McAuliffe Fellows Information Sheet: 1995


NAME: Catherine R. Ney

YEAR OF FELLOWSHIP AWARD: 1994

PROJECT TITLE: UNITES (Using Novels for Interdisciplinary Technology Education and Science)

Subject Area - Using language arts to make interdisciplinary science, mathematics, and technology education connections.
Grade Level or Target Group - Kindergarten through grade 5
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

The 1994 Christa McAuliffe Fellowship, State of Virginia was awarded to Catherine Ney to develop and field-test an innovative, interdisciplinary program (UNITES) in Montgomery County Public Schools. UNITES uses children's fictional literature as a lead-in to problem-solving activities that make science, math and technology connections across the elementary curriculum. Through the use of year-long theme modules (construction, communications, connections, communities, exploration, and survival) kindergarten through fifth graders learn to use an inquiry process to generate solutions to real-life problems.
PRESENT SCHOOL ADDRESS

Name of School - Christiansburg Elementary School
Street Address -Wade's Lane
City, State and Zip Code - Christiansburg, VA 24073
TELEPHONE NUMBER: (540) 382-5172

E-MAIL ADDRESS: cney@pen.k12.va.us

INFORMATION ABOUT FELLOW:

Catherine Ney is an elementary teacher, author and recipient of numerous grants, publications and awards that promote interdisciplinary learning across the elementary curriculum. She is Virginia's 1994 Christa McAuliffe Fellow, as well as a 1995 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Elementary Science Teaching (PAEST). A prototype of the UNITES project "Structures: Science and Technology for Young Children" was award the 1993 Virginia's Telecommunications Grant and can be accessed by Internet through Academy One. She is also a 1993 NEWEST scholar,1990-present NASA-funded Mission 21 trainer, 1994 Educator's Guide to the Internet reviewer, math/science consultant for Scott Foresman's 1996 Discover the Wonder Science Textbook revision (wrote 20 and reviewed all 32 math connections) and author of 1992 Exploring Space in the Elementary Curriculum Through Technology Education (a short course).


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