This is a list of all currently scheduled workshops and their locations. Some information on this page may not be 100% up-to-date; see the Google Calendar for the most current information. If you would like to suggest an idea for a new workshop, please contact site coordinator Iva Jean Tennant

Google Training (Google Earth)

Date/Time: Saturday, January 20 – 9:00 am to 4:00 (breakfast and registration starts at 8:30, workshop starts at 9:00)

Location: Union-Endicott High School

Presenter: Carol and Pete LaRow

Description: Learn the “NEW” Google Earth, released in April 2017, which works in the Chrome Browser and on Chromebook and Android devices, as well as the “CLASSIC” version, which is an application that is installed on most computers, and is a treasure chest of rich content for lessons and discovery. 

The “new” Earth has a magazine-like appearance with places Google has showcased to bring a wide variety of locations for people to visit, in breathtaking realism. Students can zoom to ground level, walk the streets, tour inside famous landmarks, hike in national parks, swim with divers, see geographical wonders, and discover places they never knew existed.

The classic Google Earth has layers of information. Google has partnered with agencies such as NASA, the National U.S. Geological Survey, National Geographic, and others to offer embedded information on the Google Earth globe. The layers are perfect for lessons and individual exploring of features.

See the description for more detailed information.

Registration: Complete this form to register

Learning to Code

Date/Time: Saturday, January 27 – 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (breakfast and registration starts at 8:30, workshop starts at 9)

Location: Union-Endicott HS (Room 312)

Presenter: Marty and Theresa Bartoy

Description: Want to learn to code but not sure where to start? Here’s an assortment of coding activities to get your feet wet. We’ll spend about an hour on each of the following topics. Afterwords we should have time to work on a project of your choosing. Be sure to bring your laptop and download the required free software before class.

  1. Programming your TI 84. The TI 84 has its own programming language. We’ll explore the commands needed to program some basic math and science formulas.  No downloads needed. Bring your own calculator or borrow one of mine.
  2. SCRATCH. This is a great beginning language for first time programmers. Especially great for younger students (middle school or even elementary students). Go to and Join Scratch
  3. JavaScript. If you’re anywhere on the web, there’s JavaScript code running. This language is great for drawings and animation. A great first language for high school students. We run the code through a browser. Firefox and Chrome work best. Internet Explorer does not work well. Download and install: Notepad++ from
  4. Python. A very popular language used in education and industry. We’ll use this for some math and science applications. Another great first language for high school students. Download and install: Python 3.6.3 from
  5. Processing. This language promotes software literacy within the visual arts and visual literacy within technology. We can turn math into art. Download and install: Processing Windows 64bit from

Registration: Complete this form to register.

PLT Leadership Training (Required for All New Members)

Date/Time: Saturday, February 3 – 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Location: SUNY Cortland (Van Hoesen Hall)

Description: This is the only required workshop for the entire program, and is necessary in order to propose and lead Professional Learning Teams through the Master Teacher Program

Registration: Complete this form to register.

Fun with the Rubik’s Cube (Week 1 of 2)

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 6 – 5:00 to 7:30pm (dinner starts at 5:00, workshop starts at 5:30)

Location: Binghamton University

Description: Come learn to solve the Rubik’s Cube. Watching someone solve the cube in 90 seconds is impressive but it’s really not difficult if you understand how to do it. Furthermore, when students see you solve the cube, they will want to learn. Before you know it they will be teaching each other and your students will be teaching you.

In this first session of two, learn cube structure, basic cube language, and learn to solve the first two layers of the cube.

Registration: Complete this form to register

Introducing Lesson Study: Critical Features of a Global Research and Professional Development Framework

Date/Time: Saturday, February 10 – 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (breakfast and registration starts at 8:00, workshop at 8:30; lunch provided)

Location: TBD

Presenter: Dr. Sharon Dotger

Description: The purpose of the session will be to introduce attendees to the lesson study process; explain its roots and its applications in the US and other countries, compare a written research proposal to the resulting research lesson, and explore the mechanisms for starting lesson study.

