College (& High School) Chemistry During COVID: What Works, What Doesn't, and What I Need Help With! Monday, January 25th @ 7 pm

18 Jan 2021 6:09 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

College (& High School) Chemistry During COVID: What Works, What Doesn't, and What I Need Help With!

Monday, January 25th @ 7 pm

This free webinar and panel discussion features Award-Winning Faculty who are teaching in person, on-line, and in hybrid settings. All science faculty are welcome to attend as most of the strategies can be transferred across science disciplines.  

During the webinar, we will share labs that students can do at home, labs with virtual lab partners and discuss evidence-based strategies that work (and those that don't).  We will show you how to use programs like Nearpod®, PearDeck®, edpuzzle® and others, to check for understanding as well as sharing and viewing student data in a socially distanced way.  We are also excited to hear about the great things you are doing in your class to maintain the rigor of a college chemistry course in these challenging times.

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Meet your Presenters:

Samantha Ramaswamy is the AP Chemistry teacher at Penn-Trafford High School in a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA where she is also the sponsor of the Science National Honor Society. She has taught every level of chemistry from academic up through AP. This year, Penn-Trafford High School runs on a hybrid schedule, with half of the student body attending every other day while the rest remain online. Sam earned her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Purdue University and then her Masters degree in Science Education from Montana State University. Outside of the classroom, she is the president of the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association and a teacher leader of APTeach where she is working to create a more collaborative network of science teachers.


Michele Whitecraft is a dynamic teacher, lecturer and researcher. She takes a holistic interdisciplinary approach to education and is actively involved in advancing women and minorities in science. She has been the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Secondary Science Education, the Tandy Scholar Teacher Award, and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, among others. From her unique research and consulting experiences with the:

●        Department of Energy;

●        National Science Foundation;

●        National Institutes for Environmental Health Science;

●        National Institutes of Health;

and National Aeronautics Space Association, Michele has designed science curricula with real world experiments ranging from her work on the International Experimental Thermonuclear Reactor at Princeton to the artificial transmutation of the transuranium elements at UC Berkeley. Michele’s experiences with these national organizations and research projects have inspired her desire to help advance women and minorities in all scientific endeavors. Michele has been a member of the:

●        American Chemical Society;

●        American Association for the Advancement of Science;

●        Society of Women Engineers;

●        American Association of University Women;

●        Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development;

●        National Association of Research in Science Teaching;

●        National Science Teaching Association;

      Pennsylvania Science Teaching Association (Current Board


  •      Tompkins Cortland Community College Teaching Center

     (Current Board Member).          

With more than 35 years' experience in teaching high school and college chemistry, Michele has authored several monographs and book chapters to enhance science education nation-wide and presented at several national and international conferences. She has publications in BioScience, Journal of Nuclear Materials, Human Ecology, The International Journal of Agriculture, Chemistry in Action and The Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics. Michele was an Education Policy Fellow for Pennsylvania from 2017-2018. Michele earned her master’s degree from Bloomsburg University and her doctorate from Cornell. She is currently an adjunct concurrent enrollment chemistry liaison and chemistry instructor at Tompkins Cortland Community College and a science education professor at Mansfield University.


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