Ms. Karen Benton
G7-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.)
What's New in Grades 7-12 STEM?
Please see the following resources to learn about our new math program, College Preparatory Math, for Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II:
Also new to our math program is a new AP course offering in AP Statistics, in addition to AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC. Please refer to the 16-17 course catalog under the high school guidance tab for a course description and prerequisite requirements.
This year districts across the state are implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in grades 6-12. The NGSS provides a three-dimensional framework for science education. Students learning disciplinary core ideas by engaging in science and engineering practices and making connections between cross-cutting concepts that are important in all science disciplines, such as energy and the relationship between structure and function. Over the last two years, science teachers in grades 6-12 have engaged in professional development in partnership with local institutions of higher education, including Rider University, Princeton University, and Raritan Valley Community College. The instructional and learning shifts aligned to NGSS are reflected in our core science courses at both the middle and high school levels.
Technology and Engineering
Computer and Information Technology and Engineering are expected to be two of the fastest growing career markets over the next decade. These fields will offer jobs at all education entry levels from post-high school certification to associate's degrees to four year college and graduate degrees. Over the last two years, the district has added new course offerings to provide students with increased exposure to the variety of college and career options in this area. Below are some of our new courses. Please visit the district curriculum page to view all courses offered (/site/Default.aspx?PageID=53)
Middle School Courses
Digital Citizenship (Gr 6)
Exploring Technology: Introduction to Engineering (Gr 6)
Introduction to Computer Science (CS Unplugged) (Gr 7)
Exploring Technology: Invention and Innovation (Gr 8)
High School Courses
Introduction to Computer Science (Honors)
Introduction to Web Design (Level 1, certification exam offered) CISCO IT (Essentials level, certification exam offered)
Ms. Benton's Biography
Ms. Benton joined The Ewing Public Schools in 2014-15 and will provide
instructional leadership and oversee curriculum development in the areas of
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Ms. Benton has a Bachelor of
Science degree from Florida A&M University in Chemical Engineering and over 30 graduate credits
in Developmental Biology and Genetics from New York University’s School of
Medicine. She also earned her M.ED in Educational Leadership from The College
of New Jersey.
Ms. Benton taught science for
nine years in the Highland Park and South Brunswick school districts, and served as a Supervisor of K-12 Science Education for the
Hamilton Public Schools.