Achieve is thrilled to announce it is seeking applicants for the Science Peer Review Panel!
Achieve's Science Peer Review Panel ("Science PRP") is an elite group of educators who work to evaluate and share high-quality lesson sequences and units that are designed for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Members of the Science PRP are part of the solution to a persistent problem in the science education field: not enough examples of high-quality instructional materials designed for the NGSS.
Join the Science PRP by filling out this online application and connect with a network of educators across the country committed to advancing science education for all students, develop your expertise in the NGSS, and work to make better science instructional materials more widely available to the science education field. This opportunity includes free, valuable professional learning experiences designed to deepen your understanding of the NGSS and the evaluation process for instructional materials.
Here are a few things current Peer Reviewers have to say about participating in the Science PRP:
"I have been able to collaborate and discuss with people across the nation, and connect with some of the best thinkers in the field. I have grown in my understanding of NGSS and what good science instruction looks like. I have had my views challenged, and have been able to develop confidence and my own voice to share ideas about good science instruction."
"The professional growth I am experiencing is at such a higher rate than I have ever experienced before. This has been extremely valuable."
"The best thing about being a PRP member is the team. It is truly amazing experience of being part of this group. The professional learning network that has been created is very valuable to improving my practice."
"Every time I review a lesson or come to a PRP meeting, I grow as a professional"
Those who are accepted to the Science PRP will receive recognition on the Achieve website, a sample press release for your district or organization announcing your acceptance to the Science PRP, and at the end of the year-long commitment, peer reviewers will be recognized with a certificate of excellence.
Any materials that are determined to be high-quality by the Science PRP will be publicly shared on nextgenscience.org/hqngss so educators and curriculum developers across all states and districts can benefit from these materials. Apply to join the Science PRP here, and learn more about it here.
Ideal applicants for this program will have a solid foundation in A Framework for K-12 Science Education, are comfortable navigating the NGSS across content areas (including the Appendices), and will have experience using the EQuIP Rubric for Science. Applicants will be selected based on their ability to make consistent, criterion-based evaluations using the latest version of the EQuIP Rubric for Science and communicate that evaluation clearly.
Achieve is committed to building a diverse panel and strongly encourages people of all backgrounds to apply. Applicants from a mix of rural, urban, and suburban communities will be accepted.
As we expand the Science PRP, we are looking for more representatives from the 6-8 and 9-12 grade bands in particular, but all are welcome to apply.
The responsibilities of the peer reviewers will include:
For answers to common questions, check out the Science Peer Review Panel website.
Achieve thanks Arconic Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Bayer Foundation, and Pisces Foundation for their generous support of the Science PRP, EQuIP Rubric for Science, and for working to ensure all students have access to a quality science education.
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It’s Not Easy Seeing Green: The Complexities of Color Blindness | Bryan Kett | TEDxPasadena
NJSTA received this from the speaker: We hope you find it of interest and useful.
My name is Bryan, and I am a former science educator from Chicago. Over the past year, I had the privilege of writing (and rewriting and rewriting) a TEDx talk on the complexities of colorblindness. In it, I delve into the genetics behind the condition as well as the social and philosophical implications of perspective--a valuable insight for students and staff alike.
This talk embodies my years as an educator and serves as a valuable tool for any science educator to use in their classroom, and I wanted to share it with the NJSTA. You can see the talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdNN5GrD5cM
If you're at all interested, please feel free to disseminate the talk however you see fit. I'd be happy to talk more and help facilitate anything however I can.
Thank you for all you do. It matters a great deal.
Shared by NJESTA:
OXFORD, Ohio (Sept. 1, 2018) – 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.
Please note that the sharing of this information by NJESTA is not an endorsement of the program.
Your students can participate in a real-time video teleconference (VTC) with a scientist at the Palmer LTER Station in Antarctica. Students will learn about Antarctic food web ecology and how scientists are conducting long-term experiments and observations to understand our changing climate.
All VTC's will take place in Winter 2019. We invite you to apply for one of the limited number of spots. Applications are due December 1, 2018.
