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CONTENTS:
Summer Science PD Opportunities at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Eco-Schools USA Top 5 Earth Month Activities
Teaching in Nature's Classroom: Core Principles of Garden-Based Education
Grants, plus stipends for teachers to review a new online unit
NJCORE Now Includes NGSS
Spring/Summer Professional Development Workshops
20th Annual Delaware Estuary WatershedTeachers Workshops
Registration Now Open for the Sustainability Summit
EE Week Spring Citizen Science Resources & Activity Guides!
New resources, expanded GreenSchools program
Global Education & Equitable Preparation: An Educator's Digest of Facts and Figures
EE Week Infographic Released & New Benefits Announced!
2016 GeoSTEM Summer Academy for Middle School and High School Teachers
NJ Science Convention - Save the Date/Call for Program Proposals
EPA Releases Online Mapping Tool to Help Protect Drinking Water Sources
The Branch newsletter, Winter 2016
Environmental Education K-12 Lesson Plans
Your Pocket Birding Coach
Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve: Professional Development Workshops
Cornell Ornithology Course Goes Online For the First Time
PLT GreenSchools Update, Jan 2016
Resources for Teachers at Duke Farms
Summer Science PD Opportunities at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory             (Posted: --)



Here is an update about Summer 2016 Professional Development opportunities I am offering at the Lamont Campus of Columbia University. These will provide you with new resources for teaching K -12 Earth Science topics and the chance to reflect about incorporating the NGSS and other innovative strategies into your courses. 

1) "Product Review: "The Hackensack River Past, Present, and Future"
          18 - 19 Jul
     We have a grant from the Robert and Catherine Charitable Trust to develop curriculum materials centered on the Hackensack River. Draft versions are posted at http://earth2class.org/site/?page_id=9247.
     We are seeking 6 teachers to review what we have already created and make suggestions for our final versions. There is a stipend for participating in the two days of work on this.
     If interested, complete the application available from the link above and send it to me by 15 May.

2) Four-Day NGSS-State Standards Workshops
       We will offer three four-day workshops providing opportunities to explore the pertinent NGSS and State Standards, expand your "teaching bag of tricks," and enjoy special visits to area museums (AMNH and Sterling Hill Mining Museum, as appropriate.)
        Themes are:
             "Teaching about Weather and Climate" (25 - 28 July)
             "Teaching about Astronomy" (1 - 4 Aug)
             "Teaching about Minerals, Rocks, and Resources" (8 - 11 Aug).
        More information: http://earth2class.org/site/?page_id=7820.

        There is a $450 registration fee ($500 after 15 Jun) for each program. You will receive a certificate for 28 hours of PD activity, plus lots of useful resources for your classroom.
        We have also made arrangements to earn 2 graduate education credits in conjunction with each workshop. These are provided through St. Thomas Aquinas College at a special reduced rate ($1,200 for 2 credits.) 

3) Calendar Alert: 2016 LAMONT-DOHERTY OPEN HOUSE
     The LDEO Open House will take place on Saturday, 8 Oct. This is the one day every two years when this world-class research center is open to the general public.
      More information will be posted in the fall.

The Lamont Campus of Columbia University is located on Rt. 9W at the NJ/NY State Line. It is easily accible from Palisades Interstate Parkway Exit 4.

Please send me any questions off-list. Also, please share this information with colleagues who may be interested.

I hope you can join us for one or more of these.

Thanks,

Dr. Michael J Passow
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Earth2Class Workshops for Teachers
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Palisades, NY 10964
http://www.earth2class.org    (preferred e-mail and mailing address)

NESTA (National Earth Science Teachers Association)
President 2014 - 2016
http://www.nestanet.org

Science Teacher (ret.)
Dwight Morrow High School
Englewood, NJ 07631

Eco-Schools USA Top 5 Earth Month Activities             (Posted: 4-15-16)

Click HERE.

Teaching in Nature's Classroom: Core Principles of Garden-Based Education             (Posted: 4-15-16)

In this publication, veteran farm and garden educator Nathan Larson shares a philosophy of teaching in the garden through fifteen guiding principles and engaging stories from the field. The book features vivid paintings by mural artist Becky Redelings, an inspiring foreword by Whitney Cohen of Life Lab, and connections to the research literature provided by Alex Wells and Dr. Sam Dennis of the Environmental Design Lab at UW-Madison.

