NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION NEWS


Professional Development
& Classroom Materials

Return to EEdNews Homepage

CONTENTS:
PRISM Workshops - There's Still Room - November 30, December 6 and December 7.....Register Now!
Harbor Educator Seminar - December 18th RVSP
NGSS Workshop Series: Developing and Using Models to Make Sense of Natural Phenomena at RVCC
2019 Environmental Educators Roundtable
NJ Audubon: 2018 Teacher's Night Out!
2019 PAEE Conference
Application open for grad courses in 16 countries Project Dragonfly
Winter 2019 Antarctica Video TeleConferences
Complement your curriculum with educator resources at Duke Farms
Eco Program: Panasonic Student Eco Citizen Project
Rutgers 2019 Environmental Stewards Program
ANJEE: Call for Workshop Proposals & Awards Nominations
Invitation for No-Cost; Ready to use Eco Resources!
SJ4S: Organize for Certification Success! Trainings, Workshops, & Webinars
EPA Workshops
NAAEE eeNews
Registration is now open for the 2019 Green Schools Conference and Expo
ES Week Toolkits now available!
Educators wanted to participate in a survey on educator environmental literacy.
Education for all! Lifelong learning at Duke Farms
i-Tree News
Interactive, Media-Based Lessons for Science
Welcome to Rutgers Marine Sciences K-12 Educators Newsletter
Green Schools National Network News
NAAEE eeNEWS
Science and Math Workshops -Montclair State Univ. October-January
August Green Strides
NAAEE eeNEWS
Schedule your next class trip at Duke Farms!
Call for Reviewers and Program Working Group Volunteers for the 2019 Green Schools Conference and Expo
PRISM Workshops - There's Still Room - November 30, December 6 and December 7.....Register Now!             (Posted: 11-27-18)

2018 – 2019 PRISM Science Workshops - Register Now!
Cost: $150
Questions – email prism@montclair.edu or call 973-655-7753
Register Now!
 https://goo.gl/forms/ilCcsGRzfPMBBauq2

November 30       Integrate the NGSS Cross-Cutting Concepts into All of Your Teaching, Gr 6 – 12        8:30 – 2:30 with 5.5 PD

Cross-Cutting Concepts are the really big ideas that pervade all the disciplines of science, and are a major component of the NGSS.  Help your students make meaning from these concepts and use them as frameworks for their understanding of science and the universe.  Develop ways to make them an integral part of your teaching. Topic emphasis will include Systems and Systems Thinking as a major overarching way to view and study phenomena that is seldom taught in K-12 schools. All cross-cutting concepts will be addressed to provide practical assistance in implementing them in lessons and units. Facilitator: Jacalyn Willis


December 6  8:30am – 12noon  PD: 3.5hrs     Supervisors: "What Should I Observe in an NGSS Classroom?”

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.  Supervisors will receive a 3-ring binder full of the resources required to identify “Look fors” regarding teacher instructional practices and student learning. Facilitator: Christopher Hunninghake


December 7     NGSS-aligned Science Inquiry Experiences for Elementary Students          8:30 – 2:30 with 5.5 PD

Participate in a scientific inquiry experience based on NGSS Science Practice Standards.  Experience first-hand the inquiry process and learn about a number of practical examples of classroom-tested elementary inquiry experiences.  Examine a variety of hands-on science and literacy materials, classroom videos, and student work from elementary inquiries, including simple machines, reflection, living organism behavior, and stream water quality. Learn strategies to develop scientific inquiry experiences for your classroom that you can embed in your science curriculum.  Take home differentiated student notebook templates and examine online resources.  Facilitator: Jean Myers



Harbor Educator Seminar - December 18th RVSP             (Posted: 11-26-18)

The New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP) is partnering with Hudson River Park Trust and the Hudson River Estuary Program to offer a series of upcoming seminars for informal harbor educators. Seminars will facilitate the collaboration within the community of informal educators, encourage the sharing of ideas and curriculum, and provide information about relevant educational resources.

Please see information about the upcoming seminar below as well as the attached agenda for our first meeting. We encourage you to share this with any interested colleagues that are harbor educators.

Tuesday December 18th
Time: 10am - 1pm
Location: Hudson River Foundation, 17 Battery Place, Suite 915
Coffee and refreshments provided
RSVP

Rosana Da Silva
Water Quality Manager
New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program
Hudson River Foundation
17 Battery Place, Suite 915
New York, NY 10004
212.483.7667
rosana@hudsonriver.org
www.harborestuary.org
www.hudsonriver.org

NGSS Workshop Series: Developing and Using Models to Make Sense of Natural Phenomena at RVCC             (Posted: 11-26-18)

Practices Focus
Developing and Using Models
Analyzing & Interpreting Data
Crosscutting Concepts Focus
Systems and System Models
Patterns
To support educators with the implementationof the Next Generation Science Standards, the Science Education Institute is offering a series of one-dayNGSS workshops. These workshops are continuously updated based on national best practices.
Developing and Using Models
to Make Sense of Natural Phenomena
Grades 6-12: Tuesday December 11, 2018
Grades K-5: Wednesday December 12, 2018
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Fee: $125; Credits: 5.5 PDU Hours
More Information

  • Participants will be engaged in NGSS-aligned investigations in a variety of science content areas to deepen their understanding of Practices and Crosscutting Concepts and how they mutually support each other.
  • They will take away strategies to help students analyze and interpret data, investigate natural systems, and represent them using a variety of models that can be used to construct explanations for natural phenomena.
  • Participants will experience and reflect on how Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas are meaningfully integrated in instruction and assessments using Performance Tasks.
  • There will be time for reflection and to plan NGSS-aligned lessons.
  • The workshop leader, Dr. Wil van der Veen, is a nationally recognized expert in science education and is a member of the New Jersey State Leadership Team for the NGSS. Participants will work in small groups that are facilitated by experienced classroom teachers from our NGSS Teacher Leader Program.
Register Online
We recommend sending leadership teams of 3-7 teachers to at least three one-day workshops or the Summer Institute to develop a solid foundation for the NGSS.
Register soon - workshops fill up quickly!

*************************************
Visit www.raritanval.edu/ngss
for more information and to register for our
NGSS Professional Development Workshop Series
for 2018-2019
*************************************

Constructing Explanations Supported by Arguments
Tuesday February 5, 2019 (Grades 6-12)
Wednesday February 6, 2019 (Grades K-5)

Planning NGSS-Aligned Lessons and Assessments
Tuesday March 12, 2019 (Grades 6-12)
Wednesday March 13, 2019 (Grades K-5)

This workshop series is supported by generous grants from the New Jersey Spacegrant Foundation.

*****

To discuss long-term NGSS professional development plans contactDr. Wil van der Veen awil.vanderveen@raritanval.edu

Tina Gandarillas
Manager of Education Programs
Science Education Institute@
Raritan Valley Community College

118 Lamington Road, North Branch, NJ 08876
Email: tina.gandarillas@raritanval.edu
Website: http://www.raritanval.edu/ngss

Phone 908-526-1200 x 8942

2019 Environmental Educators Roundtable             (Posted: 11-26-18)

Save-the-Date April 17, 2019
SAVE-the-DATE for our 22nd Annual
Environmental Educators Roundtable
April 17, 2019
"Changing Climate, Changing Watershed"
Join Ocean County Soil Conservation District for our 22nd annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educator's Roundtable, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 3:00-8:00pm at the Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education, Waretown, NJ. Our theme this year is "Changing Climate, Changing Watershed". Workshop presenters will offer lessons and activities that inform and inspire engagement within our watershed community to combat and cope with the changes in our climate. For more information visit our website!
OCSCD | Education & Outreach | 609-971-7002 ext. 114 | education@soildistrict.org | www.soildistrict.org

NJ Audubon: 2018 Teacher's Night Out!             (Posted: 11-26-18)

Get Inspired at New Jersey Audubon's Nature Centers!