Please refer to the Polar-ICE web site (click the blue button below) for more information including dates, topics and grade levels.
Free up your hands and focus on the Science
We've received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a PocketLab prototype that can operate with voice commands - letting you run experiments hands-free! The primary application is to make science labs accessible for students with visual impairments. We also think voice assisted labs will be engaging for all students.
Help us develop the best possible product by taking our two minute survey!
Hope you’re having a wonderful day! I’m reaching out on behalf of National Geographic’s inspiring documentary SCIENCE FAIR. We would love to connect with New Jersey Science Teachers Association to share this inspiring film directly with teachers and community members for free during our November screening tour!
Hailed by critics as “immensely likeable,” “brilliant and quirky” and an “ode to the teenage science geeks on who our future depends,” SCIENCE FAIR follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate rivalries, setbacks and, of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at The International Science and Engineering Fair. Watch the trailer here.
If you’re interested in free DVDs and educational materials, please fill out this Google Form and we’ll get back to you shortly: http://bit.ly/ScienceFairScreening. Feel free to pass along our email to other colleagues nationwide - we’re really excited to share this opportunity. Also, if you’d like a preview link of the film, please let me know and we’re happy to coordinate.
From Arizona State University:
I wanted to share a project from Arizona State University and the National Science Foundation that may be of interest to you and your readers, especially around the season for Halloween and “spooky science.”
In honor of the bicentennial anniversary of Frankenstein, we created Frankenstein200, a free, interactive blended learning experience that uses Mary Shelley’s classic tale of monsters and mayhem as a way to engage the public around STEM topics and the ethical challenges of emerging technology.
The experience features an episodic online story game paired with fun, hands-on science activities related to robotics, genetic engineering, and electricity. By teaching a robot how to draw, experimenting with simple machines, or even bringing their own “creature” to life, learners can encounter the same questions Mary Shelley experienced when writing her most famous novel, while developing important 21st century skills of their own related to exploration, discovery, and critical thinking.
These materials are adaptable to home, in class, or after-school activities and can be scaled to individual, small group, or full classroom-based lessons. We were very excited to have Frankenstein200 featured in School Library Journal and Science Friday and hope you will find these resources useful for your community of students and educators.
The New Jersey Association of Middle Level Educators (NJAMLE) is getting excited about our state conference being held at Kean University in March. With Rick Wormeli as our keynote speaker, we are anticipating an incredible turnout. Please consider joining us and sending a team or representative to present and to connect with your middle-level educators.
Link to the Call for Presenters Form: https://goo.gl/forms/nfVfYUeeChXGsYag1
The American Modeling Teachers Association is pleased to offer these courses for Spring and Summer 2019.
Chemistry II (for people who have taken first semester chemistry already)
Brenda Royce and Larry Dukerich will lead the class, which runs from 1-22-2019 till 4-10-2019, from 7 to 10 pm EST.
For details and registration: https://www.eweblife.com/prm/AMTA/rsvp-signup/apply?record=1234
Intro to Modeling (Designed as a first Modeling Course)
The course will meet twice a week; on Monday and Wednesday January 15- April 25, 2019, with leaders Janelle Hollingshead and Matthew Kennedy .
For details and registration:
Advanced Modeling Instruction: Cognition and Instruction in STEM
The seminar is meant for Modelers and will be led by Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz. The class meets from 01/17/2019 - 05/02/2019.
For details and registration:
The 2019 face-to-face Modeling Workshops are posted on the website as we receive the information. Workshops have been planned for Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts and Ohio:
https://modelinginstruction.org/professional-development/upcoming-workshops/summer-2019/ . Workshops are scheduled for physics, chemistry, biology, middle school and physical science.
In celebration of National Chemistry Week (NCW) AACT is sharing a collection of cross-disciplinary resources that make connections between chemistry and this year's NCW theme, Chemistry is Out of this World.
