Professional Development

Center of Mathematics, Science and Computer Education (CMSCE)


In-district Full & Half Day Training Ÿ- Mentoring/Coaching Ÿ- Curriculum Development Ÿ- Research


The CMSCE at Rutgers University provides professional development for K-12 educators to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in the classroom.  Content and pedagogy experts offer research-based workshops, mentoring, and coaching in STEM related disciplines.  Programs are customized to meet your district's needs.  The CMSCE partners with school districts around the state on grants and other initiatives including curriculum development and research.  Below is a sampling of professional development topics in mathematics, science and technology.



The below sessions are just a sampling of the types of professional development the CMSCE can provide for your district.  Please contact us if you don’t see something you had in mind.  The CMSCE can customize your professional development training to meet your district’s specific needs. Please contact Dawna Schultz, Director of In-district Initiatives, at, (848) 445-3025 (office) or (908) 892-0609 (cell).


  • Full Day: $1400 (if 10+ PD days, the rate is $1300)
  • Half Day: $800






Math Common Core Standards in Action (CCSS)

Explore the Standards for Mathematical Practice through a series of problem solving sessions that will focus on the types of problems, facilitating techniques, and classroom culture that encourage students to engage in genuine mathematical reasoning. We will discuss each problem solving session in relation to the practice standards we enacted, and will explore how the activity can be modified for various grade levels and needs. Schools can also request sessions focusing on specific content standards (e.g., to address the increased emphasis on transformations in middle school geometry).


The Engaged Learner in Math- Best Practices

What makes some people engage with a puzzle or problem for hours on end? Perhaps it is the thrill of tackling a challenge and figuring something out through their own reasoning powers. Perhaps it is their innate curiosity about how something "works," for example a magic trick or a device. Sometimes it may be the fun of working on something along one's friends, or really needing the answer to a question with practical implications. This workshop series explores these questions and more in the context of the classroom. General engagement principles will be discussed and applied to the context of specific mathematical topics.


Technology Integration in Math

Come explore how software such as GeoGebra and devices such as the iPad can be used in the math classroom to offer opportunities for interactive explorations that are not possible with just pen and paper. Technology-based activities can challenge students to engage in genuine reasoning while increasing student engagement at the same time. Specific activities designed for topic introduction, practice, and assessment will be discussed


Higher Order Math Tasks and The PARCC
As PARCC assessments are implemented across school districts, teachers must engage students in the type of higher order thinking that is required to be successful on these assessments, particularly in mathematics.  Luckily, there are plenty of resources available with great math questions that ask students to think and problem solve.  In this workshop, we will share and exchange resources related to higher order math tasks and assessments.


Affective Engagement in Math

How can we tell whether our students are truly engaged in math class?  In this workshop, we will explore the affective dimension of mathematics learning and how this can impact mathematics problem solving and content learning.  We will also discuss the importance of creating an emotionally safe learning environment where students can explore and discuss mathematics in a way that promotes conceptual understanding.


Math Applications in the Classroom - Engineering Design Challenges
With STEM education receiving increasing attention, mathematics teachers can take advantage of engineering design challenges (EDCs) to highlight particular mathematics topics in a way that makes students want to engage with the material.  EDCs also serve to help students see the applications of the mathematics they learn.  Come work on some EDCs, learn where to find EDC databases, discover how you can use them in your mathematics classes.







Getting Started with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Explore the core elements of NGSS and learn about the essential big changes at this NGSS overview event.  This training will identify the immediate things you can do to begin implementing NGSS.


The Engaged Learner in Science- NGSS In Action (Best Practices)
Explore research-proven pedagogical models that best support NGSS, including Project Based Learning (PBL), Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as well as the Flipped Classroom. Taking the essential elements of all of them to create your own personal blended model is the art of Implementing NGSS. Develop your own pedagogical model that can effectively implement NGSS.


Technology Integration & NGSS

Infusing quality STEM multimedia resources (simulations, interactives, video games, etc.) into your classroom is one easy way to further engage your students, increase their depth of understanding, and address the NGSS.  Explore exemplary STEM multimedia resources; and learn where to find them, how to evaluate them, and how to apply them to meet NGSS.


