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CONTENTS:
Register early for our NGSS Summer Institutes at RVCC to take advantage of the EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION FEE
E&SS Teacher PD and Student competitions
Spaces are Still Available for the HOFNOD Team Leader Training
Conference: Ecological Changes in Northeastern NJ Forests - Implications for Effective Stewardship
Green Schools Network: Conference Countdown: GSCE 2019 Program Highlights
NAAEE: eeNEWS for February 13, 2019
Marine Educator Announcements
NAAEE 2019 Conference News: Call for Presentations is Open
Register Now: Feb 12 Event on Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12
Registration Now Open! 22nd Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable
[Harbor Educators] March Seminar & Professional Development Resources
Teacher Workshop at NJSOC
NAAEE: eeNEWS for January 30, 2019
GSCE 2019 Early Bird Rates Have Been Extended through February 22
The Afterschool Tech Toolkit empowers afterschool professionals - click here
Rutgers Master Gardener of Somerset County Program Announces New Classes for 2019-2020
Fifth Annual UL Innovative Education Competition Launches
Getting Little Feet Wet: Curriculum Workshop for Early Childhood Educators
Tree Seedlings for New Jersey Landowners!
Upcoming E&SS Education Opportunities
Green Strides: January Newsletter
The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education: A Healthy and Sustainable Future
Master Naturalist Course at OCC
Eco-Schools: Turning 10-Kicking Off a Year Long Celebration
i-Tree Newsletter
Dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math, #SaveTheDate for Full STEAM Ahead 4
Conference Countdown: Exhibiting at the 2019 Green Schools Conference and Expo
NAAEE eeNews
PAEE: Conference Scholarships & PD Opportunities
Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve education opportunities and announcements!
Division of Fish and Wildlife: Workshop, Leader Training, Eagle Reports & Survey
SJ News & 2019 Certification & Grant Opportunities
Winter Conference- Just Days Away!
PRISM Science and Math Workshops - Register Now!
Global i-Tree Science and Users Symposium: Discover the Value of Your Forest
OCSCD: Join us for one of our educational programs, workshops or events in 2019!
Register Today! Upcoming Science and Environmental Summit!
Conference Countdown: Registration and Travel for the 2019 Green Schools Conference and Expo
Rutgers Environmental Stewards program at the Middlesex County EARTH Center
PAEE: Call for Workshop Proposals
NJSACC News
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AT LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER
NGSS Workshop Series: Developing and Using Models to Make Sense of Natural Phenomena at RVCC
2019 Environmental Educators Roundtable
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
Invitation for No-Cost; Ready to use Eco Resources!
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
Science and Math Workshops -Montclair State Univ. October-January
Countdown to the Conference - What you NEED to know!             (Posted: 2-19-19)

2019 PAEE CONFERENCE
EARLY BIRD DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 25
Join us in the City of Brotherly Love!
We are so excited to be holding this year's PAEE Conference on March 18 & 19 in the amazing city of Philadelphia!
"Famous as the birthplace of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, Philadelphia delivers one destination, five counties and countless things to do: fascinating museums, vibrant parks, national historic sites and famous (and delicious) food."
Interactive Workshops & Presentations
The 2019 PAEE Conference Committee has collected proposals for interactive workshops, multi-speaker presentations, round tables and panels at the upcoming conference. Take a look at just some of the topics!
  • Why Do We Love to Hate Bugs?
  • Foundations of EE
  • Climate Change in our Watershed
  • Macro invertebrates
  • Urban to Rural and Back Again
  • Epic Fails and When to Bail
  • Teaching Relevant Curriculum for a New Generation of Naturalists

And so many more!
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Is your organization interested in becoming a sponsor?
The Gecko Group
For more information, events and opportunities be sure to follow us on Facebook! 

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 www.raritanval.edu/ngss. Early bird registration ($250/week) ends on March 31.

You may also contact Tina at tina.gandarillas@raritanval.edu 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

E&SS Teacher PD and Student competitions             (Posted: 2-19-19)

NJESTA Annual Conference

Visualizing Natural and Human Changes in Earth Systems

March 16, 2019

Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Palmyra, NJ

 

The NJ Earth Science Teachers Association Annual Conference, Visualizing Natural and Human Changes in Earth Systems, will take place on Saturday March 16, 2019 at Palmyra Cove Nature Park in Palmyra, NJ from 9AM to 3PM.  Our Earth is ever changing naturally and through human activities. Our space-based Earth observing system along with ground-based observations provide documentation of these changes happening at local, regional, and global scales. At the conference you will learn about the latest (student friendly) technologies for monitoring and analyzing the Earth system and how to involve your students in collecting data to monitor and visualize for change in their local area. The topics addressed within the conference include those found in NGSS ESS2 and ESS3. These coupled with selected science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts make the conference a perfect event to gather resources for your NGSS classroom. The conference will take place at Palmyra Cove Nature Park, noted for its extensive open space, environmental education offerings, and Institute for Earth Observations. Join our expert line-up and your colleagues for an inspirational day connecting with Earth systems. For details and to register, go to njesta.org. Registration closes March 8, 2019. Contact Missy Holzer, PhD for additional information at mholzer@monmouth.com.

 

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NJESTA – BTANJ Workshop

Applying Science Practices to Data Collection in The Field

April 6, 2019

Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ

 

Most schools have access to outdoor spaces to collect data related to localized phenomena. However, the challenges in doing so include minimal teacher experience, lack of supplies, safety in the field, and connecting the content to science content in meaningful ways. This one-day workshop will provide support in all these challenges as participants identify ecology and Earth science phenomena and collect field data at Duke Farms to make sense of the phenomena. Join NJ Earth Science Teachers Association (NJESTA) and the Biology Teachers Association of NJ (BTANJ) on Saturday April 6, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ for this middle school and high school level workshop linking core ideas, science practices, and crosscutting concepts. Participants will receive materials that will assist them in replicated field studies in and/or around their school campuses. Professional Development hours will be provided. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Meals included. For details and to register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/njesta-and-btanj-present-applying-science-practices-to-data-collection-in-the-field-tickets-52263726212?aff=ebapi. Alternatively, visit the Duke Farms website (dukefarms.org), click on Classes and Events, and navigate to this event to register. Registration closes March 15, 2019. Contact Missy Holzer, PhD for additional information at mholzer@monmouth.com.

 

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Earth and Environmental Science Educator's Institute:

Connecting Models and Evidence

June 25-27, 2019

Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Palmyra, NJ

 

Join us June 25-27th, 2019 at Palmyra Cove Nature Park in New Jersey. The Earth and Environmental Science Educators' Institute will provide professional development in the use of Model-Evidence Link (MEL) activities centered on current Earth science topics. These 3-dimensional (core ideas, practices, crosscutting concepts) instructional scaffolds facilitate critical thinking, evidence-based reasoning, construction of scientific explanations, and collaborative argumentation to support scientific reasoning within challenging Earth science topics. For more information about the use of MEL diagrams in the classroom, explore this website. This three-day institute is free and a stipend is provided! Applications are open to middle and high school Earth and Environmental Science teachers in the NJ-PA area. Those teaching Earth science content in their courses are also encouraged to apply. Application Deadline: April 15, 2019. https://serc.carleton.edu/mel/prof_dev/NJ_PD_2019.html

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American Geosciences Institute is recruiting teachers for the

11th American Geosciences Institute (AGI)/ExxonMobil Exploration Teacher Leadership Academies

American Geosciences Institute is recruiting teachers for the 11th American Geosciences Institute (AGI)/ExxonMobil Exploration Teacher Leadership Academies, which will be held July 7-12. 2019. Each year teachers meet in Houston for week-long academies at which they learn Earth science content, explore hands-on STEM activities, and gain real-world science experiences. This academy prepares teachers with geoscience teaching techniques, resources, and tools that they can share with their colleagues and students.