Activity: Aliens Activity
Activity: Planet P-10
Activity: Electromagnetic Spectrum Book
Demo: Emission Spectrum from a Candle Flame
Lab: Mystical Fire Investigation
Demo: Flame Test (Rainbow Demo)
Activity: Chemistry is Out of This World
Activity: The Universe of Elements
Lab: Mass of a Gas
Lab: Build a Spectroscope
Lab: Spectral Detective
Lesson Plan: Alien Invasion
Lab: Rocket Challenge
Lab: Alka Seltzer Rockets
Subject: Evaluating the coherence of science lessons and units with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science.
This two-day workshop is designed to train teachers how to use the Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for science to measure the degree to which lessons and units are designed for the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science.
The purpose of the rubric and review process is to: (1) review existing lessons and units to
determine what revisions are needed; (2) provide constructive criterion-based feedback and suggestions for improvement to developers; (3) identify examples/models for teachers’ use within and across states; and (4) to inform the development of new lessons, units, and other instructional materials.
This workshop is a cosponsored by the New Jersey Department of Education, Liberty Science Center, and Achieve. There is no cost to attend.
Audience: This workshop is most appropriate for K-12 science teachers, building administrators,
and informal educators.
Workshop Dates & Times: December 13-14, 2018 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
There is no cost to participate in the training. Registration, parking, and a box lunch are
provided for day fee for parking. Participants are responsible for their own snacks, beverages, and lunch. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the Café Skyline, located on the second floor of the LSC.
Registration for New Jersey Educators: https://tinyurl.com/EQuIPNJ2018
Registration for New York Educators: https://tinyurl.com/EQuIPNewYork2018
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National STEM Competition Looking For Teachers Like You to Join #eCYBER19!
NSTA is proud to administer eCYBERMISSION, a web-based STEM competition for students in grades 6-9. Guess what? No registration fee! As a community-based STEM program students are encouraged to explore how STEM positively impacts the world around them. We are looking for teachers, like you, to participate as Team Advisors. eCYBERMISSION fits well into classroom curriculum and meets state science standards. Don't miss our early registration deadline on November 21. All students registered to a team by this date receive a FREE STEM Kit. Registration closes in December and projects are due in February. All students who submit a project are recognized for their accomplishment and compete for state, regional and national awards.
eCYBERMISSION is sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
Registration is easy. Please visit eCYBERMISSION.com today! Please direct registration questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237).
Continuing in the tradition started by the Cassini mission to Saturn, Scientist for a Day challenges students in grades 5-12 to think like NASA scientists. They examine real spacecraft images of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, Saturn’s moon Titan, and Jupiter’s moon Europa, then hoose the destination they think would be the best place to return with another spacecraft to learn even more about these amazing worlds.
The essay contest meets various U.S. National Standards for English and Science set by the National Council of Teachers of English / International Reading Association, and the National Research Council.
It also addresses topics covered in Next Generation Science Standards, including:
Middle School - MS-ESS1 Earth’s Place in the Universe MS-ESS1-3. Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system
High School - HS-ESS1 Earth’s Place in the Universe HS-ESS1-6. Apply scientific reasoning and evidence from ancient Earth materials, meteorites, and other planetary surfaces to construct an account of Earth’s formation and early history
Deadline: February 8, 2019
Learn more at:
The American Chemical Society (ACS) will be accepting applications for the 2018-2019 ACS-Hach Professional Development Grant starting October 15.
The grant supports high school chemistry teachers as they identify and pursue opportunities that can advance their professional development and enhance the teaching and learning of chemistry in the classroom.
Teachers can request up to $1,500 to fund their professional development needs such as:
CALLING ALL CREATIVE ARTISTS IN GRADES 1, 2 AND 3 - Be a part of DEP’s Smokey Bear 75th Birthday Calendar Contest
The New Jersey Forest Fire Service invites students to create wildlife prevention messages and poster designs for Smokey Bear’s 75th Birthday Calendar Contest. The contest is being launched during Fire Prevention Week (October 7 – 13) and fire prevention season. School groups and home-schooled students can work on the posters through October. Logistics include:
Contest is open to New Jersey students in grades 1, 2 and 3.
A fire prevention-themed Smokey Bear Poster Coloring Contest that will produce winning posters for Smokey Bear’s 75th Birthday Calendar.