Thanks to generous public health funding, free ebook downloads are currently available HERE.

Grants, plus stipends for teachers to review a new online unit             (Posted: 4-15-16)

 
The Branch
 
Spring 2016
 
PLT'S E-NEWSLETTER  
 
 
Feature Article GreenSchools for Early Childhood
GreenSchools for Early Childhood
 
By Rachel Bayer
 
Project Learning Tree has expanded its GreenSchools program to specifically meet the needs of younger learners. A set of 5 GreenSchools Investigations for Early Childhood teach young children about their environment and how they can make a difference, while developing their skills in language, mathematics, science, and more.
 
 
 
NEWS & UPDATES
 
 
 
PLT Seeks K-2 Teachers to Review New Science Unit
PLT Seeks K-2 Teachers to Review New Science Units
 
By Jaclyn Stallard
 
Project Learning Tree has drafted a new K-2 instructional unit, which is founded on NGSS Performance Expectations. Stipends are available for teachers selected to review the draft content this summer.
 
 
Apply for a GreenWorks Grant
GreenWorks! Grants Now Available
 
By James McGirt
 
Do you have an idea for a service-learning project for your students to improve the environment at your school or in your community? Apply for a GreenWorks! grant from Project Learning Tree to help get your project off the ground.
 
 
EE WEEK
Register for EE Week: April 17-23, 2016
 
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
 
Register for EE Week and you'll get a 10% discount on Project Learning Tree's PreK-8 e-Guide and Online Course. You'll also get benefits from other partners such as Green Teacher Magazine, Acorn Naturalists, Ranger Rick Magazine (National Wildlife Federation), Nature Watch, and World Water Monitoring Challenge.
 
 
RESOURCES
 
 
 
Literature Connection: Wild Ones: Observing City Critters
 
Literature Connection: Wild Ones, Observing City Critters
 
By Jaclyn Stallard
 
Readers are invited to play a game of I Spy along with this story’s main character, a family dog named Scooter. Use this book’s colorful illustrations to find urban wildlife that Scooter both does and does not detect.
 
 
 
 
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NJCORE Now Includes NGSS             (Posted: 4-15-16)

The DOE's NJCORE website now includes the NGSS. NJCORE is intended to be a common location to share science education resources, PD resources, and other documents that may be useful to colleagues. We have a lot of great science teaching happening across the state, this is an opportunity to contribute to the larger science teaching community.
Click HERE.

Spring/Summer Professional Development Workshops             (Posted: 4-15-16)

Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve in Tuckerton, NJ

To register for any of these programs please visit http://jcnerr.org/education/educators.html If you have any questions contact Melanie at reding@marine.rutgers.edu 609-812-0649 x206

WOW! Wonders of Wetlands
May 14, 2016- register by 5/02/16 9:00- 3:30 PM
Registration Fee: $15 (Includes: lunch, WOW Guide, continuing education credits)
WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands is an instructional guide for educators that provides a resourceful and creative collection of wetland activities, information, and ideas. WOW! includes: over 50 hands-on multidisciplinary activities in lesson plan format, extensive background information on wetlands, ideas for student action projects, and a wetlands resource guide. WOW! has been called, "the most comprehensive introduction to wetland issues and definitions" by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). WOW! is a recommended resource by the National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA).

Talking Trash: Marine Debris Workshop
July 20-21, 2016- register by 7/08/16 9:00-4:00 PM each day
Registration: Free, funded by NOAA's Marine Debris Program (Includes: lunch, up to a $150 stipend, CECs, and high quality resources)
Join us for this fun and exciting two-day workshop focused on marine debris. We will use NOAA's curriculum Turning the Tide on Trash and An Educators Guide to Marine Debris, as we learn how to bring these activities into your classroom and informal settings. We'll blend research, STEM, stewardship and art as we explore the impacts of marine debris and ways that students and communities can raise awareness and help prevent this common problem that impacts our oceans and coasts. We'll explore current NJ marine debris removal projects funded by the NOAA Marine Debris Project and the variety of NOAA resources that exist. Attendees will be eligible to receive a stewardship stipend to use for a class marine debris project. Geared towards middle, high school and informal educators. Onsite lodging available.