Funding from ExxonMobil and AGI covers academy-related costs for the teachers, including travel within the U.S. to Houston, meals, lodging, and educational materials. Participants have opportunities to interact with their peers from other locations, gain skills and knowledge for teaching Earth and space science, and develop plans for presenting effective teacher workshops.

We welcome applicants from all states and school systems serving U.S. students, including those that are part of the DoDEA network and U.S. territories. Teachers are encouraged to come as a team of two to four, from one grade level or several across the K-8 range, so that they can continue to support each other when they return to their local setting. Academy participants will be expected to lead one or more post-academy experience, which can be a workshop, conference presentation, or other professional learning events. We ask that all academy participants share what they learned, help spread geoscience awareness, and apply what they learned to their own students.

We encourage science supervisors, principals, science coaches, and other administrators to nominate teachers for the academy. We recommend that you nominate teachers before April because that is when the application review process starts.  Nominated teachers will then receive more information about how to apply. The application process is competitive and we anticipate having space for up to 30 teachers, and we will continue to accept applications until the academy is full.

For more information go to: https://www.americangeosciences.org/sites/default/files/k8_tla_01282019.pdf

 

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Mapping NJ:

A Mapping Contest Open to all New Jersey Middle School and High School Students!

We are pleased to announce a contest to create New Jersey-themed online maps, using Esri’s freely available ArcGIS Online platform. Teachers: Encourage your students to learn some online mapping skills and create a story map using New Jersey content.  The contest is part of a national mapping competition sponsored by ESRI, the maker of ArcGIS.  Students working alone or in pairs submit their maps to their schools, who in turn submit up to 5 of their best maps to be judged at the state level.  New Jersey may award up to ten Amazon gift cards of $100 each for the top high school and middle school maps ($100 per team, max of 5 high school and 5 middle school). The top high school and middle school StoryMaps will be submitted for judging at the national level. From among all the winners across the nation, Esri will award to one high school and one middle school team travel grants to attend in San Diego July 6-9, 2019.

Important Dates: School must pre-register by March 22 and submit maps by May 1 

For more information about the contest, visit NJ StoryMap Contest  (https://arcg.is/mO8Ou)

or contact mapnjcompetition@gmail.com

 

Free Webinar! - New to ArcGIS Online and Story Maps? Join us for a free webinar “Introduction to Making a StoryMap” on Tuesday, February 26th at 3:30PM. To register, go to: https://goo.gl/forms/tHxlpfvaNQd0r9Zm1

 

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NJ Environthon:

Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge & Technology to Feed the World

Saturday, May 11, 2019

??Great Times Day Camp
223 Ehrke Rd
Waterford Works, NJ 08089

What?
A Natural Resources Problem Solving Competition
Students are presented with a specific topic each year to help them understand the importance of environmental issues. The Current Issue changes each year. 

How?
Students Must Register and Train for the Envirothon
Online Study Guides provided on this website as well as additional resources such as Training Trunks and Training Sessions are available to help students hone their skills and prepare for the Envirothon.

Who?
Welcoming New Jersey's High School Students
Students in grades 9 - 12 from all over the state along with their advisors gather each year to participate in the New Jersey Envirothon Competition.

Why?
Because it’s a great experience for everyone!
Students who participate in the Envirothon are poised to become better-informed, active participants in natural resource management and problem-solving. Educators benefit from the Envirothon as well.

For more information go to: https://www.njenvirothon.org/

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Teacher Resource:

Learning about Earth and space through exploration with Infiniscope

Travel to Mars, discover mysterious small worlds in space and decipher the science of astrobiology – learn and explore together with Infiniscope, NASA and Kahoot!

https://kahoot.com/blog/2019/01/22/learning-about-earth-space-with-infiniscope/

 

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Missy Holzer, PhD
Science Teacher, Chatham HS
Instructor, Rutgers Dept. of Geography

Secretary, NESTA (President 2012-2014)
Executive Board, NJESTA
NASA SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador

 

Spaces are Still Available for the HOFNOD Team Leader Training             (Posted: 2-19-19)

Become a Team Leader and get kids Hooked on Fishing
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Conference: Ecological Changes in Northeastern NJ Forests - Implications for Effective Stewardship             (Posted: 2-19-19)

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Forest Ecology - Save the Date (3/1)

Ecological Changes in Northeastern NJ Forests: Implications for Effective Stewardship

The NJ Academy of Sciences and Raritan Valley Community College are holding a northern NJ forest ecology and stewardship conference on Friday 3/1. The conference is free and open to the public. Click the link below or the flyer (image to the right) for more information.

When: March 1, 2019 (8:30am - 4:30pm)

Where: RVCC Conference Center

Help share the word by forwarding this email to others who may be interested in this opportunity.

NJHEPS | www.njheps.org

NJHEPS | NJHEPS c/o Ramapo College, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Sharp Sustainability Education Center,
Mahwah, NJ 07430

Green Schools Network: Conference Countdown: GSCE 2019 Program Highlights             (Posted: 2-19-19)

Click HERE.

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

Click HERE.

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 gannon@marine.rutgers.edu 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 gannon@marine.rutgers.edu

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 https://njmarineed.wildapricot.org/

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 https://climateinterpreter.org/ and the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation https://climateinterpreter.org/about/projects/NNOCCI

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

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Kaitlin Gannon 
(609) 812 0649 x 206
gannon@marine.rutgers.edu   

http://www.jcnerr.org

NAAEE 2019 Conference News: Call for Presentations is Open             (Posted: 2-6-19)

Click HERE.

Register Now: Feb 12 Event on Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12             (Posted: 2-6-19)

Click HERE.

Registration Now Open! 22nd Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable             (Posted: 2-6-19)

Click HERE.

[Harbor Educators] March Seminar & Professional Development Resources             (Posted: 2-5-19)

We are following up with information about the next time we would like to bring this group of Harbor Educators together in March. In the upcoming meeting, we would like to continue working through the six priorities listed below that were identified in December. As many of you saw in December, space is limited, so please sign up now if you are able to join. Below you will also find a few resources that might be of interest to this group; feel free to share with your networks.

Next Meeting:
Wednesday March 6th
10am – 1pm
Hudson River Foundation
Space is limited – Sign up now

Working Group Priorities:

1.      
Sharing Best Practices
2.       Collective Impact
3.      Networking & Partnerships
4.       Next Gen Science Standards
5.      Field Science & Project-Based Learning
6.       Professional Development

Current Resources:

Thank you to everyone that has been sharing upcoming professional development opportunities since we last met. I’ve compiled a list of a few relevant upcoming events that I thought might be of interest to this group. Please find flyers and additional information for the highlighted events here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1k620pvmqsWJiNRDC3QONNk79cVJIw5_P?usp=sharing

1.      DEP - Professional Learning Opportunities – more information on Google drive

a.      Climate Science Workshop on Thursday February 28th

b.      Professional Learning Opportunities winter – spring 2019 roundup

2.      University of Rochester Health Sciences

a.      Interested in subsistence fish consumption? The University of Rochester Environmental health Sciences Center will be hosting Dr. Kathleen Gray, an expert on environmental health literacy, at 11AM on March 7, 2019. For more information or to attend, contact Katrina_korfmacher@urmc.rochester.edu

b.       The Community Engagement Core of the University of Rochester Environmental Health Sciences Center has partnered with Science Take-Out, a science education company, to develop 8 environmental health “community kits” for use with diverse audiences. Each kit takes around 20 min and is designed to add an interactive, problem-based element to programs related to environmental health.  These kits are available for free download or purchase at www.sciencetakeout.com.  Contact cait_fallone@urmc.rochester.edu for more information

3.       Center for Environmental Learning Foundation (CELF) – Citizen Science in NY Communities training, ideal for any middle school teachers that you work with. Flyer attached, contact Vicky Garufi-victoria@celfeducation.org  for more information; flyer in Google drive

4.      NYC Parks – Upcoming Professional Learning Days – flyer in Google Drive

a.      Project WET Professional Learning Day on Thursday February 21st at the Greenbelt Nature Center

b.      Project Learning Tree: Early Childhood on April 23rd

c.      Population Education Educator Workshop on June 6th (https://populationeducation.org/about-us/)

d.      Project WILD on November 5th

Any questions or comments on this, please feel free to reach out.

