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NEPARC Meeting Registration is Open!
SJ4S: Final Weeks for Certification Applications & Summit Registration
Stimulating minds in the great outdoors
Check out this FREE online professional development opportunity from National Geographic!
MIT and UPenn BioGraph- Summer PD Opportunity
Register Now: June 12 Webinar on Messaging to AdvanceHealth Equity in Public Policy
USEPA: May CS Opportunities - Grants & Webinars
NJSBA Workshop 2019- Green STEAM Command Center - Save the Date
MODIFIED, now on Home-DVD for Earth Day!
Invitation to the 2019 New Jersey Science Convention
Are We Educating for a Sustainable Future?
Give your students the opportunity to be published scientists, authors, and artists - apply by 6/30
Promoting Learning and Growth for School-Age Children During the Summer
NWF: Virtual Exchange Toolkit
Upcoming Science Events
EPA Resources and Links
April 2019 i-Tree Newsletter
NJ Eco-Schools Spring Newsletter
eeNEWS for April 17, 2019
Green Schools National Network News
Due June 15: Afterschool STEM Training Program from Rutgers 4-H - Now Enrolling for 2019-2020
National Academies Press: Free Download Books on Climate Change
Spring into learning at Duke Farms
NJSACC's Intro to NJ Quality Standards Webinar makes FREE eLearning a snap!
Are you looking for new ways to teach kids about math and science?
[Rutgers Geology Museum] Geology Museum Traveling Summer Program - August 2019
Plastic Pollution Film now offers NGSS/STEM/STEAM Lesson Plans for Grades 3-12
Free EPA Wetland Outreach Materials
NAAEE: eeNEWS for March 13, 2019
Bear Education Seminars & Resources Offered
Hackensack Riverkeeper Announces 2019 Eco-Programs
NAAEE: eeNEWS for February 27, 2019
NEW workshops added - Register Now!
Confirm subscription to HORIZON educational programs on renewables
NJESTA Annual Conference - Visualizing Natural and Human Changes in Earth Systems GOOD STEM TOPIC
NJ Science Convention - Save the Date/Call for Program Proposals
The Afterschool Tech Toolkit aims to empower afterschool professionals and educators
What can I learn at Duke Farms?
Register early for our NGSS Summer Institutes at RVCC to take advantage of the EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION FEE
NAAEE: eeNEWS for February 13, 2019
Marine Educator Announcements
Have you seen our latest videos?             (Posted: 5-22-19)


 Summer's just around the corner, and we're here to help you get through the stretch run.
You'll find several new additions to our VIDEO LIBRARY. We hope they'll make the rest of
the school year a little bit easier!

This month, our spotlighted video is Green New Deal: Fact versus Fiction. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal has been a hot topic in recent months. Can it save the planet? Is it feasible? John takes a closer look in this video, and you and your students can explore the subject further with the help of our teacher guide.


NEPARC Meeting Registration is Open!             (Posted: 5-22-19)

The Northeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NEPARC) is dedicated to the conservation of herpetofauna – reptiles and amphibians – and their habitats. Come celebrate their 20th year at Stockton University in Galloway July 17-19.

  • Online Registration Deadline: July 3
  • Student registration: $90
  • Regular registration: $120

Register NOW!
Draft Agenda (pdf)

All registrants receive a free meeting t-shirt and tote bag this year!

The deadline for submission of abstracts to be considered for oral presentations is May 31. Poster abstract deadline is: June 14.
For more information, please visit the NEPARC Next Meeting page.

Attention Students:

  • A total of five student grants are available this year that cover your $90 registration cost. Applicants should submit an email request with a brief statement of need for the grant to with Subject Line “Student Grant” by June 7 for consideration. Grant awardee names are selected by a random drawing and will be notified on June 10 by email and provided with a free registration code to use online. You will be reimbursed if you’ve already registered and are awarded a student grant. Grant recipients may be asked to assist with small tasks at the meeting.
  • A total of three student presentation prizes will be awarded at the meeting this year. $100 cash prizes are awarded to Best Graduate Oral Presentation, Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation, and Best Poster.

SJ4S: Final Weeks for Certification Applications & Summit Registration             (Posted: 5-22-19)

330 Districts     863 Schools     Participating

FINAL Opportunity to Apply for
2019 Bronze/Silver Certification
June 24th

If your school is participating in Sustainable Jersey for Schools and would like to be recognized for its sustainability efforts with bronze or silver certification at the October 2019 New Jersey School Boards Association Workshop, please keep in mind that June 24th is the final deadline for certification applications.  

Applicants for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification are supported through the process, with three opportunities to submit applications for review and feedback from January to June. For more information click here or contact us at  

For those looking ahead to 2020, please check out our informative webinar series "Preparing for Certification".Not sure how to begin? Check out our application user guide, view a recorded certification webinar and plan for success using our Master Action Tracking spreadsheet

Bigger and Better: 2019 New Jersey Sustainability Summit

Join us for the New Jersey Sustainability Summit 
on June 14, 2019 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The Summit is bigger and better than ever to celebrate Sustainable Jersey's 10th Anniversary. In addition to the 12-breakout sessions, this year's summit will include a Sustainability Exhibit. You will meet the businesses, organizations and agencies that can help you achieve your sustainability efforts. Learn a new direction and join an amazing group of 500 change-makers from across the political, private and public sectors at the #NJSustainabilitySummit.

NJ Sustainability Summit: Friday, June 14, 2019 at The Bell Works, Holmdel, NJ

Join an amazing group of 500 change-makers from across the political, private and public sectors. Register and learn more:

Don't miss the boat...or the car!

Nissan North America is offering a special $5,000 rebate on the 2019 Nissan LEAF to Sustainable Jersey participants! Now through July 1st, download a copy of the ad: and bring it to a Nissan dealer within NJ. Read more here.  
Ace the Waste!
USDA Launches Food Waste Contest
for Students age 11

This first-ever competition calls on students to come up with creative solutions to reduce food loss and waste in the United States -- anywhere along the supply chain, from the farm to the dinner table and beyond. Students may submit 1-2 page proposals or 1-2 minute videos. 

Deadline for submissions: 5 pm, May 24, 2019.  
For more information, see the USDA contest webpage and the application form.  

SEL Forward:
NJDOE Conference on Social & Emotional Learning
May 23rd-8:30-3:00pm,  Rutgers University

All school staff, including administrators, teachers, counselors, and other support staff are invited to attend the statewide conference on social and emotional learning (SEL). This full-day conference, titled SEL Forward, hosted by the New Jersey Department of Education in collaboration with the School Climate Transformation Project, will highlight the importance of SEL and school climate, with a focus on the practical application on how to effectively implement SEL within schools. In addition to attending breakout sessions, attendees will also hear from esteemed speakers within the field and have an opportunity to network and connect with schools and organizations presently immersed in this critical work. Register online here.

