

Extension

Room

E-mail

Gloria Allen

3592

204

gloriaa@usca.edu

Alicia Brinton

3574

aliciab@usca.edu

Haneefah Cobbs

2843

Gallery

haneefahc@usca.edu

Linda Ferrel

3313

104

lindaf@usca.edu

John Hutchens

3474

114

johnh@usca.edu

Gwen Johnson

3552

105

gwenj@usca.edu

Greg MacDougal

3250

gregm@usca.edu

Jeff Mastromonic

2837

jeffm@usca.edu

Diane Nicholson

2846

123

dianen@usca.edu

Keith Pierce

3513

309

keithp@usca.edu

Elisabeth Schussler

3770

108

elisabeths@usca.edu

Gary Senn

3558

302

senng@sc.edu

Darlene Smalley

2842

127

darlenes@usca.edu

Cindy Sparling

3594

200

cindys@usca.edu

Janice Weeks

3769

301

janicew@usca.edu

 

First Floor

Traveling Science

3683

114

travelscience@rpsec.usca.edu

Work Room

3629

300

Fax

641-3615

300

 

Second Floor

Work Room

2830

213

Resource Room

2835

211

 

Third Floor

Work Room 3a

3659

312

Work Room 3b

3631

310

*All extensions preceded by 641 when dialing from off USCA Campus.

All extensions preceded by 56 when dialing from within the USC phone system.
From Augusta, dial 278-1967 and request the extension.
 
NRSMEEP at US Forest Service located at SRS

Ann Bohnet

725-3904

Annb@usca.edu

Jody Childs

725-8712

Jodyc@usca.edu

Debbie Lindsay

725-0070

Debbiel@usca.edu

Murphy

725-0072

 

Did you know?

The recycling of one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours -- or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.


Traveling Science and Mathematics Demonstrations Porgram

STRAND- Scientists with Traveling Resources And Neat Demonstrations

Remember that there are willing, eager and dynamic volunteers available for classroom visits. The STRAND program is designed to send real world scientists from Westinghouse into classrooms across the CSRA with hands-on activities in the areas of Mathematics and Science. Plan ahead for next school year!

http://rpsec.usca.edu/Travelingscience/.

SCIENCE AND MATH CURRICULUM KITS AND RESOURCES

As you plan ahead for next school year, remember that we have resources available to you! Reserve your science and math kits and resources early. As more and more teachers discover the wonders of kit based science and math, the demand for our kits increases. For a complete listing of available kits visit: http://rpsec.usca.sc.edu/Travelingscience/.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Traveling Science Assistants - travelscience@rpsec.usca.edu
803-641-3683
Jillian Fail and Kami Bigham
Director - John Hutchens - johnh@usca.edu - 803-641-3474
 

Dr. Ruth Patrick
 

Ruth Patrick, world-renowned aquatic ecologist and a pioneer in ecosystem science, is the Francis Boyer Chair of Limnology at the Academy of Natural Sciences and adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Her career has built the foundation of understanding of aquatic ecosystems and the human impact on these systems. The concepts of biodiversity and indicator species stem from her work developing a stream monitoring system with quantitative indexes of ecosystem health. In 1948, she was the first scientist to use a multidisciplinary team to understand a water problem, and perhaps the first to use a team approach for any ecological problem. She pioneered ecological study of rivers and groundwater, integrating theoretical and applied science at the Savannah River Plant. Her comprehensive work has allowed industry to monitor their impact on freshwater ecosystems and to choose to be responsible environmental stewards.

In 1947, Dr. Patrick founded the Academy of Natural Science's Limnology Department, now called the Patrick Center for Environmental Research. She authored several comprehensive books and over 200 scientific papers. She has served or led committees for the World Wildlife Fund, NSF, EPA, NAS, DOE and others. She served on Boards of Directors for Dupont and Pennsylvania Power and Light. Patrick's association with industry demonstrates her belief that working with all stakeholders is necessary to successfully address environmental issues.

Dr. Patrick was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences in 1970 (the 12th woman elected) and has received numerous honors, including the National Medal of Science, the second International Tyler Ecology Award, top awards from the Ecological Society of America, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and the American Philosophical Society, and 25 honorary degrees.