TINA WALSH
Director of Education & Outreach

Hudson River Park Estuary Lab

353 West Street
Pier 40, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10014
MAIN 212-627-2020
DIRECT 917-661-8751
twalsh@hrpt.ny.gov
hudsonriverpark.org

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Teacher Workshop at NJSOC             (Posted: 2-5-19)

NJ School of Conservation Teaching Scholar Program: Biodiversity Field Methods
June 24-28, 2019

COST: FREE Scholarships will be funded by National Geographic and Montclair State University. Scholarships include all meals, on-site lodging and educational resources.
This 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 in and around the NJ School of Conservation (NJSOC) 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. The concluding activity will be for the workshop participants 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

Tanya Sulikowski
Environmental Educator/Researcher, NJ School of Conservation 
Montclair State University
1 Wapalanne Road
Branchville, NJ 07826
973-948-4646

NAAEE: eeNEWS for January 30, 2019             (Posted: 1-31-19)

Click HERE.

GSCE 2019 Early Bird Rates Have Been Extended through February 22             (Posted: 1-28-19)

Click HERE.

The Afterschool Tech Toolkit empowers afterschool professionals - click here             (Posted: 1-28-19)

The Afterschool Tech Toolkit aims to empower afterschool professionals and educators with strategies and training so they can provide students with powerful access to technology outside of classroom hours.

This toolkit is for those who lead or oversee out-of-school time programming in various settings including schools, community-based organizations, private organizations, churches, libraries and homeless shelters.

Click HERE.

Rutgers Master Gardener of Somerset County Program Announces New Classes for 2019-2020             (Posted: 1-28-19)

Somerset County – Applications to become a Rutgers Master Gardener of Somerset County are now being accepted.  Classes will be held at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Somerset County Office, located at 310 Milltown Rd. in Bridgewater once a week on Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm from mid-September through March.  The program is open to all Somerset County residents.

Course work includesplant propagation, soils and fertilizers, botany, plant identification, native plants, diagnosing plant problems, pest management, pruning, lawn care, annuals and perennials, tree and shrub care, fruits and berries, vegetable gardens and much more.  The program also requires community service insuch areas as the Garden Helpline, Children's Programs, Public Outreach Events, Extension activities and events throughout the year.

The Master Gardeners receive in-depth training in horticulture from Rutgers University faculty and professional staff.  “I originally was drawn to the program to learn about plants to help me in my own garden,” said Veronica Guarraia' (Class of ‘99).  “Although I did come away with more plant knowledge, the added benefits were meeting many friends and having a better appreciation of nature and our place in it.”

The registration deadline is May 31, 2019.  There is a $250 program fee, which covers a Master Gardener Handbook, soil test kit and 60+ hours of training.  Those interested in joining the program can call 908-526-6293 for more information or visit http://somerset.njaes.rutgers.edu/garden to download the application.


Jill Esposito
RCE Marketing Coordinator
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County
310 Milltown Rd.
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
908-526-6644, ext.2516
http://somerset.njaes.rutgers.edu/
Rutgers Cooperative Extension
            of Somerset County 
                    1917 - 2018
Over 100 Years of Extending Knowledge

Fifth Annual UL Innovative Education Competition Launches             (Posted: 1-28-19)

Click HERE.

Getting Little Feet Wet: Curriculum Workshop for Early Childhood Educators             (Posted: 1-28-19)

Professional Development Workshop for Formal and Non-Formal Early Childhood Educators
Thursday, February 21, 2019 

9:30 am – 12:30 pm


Greenbelt Nature Center

700 Rockland Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10314


Getting Little Feet WET was developed specifically for teachers working with young children (ages 3-6) and in coordination with early childhood experts and educators. Getting Little Feet WET is Project WET’s early childhood curriculum, containing 11 interactive, hands-on activities for young learners to explore different aspects of water - from water properties to water sounds. Each activity offers both Pre-K and K-2 options and is correlated to respective educational standards.

$10 materials fee covers breakfast and workshop supplies. CTLE credit offered.

Please register via Eventbrite to secure your spot: https://gettinglittlefeetwetingreenbeltfeb19.eventbrite.com


Thank you!

Maren Morsch
Environmental Educator
T 718.667.7475 ext.1
F 718.351.3556
E maren.morsch@parks.nyc.gov

NYC Parks
High Rock Park
200 Nevada Ave
Staten Island, NY 10306
nyc.gov/parks

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Tree Seedlings for New Jersey Landowners!             (Posted: 1-28-19)

Get 50 tree seedlings for as little as $18
NJFS LEFT
NJFS Center

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Order yours today! 


https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/forest/nurserycatalog.pdf

- Seedlings available in both conifer and hardwood species
- Minimum order is 50 seedlings, or one packet
- Orders accepted from December to April 1
- Delivery/Pickup between March 15 and April 30 
- For any New Jersey Landowner (no min acreage)
- 50 seedling/packet, 1 species per pack
- $18-$25/pack (depends on species)
- No shipping must be picked up at locations across the state

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where do I plant the trees?
If you own property, you can plant the trees in your yard. If you only need a few trees, split the bundle with your neighbors! Just be sure to keep in mind the tree's size when full grown. 

How big are the trees?
Trees are 1-2 feet tall, depending on the species. 

What does "bareroot" mean?
These seedlings are bareroot meaning, when you receive them, they will not have any soil on the root system. 

For more information, contact the NJ Forest Service Nursery at (732) 928-0029

Like us on Facebook! 
www.facebook.com/newjerseyforests

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Upcoming E&SS Education Opportunities             (Posted: 1-22-19)

Upcoming Earth & Space Science Professional Development Opportunities

RU Geology Museum Annual Open House – Saturday January 26, 2019

Since 1968, the Rutgers Geology Museum has hosted an annual Open House and Mineral sale. The mineral sale is one of the largest in New Jersey and has continued to draw hundreds of visitors every year. Events take place between 9 am and 3 pm in the Geology Museum and Scott Hall on the College Avenue Campus. Check the following links for this year’s list of speakers and activities: https://geologymuseum.rutgers.edu/museum-events/annual-open-house

NJESTA Annual Conference:

Visualizing Natural and Human Changes in Earth Systems – March 16, 2019

The NJ Earth Science Teachers Association Annual Conference, Visualizing Natural and Human Changes in Earth Systems, will take place on Saturday March 16, 2019 at Palmyra Cove Nature Park in Palmyra, NJ from 9AM to 3PM.  Our Earth is ever changing naturally and through human activities. Our space-based Earth observing system along with ground-based observations provide documentation of these changes happening at local, regional, and global scales. At the conference you will learn about the latest (student friendly) technologies for monitoring and analyzing the Earth system and how to involve your students in collecting data to monitor and visualize for change in their local area. The topics addressed within the conference include those found in NGSS ESS2 and ESS3. These coupled with selected science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts make the conference a perfect event to gather resources for your NGSS classroom. The conference will take place at Palmyra Cove Nature Park, noted for its extensive open space, environmental education offerings, and Institute for Earth Observations. Join our expert line-up and your colleagues for an inspirational day connecting with Earth systems. For details and to register, go to njesta.org. Registration closes March 8, 2019. Contact Missy Holzer for additional information at mholzer@monmouth.com.

