New York State Professional Development Collaborative
NSF Award No. 0302808 (Advanced Technological Education Program)
$976,725 May 15, 2003 - April 30, 2006
Margaret D. Weeks, Hofstra University (Updated 3/16/05)
Four New York State colleges (Dutchess Community College, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Mohawk Valley Community College, and Oswego State University), in partnership with Hofstra University, had established a statewide professional development collaborative. The project initially provided workshops in the areas of materials/manufacturing and information technologies to secondary school technology teachers through a program that brought together community college technical experts, high school teacher/leaders, and university pedagogical experts. The overarching goals were to provide contemporary professional development to technology educators using standards-based exemplary materials, to forge sustainable alliances between community colleges and the technology education community, and to create a professional development model that the colleges will sustain.
Year I of the project was devoted to building the professional development leadership teams, comprised of faculty from the partnering colleges, and high school technology teachers who were leaders in their field. Year II was spent conducting weeklong workshops for technology teachers at the colleges. Workshop content was based on curricular materials developed as part of the NSF ATE project, "New York State Curriculum for Advanced Technological Education," as well as other exemplary materials developed by ATE projects and centers. Standards-based materials were chosen on the basis of a proven track record and relevance to technician education; and the pedagogical focus was on informed design, which emphasizes science inquiry and mathematical analysis in the context of design. Year III of the project was devoted to widespread dissemination through technology education conferences and mini-conferences at the colleges. These activities ultimately established ATE professional development centers at the partnering colleges. By building the capacity of teacher/leaders to conduct enhancement workshops, the project created a replicable and transportable model of professional development and imparting a mechanism through which ongoing staff development was sustained by the colleges.