Cross-Cutting Concepts & STEM Connections

The NGSS include 7 Cross-cutting Concepts, the big ideas that have applications across all the sciences and can link different domains.  NGSS states, “these concepts need to be made explicit for students because they provide an organizational schema for interrelating knowledge from various science fields into a coherent and scientifically-based view of the world.”  We provide training on how these critical concepts can best be infused and how to address them with students.


The Most Critical Science & Engineering Practices
Some S&E practices are critical to the NGSS. We provide training on those most critical or challenging to your district. Examples include modeling, argument supported by evidence, or designing investigations.


NGSS Implementation Models

We support districts in identifying the best implementation model(s) for your district, and then supporting you in all aspect of implementation, including curriculum development, mentoring/coaching and training.


Citizen Science
This exciting movement allows non-specialists to participate in collaborative scientific research around the world.  We will share citizen science projects that can be implemented in your district.


Math Integration and NGSS- Making the Connections

As the NGSS states, “In both science and engineering, mathematics and computation are fundamental tools for representing physical variables and their relationships. “ NGSS is calling us to further explore new strategies for how to better integrate math and make more meaningful connection.  We provide training on how to integrate math in meaningful ways.


Probeware- Focus on Analysis
Science investigations can be enhanced through the use of probeware. With the instant acquisition of real-time data, students can put their emphasis on analysis and critical thinking rather than experimental procedures.  We support professional development with the use probes and sensors including Probeware apps.






Maker Education Movement – Design, Creativity, & Innovation
The best way to engage your classroom and deepen content knowledge is for students to make something. When students have the opportunity to tinker, they build a skill set and a sense of self-efficacy that will serve well in school and beyond! This is why the Maker Movement has sparked a creative learning revolution and Maker Spaces are popping up in more and more schools and communities today! With affordable and accessible technology, the Maker Movement makes "learning by doing" a realistic multidisciplinary approach.  We provide PD and support in all aspects of Maker Education.


Learning to Code
The new NCLB- No Coders Left Behind. Successful 21st century citizens need to learn coding so that they are the creators not merely consumers of computer programs and apps. STEM learning in the classroom goes beyond introducing computers and multimedia to students. It needs to support a new model of learning via coding. Teaching teachers to code is the fist step in the right direction. Join us as we introduce you to basics of multimedia programming.


Gaming to Learn

The potential for deep STEM content learning through digital games is great. Research is demonstrating the immense potential of games for increasing student engagement and content knowledge.  With the backing of research more and more amazing STEM games are being developed.  Join us as we introduce you to some of the best in STEM education.


Technological Affordances & Engagement

Computer-supported inquiry learning has the potential to foster productive engagement with the task and also enhance students' motivation. This is because many students find computers to be fun, offering them a “hook” for learning. Research implies that students are engaged if given the opportunity to collaborate in computer-supported and inquiry-based learning environments. Technological affordances support scientific practices such as collaboration on defining and identifying real-world problems, engaging in argumentation from evidence, and developing and interpreting models. We will explore affordances of technologies that foster higher quality engagement in the classroom.


Digital Portfolios & The Connected Classroom
Digital Portfolios are being required by many higher education institutions and are fast becoming mandatory for college entrance.  Digital portfolios allow students to document and reflect on their own learning.  Digital portfolios via a Learning Management Systems (LMS) make a powerful combination. Discover how this partnership allows students to interact, respond, and reflect on their learning as well as provide and receive feedback from their classmates.  Building a connected classroom community can increase the interactions among students, enhance the quality of their reflections, and ultimately enhance students’ digital portfolios.


Mobile Devices in the Classroom – Apps and App Development

We provide mobile device training for STEM classrooms.  Emphasis is on what are the best apps to advance your students STEM learning, how you can explore app development resources available, and how you can effectively include app development into your classroom.


Ask the Expert

Rutgers Faculty members skype with your class and answer questions on their research topics in STEM.  If you have a STEM project that would be enhance by a content expert, Ask the Expert is program for you.