Donna Migdol
Oceanside School District
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DONNA MIGDOL is a STEM teacher and professional developer for the six Oceanside (New York) elementary schools. Ms. Migdol previously taught grades 3-6, and was the mathematics and science lead teacher for the school district. Ms. Migdol has presented her classroom engineering design and math lessons to the Peer Review Panel in Albany, as well as to the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C. As a third grade teacher, WNET and Teacher Net filmed Donna’s classroom as engineering design coupled with inquiry-based math and science instruction was highlighted. Donna Migdol co-developed and facilitated the Math, Science, and Technology Summer Institute at Hofstra University, after her participation at Hofstra, Stony Brooks and Brookhaven Labs five year NSF funded MSTe implementation plan. She also is an adjunct professor at Hofstra University, where she teaches graduate STEM courses. Ms. Migdol has served as an elementary mathematics and STEM consultant for school districts across Long Island and in NYC. She has published several articles and her work as a teacher has been cited in Alfie Kohn’s book, “The Schools Our Children Deserve”. Ms. Migdol’s work with students was also cited in chapter one of “Exemplary Science in Grades 5-8: Standards-Based Success Stories”, edited by Robert E Yager. She partnered with Hofstra University’s Center for Technological Literacy as a curriculum writer and professional developer for two grant - funded projects geared to support STEM literacy grads 6-8. Donna Migdol was the keynote presenter for Hofstra’s HNET Conference where her presentation centered on “What a classroom could be…” In 2012, Ms. Migdol’s fifth grade class involved in roller coaster physics was filmed by WNET and The Teaching Channel. She also served as a committee member for the National Academy of Engineering/National Research Council Committee on Integrated STEM Education. The report, STEM Integration in K-12 Education -Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research (2014). In the classroom, in 2013, Ms. Migdol had five sixth grade teams who became national finalists in the Siemen’s “We Can Change the World” Challenge. In 2015, Donna Migdol also served as a judge for the NAE Engineering for You Video Contest. Ms. Migdol co-presented a STEM workshop and served as a panelist at the STEM and The Next Generation Science Standards conference at the NY Hall of Science. Her work most recently has been to co- develop, integrate and teach a comprehensive integrated 4-6 STEM program in the Oceanside schools.  She will be co- developing the curriculum for grade 3 shortly. In 2016, Ms. Migdol was asked to co-present the Oceanside STEM district -wide implementation design to the Nassau County Assistant Superintendent’s Organization. Shortly thereafter, eight school district leaders have come to see Oceanside’s integrated elementary STEM model. Ms. Migdol continues to search out ways to integrate student centered learning strategies into a STEM experience for students who will eventually be asked to use their passion for science, math and engineering to uncover solutions to the great problems we have left them to solve.

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