May 30th 12:00pm-1:00pm. FREE. Register here.
At the University of Washington, an innovative participatory ergonomics program has led to better cleaning outcomes, greatly reduced injury, reduced turnover and absenteeism among staff and a culture of engagement in the green cleaning program. 
Knowledge received from this training can be applied to the Green Cleaning Training Action 
in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.

Various dates & locations 8am-12:30pm. FREE. Register here.
Training sessions are offered for school IPM Coordinators and other school personnel with administrative responsibilities. Knowledge received from this training can be applied to the Integrated Pest Management - Education & Organic Lawn Care Action 
in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.
May 31 -     Washington, NJ

Various dates & locations 8am-12:30pm. FREE. Register here. 
This free training supports the Indoor Air Quality Review and Asthma Friendly School actions in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program, which require staff training.
June 7 -  Robbinsville, NJ 

June 20th 12:00pm-1:00pm. FREE. Register here. 
This webinar will introduce Healthy Schools Campaign's definitive guide, The 5 Steps to Green Cleaning in Schools. A case study of implementation at a K-12 school district will be presented. Knowledge received from this training can be applied to the Green Cleaning Training Action  in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.

Recordings available here. 
Topics include: Gaining Buy-in for Optimal Ventilation, Mold Moisture & Money, Using Data to Address Asthma in Schools Healthy Schools & Healthy Students: Improving IAQ.
On Demand Food Waste & Recycling Webinars available here. 
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more!
Upcoming Live Webinars in the series  

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at or visit

Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey
Forcina Hall, 3rd Floor
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

Stimulating minds in the great outdoors             (Posted: 5-20-19)

Click HERE.

Check out this FREE online professional development opportunity from National Geographic!             (Posted: 5-20-19)

Click HERE.

MIT and UPenn BioGraph- Summer PD Opportunity             (Posted: 5-15-19)

Dear Teachers,

Are you looking for an interesting professional development to participate in that is proven to increase students' engagement and learning in biology?

We want to invite you to join a free new online course for high school biology educators starting July 3, 2019 called Teaching High School Biology Through Systems, Models, and Argumentation. This course is co-taught by a teaching team from MIT and the University of Pennsylvania.

This course integrates the power of systems thinking and computer models designed to 'bring to life' biology topics including evolution, ecology and the chemistry of life. Developed in collaboration with Penn-GSE and MIT, this six-week interactive and collaborative professional development course can be accessed anywhere, anytime. You will learn how to use online simulations to develop core biology content and practices, aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. The student facing materials consist of six modules designed for implementation over several class periods, serving as a replacement for an existing lab or activity. The online simulations include optional entry-level coding and the course provides support for learning to teach this with students.

How to learn more and apply:

The BioGraph MOOC Team
Kristina Heavey
Scheller Teacher Education Program
Program Manager

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
700 Technology Square, NE48-328Q
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-324-2601 (w)
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Register Now: June 12 Webinar on Messaging to AdvanceHealth Equity in Public Policy             (Posted: 5-13-19)

Click HERE.

USEPA: May CS Opportunities - Grants & Webinars             (Posted: 5-13-19)

  • Applied Research Opportunity for Post-Doctoral Fellow in Puerto Rico
    • The Center for Environmental Education Conservation and Research of Inter American University of PR (CECIA-IAUPR) is in search of a professional seeking a post-doctoral position with a minimum tenure of two years.
    • Will be an integral part of the development of an ongoing intervention to provide small potable water supplies with appropriate technology to serve safe water
    • Please see attached PDF for information
    • Must have PhD or MD and be willing to perform and develop field research
    • Fields of study: Environmental Science, Environmental Microbiology and/or Engineering
    • Salary: $40,000 + medical insurance
    • Spanish is desirable, but not required
    • For more information about CECIA-IAUPR, visit:
    • Contact CECIA-IAUPR ( and Dr. Graciela Ramirez ( with any questions
  • Grant Opportunities
    • EPA Announces Nearly $87 Million in Grant Funding to Improve Drinking Water for Schools and Small and Disadvantaged Communities
      • States, tribes, and territories are eligible to receive funding from two new EPA drinking water grant programs established by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN):
        • Under EPA’s new Voluntary Lead Testing in Schools and Child Care grant program, EPA will award $43.7 million in grants to fund testing for lead in drinking water at schools and child care programs. Testing results carried out using grant funds must be made publicly available.
        • Under EPA’s new Assistance for Small and Disadvantaged Communities grant program, EPA will award $42.8 million in grants to support underserved communities with bringing public drinking water systems into compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. Funding can also be used for conducting household water quality testing, including testing for unregulated contaminants.
      • State, tribal, and territorial grant allotments for the two grant programs are available on EPA’s website.
      • For more information, visit:
  • Webinars
    • Bringing Non-Profits, Communities, and Federal Agencies Together for Restoration and Monitoring
      • Friday May 10, 2019 @ 1:00-2:30 EST
      • This webinar will include discussion about innovative collaborations and case studies developed through a partnership between Trout Unlimited and the Forest Service. Speakers will share examples of successful projects, tools such as partnership agreements, and how this model of volunteer monitoring can be expanded across other resource areas and throughout the nation to connect communities to their public lands and waters.
      • Projects and tools include:
        • Stream Restoration Collaboration
        • Angler Science
        • Trout Unlimited’s Citizen Science Framework
        • TU and USFS Master Agreement
        • Forest Service Citizen Science Toolkit and Fund
      • To Register:
      • All webinar recordings can be found on the FS Citizen Science webpage:
    • EPA Tools and Resources Webinar: Nutrient Management in Coastal Communities
      • Wednesday May 22, 2019 @ 3-4pm EST
      • Who should attend?State environmental and health agencies, tribes, local governments and municipalities, communities, and others interested in learning about nutrient management
      • EPA partnered with the Cape Cod Commission, the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition, The Nature Conservancy, the US Geological Survey (USGS), the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center, and others to launch an Advanced Septic Systems Nitrogen Sensor Challenge, Social-Ecological Systems Research, and the Nutrients Translational Science Pilot. EPA’s Tim Gleason will present on the promising results from this challenge and the broader nutrients research efforts focused on Cape Cod and how they might be applicable to other communities with similar challenges.
      • For more information, please see attached PDF Flyer
      • To join this webinar, please register:
      • For audio, dial: (866) 299-3188, access code: 202-564-6669 or you will be able listen through your computer speakers.