Teacher's Night Out 2018






We love teachers and want you to join us for a fun (and FREE) evening of environmental education. Visit our centers to participate in activities and hands-on lessons that you can take with you back to your classroom. Earn a discounted rate on a future program for your students. Snacks and light refreshments will be served!
Lorrimer Sanctuary
November 29th, 4-6 pm
790 Ewing Ave, Franklin Lakes, NJ

Meet the critters who call Lorrimer home, including our 30-year old Black Rat Snake named Roxanne.
Nature Center of Cape May
December 4th, 4-6 pm
1600 Delaware Ave, Cape May, NJ

The Nature Center of Cape May will be teaching techniques to make holiday decorations called “swags” made out of local, fresh greenery to bring holiday cheer to your door, porch, or office. We will explore how the aquatic food chain works in our harbor with a fun, interactive, indoor program that helps students understand what they will encounter during a field trip to the Nature Center of Cape May.
Scherman Hoffman Wildilfe Sanctuary
December 4th, 4-6 pm
11 Hardscrabble Rd, Bernardsville, NJ

Explore freshwater ecology and backyard habitats!

See flier for more details.

Plainsboro Preserve
December 5th, 4-6 pm
80 Scotts Corner Rd, Cranbury, NJ

Try out some of our favorite field trip activities at several Activity Stations. Take home a hands-on lesson linked to NJ SLSS for your classroom. Show your creativity in our adult Makers Space by making a handmade bath bomb, or a fresh evergreen decoration. (or both!) We will have cider to sip and marshmallows for roasting.
Teacher's Night Out 2018
Contact Allison Mulch, Project Director - Education
NJ Audubon's Plainsboro Preserve in Cranbury, NJ
609-427-3052 x103  | allison.mulch@njaudubon.org |  www.njaudubon.org

2019 PAEE Conference             (Posted: 11-26-18)

2019 PAEE CONFERENCE
SAVE THE DATE:
March 18 - 19
Philadelphia, PA
Environmental education spans varied landscapes, urban, suburban, rural and green spaces in between. The 2019 PAEE will highlight the intersections between Cityscapes & Greenscapes, through breakout sessions, keynote speakers and panel discussions.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS COMING SOON!
For more information, events and opportunities be sure to follow us on Facebook! 

Application open for grad courses in 16 countries Project Dragonfly             (Posted: 11-21-18)

Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2019 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world. http://EarthExpeditions.MiamiOH.edu

Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. http://GFP.MiamiOH.edu

Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2019 cohorts are being accepted now for the AIP master's that includes place-based experiences at zoos in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New York, San Diego and Seattle. New for 2019: St. Louis-area residents can earn the AIP master's and study through the Missouri Botanical Garden, AIP's newest Master Institution and first dedicated botanical garden. http://AIP.MiamiOH.edu

Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.

Winter 2019 Antarctica Video TeleConferences             (Posted: 11-21-18)

Click HERE.

Complement your curriculum with educator resources at Duke Farms             (Posted: 11-21-18)

Click HERE.

Eco Program: Panasonic Student Eco Citizen Project             (Posted: 11-21-18)

NJ Educators Participate at No Cost


Panasonic Corporation of North America and the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning are offering 5th-8th grade NJ teachers resources to guide their students to be eco-minded and to engage with their community to create environmental change.


This experiential learning process (PBL) is composed of lessons aligned to education standards. Students will:


Define environmental issues.

Create actions to help solve the issue.

Apply actions in their community to help solve the problem.

Evaluate actions conducted and share the results.

Each registered teacher will receive a Welcome Box in mid-November with a teacher guide, student workbooks, eco diaries, and a tote bag!

 

REGISTER HERE! 

 

Questions? Contact us: 

 fillprograms@outlook.com or (718) 689-2972

Rutgers 2019 Environmental Stewards Program             (Posted: 11-16-18)

Middlesex County EARTH Center to Offer Rutgers 2019 Environmental Stewards Program

-- Are you concerned about the environment and want to learn how to make a difference? Maybe you're part of a municipal environmental commission or green team, and you want to do your best in caring for your community. You can do all this and more as part of Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program!
Classes will be offered by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County at the EARTH Center, in Davidson's Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave, South Brunswick. The 2019 course begins on Jan. 23 and meets every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through June 2019.

The Environmental Steward program is designed to explain and analyze the environmental issues affecting New Jersey. Using science, teamwork and natural resources, the Stewards will create plans to face the problems head-on. You don't have to be a scientist to be a Steward -- all you need is passion for the environment, learning and volunteering!

Registration, payment and program details for individuals or municipalities are available at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.RESMiddlesex.eventbrite.com&d=DwIFAg&c=4BTEw-1msHjOY4ITcFLmDM6JB8x6ZgbU2J24IH0HZLU&r=A1NHp0uBbyvUq6d1gPxPZda7-ANCf6hiONLQd9gnSo0&m=GtRm8uqzLUUZN0BSQPm3KkOo50tJthW0-r88MAmgdQs&s=q9EuD-boGjD8aufI6yhNOhj3iW_JOgQnsFJEi36U-sU&e= with a registration deadline of Jan. 18. The program and materials fee for the course is $250.

Training sessions are taught by experts from Rutgers University, and non-profit and government organizations. To become a certified Rutgers Environmental Steward, graduates of the class portion of the program must then complete a 60-hour volunteer internship on any topic of their choice. Internships are unique and intended to align with the interests of the individual, the needs of the program, and the community. Class topics include climate change, soil health, energy conservation, water resource protection, invasive species, wildlife management, habitat conservation, protecting pollinators, environmental policy and more. Field trips to environmentally significant sites around the state are included as part of the program.
Examples of volunteer projects include:
* Mapping and eradicating invasive species in local parks
* Engaging policy makers on reducing plastic waste
* Restoring native dune vegetation in shore communities
* Assisting restaurants in composting food waste
* Building green infrastructure, such as rain gardens or rain barrels
* Protecting and creating habitat for threatened and endangered species

"Students will be introduced to a network of experts and organizations that will become their environmental allies for years to come," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee. "With over 60 hours of training, the Stewards will be ready to face all kinds of environmental challenges!"

Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said, "If you want to take action and give back to your community, the Environmental Stewards program is a great way to make our County a better place. Many Stewards volunteer with local schools, assist non-profits and green businesses, or go on to participate in their town's environmental commissions or green teams. No previous science degree or experience is needed. Everyone is welcome!"

For more information on the program, please contact Michele Bakacs at bakacs@njaes.rutgers.edu or call (732) 398-5274.
Text EXTENSION to 56512 to stay connected with events and updates from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County!

Middlesex County's EARTH Center is home to the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County and part of a nationwide network that brings the research of the State land-grant universities to residents. Offices throughout New Jersey are cooperatively funded by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Rutgers University-New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity program provider and employer. Rutgers Cooperative Extension educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Contact your local Extension Office for information regarding special needs or accommodations. Contact the State Extension Director's Office if you have concerns related to discrimination at 848-932-3584

ANJEE: Call for Workshop Proposals & Awards Nominations             (Posted: 10-24-18)

Click HERE.

Invitation for No-Cost; Ready to use Eco Resources!             (Posted: 10-24-18)

Click HERE.