Registration: TBD

Forensics Day 3

Date/Time: Saturday, March 3 – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (breakfast and registration starts at 8:00, workshop at 8:30; lunch provided)

Location: Union-Endicott High School

Presenter: Bud and Patti Bertino

Description: You did not have to attend day 1 nor day 2 to attend this all day workshop–this is a stand alone all day workshop

  1. Ballistic Evidence – Participants will receive a brief explanation of the fundamentals of ballistics including fundamental terminology. Simple, safe inexpensive activities will be modeled and available resources demonstrated. The physics and math applications of ballistics will be described.
  2. Toxicology – Participants will perform a simple spot, preliminary test of drugs using positive controls and an unknown drug using plastic well plates. Special emphasis is placed on analysis of the lab protocol. Failure to follow proper protocols leads to evidence unreliability and incorrect claims. Case studies will be discussed. A student research and oral presentation project and presentation involving readings from The Poisoner Handbook (by Deborah Blum) will be outlined.
  3. Fingerprinting – Learn the basics of fingerprint ridge pattern analysis using inexpensive materials. Participants will identify the basic ridge patterns along with minutiae patterns to compare a suspect’s print with the crime scene print. Discussion of how algorithmic patterns of fingerprint are first machine analyzed followed by a final analysis by a fingerprint expert. Participants will create their own fingerprint ‘10 cards’ as well as dust evidence for the presence of latent fingerprints.
  4. Fiber Analysis
    1. We will describe the proper method of searching, collecting, and labeling and storing fiber evidence.
    2. Distinguish between thread, fiber and textile
    3. Compare and contrast natural and synthetic fibers
    4. Determine weave pattern and thread counts of a sample fabric
    5. Using compound microscope, determine is a fiber from the crime scene is consistent with a fiber from a suspect
    6. Using a burn test analysis, identify a particular fiber using dichotomous key. Participants examine and revise the lab protocol to improve evidence reliability.

Registration: Complete this form to register.

Fun with the Rubik’s Cube (Week 2 of 2)

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 6 – 5:00 to 7:30pm (dinner starts at 5:00, workshop starts at 5:30)

Location: Binghamton University

Description: Come learn to solve the Rubik’s Cube. Watching someone solve the cube in 90 seconds is impressive but it’s really not difficult if you understand how to do it. Furthermore, when students see you solve the cube, they will want to learn. Before you know it they will be teaching each other and your students will be teaching you.

Now that you have learned the basics and have practiced the first two layers, come back and learn the algorithms to solve the last layer of the cube. If time permits we will look at the first two layer method.

Registration: Complete this form to register

Skin Biomechanics and Aging

Date/Time: TBD

Location: TBD

Presenter: Dr. Guy German

Description: “Skin acts as a physical, chemical and microbial barrier. It also helps regulate temperature and enables mechanoreception: the ability to sense touch,” says Guy German, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering whose research focuses almost exclusively on the body’s largest organ.

“[There is] a diverse population of microorganisms that naturally reside on your skin,” he says. “When [skin] becomes ruptured, its barrier function is lost, leaving underlying living tissue exposed to harmful pathogens. These pathogens can cause a variety of diseases and infections.”

German will continue his research into skin with a five-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Early Career Development (CAREER) program. His project – “Understanding the Multi-scale Failure Mechanics of Human Skin with Age, Ultraviolet Photodamage and Bacterial Growth” – formally begins in July.

“My first reaction to learning about the award was a combination of happiness that I could support more graduate student research and excitement because the award will enable my lab to explore a new research area that I’m passionate about,” German says. “Overall, this project aims to support up to two graduate students over the five years.”

The fundamental research will explore how aging, ultraviolet light and bacteria weaken skin, cause wrinkles and increase the risk of skin rupture. The results will provide a better understanding of the biomechanical aging process, the onset of skin diseases that could be caused by bacteria in the skin microbiome, and new approaches in skin-based drug delivery in creams and ointments. Some of the results may also have applications related to flexible electronics and energy harvesting.

Much of the current work in the field focuses on macro-testing equipment and treating skin as a homogenous material, but skin is heterogeneous at many length scales, German says, so he plans to look at the tissue microscopically. Experiments will combine immunostaining, mechanical manipulation, high-speed imaging and traction force microscopy to show how skin degrades under a variety of conditions.