NJSBA Workshop 2019- Green STEAM Command Center - Save the Date             (Posted: 5-13-19)

The annual NJSBA/NJASA/NJASBO Workshop conference will take place Monday- Thursday, Oct. 21-24, 2019 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The theme for Workshop 2019 is , "Partners in Student Achievement ". The Workshop exhibit floor will operate for two days: Tuesday, Oct. 22 and Wednesday, Oct. 23. We would like extend an invitation to participate in the I-STEAM Green Command Center.

This year, the I-STEAM and Sustainability areas are one center designed to highlight sustainability through I-STEAM. Each one of you have unique programs and resources which showcase innovation that exemplifies Green STEAM best practices. We hope you can attend Workshop and demonstrate your programs in the most interactive ways possible. This means engaging attendees in interactive ways so they can take what they learn about Green STEAM back to their school districts.

The center will also feature the "STEAM Tank Challenge" with three stages featuring ninety eight student teams. The center will be a destination with many attendees and guest visiting the area.

We will be in touch shortly with an application form.

John Henry & Jennifer Siehl

Jennifer Siehl
Administrative Assistant
Member Education/Training/County Activities/iSTEAM/Sustainability
New Jersey School Boards Association
Phone-(609)-695-7600 ext 5232
Fax- (609)-695-1577

MODIFIED, now on Home-DVD for Earth Day!             (Posted: 5-13-19)

Order Modified on DVD!
As a special Earth Day release, we are excited to announce that the Modified home-DVD is now available for order here.

In case you missed it, Modified is a new documentary that follows an intimate mother-daughter journey into the reality of GMOs, agribusiness and the importance of pure food. We've been cheering on our friend Aube Giroux in support of the film for months. It has just been nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award in the best documentary category and broadcast across Canada on the CBC. With over a hundred screenings so far, this is a must-see food film!

The DVD comes in beautiful plastic-free eco-paperboard packaging and includes 6 bonus recipe videos. A streaming release on iTunes and other platforms is coming soon.

We hope you enjoy and have a wonderful Earth Day!

Jon - Co-Director, SEED: The Untold Story
Watch the Trailer & Buy the DVD!
Fill out a Screening Request Form
Find More Home-Use DVDs at Collective Eye Films
Copyright © 2019 Collective Eye Films, All rights reserved.
Our mailing address is:
Collective Eye Films
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Portland, OR 97214

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Invitation to the 2019 New Jersey Science Convention             (Posted: 5-13-19)

Click HERE.

Are We Educating for a Sustainable Future?             (Posted: 5-10-19)

We support schools and communities learning in partnership for a sustainable future

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Sustainable Future?

The Cloud Institute is dedicated to the vital role of education in creating awareness, fostering commitment, and guiding actions toward a healthy, secure and sustainable future for ourselves and for future generations. 

The unique challenges that define our time require fundamentally new ways of thinking. If we intend to transition to a sustainable way of life, educators and young people have a critical role to play.

Join us as we explore what’s possible when we educate for sustainability.

Our popular Introduction to Education for Sustainability (EfS) immerses participants in systems thinking games and simulations, group discussions about economics and quality of life, and the science of sustainability. Stories and case studies are shared, we explore contemporary ideas in EfS and we envision what's possible when we're intentional about what kind of future we want to educate for.

Contact us about hosting a One Day Introduction to EfS at your school, or join us on August 5th at The Omega Institute to learn what education for sustainability is, and to discuss how teachers everywhere are doing their part to educate for a sustainable future.

Our Annual Curriculum Design Studio will once again be held at The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY.

Join us for the immersive Introduction to Education for Sustainability (EfS) on Monday (as described above), and Tuesday-Friday we'll work together to design, innovate, document and map curricula, assessments and performance criteria that meet both academic and EfS standards, and that improve student achievement, civic engagement and school culture - all the while preparing students for the shift toward sustainability.

During the week you will gain access to expertise, resources and tools required to design elegant curricula for use in the classroom. You can also choose to develop protocols for professional development or action plans to implement EfS initiatives in your school or community. Onsite lodging and meals optional.


Cloud Commons is our EfS Digital Library housing units, lessons, templates, assessment protocols, design tools, workshop handouts, videos and podcasts that support education for sustainability.

Give your students the opportunity to be published scientists, authors, and artists - apply by 6/30             (Posted: 5-10-19)

Give your students the opportunity to be published scientists, authors, and artists - apply by 6/30
Click here to learn more and apply

Give your students the opportunity to be published scientists, authors, and artists by sharing their work with us. Each year we publish BirdSleuth Investigator, a magazine for students and by students. Share our latest issues with your students to give them inspiration, then submit their work to us! All K-12 kids can share their work, just review our submission guidelines and submit student work by June 30.

Click here to learn more and apply!

Explore life cycles with K-2 students with our free book guide, On Bird Hill! The guide provides hands-on activities that touch on life cycles while targeting national science, math, writing, and art standards. Download the book guide to get access to this great resource.

Watch an egg hatch, see hatchlings eat, or witness a fledgling's first flight. You never know what you'll see with Cornell Bird Cams. The cams will allow students to see birds in a way they never have before. Download our free grade 3-5 Life in a Nest activities to teach life cycles while watching the Bird Cams.

Teach the science process, natural and sexual selection, and behavior and heritability through hands-on activities and lively discussions using the extravagant birds-of-paradise. In conjunction with the Birds-of-Paradise Project, K-12 Education has developed three lessons perfect for middle and high school classrooms. The lessons are available as a free download.

Promoting Learning and Growth for School-Age Children During the Summer             (Posted: 5-10-19)

Join us on May 16th: Promoting Learning and Growth for School-Age Children During the Summer Months
Click here to register today!

Promoting Learning and Growth for School-Age Children During the Summer Months: New Resources and a Webinar From NCASE

Thursday, May 16, 2019
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time)

School-age child care programs can play a role in mitigating and preventing the "summer slide" of lost academic progress that many school-age children experience during the summer months. Join the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) for a webinar highlighting the value of summertime child care programming and a discussion of NCASE's new summer-related resources.
This webinar will include a discussion of: 
  • The importance of summer months in promoting school-age children's growth and development
  • Strategies for school-age child care providers and parents to prevent the summer slide, including a new set of tip sheets from NCASE
  • Ways that child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies can share information on promising practices with providers and parents.
Who Should Attend?
This webinar is designed for state-, territory-, and tribal-level professionals, including Child Care and Development Fund administrators, statewide afterschool network leads and National AfterSchool Association affiliate staff members, 21st Century Community Learning Center leads, CCR&R agency personnel, and other training and technical assistance professionals. School-age child care providers who offer summer programming may also find this webinar of interest.
How To Participate:
Select this Web link to register for the NCASE webinar.
If you have questions about the webinar, please contact the NCASE team at:

Click here to register today!