SJ4S: Organize for Certification Success! Trainings, Workshops, & Webinars             (Posted: 10-19-18)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
303 Districts     779 Schools     Participating
Sustainable Jersey for Schools Sessions at the 2018 New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA)
Workshop 
Oct 22-25, 2018 Atlantic City Convention Center

Session Spotlight at NJSBA Workshop 2018
Workshop 2018 will feature five Sustainable Jersey for Schools sessions along with NJSBA sustainability support programs for schools. NJSBA member districts can send up to 18 attendees to Workshop as part of their membership package. Speak with your district business office to register as part of your district member group. For more information about NJSBA Workshop 2018 "Engaging Every Child" visit http://workshop.njsba.org/. Review all the Sustainable for Schools Workshops: https://bit.ly/2NoWO2m

Session Spotlight: Sustainable Jersey: Beyond the Resolution: http://sched.co/FD7B
Where: NJSBA Workshop in Atlantic City, NJ
When: Monday, October 22 * 1:00pm - 2:00pm
This session describes how a board member can help lead a school district towards certification in Sustainable Jersey for Schools. A board resolution is not the end of the involvement for board members. In fact, boards can be powerful change agents, by providing guidance through sustainability policy, implementing sustainability in district strategic plans, and creating green district goals. Learn how to align board actions to sustainability initiatives in areas such as the physical plant, hiring of personnel, curriculum, professional development, assessing progress for implementing sustainability, and more.
Start the School Year with a Sustainable Jersey Grant!

The Sustainable Jersey for Schools grant program provides opportunities for public schools and school districts to implement sustainability projects. Two grant opportunities are now open through two different funders. Applications are due on
October 31, 2018.

* $180,000 in Funding for Sustainable School and District Projects 
The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), as a Sustainable Jersey for Schools program underwriter, is contributing $180,000 in grant money to fund sustainable projects at the school and district level. This grant cycle will award: ten $10,000 grants to school districts or schools and forty $2,000 grants to support school green teams. For more information about the grant program and details on how to apply, visit: http://bit.ly/2018NJEAGrantsCycle

* $150,000 in Funding for School District Energy Projects provided by the Gardinier Environmental Fund will be awarded as $30,000 and $10,000 grants for energy projects focused on conservation, efficiency and renewable energy. For more information about the grant program and details on how to apply, visit http://bit.ly/2018GardinierGrants


Sustainable Practices Working Sessions





As part of their commitment to helping schools across New Jersey reach their sustainability goals, NJSBA, in collaboration with Sustainable Jersey for Schools, is offering members and school district personnel an opportunity to attend a free one-day Sustainable Practices Working Session. In this session participants will review a Sustainability Wellness Check, which will be in alignment with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. This is the perfect opportunity to gather your green team and strategize for certification and cost savings in 2019!

The free program begins at 9 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. Repeated sessions are offered through February 2019. 

November 14th-  Duke Farms, Hillsborough
November 29th-  Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Egg Harbor
February 21st-    Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Egg Harbor
Februrary 28th-    NJSBA Headquarters, Trenton

Professional Development: Earn 4 Board Member Academy credits and 4 Certified Green Leader credits for attending this program. This program is sponsored by the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey. Download & share the informational flyer with your green team!
Certification Webinar Series- New Dates!

For those looking ahead to 2019 bronze or silver certification, mark your calendars for our updated fall webinar series!

Sustainable Jersey for Schools Bronze certification is just the beginning of your school's sustainability journey! Learn how to make a plan to take your certification to the next level and get recognized for Silver certification (350 points and up).

Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification is good for three years at a time. If you are one of over 30 schools with a certification expiring in August 2019, or if your certification expired this year, you will want to attend this informative webinar on the re-certification process. Participants will learn how to update actions for re-certification and how to make a game plan for maintaining Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification for 2019 and beyond!
2018 GOVERNOR'S ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Nominate your school or district!

Nominations may be submitted through Friday, Oct. 5 in these categories: Clean Air, Water Resources, Healthy Ecosystems and Habitats, Innovative Technology, Land Conservation, Healthy and Sustainable Communities, Healthy and Sustainable Businesses, and two categories in Environmental Education: Educator-Led and Student-Led Projects.
 
For a 2018 nominating application and other awards information, visit https://www.nj.gov/dep/awards/

To learn more about the program, call DEP employee Tanya Oznowich at (609) 984-9802 or email Tanya.Oznowich@dep.nj.gov
UPCOMING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

ARTS EDUCATION SERIES: TRANSFORMING SCHOOLS THROUGH THE POWER OF THE ARTS
Sponsored by NJPSA & Arts Ed NJ.  Registration information here.
This training supports the ISTEAM and School Culture & Climate suite of actions in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program
Oct 30th -  Thinking About Doing Arts Integration in Schools & Districts
Nov 14th -  Embracing the Arts- A Pathway to Well-Rounded Education
Dec 6th -    An Introduction to the National Arts Standards & the Vision for the New NJ Student                    Learning Standards

GREEN TEACHER WEBINAR SERIES
Registration information here.
Oct 17th- Why Learn About Insects? 7:30-8:30pm
Oct 22nd- Feeding Plants to Feed the World 7:30-8:30pm
Oct 30th- A Community Pathway to Stewardship 7:30-8:30pm
Nov 7th- Creating Community-Wide Outdoor Education Festivals 7:30-8:30pm
Jan 16th- Exploring Learning Stories 7:30-8:30pm
Feb 13th- Using Progressive Skits to Teach Food Chains 7:30-8:30pm

INDOOR AIR QUALITY (IAQ) TRAINING by PEOSH/NJADP
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. 
Oct 19th -  Paterson, NJ
Nov 30th -  Newark, NJ
Dec 14th -  Waretown, NJ
Jan 25th -  Westampton, NJ
Feb 1st  -   Mahwah, NJ
Mar 1st -    Metuchen, NJ
Apr 26th -  Bridgewater, NJ
May 1st -    Sicklerville, NJ
June 7th -  Robbinsville, NJ 

FREE INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM) TRAINING SERIES
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.
Oct 5th -    Westampton, NJ
Nov 2nd -   Waretown, NJ
Dec 21st -   Newark, NJ
Jan 18th -   Paterson, NJ
Feb 15th -   Mahwah, NJ
Mar 22nd -  Sicklerville, NJ
Apr 12th -   Bridgewater, NJ
May 3rd -    Metuchen, NJ
May 31 -     Washington, NJ

NJAHPERD 100TH ANNUAL CONVENTION
February 24th-27th Long Branch, NJ
This training supports the Programs to Promote Physical Activities & Education for Sustainability: Health actions in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. 
The NJ Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance is holding its 100th Annual Convention. More information & opportunities to submit a proposal here.
 
EPA "KNOWLEDGE TO ACTION" ON DEMAND INDOOR AIR QUALITY WEBINARS
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.
 
EPA SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT WEB ACADEMY
On Demand Food Waste & Recycling Webinars available here. 
 
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
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 schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
307 Districts     785 Schools     Participating
Sustainable Jersey for Schools Session Spotlight: Sustainability Champions: Learn from schools and districts in the forefront of sustainability. 
Sustainable Jersey for Schools Session at the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) Workshop 2018
 
Workshop 2018 will feature five Sustainable Jersey for Schools sessions along with NJSBA sustainability support programs for schools. NJSBA member districts can send up to 18 attendees to Workshop as part of their membership package. Speak with your district business office to register as part of your district member group. For more information about NJSBA Workshop 2018 "Engaging Every Child" visit http://workshop.njsba.org/. Review all the Sustainable for Schools Workshops: https://bit.ly/2NoWO2m  

Session Spotlight:Sustainability Champions: http://sched.co/FD8A
Where: NJSBA Workshop in Atlantic City, NJ
When: Tuesday 10/23/18 11:00am-12:00pm
Learn from schools and districts in the forefront of sustainability. This session will highlight best practices and case studies from this year's award-winning districts and schools participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.
Sustainable Jersey Grant deadline approaching!

