Diana Cost

Diana Cost

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Diana Cost is a dynamic and enthusiastic educator who is always in search of opportunities for her students to learn and grow.

Teaching Experiences

Diana currently teaches science, anatomy and physiology, and engineering courses for both middle and high school students at New Bedford’s Global Learning Charter Public School (GLCPS). Diana also serves as a NSF Master Teacher Fellow through the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in charge of developing community partnerships with science and engineering colleges and industry to create student shadowing and research internships. Diana develops programs through grant opportunities that bring scientists and engineers into the classroom to work with students.  She also presents teacher workshops on integrating science, engineering and the Common Core Math and English Standards in classrooms.

Prior to her tenure at GLCPS, Diana taught high school biology, marine biology and engineering at Weymouth High School. While serving as a science team member, she designed new wet labs and integrated internet based computer labs for the biology department. She pioneered the use of student owned technology (iPod, iPad, and Android devices) with Pasco sensors and air-links for physics and biology labs. Diana also designed innovative curriculum for the marine biology and engineering courses. Diana’s grant awards have been used to purchase technology (headsets, Vex and Lego robotics, flip cams, digital microscopes, calculators, iPods, Pasco sensors, CAD software, and underwater ROV technology) for student use in labs for over eight years. Diana also served as a member of the High School 21st Century Skills Math and Science Academy Model Design Team while at Weymouth.  She also served as a member of the Capstone Advisory Panel which designed capstone handbooks and advised the senior student Capstone projects.

Diana believes it is the responsibility of educators to establish a collaborative working relationship that enables all students to learn and realize their greatest potential.

“We must understand how our students learn, the circumstances that affect their learning, and the prior knowledge (culture and previous experiences) they bring to the classroom. In doing this, schools – and teachers – need to embrace and acknowledge differences and build lasting partnerships where the family, school, and community come together to plan strategies that are realistic and meaningful to each child’s educational experience. In other words, we must focus on teaching the whole child.”

As a teacher leader Diana models best practices for colleagues that include establishing partnerships between the school, families, and the broader community, which she believes creates a positive model of citizenship.  In turn, students learn how to become active and productive members of the global community..

Diana believes that partnerships with practitioners and businesses create learning that is hands-on and relevant to students. Educators who respect students use of technology is implicit in most communities, and today’s learning environments must strive to include these technologies in their everyday learning. She also believes that student-centered classrooms where the teacher employs collaborative learning and serves as a facilitator for student learning result in deeper learning of content as well as ethical behavior. Diana strives to expose her students to world cultures by inviting professionals into her classroom either in person or via video conferencing.  She seeks practitioners who work in fields which students may not be aware of to develop their curiosity about the world they live in.  Most of all, Diana believes students benefit greatly when partnered with professionals from similar backgrounds and cultures. Through these experiences she has found students realize that they have the ability to pursue STEM careers successfully.

Student-Centered Learning and Projects

  • Implemented competitive Engineering and Science clubs at Weymouth and Global Learning charter Public School Middle and High School levels.

Students prepared for and participated in local, and regional competitions for:

    • Future City
    • Invention Convention at Bridgewater State University
    • West Point Bridge Competition & Boston Civil Engineering Society Bridge Competition (via Engineer Your Future program)
    • Vex Robotics Competitions and Quinsigamond Community College
  • Designed PHUN Day Working with the American Physiological Society & ING UnSung Heroes Awards: created the “Wildcats Give Back” project where high schools students learned to develop and teach science-based learning units to middle school students. Students were responsible for creating all content, activities, developing logistics and securing speakers. The students traveled to the middle schools where they ran the program for a day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO3FUzEZIFg