NWF: Virtual Exchange Toolkit             (Posted: 5-10-19)

Click HERE.

Upcoming Science Events             (Posted: 5-10-19)

2019 Professional Development Summer Institutes at Princeton University
(609) 258-2536
Please join us at Princeton University for our Professional Development Summer Institutes this July!
QUEST 2019 Summer Professional Development Institutes will explore current topics and issues in science and connect teachers with researches studying them.
Prof. Blair Schoene who will be co-facilitating "Large Scale System Interactions: Volcanoes and the Interplay of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology" was recently featured on the Princeton University homepage! Read the article and learn more about his fascinating research. Attend QUEST in July and explore Large Scale System Interactions with him during a week-long professional development program!
Climate change has become a topic covered consistently in the news. Join in the conversation and learn more about "Weather & Climate" from scientists and experts in this important and sometimes controversial field.
Please visit our website and register TODAY! Contact Marta Levitskiy or Anne Catena if you have any questions.

Student Science: Poster Competition
Must be original artwork or non-copyrighted images- final posters must be computer generated.
Theme of poster should reflect awareness of diversity in science and Next Generation Science Standards.
Printed posters must be 11” x 17”
Student’s name and school name should not appear on the face of the poster; each poster
will be assigned an entry number.
Due: 10/15/19
Format: PDF
Teachers should submit student work to:
Include: student name, teacher name, email and school address.
10 semi-finalist posters will be displayed during the convention and voted on by the attendees for the winner.
Next year’s convention booklet cover art will be chosen from the top three winners; artwork is subject to modification as necessary for graphic design.
Note: The winner will be provided with a NJ Science Convention publicity release so that his/her name and artwork can be published on the booklet cover and website of NJSC.
Summer Institute on Climate Change at Rider
Do you want to explore new ways to integrate Global Climate Change in your classroom?
Join us for a NGSS Summer Institute at Rider University
CONNECT-ED: Weather, Climate & Global Climate Change in the K-12 Science Classroom
July 16-18, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
During this summer institute, we will explore the Core Ideas related to weather, climate, and global climate change and discuss strategies to drive instruction and assessment using relevant phenomena related to these topics. During the first two days, participants will investigate three phenomena related to weather, climate, and climate change: one at the K-5 level, one designed for middle school, and one for high school. Participants will then be guided in how to use grade-level appropriate Core Ideas to construct explanations. At the conclusion of the Institute, participants will plan and share their own weather, climate, or climate change lessons, complete with three-dimensional performance tasks and assessments.
Earn 20 Professional Development Credits
Lead Facilitators: Wil van der Veen, Cathlene Leary-Elderkin and NGSS Teacher Leaders
$250 Registration Fee
To Register, please visit:
Contact information: or 609-896-5333

PRISM inquiry again

What Should We Observe in an NGSS Classroom?
A Breakfast Workshop for Principals and other Administrators who observe STEM Teaching
On May 16th, a STEM Breakfast will be held to bring together principals, building administrators and other professionals who observe K-12 STEM teaching. The program will include an overview of the "Next Generation Science" classroom, explaining how science teaching and learning has shifted under the new standards, customized for those who may have limited background on the NGSS. Hands-on workshops will allow participants to experience the new standards as adult learners and reflect on how their teachers are changing their practice to align with this student-centered approach to teaching.
NJ State Science Coordinator, Michael Heinz, and colleagues from the Montclair State University and Rider University STEM education community will reflect on the challenges of implementation of the NJ Science Learning Standards and what success looks like in the classroom.
DATE: Thursday, May 16, 2019
TIME: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
LOCATION: University Hall, 7th Floor, Montclair State University
PRISM at Montclair State University and SELECT at Rider University will host this event, which will include:
" A presentation by NJ-DOE State Science Coordinator, Michael Heinz, including a general update and review the Science Instruction Companion to the Danielson Framework.
" Small group and whole group activities to model STEM classroom observation and evaluation. Emphasis will be in the "look-fors" of classroom scenarios.
" A packet of resource materials for use in-district.
" Breakfast and table-group networking.
The program will include full breakfast, on-going refreshments, free parking, and sample materials relevant to the observation and evaluation of STEM teaching. A generous grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb will support the majority of the program cost, reducing the registration fee to $40.
District teams are encouraged to attend. Register online at
Check or purchase order: $40

Free Science Curriculum Workshop by AAAS Project 2061

Middle school science and high school biology teachers are invited to submit an application to attend a free one-day workshop presented by Project 2061, the science education initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. We are pleased to be able to offer the workshop at two New York locations, thanks to our partners at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY and at Teach for America in New York City.
The workshop, "The Use of NGSS-based Materials to Support Teaching of Middle School and High School Life Sciences and Their Physical Science Prerequisites," is also open to science specialists or administrators with science curriculum responsibilities.
Led by the Project 2061 research and development team, the workshop will introduce participants to a pair of curriculum units designed to give students a coherent understanding of matter and energy in living organisms:
" Toward High School Biology is designed for use in middle school and focuses on helping students understand what happens to atoms and molecules during the chemical reactions that result in the growth and repair of living organisms:
" Matter and Energy for Growth and Activity is for high school biology students and expands on the middle school unit to help students understand the relationship between matter and energy changes. The unit also explores how energy-releasing and energy-requiring chemical reactions are coupled in living systems so that organisms can carry out basic life functions.
The workshop will demonstrate how the units tackle some common learning difficulties, including persistent misconceptions that many students have about matter and energy. Participants will also see how the units align with Next Generation Science Standards and will have an opportunity to try out some sample activities and explore online teacher resources that are available with the units.
Teams of two or more middle and high school educators are encouraged to apply, but all team members must submit separate applications. You will be notified by email if you are selected to attend. Certificates of participation in this AAAS-sponsored professional development workshop will be provided to all teachers who attend. A complimentary light breakfast and lunch will be served.
To submit your workshop application, click on one of the locations below:
"Brookhaven National Lab, Upton, NY, Tuesday, July 9 (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
"Teach for America, New York City, Wednesday, July 10 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Submission deadline: June 9, 2019
Barbara Goldstein
Program Associate
AAAS Programs Office / Project 2061

