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TEACHERS ACT TO MAKE AMERICAN STUDENTS FIRST IN SCIENCE AND MATH THIRTEEN/TEXACO NATIONAL TEACHER TRAINING INSTITUTE AUG. 3-6 IN NEW YORK

 NEW YORK, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Teachers from more than 250 New York, New Jersey and Connecticut schools will converge in New York City Aug. 3-4 and Aug. 5-6 to participate in workshops of the fourth annual Thirteen/Texaco National Teacher Training Institute for Math, Science and Technology.
 The teachers will meet at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan to learn innovative methods for using television and technology in the classroom. Their instructors will be a core group of 16 "master teachers" who have helped pioneer these methods that are leading American schools into the 21st century and actively addressing the United States' educational goals of making American students first in the world in science and math.
 Since the Teacher Training Institute was launched in New York in 1990, more than 30,000 teachers in 21 states have been trained, reaching about four million students nationwide. The upcoming institute in New York City inaugurates a year of training in which thousands of new teachers will attend workshops at 20 sites in Texas (2), Ohio, Georgia, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, Tennessee, Arizona, California, Virginia, South Carolina, North Dakota, Colorado, Wisconsin, Missouri, Louisiana, Florida and upstate New York. This year, math teachers are joining science teachers in the national training program for the first time.
 At the workshops, elementary, middle and secondary school teachers will learn hands-on, interactive methods for teaching math and science with the use of instructional television. Master teachers will train their colleagues how to record and utilize short video segments to spark student participation, reinforcing active rather than passive viewing habits. In the institute's methodology, video is never used alone as an entertainment device, but rather as an integral part of a lesson, serving to stimulate discussion and motivate students. The institute also features training in new technologies, including on-line computer networks, videodisc players and CD-ROM multimedia.
 "At a time when many American classrooms are a throwback to the 19th century instead of the 21st century, the National Teacher Training Institute enables teachers to harness technology for higher student achievement," said Ruth Ann Burns, executive director of the National Teacher Training Institute. "Teachers become mentors for other educators, and 21st century teaching tools join the chalkboard and print resources of years past."
 More than 90 percent of teachers surveyed in a recent nationwide study said that their students learn more about science when television is used as an interactive component of the lesson. Moreover, three- quarters of the teachers surveyed felt that their students are able to retain more science information when the visual images of television reinforce abstract concepts. The study was designed and analyzed by Teachers College at Columbia University and conducted by Thirteen/WNET.
 William K. Tell, Jr., senior vice president of Texaco Inc., said, "The positive national survey findings, as well as the enthusiastic response of teachers to the institute's training, reinforces the value that we at Texaco have seen in the Teacher Training Institute and its nationwide expansion. The institute is a perfect example of the power of a successful public/private partnership supporting education."
 The keynote address at each training session in New York City will be given by Dr. David Thornburg. Dr. Thornburg is director of the Thornburg Center for Professional Development, which conducts research and provides staff development in the areas of multi-media and whole- mind education throughout North America and Brazil.
 The Teacher Training Institute began in New York in 1990 through a partnership between the PBS flagship station Thirteen/WNET in New York and Texaco Inc. In 1991 the program was expanded nationwide when Texaco and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting contributed funds to establish the National Teacher Training Institute.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: A list of master teachers is attached. Ruth Ann Burns is executive director of the Thirteen/Texaco National Teacher Training Institute for Math, Science and Technology; Janet Hayakawa is director of the institute.
 THIRTEEN/TEXACO
 NATIONAL TEACHER TRAINING INSTITUTE
 MASTER TEACHERS
 Ainsley Adams Richard L. Bailey School New York
 Brunetta Allen Irving School New Jersey
 Mark Bailey Claremont Community School New York
 Michelle Berger Sea Cliff Elementary School New York
 Barbara Cozza Straus Magnet School New York
 Cornelis De Groot New Paltz High School New York
 Edward Grassel John Ericsson JHS New York
 Leo Iizuka Little Red School House New York
 Jane McLane South School Connecticut
 Nancy Miller Hackettstown High School New Jersey
 Robert Napuli Concord Road School New York
 Maggie Peill Middletown Middle School New York
 Ronni Pressman Middletown Middle School New York
 Jane Rae Turn of River Middle School Connecticut
 Mark Torche New Paltz High School New York
 Martha Zanetakos Taylor Mills School New Jersey/
 /CONTACT: Peg Calandrin, 212-560-2915, Jennifer Hahn, 212-560-3018, or Crystal Williamson, 212-560-3021, all of Thirteen/WNET; Anita M. Larsen, 914-253-4155, or Cynthia B. Boyd, 914-253-4743, both of Texaco Inc./


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