Teachers on the Estuary: Benthic Habitats and Advanced Technologies Workshop
August 9-12, 2016- register by 7/30/16 9:00-4:00 PM each day
Registration: $25 refundable deposit (Includes: snacks, lunch, $150 stipend, CECs, and high quality resources)
The Jacques Cousteau Reserve in partnership with the National Park Service, is offering an exciting 4-day workshop focused on advanced technologies and benthic habitats. Immerse your-self in real-world research as we explore a submerged marine habitat mapping project occurring at the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, NJ while you build your ocean and climate literacy. Key topics of the workshop include bathymetry, bedforms and bottom types, benthic biological communities, sampling techniques and advanced technologies including: multi-beam sonar, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). You'll collaborate with other teachers, science educators and scientists as you explore ways to bring STEM and real-world science into your classroom. Geared towards middle and high school educators. Onsite Lodging available.

20th Annual Delaware Estuary WatershedTeachers Workshops             (Posted: 3-28-16)

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Delaware Estuary WatershedTeachers Workshops
 
Join us as we make our way down the estuary from Schuylkill County to Philadelphia to Central Delaware, exploring natural resources, diverse communities and unique, hands-on ways to engage students!  There’s something to learn at every corner, and we’ll give you interdisciplinary ways to make watersheds, water quality and the natural world come to life in your classroom!
 
Attend one, two, three or all four of ourworkshops!
July 18, Schuylkill and Berks Counties, PA
       Rural Waters 
July 19, Fairmount Water Works
        Urban Waters
July 20, DuPont Environmental Education Center
        WOW! Workshop and Wetland Exploration
July 21, Center for the Aquatic Sciences
        Citizen Scientist - You and Your Students too


Best part? We’ll bring the lunch! You will also walk away with 4-6 credit hours (professional development hours) per session plus curriculums and lessons ready to use in your classroom.
 
Teacher Workshop Participants 2014

Want to learn more?
View workshop descriptions, daily agendas and photos from last year’s adventures on our website
 
Register online here!
 
Questions? Contact Michelle Hoover at 1-800-445-4935 x.112 ormhoover@DelawareEstuary.org
Resources Available!
2015 Delaware Estuary Water Education Resource Guide
2015 Teacher Resource Guide

Find field trips, classroom speakers and opportunities for your students in this easy to use, estuary-wide guide!

Dowload a free copy on ourwebsite!
 
 
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Connecting people, science and nature for a healthy Delaware River and Bay.
 
Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
110 S. Poplar Street, Suite 202
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 1-800-445-4935
www.DelawareEstuary.org
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Registration Now Open for the Sustainability Summit             (Posted: 3-24-16)

Click HERE.

EE Week Spring Citizen Science Resources & Activity Guides!             (Posted: 3-24-16)

Click HERE.

New resources, expanded GreenSchools program             (Posted: 3-24-16)

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GreenSchools! Update
PLT's GreenSchools! program inspires students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community

This month we have lots of new resources to share with you!

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GreenSchools for Early Childhood
Project Learning Tree has expanded its GreenSchools program to specifically meet the needs of early childhood educators and younger learners. PLT's GreenSchools for Early Childhood includes an Educator Guide and five Investigations that teach young children about their environment and how they can make a difference, while developing their skills in language, mathematics, science, and more. To access the materials, login or create an account (it's free!)

Special Offer for EE Week
EE Week is the nation's largest annual celebration of environmental education that takes place this year April 17-23. Register for EE Week and you'll get a 10% discount on PLT's PreK-8 e-Guide and Online Course. You'll also get free "Greening STEM" materials and educator toolkits, plus benefits from other partners such as Green Teacher Magazine, Acorn Naturalists, Ranger Rick Magazine, Nature Watch, and World Water Monitoring Challenge.

Green TipsBurst into Spring with
Project BudBurst and PLT!

The clocks have changed, Spring is on its way! Take your students outside and get them to connect their seasonal observations about plants to those being made all across the country. They'll gain invaluable experience collecting data and contributing to ongoing scientific research about climate change.

