Student Opt-Out of dissect, vivisect, incubate, capture or otherwise harm or destroy animals or any parts thereof as part of a course of instruction
from Michael Heinz,
Science Coordinator. Office of Standards, New Jersey Department of Education
With the start of a new school year, it is an opportunity to gently remind educators of New Jersey Statute 18A:35-4.25. In short, the law requires that a student be offered an alternative to dissect, vivisect, incubate, capture or otherwise harm or destroy animals or any parts thereof as part of a course of instruction. The law has been in place since 2005. The complete Statute is below.
18A:35-4.25 Refusal to participate in certain school activities related to animal dissection , etc.
2. a. A public school pupil from kindergarten through grade 12 may refuse to dissect, vivisect, incubate, capture or otherwise harm or destroy animals or any parts thereof as part of a course of instruction.
b. A school shall notify pupils and their parents or guardians at the beginning of each school year of the right to decline to participate in the activities enumerated in subsection a. of this section and shall authorize parents or guardians to assert the right of their children to refuse to participate in these activities. Within two weeks of the receipt of the notice, the pupils, parents or guardians shall notify the school if the right to decline participation in the enumerated activities will be exercised.
c. Any pupil who chooses to refrain from participation in or observation of a portion of a course of instruction in accordance with this section shall be offered an alternative education project for the purpose of providing the pupil with the factual knowledge, information or experience required by the course of study. A pupil may refuse to participate in an alternative education project which involves or necessitates any harmful use of an animal or animal parts.
d. A pupil shall not be discriminated against, in grading or in any other manner, based upon a decision to exercise the rights afforded pursuant to this act.
Do you know a kid between the ages of 6 and 12 who is eager to help solve problems for the greater good? Put these young minds to the test through ideas4ears, a children’s invention contest that aims to come up with solutions for people living with hearing loss.
To learn more about the contest and how it works, join Lemelson-MIT for a webinar with co-host MED-EL Medical Electronics, who organinzes the contest. MED-EL is a global innovation leader in hearing loss solutions, its founders having been the first to develop the microelectronic multi-channel cochlear implant. Other partners in the webinar include Deaf Kids Code and Invention Convention.
The webinar will give a background into ideas4ears and explain the details of the contest and application process.
Date: October 9, 2019
Time: 3:30 PM PT | 6:30 PM ET
Shireen Hafeez, Founder and President, Deaf Kids Code
Stephanie Couch, Executive Director, Lemelson-MIT Program
Geoffrey Ball, Head ideas4ears Judge & inventor of the VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE middle ear implant, MED-EL
Veronica Lynagh, Director, Invention Convention
Avery Bennett, 2018 ideas4ears invention contest winner
HANDS ON. MINDS ON.
The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision science competition encourages K-12 students to imagine what technology might be like in the future while experiencing scientific process and discovery in an engaging, hands-on way. Let's empower the next generation of inventors, scientists and leaders. It's not too late to register your teams! Deadline for submissions is February 10.
Download our free lesson plans for teachers and register online today!
DEP OPENS NOMINATION PERIOD FOR 2019 GOVERNOR’S ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS PROGRAM
(19/P068) TRENTON –The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection invites those on the front lines of protecting New Jersey’s environment to nominate individuals, businesses or organizations in the public and private sectors for consideration of a 2019 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.
The annual awards recognize outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects by businesses, communities, educators, individuals, institutions, organizations and youth from around New Jersey. Since its establishment in 2000, the program has honored 179 winners for their environmental achievements.
“New Jersey is proud to honor those who work hard every day and set a strong example of what it means to protect the environment,” Commissioner McCabe said. “Past winners of Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards have shown dedication to environmental protection in a variety of sectors, including working to reduce the harmful effects of climate change, increasing sustainable practices or repairing water infrastructure. I look forward to congratulating this year’s winners for their outstanding commitment to our environment.”
Nominations may be submitted through Friday, Oct. 4 in the categories of Climate Change and Clean Air, Water Resources, Health Ecosystems and Habitats, Land Conservation, Healthy and Sustainable Communities, Healthy and Sustainable Businesses, and two categories in Environmental Education: Educator-Led and Student-Led Projects.
The excellence awards program is sponsored by the DEP, New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (I-Bank) and the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology. Award winners will be honored at a luncheon in December.
