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CONTENTS:
Workshops Competitions and Links from NJSTA
NGSS PD Workshops available in 2018!
SAVE THE DATE! Full STEAM Ahead 3 - a mini-conference - Thur Mar 15, 2018
Registration Open for Barnegat Bay Master Naturalist Course
ANJEE Winter Conference 2018 Registration is OPEN
Looking for support during these challenging times?
ANJEE: Call for Workshop Proposals & Awards Nominations
2018 Green Schools Conference and Expo Registration is Open!
National Children & Youth Garden Symposium Call for Session Proposals
"Nuts and Bolts and Seeds and Soil" Workshop
Good News for Educators from Duke Farms
Bat Video
Upcoming PD at Duke Farms
Brand New Course: Feeder Bird ID and Behavior
Webinar: Learn how to bring the research of the Polar Regions to your students using data
Back by popular demand: Raptor Identification series.
Rowan University, Holistic Engineering, Barcelona Declaration News
PRISM Science Workshops -New Workshop Added - Register Now!
2018 Green Schools Conference and Expo Registration Pricing Announced
Enjoy the latest edition of i-Tree News
Workshops Competitions and Links from NJSTA             (Posted: 1-8-18)

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New Jersey Department of Education Science Professional Development Opportunities

Workshops and Webinars

How Can I Use the Science Classroom Look For Guide to Evaluate Our Science Program?

·         January 9, 2018, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

·         Type of Event: Webinar

·         Click here for event description and registration.

Science Supervisor Technical Assistance – CENTRAL

·         January 18, 2018, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

·         Type of Event: Workshop

·         Location: Learning Resource Center - Central, Trenton, NJ

·         Click here for event description and registration.

What Does Assessment Look Like In A NJSLS-Science Classroom?

·         February 13, 2018, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

·         Type of Event: Webinar

·         Click here for event description and registration.

Science Assessment with William Penuel, PhD

·         February 16, 2018, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

·         Location: Learning Resource Center Building, Trenton, NJ

·         (By invitation only.) Click here for event description and registration.

How do we evaluate a textbook or other science curriculum materials?

·         March 13, 2018, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

·         Type of Event: Webinar

·         Click here for event description and registration.

How Do I Write 3-D Science Assessment Items?

·         April 10, 2018, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

·         Type of Event: Webinar

·         Click here for event description and registration.

What Do Equitable and Accessible High Quality Science Learning Tasks Look Like?

·         May 8, 2018, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

·         Type of Event: Webinar

·         Click here for event description and registration.


Science Assessment Collaborative Project

Making student 3-Dimensional thinking visible in science classrooms is challenging.
The Office of Academics is training teachers how to write assessment items, tasks,
and prompts for use in their classrooms. The item development is intended to insure that there is
strong coherence among the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science, formative assessments,
summative assessments, benchmark assessments, and the statewide science assessments.

Each collaborative will take responsibility for a specific section of the science standards while other
collaborative groups focus on other aspects of the standards for their contributions.
The goal is for participants to crowd source a statewide item bank.

Participants are required to attend both days of training. We will focus on developing skills and producing
items, tasks, and prompts.

Participants need to bring a laptop and digital copies of materials sent prior to the training.

The workshop begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:00 pm. There is a one hour lunchbreak each day.
Participants are responsible for their own food, beverages, and snacks.

Jan 23rd FOR BERGEN AND PASSAIC ONLY - NGSS Items, Tasks and Rubrics for LS1.B; LS1.C and LS1.D

·         January 23 and 23, 2018

·         Location: Bergen Community College - Meadowlands Campus, Lyndhurst, NJ

·         Click here for event description and registration.

Jan 25 & 31st  Science Assessment Collaborative: Earth and Space Sciences Grades K through 5

·         January 25 and 31, 2018 

·         Location: SRI & ETTC , Galloway, NJ

·         Click here for event description and registration.

Science Assessment Collaborative: Earth and Space Sciences Grades 6 through 12

·         January 29 and February 21, 2018

·         Location: SRI & ETTC , Galloway, NJ

·         Click here for event description and registration.

Science Assessment Collaborative: Life Science Grades K through 5

·         March 12, 2018 and April 9, 2018

·          Location: 100 Riverview Plaza, Trenton, NJ

·         Click here for event description and registration.