Contest is open through the month of October (Entry Deadline is October 31).
Contest rules are detailed in the attached flier (PDF) or by visiting:
Students must select one of the twelve monthly Wildfire Prevention Themes (listed on the contest flier) and design a poster for that theme.
Teachers can submit up to three poster entries per classroom for the contest (one poster per student).
Completed entries must be mailed to or dropped off at one of the Forest Fire Service’s Divisional Offices (for these locations visit www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/fire/contactus.html )
Winning posters will be included in a printed 2019 Smokey Bear Calendar with classrooms receiving a visit from Smokey Bear.
For additional information about New Jersey’s Forest Fire Service, visit www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/fire/aboutus.html
Download flyer: smokey_bear_calendar_contest_flyer.pdf
This online course is for all educators from pre-K to 12th-grade, including teachers from all academic disciplines, administrators, curriculum specialists, and instructional coaches.
Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions: Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique is suitable for all experience levels – whether you’ve used the Question Formulation Technique before or not. It features videos, readings, online discussions, individual learning experiences, and collaborative exercises with fellow educators. It requires 10 to 12 hours of work. Those who complete the course earn a certificate of completion from Professional Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
October 15 is the deadline to register for The Right Question Institute online course in partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Learn more and register:
Being a member of an NSTA Committee or Advisory Panels is a great way to connect with other science educators and give back to the profession. Applications are now being accepted through December 3rd. You can learn more about the responsibilities of each committee or advisory board by clicking on Standing Committees and Advisory Boards and Panels at https://www.nsta.org/about/governance/.
The Knowles Teacher Initiative supports a national network of mathematics and science teachers who are collaborative, innovative leaders improving education for all students in the United States.
The Knowles Teaching Fellowship is an intensive and cohesive, five-year program that supports early-career, high school mathematics and science teachers in their efforts to develop teaching expertise and lead from the classroom.
Application Deadline: November 25, 2018
For more information about the Teaching Fellows Program, visit:
For application information, visit:
News from STEMconnector
Food Rescuers, this year's National #DayOfDesign mission, tasks students with the mission to apply #STEM innovations to reduce food waste in their school cafeterias and communities.
Click the link below to watch the #DayOfDesign2018 preview video and then sign up and download this free, easy-to-implement, NGSS-aligned, and fun design challenge for National STEM/STEAM Day this November!
“This Mission reminds students that each of us has a role to play in solving complex global challenges at the local level,” said Erin White, Senior Director of Product Development & Research at STEMconnector. “It helps them to make the connection that what they learn in school can actually be applied in the world around them. That these are the skills adults use to solve actual problems. And hopefully that translates into lifelong interest in STEM and problem-solving.”
Students help Fred (a gummy worm) reach a life preserver (a gummy candy shaped like a life preserver) inside his capsized boat (an upside-down clear plastic cup) without falling off, using only four paper clips, and no hands!
FunScienceDemos—and Support Pages
These short science demos depict core science ideas students need to know before high school and support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). A companion site—FunScience Support—offers resources to help teachers extend learning and deepen students' science understandings.
The Science of Baking
This infographic offers simplified explanations of the science of how and why common baking ingredients transform into cookies, cakes, and other baked goods. Teachers can use this visual guide to help students understand what happens during the baking process.
Find more free resources on NSTA's Freebies for Science Teachers page.
As the science education community focuses on how to assess student learning under new science standards, the question of how to determine the quality of potential assessment tasks arises time and again. Today, Achieve is excited to release two new tools intended to assist educators in evaluating science assessment tasks to determine whether they are designed for three-dimensional science standards based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education, such as the Next Generation Science Standards.
The Science Task Prescreen is used to conduct a quick review of assessment tasks to identify any "red flags" - challenges commonly found in science assessment tasks - and determine whether a task is worth a more rigorous evaluation.
The Science Task Screener is used to take a deeper dive into evaluating science assessment tasks. The Screener is organized around four key criteria, each with a set of indicators to help reviewers determine whether the criteria are met and a set of response forms for gathering and analyzing evidence, providing suggestions for improvement, and rating the task. The Screener builds off the criteria in the EQuIP Rubric for Science by more clearly specifying features for the assessment tasks embedded in lessons and units.
