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Sustainable Jersey Dec-Jan upcoming events
PEEC: Residential Environmental Learning Center 2015 Directors' Conference
ANJEE Annual Conference-Register Today!
Granny Green's Green Machine
Duke Farms Resources for Educators
Join EIRC's ELA PARCC Consortium
October PLT GreenSchools! Update
NJDOE: Model High School Environmental Science and Earth and Space Science Course
EIRC's STEM Workshop Series Starts this Month!
STEM opportunity
Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Training In November
Sustainable Jersey Dec-Jan upcoming events             (Posted: 11-25-14)

New Municipal Energy Actions For Sustainable Jersey (Webinar)

December 17, 2014 – 1:00-2:00 PM


This webinar will cover several of the new energy actions in the Sustainable Jersey program, including program updates just introduced, and a preview of new actions planned for early 2015.

  • Find out about how your municipality can make a “group purchase” of electricity for the entire community that provides safe, convenient and affordable access to renewable energy for consumers.
  • Learn how to increase adoption of electric vehicles in New Jersey through municipal public charging systems and other programs.
  • Hear a summary of new actions being planned for early 2015, with a focus on changes to building energy efficiency actions.

Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program Current Opportunity (Webinar)

January 7, 2015 – 1:00 – 2:30 PM


Sustainable Jersey is pleased to announce that $200,000 in new grant funds are now available for communities participating in the Sustainable Jersey certification program to support sustainability initiatives and projects.

This webinar will review the application, the online application portal and tips on how to successfully apply for a Sustainable Jersey Small Grant.

"Ready, Set, Go!"- Getting Started with Sustainable Jersey for Schools (Webinar Series)

REGISTER -- Tuesday, December 2, 2014 -- 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

REGISTER -- Wednesday, December 17, 2014 -- 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

REGISTER -- Wednesday, January 7, 2015 -- 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Learn how you can participate in the new Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. Attendees will walk through the registration process, website resources, and the webinar will cover basic information on how to communicate, collaborate and organize their district or school green team for certification success!

Visit the Sustainable Jersey Grants Portal for a list of available grants.

For more information on Trainings and Events visit

PEEC: Residential Environmental Learning Center 2015 Directors' Conference             (Posted: 11-13-14)

Click HERE.

ANJEE Annual Conference-Register Today!             (Posted: 11-5-14)

Click HERE.

Granny Green's Green Machine             (Posted: 11-5-14)

Environmental theater, music, puppets and books for kids

Granny Green (aka Brenda Cummings) is a professional actor who has been writing and performing for children for decades. As a collaborating member of The Paper Bag Players for many years, she created plays, songs and dances for young audiences all over the US, Canada and Asia. When she became a parent she realized how little environmental education is available for small children, so she wrote "Granny Green's Green Machine" a show with puppets made from recycled materials, and original songs and books about the 3 Rs, composting, the water cycle, planting trees, worms, insects and remembering to turn off the water and lights. Granny Green highlights for young children the many ways that they are connected to the natural world and how they can help to make it greener. Brenda wrote and illustrated several books that are read and performed as part of the show. The response to them has been enthusiastic.

For more information please check out Granny Green's website:

"The Dance of the Seahorses", is now an ebook on
A print version of the book will soon be available.

The CD of "Granny Green's Green Machine" is available through Amazon and iTunes

Also see "The Wiggle Worm Wiggle" here:

Duke Farms Resources for Educators             (Posted: 10-22-14)

Click HERE.

Join EIRC's ELA PARCC Consortium             (Posted: 10-22-14)


Feel confident that your students are ready for PARCC!
Join EIRC's
ELA PARCC Consortium 
Send a team of two teachers to a series of workshops where they will learn how to use Common Core Standards to enhance instruction and prepare students for the PARCC assessments.
A team of two teachers can attend the ELA PARCC Consortium
Workshops for $800 per team (price includes all five sessions below.)

Each workshop session will be held at EIRC from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm

ELA Session 1 - November 10, 2014
Who Does PARCC Think He Is Anyway?
The Common Core Standards and How They Make PARCC Unique

ELA Session 2 - November 13, 2014
To Read or Not to Read - That is the Question!
Close Reading Strategies and Text Complexity

ELA Session 3 - January 14, 2015
Three Cheers for the Tiers
Rising to the PARCC Rigor with Tiered Academic Vocabulary

ELA Session 4 - January 27, 2015
No, You Are Not Entitled to Your Own Opinion...
Unless You Can Support It with Textual Evidence!

ELA Session 5 - February 9, 2015
Pack a Punch to the PARCC
How to Utilize Summative Assessment to Blow Them Away!

EIRC-Educational Information & Resource Center 
South Jersey Tech Park,  107 Gilbreth Pkwy, Suite 200
Mullica Hill, NJ  08062-4446
856-582-7000 Phone     856-582-4360 Fax  

October PLT GreenSchools! Update             (Posted: 10-22-14)

Project Learning Tree

GreenSchools! Update

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

Energy may be the most important issue of our time. It affects the quality of our lives every day as it powers transportation, communication, lights, and heating and cooling systems. According to the US Department of Energy, K-12 schools spend more than $8 billion annually on energy, making energy the second highest operating expenditure for schools after personnel cost. Therefore, this month we want to provide you with information on how to save energy, and money, at your school.