Science Assessment Collaborative: Life Science Grades 6 through 12

·         March 29, 2018 and April 13, 2018

·         Location: 100 Riverview Plaza, Trenton, NJ

·         Click here for event description and registration.

Science Assessment Collaborative: K-5 Physical Science

·         May 16, 2018 and May 30, 2018

·         Location: Learning Resource Center, East Orange, NJ

·         Click here for event description and registration.

Science Assessment Collaborative: Grades 6-12 Physical Science

·         June 5, 2018 and June 12, 2018

·         Location: Learning Resource Center, East Orange, NJ

·         Click here for event description and registration.

Rowan University Professional Development Workshops for STEM Teachers
for STEM Teachers
 
Visit our new website at http://go.rowan.edu/stem
Register onlinehere

NEW Earth Science and Climate Change Workshops:
  • Learn Like Your World Depends On It -- An Inconvenient Sequel (Grades 6-12) on December 18, 2017:  Learn how to help students understand the science behind climate change and sea-level rise.  Inspire your students to find ways to support the use of clean energy. A portion of this workshop includes a viewing of the film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power in the Edelman Planetarium. A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting follow-up,An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.
  • Asteroids, Dinosaurs, and Instant Global Climate Change (Grades 6-12) on May 3, 2018:  Explore the nature of asteroids, what has and can happen if an asteroid hits the Earth, and how they are unique time capsules to the earliest stages of Solar System formation.  *Includes field time and instruction at the Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University.  Prepare to get dirty as you hunt for fossils from the Cretaceous.
 
NEW Computer Programming and Technology Workshops:
  • Creating Android Applications (Grades 9-12) on January 8, 2018:   Mobile application programming can provide an authentic and engaging hook into computer science. The MIT App Inventor is a web based visual programming environment that enables students with no programming background to build apps for Android mobile devices. The participants will use App Inventor to build computer games that run on Android devices and learn basic computer science principles.
  • Computer Science through Story-Telling and Games - Coding with Scratch for Beginners (Grades K-5) on January 10, 2018:  This workshop (designed for non-coders) introduces you to the Scratch programming language, and the Scratch approach to teaching “Creative Computing.”  With scratch, your students can create everything from animations to video games while learning key concepts in computer science and computational thinking.
  • Simple Machines using LEGO Mindstorms (Grades 6-12) on March 13, 2018:  Come learn how to use LEGO Mindstorms and integrate activities in math and science for middle and high school students.
  • Make Real Video Games! (Grades 9-12) on April 12, 2018: Do your students love to play video games? Do they want to make their OWN games? Are they tired of using canned programs that are limited? In this workshop we cover what is necessary to make games from a professional point-of-view. Specifically, we will discuss the pipeline of software and hardware for game design. Topics include: game engines, coding languages, 3D model generation, model unwrapping, texturing, shaders, and how computers create their image. This course is not meant to teach programming, but to familiarize computer science teachers and computer club moderators with these topics at a high level.*Includes course time in the Rowan VR Center, a custom-designed immersive virtual reality lab featuring 7-foot high by 40-foot wide curved wall of screens for 3D applications.
 
 
NEW Astronomy Workshops:
  • Implementing a Digitally Based No-Cost Astronomy Course in Public Schools (Grades 6-12) on May 14, 2018:  Astronomy, the oldest science, engages students at all levels owing to its highly visual nature and the constant flow of new discoveries.  Astronomy offers multiple learning experiences and engaging ways to study important concepts in physics and links to cultural and societal issues.  Yet, too few schools offer even a descriptive introductory course.  Part of the reason is cost and access to ready-to-use content.  The workshop will offer participants access to free digitally-based content as well as strategies for course implementation.
  • STEM Activities for Physics & Astronomy - Cell Phones, Drones, and Planetarium Skies (Grades 6-12) on May 18, 2018:  Explore the world of physics and astronomy with related cell phone activities. Use your cell phone for telephoto applications and astrophotography with telescopes. Photographing the sun with solar eclipse applications using cell phones. View future solar eclipses from any location on earth as well as from Lunar Base Aristillus with the power of Starry Night 7.  Introductory Trainer Drone Flights and activities will be featured, weather permitting. Finally, explore the starry skies of the Edelman Planetarium making use of numerous cell phone apps to identify constellations, stars, planets, asteroids, and galaxies.
 