Anton Banko Award NJSC 2019
Presented by the New Jersey Science Convention
The Anton Banko Award for Excellence in Teaching Elementary Science recognizes an educator teaching in grades K-5 who is an outstanding teacher of science. For the finalist the Banko Award covers expenses to attend the New Jersey Science Convention (up to $1000) and $2000 to purchase science supplies at the teacher's discretion. For the two runners up the Banko Award covers expenses to attend the New Jersey Science Convention and $500 to purchase science supplies at the teacher's discretion.
The eligibility requirements for the Banko Award are:
" Currently teaching Kindergarten through 5th grade at a NJ public or private school
" A demonstrated ability to engage children in the study of science, in accordance with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science and NGSS
To nominate a teacher for the Anton Banko Award, send his or her name, position, school, and contact information by May 15th to Kim Feltre at NJSC will contact nominees to give them the opportunity to complete the application process. The deadline for nominees to complete the application is June 30th.
Questions? Contact Kim Feltre at

NAAEE eeNEWS             (Posted: 5-7-19+)

2019 Conference Scholarships Announced
Happy Environmental Education Week and Earth Day
eeNEWS for May 8, 2019

EPA Resources and Links             (Posted: 5-3-19+)

Social science tool box, sustainability and P2
Dear Colleagues, please be aware of this social sciences tool box. I think it has some interesting resources that can be applied to the projects we are leading now and in the future and will lead us to approaches that are more driven by social knowledge and awareness rather than strictly technocentric solutions. Please take a look at this readily searchable information on social science tools and research available from ORD.
The River Projects Wetlab Notice - Thanks
You are cordially invited to tour The River Project's Wetlab, the only public marine science field lab in NYC!
Tuesday, May 7th, 8:00am - 9:00am
The River Project works to protect and restore the ecosystem of the Hudson River Estuary and New York Harbor through scientific research, hands-on environmental education, and innovative waterfront programs. The hub of The River Project's programming is its Wetlab, a marine science field station. The project has been in Manhattan for over 30 years.
Join NYC sustainability professionals in the Wetlab for an intimate look beneath the murky waters of the Hudson River Estuary and New York Harbor with a flow through aquarium. Hear about some of the remarkable work and research happening to help create a healthier more sustainable estuary and harbor.
Date: May 7, 2019
Time: 8:00am - 9:00am
Location: The River Project @ Pier 40 at Hudson River Park (W. Houston St)
ISSP Members: $15
ISSP Student Members: $10
Non-Members: $25
8:00 - 9:00am - Tour
9:00 - 9:45am - Optional Coffee & breakfast nearby
Food waste and toolkit
Dear Colleagues, information on food waste and a toolkit for building a local program.
Guidance Planning for Natural Disaster Debris FYI
For those interested in natural disaster resiliency, please see the Guidance about Planning for Natural Disaster Debris
Plastic Film Recycling
FREE WEBINAR: Optimizing Plastic Film Recycling: Resources, Tools and Compliance
Even though plastic bags will be banned in New York State in March 2020 there is still plenty of film plastic to recycle! The Single-use Plastics Committee of the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling is proud to present a webinar focused on free educational materials and resources that are available to consumers, residents, and store managers alike in order to promote the proper recycling of plastic bags and other film plastics. Learn what State compliance requirements are, what types of materials are accepted in the film plastic recycling stream, and how to use resources from the WRAP program and NYSAR3 to educate and engage members of your community.

EPA ORD Air Sensors 2019 Workshop
NJ Stream School - Spring 2019 - If you have any questions, please contact Erin Stretz

April 2019 i-Tree Newsletter             (Posted: 5-3-19)

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NJ Eco-Schools Spring Newsletter             (Posted: 5-3-19)

NJ Eco-Schools Spring 2019
Call for Student Climate Presentations!
Proposals Due April 12th - Summit May 11th
Proposals from high school students & teams now being accepted for the NextGen Student Climate Summit at the Watershed Institute. Submit proposals or register for the event: Learn more.
Exploring the Watershed - Free School Visits!
Determine soil & water quality of a schoolyard study site & create actions to protect your watershed. Start now with free lessons guided by NJA's environmental educators to earn Bronze before June. See Eco-Schools USA WOW Pathway or contact us.
Congratulations 2019 NJ Green Ribbon Schools!
St. Leo the Great School of the Diocese of Trenton and Holland Brook School of Readington Township were selected as NJ Green Ribbon Schools and nominated for the U.S. Department of Education Green
Ribbon School. National winners to be announced in May. Learn more.
Weather, Climate & Global Climate Change
July 16 - 18th at Rider University
For K-12 Science Classrooms
Exploring three phenomena, learn to use grade appropriate core ideas to construct explanations and create complete lessons with three-dimensional performance tasks & assessments. Learn more.
Sustainability Initiatives & Curriculum in Schools
May 7th at Princeton Day Schools
Workshops include Connecting Students witht the Natural World, Sustainability Behaviors in Schools, How to Build, Run & Fund a School Garden, and more! Learn more.
Renew Our Schools' Student Led Energy Competition - Spring 2019
Renew Our Schools, a highly effective, Colorado-based STEM energy conservation competition, is now available to any school in the nation. Participants utilize real-time energy monitors to access their electricity
use through an easy-to-use web portal. Learn More
CO2 Emissions Reduced by 1,204,793 lbs. Per Year
Congratulations New Jersey Eco-Schools! That’s equal to taking 36,144 cars off the road! ?Learn more about Eco-Schools USA:
Eco-Schools USA in NJ is Supported by:
Contact Allison Mulch, Eco-Schools USA Coordinator 
NJ Audubon's Plainsboro Preserve in Cranbury, NJ

eeNEWS for April 17, 2019             (Posted: 4-17-19)

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Green Schools National Network News             (Posted: 4-16-19)

Thanks for a great 2019 Green Schools Conference and Expo...see you in 2020!
Read the Spring 2019 Issue of Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly

Due June 15: Afterschool STEM Training Program from Rutgers 4-H - Now Enrolling for 2019-2020             (Posted: 4-16-19)

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Rutgers 4-H has extensive experience in DesignIt! and ExploreIt! projects and is ready to train and equip your organization to bring this fun, engaging, and inquiry based program to children at your afterschool site(s).  By purchasing a comprehensive DesignIt or ExploreIt package, your afterschool staff will receive all of the (1)professional development (three full-day training workshops), (2) curriculum guides, (3) materials kits, and (4) ongoing support needed to successfully implement this year-round STEM program with youth at your site(s).
Enrollment is now open for this full-year program that includes three different series of science and engineering projects. Each of the six Design It projects lasts about a month with youth meeting in their "Junior Engineer" clubs about once a week throughout the program.  Similarly, each of the six Explore It projects selected for 2019-2020 lasts about a month with youth meeting in their "Science Explorers" clubs about once a week throughout the program.  Those sites who have already completed Design It and Explore It are eligible to enroll in our newest offering, Advanced Design It and Explore It. Online enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is due June 15, 2019. For more information or to enroll in one of the three series, visit the program's website here.