Registration: Complete this form to register.

Forensics Day 4

Date/Time: Saturday, March 10 – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (breakfast and registration starts at 8:00, workshop at 8:30; lunch provided)

Location: Union-Endicott High School

Presenter: Bud and Patti Bertino

Description: You did not have to attend day 1 nor day 2 nor day 3 to attend this all day workshop–this is a stand alone all day workshop

  1. Foot and Tire Impression Evidence Analysis – Participants will prepare, photograph, document and analyze plaster casts of foot or tire impressions. Discover what information can be gained through foot and tire impression evidence analysis that could link a suspect to the evidence. Learn how to easily organize this activity so that it can be done either indoors or outdoors.
  2. Forensic Entomology – Explore how insect evidence helps to solve crimes. Information about where and when a crime was committed, about the post mortem interval, was the victim exposed to any toxins or drugs prior to death and more are revealed using insect evidence. Blowflies, the earliest insect to arrive on a corpse, are nature’s timekeeper. Participants will: learn how to analyze blowfly evidence, identify the blowfly life stages, describe the succession of insect evidence on a changing habitat of a decomposing body and apply insect evidence to estimate the post mortem interval of the victim.
    Instructions, photos, demos on how to easily and inexpensively raise, collect and preserve blowflies for classroom use are provided. Handouts include case studies, resources, inquiry projects and alternative assessment opportunities.
  3. Estimation of Post Mortem Intervals – Post mortem intervals are estimated using forensic entomology evidence along with evidence of rigor, algor, and livor mortis of the victim. Students apply their knowledge of blood circulation, muscle contraction and body temperature regulation when estimating post mortem intervals. Environmental factors such as temperature, wind, clothing, and body location all affect the rate and stages of decomposition.
  4. Observational Skills and Evidence Collection – What are the characteristics of a good observer? What tools can be developed to help reconstruct crime scene events to help identify and locate suspects? The tools to help properly identify and process evidence and the proper chain of custody techniques will be described.
  5. Gravesite Excavation and Mapping a Crime Scene – Gravesite excavation is a great forensic culminating activity that can be done either indoors or outdoors. Students use botanical evidence and soil clues to locate gravesites. Using compass, datum and sub-datum points, and a collection site is mapped. Participants learn how to properly process the crime scene, photograph, and document and collect evidence and learn how to create your own crime scene.

Registration: Complete this form to register


Date/Time: Saturday, March 10 – 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (breakfast starts at 8:30, workshop at 9:00)

Location: TBD

Presenter: Caitlyn Gironda

Description: TBD. Complete the Workshop Survey to contribute ideas

Registration: Complete this form to register

ADI: Argument Driven Instruction / Fracking

Date/Time: Saturday, March 10 – 8:30 am to 2:30 pm (Breakfast and registration starting at 8:30, workshop starts at 9)

Location: Union-Endicott High School

Presenters: Michael Hubenthal and Don Duggan-Haas

Description: Tentative schedule–more details to follow
1) description of fracking in each STEM discipline separately Morning
2) lunch (will eat in and I will provide–so only 30 -40 minutes is needed)
3) Using ADI to tackle this in the classroom 12-1:30
4) Time to create and/or experience ADI with fracking 1:30-3:00

Registration: TBD

Southern Tier Math Conference (co-sponsored by BOCES and NYSMTP

Date/Time: Thursday, March 15 – 4:15 to 7:30pm

Location: Chenango Valley High School

Description: TBD

Registration: TBD

Google Classroom – Create, Assign, Collect, and Grade Student Work Paperlessly

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17 – 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (breakfast starts at 8:30, workshop at 9:00)

Location: Union-Endicott High School (Room 425)

Presenter: Carol and Pete LaRow

Description: Learn how to establish a paperless workflow with students for passing out and collecting assignments. Google Classroom allows you to create, assign, collect, and grade student work in one place. Classroom creates an individual assignment folder for each student and automatically passes out the assignments, including directions. Each student receives his/her own copy of the assignment to type on. Classroom automatically creates a calendar for each class with assignments and their due dates. You can post announcements for the entire class and also post discussion questions for students to offer comments in the class Stream.

