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Baldwin Research Group presentations

posted Dec 8, 2018, 8:48 AM by Brian Baldwin   [ updated Dec 8, 2018, 8:49 AM ]

It's that time of the year again -- my research group is presenting four separate posters at our department's poster presentations for the Research First Initiative.  I present our four posters below, and pictures of the event will be posted next week.








NSTA Conference National Harbor, MD

posted Nov 14, 2018, 2:07 PM by Brian Baldwin

To all who are attending the NSTA Conference at National Harbor, MD  -- especially if you're traveling from a distance -- welcome to east coast weather!   While you're enjoying new strategies, tools and gadgets for teaching and learning science, don't forget about the role of professional development geared directly toward the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), or whatever your state calls them!

Feel free to contact us about introductory offers on PD for your district.  If you're a teacher, feel to reach out or give our contact info to your supervisor and principal:  info@bcbaldwin.com and 973-937-8119

Mendham Township Board of Education

posted Nov 7, 2018, 1:54 PM by Brian Baldwin

Well, I gave it my all!  For those of you that don't know, I was on the ballot this year for the local Mendham Township Board of Education.  While I didn't end up winning a seat, the race was exceedingly close (I lost by 13 votes out of over a couple thousand cast)!   While I didn't wind up winning  (I have a few reasons why), I still have a lot to offer my home district, and won't be going away anytime soon.

A couple friends have told me today that I set a really good example for my family to get involved in my community by volunteering to run for a volunteer position.  Well, that's what I do.

Here are a couple of pictures of our adventures in voting:

 
 
 





Completing an external evaluation -- outside finally!

posted Apr 27, 2018, 2:25 PM by Brian Baldwin   [ updated Apr 27, 2018, 2:25 PM ]

I was finally able to get outside and work late afternoon yesterday and into the early evening.  Had a chance to even dress the part and act the part with my new shirt!


Trump's proposed budget cuts to science education put US education in peril

posted Feb 7, 2018, 7:10 PM by Brian Baldwin   [ updated Feb 7, 2018, 8:16 PM ]

Proposed cuts to science education through the NSF, NOAA and the Department of Energy pose serious threat to the future of science teaching and science education.  Projects funded by these agencies provide resources for programs that train teachers on developing curricula aligned with new standards, as well as funding for researchers to investigate methods of teaching and learning with student achievement.  Needless to say, this is a terrible idea!

Trump's proposed cuts to science education would be 'devastating,' educators say

NJASK5 science test Spring 2018

posted Sep 29, 2017, 12:34 PM by Brian Baldwin

As if the shattering announcement wasn’t enough for you ... here’s the newest: Beginning with this academic year 2017-18, there will NOT be a 4th grade science test in NJ. It will be moving to 5th grade. The items on the test will focus on grades k-5 Standards from NJSLS-S (renamed from NGSS). That includes three-dimensional questions aligned to the disciplinary core ideas, cross-cutting concepts and the engineering practices.


The earlier thinking and guidance from NJDOE was that the 2018 administration of the ASK4 would indeed be aligned to the NGSS, but would remain a paper-based test. However, this is larger than just moving the test a year later and having an extra year of content on it.  Instead, with the added computer-based administration platform combined with a relatively un-prepared fifth grade group of teachers (unaware until this week that their students will be tested this year), we feel that districts will be somewhat behind the game in their preparation for the implementation of the new standards and the new assessments associated with them.


Please feel free to contact us if you need help.

NJ Gen Sci Comprehensive test

posted Sep 29, 2017, 7:34 AM by Brian Baldwin   [ updated Sep 29, 2017, 7:35 AM ]

Word is starting to trickle in about a brand-new, end-of-year, 11th grade general science test in New Jersey.  Best reports indicates that it will be a replacement test for the existing Biology Competency Test (BCT).  Best reports also indicate that the test will be administered THIS academic year -- near the end of school year.  The test will also be computer-based, similar to the PARCC exams for math and ELA.

You might think I'm crazy when I say this, but I think that a high-school comprehensive science test is a good idea.  However, I think the roll-out is going to be disastrous.  Over the past few years, we have focused much science professional development at the elementary and middle school levels.  At the high school level, schools have focused nearly exclusively on biology, as it has been the only science subject tested.  Non-bio high school science teachers typically used the excuse that their subjects weren't tested, so they had little incentive to take the migration to NGSS / NJSLS-S seriously.  The day of reckoning has come.  And that day was a month ago when the school year started.

As of this academic year 2017-2018, all science subject matter is fair game for the new (as yet to be named) science comprehensive test, which will be given late-spring 2018.

We're busy developing strategies for districts as of this writing.  If your district needs help, don't hesitate to reach out.

Kean Research Day poster

posted May 1, 2016, 10:50 AM by Brian Baldwin

Very happy with my students Heather and Kate for their poster presented at the Kean Research Day presentation.


Looking for Vets to teach math

posted Apr 20, 2016, 1:13 PM by Brian Baldwin   [ updated Apr 27, 2018, 5:46 AM ]

Never hurts to do a little bit of promotion for a great program... If you're a Vet in the greater New York City area, a colleague - Bill Farber -- at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry has recently been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation to recruit and train vets to teach math.  It's a partnership between Mercy College and the Yonkers Public Schools.  I serve as the evaluator on this important project, and they're on a bit of a deadline to recruit students for the program.

You can contact Bill Farber at:  wfarber@mercy.edu for more information.  See attached flyer for more information.

A good day for grants!

posted Apr 6, 2016, 12:30 PM by Brian Baldwin


Yesterday 4/5/16 was one of the better days that I've had professionally in quite awhile.  I submitted a large grant proposal for a Math and Science Partnership grant, and simultaneously found out that an NSF proposal that I'm an evaluator on was funded.  Kind of makes the other frustrations seem more secondary.

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