The Sustainable Jersey for Schools grant program provides opportunities for public schools and school districts to implement sustainability projects. Two grant opportunities are now open through two different funders. Applications are due on October 31, 2018.

* $180,000 in Funding for Sustainable School and District Projects 
The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), as a Sustainable Jersey for Schools program underwriter, is contributing $180,000 in grant money to fund sustainable projects at the school and district level. This grant cycle will award: ten $10,000 grants to school districts or schools and forty $2,000 grants to support school green teams. For more information about the grant program and details on how to apply, visit: http://bit.ly/2018NJEAGrantsCycle

* $150,000 in Funding for School District Energy Projects provided by the Gardinier Environmental Fund will be awarded as $30,000 and $10,000 grants for energy projects focused on conservation, efficiency and renewable energy. For more information about the grant program and details on how to apply, visit http://bit.ly/2018GardinierGrants



Sustainable Practices Working Sessions





As part of their commitment to helping schools across New Jersey reach their sustainability goals, NJSBA, in collaboration with Sustainable Jersey for Schools, is offering members and school district personnel an opportunity to attend a free one-day Sustainable Practices Working Session. In this session participants will review a Sustainability Wellness Check, which will be in alignment with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. This is the perfect opportunity to gather your green team and strategize for certification and cost savings in 2019!

The free program begins at 9 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. Repeated sessions are offered through February 2019. 

November 14th-  Duke Farms, Hillsborough
November 29th-  Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Egg Harbor
February 21st-    Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Egg Harbor
Februrary 28th-    NJSBA Headquarters, Trenton

Professional Development: Earn 4 Board Member Academy credits and 4 Certified Green Leader credits for attending this program. This program is sponsored by the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey. Download & share the informational flyer with your green team!
Certification Webinar Series

For those looking ahead to 2019 bronze or silver certification, check out our upcoming webinar.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification is good for three years at a time. If you are one of over 30 schools with a certification expiring in August 2019, or if your certification expired this year, you will want to attend this informative webinar on the re-certification process. Participants will learn how to update actions for re-certification and how to make a game plan for maintaining Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification for 2019 and beyond!
Green Ribbon & LEED Certified School Building Tour
 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) share promising practices and resources in the areas of safe, healthy, and sustainable school environments; nutrition and outdoor physical activity; environmental and sustainability education. To bring
additional attention to New Jersey's honorees' practices, NJSBA, USGBC NJ Chapter and NJ Audubon have selected ED-GRS and USGBC LEED certified schools to share their work with key school and community stakeholders. We're excited to showcase three schools in the Neptune
and Long Branch area according to the following schedule:

WHEN: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH
1:00 PM George L. Catrambone Elementary School 240 Park Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740 
3:30 PM Summerfield Elementary School 1 Summerfield Ln, Neptune, NJ 07753
4:30 PM Midtown Community Elementary School 1155 State Route 33, Neptune, NJ 07753

Attendance is free. Attendees make their own arrangements to get to each school. Register online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/25HMPR7

If you would like your school to be recognized at the national level as a Green Ribbon School you can learn more about the application process for New Jersey schools here.  For Sustainable Jersey certified schools, you will find that the work done to complete your bronze or silver certification application is a great starting point for the Green Ribbon application. Go for it!
UPCOMING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

ARTS EDUCATION SERIES: TRANSFORMING SCHOOLS THROUGH THE POWER OF THE ARTS
Sponsored by NJPSA & Arts Ed NJ.  Registration information here.
This training supports the ISTEAM and School Culture & Climate suite of actions in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program
Oct 30th -  Thinking About Doing Arts Integration in Schools & Districts
Nov 14th -  Embracing the Arts- A Pathway to Well-Rounded Education
Dec 6th -    An Introduction to the National Arts Standards & the Vision for the New NJ Student                    Learning Standards

GREEN TEACHER WEBINAR SERIES
Registration information here.
Oct 17th- Why Learn About Insects? 7:30-8:30pm
Oct 22nd- Feeding Plants to Feed the World 7:30-8:30pm
Oct 30th- A Community Pathway to Stewardship 7:30-8:30pm
Nov 7th- Creating Community-Wide Outdoor Education Festivals 7:30-8:30pm
Jan 16th- Exploring Learning Stories 7:30-8:30pm
Feb 13th- Using Progressive Skits to Teach Food Chains 7:30-8:30pm

INDOOR AIR QUALITY (IAQ) TRAINING by PEOSH/NJADP
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. 
Oct 19th -  Paterson, NJ
Nov 30th -  Newark, NJ
Dec 14th -  Waretown, NJ
Jan 25th -  Westampton, NJ
Feb 1st  -   Mahwah, NJ
Mar 1st -    Metuchen, NJ
Apr 26th -  Bridgewater, NJ
May 1st -    Sicklerville, NJ
June 7th -  Robbinsville, NJ 

FREE INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM) TRAINING SERIES
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.
Nov 2nd -   Waretown, NJ
Dec 21st -   Newark, NJ
Jan 18th -   Paterson, NJ
Feb 15th -   Mahwah, NJ
Mar 22nd -  Sicklerville, NJ
Apr 12th -   Bridgewater, NJ
May 3rd -    Metuchen, NJ
May 31 -     Washington, NJ

NJAHPERD 100TH ANNUAL CONVENTION
February 24th-27th Long Branch, NJ
This training supports the Programs to Promote Physical Activities & Education for Sustainability: Health actions in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. 
The NJ Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance is holding its 100th Annual Convention. More information & opportunities to submit a proposal here.
 
EPA "KNOWLEDGE TO ACTION" ON DEMAND INDOOR AIR QUALITY WEBINARS
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.
 
EPA SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT WEB ACADEMY
On Demand Food Waste & Recycling Webinars available here. 
 
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
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 schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

EPA Workshops             (Posted: 10-19-18)

Sustainability Leadership Training, 11.30-12.2 208 / Gain the Knowledge to Change the Future
The C2C Fellows Network at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy is a national program for undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to leadership work in sustainable politics, NGO's and business. C2C's intensive skills-based weekend workshops include young people from across the country. The $30 registration fee includes meals and housing.

Led by Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of Bard's Center for Environmental Policy, C2C trainings focus on key leadership skills: vision, courage, developing your network, telling your story, and raising funds.

Graduates of the workshops join a national network with access to continuing educational and professional opportunities, including dedicated scholarships to attend Bard's Graduate Programs in Sustainability: Masters of Science degrees in Environmental Policy and Climate Science and Policy and the Bard MBA in Sustainability.

C2C Fellows are leaders whose vision is to make a difference soon. Our mission is to accelerate their life's work.

Details:
" Registration: $30 includes meals and housing.
" Conference begins at 5 PM Friday 311/30 and ends on 12 noon Sunday 12/2.
" Bard College is 90 miles north of New York City, and is easily accessible by Amtrak from Penn Station in NYC.
" Questions? Please contact Agim Mezreku, am6872@bard.edu

Eban Goodstein / Director, Graduate Programs in Sustainability / Bard College
*****************************************************************
A good overview of experiential learning with references.
http://www.unesco.org/education/tlsf/mods/theme_d/mod20.html - UNESCO
*****************************************************************
Registration for the New Jersey Citizen Science Water Monitoring Forum is now open!
This event is being co-hosted by US EPA Region 2, New Jersey DEP and The Watershed Institute in Pennington, NJ on October 23rd. See attached draft agenda, which is also available on the registration page.
Space is limited so register soon HERE

NAAEE eeNews             (Posted: 10-16-18)

Imagine If, S1E4: Keeping It in the Family
Imagine If, S1E3: What’s at Steak?

Registration is now open for the 2019 Green Schools Conference and Expo             (Posted: 10-16-18)

Click HERE.