This comprehensive and high-quality program was developed by the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in Boston and the National Partnerships for After School Science (NPASS2) through the support of the National Science Foundation.

For questions regarding the program or enrollment, contact Chad Ripberger, Rutgers 4-H, via email at: or 609-989-6830.

Click here for details!

National Academies Press: Free Download Books on Climate Change             (Posted: 4-15-19)

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Spring into learning at Duke Farms             (Posted: 3-27-19)

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NJSACC's Intro to NJ Quality Standards Webinar makes FREE eLearning a snap!             (Posted: 3-26-19)

NJSACC's Intro to NJ Quality Standards Webinar makes FREE eLearning a snap!
Click here to get started!

New Jersey's Quality Standards for Afterschool (NJQSA) is an excellent resource available to afterschool and out-of-school time programs and staff for use in quality program improvement and self-evaluation. The NJQSA and the accompanying tools use state-licensing childcare regulations to establish and implement high-quality program implementation.

This fun and informative webinar includes text, videos, images and narration to walk you through an introduction to New Jersey's Quality Standard's history, benefits and layout.
  • This training can be taken at any time, 24/7.
  • A review quiz is given at the end of this training.
  • A certificate is issued at the completion of each training course.
  • For those of you who need CEUs, CEUs are issued with each training.
  • Trainings are acceptable by the New Jersey Office of Licensing and the NJ Workforce Registry (formerly known as PINJ.)
  • Cost for this training is FREE.

As of Monday, October 2, 2017, the PINJ Registry has been replaced with the NJ Workforce Registry.

Below we have provided answers to some basic questions about this transition.
What will happen?

The new NJ Workforce Registry will allow you to continue to track your education and professional development activities. In addition, the new system will offer features such as:
  • The ability to use any device (including smart phones) and any browser
  • Upload electronic files of supporting documentation directly to your account
  • A dedicated call center
Do I have to register for a new account?
  • No. All existing PINJ Registry user accounts and existing data will be transferred to the NJ Workforce Registry (new system).
  • Existing PINJ users are able to use their existing email log on. The first time you log into the system, it will ask you to create a new password.
  • All users should review their profile page when logging into the NJ Workforce Registry for the first time.
Will I have to re-enter all my information into the new system?
  • No. The information that was entered into the PINJ Registry (old system) is being transferred into the NJ Workforce Registry (new system).
  • After you have reviewed your profile page, if any information needs to be changed, you will be able to update that information personally.
What will happen with the data that I had in PINJ registry?
  • The data in PINJ Registry (old system) will be transferred into the NJ Workforce Registry (new system). The PINJ Registry website will no longer exist.
To log into the NJ Workforce Registry, go to:

Who do I contact and where do I get help?
  • Registry specialists are available by email and phone to answer questions about the NJ Workforce Registry, trainings and DFD-provided scholarships.
NJ Workforce Registry
P.O. Box 9619
Trenton, NJ 08650
Phone: 1-877-522-1050

DFD appreciates the continued support and patience during this transition. Please continue to check the registry website at: for additional information about the NJ Workforce Registry as well as updates on training requirements.
For questions, please contact Jessica Heiberg, Director of Program Services, at: and 908-789-0259

Are you looking for new ways to teach kids about math and science?             (Posted: 3-25-19)

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[Rutgers Geology Museum] Geology Museum Traveling Summer Program - August 2019             (Posted: 3-25-19)

We would like to announce our new Traveling Summer Program for August 2019!

Have the Rutgers Geology Museum present at your library, summer camp, or community function! Rutgers geologists and Museum staff will visit your organization and present an activity aligned with the "Universe of Stories" theme of the New Jersey Summer Reading Program.

Check out our website for more details and to register!

Plastic Pollution Film now offers NGSS/STEM/STEAM Lesson Plans for Grades 3-12             (Posted: 3-25-19)

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Free EPA Wetland Outreach Materials             (Posted: 3-22-19)

The Wetlands Protection Program at USEPA Region 2 has a collection of wetland informational materials that we would like to share. If your organization would like to have any of these materials, please send us a request.

Please be advised that the EPA Wetlands Division / EPA Region 2 produced the posters and postcards a number of years ago and the contact and telephone information noted on these materials is no longer current. Please do not call that number to reach EPA or our wetlands program.

That said, the images and messages remain relevant, addressing the importance of wetlands and wetland protection, and as such these materials may be useful to you in your wetland education and outreach efforts. If your organization would like to have any of the materials depicted in the attachment, please send a request to me at with a contact name and mailing address to whom we can mail the materials. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Stephanie S. Andreescu
U.S. EPA Region 2
290 Broadway
New York, NY 10007
t: 212.637.3818

NAAEE: eeNEWS for March 13, 2019             (Posted: 3-13-19)

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Bear Education Seminars & Resources Offered             (Posted: 3-8-19)

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife offers "Know the Bear Facts" educational seminars for residents to learn practical information about coexisting with black bears. Bears have been sighted in all 21 of New Jersey's counties, so it is important for residents throughout the state, including those within urban areas and southern Counties, to know the facts about them.

"Know the Bear Facts" education seminars are free of charge and available to municipalities, schools, homeowner associations, civic and environmental organizations and a variety of other audiences.

Program attendees learn all about the history and biology of the Garden State's largest land mammal, black bear research, and get common-sense tips on how to react if a black bear is encountered. The seminar also provides simple precautions that residents should take to discourage bears from entering a property, and how to react if a black bear is encountered.

The Division also offers educational publications about New Jersey's black bears and for educators, the "Understanding Black Bears" K-8 Classroom Curriculum, all free of charge.

To inquire about scheduling a bear education seminar, or to receive bear publications, please contact Michelle Smith at (609) 259-6961 or

For more information about black bears, visit

Hackensack Riverkeeper Announces 2019 Eco-Programs             (Posted: 3-5-19)


231 Main Street * Hackensack, NJ 07601

201-968-0808 * 201-968-0336 (FAX) * 

March 5, 2019 


Contact: Captain Hugh Carola, Program Director 

Hackensack Riverkeeper’s 2019 Eco-Program Season

Upcoming twenty-third season features Eco-Cruises, Moonlight Paddles, River Cleanups & more


Hackensack Riverkeeper is pleased to announce its 2019 Eco-Program launch. The clean water advocacy group is again poised to provide over 10,000 people with enjoyable and educational experiences of the river, its watershed and wildlife. Riverkeeper’s Eco-Cruises, Guided Paddles, canoe & kayak rentals, River Cleanups, Bird-Walks and indoor presentations combine environmental education with public service and fun. The new season begins April 27 with the re-opening of the organization’s Paddling Center at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus and Overpeck Park Kayak Center in Teaneck. The program season runs through late October. 

