Since 2006, Barnard has sponsored two highly respected professional development programs for teachers in under resourced schools in New York City—Science in the City (SiTC) and subsequently Math and the City (MatC)—aimed at increasing STEM opportunities for underrepresented minority and low-income high school students. Our plan is to expand upon these highly successful high school programs by creating a new pilot program entitled STEAM in the City, which would empower K-8 teachers with pedagogical instruction from top scholars at Barnard. To implement new STEAM-related curricula, we envision that STEAM in the City will use spaces in nearby public parks as effective environmental and design learning sites.
By creating a pilot institute this summer that engages Morningside Park as a living lab for scientific study, stress reduction, and urban design challenges, Barnard will help contribute to the professional development of local K–8 teachers. Further, teachers and NYC Urban Park Rangers will be invited to learn from Barnard's environmental scientists, architects, and artists to translate contemporary research into dynamic experiential STEAM curriculum for K–8 students. Using the parks as a laboratory also helps satisfy restrictions related to COVID-19 that make outdoor space the prime destination for learning.
Project Integration/Implementation Post Summer Institute – Throughout the year, staff and undergraduate students from Barnard/Columbia will visit teachers in this cohort at their schools to support project implementation. Extra support will be provided for in-session classes, to conduct check-ins with the teachers and project designers for data collection, feedback, and assistance as needed. Additionally, teachers in the cohort will attend professional development sessions once a month to work on new projects and maker skills. Many of these sessions will be split between a component on campus and a component in Morningside Park.
The Project Coordinator will support the development and implementation of the STEAM in the City Program. Under the supervision of the Executive Director of Community Engagement and Inclusion, they will assist with all aspects of the project including but not limited to; setting up and executing STEAM convenings, serving as the liaison with partners, being a key team member for all STEAM activities, and supporting the ED and program staff as needed. The Coordinator will be responsible for liaising across Barnard faculty, staff and with external community partners to advance outreach and programmatic expansion goals related to the STEAM in the City project and other relevant resources related to increasing the capacity of STEAM outreach in the city. The Coordinator will also support in managing the logistics of external partners, including monitoring communications, supporting project management activities, and scheduling meetings and convenings. Finally, the Coordinator will support in the development of assessment and research related written materials, including but not limited to grant reporting and grant writing activities.
This is a 2-year grant funded position with the possibility of extension and is housed in the Office of Community Engagement and Inclusion.
Department: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Required Qualification Summary:
Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Natural Sciences, Education, Psychology or other related discipline is required and a minimum of 2 years of professional experience.
Barnard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Barnard does not discriminate due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis, and to the extent permitted by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.
Since its founding in 1889, Barnard has been a distinguished leader in higher education, offering a rigorous liberal arts foundation to young women whose curiosity, drive, and exuberance set them apart. Ours is a diverse intellectual community in a unique learning environment that provides the best of all worlds: small, intimate classes in a collaborative liberal arts setting dedicated to the advancement of women with the vast resources of Columbia University just steps away in the heart of vibrant and electric New York City.
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