Gateway Educator Wins Awards, Project Reaches Thousands
January 08, 2011
Dave Jurewicz, a teacher at the Ephraim Curtis Middle School in Sudbury, Massachusetts, recently won the Mass. Technology Education/Engineering Collaborative's 2010 Teacher of the Year Award. This was his second award -- having received MassTEC's Program of the Year Award last year. Jurewicz introduces construction technology to 7th grade students and transportation technology to 8th graders. As a participant in the NCTL's original Gateway Project at the Museum of Science, he worked with other Sudbury teachers to develop an action plan to strengthen their technology/engineering programs.
The Gateway model, designed to help Mass. educational leaders find innovative ways to implement K-12 Science and Technology/Engineering standards, introduces leadership teams of educators to tools, curricula, and resources to develop action plans for their districts. The Gateway Project has helped 65 school districts in aligning their curriculum and assessments with the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework, reaching 379,900 students (40% of Mass. students). Gateway is being replicated in Maine and Texas.
Recently, Gateway educators from the Arlington, Canton, Danvers, Hopedale, Lynn, Natick, Triton Regional, and Wachusett Regional school districts returned to the Museum to discuss their progress in implementing action plans they developed last summer. Participants also engaged in a standards-based engineering design challenge from Wareham Middle School -- creating a tiny "Puff Mobile" vehicle powered by wind to carry a passenger the longest distance. The activity builds on science content such as forces (eg., thrust or friction) and energy sources (wind or fossil fuels), while connecting with a hands-on challenge that also addresses technology/engineering standards. Appreciating the activity's content connections, simplicity, and affordability, the educators discussed adding a motor or solar panel to meet high school technology/engineering standards.
In addition, Gateway regional leaders Rich Monagle and David Petty of Winchester Public Schools hosted an informational session with Lincoln, Stoneham, and Weston educators on the Gateway Project and how Winchester has implemented technology and engineering in their district.