A listing of all of our STEM PD workshops and registration information can be found at our website http://go.rowan.edu/stemteachers. 
For more information, please contact Brigid Milone at milone@rowan.edu or 856-256-4827.
Rowan STEM Center
600 Whitney Avenue, Glassboro, NJ 08028
milone@rowan.edu | 856.256.4827 | http://go.rowan.edu/stem


I'm writing to invite you to participate in the 2018 Shore Bowl, a fun quiz-style competition for high school students (Grades 9-12) in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The Shore Bowl focuses on ocean science, as well as other ocean-related subjects such as navigation, geography and history. Schools compete in teams made up of a coach and four students (a fifth may act as alternate). The 2018 Shore Bowl will be held on Saturday, February 3rd at Rutgers University and registration is now open! Just follow this link to sign up.

The Shore Bowl is one of 25 regional competitions hosted around the country. The winning team from each regional competition will receive an all expenses paid trip to compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), which will take place in Boulder, Colorado in April 2018. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams at both the regional and national levels.

For more information about the Shore Bowl, check out our new website.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!

Maeve Eason Hubbard
Regional Coordinator, Shore Bowl 2018
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2017 - 2018 Science Workshops
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Questions? Call 973-655-7753 or email prism@mail.montclair.edu

January 12, 2018 8:30am - 2:30pm
"Who stole the chocolate?" NGSS -aligned CSI for Elementary Students Gr 1-5
Experience first-hand a Crime Scene Investigation that you can take back directly to your young detectives using simple materials. Be a detective and learn how to solve crimes by collecting evidence and analyzing it in labs activities. You will take home a differentiated student notebook, and curriculum unit, and resources to support your student work back in your classrooms.
Facilitator: Jean Myers ? Cost: $150

January 24, 2018 8:30am - 2:30pm
NGSS Engineering for Grades K-8
Apply the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices with carefully selected engineering design challenges for the classroom. Build your knowledge of freely available resources and refine your selection skills when choosing meaningful challenges that provide engaging, student-centered experiences with content. Learn how Engineering Design seamlessly integrates with ELA and Math practices. Try design challenges during the workshop and return to school with ready to use resources.
Facilitator: Karen Woodruff Cost: $150

February 23, 2018 8:30am - 2:30pm NEW Argumentation in the NGSS Science Classroom Grades 6 -12
Argumentation is an essential component of the NGSS classroom. Building a classroom culture where students engage regularly in productive science discussions requires practice and well-vetted strategies. Learn to implement strategies, such as modeling, analyzing evidence, and developing appropriate forms of dialogue between students. Explore how to engage students in determining valuable evidence to support a claim, justify their thinking, and craft rebuttals that advance collective understanding of a concept. Participants in this workshop will gain valuable strategies for integrating argumentation into classrooms focused on Science and Engineering Practices.
Facilitator: Karen Woodruff Cost: $150

NEW Workshop Cancellation policy: If you are unable to attend a workshop for which you are registered, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible. Cancellations received less than five (5) business days from the date of the workshop will not be eligible for a credit or refund and will be billed. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Bring Biodiversity Into Your Classroom
Maya Lin's "What Is Missing" project
Identify and evaluate solutions for reducing human impacts on the environment and biodiversity in this interactive lesson and corresponding interdisciplinary research activity. Through an analysis of exemplars from the What Is Missing? project by the American artist and architect Maya Lin, students learn how various kinds of data and information can be gathered to create a biodiversity timeline that serves as evidence of changes in a population of a species. Interactive student activity and teacher guide
This collection covers key topics related to biodiversity and animal adaptation using original photographs from National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore, and video adapted from the WGBH series based on Sartore's work, RARE—Creatures of the Photo Ark. Sartore is on a quest to capture studio portraits of critically endangered animals. Clips from the RARE broadcasts including this case study of an invasive species, Creature Cards full of animal facts, and much more.
Questions about PBS LearningMedia?
PBS LearningMedia is PBS's FREE service for PreK-12 educators, providing media-rich online learning resources across all subjects. A user account allows you to favorite resources and share them with students and colleagues. You can also use tools for storyboarding, creating quizzes, and sending resources to Google Classroom. NEW!: We now have integration with Clever. Sign up here. (Free and easy.) 
NGSS PD Workshops available in 2018!             (Posted: 1-8-18)

Putting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into Action through
High Leverage Practices and Engineering Design

The Framework for K-12 Science Education and the NGSS present a new vision of science learning that integrates core disciplinary ideas, science and engineering practices, and cross-cutting concepts. These interactive full-day workshops will introduce teachers and leaders to grade-specific exemplars in a variety of topic areas along with strategies that embody the NGSS student performance expectations. The workshops feature grade-appropriate lessons that integrate applied science content within an engineering context.
 