As students turn in their assignments, Classroom keeps track of who is done and who is not, so teachers can see a status of the class at a glance. Teachers can return assignments to students, giving them the opportunity to re-submit after making edits. Grades can be given from within the Classroom interface and returned to students, with private comments. There is a new “copy grades to Google Sheets” feature, which acts like a gradebook, keeping all assignments for each class in one place. There is an “Email Summary” feature that allows parents/guardians to opt-in to receive email summaries about their child’s missing work, upcoming assignments that are due, and class announcements. Teachers decide if they want to use this feature and “invite” parents to participate. Parents do NOT come into the Classroom interface itself. They only receive email summaries for their child. There is also an “About Page” for teachers to summarize important class information for the students.

Classroom allows teachers to create different classes for the subjects they teach. Students can be invited to join a class or given a code to enter classes on their own. And, teachers can invite other teachers to co-host classes. Classroom works with Google Drive, Docs, Forms, Presentation, Calendar, Gmail, etc. Google Classroom addresses the changing paradigm and helps “reinvent education with technology.”

In this session you will learn how to use Classroom with your students. The instructor will set up a sample Classroom, with teachers as participants. Once you have learned the tool, time permitting, you will be given supervised work time during the session so that you may build your own Google Classroom and practice, with help from the instructors.

Registration: Complete this form to register

Cornell Saturday Workshop for Math Teachers (3 of 4)

Date/Time: Saturday, April 7 – 8:45 am to 2:30 pm (breakfast and registration starts at 8:45, workshop starts at 9; lunch provided)

Location: Cornell University (Malott Hall, Room 406)

Presenters: TBD

Description: Every year, the Cornell Mathematics Department has offered a series of four full-day workshops for secondary mathematics teachers.  Other people who are interested in issues related to the teaching and learning of secondary mathematics (e.g., mathematics pre-service teachers, mathematics undergraduate and graduate students, and mathematicians) are also welcome to attend.  During workshop sessions participants examine principles underlying the content of the secondary school mathematics curriculum, including connections with the history of mathematics, technology, and mathematics education research.  Contact the instructor, Mary Ann Huntley, for more information.

Teachers may receive 1 Cornell University graduate credit for attending 3 of the 4 workshops offered during an academic year by filling out an enrollment form and paying a $100 registration fee. Send your check and completed enrollment form directly to the Office of Continuing Education (B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-4201). Teachers may instead qualify for 5½ in-service hours per workshop.  For this option, there is no cost for attending the workshops.

The agenda for this session is TBD

Registration: Registration is handled via the course website here. Note that registration for this workshop is not yet open.

SciGirls Conference

Date/Time: Saturday, April 14 – Times TBD

Location: Binghamton University (Lecture Hall and Student Wing)

Description: We really need everyone to help out in some way–we will need people to carry in supplies and set up, work at registration, direct parents and young ladies, help in halls to make sure the girls get to correct workshop and that none inadvertently leave, help with lunch, help run a workshop, run a workshop, be a runner, put up signs, pick up food, help with rocket launching, clean up, pack up, etc, etc, etc, etc. We really needed many more people to help out last year and this year we are hoping to include more young ladies and have more workshop offerings. Let’s pull together as a cohort and share the load.

Registration: Contact Iva Jean or Cathy Jeremko

Pollination Ecology and Pollinator Conservation

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 17 – 5:00 to 7:30 (dinner starts at 5, workshop starts at 5:30)

Location: Binghamton University (Science 3, Room 214)

Presenter: Dr. George Meindl

Description: Plant-pollinator interactions are among the most important biological relationships in terrestrial ecosystems. For example, the vast majority of flowering plants are dependent upon pollinators for reproduction, and humans rely on biotic pollination for a majority of food crops. However, as human populations continue to expand, we are altering the environment in ways that are detrimental to pollinator populations. In this workshop we will use hands-on activities to understand the ecological and evolutionary importance of pollinators, as well as to promote healthy pollinator populations in urban spaces.

Participants will first be introduced to basic concepts in pollination ecology and pollinator conservation. We will address the following questions:

  1. What is pollination, and why is it so important?
  2. How do plants and pollinators influence each other in diverse communities?
  3. What threats are currently facing pollinators, and what can we do to help?

