Nathaniel Rochester Community School Partnership in STEM Education

Nathaniel Rochester Community School Partnership in STEM Education

Director/PI: Michael Occhino

A partnership with School No. 3, which is in the process of transitioning into a STEM magnet school, providing coaching and professional learning to build capacity to provide students with high-quality STEM experiences.

Collaborators: Nathaniel Rochester Community School No. 3 

Funding: New York State Education Department (NYSED) School Improvement Grant

As part of a NYSED School Improvement Grant to transform Nathaniel Rochester Community School No. 3, the Warner School is working collaboratively and comprehensively with the building leadership, teachers, coaches, and additional partners to support this development through deepening STEM content and pedagogical knowledge, particularly as it relates to the Common Core State Standards. Under this partnership, Warner provides opportunities for teachers and building leaders to engage in high-quality math and science professional institutes; onsite sessions and in-school coaching to support teachers as they work to understand and implement high-quality math and science instruction; opportunities for participants to take courses at the University of Rochester to begin to reshape teaching practices focusing on STEM content; and experiences in the summer for teachers to run inquiry-based investigations and group activities to engage students and spur learning.
In 2016, three STEM teachers at School No. 3 were recipients of the inaugural Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC) Leadership Awards in STEM Education—Elementary Level.

Tags: Center for Professional Development and Education Reform, community outreach, Michael Occhino, Nathaniel Rochester Community School No. 3, STEM education