“Those who safeguard New Jersey’s environment are deserving of special recognition,” said David Zimmer, Executive Director of the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank. “The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards are always an exciting event as they provide us the opportunity to hear about the many projects across the state that are nominated for both their innovation and success in conservation and environmental protection.”
The I-Bank also partners with the New Jersey Department of Transportation to make low-interest-rate loans to government entities for local transportation infrastructure projects.
Completed applications for the 2019 awards program must be received by the DEP by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.
For a 2019 nominating application and other awards information, visit www.nj.gov/dep/awards/.
To learn more about the program, call DEP employee Tanya Oznowich at (609) 984-9802 or email Tanya.Oznowich@dep.nj.gov.
Follow the DEP on Twitter @NewJerseyDEP
COLTS NECK TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS
COLTS NECK, NEW JERSEY 07722
NOTICE OF VACANCY
2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR
SEARCH REOPENED – PREVIOUS APPLICANTS NEED NOT APPLY
LOCATION: Cedar Drive Middle School
QUALIFICATIONS: Valid New Jersey teaching certification as a content specific science
teacher (K-12) authorized to teach general science OR Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6 WITH Middle School Endorsement (6-8) in Science OR Elementary School Teacher (N-8), highly qualified in science.
Position available September 1, 2019. Mail cover letter, resume, copy of certification(s) and 3 letters of reference to Mr. Colin Rigby, Principal, Cedar Drive Middle School, 73 Cedar Drive, Colts Neck, NJ 07722 no later than August 15, 2019 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. EOE
Administration Building 8/07/19
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Conover Road Elementary School 8/07/19
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(1) Webinar: How Do You Measure Equity in a Science Classroom?
Achieve hosted a webinar in July for the 50 State Science Network about how we can use data (beyond state assessments) to move toward more equitable science classrooms. Dr. Deb Morrison of the University of Washington shared her work on Practical Measures, which provide a way to measure both activity in the classroom and how students experience that activity. This allows teachers and leaders to gather data about some of the more difficult-to-measure indicators laid out in NASEM's recent report, Monitoring Educational Equity. These student surveys can provide actionable data about student engagement with learning phenomena, connections to science practices, perceptions of science, and frequency of particular actions in the science classroom. Parallel teacher surveys can also be distributed to see potential differences in perception of activities and experiences in the science classroom. STEM Teaching Tools will soon be releasing an Implementation Guide for Practical Measures.
(2) Upcoming Webinar: Using the NGSS to Change Worlds
Join Achieve's Matt Krehbiel and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers for a webinar - Using the NGSS to Change Worlds - on Thursday, September 12 at 4 p.m. ET. Matt will discuss how the NGSS and similar standards based on the research of the Framework for K-12 Science Education provide a unique opportunity for science educators to change their world and the worlds that their students perceive. He will also share resources that Achieve has developed in the past year as part of ongoing efforts to support educators in their efforts to bring three-dimensional science education to their students. You can register for the free webinar here.
(3) Summer Slow Book Chat on Twitter
TJ McKenna of the University of Connecticut and ngssphenomena.com is hosting a slow book chat on twitter this summer about How We Teach Science, a book by John Rudolph, which examines the history of science education, what's changed, and why it matters. Join the hashtag #HowWeTeachScience twice a month on Twitter to follow the conversation or participate in the online book club. If you're interested in another book study targeted to science educators, check out this opportunity to read and discuss How Climate Change Comes to Matter.
(4) Blog Post: Modeling How Students Can Share Ideas and Make Sense of Phenomena
Aaron Mueller, a science educator in Naperville, Illinois and member of Achieve's Science Peer Review Panel, writes on the NSTA Blog about the importance of building student confidence in sensemaking in the beginning of the year in a science classroom. He emphasizes creating an atmosphere where students feel comfortable sharing their ideas, are unafraid of saying the "wrong" thing, actively engage in discourse, and have ownership in their own science learning.
(5) Equitable Access to Science Education in California
The California Science Teacher Association released a paper that details the challenges of bringing equitable access to science education to all California students. The paper includes information about student needs and barriers to equitable access, teachers' needs to improve practice in support of underrepresented students, why district and school leaders must make equitable access to science education a top priority, and ends with providing recommendations for school district administrators and principals to move their science programs toward providing equitable access to all students.