ES Week Toolkits now available!             (Posted: 10-16-18)

National Earth Science Week (https://www.earthsciweek.org/) is October 14-20, 2018 and the theme is "Earth as Inspiration." As in the past few years, New Jersey Geological and Water Survey (https://www.njgeology.org/) is generously providing Earth Science Week Toolkits to the first 50 NJ public school teachers teaching Earth Science who contact Chris Adair with their name, school, and mailing address.

Chris Adair: Christopher.Adair@dep.nj.gov
******************
Reminder that Earth2Class workshops at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory take place throughout the year on Saturday's. Hear about cutting edge research in the Earth Scientists and learn about ways to translate the research into classroom lessons. Here is the note from the organizer Mike Passow:

E2C Tentative Schedule 2018 - 2019
20 Oct Nichole Anest: Focus on the LDEO Core Repository
10 Nov Alexey Kaplan: Sea Surface Temperatures
Bruce Moravchik (NOAA National Ocean Service: NOAA's Planet Stewards Program
1 Dec Natalie Boelman: Arctic Ecosystems
12 Jan Margie Turrin and Laurel Zaima: New LDEO Education Outreach Opportunities
9 Feb Michael Kaplan: South American Glaciers
9 Mar Benjamin Bostick: Lead Contamination in our Environment
6 Apr Ajit Subramaniam: Phytoplankton in the Amazon and Equatorial Atlantic
4 May Dallas Abbott: New Discoveries about the Hudson River's Past

For those of you seeking grad ed and/or CTLE credit, I am pleased to announce that we should be able to offer these through St. Thomas Aquinas College. We are still trying to work out the details, and I will post more information when these are in place.

Keep checking https://earth2class.org/site/ for updates and access to the many resources available for you and your students.

Please send any questions or message to me OFF-LIST, thanks.

Good Luck with the new school year!

Mike Passow (michael@earth2class.org)

Educators wanted to participate in a survey on educator environmental literacy.             (Posted: 10-3-18)

A research project through the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education is looking for formal and nonformal educators of all subjects to take a 30 minute anonymous online survey. We are also looking for nonformal educators willing to participate in an additional 1-hour interview (and be compensated with a $50 gift card).

To take the survey, go to TELA Rutgers or copy and paste the address below:

https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6KEEm7C0krnobhb

For more information about the research project or participating, please contact

Roberta Hunter

roberta.hunter@rutgers.edu

609.915.9595

Education for all! Lifelong learning at Duke Farms             (Posted: 10-3-18)

Click HERE.

i-Tree News             (Posted: 10-3-18)

Click HERE.

Interactive, Media-Based Lessons for Science             (Posted: 10-2-18)


Interactive Lessons for Science

The interactive lessons available on PBS LearningMedia are designed to engage students in all grades in a variety of subjects using captivating digital media. Here we have featured some of our science lessons. Each interactive lesson includes video, primary sources, short readings, and several engagement and assessment activities. Students practice close reading, learn new vocabulary and are prompted to check for understanding throughout the lessons.

Students learn that animals need air, food, water, and shelter, while plants need air, sunlight, and water. Students watch videos and engage with drawing and sorting activities to reinforce their learning.
Students explore the effects that ecosystem disruptions can have on animal populations and the impacts that a shift in the population of one animal can have on others in an ecosystem.
Students watch videos adapted from NOVA: Treasures of the Earth: Power and analyze data provided in graphs and maps concerning the availability, cost, reliability, and environmental impact of different energy sources.

Resources include teaching tips, are aligned to state standards, and can be used one-to-one, in a flipped model or with the whole class. For more information on how to integrate these into your classroom, find a
 helpful teacher tutorial designed to introduce K–12 educators to the interactive lesson format.

Welcome to Rutgers Marine Sciences K-12 Educators Newsletter             (Posted: 10-2-18)

Click HERE.

Green Schools National Network News             (Posted: 9-26-18)

DEADLINE EXTENSION: Submit a Proposal for the 2019 Green Schools Conference and Expo
Read the Fall 2018 Issue of Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly

NAAEE eeNEWS             (Posted: 9-26-18)

Imagine If, S1E2: Something in the Water
eeNEWS for September 19, 2018
eeNEWS for September 19, 2018
Series Premiere - Imagine If, S1E1: Puerto Rico se Regenera
Imagine If, S1E3: What’s at Steak?

Science and Math Workshops -Montclair State Univ. October-January             (Posted: 9-26-18)

2018 – 2019 PRISM Science and Math Workshops

All workshops 8:30 – 2:30 with 5.5 PD Hrs. unless noted otherwise
Cost: $150
Questions – email prism@montclair.edu or call 973-655-7753
https://goo.gl/forms/ilCcsGRzfPMBBauq2


October 16
Engineering Design in the NGSS Middle School Classroom
Integrating the E in STEM in meaningful ways can be challenging given scheduling, limited funds and resources. Together, workshop participants will consider the importance of engineering in the NGSS classroom and try various challenges that address specific integrated content areas. Teachers will leave with activities that are ready to implement when they return to school.
Facilitator: Karen Woodruff

October 19
NGSS-aligned Engineering Challenges for Elementary Students, Gr K-5
Participate in an engineering design challenge based on NGSS Engineering Practices. Experience first-hand the engineering design process and learn about a number of practical examples of classroom-tested elementary engineering challenges. Examine a variety of hands-on science and literacy materials, classroom videos, and student work from elementary engineering challenges, from river erosion prevention, ice cube keeper, to an alarm device. Learn strategies to develop engineering challenges for your classroom that you can embed in your science curriculum. Take home differentiated student notebook templates and access online pre-designed unit and engineering resources for support.
Facilitator: Jean Myers

October 26
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices, K-8: Asking Questions and Modeling
The 8 Science and Engineering Practices of the NGSS are the most significant way the NGSS differs from prior standards. The disciplinary core ideas (content) are combined with relevant practices of science or engineering. Successful implementation of the NGSS must include a solid understanding of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Join us in four sessions to learn and apply these skills.  Each session deals with two practices.  Learn what each practice means and apply it for your own lessons.
Asking Questions & Defining Problems: Questions drive scientific inquiry.  Learning methods to ask good questions and to distinguish between those that can be tested or not is fundamental to all science.  Defining problems is using that same skill but focused on how to solve a specific engineering problem.
Developing and Using Models: Models include diagrams, physical replicas, mathematical representations, analogies, and computer simulations. Models do not exactly represent the real world. They are used to highlight certain features.
Facilitator: Joanne Kornoelje

November 2   
“Who stole the chocolate?” NGSS-aligned CSI for Elementary Students
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

November 14
NGSS: Beyond the Basics, Grades 6-12    
Are you looking for ways to more effectively incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into your science instruction?  Do you wish to make your science classroom more student centered?  This workshop will review the foundation of the standards: the three Dimensions and the Performance Expectations.  Participants will then learn how to use phenomena as a starting point for their lessons; construct explanations and argumentations for the phenomena using CER (Claims-Evidence-Reasoning) and POE (Prediction-Observation-Explanation); explore the value of student-generated models to represent ideas; and analyze the components of the 5E instructional model (if time).  Participants will receive resources in the form of lessons, handouts, ready-to-use activities, and websites.
Facilitator: Christopher Hunninghake