“I can hardly believe it but we’re already taking reservations for our upcoming Eco-Program season,” said Riverkeeper Captain Bill Sheehan. “But everybody who knows me also knows that I’m NOT a cold-weather guy. Nothing warms my heart more than knowing that the days are getting longer and I’ll soon have a moving deck under my feet. I also can hardly believe we’ve been doing this for twenty three years!"

Hackensack Riverkeeper offers a series of six distinct Eco-Program opportunities: 


Forty-four Open Eco-Cruises are scheduled from May 4 through October 13 aboard the 30-foot research vessels Geraldine Theresa and Robert H. Boyle II. Open trips are great for individuals, couples and families and the like. Three distinct Eco-Cruise itineraries are offered:Meadowlands Discovery, which explores the wetlands & creeks of the river’s estuary; Boating through Bergen, a nature + history trip that runs upriver to the center of Hackensack; andExcursion Around the Bay, a maritime history tour to Staten Island and past Port Newark and Port Elizabeth. 

Charter Eco-Cruises can be arranged for groups of up to 24 adults for any available date/time May 1 through October 28. Charter leaders have their choice of itinerary. In addition, half-day Combo Programs, which include a pair of 1.5-hour Eco-Cruises plus age-appropriate landside EE activities, can be arranged for schools and other youth groups. 

Reservations: Reservations and complete information regarding both Open and Charter Eco-Cruises can be secured by calling Program Director Captain Hugh Carola at 201-968-0808 x102 or

Program Support Donations are greatly appreciated. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, Hackensack Riverkeeper depends on donations to maintain its effectiveness as a clean water advocate. While the group does not charge fees or sell tickets, donations from program participants have been customary since the start. All donations received support the restoration of the Hackensack River Watershed; Riverkeeper’s mission to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River; and are 100% tax-deductible. 

Paddling Center at Laurel Hill Park  

Located directly on the river at Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus, NJ the Center is open weekends Saturday, April 27 through Sunday, October 20 conditions permitting. It offers the use of canoes & kayaks for a donation of $25 per paddler (2-paddler minimum) for up to four hours for independent exploration. In addition, Center manager Russ Wilke and staff will conduct ten Moonlight Guided Paddles from May through September. Program donation: $30 per paddler / $15 per paddler for those their own boat(s). Private Group Paddles can be arranged with Capt. Hugh at 201-968-0808 x102 or e-mailing  

Overpeck Park Kayak (and Canoe) Center

2019 marks our paddling venue’s eighth year of operation at this popular Bergen County Park. Starting April 27, the Center will be open weekends from 9AM to 6PM. By mid-June it will be open seven days, conditions permitting. Call or check for complete schedule info. Like Laurel Hill, the season ends October 20. Unlike the tidal waters of the Hackensack River, the impounded waters of Overpeck Creek are generally calm and easy for novice paddlers and families with children to handle. Program donation: $15 per paddler (2-paddler minimum) for up to two hours; $10 per paddler for each additional hour; $10 per adult canoe passenger; up to two children ages 5-8 can ride free as canoe passengers. 

River Cleanups  

These active conservation events give people of all ages the opportunity to give back to the environment and their communities. River Cleanups are scheduled at nine different waterside locations within the Hackensack River Watershed from Saturday, April 27 through Sunday, November 3. Riverkeeper provides cleanup tools and supplies as well as refreshments for all volunteers. All they ask is that everyone pitch in and help rid local waterways of litter and other debris. For more information about River Cleanups including group participation and the organization’s Corporate River Stewardship Program, call Outreach Coordinator Caitlin Doran at 201-968-0808 x105 or e-mail her at 


For groups interested in birding and nature study, Captain Hugh Carola is available to lead walks or hawk watches at local hotspots within the Hackensack River Watershed region. For more information, including itinerary options, call him at 201-968-0808 x102. Costs: $150-$300 depending on location and duration of trip. These programs work best for groups of 12 or less. 

Indoor Presentations

Captains Bill Sheehan and Hugh Carola conduct multimedia presentations for groups of any size or age range. They have a wealth of materials including PowerPoint slideshows and video screenings that are appropriate for all age groups. Presenters will provide informational literature for all attendees. Costs: $150 - $200 if presented within the Bergen, Hudson, southern Rockland, eastern Passaic or greater Newark areas; $200 - $300 if presented further afield. Call 201-968-0808 for more information. 

Passaic River Eco-Cruises & Paddling

Hackensack Riverkeeper is a longtime partner of Newark Riverfront Revival (NRR), and conducts Eco-Cruises and paddling events on the Passaic River out of Riverfront Park, located in the Brick City’s historic Ironbound District. Unlike Riverkeeper’s Hackensack River programs, reservations for these activities can be secured by emailing NRR Program Director Marcy DePina at Info for all Newark-based Passaic River events is available at

“As usual this time of year, all of us at Hackensack Riverkeeper can’t wait for the new season to start,” said Program Director Captain Hugh Carola. “Soon folks can do, learn, work out, or just sit back and let the boat and their captain do all the work. Whichever people prefer, we know that they’ll go home with a new appreciation of our Hackensack River. See you at the river!” 

All Hackensack Riverkeeper Eco-Program info including schedules is available

Founded in 1997 by Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper is the leading environmental organization working on Hackensack River issues. A founding member of Waterkeeper Alliance, the group engages in a four-point clean water strategy of environmental action, advocacy, education and litigation in its ongoing work to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River. Their Eco-Programs focus on environmental action and education.

NAAEE: eeNEWS for February 27, 2019             (Posted: 3-4-19)

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NEW workshops added - Register Now!             (Posted: 3-4-19)

April 30 - What Should I be Observing in an NGSS Classroom?

Are you an administrator responsible for conducting classroom observations in a district without a science supervisor or with minimal personal knowledge of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? If so, this workshop will benefit you. The NGSS classroom is different from when you were a student. This interactive 3.5-hour workshop will explain the conceptual shifts in NGSS; the three Dimensions and the Performance Expectations; and provide demonstrations for the use of scientific phenomena as a means for students to make claims, support claims with evidence, and construct scientific arguments. Administrators will leave with a 3-ring binder full of the resources required to identify "Look fors" regarding teacher instructional practices and student

Facilitator: Christopher Hunninghake

May 3 - NGSS: Phenomena & CER, Grades 5-12

Are you looking for ways to engage your students in activities that support collaboration and argumentation? This interactive workshop begins with a review of the foundation of the standards: the principles of NGSS, the three Dimensions, and the Performance Expectations. Participants then learn how to use phenomena as a starting point for their lessons. Finally, participants examine CER (Claims-Evidence-Reasoning), a process for writing and speaking about science. This involves collaboratively discussing useful instructional and assessment strategies and practicing the process that guides students in making claims, supporting claims with evidence, and constructing scientific arguments. Participants will receive many resources in the form of lessons, handouts, classroom-ready activities, and websites.