(6) Back to School: Resources Reminder
As we gear up to begin another school year, don't forget about these great resources that are freely available to support high-quality, three-dimensional science learning!
(7) From Education Week: Don't 'Steal the Aha' From Science Instruction
Check out the response from Linda Tolladay, a 30-year secondary science teacher from California, to Larry Ferlazzo's question of the week: What are the biggest mistakes made in science instruction and what should teachers use instead?
"Teachers need to create lesson sequences in which students first connect with a phenomenon and then are provided with opportunities to explore and explain pieces which lead to a coherent understanding of that phenomenon. This is vastly different from the world of science lectures followed by a confirming lab that epitomized the science learning experiences for many of us currently teaching science. But it is a shift that makes all the difference for students."
Are you experienced with the NGSS? Are you committed to quality instructional materials? If so, APPLY TODAY for an opportunity to share your expertise and review instructional materials with EdReports.
Who is EdReports looking for? EdReports is a by educator, for educator organization. Currently, classroom educators, district specialists, state specialists, non-formal educators, retired educators, and those pursuing advanced science education degrees participate in review.
What are the requirements? The profile of a science reviewer includes expertise in the NGSS and a commitment to quality instructional materials.
What can I expect if selected to be a reviewer? K-5 reviews will have two teams dedicated to each program (K-2 and 3-5 teams), with five reviewers per team. Reviewers can expect the following:
Who is EdReports? EdReports is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower educators with independent, credible, evidence-rich information about instructional materials to ensure students have what they need to be college and career-ready. Visit https://www.edreports.org/ to learn more about EdReports and its mission.
How do I apply? Visit the EdReports website to learn more about becoming a reviewer and complete an application.
Once you apply, an application task will be sent requesting demonstration of your NGSS knowledge. Following receipt of a satisfactory application task, EdReports will schedule a 30 minute interview to learn more about you and share more about the upcoming review.
Spots are limited and new teams are forming soon!
Thank you for your consideration.
The Tuckerton Seaport hosts Saturday morning kayak tours and need some extra helping hands! Volunteers must be comfortable with kayak safety measures, knowledge of the local flora and fauna is a plus but not required. Tours take place every Saturday from 10:30am-11:30am. Kayak route takes place up and down Tuckerton Creek.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Catherine at the Seaport 609-296-8868 email@example.com
I. David Rosenstein worked as a consulting engineer and attorney in the electric industry for 40 years. At various times during his career he worked for utility customers, Rural Electric Cooperatives, traditional investor owned regulated utilities and deregulated power generation companies.
He created a blog to provide simple explanations of different aspects of the electric industry. He has also included a page of industry tutorials that organize the posts into descriptions of the past, present and future of the industry. Those tutorials include sets of study questions that test the reader’s understanding of the presented material.
During his working years, he found that many well meaning people wanted to effect change in the electric industry such as advocating for lower rates or for reduced emissions. However, those efforts were usually ineffective because the advocates did not fully understand the background of electric service and the electric industry. He created Electrifying Americain the hopes of providing that background.
Each post in Electrifying Americais a short description of a different aspect of electric service or the electric industry. Most of the posts include additional explanations through YouTube videos as well as links to more in depth material on the subject matter.
As a teaching tool he has included a page entitled Electric Industry Tutorials. These tutorials assemble the posts into the following three modules:
Module 1: The History of the Electric Industry
Module 2: The Current Status of the Electric Industry
Module 3: The Future of the Electric Industry
At the conclusion of each of these Modules, he has included a series of Study Questions.
While he hopes that the blog is useful for anyone seeking a better understanding of the electric industry, he thinks that it should be especially useful for science teachers and their students.
He is already planning additional posts. However, he is hoping to receive feedback from readers that will suggest additional topics and help me make this even more useful.
Visit the Website: electrifyingamerica.com/
ARLINGTON, Va.—June 27, 2019--Members of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have approved a new name for the organization that better reflects the numerous stakeholders in the K–16 science teaching community and the many places where science learning takes place. Effective immediately, the National Science Teachers Association will be known as the National Science Teaching Association.
“This name change represents a major shift in our vision to better connect with a science teaching community that has grown to include many who do not carry the formal title of ‘science teacher,’” said NSTA President Dennis Schatz. “NSTA’s Board of Directors first voted in favor of changing the association’s name last February and we are thrilled that our members have agreed with this decision.”
