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MISTI Cohort 1 shares tips for the first year of teaching!

MISTI Scholars Kimberly Whyte, Ashley Montana, and Cindy Dionizio share inside tips for handling first-year teaching problems Each works in a high-needs school, but they discussed varying approaches to school culture in public versus charter schools.

Leana Peltier

Leana Peltier, New York Wipro SEF Cohort I Fellow and current District Coordinator of Tarrytown, was awarded nearly $10,000 in university and private funding to conduct a vertical professional learning community (V-PLC) with teachers in her district. Eight teachers of grades kindergarten through twelfth are participating in this program during the 2018-2019 school year and meet once every three weeks. This is the second year of the program. The team’s work is focused around understanding and implementing inquiry strategies of teaching and learning and the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices. Through this grant, Leana supports and facilitates a space that allows elementary, middle and high school science teachers to share and reflect on best science practices and provide content understanding in science. The teachers take turns facilitating demonstrations and activities and then work in groups of two (an upper grade teacher with a lower grade teacher) to co-plan their lessons. Another phase of this Science PLC is classroom observations. The elementary teachers visit a high school classroom and each high school teacher visits an elementary classroom. The observers take notes and then debrief the lesson at a meeting where the group follows a feedback protocol. When they have completed the program, they will earn in-service credits or a stipend for their participation. Leana is currently a doctoral student in Teachers College Columbia University’s Science Education program.

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Saturday STEM Academy  Fun STEM skills classes for K-12 students, taught by distinguished STEM educators.


FLORES (Family Learning and Outreach for Research and Education in STEM) - Science Discovery Nights for Parents and Elementary students.    


M3C Young Scholars Program Mathematical modeling summer program for academically gifted and minority high-school students.

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Wipro Science Education Fellowship Program  Becoming teacher leaders in Science Education in their home school district.

MISTI NOYCE Scholar Program Training Mercy undergraduates to be math and science teachers in high-needs districts.


MeirPro:   Veterans to Math Teachers    Currently Recruiting for May 2019

Mercy College has been awarded a major grant of just over 1.16 million dollars from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Teacher Scholarship Program.  The grant is for a project to advance mathematics education, with a particular emphasis on United States Military Veterans retraining for new careers as secondary mathematics teachers.


The funding from the National Science Foundation is earmarked for ten Veterans to complete a Master of Science degree in Mathematics Education – TUITION FREE!!

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CSE Research and Conference Presentations Furthering research in science education by Wipro Fellows and the CSE team

Wipro Ltd. grants additional $300,000 to Mercy College for Wipro Science Education Fellowship

Due to the success of the 5-year Wipro Science Education Fellowship grant, Wipro Ltd. has decided to give continued funding to support Science Education and Leadership initiatives by the Wipro Fellows in their home school districts.

Last December, Wipro Fellow Aimee Ferguson led her fellow 3rd grade teachers at New Rochelle in assembling STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) KITS for their classrooms to help further science leadership in elementary school.