Roxbury Staff Present at Twenty-Second Annual TECHSPO Conference
Roxbury, NJ (February 3, 2017) – Four Roxbury staff members collaborated and presented at the twenty-second annual New Jersey Technology Training and Exhibition Conference for school leaders (TECHSPO) on January 26th and 27th in Atlantic City, NJ for fellow colleagues, technology oriented teachers, techs, and administrators.
Roxbury presenters were Ruth Davis, technology integration specialist, Phil Moskowitz, STEAM teacher at Eisenhower Middle School, Elizabeth Omegna, Assistant Principal at EMS, and Teresa Rehman, Director of Technology.
These four presented on “So You’ve Got a STEM Lab, Now What?” This session covered where STEM/STEAM classes can go once established.
Roxbury staff shared its successes and hurdles while building their own STEAM program and successfully implementing it into the curriculum.
The session moved beyond the basics of STEAM to help districts focus on next level projects and problem-based learning within the curricula which Loretta Radulic, Roxbury Superintendent of Schools expanded on in relation to Roxbury meeting its mission to the students.
“This topic reiterates our vision of preparing the students of today for opportunities and challenges of tomorrow. Students have an opportunity to use cross-curricular schools and overcome obstacles with creativity, innovation, collaboration, and communication. It was very rewarding to see Roxbury present. The audience was impressed with their knowledge and willingness to share the steps they’ve taken to bring STEAM and project-based learning to our students.”
“Leading a session at TECHSPO was a great opportunity to showcase Roxbury’s forward thinking and practices in technology integration in the education process,” shared Roxbury presenters.
As winners of the 2015 and 2016 Junior Solar Spring Races at Picatinny Arsenal and National Tournament attendees, Roxbury’s STEAM architects are committed to the evolution of the STEAM and Maker Movement.
Individuals and schools interested in presenting at the conference must submit proposals to be considered. Moskowitz submitted one on next level STEM practices. “Mostly every other STEM presentation I had gone to talked about the basics and importance of setting up a STEM Lab, but we felt it was important that teachers and administrators start to dive deeper into STEM. The more conferences I went to the more I realized that even in year two of our program, we were at the forefront of the STEM movement. We felt it was important to push the conversation forward and align ourselves with other forward-thinking districts in order to offer our students the best possible STEM education.”
EMS’s STEAM program hit an even more crucial need at the middle school level according to Omegna.
“We are a middle school. We are unique, creative, flexible and spark interest at its budding points. Everything we do lays the groundwork for the future!”
Moskowitz couldn’t agree more and shared, “My goal and philosophy is to prepare the students of today to become the innovators of tomorrow. To teach them not to be afraid to make a mistake or try a crazy idea, and that failing does not have to be a negative thing. It is possible to fail forward, to fail and learn, and be more resilient and better for having experienced it.”
This TECHSPO collaboration session was made possible thanks to the New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) who sponsored this event and feel, “School administrators and board members alike have the responsibility to provide state-of-the-art technology curriculum and products to our New Jersey schoolchildren.”
Not only did Roxbury present, they also had a chance to dialogue with other advanced districts that they can turnkey back to the Roxbury schoolchildren.
“We came away with tons of new ideas. Keep an eye out as you may see them develop in the months ahead!”
Moskowitz’s shared his personal takeaway from this experience.
“I come away more confident than ever that we are truly on the right path for our STEM program. We are paving our own unique road forward in STEM and others that I have spoken to seem very interested in joining us on our journey.”
TECHSPO also gave districts an opportunity to meet with various technology related vendors that can assist in moving the field forward.
Radulic particularly noticed the number of booths dedicated to security.
“I was able to bring back a host of ideas to share with our Security Director and possible initiatives for the future.”
PHOTO ATTACHED (courtesy of Roxbury Township Public Schools)
- Phil Moskowitz presenting on STEM at TECHSPO 2017
For more information, contact: Roxbury Community Relations coordinator Ann Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-584-7699.
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