 
 
 
Science and Engineering in the K-5 Classroom
• January 8, 2018
• Grades K-5
 
 
Beyond the Basics: Integrating 3-Dimensional Learning into your K-5 science classroom
• January 11, 2018 
 • Grades K-5
 
Learning from Student Work
• March 12, 2018
 • Grades K-5
 
 
 
Engineering in the FOSS/Delta Education Science Classroom
• March 13, 2018
 • Grades K-5
 
Beyond the Basics: Integrating 3-Dimensional Learning into your K-5 science classroom
• March 15, 2018
 • Grades K-5
 
 
Algebra 1-The Key Gateway
• March 16, 2018
 • Grades 7-10
Katheryn Kennedy
Katheryn Kennedy, PhD
Manager of Professional Development Services
Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education
Stevens Institute of Technology
201-216-5443  Katheryn.Kennedy@stevens.edu




SAVE THE DATE! Full STEAM Ahead 3 - a mini-conference - Thur Mar 15, 2018             (Posted: 1-8-18)

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Thursday, March 15, 2018!


NJSACC: The Statewide Network for NewJersey's Afterschool Programs in partnership with C. S. Mott Foundation and Kean University Present Full STEAM Ahead 3: A mini-conference dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math!

Everyone is talking about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).  Afterschool is a great place to bring in STEAM activities!  But there is often a fear factor when it comes to staff doing STEAM.  Many people feel nervous that they won't do the activities the right way or they think that if they don't have a science background it won't work for them.  But that couldn't be farther from the truth!  Join us to find out how you can implement activities to get the children in your program actively engaged.  Also, find out the benefits of learning along with the children in your program and how it can make a positive and lasting impression!

Who should attend?
  • Front Line Staff
  • Program Directors
  • Youth Workers
  • Others interested in trying STEAM activities in their afterschool program

When: Thursday, March 15, 2018

Time: 8:30am - 2:30pm
  • 8:30am - Registration
  • 9:00am - Opening Session
  • 10:15am - 11:45am - Workshops
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm - Workshops
Where: Kean University STEM Building
1000 Morris Ave
Union, NJ  07083
             

Cost: $70

Registration information coming soon!

Registration Open for Barnegat Bay Master Naturalist Course             (Posted: 1-8-18)

 

If you enjoy learning about the wildlife, ecology, and traditions of the Barnegat Bay and sharing what you’ve learned with others, then the Barnegat Bay Volunteer Master Naturalist Program is for you. Registration is now open for the spring 2018 training course offered by the Barnegat Bay Partnership (BBP) through the Ocean County College Continuing and Professional Education Department.


Led by Barnegat Bay educators Becky Laboy and GraceAnne Taylor, the course will get participants outside and on the water for a true Barnegat Bay experience. Topics will include marine life in the bay; important habitats such as seagrasses and wetlands; birds and other animals of the watershed; native plant identification; forest resources; soil health; Pinelands ecology; and Barnegat Bay history, culture, and traditions.  During field trips to local parks and nature centers, participants will hike, kayak, seine, photograph, and collect data with experienced naturalists and field ecologists.  The course also includes training in the skills volunteers need to help educate others about the bay.

 

The course dates will be from April 11 to May 23, 2018 with eight sessions – two Wednesday evening classroom sessions (7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on April 11 and May 23) and six Saturday field trips (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on April 14, 21, and 28 and May 5, 12, and 19).  Visit The www.ocean.edu/cpe.htm to view the course description (see page 43 of the spring 2018 catalog) and to register.  

 

After taking the course, participants can maintain their certification as Barnegat Bay Master Naturalists by completing annual approved volunteer and continuing education hours.  Check out the activities of the 76 volunteers already helping throughout the watershed on theBBP Master Naturalist Course Facebook page. For more information about this program, visitwww.barnegatbaypartnership.org or contact Karen Walzer (kwalzer@ocean.edu).  