Facilitator: Christopher Hunninghake

June 18 - Improving learning through questioning: How can we can questions that improve thinking and reasoning

This session will engage participants in effective questioning techniques that can be used to elicit student thinking and engage students in productive and constructive math discussions. The participants will be introduced to various types of questions for different purposes and examine the connections between types of questioning and practice standards.

Facilitator: Nicole Panorkou

Workshops 8:30 - 2:30 with 5.5 PD Hrs. Cost: $150
Questions - email or call 973-655-7753
Register HERE.

Confirm subscription to HORIZON educational programs on renewables             (Posted: 2-26-19)

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On March 1st, the old Horizon Educational will become HORIZON,
a space-based organization delivering STEAM classroom equipment to scientists on Earth.

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A new web, webinar videos... exciting! 

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NJESTA Annual Conference - Visualizing Natural and Human Changes in Earth Systems GOOD STEM TOPIC             (Posted: 2-25-19)

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NJ Science Convention - Save the Date/Call for Program Proposals             (Posted: 2-25-19)

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Save the Date

43rd Annual New Jersey Science Convention
2019: Science is for Everyone, Everyday!
October 22nd & 23rd, 2019
Princeton Marriott at Forrestal

2019 Annual Banquet will feature Dr. Sabine Kastner Professor of
Neuroscience and Psychology in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute
and Department of Psychology. Dr. Kastner is passionate about public
outreach such as fostering the career of young women in science,
promoting neuroscience in schools and public education.

You are invited to participate as a presenter?, so consider submitting a program
…Especially those K-12 programs that address: 

K-12 Instruction Focusing on Implementation of NGSS...Lessons That Work!
Assessments Addressing Three-Dimensional View of Science Learning
Sessions That Address Science Supervision and Curriculum
K-5 Science Lessons Aligned to NGSS/NJSLS and Common Core
Earth Science Instruction with an Eye on NGSS/NJSLS-S
Middle School Integrated Science Curriculum 
Effective Use of Technology in the Classroom

Online program proposals are now being accepted.
The priority deadline to submit a program is May 21, 2019

Submit Program Proposal

Please forward information to colleagues interested in presenting.

Additional convention information may be found on our website at:

Questions about Program Proposals may be addressed to:

NJSC Office Services

See you in October!

Lola Szobota and Lisa Doyle
Convention Co-Chairs


Cancellation and Refund Policies: Please refer to our Cancellation and Refund Policies
posted on the NJSC Website:

Attendees must be at least 18 years of age on the first day of the Event to be eligible
to attend the Event.

The Afterschool Tech Toolkit aims to empower afterschool professionals and educators             (Posted: 2-20-19)

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What can I learn at Duke Farms?             (Posted: 2-20-19)

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Register early for our NGSS Summer Institutes at RVCC to take advantage of the EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION FEE             (Posted: 2-19-19)

Dear Teachers and Supervisors,

The Science Education Institute at Raritan Valley Community College will hold its highly regarded NGSS Summer Institutes during the week of July 22-26 for grades 6-12 and during the week of August 5-9 for grades K-5 (more information in the attachment below).

Every summer our Institutes are attended by over 100 teachers who learn how to successfully implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). We don't lecture about standards but instead support teachers and supervisors in translating standards to instruction and assessment. Participants leave the Institute re-energized and with a solid understanding of the vision behind the NGSS and on how best to implement it in their classroom. Participants will collaborative plan lessons/unit in science and engineering supported by our NGSS Teacher Leaders, who have extensive experience implementing the NGSS in their own classrooms.

It is most effective when districts send teams of 3-7 teachers. These teachers can then support each other and their colleagues back at school as they implement what they have learned. We encourage teachers and supervisors to register early at Early bird registration ($250/week) ends on March 31.

You may also contact Tina at to reserve spots for your teachers if you are still waiting for your 2019-2020 budget to be approved.

Hope to see you this summer!
Wil van der Veen

NAAEE: eeNEWS for February 13, 2019             (Posted: 2-19-19)

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Marine Educator Announcements             (Posted: 2-14-19)

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Check out these education opportunities and announcements below!

For questions, contact Kaitlin Gannon at or 609-812-0649 x 206

beach-fence-grass.jpgUpcoming Presentations at the JC NERR
130 Great Bay Blvd. Tuckerton, NJ

"Dune and Beach Management Challenges 

Related to Climate Change." Dr. Norbert P. Psuty

Thursday February 28th, 2019 

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.



"SWMP Seminar! Water Monitoring Data at your Fingertips!" Kaitlin Gannon

Thursday March 28th, 2019

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is required for these presentations. Please contact Kaitlin Gannon by phone or email to sign up. 609-812-0649 x 206

Click here to see full descriptions of these programs in our brochure!

Teach at the Beach Conference 2019!

New Jersey Marine Education Association 

For more information or to register for the conference visit

NJ School of Conservation Teaching Scholar Program: Biodiversity Field Methods

June 24-28, 2019

New Jersey School of Conservation

trekking_in_woods.jpgThis five-day summer professional development workshop for middle school science teachers will focus on an extended hands-on experience in assessing ecosystem biodiversity. Teachers will work alongside academic researchers and professional scientists to identify flora and fauna in the forest, stream and lake ecosystems within Stokes State Forest. Teachers will learn field methods and improve their content knowledge in biology, ecology, and environmental science. Teachers will contribute to a NJSOC Bioblitz event scheduled to coincide with the workshop, allowing teachers to utilize the concept and curriculum materials for National Geographic's and iNaturalists's Bioblitz program. Participants work to translate their newly developed skills to their classroom, school and local community by creating a lesson or unit plan that applies workshop learning. Full workshop description can be found HERE. Deadline to apply: April 1, 2019

A Framework for Talking About Climate Change

Jennifer Hoey, PhD student

Monday February 25th, 2019
7:00p.m. - 8:30p.m.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County 1623 Whitesville Road Toms River, NJ 08755

Communicating about climate change, and its effects on coastal and marine ecosystems can be difficult! Learn strategies to make it easier using tested communication tactics based on shared societal values and mechanistic metaphors designed to promote climate engagement. Check out the homepage of Climate Interpreter and the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation

Registrants can participate live in-class in Toms River, NJ or remotely via webinar. See flyer for additional details. Contact Kelly Jurgensen at or 732-349-1152 to register by February 21, 2019.



Kaitlin Gannon 
(609) 812 0649 x 206