November 16
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices, K-8: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations and Analyzing and Interpreting Data
The 8 Science and Engineering Practices of the NGSS are the most significant way the NGSS differs from prior standards. The disciplinary core ideas (content) are combined with relevant practices of science or engineering. Successful implementation of the NGSS must include a solid understanding of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Join us in four sessions to learn and apply these skills.  Each session deals with two practices.  Learn what each practice means and apply it for your own lessons.
Planning and Carrying Out Investigations: Scientific investigations can be done to describe a phenomenon or to test a theory or model of how the world works. Students learn to always state the goal of an investigation, predict outcomes, and plan a course of action that will provide the best evidence for their ideas.
Analyzing and Interpreting Data: Once data is collected in an investigation, it must be then presented in a form that can reveal patterns and relationships, and help communicate results to others.  Scientists spend much time organizing and interpreting data, tabulating, graphing or other analysis.
Facilitator: Joanne Kornoelje

November 28
Fundamentals of NGSS for Teachers, Grades K-5
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have been implemented for grades K-5. This workshop is for those teachers who are new to the NGSS and who need to learn the pedagogical and strategic thinking behind them.  Participants will be introduced to the three Dimensions (Disciplinary Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts, and Science & Engineering Practices), the Performance Expectations, and “new” lab formats through which students can demonstrate their learning.  Participants will receive resources in the form of handouts, classroom-ready activities, and websites.
Facilitator: Christopher Hunninghake

November 30
Integrate the NGSS Cross-Cutting Concepts into All of Your Teaching, Gr 6 – 12
Cross-Cutting Concepts are the really big ideas that pervade all the disciplines of science, and are a major component of the NGSS.  Help your students make meaning from these concepts and use them as frameworks for their understanding of science and the universe.  Develop ways to make them an integral part of your teaching. Topic emphasis will include Systems and Systems Thinking as a major overarching way to view and study phenomena that is seldom taught in K-12 schools. All cross-cutting concepts will be addressed to provide practical assistance in implementing them in lessons and units.
Facilitator: Jacalyn Willis

December 7
NGSS-aligned Science Inquiry Experiences for Elementary Students
Participate in a scientific inquiry experience based on NGSS Science Practice Standards.  Experience first-hand the inquiry process and learn about a number of practical examples of classroom-tested elementary inquiry experiences.  Examine a variety of hands-on science and literacy materials, classroom videos, and student work from elementary inquiries, including simple machines, reflection, living organism behavior, and stream water quality. Learn strategies to develop scientific inquiry experiences for your classroom that you can embed in your science curriculum.  Take home differentiated student notebook templates and examine online resources.
Facilitator: Jean Myers

December 12
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 brief 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

December 14
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices, K-8: Mathematical Thinking and Constructing Explanations
The 8 Science and Engineering Practices of the NGSS are the most significant way the NGSS differs from prior standards. The disciplinary core ideas (content) are combined with relevant practices of science or engineering. Successful implementation of the NGSS must include a solid understanding of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Join us in four sessions to learn and apply these skills.  Each session deals with two practices.  Learn what each practice means and apply it for your own lessons.
Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking: Students use mathematics to represent physical variables and their relationships.  This builds to quantitative predictions. Computational thinking includes strategies for organizing data and creating simulations of natural and designed systems.
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions: Students construct their own explanations for phenomena, based on the evidence culled from their investigations and research.  In engineering the solution is the answer to the need for the design.
Facilitator: Joanne Kornoelje

*****2019*****

January 9 - Mathematics
Effective Teaching Practices for Middle Grades Teachers
The focus of this workshop will be to examine ways to integrate Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices suggested by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Principles to actions: Ensuring mathematical success for all (2014) in the middle grades mathematics classroom.  Participating teachers will have the opportunity to discuss each practice in depth and formulate specific strategies for effective mathematics teaching. Purposeful questioning and facilitation of meaningful mathematical discourse will be explored through tasks that promote reasoning and problem solving.  A variety of lesson tasks will be shared and examined for future classroom use.
Facilitator: Eliza Leszczynski

January 10
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices, K-8: Argumentation & Evaluating & Communicating Information
The 8 Science and Engineering Practices of the NGSS are the most significant way the NGSS differs from prior standards. The disciplinary core ideas (content) are combined with relevant practices of science or engineering. Successful implementation of the NGSS must include a solid understanding of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Join us in four sessions to learn and apply these skills.  Each session deals with two practices.  Learn what each practice means and apply it for your own lessons.
Engaging in Argument from Evidence: Argumentation is a process for reaching agreements about explanations.  The best explanations for natural phenomena are based reasoning and argument. Student engagement in scientific argumentation is critical to understanding the culture we live in and how to apply science for the benefit of society.
Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information: Students must be able to read, interpret and produce scientific text, as well as develop the skill to communicate their findings clearly and persuasively.  Critical reading of information, recognizing good ideas, errors and flaws, is fundamental to good thinking.
Facilitator: Joanne Kornoelje

January 18
NGSS: Beyond the Basics, Grades K-5
Are you looking for ways to more effectively incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into your science instruction?  Do you wish to make your science classroom more student centered?  This workshop will review the foundation of the standards: the three Dimensions and the Performance Expectations.  Participants will then learn how to use phenomena as a starting point for their lessons; construct explanations and argumentations for the phenomena using CER(Claims-Evidence-Reasoning) and POE (Prediction-Observation-Explanation); explore the value of student-generated models to represent ideas; and analyze the components of the 5E instructional model (if time).  Participants will receive resources in the form of lessons, handouts, ready-to-use activities, and websites.
Facilitator: Christopher Hunninghake

January 25
“Ooh NOT Eww!” NGSS-aligned Organism Study for Elementary Students
Experience first-hand a living organism investigation that you can use directly with your young scientists in your classroom. Investigations will be inquiry-based; driven by observations, students will formulate questions and collect data and research to formulate answers.  As well you will investigate ways to integrate and utilize literacy. You will take home a differentiated student notebook, a curriculum unit and resources to support your student work back in your classrooms.
Facilitator: Jean Myers

February 1
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 brief 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

February 15
NGSS: Beyond the Basics, Grades 6-12
Are you looking for ways to more effectively incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into your science instruction?  Do you wish to make your science classroom more student centered?  This workshop will review the foundation of the standards: the three Dimensions and the Performance Expectations.  Participants will then learn how to use phenomena as a starting point for their lessons; construct explanations and argumentations for the phenomena using CER (Claims-Evidence-Reasoning) and POE (Prediction-Observation-Explanation); explore the value of student-generated models to represent ideas; and analyze the components of the 5E instructional model (if time).  Participants will receive resources in the form of lessons, handouts, ready-to-use activities, and websites.
Facilitator: Christopher Hunninghake

February 22
Bringing the Maker Movement to your Elementary School
Make something that does something using circuits. In this open-ended maker workshop, participants will build new understandings of circuitry through a hands-on experience to making something.  Multiple materials will be available including littleBits, paper circuits, squishy circuits, and Makey Makeys. Examine a variety of student work, classroom videos, and articles to develop strategies to bring the Maker Experience to your students.
Facilitator: Jean Myers

February 27
Authentic Data with NASA Connections, Grades 6-12
Engaging students in explorations of authentic data provides meaningful learning opportunities and integrates across subject area content. The NGSS and CCSS encourage analysis and interpretation of data. It can be challenging to identify meaningful ways to integrate data from international missions and scientific explorations. In this workshop, participants will think critically about the use of data in the classroom and learn to select publicly available data sets that enhance meaningful student-centered lessons. Teachers will learn where to access the latest NASA and NOAA mission data for applications in all science disciplines and learn how to appropriately select data sets that students can use for deeper understanding of content.
Facilitator: Karen Woodruff

March 8
NGSS: Beyond the Basics, Grades K-5
Are you looking for ways to more effectively incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into your science instruction?  Do you wish to make your science classroom more student centered?  This workshop will review the foundation of the standards: the three Dimensions and the Performance Expectations.  Participants will then learn how to use phenomena as a starting point for their lessons; construct explanations and argumentations for the phenomena using CER (Claims-Evidence-Reasoning) and POE (Prediction-Observation-Explanation); explore the value of student-generated models to represent ideas; and analyze the components of the 5E instructional model (if time).  Participants will receive resources in the form of lessons, handouts, ready-to-use activities, and websites.
Facilitator: Christopher Hunninghake