Barnegat Bay Partnership
Ocean County College, Building #10
College Drive
PO Box 2001
Toms River, NJ  08753
Ph:  732-255-0472
Fx:  732-255-0358
bbp.ocean.edu

ANJEE Winter Conference 2018 Registration is OPEN             (Posted: 1-8-18)

Click HERE.

Looking for support during these challenging times?             (Posted: 11-17-17)

Fall 2017

Greetings!

Are you finding it hard to stay inspired and optimistic in the face of the endless bleak news that flows across your timelines and TV screens?  You’re not alone. I’ve heard from many friends and colleagues that this constant grind of negativity results in feelings of sadness, anxiety and a sense of being overwhelmed.  Many describe great difficulty concentrating and staying motivated for the important work that lies ahead. We understand and can offer some help. 

This newsletter is filled with ideas to help you stay focused and energized as you work with your students and fellow community members to create a sustainable future. From inspiring, solution-oriented blog posts to concrete EfS resources, there is something for everyone who needs a little extra support during these challenging times. 

While online resources are useful, we know there's no substitute for the encouragement that only real time interaction can provide.  To that end, we invite you to join us on Thursday, December 7th, 12-1pm for an interactive webinar, Staying Hopeful: Gathering strength for the work ahead. Register here (and tell your friends). 

As always, please contact me if I can help support the goals of your school, organization or community through Education for Sustainability. 

Thank you,

Jaimie

Jaimie P. Cloud, President

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education

Jaimie@cloudinstitute.org

212-645-9930

 

New on our Blog: Game Over or Game On? 

For the past three years, Jaimie has taught a required graduate course on the Ethics of Sustainability in the Design for Social Innovation Program at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. During this time, she's witnessed the unintended results of educating about unsustainability, as her students report feeling depressed, hopeless and guilty. Game over?

Her response to them is always the same, “I think what your professors have 

actually been saying is that they cannot imagine, and they don’t know how we are going to pull off the mid-course correction that is required if we want human and other life to flourish on Earth indefinitely.  I think this has more to do with their imaginations, mental maps and knowledge base than it does our fate.”  Game on.? 

Jaimie's brand new essay and video focuses and inspires us all for the work ahead.

Read more on our blog 

Let's Crowdsource a Unit Plan! 

Jaimie started a unit plan addressing racism, sexism and xenophobia using EfS. 

She completed Stage I and invites educators everywhere to build out Stages II and III as appropriate for your students, grade levels and disciplines.

We ask: Can we surpass self-righteousness? What do we need to know? What can we do about it?

  • How can the new brain science help us to understand what is going on when people feel threatened by “the other”?
  • Throughout history, there are many examples of people who stood to gain economically and/or politically from creating and fueling conflict between diverse groups of people. Is the U.S. experiencing this phenomenon right now? Who stands to gain? Who stands to lose?
  • What good does diversity do us?
  • What do we need to know?
  • What kind of future do we want?

 

Learn more and submit your ideas

"Why Dream?" 

In the latest issue of Catalyst Quarterly, Jaimie explores the role of visioning in educating for a sustainable future.  

The Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly (GSCQ) is a peer reviewed, high interest digital magazine that highlights evidence-based practices for replication in green, healthy, sustainable schools.  

Read the full article

New Education for Sustainability Benchmarks 

The Education for a Sustainable Future Benchmarks for Individual and Social Learning were published by The Journal of Sustainability Education on Earth Day 2017.

This 70-page account is authored by and represents the current and best thinking of forty-two of the major scholars and practitioners in the EfS field. 

 “I am honored to be an author, the curator and editor of so many important scholars’ work and I thank all the authors and reviewers for working tirelessly on this document until we were able to reach consensus," stated Jaimie Cloud. "I look forward to the next phase of our work—the call for exemplars.”?

Learn more

 

New Support for "Sustainabilizing" your Curriculum: EfS K-12 Scope and Sequence 

There are many options when it comes to designing curriculum that educates for sustainability. Some educators prefer to "sustainabilize" their curriculum by working with the commencement edition of The Cloud Institute’s EfS Standards and Performance Indicators and cross walking and embedding them where and when appropriate. 

