Our luncheon speaker will be Dr. Malcolm Butler. author, National Geographic Science Contributor, Exploring Science Associate Professor of Science Education, University of Central Florida. Dr. Butler will share his thoughts about “growing” more scientists by enhancing their science experiences from Kindergarten to college.
2018 NJSTA Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award Summer Institute
Seated (l to r) Tara Sain, Ann Marie Carrick, Nancy Emerick, Lynn Prosen, Laura Dunbar;
Standing (l to r) Sandra Amato, Marisa Castronova, Christine Lijoi, Kathy Ernst, Michelle Greenberg, Patti Duncan, John Huppert, Patricia Wahlsten, Heather Engler, Marie Behnke, Cheryl Zanone, Anita Meelu
The 2018 NJSTA Maitland P. Simmons (MPS) Memorial Award Summer Institute was held at the Math and Science Learning Center (MSLC) on the Busch Campus of Rutgers University, Piscataway from June 25-29, 2018. This presentation served middle school science teachers from throughout the state of New Jersey. Expert educator extraordinaire, Patti Duncan, led an impressive MPS Institute entitled "3D Learning in Today’s Science Classroom: Lessons that Develop Skills and Create Connections." During the entire program, teachers were prompted to consider how each activity could be used in their classroom while confronting the many challenges that such lessons encompass. Patti adeptly guided the teachers through an extremely well-orchestrated selection of hands-on and online activities that provided participants an abundance of new avenues for application in their schools.
This year’s “Simmons Scholars” were presented with many raw materials and guidance for how to make numerous resources for the classroom activities. Patti clearly modeled how educators can create such tools in an economically feasible manner. Teachers were treated to an in-house visit by Beekeepers Rich and Jessica Wyble of the Weeble Wobble Honey Farm in Washington, NJ. These demonstrations and activities showed Scholars how they could integrate aspects of authentic and virtual field trips into their lessons. Teachers gained skills and familiarity of raw materials needed to develop lessons which utilize Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs), Cross Cutting Concepts (CCCs) and Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs). Of note, this group focused on SEPs of Asking Questions, Modeling, Arguing from Evidence, and Constructing Explanations.
The American Chemical Society Recognizes NJSTA Contribution to Science Education
Linda Burroughs, Bobbi Gorman, Linda Smith
Monday night, the 21st of May, saw a phenomenal banquet recognizing members and contributors for their professional and/or academic contributions to the advancement of chemistry through ACS. These included members with 40, 50 and 60 years of research work in this field as well as active teachers and students.
The North Jersey Local of the ACS awarded our NJSTA with a plaque as a “salute to excellence for providing outstanding programming and professional development opportunities to the chemistry teachers of New Jersey. These opportunities have impacted thousands of students.” The plaque continues citing our “commitment and leadership of the NJSTA volunteers [which] promote the ACS mission of advancing the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.” NJSTA president Ms. Linda Smith and NJSTA president-elect Ms. Linda Burroughs accepted the award. Ms. Bobbi Gorman nominated our association, and has been an active member of our group for many years. We appreciate all the work she has done to promote the education of chemical science and her commitment to teaching students.
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