March 15
NGSS-aligned Engineering Challenges for Elementary Students, Gr K-5
Participate in an engineering design challenge based on NGSS Engineering Practices. Experience first-hand the engineering design process and learn about a number of practical examples of classroom-tested elementary engineering challenges. Examine a variety of hands-on science and literacy materials, classroom videos, and student work from elementary engineering challenges, from river erosion prevention, ice cube keeper, to an alarm device. Learn strategies to develop engineering challenges for your classroom that you can embed in your science curriculum. Take home differentiated student notebook templates and access online pre-designed unit and engineering resources for support.
Facilitator: Jean Myers

May 22
Integrating Mathematics and Science in the Middle Grades Classroom
Come and explore effective mathematics and science activities your middle grades students will surely love and enjoy!  In this workshop, we will explore the nature of interdisciplinary teaching of mathematics and science, and engage in activities that support active student learning of concepts in both disciplines. This workshop is ideal for mathematics teachers looking to infuse more relevant and meaningful applications of mathematics in science into their curriculum. From the mathematics of filling flower vases with water to counting birds in the forest, this workshop will surely enhance the collection of your favorite classroom activities! 
Facilitator: Eliza Leszczynski

June 11
Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics
The focus of this workshop for high school mathematics teachers will be to examine and discuss key recommendations presented by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Catalyzing change in high school mathematics: initiating critical conversations (2018).  Participating teachers will have the opportunity to discuss and co-develop ways to implement equitable instruction in the mathematics classroom and examine essential concepts for high school mathematics (number, algebra and functions, statistics and probability, geometry and measurement) proposed by the writers of Catalyzing change.  Ready-to-use classroom activities will be shared and explored in the context of each essential concept. 
Facilitator:  Eliza Leszczynski







August Green Strides             (Posted: 9-7-18)

Join Us on the Missouri Green Strides Tour
Green Strides Design

 

          U.S. Department of Education

   Green Strides

In the August Green Strides...

In the News

Green Ribbon Schools Logo

Join Us on the 2018 Green Strides Tour in Missouri

ED-GRS and its Green Strides outreach initiative share promising practices and resources in the areas of safe, healthy, and sustainable school environments; nutrition and outdoors physical activity; and environmental education.  As part of its Green Strides outreach, ED conducts an annual tour intended to spotlight the work of past and present honorees, and bring more attention to their practices.  This year’s tour will take place Oct. 24–25 in St. Louis area schools.  

The tour will highlight how schools can use their grounds in hands-on, project-based learning, and citizen science to teach an array of content areas, the joy of physical activity in the outdoors, as well as the benefits of nutritious, school-garden-grown produce.  See the full schedule and register to attend.  >>>>

Meet the 2018 ED-GRS Awardees

Congratulations to the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees.  View the honorees and read about their work on the Green Strides website and ED awards page.  Three of the honorees are spotlighted below.  Watch them receive their awards on Facebook live on Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. ET.

Gove Elementary Outdoor Learning Labs
Outdoor learning labs at Gove Elementary School increase the quantity and quality of outdoor time for students. From left to right are the school’s Recycled Gator Hole, information station with weather-resistant lesson plans, and butterfly houses for observation and documentation.

Gove Elementary School, Belle Glade, Florida

Gove Elementary landscaping includes native species, retention ponds, and cisterns for edible garden irrigation.  Gove has reduced energy use by 74 percent and water needs by 57 percent in just two years.  The student Recycle Club is committed to educating peers and staff about recycling.  The administration rewards carpoolers with designated parking spots.  Despite the challenge of being nestled in sugar cane fields that are burned seasonally, Gove Elementary School has been recognized as an Asthma-Friendly School through the American Lung Association.  The school’s Positive Behavior Intervention Support Team promotes the interconnectedness of the environment, safety, and wellness.  Gove was the first school in the Glades to implement a fruit-and-vegetable daily snack program.  There is a vegetable and herb garden on campus, which inspires students to make healthy eating choices.  All Gove students in kindergarten through sixth grade participate in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) classes that engage students in projects such as building historical and current relief maps of the Florida Everglades; creating Everglade model habitats using upcycled materials, and participating in “ECO-dramas” to reenact how alligators are keystone species.  The school butterfly garden is an ideal setting to learn about a variety of topics across the curriculum. The garden has also proven to be an excellent setting for teaching teamwork, empathy, respect, and responsibility, and for building confidence and pride.   >>>>

Water Quality Monitoring
TTUSD students know that water quality is an important part of forest and watershed health. For this reason, monitoring local water quality is a regular service-learning project.

Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Truckee, California

Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) works with local nonprofit Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP) to offer comprehensive watershed education and service learning. The first Sustainability Club in TTUSD was started in 2010; by 2013, these clubs were introduced across all sites.  TTUSD has a certified energy manager; the district’s first green building project was built in 2005; and all current projects are designed to LEED Silver standards.  Efforts to reduce water use include using reclaimed water for bus washing, installing smart irrigation controllers, fitting restrooms with low-flow fixtures, making auto-off nozzles standard on all hoses, putting in drip irrigation in most landscaping areas, and implementing a leak detection program.  Salad bars using locally grown produce are at all sites.  A project?based learning program includes both River Ecology and Marine Biology courses.  In the Winter Discovery Program, students visit a snow school up to three times within three months for different winter ecology lessons.  They cross-country ski for an hour and then do a winter ecology lesson with a SWEP instructor in a heated yurt with tables, chairs, monitors, and microscopes.  At the annual Earth Day event in Squaw Valley, over 200 hundred TTUSD students share sustainability efforts that schools are making in the areas of energy, waste, and water conservation; run educational outreach booths; lead musical performances; and put on a popular Trashion Show.  >>>>

Southside Student Tends to Plant
A Southside student takes great pride in a plant she has grown from seedling.

Southside Occupational Academy High School, Chicago, Illinois

Southside Occupational Academy is a vocational school of 270 special needs students between the ages of 16 and 22 on Chicago’s south side.  The horticulture class there uses the outside space for gardening various ornamental plants as well as fruits and vegetables.  The custodial course uses green cleaning materials, and includes a landscaping unit, where native plants are used to create rain gardens.  The lawn is maintained by students, who rake the clippings for mulching the school orchard or adding to the growing vermicomposting program.  The agriculture course has students planting trees, perennial bulbs and grasses, and native pollinator habitats.  In carpentry lab, students have constructed honey bee hives for campus, in addition to raising a poultry coop that houses a combined 50 chickens and ducks, and produces over a dozen eggs a day that are used by the culinary lab or sold to fund additional programs.  Public transportation is the best way for students to get from place to place while also helping the environment.  Three times a day, teachers read or play a meditative video or script for students.  Culinary arts, health, and physical education classes all contribute to physical and mental health.  The importance of respecting the environment is incorporated into every class at Southside.  This fortification of environmental literacy incorporated throughout the curriculum has established a culture of young environmental stewards, as well as kind and compassionate young adults  >>>>

Resources and Opportunities

Every Kid in A Park Logo

Every Kid in a Park Continues for Fourth Year

Every Kid in a Park encourages stewardship of public lands by introducing children and underserved communities to park sites, forests, and seashores, as well as recreational opportunities within these spaces.  The program provides free passes to fourth-graders and their accompanying families to access hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for a year. To obtain a pass, a fourth-grader should get an adult’s permission, and then visit www.everykidinapark.gov to complete an educational activity, and download and print the paper pass voucher.  Some state parks are also honoring the pass>>>>

