I live in Massapequa, NY, on Long Island.
I am twenty-three years old, and have lived in New York all my life. I graduated
from Tufts University
in 1997 with a double major in biology and English. I am now a teacher of
biology and general science for the New York
City Board of Educationat
Benjamin N. Cardozo High
School in Bayside, Queens. I have just completed my second year of teaching.
This year my department
piloted The Living Environment curriculum, a revised syllabus for high
school biology classes. All science programs in New York State will use
this guide beginning in September, 2001. This syllabus represents a significant
change from previous curricula. The core curriculum outline focuses on
relationships, processes, and inquiry rather than memorizing facts and vocabulary.
The Living Environment is based national reform efforts in science education,
and is consistent with the National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks
of Science Literacy: Project 2061. If you would like a copy of
The Living Environment Core Curriculum Guide, click
here to go to the New York State Education website, where that document is
available in Adobe Acrobat format.
I have focused my work
at the Biodiversity Institute to develop units within The Living Environment.
After the institute I will be facilitating a commuter institute during which
I will share my experiences from Princeton with other New York City science teachers.
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