Today, at the age of 95 years old, Dr. Patrick lives with her husband, Lewis in Philadelphia. In 2000, she published The Colorado Rivers, the fifth in a series of books on The Rivers of the United States. Dr. Patrick credits her thirst for environmental research to her father. Fondly she muses, "My father used to stand up after dinner and look at me and my sister and say, 'Remember, you've got to leave this world better because you passed this way.' I have always tried to leave the world a better place through my science," The mission of the RPSEC honors her guiding life principle.

 


Building a Presence for Science at Your School

The Building a Presence for Science program is a national program that was adopted by South Carolina in 1999. As part of this program, a Point of Contact (POC) was identified for every school in the state.

A major responsibility of the POC is to be a visible representative for science by helping colleagues be more aware of resources and opportunities for professional development in science. The role of the POC is to communicate pertinent information to teachers at each school. The POC periodically receives important information about science education and teacher professional development activities from the National Science Teachers Association, Linda Sinclair (South Carolina State Science Coordinator) and area Key Leaders. The Key Leaders for the CSRA are Gregory MacDougall and Karey Santos.

Two meeting dates are scheduled for this spring at the RPSEC in room 117, from 4:30 &endash; 6:00 PM. High school POCs will meet on April 13, 2004. Elementary and middle school POCs will meet on April 20, 2004. The meetings are designed to meet the needs of specific grade levels. Information will be distributed on strategies that result in increased student achievement as well as timely information from the State Department of Education. A share session is also planned. Participants are asked to bring ideas to share with their colleagues. If a POC cannot attend, another teacher may come in his/her place.

If you have any questions about the Building a Presence for Science program or the POC meetings, please contact Gregory MacDougall (803-641-3250, gregm@usca.edu) or Karey Santos (ksantos@aiken.k12.sc.us).



NRSMEEP/Audubon

Since the beginning of the 03/04 school year, the Audubon has hosted 1,342 students with 235 adult chaperones/teachers as part of the NRSMEEP program. Also, two GLOBE workshops and a SC Maps workshop were held at Silver Bluff through the NRSMEEP/Audubon collaboration, and Anne Bohnet attended a teacher/naturalist training camp in Connecticut conducted by Audubon in January. For additional information, contact Silver Bluff Audubon Center at 803-471-0291.


Dr. Gary J. Senn and Dr. Thomas J. C. Smyth presented a paper at the 15th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning

Dr. Gary J. Senn and Dr. Thomas J. C. Smyth presented the paper, Course Delivery Methods for Master's Degree in Educational Technology at the 15th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. This presentation described the rationale for various course delivery methods and how decisions were made for delivery methods of courses in the Master of Education Degree in Educational Technology.


RPSEC Student Programs Reservations Go On-Line

The RPSEC 2004-2005 student programs catalog will appear in an on-line- only format this spring. The program listings and policies will appear on the RPSEC website (http://rpsec.usca.sc.edu) in late-April, where an on-line registration form, as well as a downloadable registration form will be available. Reminders of how to access the website will be sent to all area schools in mid-April. Paper copies of the reservation form with condensed program information will be sent to all area schools at the same time. The deadline for receipt of reservation forms will be June 10, 2004. Due to a recent increase in demand, forms received after this date may not be scheduled, so please make sure to get your forms in on time! The 2004-2005 program catalog will include several new programs, including increased opportunities for middle school hands-on programs. Visit the website in April to see the exciting programs available for your students in 2004-2005!

ATTENTION TEACHERS!!

THE STUDENT PROGRAMS STAFF WILL HOST A FREE TEACHER INFORMATION SESSION ON TUESDAY, May 11, FROM 4:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M. AT THE RPSEC. FIND OUT PROGRAM SPECIFICS AND FILL OUT YOUR RESERVATION FORM ON-SITE!!


USCA Graduate Student Fees (2003-2004)

Application Fee (Graduate) $40.00 A one-time, non-refundable application fee is required of all students and must accompany the application.

Tuition

Resident $308.00 (per semester hour)

SC Certified Teachers $263.00 (per semester hour)

 

Non-resident $655.00 (per semester hour)

SC Certified teachers $263.00 (per sem. hour)

 

Graduate fees must be paid by graduate students whether the courses taken are graduate or undergraduate.