In addition, participants will use hands-on activities to:

  1. Create an artificial community of plants and pollinators, and use patterns of visitation and floral / pollinator morphology to develop adaptive explanations for traits, and
  2. Learn how to create native plant and pollinator friendly environments in urban spaces, either near the classroom or at home.

5:00- 5:30 Food
5:30- 5:50 Discussion of pollination basics
5:50- 6:20 Adaptive traits activity
6:20-6:40 Discussion of pollinator conservation
6:40-7:15 Pollinator conservation activity
7:15-7:30 Closing thoughts

Registration: Complete this form to register.

Student Engagement with Jacob Clifford

Date/Time: Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 am to 4:00 (breakfast and registration starts at 8:30, workshop starts at 9:00)

Location: Binghamton University (Student Union, UU 209-206)

Presenter: Jacob Clifford

Description: Inspire, Motivate, and Engage: Building Skills and Classroom Community
Students thrive when they are inspired, motivated, and engaged.

This session is not to be missed. Everyone who attended last spring begged to have him come back for more!

A great teacher builds a classroom community where students are motivated and engaged. In this one-day workshop, Jacob Clifford shares practical strategies that will get your students excited about learning. From lesson planning to assessment, participants will walk away with specific activities, tips, and methods that will inspire teachers and students. Jacob Clifford is founder of ACDC Leadership and has presented workshops to 1000s of teachers throughout the world. (What is ACDC) He is a teacher in California and comes highly recommended by those who have attended his dynamic workshops.

A.C.D.C. is an acronym for our hands-on, student-focused, teaching philosophy. We believe effective education requires Active learning, Cooperative learning, Discovery learning, and Community and this sounds like it fits in totally with your philosophy.

In this session Jacob Clifford will show you simple and effective strategies  that will get your students excited about learning. Explore new ways to increase student buy-in, motivate students through assessment, and create engaging classroom communities. This session is great for teachers and administrators at all levels. Jacob’s high energy and
student-centered approach to teaching and learning will get you excited about implementing these strategies in your classroom.

For those of you who came last year, this will NOT be a repeat of those activities!! You asked to have him come back with more, so he is!! For those who have not attended his session, this is great as well, as this day is NOT dependent on attending a previous session.

Registration: Complete this form to register

Protists, Invasives, and Students – Oh My!

Date/Time: Saturday, May 12 from 8:45 am to 3:30 pm

Location: Cornell University Veterinary Medical Center

Description: ASSET Master Teacher workshop at Cornell University.

Interested in adding a new dimension to your teaching? ASSET offers new ways to examine key biological concepts using a hands-on approach involving live protists.

Want to engage your students in protecting their local waterways by monitoring for invasive fish species? The FISHTRACKER program does just that!

Interested in supporting student designed independent research projects in your classroom? ASSET supports student projects using ciliates as an experimental model system.

Want to explore the interface of science and society? ASSET can help with that too.

ASSET’s Master Teacher workshop will provide an opportunity to explore what ASSET has to offer, try out some of the activities first hand, and see how ASSET activities align to NYSSLS. Added bonus – Wegman’s food! Check out our websites and .

Registration: Complete this form to register

Google Training: Google Calendar

Date/Time: Saturday, May 12 – 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (Breakfast/registration starts at 8:30, workshop at 9:00)

Location: Union-Endicott High School (Room 425)

Description: Create calendars for your personal use, your job at school, and for your students. You can create calendars for different purposes – homework calendars for the classes you teach, ones for your departments at work, and personal uses.

Use with students for assignments, important dates, announcements, scheduling extra help, etc. Add attachments and links directly to calendar dates for students to click on to download assignments and link to resources you create. Post due dates, homework, and important notices.

Embed calendars on classroom webpages, blogs, and more. Use with Google Classroom too. Students can even “subscribe” to your homework calendar and bring it into their Google Calendar. Make appointments and schedule meetings with colleagues. Use the task feature; print agendas for yourself or substitutes. Customize the Calendar settings to suit your personal work habits.

Registration: Complete this form to register