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About Robert Jakus – (Training and Experience Related to Development of Beyond the Classroom Aquarium)

7 May

(a) Degree  Subject Area                 College/University                 

  • MA   Math Education             DePaul University, Chicago   
  • MS    Public Health                 University of Illinois, Chicago 
  • BA    Education                       University of Illinois, Chicago
  •   –      Academic & PreClinical Applied Health Sciences @ The                                                   College of Naprapathy, Chicago, Il (120 hours) 

(b)     Recent Positions             Institution/Company        Years

  • Pre-Calculus Instructor.        Brunswick College.                       2014
  • Math/Science Instructor  Waukegan Public Schools                2012-2002
  • Aquatic Ecosystem Club Sponsor  Waukegan Public Schools 2012-2010
  • Math Ed. Instructor (TFA)     Dominican University                Fall 2009
  • Calculus & Pre-Calculus Instructor College of Lake County   2005
  • Science of Personal Health Instructor, Triton College             1993-1992
  • Instructor, Academic Advisor, Math Tutor, Triton College     2002-1978
  • Math Instructor                 Harper College                                2002-2000
  • Math Instructor                 Cape Fear College                           2000-1999
  • Math Instructor                 Brunswick College                          2000-1999
  • Math Instructor                 Alamance College                           1998
  • Math Instructor                 Guilford Tech Com.College            1998-1997
  • Math Instructor                 High Point Central HS                    1997-1996

(c) Participation in academic/professional societies and other biographical information

  • Served 30 months, until September 2016, as board member and treasurer of the Oak Island, NC Beach Preservation Society Trust Fund.
  • November, 2015 at the MAMEA (Mid Atlantic Marine Educators Association) conference at the North Carolina Aquarium @ Fort Fisher, NC. Marine educators participated in assembly, operation & critique of four prototype classroom aquatic ecosystems (got their hands wet too). Educational applications in the classroom & beyond were explored.
  • June 2015, Presented a session titled: “Wide AND Deep: Curricular Baby Steps AND Beyond,” at the 2015 National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) conference “Ocean State, Ocean Planet, Exploring Our World of Water” in Newport, Rhode Island. At this session, I introduced NMEA members to the recently completed Beyond the Classroom Aquarium curriculum, and shared curriculum development and implementation experiences.
  • July 2014, National Marine Educators Association Conference, Annapolis, MD; presented – A Brood-Stock/Larval Rearing System Your Students Will Love (featuring a prototype system for session participants to view and help assemble) 
  • July 2011, National Marine Educators Association Conference, Boston, MA: presented – Student-Developed Coral Propagation and Brood-Stock/Larval-Rearing Aquatic Ecosystems  (featuring a prototype coral propagation system for session participants to view and help assemble) 
  • July 2010, National Marine Educators Association Conference Gatlinburg, TN: presented – 16 Aquatic Ecosystem Projects: A Secondary STEM Curriculum
  • Winter 2010, Student Development of a 500-Gallon Aquaponic System; National Marine Educators Association – Expanding Audiences Committee – Newsletter
  • July 2009, National Marine Educators Association Conference in Monterey, CA: presented – Aquatic Ecosystem Math: A Series of Projects to Integrate Math Instruction
  • July 2008, National Marine Educator’s Association Conference in Savannah, Georgia: presented – Peppermint Shrimp in the Classroom: A Model for Inquiry-Based Math/Science Activities
  • OCEANS ’07, in Vancouver, BC; presented – Mathematics of Aquatic Ecosystems – A Curriculum: Integration of Math Instruction Using a Sequence of 16 Aquatic Ecosystem Activities: published by the IEEE (2007)
  • 1999 Summer; Marine Quest Counselor; University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  • 1998, Developed and presented Logical Puzzle Contests and Mental Calculation Curriculum for the School of Continuing Education (Arts & Sciences Summer Camp), University of North Carolina – Greensboro

Past and Present Organizational Affiliations and Professional Development

  • Member of National Marine Educators Association – through February 2017; member of expanding audiences committee (Great Lakes Educators of Aquatic and Marine Science [GLEAMS] and Mid Atlantic Marine Educators Association [MAMEA] local affiliates too)
  • Mote Laboratory Summer Class for Educators (1997: Sarasota and Pigeon Key, FL)
  • Marine-Lab Summer Class for Teachers (2007 – Key Largo, FL)
  • Florida State University (2003 – Using Inquiry in the Classroom – Five Week Summer Class for Teachers – Panama City, FL)
  • Horn Point Marine Laboratory, Cambridge, MD (2010 – Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence – one week summer workshop)
  • Shedd Aquarium Summer Class for Teachers: Biology in the Bahamas (2012, Shedd Aquarium and aboard the Coral Reef II R/V in the waters of Bimini for one week)
  • Past Member of the Marine Technology Society, National Council For the Teachers of Mathematics; Association for Education of the Gifted

In 2007, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) published a 10-page explication of the book/curriculum (in its pre-published incarnation) which is dramatically different and improved in the published 2014 version described here and fully explained in Beyond the Classroom Aquarium. The IEEE article is based on Mr. Jakus’ 2007 presentation at the Oceans’07 conference in Vancouver, BC.

To read more about Beyond the Classroom Aquarium you may click on a link to one of the four bulleted posts below. Each post offers additional information about: the curriculum, the author, the program’s structure/format, and acknowledgement of support others have provided in curriculum development or in piloting of activities with students.

* A Brief Overview of the Sequence of Projects in Beyond the Classroom Aquarium

* How is Beyond the Classroom Aquarium Different (Features of this Curriculum that Some Educators Find Appealing)? 

* Acknowledgement of Persons and Organizations that Supported the Development of System Prototypes and “Piloting” of Beyond the Classroom Aquarium Learning Projects

Please contact Robert Jakus directly for more information about Beyond the Classroom Aquarium. You may write to him via email at: robertjakus@yahoo.com.

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