Note: Students enrolled in courses at another USC campus will be required to pay the tuition and fees of that campus in addition to the USCA tuition and fees for USCA courses.

Other Required Fees

Technology Fee $50.00 (per semester for full-time students)

$4.00 (per credit hour each semester for part-time students)

*Parking and Security Fee $10.00 (per semester)

Summer $5.00 (per term)

 

*This is a required fee of all students that includes a parking permit as well as security and parking lot maintenance.

 

 
CAMP USC AIKEN 2004

USC Aiken announces Camp USC Aiken (formerly known as "Kids in College" for the Summer 2004. For more information on the camps listed below, contact Laura Anderson, Office of Continuing Education, 641-3563 or from Augusta 278-1967, ext. 3563.

*Cost: $90 per morning or afternoon camp per one camper;

$150 per Full-day (morning & afternoon) camp per one camper;

*Please call for the cost of Music Makers Camp, Special Needs Camps, and Athletic Camps

SPECIAL INTEREST CAMPS
Digging for Data (Archaeology)
When I Grow Up.... (Exploring Career Options)
Kids on Stage (Drama)
Art Exploration
From Sea to Shining Sea (Geography)
Reading is Out of this World
The Galloping Newsroom (Journalism)
Once Upon a Time....(Creative Writing)
The Great Outdoors
Don't Mess with Mother Nature (Exploring Natural Disasters)
Music Makers
Computer Kids I
The Land Before Time
Celebrations Around the World
Fun with Spanish
Hand Talk (Sign Language)
Computer Kids II
Take a Walk on the Web-Side

ATHELETIC CAMPS**

All Sports
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Softball
Soccer
Volleyball
**Contact Jackie Brown at 641-3486
 

 
Friends of the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

The mission of the RPSEC is to enhance the knowledge, interest, and appreciation for the sciences by providing engaging, research-based instructional services and materials to students, educators, and the general public. This year the RPSEC is launching a broad-based initiative that will provide a means for the CSRA community to support this mission through financial giving as well as volunteerism. An organization, currently referred to as the "Friends of the RPSEC" is being formed by members of the community, the RPSEC Advisory Board, and the RPSEC Coordinating Committee. The purpose of the Friends group is to advance the mission of the RPSEC by identifying resources, raising funds, volunteering time, promoting community awareness and support, strengthening governmental relationships, and advocating the services of the RPSEC.

This initiative will give anyone who has an interest in the sciences an opportunity to make a difference in the science literacy of our community. During this first year of efforts, the group will sponsor a Friends and Founders Day activity during which new supporters, longtime contributors and the original group of visionaries will pool their influence and celebrate together. The target date for the first Friends and Founders Day event will be in November 2004. Contributions will be managed by the Aiken Economic Development Partnership. For more information, please contact Gwen Johnson at (803) 641-3313.


 

2004 Instructional Fair in Mathematics,Science, Reading/Language Arts, and Technology a Real Success!

Empowering Teachers-Promoting Educational Excellence for All Students

Amanda Graham, Program Director for the Center for Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement, was the keynote speaker at the seventh annual Instructional Fair in Mathematics, Science, Reading/Language Arts, and Technology on January 24, 2004 at USC Aiken. Ms. Graham shared information on Cognitive Coaching and its implications for the classroom. Many educators have referred to Cognitive Coaching as the "Educational Renaissance" of the 21st Century.

In addition to the keynote session, teacher leaders, mathematics and science specialists, South Carolina Department of Education representatives, business partners, engineers, and university professors presented other exemplary sessions designed to improved student achievement. These exciting sessions provided opportunities for K-12 teachers to learn and share results-based staff development models, scientifically based instructional strategies, effective methods for implementing standards-based instructional materials and kits, and exemplary use of technology. There was truly something offered for everyone!