NJESTA & BTANJ Present:

Applying Science Practices to Data Collection in the Field – April 6, 2019

Most schools have access to outdoor spaces to collect data related to localized phenomena. However, the challenges in doing so include minimal teacher experience, lack of supplies, safety in the field, and connecting the content to science content in meaningful ways. This one-day workshop will provide support in all these challenges as participants identify ecology and Earth science phenomena and collect field data at Duke Farms to make sense of the phenomena. Join NJ Earth Science Teachers Association (NJESTA) and the Biology Teachers Association of NJ (BTANJ) on Saturday April 6, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ for this middle school and high school level workshop linking core ideas, science practices, and crosscutting concepts. Participants will receive materials that will assist them in replicated field studies in and/or around their school campuses. Professional Development hours will be provided. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Meals included. For details and to register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/njesta-and-btanj-present-applying-science-practices-to-data-collection-in-the-field-tickets-52263726212?aff=ebapi. Registration closes March 15, 2019. Contact Missy Holzer for additional information at mholzer@monmouth.com.

Earth and Environmental Science Educator's Institute: Connecting Models and Evidence June 25-27, 2019

Join us June 25-27th, 2019 at Palmyra Cove Nature Park in New Jersey. The Earth and Environmental Science Educators' Institute will provide professional development in the use of Model-Evidence Link (MEL) activities centered on current Earth science topics. These 3-dimensional (core ideas, practices, crosscutting concepts) instructional scaffolds facilitate critical thinking, evidence-based reasoning, construction of scientific explanations, and collaborative argumentation to support scientific reasoning within challenging Earth science topics. For more information about the use of MEL diagrams in the classroom, explore this website. This three-day institute is free, and a $750 stipend is provided! Applications are open to middle and high school Earth and Environmental Science teachers in the NJ-PA area. Those teaching Earth science content in their courses are also encouraged to apply. Application Deadline: April 15, 2019. To apply, visit: https://serc.carleton.edu/mel/prof_dev/NJ_PD_2019.html

Missy Holzer, PhD
Science Teacher, Chatham HS
Instructor, Rutgers Dept. of Geography

Secretary, NESTA (President 2012-2014)
Executive Board, NJESTA
NASA SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador

Green Strides: January Newsletter             (Posted: 1-22-19)

Nominee Submission Deadline is Fast Approaching
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In the January 2019 Green Strides...

In the News

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States Nominate for U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools by Feb. 15

States can submit school, district, and postsecondary institution nominees for U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) between now and Feb. 15.  After a federal review, ED will announce the 2019 selectees in May, notifying honorees via email.  Honored institutions will be invited to send up to five representatives to a fall recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. 

For institutions that have not already been honored (this is a one-time award), now is a great time to begin preparing for the 2020 application cycle by using resources and programs on Green Strides and contacting your state education authority. For future cycles, interested colleges and universities should contact their state higher education authorities, while schools and districts should contact their state education agencies.  Schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions are only eligible if nominated by state authorities.  State education authorities can find award criteria and other state implementation guidance on the ED website and should contact U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for more information.  >>>>

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The 2019 ED-Green Ribbon Schools Director’s Award: Nominations Due March 1

The Director’s Award recognizes state education authorities’ exemplary efforts to administer U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS).  Annually, the Award goes to the state education official who does the most to advance sustainable education in his or her state. If you wish to nominate a state education official, please send your nomination letter to ed.green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov by March 1.  Any state education official who is involved in implementing the ED-GRS award and who has not already won the Director’s Award is eligible for nomination.  Read about the work of past ED-GRS Director’s Award recipients. >>>>

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Consult the Improved Green Strides Website

Launched in 2015, with the generous collaboration of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, Green Strides is ED’s portal for sustainable school resources. The main feature of the site, the Green Strides sustainable resource library, features a comprehensive collection of national and state-specific green school programs, as well as tools and best practice resources. The resource library has recently been updated with even more case studies, toolkits, reports, operational policies, and program opportunities that your school or district may wish to reference in its greening efforts. The site also features a map of all the ED-GRS honorees and a webinar calendar.  Check out the updated site here.  >>>>

Meet the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

This spring, we'll be announcing the 2019 honorees.  In every Green Strides edition until then, continue to learn from 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 on the ED awards page.  Three of the honorees are spotlighted below.  

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Mackintosh parents and kids enjoy the ride on “Bike or Walk to School Day,” an annual event to raise awareness of alternative transportation to school.

Mackintosh Academy, Littleton, Colorado

In May 2015, six students at Mackintosh Academy Littleton (MAL) turned on solar panels on all three campus buildings.  The year before, as part of their International Baccalaureate exhibition project, these students won a $96,000 grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board to bring solar power to MAL.  Installing solar panels has saved the school money, brought about a reduction in the school’s carbon footprint, and provided MAL with seed money to establish a tuition assistance fund, which now supports four students.  MAL was awarded the President's Environmental Youth Award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as two grants from the Colorado Garden Foundation, for researching and planting native plants and installing a hydroponic system in the greenhouse. The school has robust single stream and glass recycling programs and a water bottle filling station.  The school introduced energy-efficient windows, insulation, solar tubes, venting skylights, and motion-activated LED lighting, and makes use of environmentally safe cleaners.  Students cast shadows along the water at the school’s popular solar-powered fountain while enjoying lunch and recess outside.  Middle school students do guided movement before classes, and all students can walk the student-designed meditation path.  Mackintosh supports environmental education with a series of speakers on environmental topics, as well as courses such as How We Share the Planet.  Students use repurposed materials to create designs for energy-saving devices, and they annually analyze solar data.  The school has adopted a nearby park, which students take responsibility for keeping clean.  >>>>

SLUH Weather Balloon

The St. Louis University High School Advanced Placement environmental science teacher and students work to launch the school’s fourth weather balloon, which has been recorded at a speed of 161 miles an hour and altitude of 16.8 miles.

St. Louis University High School, St. Louis, Missouri

Sustainability efforts at St. Louis University High School (SLUHS) are led by a sustainability board, consisting of members of the school administration, corporate leadership team, finance office, maintenance and faculty leadership, science faculty, student sustainability club and garden director. Under this leadership, the school has transitioned to LED lighting, and has added occupancy sensors, faucet aerators, reflective roofing, and insulation. In addition, SLUHS has nearly doubled the amount of landscaped area featuring native, drought resistant plantings.  SLUHS has made progress in protecting students and faculty from airborne chemicals in labs and storage facilities.  It offers yoga and provides free health screenings.  SLUHS ran a sustainability curriculum institute for faculty to design and launch cross-curricular initiatives.  One result was a new required human geography course in social studies, focused on sustainability and deepening coordination with freshman biology.  The school has offered Advanced Placement (AP) environmental science for over 10 years, with 12 percent of graduating students participating, and all of them scoring a three or above on the AP exam.  In addition, many subject assignments explicitly incorporate environmental and sustainability topics such as the environmental impact of mountaintop removal, invasive species, coral bleaching, and alternative energy development.  >>>>

Lanier High Students at Elachee Nature Center

Every year Elachee Nature Center offers students at Lanier High School stream ecology. Lanier students are immersed in project-based learning through real-world STEM activities.

Lanier High School, Sugar Highway, Georgia

Lanier High School is ENERGY STAR certified with a score of 99.  Upgrades include occupancy sensors and lighting retrofits in all classrooms.  Lanier irrigates its athletic fields with reclaimed stormwater and well water.  All landscaping is regionally appropriate and does not require irrigation.  A group of students visits a wastewater treatment plant annually to learn about maintaining healthy drinking water.  Students are involved in hands-on monitoring of a local stream.  Lanier students repurpose water bottles into floral works of art, which are then delivered to cancer patients in local hospitals. Lanier High School has partnered with a textile recycling company to help reduce the volume of textiles being sent to landfill and was the first school in its county to have six designated parking spaces for teachers and students who carpool.  Since 2010, Lanier has partnered with The Clean Air Campaign to implement no idling and ride-the-bus campaigns.  Daily detailing and vacuuming of the facility by custodians removes potential allergens.  The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program actively addresses any emerging infestations.  Humidity is controlled by HVAC systems, and is kept below the 65 percent level necessary for dust mites to thrive.  Cafeteria staff members visit classrooms to teach students about proper nutrition and provide taste tests for locally grown foods.  With grant funding, the school installed a fully functioning outdoor living classroom, which includes garden beds, a butterfly garden, a compost bin, rain barrels, birdhouses, bird feeders, and a bat house.  >>>>

Webinars

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The Green Strides Webinar Series Continues Through Winter

 

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.)