Energy Webinar: Transforming Schools with PLT
GreenSchools! Energy Investigations
Check out our archived webinar to learn how how ENERGY STAR tools can help schools improve energy efficiency, and how GreenSchools! teams can make a difference by using the GreenSchools! Energy Investigation to examine their school’s energy use and implement action plans to reduce energy impacts.

Energy Saving Tips For Schools
As we head into the fall and winter months where the thermostats are turned up and the lights are on longer, we wanted to provide you and your students with some easy tips for saving energy at your school.


James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree
2000 M St NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20036

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NJDOE: Model High School Environmental Science and Earth and Space Science Course             (Posted: 10-22-14)

Click HERE.

EIRC's STEM Workshop Series Starts this Month!             (Posted: 10-22-14)

STEM Workshop Series
Did you know that EIRC offers STEM workshops? Become the student with these interactive sessions. Explore hands-on classroom activities, strategies, and tools that you can add to your science curriculum!
About the Series

Select individual workshops, or attend
each workshop in the series to enhance your STEM classroom!

Each workshop will be held at EIRC from
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

South Jersey Tech Park
107 Gilbreth Pkwy,
Suite 200
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

$139.00 per workshop
(Includes continental breakfast)

About the Presenter

Barbara Mammen has over 35 years' experience in education, including experience as Supervisor of Science and Technology. Barbara has held positions at Stevens Institute of Technology's Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education, and Rider University's Graduate School of Education. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Pace University and a Master's Degree in Science and Environmental Education from Brooklyn College.
Upcoming Workshops at EIRC

October 30, 2014

November 14, 2014

November 18, 2014
The NGSS: Rethinking Science Teaching & Learning
October 23, 2014
  • Understand the format and dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Learn how to develop assessments using the NGSS Performance Expectations.
Science & Engineering Practices: Claims, Evidence, Explanation, Argumentation (Grades 3-8)
November 21, 2014
  • Follow the CER (claims, evidence, rebuttal) Framework for Scientific Explanation as proposed by Joseph Krajcik (NGSS Development Team).
  • See how to use variations of the CER approach and construct assessment rubrics.

Integrating Engineering with Science in Elementary and Middle Grades
December 11, 2014
  • Participate in interactive engineering activities.
  • Analyze science concepts and skills necessary for engineering design solutions.
The Literacy STEM Connection (Grades 3-8)
February 6, 2015
  • Explore literacy activities to enhance student understanding of STEM concepts, particularly science and math.
  • Learn how to use the activities to assess student progress, inform instruction, and realize ways to modify strategies for diverse learners.
The Best STEM Websites
March 20, 2015
  • Delve into the best websites for STEM education resources, including lesson plans, activities/projects, videos, simulations, rubrics, and more.
  • Gather information relevant to your specific grade level and student population.
EIRC - Educational Information & Resource Center
South Jersey Tech Park, 107 Gilbreth Pkwy, Suite 200
Mullica HIll, NJ 08062-4446
Phone  856-582-7000    Fax  856-582-4206

STEM opportunity             (Posted: 10-21-14)

Our nonprofit is offering teachers and students a science prize that is literally out of this world.  We hope you will share this opportunity with your audience, as that will give them a chance to win and will encourage engagement in STEM.

The students of the winning teacher will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to control a satellite and run experiments in space for a week as it orbits the earth at 18,000 miles per hour and 310 miles up.

Students and teachers will be provided with support and resources to make sure that they are successful:

  • Videos, worksheets, and guides to present the fundamentals of working with a satellite.  
  • Sample code and experiments with step by step instructions to run and develop your own experiments.
  • Direct access to the Ardusat support team to assist in implementing the process in your class.

The promotion is a campaign of, a 501(c(3) nonprofit, which addresses the dire lack of science equipment in schools. The severity of the need is seen in 42% of all eighth grade science teachers reporting that they do not have most of the equipment they need to teach; the figure for teachers of minority students is more than 50%. Indeed, ClassWish is the only nonprofit that lets anyone contribute to provide STEM (and other) resources for any school or any teacher in the country. Teachers visit the site to create wish lists; people make tax-deductible contributions to help; and ClassWish sends the supplies and equipment right to the classrooms at no cost.

The prize is being supplied by Nanosatisfi, whose team of non-traditional space engineers deployed the world’s first crowd-funded satellite—Ardusat (a portmanteau of Arduino and Satellite). They remain committed to providing an education platform for hands-on space exploration and a truly remarkable STEM experience for students across the globe.


Teachers easily enter by creating a wish list at, which also lets them receive donations for the science equipment their students need. Each teacher who creates a wish list automatically gets a satellite page, such as this sample:

Anyone can help their favorite teacher win by “liking” the teacher, inviting other teachers, spreading the word, or contributing towards supplies.

If, as we hope, you are interested in sharing this opportunity with your readers, feel free to grab any of the banners that we provided here:

Please let us know if we can answer any questions or provide additional information.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Taylor Hazard

Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Training In November             (Posted: 10-21-14)

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will be hosting a free 2-day Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) training on November 14-16 at the Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education in Waretown (Ocean Co.). The training is for adult staff and volunteers of youth-centered community and/or faith-based organizations, as well as schools, looking to offer an ongoing or year-round youth fishing, conservation and aquatic education program.

HOFNOD is a great way to introduce youth to fishing, learning about their local waters and other natural resources while supporting positive outdoor recreation activities and life skills. The program is flexible enough to be used by most organizations.

For more information visit on the Division's website.

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