Our special congratulations to the following door prize winners:

Eileen Hall &endash; South Aiken Baptist Christian School
William Morris &endash; Allendale Fairfax High School
1-Year Memberships to the SC Science Council;
Russell Saunders &endash; Paul Knox Middle School
1-Year Membership to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics;
Betty Stokes &endash; Denmark Olar High School
1-Year Membership to the National Science Teachers Association; and
Laura Bacon &endash; Kennedy Middle School
1 Year Membership to local Health Club


2004 Robert E. Alexander K-12 Outstanding Administrator Award

Call for Nominations

Award Description: The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center is calling for nominations for the Robert E. Alexander K-12 Outstanding Administrator Award. This annual award is given to a school administrator or a school district administrator who has done an outstanding job in promoting and supporting high quality science and mathematics education for all students. The recipient of the award will receive a plaque and a $250 check to be presented at a school board meeting.

Eligibility: Superintendents, District Office Administrators, School Principals, and Assistant Principals from the Central Savannah River area of South Carolina and Georgia are eligible for the award. Award Winners may re-apply after three years.

Nomination Procedure: Eligible candidates can be self-nominated or nominated by a colleague (i.e. teacher, principal, parent, district administrator or parent).

The nomination packet should include the following:

Letter of nomination that highlights evidence that the nominee supports high quality science, mathematics or technology education (SMTE) for all students.

A small portfolio depicting the administrator's role in implementing high quality programs for enhancing SMTE.

One letter of recommendation from a teacher, another administrator, or parent.

The portfolio and letters collectively should seek to highlight the following:

Innovative use of funds to support science and/or mathematics instruction.

Innovative use of time to provide professional development for teachers of science and/or mathematics.

Innovative scheduling to provide for adequate instructional time in science and/or mathematics.

Innovative use of staff to improve science and/or mathematics instruction.

Innovative professional development practices to enhance the skills of science and/or mathematics.

Nomination Deadline: Nomination packages should be postmarked by June 30, 2004 and sent to: Gwen Johnson, Director; Ruth Patrick Science Education Center; 471 University Parkway; Aiken, SC 29801. If you have questions about the award or the nomination procedure, call Gwen Johnson at (803)641-3552 or e-mail her at gwenj@usca.edu.


Summer 2004 University of South Carolina Aiken holding AP Institutes in Biology, Chemistry, and English Composition/Literature

The University of South Carolina will be holding AP institutes in Biology, Chemistry and English Composition/Literature this summer. Tuition and materials for the institutes will be provided through a grant from the South Carolina Department of Education.

The purpose of these institutes is to provide training for teachers who want to become AP teachers. It is also a good opportunity for teachers who teach feeder courses to become familiar with what is needed by their students to be successful in an AP class. Each AP course will carry three semester hours of graduate credit upon successful completion of the course (which will occur after the 2-follow-up dates).

 

AP BIOLOGY

Dr. Bill Jackson, Billj@usca.edu, (803) 641-3601
USC Aiken
June 1 - June 14, 2004
June 1 &endash; 4, 2004 (Tuesday &endash; Thursday)
June 7 &endash; 11, 2004 (Monday &endash; Thursday)
June 14, 2004 Final Exam (Monday)
Monday through Thursday
(9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Two follow-up days in the fall - dates to be determined.
 

AP Chemistry

Dr. Monty Fetterolf, Montyf@usca.edu, (803) 641-3378
USC Aiken
June 7 &endash; June 17, 2004
Monday through Thursday
(9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Two follow-up days in the fall - dates to be determined.
 

AP English Composition and Literature

Dr. Suzanne Ozment, Suzanneo@usca.edu, (803) 641-3458
USC Aiken June 7 &endash; June 17, 2004
Monday through Thursday
(9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
Two follow-up days in the fall - dates to be determined.
 

If you need housing please contact Dr. Jeff Priest, Head of the School of Education (jeffp@usca.edu) and he can provide you with information. There will be a charge for on-campus housing. Check with your school district to see if they will pay for housing.

There may be a $40 registration fee if you haven't taken a graduate course in the USC system.

For registration information call or e-mail Karen Morris at karenm@usca.edu or (803) 641-3489.