Jan. 23, 12–12:30 p.m.  Portfolio Manager — Ask the Expert (EPA)

Jan. 23, 2–3 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 301 (EPA)

Jan. 23, 5–6 p.m.  Explore Flight with Elementary STEM Science and Literacy Connections (NASA)

Jan. 30, 1–1:30 p.m.  Best Practices for Benchmarking your Building (EPA)

Jan. 31, 2–3 p.m.  Investing in Health: Local Active Transportation Financing Initiatives (Safe Routes to School National Partnership)

Feb. 5, 6–7 p.m.  Home Front Hawai`i:  a Naval Legacy Beneath the Sea (National Marine Sanctuaries)

Feb. 7, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  Virtual Field Trip:  Shalise’s Ocean Support (EarthEcho International)

Feb. 7, 1–2 p.m.  Farm to Early Care and Education in Family Child Care (National Farm to School Network)

Feb. 13, 2:15–4:15 p.m.  Ohio Education Technology Conference (NASA)

Feb. 13, 7:30–8:30 p.m. Using Progressive Skits to Teach Food Chains (Green Teacher)

Events

GSCE

Green Schools Conference & Expo Registration Continues

The 2019 Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE) will be held on April 8?9 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is colocated with IMPACT, USGBC's (U.S. Green Building Council) regional Midwest sustainability conference.  GSCE is the only national event to bring together all of the players involved in making green schools a reality: people who lead, operate, build, and teach in U.S. schools.  Attendees engage in hands-on learning, participate in in-depth discussions and problem solving, and get inspired by speakers at the forefront of connecting sustainability, social justice, and education.  Green Schools National Network members receive early-bird pricing regardless of when they register. >>>>

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Children and Nature Network 2019 International Conference Registration Continues

Join the Children and Nature Network for the largest gathering of children and nature advocates in the world, May 16–18 in Oakland, California. From inspiring keynotes to hands-on workshops, this biennial conference will inspire and equip you with best practices for increasing equitable access to nature for the children, families, and communities you serve.  >>>>

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Students at Western Connecticut Academy for International Studies Elementary Magnet School look down from their building's rotunda.

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The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education: A Healthy and Sustainable Future             (Posted: 1-22-19)

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

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A HEALTHY & SUSTAINABLE

FUTURE IS POSSIBLE!

 

The Cloud Institute is committed to the roles that teaching, learning, and thinking play in contributing to the shift toward a sustainable future.

Our work with schools revolves around the curriculum, instruction, and assessment aspects of Education for Sustainability. We also provide the strategic planning and leadership development support required for lasting school change.

Learn more about our programs and services, and contact us to schedule an onsite visit with Jaimie Cloud.

 

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.

 
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The Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE) is the premier education and engagement opportunity for leaders and advocates who are passionate about the future of healthy, sustainable schools throughout the country and around the world. GSCE is the only event to bring together all of the players involved in making green schools a reality: the people who lead, operate, build and teach in our nation’s schools. Register today @ greenschoolsconference.org.

Join Jaimie for the following workshop sessions:

Monday April 8, 2019 | 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Putting the EfS Benchmarks to Work on the Whole System

Wednesday April 10, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Transforming Curriculum and Instruction for Sustainability

 
Sustainability Summit

Join us for a 3-day Sustainability Summit in Chicago. We'll discuss systems, anticipatory and creative thinking, commons, diversity, multiple perspectives, links to STEM and more.

Summer Design Studio

Our Annual Curriculum Design Studio will once again be held at The Omega Institute. Join us for an immersive Introduction to EfS and 5 Days of Curriculum Design and Coaching.

 
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Master Naturalist Course at OCC             (Posted: 1-22-19)

Registration Open for Barnegat Bay Master Naturalist Course

If you enjoy learning about the wildlife, ecology, and traditions of the Barnegat Bay and sharing what you've learned with others, then the Barnegat Bay Master Naturalist Program is for you! Registration is now open for the spring 2019 training course offered by the Barnegat Bay Partnership (BBP) through the Ocean County College Continuing and Professional Education Department (OCC CPE).

Led by Barnegat Bay naturalist and educator Becky Laboy, the course will get students out on the bay and around the watershed for a true Barnegat Bay experience. Students will learn about marine life, special habitats such as seagrasses and wetlands, birds and other wildlife, native plant identification, forest resources, soil health, Pinelands ecology, and more. During Saturday field trips to local parks and nature centers, participants will hike, kayak, seine, and photograph as they learn from experienced naturalists and field ecologists. The course also includes training in interpretive techniques for educating others about the bay.

The course dates are from April 3 to May 22, 2019 with four Wednesday evening classroom sessions and five Saturday field trips. Visit www.barnegatbaypartnership.org for more information about the course and how to register. Course details are available on page 3 of the OCC CPE spring catalog. Taking the course is the first step in becoming a certified Master Naturalist. After finishing the course, participants who wish to become certified must complete 40 hours of volunteer service within the Barnegat Bay watershed.

One of 28 National Estuary Programs, the Barnegat Bay Partnership brings together community, government, academic, and business groups to collaborate on protecting and restoring the water quality and living resources of the Barnegat Bay and its watershed.

For additional information about the course, contact Karen Walzer at kwalzer@ocean.edu or 732-255-0472 x 2.

Eco-Schools: Turning 10-Kicking Off a Year Long Celebration             (Posted: 1-22-19)

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i-Tree Newsletter             (Posted: 1-22-19)

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Dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math, #SaveTheDate for Full STEAM Ahead 4             (Posted: 1-22-19)

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Save the Date for Full STEAM Ahead 4 - a mini-conference - March 14, 2019

NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Programs in partnership with C. S. Mott Foundation, Kean University, New Jersey Department of Education and the Noyce Foundation Present Full STEAM Ahead! A mini conference dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

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

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

When: Thursday, March 14, 2019

Time: 8:30am - 2:15pm
  • 8:30am - Registration
  • 9:00am - 10:00am - Opening Remarks & Performance
  • 10:15am - 11:45am - Morning Workshops
  • 11:50am - 12:30pm - Lunch
  • 12:45pm - 2:15pm - Afternoon Workshops
Where:   Kean University STEM Building
              1000 Morris Ave
              Union, NJ  07083
             

Cost and registration information is forthcoming.

Conference Countdown: Exhibiting at the 2019 Green Schools Conference and Expo             (Posted: 1-22-19)

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NAAEE eeNews             (Posted: 1-22-19)

eeNEWS for January 9, 2019
Judges Needed for Fifth Annual UL Innovative Education Competition

PAEE: Conference Scholarships & PD Opportunities             (Posted: 1-22-19)

CONFERENCE INFORMATION
APPLY FOR A CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP
Did you know that PAEE offers scholarships to attend the annual conference? Apply by January 18th and join us at the 2019 PAEE Conference in Philadelphia!
SUBMIT A WORKSHOP PROPOSAL
The 2019 PAEE Conference Committee invites proposals for interactive workshops, multi-speaker presentations, round tables and panels at the upcoming 2019 PAEE Conference on Monday, March 18th & Tuesday, March 19th in Philadelphia. 
Is your organization interested in becoming a sponsor?
UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Climate Literacy: Science, Solutions and Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences (MWEE) - Part 1 of 2
Thursday, January 31st
?9:30am - 3:30pm
Shaver's Creek Environmental Center
Petersburg, PA
Getting Little Feet Wet: Curriculum for Early Childhood and Elementary
Wednesday, January 30th
3:45pm - 6:45pm
?Chester County Intermediate Unit
Downingtown, PA
For more information, events and opportunities be sure to follow us on Facebook! 
Nominate an Excellent Environmental Educator for a 2019 PAEE Award
The PAEE annual awards are an important way that our community recognizes excellent environmental educators, programs, organizations and partnerships in Pennsylvania.? Nominating someone for an award is an easy way to celebrate the people that are making an impact in our field.


