Kimberly Moreno began her teaching career in 2009 as an alternate route teacher for the Union City Board of Education. After graduating from the honors and health careers programs at Montclair State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in biology, she continued her education and received her Master of Education in Special Education in 2011 from Grand Canyon University.
In 2012, when the Union City district decided to establish a Career and Technical Education program for the health sciences with Rutgers University, Kimberly was selected to develop the program, giving students the opportunity to earn industry credentials and pursue careers in health care.
In 2013, she became the advisor of HOSA, an international career and technical student organization focusing on health-related careers. She has also served as a coordinator of Project SEED, a program sponsored by the American Chemical Society, which gives students the opportunity to do state-of-the-art research under the supervision of a scientist.
Committed to professional development, she continued her studies at William Paterson University where she received her English as a Second Language certificate and her supervision certificate.
In 2015, Kimberly Moreno was the New Jersey recipient of the National Milken Educator Award and in January 2017 she was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi – An International Society for Educators. She also successfully defended her dissertation for her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at the College of St. Elizabeth and graduated in May 2018.
Kimberly has facilitated and presented at various New Jersey Department of Education Initiatives, including the State Board of Education Meeting (June 2016), the “Building Capacity for Career Pathways Summer Institute” (June 2016), and the “STEM Partnership Summer Institute” (August 2016).
Kimberly Moreno recently served at the NJ Department of Education as the Health Science Career Cluster Lead and Perkins Program Officer through the Intergovernmental Loan Program from September 2017 – June 2018.
Currently, Kimberly Moreno is working at the Passaic Academy for Science and Engineering as an Assistant Principal.
In her community, she finds time to give back by volunteering as an Emergency Medical Technician.
Developing Learning Targets and Success Criteria for Science Classrooms
During this workshop participants will learn how to create learning targets for students to take ownership of their learning as well as indicators for success to develop student agency and self-directed learners.
Engineering and Science: Perfect Together
The NGSS has catapulted the “E” in STEM (engineering) to a prominent place in all classrooms where science is taught every day or only twice a week. In this workshop, educators will realize what engineering should look and sound like in a classroom setting and how it can be easily embedded in their science curriculum. The focus on engineering as a discipline where science and math concepts are applied, rather than engineering as “building fun projects” will be explicit.
Classroom Strategies to Increase Student Engagement
During this workshop participants will learn new techniques and strategies to increase student participation in the classroom. The goal of this workshop is to allow participants to develop and design lessons that will include techniques to have students do as much of the cognitive work as possible during instruction.
Rethinking and Redesigning Science Teaching and Learning
New Jersey’s new science standards, based on the Next Generation Science Standards, calls for a three-dimensional approach to science teaching and learning with a focus on Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas.
The conceptual and instructional shifts identified in the new Standards will be discussed. A major segment of the workshop will focus on the Nature of Science, facilitating the NGSS practice of students asking their own questions, and integrating engineering into the science curriculum.