  • Use Project Learning Tree's free activities, like "Bursting Buds," "Looking at Leaves," and PLT's School Site Investigation, to help your students make observations of plants.
  • Get your students to share their data by contributing to Project BudBurst's well-established citizen science project. They'll see their data appear on an online map and compare it to other data being recorded in their community and around the country.
  • Find plenty more resources to teach about phenology and how changes in climate affect a plant's lifecycle. For more information, see https://www.plt.org/newsletter-project-budburst-and-plt.

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

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Washington, DC 20036

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Global Education & Equitable Preparation: An Educator's Digest of Facts and Figures             (Posted: 3-24-16)

Click HERE.

EE Week Infographic Released & New Benefits Announced!             (Posted: 3-24-16)

Click HERE.

2016 GeoSTEM Summer Academy for Middle School and High School Teachers             (Posted: 3-8-16)

Sterling Hill Mining Museum in scenic Sussex County is hosting their 2016 GeoSTEM Academy "Natural Resources for a Sustainable Future," July 12-14, 2016. New Jersey's natural resources find their origin in the state's rich and deep geologic history. Where did all these natural resources come from? Will there be enough for the future? This 3-day workshop explores New Jersey's deep geologic history (NGSS ESS1C) to find the origin of our natural resources and determine if they can be sustained (NGSS ESS3A). The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is the perfect living laboratory to host such a workshop, but the workshop also ventures out on a full-day field study to explore the 's geologic wonders of the region, which have provided us with natural resources for hundreds of years. Attending teachers will receive classroom resources to effectively tie the content into their curriculums related to the two Next Generation Science Standards stated above. Additionally, professional development hours will be provided. The registration fee for this 3-day event is $75 ($60 for the first 2 days only) which includes workshop materials, lunch and snacks. Discounted hotel accommodations are available. Visit http://sterlinghillminingmuseum.org/education/GeoSTEM.php for more information and to register.

NJ Science Convention - Save the Date/Call for Program Proposals             (Posted: 2-26-16)

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"Celebrating 40 Years of Service to Science Education"

Save the Date

40th Annual New Jersey Science Convention

New Date: October 25th & 26th, 2016
Princeton Marriott at Forrestal

2016 Banquet Speaker

Dr. David Gallo

American oceanographer and Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  Senior advisor for Strategic Initiatives, Center for Climate and Life, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Interested in Participating as a Presenter???

Consider submitting a program proposal or two...

Especially those K-12 programs that address:

K-12 Classroom Instructions Focusing on Implementation of NGSS...Lessons That Work!
Effective and Appropriate Use of Technology in the Classroom
STEM, STEAM
Middle School Integrated Science Curriculum
Earth Science Instruction with an Eye on NGSS.


Online program proposals are being accepted.
The priority deadline to submit a program is May 15, 2016
Submit Program Proposal

Please forward to colleagues who have quality programs to submit.
Additional convention information may be found on our website at:
http://www.njscienceconvention.org

Questions about Program Proposals may be addressed to:

NJSC Office Services
njscienceconvention@gmail.com

See you in October!

Nancy Evans Bennett and Lola Szobota
Convention Co-Chairs

EPA Releases Online Mapping Tool to Help Protect Drinking Water Sources             (Posted: 2-22-16)

Click HERE.

The Branch newsletter, Winter 2016             (Posted: 2-22-16)

 
The Branch
 
Winter 2016
 
PLT'S E-NEWSLETTER  
 
 
Feature Article PLT in My Kids' Classroom
 
PLT in My Kids' Classroom
By Kyle Koyle
 
A parent found a way to introduce environmental education into busy teachers’ schedules at her own children’s school. Her “rock star” introduction to Project Learning Tree, combined with grade-level coaching, facilitated PLT into classrooms across the school.
 
 
 
NEWS & UPDATES
 
Project Learning Tree News Round Up
Project Learning Tree News Round-Up
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
 
This year we’re celebrating our 40th anniversary! In other exciting news, PLT is launching an Early Childhood online training, we recently awarded 24 GreenWorks! grants for service-learning projects across the country…and find out why we’re thrilled about the new federal education law.
 

TAKING ACTION
 
Student-Led Projects Improve the Environment
Student-Led Projects Improve the Environment
By Hope Rezendes
 
Building school gardens, reconstructing running trails, and creating maple sugar while learning about trees and forests. These are a few highlights from last year’s service-learning projects funded by Project Learning Tree’s GreenWorks! grants program.
 