“NSTA is the go-to organization for middle and high school science teachers and elementary teachers who provide outstanding science education to our nation’s students,” said NSTA Executive Director David L. Evans. “We are also the go-to organization for museum educators, administrators, curriculum developers, and many more who share a passion for science teaching and learning. Our new name reflects an organization where everyone, wherever they may be, who shares our mission to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all, will find quality programs, resources, and products.”
NSTA will debut a new logo later this fall as part of the rebranding process. In addition, the National Science Teaching Association will provide a broader and richer engagement experience by bringing science and STEM stakeholders together and helping them to better connect, collaborate, and understand the changes taking place with three-dimensional teaching and learning.
The Association is also refocusing its programs to better support science teaching and learning with enhanced content, new and exciting digital products, more personalized services, and dynamic resources, all of which will be unveiled later this year.
“As we build the new NSTA, we will remain focused on our goal to help educators connect, collaborate, and grow professionally. We will continue to provide the trusted, high-quality resources that all stakeholders can use so that students are science literate, workforce ready, and prepared to handle the challenges ahead as global citizens,” said Beth Allan, NSTA President-Elect.
About the National Science Teaching Association
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teaching Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, preschool through college. NSTA’s membership includes approximately 50,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others involved in science education.
2019 GeoSTEM Summer Academy for Elementary and Middle School Teachers: An Earth Science Journey from Ore to Store
2019 GeoSTEM Summer Academy for Elementary and Middle School Teachers
An Earth Science Journey from Ore to Store
August 22, 2019
The origins of our everyday “stuff” is a mystery to most. This workshop will take you on a natural resource journey from ore to store to explore how Earth materials are acquired and refined to create the products on our shelves. The content of this workshop is a perfect fit for elementary and middle school teachers seeking innovative ways to connect students to everyday Earth and Space Science phenomena. The academy will take place at Sterling Hill Mining Museum, which is the perfect living laboratory to host such a workshop given the amazing feats that took place to mine the zinc. Attending teachers will receive classroom resources to effectively tie the content into their curricula related to K-8 Earth and Space Science NGSS. Additionally, six professional development hours will be provided. This event is sponsored by Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
Schedule: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (8:00 AM check-in)
Audience: Elementary and middle school teachers
Logistics: Sterling Hill Mining Museum, 30 Plant St. Ogdensburg, NJ
Mobility: We will be active in the mine which will require some walking. Please let us know if accommodations are needed.
Registration: Space is limited to 30. Registration closes July 31st or when capacity has been met.
Workshop Fee: $30 which includes lunch, snacks, and materials, payable when you arrive at the workshop.
Registration Link: https://forms.gle/pi3p92hQwSMDrEkU8
Workshop Contact: Missy Holzer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can Technology Help Them Learn?
Though parents are understandably leery of too much "screen time" for their children, Education Technology (EdTech) provides teachers with an opportunity to reach their students in ways they couldn't before. When used effectively, educational games, apps and other digital content can increase students' engagement, leading to stronger tech skills and potentially better performance overall. If you have an idea for an educational game or app, join our upcoming EdTech Challenge: Revolutionize Learning for Urban Children. It begins on July 1st and is open to adults 18 and over, anywhere in the world—and there's a $7,000 prize for the winning idea!
Apply Now For Space Foundation’s Teacher Liaison Program
If space and teaching are your passions, the Space Foundation can connect you with other like-minded educators around the globe to share ideas for bringing space activities into the classroom.
Educators from anywhere in the world are invited to apply now to become a Space Foundation Teacher Liaison. This prestigious program helps educators use space themes to strengthen curriculum and inspire student’s interest in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM).
Teacher Liaisons may be any formal or informal PreK-20 educator, in any discipline. Applicants need only demonstrate that they effectively integrate space education within their curriculum.
Membership is free, and includes benefits such as
Robotix4kidz is a Millington, NJ based STEM education program providing eduational opportunities for ages 4-17 years with a focus on artificial intelligence.
Register now for a STAR WARS THEME LEGO CAMP for AGES 4-9
Jun 24, 9:00 AM – Jun 28, 12:00 PM
MARTINSVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER
Visit Robotix4kidz for other summer camp offerings.
Visit Science Friday for many great science and science education resources.