Others prefer we do that for them. If you would like to see how Jaimie and co-author Marie Alcock would "sustainabilize" a K-12 curriculum from the first quarter of Kindergarten to the last quarter of 12th grade, check out our new EfS Scope and Sequence.

 

PNW BOCES: A Regional Approach to EfS

Over the years, we’ve featured stories about schools or districts across the country that have integrated EfS into their curriculum. In this post, we introduce the Putnam and Northern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services (PNW BOCES), a regional education agency made up of seventeen districts whose innovative approach to EfS is worth exploring. In 2008, the PNW BOCES Curriculum Center undertook the development of a K-12 web-based Education for Sustainability curriculum to address the question, “How are we all going to live well within the means of nature?” 

Read more on our blog

 

How to Sustain Sustainability Education

Sustaining an initiative in a school seems difficult—some might say it is impossible.  After all, most schools were not designed to sustain innovation. 

It doesn’t have to be that way. ?

Read more on our blog

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education is a 501c3 Organization . Our mission is to ensure the viability of sustainable communities by leveraging changes in K-12 school systems to prepare young people for the shift toward a sustainable future.

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education
PO Box 2450 New York, NY 10027

Phone: 212-645-9930 | Fax: 212-645-9931

Contact us.

ANJEE: Call for Workshop Proposals & Awards Nominations             (Posted: 11-17-17)

Click HERE.

2018 Green Schools Conference and Expo Registration is Open!             (Posted: 11-17-17)

Click HERE.

National Children & Youth Garden Symposium Call for Session Proposals             (Posted: 11-9-17)

National Children & Youth Garden Symposium
Call for Session Proposals 
 

The American Horticultural Society is pleased to announce its 26th annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS), the only national professional development event of its kind where we are cultivating tomorrow's gardeners by energizing, inspiring, and training today's garden educators.  The 2018 event will take place July 11-14 in Ithaca, New York, hosted by Cornell University's Garden-Based Learning and Cooperative Extension.  At the core of the symposium are peer-led educational sessions that focus on relevant, thought-provoking topics, provide attendees with practical knowledge and skills, and appeal to attendees representing a variety of experience levels, educational settings, and youth audiences. 

Now's your chance to share your expertise with garden educators by presenting a session! Sessions must demonstrate a relevance to garden education, but can cover a wide array to topics - from gardening for wildlife to working with at-risk populations to writing grants and engaging community partners.  Session presenters receive a discounted registration rate to attend the symposium.  Please reference these tips and guidelines and submit your session proposal online by December 8, 2017.

Save the date for the 26th annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium!

Who: adults working in many different capacities - garden designers, educators, community leaders - to connect young people with the natural world 

What: an annual professional development event, the only national event of its kind where we are cultivating tomorrow's gardeners by energizing, inspiring, and training today's garden educators.

When: July 11-14, 2018 

Where: Cornell University in Ithaca, New York with experiences at the Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca Children's Garden, Cornell Botanic Gardens, and more!

Why: share ideas, success stories, and inspiration with like-minded colleagues from across the nation

How: four dynamic days of:

  • peer-taught sessions covering a range of relevant topics in small group settings to encourage substantive discussions
  • field trips to regional sites with a garden/nature focus
  • expert keynote presentations
  • structured and informal networking opportunities

         

For more information about NCYGS contact education@ahsgardening.org.

"Nuts and Bolts and Seeds and Soil" Workshop             (Posted: 11-9-17)

I'd like to offer our organization, Greater Newark Conservancy, as a local resource. We have been doing garden-based and environmental education for more than 25 years in Newark and surrounding school districts. In addition to providing direct service to a few schools in Newark we offer professional development workshops for teachers and interested others.

Our next workshop is Wednesday January 24, 4-5:30 pm "Nuts and Bolts and Seeds and Soil" covers the mechanics of growing a school-year garden. We are anxious to build a "New Jersey Network of School Garden Advocates" so we can support eachother in doing this great work. Interested folks should please contact me.

Sarah O'Leary - soleary@citybloom.org

Good News for Educators from Duke Farms             (Posted: 11-9-17)

Click HERE.

Bat Video             (Posted: 11-8-17)

Click HERE.

Upcoming PD at Duke Farms             (Posted: 11-8-17)

Click HERE.