The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, February 8th.
Conference Scholarships for Pennsylvania K-12 Teachers or Administrators
In partnership with PAEE, the Stroud Water Research Center is pleased to announce that 17 Pennsylvania K-12 teachers and/or school administrators will be awarded $300.00 stipends to attend the 2019 Conference.

The deadline to apply is February 4th.
Note: Scholarship applications for the Ed Silcox Environmental Education Scholarship and Kathleen Lydia Paul Memorial Scholarship must be received by 5:00pm on January 31, 2019.
Webinar: Unique Ideas for Getting Little Hands on the Land - Tues. February 5th, 12:00 to 12:30 pm
Are you looking for new STEAM based ideas for early childhood students in your environmental education programming? Join Julie Travaglini for a webinar exploring new activities to encourage little learners to explore their natural world. Topics explored will include hoop hikes, garden and water dramatic plays and more.

Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve education opportunities and announcements!             (Posted: 1-16-19)

 

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Check out these education opportunities and announcements below!

For questions, contact Kaitlin Gannon at gannon@marine.rutgers.edu or 609-812-0649 x 206


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130 Great Bay Blvd. Tuckerton, NJ


"Fisheries Science and Management, in Support of Sustainable Fisheries." By Dr. Doug Zemeckis

Wednesday January 23rd, 2019

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

"Dune and Beach Management Challenges 

Related to Climate Change." By Dr. 

Norbert P. Psuty

Thursday February 28th, 2019

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

 

"SWMP Seminar! Water Monitoring Data at your Fingertips!" By 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 gannon@marine.rutgers.edu

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

Volunteers needed for Shore Bowl 2019!

Saturday February 2nd, 2019 

7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Cook Campus Student Center at Rutgers University 

 

Shore Bowl is one of the 25 regional competitions of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB). The NOSB aims to encourage the next generation of ocean scientists, educators, policy-makers and stewards.  High school teams from NJ and PA will battle it out in a fun quiz-style competition focused on ocean science and other ocean-related topics.  The winning team will represent our region at the NOSB finals.   

 

Shore Bowl 2019 cannot run without your help! Volunteers are needed to perform a range of essential roles, such as moderator, timekeeper, scorekeeper and judge.  No prior knowledge is needed!

Several training sessions take place mid-January 2019; all volunteers will be required to attend at least one. Learn more at https://shorebowl.marine.rutgers.edu/

To register as a volunteer, please click this link

New Jersey Envirothon

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Teams are needed for New Jersey Envirothon!

Envirothon is a competition in which high school students pursue in-depth knowledge about New Jersey's natural resources and gain skills needed to navigate the complex environmental issues of today and tomorrow. Guided by a local teacher or parent, the participants use online study guides and attend in-person training workshops provided by natural resource professionals from the various sponsoring organizations. Envirothon exists on both a state and national level. The first place winner of the NJ competition heads to compete on a national level. 

For more information, go to https://www.njenvirothon.org/

Other Upcoming Events


Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable. April 17, 2019

Workshops will model lessons and offer support for teachers focused on this year's theme: "Changing Climate, Changing Watershed". Click the link to the Ocean County Soil Conservation District's Website for additional details.

Or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114, or education@soildistrict.org.


Ocean County Soil Conservation District's Annual Poster Contest 

This year's theme for OCSCD's annual Poster Contest is "Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper". One Grand Champion Winner will receive a $50 cash prize and an array of native plants and shrubs valued at $200 for a school garden. Open to children in grades 2-12. Entry deadline for Ocean County is February 28, 2019. See contest details for more information or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114.

Introductory Fisheries Science for Stakeholders (IFISSH) Rutgers Cooperative Extension

This class will meet 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday from January 29 through April 2. Registrants can participate live in-class in Toms River, NJ or remotely via webinar. See flyer for additional details. Contact Kelly Jurgensen at kjurgensen@co.ocean.nj.us or  732-349-1152 to register by January 22, 2019

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Division of Fish and Wildlife: Workshop, Leader Training, Eagle Reports & Survey             (Posted: 1-16-19)

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Learn about the relationship between horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds at the Green Eggs and Sand Workshop June 1-2 at The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor. Participants will not only receive the Green Eggs and Sand curriculum but will have the opportunity to view horseshoe crab spawning and participate in horseshoe crab tagging.
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Become a Team Leader and get kids Hooked on Fishing

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The 2018 reports for Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon management and research are available. Highlights include:

  • 204 Monitored Eagle Nests
  • 30 New Eagle Nests
  • 40 Peregrine Falcon Nests, Six In Natural Cliff Habitats

The reports can be viewed online and are also attached for your convenience.
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Peregrine Falcon Information

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SJ News & 2019 Certification & Grant Opportunities             (Posted: 1-16-19)

Ring in the New Year with New Webinars
Cue the Confetti! Celebrating our 10th Anniversary!

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
321 Districts     828 Schools     Participating
Now accepting applications for the 2019 
Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification cycle.
Applications may be submitted for the first time by any of the deadline dates below. However, it is advantageous to use all three opportunities for feedback throughout the application process. Applicants who begin the process early have a greater chance of success. 

UPCOMING DEADLINES:
  • January 18 - First 2019 Online Application Submission Deadline
  • March 29 - Second 2019 Online Application Submission Deadline
  • June 24 - FINAL 2019 Online Application Submission Deadline
Not sure how to where to begin? Check out our application user guide, view a recorded certification webinar and plan for success using our Master Action Tracking spreadsheet
Two Dates Remaining!
Bring your Green Team to a 
Sustainable Practices Working Session

As part of their commitment to helping schools across New Jersey reach their sustainability goals, the New Jersey School Boards Association, 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. 
February 21-    Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Egg Harbor
February 28-    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!

Support Your Certification Projects with a Grant!
 
PSEG Foundation is contributing $100,000 to support another cycle of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program:
  • Four (4) $10,000 grants to school districts, and 
  • Thirty (30) $2,000 grants to school green teams 
Go HERE for more information and links to application pages.
STEAM Tank 2018 Winners Announced; 
2019 Applications Open

Sponsored and created by NJSBA and the U.S. Army, the STEAM Tank competition, which is modeled after the TV show "Shark Tank," provides New Jersey students a platform to experience real-world problem solving, allowing them to think like entrepreneurs and design and create whatever they can dream using the fields of STEAM - science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. In STEAM Tank, students create innovative products and solutions to problems, which they enter into competition. Winners at the regional level compete in the finals at NJSBA's annual Workshop, before a judging panel of entrepreneurs and business leaders. Applications for the 2019 competition are being accepted now, due by January 31st. Click here for more information.
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President's Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) & Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE)

Nominations open through February 1st
Each year the PEYA program honors a wide variety of projects developed by young individuals, school classes (kindergarten through high school), summer camps, public interest groups, and youth organizations to promote environmental awareness.  Winning projects in the past have covered a wide range of subject areas, including:
  • restoring native habitats
  • recycling in schools and communities
  • construction of nature preserves
  • tree planting
  • installing renewable energy projects
  • creating videos, skits and newsletters that focused on environmental issues 
  • participating in many other creative sustainability efforts
The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Up to two teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions, from different states, will be selected to receive this award. 