EDUCATOR TIPS
 
Sounds Around
Sounds Around
By Karen Christenson
 
Sounds abound in every school yard! PLT’s Sounds Around activity offers wonderful opportunities for PreK-2 learners to explore sounds all around your neighborhood. Check out these ideas for comparing how sounds change from one season to the next.
 

RESOURCES
 
Literature Connection - Over and Under the Snow
 
Literature Connection: Over and Under the Snow
By Jaclyn Stallard
 
The winter season – and the changes it brings – offers many opportunities for nature-based study. Use this book to explore winter habitats, biodiversity, and even predator-prey relationships that all take place over and under the snow.
 
 
 
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Environmental Education K-12 Lesson Plans             (Posted: 2-17-16)

Teacher.org is a teacher advocacy site with many resources and classroom materials for teachers, including Environmental Education lesson plans. Click HERE.

Your Pocket Birding Coach             (Posted: 2-3-16)

Click HERE.

Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve: Professional Development Workshops             (Posted: 2-3-16)

To register for any of these programs please visit http://jcnerr.org/education/educators.html If you have any questions contact Melanie at reding@marine.rutgers.edu 609-812-0649 x206

Advanced Technologies and Benthic Habitat Workshop
August 9-12, 2016- register by 7/30/16
9:00-4:00 PM each day
Registration: $25 deposit (Includes: snacks, lunch, $150 stipend, CEC's, and high quality resources)
The Jacques Cousteau Reserve in partnership with the National Park Service, is offering an exciting 4-day workshop focused on advanced technologies and benthic habitats. Immerse your-self in real-world research as we explore a submerged marine habitat mapping project occurring at the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, NJ while you build your ocean and climate literacy. Key topics of the workshop include bathymetry, bedforms and bottom types, benthic biological communities, sampling techniques and advanced technologies including: multi-beam sonar, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). You'll collaborate with other teachers, science educators and scientists as you explore ways to bring STEM and real-world science into your classroom.

Cornell Ornithology Course Goes Online For the First Time             (Posted: 1-28-16)

Click HERE.

PLT GreenSchools Update, Jan 2016             (Posted: 1-27-16)

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GreenSchools! Update
PLT's GreenSchools! program inspires
students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community

Happy New Year on behalf of PLT GreenSchools! We hope your year is off to a good start!

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Give Us Your Input, Get Classroom Resources!
Take our survey about i-Tree, an online tool that can help students learn about and assess the benefits of trees on their school site and in their local community. PLT is helping the U.S. Forest Service improve i-Tree for use by teachers and we are looking for input about the tool’s usability, how it can be made better for education, and support materials that would be useful in your classroom. The survey will take approx. 30 minutes to complete, and you can choose to enter o a raffle. Twenty individuals will be selected to win USFS and PLT GreenSchools items, plus free access to PLT's new online training for GreenSchools. Raffle will take place on Feb. 15, 2016.

 

Green Ribbon

Last Chance to Enter U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools 2016
Did you know, more than one quarter of the schools recognized as Green Ribbon Schools since the program began in 2012 are PLT GreenSchools? Nominations for 2016 are due to the U.S. Department of Education by Feb. 1.Schools are only eligible if nominated by state authorities.If you’ve not yet submitted an application, don’t delay – contact your state education agency today! Read our Blog post about last year’s winners.

Green Tips of the Month Green Tips

As the seasons change and your students and families migrate inside for winter, here are a few inexpensive “winterizing” solutions to combat the cold weather and stay warm.

  • Cover your air conditioner: If you can’t remove your window unit, consider covering it both inside and out. These covers help keep cold air from entering your school room or home through the space around the air conditioner.
  • Block drafts: Draft blockers are foam plates that fit behind light switches and electrical outlets to reduce drafts that enter through those spaces.
  • Install heat reflectors: These are thin sheets that fit behind radiators, to reflect heat away from the wall and into the room, thereby maximizing each radiator’s energy efficiency.
  • Upgrade your thermostat: Changing your thermostat to a programmable one allows you to control the temperature at different times of the day.

Regards,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

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Resources for Teachers at Duke Farms             (Posted: 1-13-16)

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