Brand New Course: Feeder Bird ID and Behavior             (Posted: 10-26-17)


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Bird feeding is a joyful reminder of the wild—right in your backyard. 
And there's so much more to feeding birds than keeping the feeders well stocked.
Ready to confidently distinguish among the finches and the sparrows?
Learn how to attract more species? 
Decode feeder bird body language?
Recognize the dramas unfolding at your feeder?

The Cornell Lab's Bird Academy has created a new online course, Feeder Birds: Identification and Behavior, to help you get more out of your bird feeding experience.

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Learn Tricky IDs with SnapID: Innovative New Practice Tool

Build your confidence with easily confused species at your feeder, such as Purple and House Finch. As you play and replay SnapID, your winning streaks reveal the moment when you've mastered those tricky IDs.

Decode Bird Body Language

Gain fascinating insight into your feeder birds' lives and social interactions through subtle body language. We will teach you how to interpret bird behaviors and help you uncover a whole new way to appreciate and enjoy feeder birds.

Attract New Species to Your Feeder

The key to drawing new birds to your feeders is getting a handle on who eats what (and why!). Get the full scoop on feeding styles so that you can tailor your feeding setup to attract the birds you most wish would visit your backyard. 

Free Bonus: Full Color Poster and FeederWatch Membership

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As a bonus for participating in this course, we'll send you a free high quality double-sided color poster of the common feeder birds (East and West) and provide a one-year membership to the FeederWatch citizen science project. 

The course material will be available starting Nov. 13 and it's self-paced so you can come back to it as often as you wish. 

Learn More
Bird Academy Courses are Highly-Rated: Join Us!
 
99% of students say they will use the skills they learned in the near future.
99% of students would recommend the course to others.
Happy bird feeding!
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Mya Thompson
Bird Academy Project Leader · Cornell Lab of Ornithology · birdacademy@cornell.edu
 
  


Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd. Ithaca NY 14850

Webinar: Learn how to bring the research of the Polar Regions to your students using data             (Posted: 10-20-17)

Educators- Please join us for a webinar series on how to bring the Arctic and Antarctic to your classroom using data challenges. It is fun and supports the NGSS!
Visit our website: https://polar-ice.org/focus-areas/polar-data-stories/.
Registration is required: https://rutgers.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6J4rW5Yit3NQ0Gp.

Back by popular demand: Raptor Identification series.             (Posted: 10-16-17)


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Raptors return!

Hawks, eagles, vultures, and falcons are all on the move. Fall migration is in full swing.

What better time to build your hawk identification skills?

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To celebrate the season, we have re-issued online recordings of our 6-part webinar series on Hawk and Raptor Identification, last presented live in 2015.

More than six hours of video instruction help you get to know the markings and behaviors of all the common hawks and raptors found in North America, 34 species in all.

The entire series is only $29.99. You get unlimited access to all the archived video material plus downloadable handouts for each session to help you take notes.

 

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What students from the live event had to say:

"I learned many new things about raptors"

"It was excellent. Packed a lot of information into each hour."

“Even though I am an experienced birder I am surprised at how much I learn from these webinars and I look forward to more of them.”

"Kevin has a voice that is easy to listen to. He adds bits of information from his years of experience that make the whole presentation fascinating."

“This will help me with all my bird watching."

 

Happy birding, 
 
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Kevin McGowan
Manager for Distance Learning · Cornell Lab of Ornithology · birdacademy@cornell.edu
 
 
 
  
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd. Ithaca NY 14850

Rowan University, Holistic Engineering, Barcelona Declaration News             (Posted: 10-16-17)

For those interested in an upcoming event on sustainability and engineering:

For the first time in its 15-year history, the Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (EESD) Conference will be held in the United States, at the Henry M, Rowan College of Engineering, Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ) June 3-6, 2018. The Conference theme is “Creating the Holistic Engineer”, and it is co-sponsored by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) . It appears that keynote speakers are Dr. Domenico Grasso, Provost of the University of Delaware and author of the book Holistic Engineering Education: Beyond Technology (Springer 2010) and Dr. Stephanie Farrell, Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Experiential Engineering Education at Rowan University and President-Elect of the ASEE.

