2015 Northeast Regional Meeting

High School Chemistry Teachers Program

When:  Saturday, June 13th, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Where:  221 Williams Hall, Ithaca College


Registration & Professional Documentation

Please note that all attendees must register for NERM 2015. Registration provides full access to the High School Chemistry Teachers Program, as well as, the entire NERM 2015 Conference and Exposition.  High School Teachers must register through MyLearningPlan, which will be processing professional development documentation for the conference on behalf of BOCES.  To register, visit the following website:

*** High School Teacher Online Registration for NERM 2015 ***
will close after June 5, 2015. 

Travel Stipend

Participants who travel more than 100 miles to NERM 2015 are eligible to receive a travel stipend of up to $100 thanks to support provided by the ACS Office of the Secretary and General Counsel.  An application form will be provided at the end of the morning session.  Completed applications should be submitted to Dr. Garcia Sega before participants head to lunch in the Campus Center’s IC Square. 

About the High School Teachers Program

The High School Chemistry Teachers Program of NERM 2015 is organized by Dr. Emily Garcia Sega of Bridgewater State University and co-sponsored by TST-BOCES and Dr. Tom Barton, the immediate Past President of the American Chemical Society.

The first part of the program consists of two talks, namely on the Common Core Learning Standards and on safety in the lab and classroom. The second portion of the program consists of workshops filled with practical activities that teachers can bring back to the classroom.

Beginning 9:00 am -- Light Breakfast, available in Williams 221

9:30 am --
 Opening Remark
Program Sponsor: Tom Barton, Immediate Past President of ACS

As the immediate Past President of the American Chemical Society and a sponsor of the program, Dr. Barton will express his welcome to all participants.

9:40 am – 10:00 am
Discussion on the Common Core Learning Standards
Speaker: Barry Derfel, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, TST BOCES

Teachers will learn about the Common Core Learning Standards, the next upcoming release of new Common Core Sciences Standards, as well as, the Common Core Learning Standards for Science, Social Studies, and the Technical subjects.

10:00 am – 10:20 am
Promoting Safety in the Lab and Classroom
Speaker: Dwight Peavey, EPA

This talk focuses on safety in the lab and classroom. Dr. Peavey of the Environmental Protection Agency will share his knowledge of and experience with Integrated Chemical Management in public schools. To date, Dr. Peavey and his team have provided on-site assistance to over 100 high schools and middle schools in the New England area. 

10:20 am – 10:35 am
Coffee Break, 2nd Floor Hallways of Williams Hall

10:35 am – 11:20 am
Chemistry Connections: Inspiring Students With Innovation
Workshop Leaders: Kate Anderson, Amy Cannon, and Sally Mitchell, Beyond Benign

Investigate and explore new innovative green chemistry technologies while teaching key concepts that will provide new meaning and connections for your students. Challenge your students to dig deeper when looking at specific chemical solutions to environmental concerns.  Focusing on the science of solutions rather than the despair of environmental problems helps inspire us to think about science through a positive and powerful lens.

Are mushrooms the new plastic? Grow your own packaging with a material science inquiry project that analyzes alternatives to traditional Styrofoam materials using mushroom materials. Teach tie-dye with a new twist! The chemistry of dye, pigments, and materials is a fascinating and interactive way to engage and excite students in the lab.  Walk away with materials and resources designed for teachers and by teachers for your chemistry classroom and lab.

11:20 am – 11:45 am 
Transforming Labs to Lead to More Student Inquiry
Workshop Leader: Matteo Mesiouris

Teachers will learn how to take the labs that they have been using and make them more inquiry based. This will allow students to do more problem solving and apply their chemistry knowledge as opposed to simply following a step-by-step procedure. In this workshop we will work through an example of the process of transforming the labs that teachers are currently using, with little disruption to the actual lab preparation.

11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Demonstrations and Activities to Engage and Excite Your Students
Workshop Leaders: Emily Garcia Sega & Ed Brush, Bridgewater State University; Mike Haaf, Ithaca College

Teachers will learn about numerous demonstrations aimed at engaging and exciting their students. They will also obtain hands-on experience in preparing for and presenting these demonstrations. Demonstrations will cover a variety of topics of the chemistry curriculum such as gas laws, kinetics, equilibrium, limiting reagent, and polymers.

12:30 am – 12:35 pm -- 
Closing Remarks
Program Organizer: Emily Garcia Sega, Bridgewater State University

As the NERM 2015 organizer of the High School Teachers Program, Dr. Garcia Sega will conclude the talk and workshop session. 

All PARTICIPANTS will receive:

* a subscription to the ChemMatters magazine  . . . AND . . . 

* an ACS Chemical Education Division Promotional Bag
filled with information about the division’s programs, products, and services of interest to high school teachers!!!  

12:40 pm ~ 1:30 pm  --
Social Lunch at Klingenstein Lounge, Campus Center    

This program will close with delicious buffet lunch.  There will be plenty of time to chat socially and become acquainted with one other. 

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Affordable Lodging Accommodations
& Join the Evening Celebration at the Awards Banquet!!!

Are you traveling from a distance? If so, consider the affordable option of staying Friday night on the Ithaca College Campus ($70 per night per room with a private bath).

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DOCUMENTATION for this conference will be provided by BOCES via the MyLearningPlan website.  To register for the conference, we ask that High School Teachers please visit:  tinyurl.com/kcgr6n6 


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