 


Dr. Debbie Bass Named Robert E. Alexander Outstanding Administrator

 On January 13, 2004, Dr. Deborah Bass was recognized as the third recipient of the Robert E. Alexander Outstanding Administrator award. As principal at A.L. Corbett Middle school for the last five years, Dr. Bass has devoted considerable efforts to raising student achievement through professional development, enhanced school-community relations, and greater effort on the part of the student. Her staff uses the letters in her name to describe her most outstanding qualities: Determined Excellent Balanced Organized Reader Ambitious Higher-order-thinker (Deborah) Builder Active Supporter Successful (Bass). Indeed, her energy and focus communicate high expectations for her students and faculty.

It takes high ideals for the students and stamina for the administration and faculty in order to tackle the tasks that Dr. Bass keeps running at her school in mathematics, science and other areas. Dr. Bass has adapted the school schedule so that teachers will have the opportunity to plan collaboratively during common planning times within a given content area. She has provided professional development at the school site to enhance content preparation of teachers in math and science and to offer a chance for engaging in vertical teaming with high school content teachers. She secured funds to sponsor a geometry content course for middle school teachers at the school site. The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center provided the instructor and access to manipulatives and software for computer assisted geometry instruction. She also secured funding for the integration of music into the mathematics curriculum. Grants have supported the establishment of classroom libraries in science and mathematics, classroom sets of math manipulatives and science supplies, and attendance of teachers at professional conferences. Technology night activities, Engineering Week visitors, and Future City interdisciplinary learning involve parents and students in learning experiences. Other technology advantages include a new computer lab, the V-tel distance learning equipment, and "Good Morning, A.L. Corbett" in the TV studio.

The school wide leadership team, that Dr. Bass depends on to help plan and implement the many concurrent initiatives, participates in an annual area-wide Cluster Schools Leadership Academy. This strategic planning model grew out of the ongoing professional development support of the CSRA Math and Science Regional Center and the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center. Providing a stimulating learning environment at A.L. Corbett demands the dedication of a talented administrator and leader such as Dr. Debbie Bass.

Dr. Bass believes that the experiences of students should extend beyond the classroom. To this end, she supports class visits to the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, Fort Discovery and she has even personally escorted her students to the Governor's School for Science and Mathematics Summer Science Program. Dr. Bass recognizes reading as fundamental and maintains a highly visible and broad based reading program at Corbett. Because reading is a basic life long skill and is essential for all other learning, much curriculum wide emphasis is placed on becoming stronger readers in every discipline. As a result of her holistic and comprehensive approach to educating the students of A.L. Corbett Middle School in math and science, Dr. Bass has won the attention of her peers and staff as the 2003 Recipient of the Robert Alexander Outstanding Administrator Award. Congratulations!!!!

 

GRADUATE EDUCATION PROGRAMS AVAILABLE AT USCA

M.Ed. in Elementary Education - this program is designed to provide advanced professional studies in graduate level coursework for persons who currently hold teacher certification and are committed to excellence in elementary education. There are still spaces available in the North Augusta cohort of teachers pursuing this degree in a compressed schedule at North Augusta Elementary. Anyone interested in joining this cohort should contact Karen Morris, USCA Coordinator of Graduate Studies at karenm@usca.edu or (803) 641-3489.
 
M.Ed. in Educational Technology - The program is intended to prepare educators to assume leadership roles in the integration of educational technology into the school curriculum and to provide graduate-level instructional opportunities for several populations (e.g. classroom teachers, corporate trainers, educational software developers) that need to acquire both technological competencies and understanding of sound instructional design principles and techniques. This program uses several course delivery methods including web-based, closed circuit TV, and on-campus courses.
 
USC Extended Graduate Campus - USC Columbia delivers several graduate programs to the USC Aiken campus. Of special interest to educators are their programs in Library and Information Science, Educational Administration and the Interdisciplinary Masters of Arts in Natural Science.
 

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The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center Newsletter is a publication of the RPSEC for educators. The Center encompasses the CSRA HUB, CEET, Dupont Planetarium, and NRSMEEP. If you have any information that would be beneficical to the audience of this newsletter, or would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact the Editor, Cindy Sparling, at (803) 641-3594 or CindyS@usca.edu. Deadline for submission in the next newsletter is July 1, 2004.

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 URL: http://rpsec.usca.edu/Newsletter/Dec02/december.html (December, 2002)