If you have questions or are interested in professional development opportunities related to evaluating science assessment tasks, please contact email@example.com. You can also learn more about the broader science professional learning services that Achieve offers, including support for science tasks, here.
The Delaware Riverkeeper Network's Virtual Canoe Race is a fun and easy way for students to learn about watershed science, geography, and history and understand more about their own Delaware River Watershed. Classrooms sign up as a whole 'canoe' and students use teamwork to answer 10 questions a week for 6 weeks. Each right answer earns the team canoe miles that help them to virtually paddle down the length of the Delaware River on our live map. Boats that go the farthest wins prizes in the end!
Classrooms from all over the watershed participate, so this is a great way to demonstrate the vastness of our watershed and teach ecology. The race is designed so that you can easily add it in to an existing STEM curriculum as a quick supplemental exercise or as part of a larger unit.
The Virtual Canoe Race is for classrooms with students aged 14 or younger. This is a great way for your young students to learn about their watershed in a fun and exciting way! If you cannot participate, please help us spread the word by sharing the race with others who would be interested.
The Delaware Riverkeeper Network's annual Virtual Canoe Race to begins on October 1st and is a great learning tool for any classroom!
Learn more and sign up today at http://bit.ly/VCR18! If you have any questions, please contact Connor Roth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The team at UW and CU Boulder is pleased to announce the publishing of a new ACESSE resource to support the process of selecting phenomena that can anchor units of instruction or be used in a scenario as part of a 3D assessment.
Resource E: Selecting Anchoring Phenomena for Equitable Teaching
This pair of workshops is designed to introduce you to the process of selecting phenomena that can anchor an entire unit that supports students’ 3D science learning or that can serve as a basis for a multi-component assessment task. This resource can also be used by individuals wanting to refine their teaching practice around phenomena based instruction. You may have heard a lot about phenomena, but you may also be wondering what exactly they are, and whether using phenomena is any different from how teachers teach today already.
This learning experience will help you:
With respect to the assessment process, this resource supports the task of clarifying learning goals and eliciting evidence of student learning. Specifically, analyzing standards helps to clarify learning goals. In assessment, scenarios present phenomena to students, and then specific prompts are designed to elicit student understanding of core ideas, practices and crosscutting concepts. Once written as a scenario for an assessment, teachers can use the resources introduced in ACESSE Resource B to design specific prompts for their assessments (SEP Task Formats Tool, CCC Prompts Tool). This resource complements Resource C, in that it provides some ways to integrate tools to connect science instruction meaningfully to students’ everyday lives and cultural practices. This workshop has multiple segments, and it is broken into two sessions that last roughly three hours each, which can be organized as a full-day session or across multiple days.
For those of you new to CSSS, ACESSE is a partnership between researchers at the University of Washington and the University of Colorado Boulder and the Council of State Science Supervisors. We are developing and testing resources to help create more coherent and equitable systems of state science education. The resources center on supporting equitable assessment practice and on development of state teams. There’s a link from the CSSS website, and all resources we have developed can be found here. You can follow us on Twitter at @ACESSE_Project.
All of the resources are Creative Commons licensed and can be adapted and used by anyone to support the vision of equitable teaching and learning articulated in A Framework for K-12 Science Education.
NJDOE Science Coordinator, Michael Heinz, created parent information pages about the science standards. Schools are welcome to use them as they are or even rebrand them as their own.
October 21 – 27 "Chemistry is Out of This World."
The North Jersey Section, ACS, is hosting an Illustrated Poem Contest for NCW. Details are on the njacs.org website. The contest is for K – 12 students. There are cash prizes for winners and their teachers. The deadline is Thursday, November 1, 2018.
Our outreach event celebrating NCW, ChemExpo 2018, will be held at Liberty Science Center on Saturday, October 20, from 10 am – 2 pm with lots of hands-on-activities.
Cost is admission to the Center.
Download Entry Form