Welcome Newly Registered Districts & Schools!      
Burlington County
Marlton Elementary School (Marlton)
Robert B. Jaggard Elementary School (Marlton)
Wilbur Watts Intermediate School (Burlington)
 
Camden County
Loring-Flemming Elementary School (Blackwood)
 
Essex County
George Washington Carver Elementary School (Newark)

Mercer County
Hamilton Township School District 
Hamilton West-Watson High School (Hamilton)
Middlesex County
Old Bridge Township School District
 
Monmouth County
Betty McElmon Elementary School (West Long Branch)
Frank Antonides Elementary School (West Long Branch)
 
Warren County
Lopatcong Township School District
Lopatcong Township Middle School


UPCOMING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

ALLIANCE FOR NJ ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (ANJEE) 
Winter Conference: "A Force for the Future"
Registration information here.
Jan 24th- Pre-Conference Sessions 8:30-3:00pm
Jan 25th Main Conference 8:00-5:30pm
The ANJEE Annual Conference will focus on the power of education to create positive change for the future. EE is a force for building a more civically engaged citizenry. It's a force for creating a more diverse and inclusive movement. It's a force for linking research and practice, and for demonstrating the impact of interdisciplinary education. It's a force for optimizing human potential and delivering excellent educational opportunities for all. Join us as we share ideas and explore ways to create a more sustainable future through the great power of environmental education.

The Friday conference will include hour-long workshops in the following strands:
  • Building Leadership for Environmental Literacy
  • Connecting with Nature
  • Conservation and Environmental Education
  • Educating for Sustainable Communities
  • Green Schools and Career-Connected Learning
  • Linking Research and Practice to Increase Impact
NJAHPERD 100TH ANNUAL CONVENTION
February 24-27 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.

GREEN TEACHER WEBINAR SERIES
Registration information here.
Jan 16- Exploring Learning Stories 7:30-8:30pm
Feb 13- 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. 
Jan 25 -  Westampton, NJ
Feb 1  -   Mahwah, NJ
Mar 1 -    Metuchen, NJ
Apr 26 -  Bridgewater, NJ
May 1 -    Sicklerville, NJ
June 7 -  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.
Jan 18 -   Paterson, NJ
Feb 15 -   Mahwah, NJ
Mar 22 -  Sicklerville, NJ
Apr 12 -   Bridgewater, NJ
May 3 -    Metuchen, NJ
May 31 -     Washington, NJ
 
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
Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey
Forcina Hall, 3rd Floor
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

Winter Conference- Just Days Away!             (Posted: 1-16-19)

Click HERE.

PRISM Science and Math Workshops - Register Now!             (Posted: 1-16-19)

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

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/ilCcsGRzfPMBBauq2

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 13

NEW: Data Integration with NASA's InSight Mission

Elementary students can investigate Mars with NASA’s latest mission, InSight, a mission to study the deep interior of Mars.  Join this 3 hour workshop to learn how to teach K-5 earth and physical science concepts in the context of NASA’s most recent landing on a neighboring planet. Lesson materials, activities and resources will address NJSLS-S (NGSS) science and engineering practices, specifically focusing on “Analyzing and Interpreting Data” and “Designing Solutions.”  Workshop participants will try activities and consider the important standards connections before returning to the classroom ready to implement “out of this world” lessons. 

Facilitator: Karen Woodruff

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 8

Community-based Engineering Design for Elementary Grades, Gr K-5                           

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

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


Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/ilCcsGRzfPMBBauq2

Global i-Tree Science and Users Symposium: Discover the Value of Your Forest             (Posted: 1-2-19)

Click HERE.

OCSCD: Join us for one of our educational programs, workshops or events in 2019!             (Posted: 12-20-18)

December 2018
Join us for one of our educational programs, workshops or events in 2019!
Volunteer & Internship Opportunities Available
Ocean County Soil Conservation District has a variety of volunteer and internship opportunities available. Offer your time and expertise, and gain valuable experience in education and outreach, native plant gardening, natural resource management, graphic design, clerical and office management, and more! Link to our announcement for more details. For further information contact Christine Raabe, District Director, 609-971-7002 ext. 119, craabe@soildistrict.org
Poster Contest offers Cash Prizes for Kids and a Garden for their School!
"Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper" is this year's theme for our annual Poster Contest. One Grand Champion Winner will receive a $50 cash prize and an array of native plants and shrubs valued at $200 for a school garden. Open to children in grades 2-12. Entry deadline for Ocean County is February 28, 2019. Link to OCSCD's website for additional contest details, or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114.
Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable
Save-the-Date for our 22nd annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable on April 17, 2019. Workshops will model lessons and offer support for teachers focused on this year's theme: "Changing Climate, Changing Watershed". Link to OCSCD's website for additional Roundtable details, call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114, or education@soildistrict.org.
Join the 2019 "Envirothon" -  an Environmental Competition for High School Students
In early May, teams of 5 students convene for a day-long problem-solving competition focused on environmental topics including aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and more. Teams can be representatives of their high school, faith-based organization, scout troop, or other organized group. A training session is offered prior to competition day. The winning NJ team moves on to the national competition. For additional details, or to register your team, click below or call (609) 633-2549, or email Rich Belcher, Envirothon Coordinator: Richard.Belcher@ag.nj.gov

Celebrating Our Award Winning Jersey-Friendly Garden!
The Pennsylvania Horticulture Society (PHS) awarded our Jersey-Friendly Garden at OceanFirst Bank Administrative Offices on Hooper Ave in Toms River the "2018 Garden of Distinction". It showcases native and Jersey-Friendly plants which save time and money for homeowners. A reduction in lawn, fertilizer and water usage helps keep our waterways and bay clean and healthy. Native plants provide food, nesting materials and sanctuary for birds, butterflies and beneficial insects. 

Register Today! Upcoming Science and Environmental Summit!             (Posted: 12-19-18)

2019 Delaware Estuary Science & Environmental Summit! Register Today!  

Register today for the 2019 Delaware Estuary Science & Environmental Summit! Space is limited

This three-day event will take place from January 27 through January 30 in Cape May, NJ and will feature more than 100 presentations.

This year's theme is Estuary 2029: Saving Our System Through Collaboration. Since its launch in 2005, the Summit has served as a catalyst for collaboration and brings together experts from diverse sectors who share a common passion for the Delaware Estuary.

Join fellow scientists, educators, students, and others for stimulating presentations on issues that matter to the Delaware River and Bay.
  

Where:
The Grand Hotel
1045 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204


When:
January 27th, 2019 to January 30th, 2019

For more information and to register, please visit https://pdesummit.eventbrite.com   
Caroline Gray
Project Manager
Cooper’s Ferry Partnership
One Port Center
2 Riverside Drive, Suite 501
Camden, NJ 08103
Phone (856) 757-9154
Fax (856) 757-9478
www.coopersferry.com
www.camdencollaborative.com

Conference Countdown: Registration and Travel for the 2019 Green Schools Conference and Expo             (Posted: 12-13-18)

Click HERE.

Rutgers Environmental Stewards program at the Middlesex County EARTH Center             (Posted: 12-12-18)

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 RESMiddlesex.eventbrite.com 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.

PAEE: Call for Workshop Proposals             (Posted: 12-12-18)

SUBMIT A WORKSHOP PROPOSAL!
The 2019 PAEE Conference Committee invites proposals for interactive workshops, multi-speaker presentations, round tables and panels at the upcoming 2019 PAEE Conference on Monday, March 18th & Tuesday, March 19th in Philadelphia.

Each year our membership delivers high-quality workshops that give attendees experiences to take back and apply to their practices, programming, facilities, partnerships and staff. Presentations and workshops should be interactive, engaging and fun, applying best practices in environmental education and interpretation.

NJSACC News             (Posted: 12-12-18)

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Save the Date for Full STEAM Ahead 4 - a mini-conference - March 14, 2019

NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Programs in partnership with C. S. Mott Foundation, Kean University, New Jersey Department of Education and the Noyce Foundation Present Full STEAM Ahead! A mini conference dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

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

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

When: Thursday, March 14, 2019

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

Cost and registration information is forthcoming.
Invitation for No-Cost;
Ready to use Eco Resources!
Click here to learn more!

