Touro College and University System Teams up with the Smithsonian Science Education Center to Transform the Teaching and Learning of Science

Conference series launched to teach educators about next generation science innovations and further engage NYC students

Date: October 18, 2018
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Jamie Epstein

The Touro College and University System today announced a collaboration with the Smithsonian Science Education Center. The collaboration will include conference programs for science educators as well as joint research projects and internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, developed to enhance science instruction by educating teachers and administrators working for the New York City Department of Education.

The inaugural workshop presented by Touro’s Graduate School of Education (GSE) and the Smithsonian Science Education Center will cultivate science education leadership and spotlight innovations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Hosted by the Issac Newton Middle School for Math and Science on November 6 in NYC, the conference offers participants an opportunity to engage in multiple hands-on sessions focusing on the use of modeling as an explanation and argumentation to elicit ideas. Upon successful completion of the workshop, STEM middle school teachers and administrators will earn New York State Continuing Teacher and Leadership Education (CTLE) professional development credits.

"Touro College Graduate School of Education is proud to provide high quality professional development to New York City teachers as part of the Touro College and University System collaboration with the Smithsonian Science Education Center. We fully recognize the strength of collaboration for ensuring educational effectiveness throughout the region, and our focus on STEM and Next Generation Science Standards will certainly ensure 21st century learning in our city's classrooms," said Dr. Jacob Easley II, Dean of GSE.

“The Smithsonian Science Education Center’s educational approach is straightforward, revolutionary and results-oriented. The Smithsonian Science Education Center’s portfolio of training programs, curricula and resources have captured the attention of national and international experts. As a leader in science education reform for over 30 years, the Smithsonian Science Education Center has a long-standing history of serving schools, districts and states throughout the country and world and is pleased to work side-by-side with Touro College faculty to meet the needs of teachers in the NYC region. Together, we recognize the synergy that comes through collaboration with Institutes of Higher Education, such as Touro College Graduate School of Education, in order to ensure a scientifically literate citizenry and a 21st Century workforce,” said Dr. Carol O’Donnell, Director of Smithsonian Science Education Center.

Additionally, the Touro Smithsonian collaboration will provide a global platform for K-12 students to conduct research on health-related issues in communities across the world.  The joint initiative will also offer college students the opportunity to work closely with scientists at Touro College and STEM educators at the Smithsonian in dual internships for college credit. Supplementary workshops highlighting science education techniques for teachers, principals and university personnel working in the New York City school system will be held throughout the year as well.


About the Touro College and University System   

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 19,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 30 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to

 About the Smithsonian Science Education Center

The mission of the Smithsonian Science Education Center is to transform the teaching and learning of science for all students throughout the nation and world. The Smithsonian Science Education Center develops exemplary science instructional materials; builds awareness for science education among educational leaders; helps develop science education leadership for groups from school districts and states; and conducts programs that support the professional growth of teachers.  For further information on the Smithsonian Science Education Center, please go to