  • Taught hands-on math and science to middle school students.  Developed IMET course – integrated math, engineering, science and technology – focused on project-based learning units developed around grand questions.
  • Utilized SeaPERCH resources and obtained grant funding to implement high school semester-long engineering program.  Students engaged in research and design of underwater remote operated vehicles. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjgMXTGIO3c
    • As a mentor and facilitator for capstone seniors at Weymouth, Diana encouraged her students to think beyond the school and strive to share their knowledge on a global scale. For example one of her students who went to Carnegie University implemented a SeaPerch outreach program in Pittsburg PA. Another student who graduated a year early is an honor student at the University of Texas in San Antonio where she volunteers in local events in the community.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2X8bpi1HhA
    • District STEM Curriculum Committees and coordinator/curriculum designer/teacher of the Weymouth Public Schools summer STEM program for gifted and talented students. These programs highlighted student centered inquiry and project based learning. Students were given scenarios such as resolving costly energy issues, deciding if pond water was safe to swim in or finding out what kind of wildlife lived in the area. Then they worked in groups to design inquiry-based studies that answer their questions. These projects were filmed and presented to the community via educational cable station and news articles.
    • Coordinator and liaison for the development of science cafes for teachers and students. This program was developed by Diana to bring together scientists and researchers who work in  upcoming state of the art research fields with public schools. Speakers from the FBI, i-Robot, Army researchers, Society of Toxicology, Massachusetts Society of Medical Researchers, American Physiological Society and many more come to the classrooms and share their work with teachers and students.

Education

NSF Master Teacher Fellow University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 2012-2017
Certificate Elementary Education Professional Licensure Program Catherine Leahy-Brine/ Fitchburg State College, June 2007
M. Ed. In Elementary Ed., Lesley University  November 2002
Massachusetts Teacher License: Biology (Grades 5-8, 8-12); Math (Grades 5-8); Elementary Ed 1 – 6; Special Education Moderate Special Needs (Grades Pre-K-6, 5-8, 8-12); Advanced Learners (K-8)
B.S. General Science/Math Emphasis, Indiana University. Aug. 1991
AA Chemistry, Indiana University. May 1991
MT (ASCP, HHS), CLS (NCA) 1991

 

Honors and Recognitions

NSF Master Teacher Fellow UMass Dartmouth 2012-2017
National Board for Professional Teachers’ Standards –  Science Standards Committee Member 2011-2012
Weymouth High Science and Math Academy Capstone Advisory Committee 2010 -2012
Member Biology Assessment Development Committee (ADC) Massachusetts Department of Education. 2010 – Present
ING Unsung Hero Teacher Award  2011
Awarded NASA FIRST Robotics and JC Penny Rookie Team Grants 2011
Research Experience for Teachers Fellowship Northeastern University 2010 and 2011
Teacher Scholar Fellowship Laboratory Robotics Interest Group 2010
Served as a Highly Qualified Science Expert Panelist for the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in science.
Awarded American Physiological Society Frontiers Teacher/Researcher Fellowship 2009
High School 21st Century Skills Math and Science Academy Model Design Team 2009
State finalist for the 2008 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
Grade 5 Science and Technology Assessment Development Committee (ADC) Massachusetts Department of Education, 2008

 

Publications and Presentations

 

Lesson unit manuscript Understanding Enzymes published 2009 -2010, American Physiological Society.

 

 Professional Affiliations

  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Member Science Standards Revision Committee – researched  best practices and revised NBPTS Science Standards with teachers and experts from across the country

Piloting Teacher Science Standards courses for teachers seeking National Board Certification. Coordinated the recruitment of teachers for the pilot of three new Standards based courses

  • National Education Association (NEA)

National Review Committee member – Next Generation Science Standards

  •  National Science Teacher Association (NSTA)

Presenting at 2013 Oregon Regional Conferences on the new Science Standards for NBPTS

  • Middle Level Science Teacher Association (MLSTA)

2013 NSTA Boston National conference:  presented “The Power of Establishing Partnerships”. Guiding educators in how to create industry and research programs for student shadowing and real world internship experiences.

Organizing Share-A-Thon for community organizations and schools best practices which address inquiry and next generation standards concepts of integrated science, engineering, and common core.