This exciting and prestigious event brings together some of the world’s leading experts in sustainability, engineering education, and environmental stewardship.  If you are interested  in participating or submitting an abstract be aware that Rowan University is presently welcoming abstract submissions from a broad and diverse network of academic disciplines. To learn more about the conference and to submit your abstract, please visit http://eesd2018.org/ and/or contact person below

Dr. Mariano J. Savelski, Ph.D.
EESD2018 Conference Coordinator
Professor and Department Head of Chemical Engineering
Rowan University

For those engaged in Service Learning projects that impact both the communities in which they operate, please also be aware of the Barcelona declaration of education principles for sustainable engineering

http://eesd2018.org/conference/the-barcelona-declaration/

Of notable interest are the list of operating principles and one could ask how do service learning approaches contribute to the achievement of the below and have a superior impact on the community that is concrete and measurable in terms of actionable outcomes, including environmental and social benefit. 

“Today’s engineers must be able to:
Understand how their work interacts with society and the environment, locally and globally, in order to identify potential challenges, risks, and impacts.
Understand the contribution of their work in different cultural, social, and political contexts and take those differences into account.
Work in multidisciplinary teams, in order to adapt current technology to the demands imposed by sustainable lifestyles, resource efficiency, pollution prevention and waste management.
Apply a holistic and systemic approach to solving problems and the ability to move beyond the tradition of breaking reality down into disconnected parts.
Participate actively in the discussion and definition of economic, social and technological policies, to help redirect society towards more sustainable development.
Apply professional knowledge according to deontological principles and universal values and ethics.
Listen closely to the demands of citizens and other stakeholders and let them have a say in the development of new technologies and infrastructures.
Engineering education, with the support of the university community as well as the wider engineering and science community, must:
Have an integrated approach to knowledge, attitudes, skills and values in teaching.
Incorporate disciplines of the social sciences and humanities.
Promote multidisciplinary teamwork.
Stimulate creativity and critical thinking.
Foster reflection and self-learning.
Strengthen systemic thinking and a holistic approach. Train people who are motivated to participate and who are able to take responsible decisions.
Raise awareness for the challenges posed by globalization.
In order to achieve the above, the following aspects of the educational process must be reviewed:
The links between all the different levels of the educational system.
The content of courses.
Teaching strategies in the classroom.
Teaching and learning techniques.
Research methods.
Training of trainers.
Evaluation and assessment techniques.
The participation of external bodies in developing and evaluating the curriculum.
Quality control systems.
These aspects cannot be reviewed in isolation. They need to be supported by an institutional commitment and all decision makers, in the form of:
A redefinition of institutions’ and universities’ missions, so that they are adapted to new requirements in which sustainability is a leading concern.
An institutional commitment to quality.
An institutional support for changing educational paradigms and objectives research funding.”

PRISM Science Workshops -New Workshop Added - Register Now!             (Posted: 10-13-17)

2017 - 2018 Science Workshops
https://goo.gl/forms/oheAkboSCyIBF1SU2

NEW Workshop Cancellation policy: If you are unable to attend a workshop for which you are registered, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible. Cancellations received less than five (5) business days from the date of the workshop will not be eligible for a credit or refund and will be billed. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
Questions? Call 973-655-7753 or email prism@mail.montclair.edu

January 12, 2018 8:30am - 2:30pm NEW
"Who stole the chocolate?" NGSS -aligned CSI for Elementary Students Gr 1-5
Experience first-hand a Crime Scene Investigation that you can take back directly to your young detectives using simple materials. Be a detective and learn how to solve crimes by collecting evidence and analyzing it in labs activities. You will take home a differentiated student notebook, and curriculum unit, and resources to support your student work back in your classrooms.
Facilitator: Jean Myers Cost: $150

January 24, 2018 8:30am - 2:30pm JUST ADDED
NGSS Engineering for Grades K-8
Apply the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices with carefully selected engineering design challenges for the classroom. Build your knowledge of freely available resources and refine your selection skills when choosing meaningful challenges that provide engaging, student-centered experiences with content. Learn how Engineering Design seamlessly integrates with ELA and Math practices. Try design challenges during the workshop and return to school with ready to use resources.
Facilitator: Karen Woodruff Cost: $150

2018 Green Schools Conference and Expo Registration Pricing Announced             (Posted: 10-13-17)

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Enjoy the latest edition of i-Tree News             (Posted: 10-12-17)

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Archived PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & CLASSROOM MATERIALS are available upon request throught the webmaster.