Recycle Bowl

Recycle-Bowl and America Recycles Day Open Registration

Keep America Beautiful offers two fall events to educate and engage school communities. School registration opened Aug. 6 for the Recycle-Bowl (Oct. 15–Nov. 15) competition or to register an America Recycles Day (Nov. 15) event.  >>>>

Stop School Pests

Spotlight on a Resource:  Stop School Pests

Stop School Pests is an online training and professional development course for K–12 employees to reduce pests and pesticides, and improve school health for children and staff by using an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach. Individualized online training, in addition to a general IPM Basics training, is available for facility managers, maintenance staff, administrative staff, teachers, food service staff, custodial staff, landscape and grounds staff, and school nurses. The website is hosted by the IPM Institute of America with support from the North Central IPM Center and the National Education Association, and can be used by anyone wishing to learn more about how IPM can improve school health.  Participants receive a certificate for taking the training after a short quiz at the end of the module. >>>> 

GSCE Logo

2019 Green Schools Conference and Expo Calls for Proposals

The Green Schools Conference and Expo (GSCE) is now accepting session proposals for the 2019 conference, to be held April 8–9, 2019, in St. Paul, Minnesota, in partnership with IMPACT, a regional sustainability conference. Proposals are being accepted under four categories: environmental impact, health and well-being, environmental and sustainability literacy, and whole school/district sustainability. Session proposals must be submitted online by Monday Sept. 24 at 11:59 p.m. CST. >>>>

Rainworks

Registration for EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge Opens in September

The Campus RainWorks Challenge engages with postsecondary students to foster a dialogue about stormwater management and showcase the environmental, economic, and social benefits of green infrastructure practices. The student teams design an innovative green infrastructure project for their campus that effectively manages stormwater pollution while benefiting the campus community and the environment. Participating teams must email their entries to RainWorks@epa.gov by Dec. 14.  >>>>

Project Learning Tree Green Works Logo

Apply for a GreenWorks! Environmental Education Grant by Sept. 30

Project Learning Tree offers grants of up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project that they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment.  The projects partner students with their whole school, local businesses, and/or community organizations, and provide opportunities for student leadership. >>>>

Webinars

Green Strides Design

The Green Strides Webinar Series Continues Through the Fall

The Green Strides Webinar Series has promoted over 1,000 sessions that provide free tools to reduce schools' environmental impact and costs, improve health and wellness, and teach effective environmental education.  Consult the webinar calendar, and submit suggestions for listing additional free, publically available webinars related to school, district, and postsecondary sustainability to ed.green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov. (Note: All times listed are EST.)

Aug. 23, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  NASA Educational Resources for Teaching Life Skills  (NASA)

Aug. 28, 5–6 p.m.  The Importance of Fresh Water (NASA)

Aug. 29, 1–2:30 p.m.  ENERGY STAR Scores and Metrics after the 9/26 Updates (EPA)

Aug. 30, 1–2 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 301(EPA)

Aug. 30, 6–7 p.m.  Robotics on a Budget (NASA)

Sept. 4, 1–2:30 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 101(EPA)

Sept. 5, 3–4 p.m.  Professional Skills in Sustainability (AASHE)

Sept. 5, 6–7 p.m.  From Earth to the Moon (NASA)

Sept. 6, 5–6 p.m.  Solving STEM Problems with Field Study and Data Collection (NASA)

Sept. 11, 1–2 p.m.  Energy Treasure Hunts(EPA)

Sept. 11, 2–3 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 201(EPA)

Sept. 12, 3–4:20 p.m.  The Climate-Friendly Global Academic Conference with a Human Touch (AASHE)

Sept. 13, 1–2 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 301 (EPA)

Sept. 13, 3–4 p.m.  Creating a Participatory School Nutrition Program (FRAC)

Sept. 17, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  Using Earth Observations to Talk about Snow and Ice (NASA)

Sept. 18, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  An Orientation to EPDC Digital Badging (NASA)

Sept. 19, 1–2 p.m.  Saving Water in Restrooms with WaterSense (EPA)

Sept. 19, 3–4 p.m.  How to Build the Best Bike Share Program for your Campus (AASHE)

Events

Green Apple Day of Service Logo

Plan a Green Apple Day of Service at Your School This Fall

A Green Apple Day of Service gives parents, teachers, students, companies, and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe, and productive learning environments through local service projects.  Check out project ideas, pick up helpful event resources, and register your project online.  >>>>.

AASHE 2018 Conference Logo

The 2018 AASHE Conference and Expo Is Oct. 25 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE’s) annual conference is the largest stage in North America to exchange effective models, policies, research, collaborations, and transformative actions that advance sustainability in higher education and surrounding communities. With the theme Global Goals: Rising to the Challenge, the 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo will examine the critical role of higher education in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.   >>>>

NAAEE 2018 Conference Logo

The 2018 NAAEE Conference and Research Symposium to be Held Oct. 913 in Spokane, Washington

For more than four decades, the North American Association for Environmental Education has convened one of the leading annual conferences for environmental education professionals, from classroom teachers and teacher educators, to nature center staff, to climate science researchers, and everyone in between. Averaging 1,000 participants each year, the event is designed to promote innovation, networking, learning, and the dissemination of best practices.  This year’s conference, with the theme EE: A Force for the Future, is in Spokane, Washington. >>>>

Green Clean Schools Image from HSC

Green Clean Schools ISSA/INTERCLEAN Educational Facilities Track Is Oct. 2930 in Dallas, Texas

This two-day program will provide facility directors at schools and universities and their teams with the knowledge and tools necessary to support healthier, safer cleaning programs that promote learning. Together with leaders in the field of green cleaning in schools, participants will examine Healthy Schools Campaign’s 5 Steps to Green Cleaning in Schools, a guide to healthier cleaning in educational facilities, through a combination of case studies, deep dives into practical applications, and panel presentations focused on new and emerging trends in the field of green cleaning in schools. >>>>

A4LE Logo

LearningSCAPES 2018 on Nov. 14 in Chicago, Illinois

Association for Learning Environments ’ mission is to connect those whose passion is to create the best possible physical learning spaces for  encouraging innovation, critical thinking, collaborative teamwork, and other skills in order to empower students to succeed in a rapidly changing world.  Its LearningSCAPES 2018 conference includes educational sessions, keynotes, and a showcase of state-of-the-art tools that move learning into the future through thoughtful school facilities.  >>>>

EDSpaces 2018 Logo

EDspaces Is Nov. 7–9 

in Tampa, Florida

EDspaces is the gathering place for architects, facility planners, designers, administrators, and dealers to learn about trends and experience the latest products and services to enhance student learning through advanced school facilities.  Leaders from school districts and colleges, architects, interior designers, dealers, and exhibitors collaborate in the transformation of physical educational environments.   >>>>

Greenbuild 2018 Logo

 

Greenbuild 2018 to be Held Nov. 

14–16 in Chicago, Illinois

Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. It features three days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops, and tours of the host city's green buildings. >>>>

Connect With Green Strides

Green Strides: Resources for School Facilities, Health, and Environment
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
Facebook: @EDGreenRibbonSchools
Twitter: @EDGreenRibbon
If you received a forwarded newsletter, sign up to receive us directly next month. 

NAAEE eeNEWS             (Posted: 9-7-18)

eeNEWS for September 6, 2018
NAAEE Launching Podcast on Environmental Issues: Imagine If...
Important: We need your perspective on connection-to-nature measures

Schedule your next class trip at Duke Farms!             (Posted: 9-7-18)

Click HERE.

Call for Reviewers and Program Working Group Volunteers for the 2019 Green Schools Conference and Expo             (Posted: 9-7-18)

Click HERE.