Panasonic Corporation of North America and the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning are offering NJ educators eco resources ( guide, student workbook, and eco-diaries) 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.
Get Started Today! Register here.

Questions? Email Kim at: fillprograms@outlook.com or call: 718-689-2972
______________________________________________________
Diane Genco
Executive Director
NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities
www.njsacc.org
dianegenco@njsacc.org
NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities, 208 Lenox Avenue, #363, Westfield, NJ 07090

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AT LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER             (Posted: 12-12-18)

JANUARY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AT LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER

In collaboration with ExxonMobil Teacher Workshops, LSC hosts professional development experiences for educators to support their classrooms and school science education programs. Participants also receive access to LSC's general admission exhibits. Workshops are $125 per participant and run from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Reservations are required for all participants.

Jan. 11, 2019
Intermediate Science Sampler (7-12)
It's one of our most popular programs for middle school teachers. Use activities to initiate discussion and introduce areas of scientific inquiry from topology and color vision to a simulation of the spread of communicable disease. Use observable data to draw conclusions and deepen understanding of scientific concepts. NJSLS:S: Structure, Function and Information Processing: MS-LS1-8

Jan. 24, 2019
It's All in the Question (K-12)
Effective hands-on science instruction encourages students to make observations, manipulate data, construct explanations, and design solutions. Learn how to stimulate student thinking by helping them make predictions, plan and carry out investigations, and respond to open-ended questions. NJSLS:S: PS1A: Structure and Properties of Matter; PS2B: Types of Interactions; PS3C: Relationship between Energy and Forces

FEBRUARAY PROFESIONAL DEVELOPMENT AT LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER
In collaboration with ExxonMobil Teacher Workshops, LSC hosts professional development experiences for educators to support their classrooms and school science education programs. Participants also receive access to LSC's general admission exhibits. Workshops are $125 per participant and run from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Reservations are required for all participants.

Feb. 7, 2019
Hidden Worlds Revealed Through the Microscope (7-12)
Learn to use microscopes more effectively by examining pennies, feathers, fingerprints, and preserved and living organisms. Explore concepts of scale, structure, and the functions of tiny items and organisms. Plan and implement investigations that provide meaningful data about the intricacies of items visible only on a microscopic scale. NJSLS:S: Structure, Function and Information Processing: MS-LS1-1

Feb. 26, 2019
Design Thinking in STEM (K-12)
This workshop will unite science investigations, engineering, and coding as teachers explore how design thinking can develop students' creativity, communication, and problem solving skills. Engaging in hands-on and digital design, teachers will discuss how to leverage design thinking to support the NJSLS-S standards and 21st century skills. NJSLS (Science): Design Thinking can be applied to all science standards.

Feb. 28, 2019
Engineering is Elementary (K-5)
This research based elementary engineering curriculum has proven engaging and effective in involving students in STEM units that focus on the Engineering Practices. During this workshop, you will explore a sample curriculum unit and be exposed to many other topics that will engage both teachers and students in pursuing proficiency in the NGSS based Engineering Practices.

MARCH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AT LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER

In collaboration with ExxonMobil Teacher Workshops, LSC hosts professional development experiences for educators to support their classrooms and school science education programs. Participants also receive access to LSC's general admission exhibits. Workshops are $125 per participant and run from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Reservations are required for all participants.

March 14, 2019
Intermediate Science Sampler (7-12)
It's one of our most popular programs for middle school teachers. Use activities to initiate discussion and introduce areas of scientific inquiry from topology and color vision to a simulation of the spread of communicable disease. Use observable data to draw conclusions and deepen understanding of scientific concepts. NJSLS:S: Structure, Function and Information Processing: MS-LS1-8

March 25, 2019
The Power of Mapping Data (K-12)
Amaze your students with the power of mapping and manipulating data. Investigate online mapping technology Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which promotes visualization and manipulation of spatial data. Infinitely adaptable to exploring different science content areas, online GIS promotes digital literacy and critical thinking skills. With a focus on the Crosscutting Concept of Scale, Proportion, and Quantity and the Science Practices of Asking Questions and Analyzing and Interpreting Data, you will reflect on innovative ways to bring mapping and data analysis to your classroom. NJSLS (Science) Disciplinary Core Ideas such as LS4.D Biodiversity and Humans, ESS3.A Natural Resources, ESS3.B Natural Hazards, and ESS3.D Global Climate Change

APRIL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AT LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER

In collaboration with ExxonMobil Teacher Workshops, LSC hosts professional development experiences for educators to support their classrooms and school science education programs. Participants also receive access to LSC's general admission exhibits. Workshops are $125 per participant and run from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Reservations are required for all participants.

April 4, 2019
Developing and Using Models (K-12)
The focus will be on the Science Practice of Developing and Using Models as well as the Crosscutting Concept of Systems and System Models. Deepen understanding of these aspects of NJSLS (Science) and participate in engaging science lessons. Upon reflection on the workshop sample investigations, modify existing science lessons in order to make them better aligned to NJSLS (Science).

April 11, 2019
Explorations in Ecology (7-12)
Uncover the basics of ecology using math, simulations, and graphs to understand predator-prey relationships, population growth, photosynthesis, biome comparisons, and endangered species. This in-depth view of ecological principles is appropriate for grade 6 - 9 teachers. NJSLS:S: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: MS-LS2-2; Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems: MS-LS1-6

MAY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOMENT AT LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER

In collaboration with ExxonMobil Teacher Workshops, LSC hosts professional development experiences for educators to support their classrooms and school science education programs. Participants also receive access to LSC's general admission exhibits. Workshops are $125 per participant and run from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Reservations are required for all participants.

May 3, 2019
Engineering is Elementary (K-5)
This research based elementary engineering curriculum has proven engaging and effective in involving students in STEM units that focus on the Engineering Practices. During this workshop, you will explore a sample curriculum unit and be exposed to many other topics that will engage both teachers and students in pursuing proficiency in the NGSS based Engineering Practices.

May 16, 2019
Integrating NJSLS-S with Common Core ELA and Math Standards (7-12)
The focus will be on learning synergies between NJSLS (Science) and Common Core ELA and Math Standards. Engage in exemplary investigations which illustrate Mathematics and Computational Thinking, Engaging in Argument from Evidence, and Obtaining Evaluation and Communicating Information. Gain mastery in modifying existing science lessons to emphasize connections between NJSLS (Science) and Common Core ELA and Math Standards.

May 21, 2019
Plants and Insects - Perfect Together (7-12)
Explore insect senses and behaviors, then discover how plants reproduce, grow, make food and in some cases even capture and consume insects. Analyze and interpret data related to plant and animal structures, their functions, and their interconnectedness. NJSLS:S: Structure, Function and Information Processing: MS-LS1-1; Inheritance and Variance of Traits: HS-LS3-3

JUNE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AT LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER

In collaboration with ExxonMobil Teacher Workshops, LSC hosts professional development experiences for educators to support their classrooms and school science education programs. Participants also receive access to LSC's general admission exhibits. Workshops are $125 per participant and run from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Reservations are required for all participants.

June 3, 2019
Problem-Based Engineering (K-12)
The focus will be on integrating the NJSLS (Science) Engineering Practices in the science classroom. Participate in problem-based science investigations that use the NJSLS (Science) Engineering Practices. Reflect on this learning, then modify science units and curriculum to integrate NJSLS (Science) Engineering Practices.

June 7, 2019
Math and Science Connection (7-12)
Learn to collect, analyze, and interpret data. Explore patterns, proportion, and quantitative analysis. Work with early calculators, study the applications of probability, explore Platonic solids, and construct flexagons. Learn about Fibonacci numbers, graphing collected data, the golden mean, and more. NJSLS (Science): Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: HS-LS2-2

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

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

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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

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

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

Click 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
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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.

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

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



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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