It’s almost that time of the year again! Get your tentacles ready, because Cephalopod Week is almost here. Join us June 21st-28th as we get kraken with new cephalopod content to sink your beak into. In the meantime, here is a great opportunity and some fascinating topics to hold you over until the bonanza begins:
Check out the professional development offerings from the American Museum of Natural History at: PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AT THE MUSEUM THIS SUMMER
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS
How do we begin supporting elementary students in making sense of graphical representations of data?
ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS
Teaching about Cultural Representation with the Old New York Diorama
Integrating Protocols into Classroom Practice
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS
Sounding the Hudson River: Pedagogical Currents
Global Trends in Biodiversity and Their Causes
This workshop will be offered twice this summer.
Analyzing Rock Formation Data to Determine the Geologic History of New York
T. rex: The Ultimate Predator
Science Practices in Darwin’s Garden
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS
Ancient Civilizations of the Andes: The Inca and their Predecessors
Additional information about educational programs can be found here:
AMNH Educator Programs
The Governor’s STEM Scholars program is an innovative public-private partnership among the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, the New Jersey Office of the Governor, the New Jersey Department of Education, the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, and private industries designed to immerse high-achieving STEM students in grades 10 through the doctoral level in New Jersey’s vast STEM economy and to retain that talent in the State. (This is an extracurricular, free program.)
Please visit the website at: http://www.govstemscholars.com/ and review the attached file for more information about this exciting program.
Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in tech, reaching over 185,000 girls in just seven years. Your Girls Who Code Club allows girls to be brave, take risks and build a sisterhood.
We need your help to ensure that all girls not only learn how to code but continue to see themselves as computer scientists.
JOIN THE MOVEMENT!
Launch multiple Clubs!
CONFIRM OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP!
Start a 2019-20 Girls Who Code Club near you!
Renew your Girls Who Code Club for 2019-20!
Thank you for teaching girls to code. Thank you for committing to making a difference --- and thank you for your bravery.
From Jason Learning:
We are excited to share this great opportunity with you to experience EDUCATION IN CHINA. This opportunity comes from our partners at AASA. They are looking for two high school teachers (Science and English) to teach in China for one year. To learn more about each of the positions, please click on the links below.
English Teacher Position
Science Teacher Position
The school: Jiangsu Huangdai High School is one of the best rated schools in the Jiangsu Province. Current enrollment is about 1,600+ students and around 216 faculty and staff.
The city: Suzhou is a major city located in southeastern Jiangsu Province of Eastern China. It is about 62 miles northwest of Shanghai one of world’s largest seaports China’s most famous metropolis.
Duration: Contract for the 2019-2020 academic year to begin in late August. Position duration is ten (10) months with option to renew.
Minimum Qualifications: Current license to teach high school in the United States.
Compensation and Benefits:
Please contact Tara Gao at email@example.com or call 571.721.9585 for further information.
We at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) are committed to providing educators with accurate and engaging resources that enhance teachers' knowledge of Earth system science while also earning graduate credit. Our K-12 Teacher Professional Development programs (below) would be an excellent addition to NJSTA's Professional Development page. In alignment with our grant funding and values, AMS incorporates a special AMS/NOAA initiative into their professional development workshops to promotes minority participation in science. Specifically,
The winners of the 2018 – 2019 World of 7 Billion video contest have been announced! You can watch all of the winning videos and learn more about the winning student filmmakers online now. This year, over 5,500 students participated and we received 2,726 video submissions from schools in 43 countries and 47 U.S. states and territories.
AMTA is a professional organization of teachers, by teachers and for teachers who utilize Modeling Instruction(TM) in their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching practice.
If you are still looking for some top-notch professional development for the summer - look no further!
Each MODELING WORKSHOP has these features:
· Aligned with National Science Education Standards
· Focuses on all 8 scientific practices of NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education.
· Addresses multiple learning styles.
· Addresses student naive conceptions.
· Collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking.
· Systems, models, modeling.
· Coherent curriculum framework, but not a curriculum; thus flexible.
· Compatible with Socratic methods, project-based instruction, PBL, etc.
· Science & math literacy.
· Authentic assessments.
· High-tech and low-tech options for labs
The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) is seeking nominations for Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year, which consists of two awards that recognize the individual achievements and contributions of science educators in their first 10 years of career (Level One) and those beyond 10 years (Level Two).
An ASTE member must submit the nomination. Each recipient receives a plaque, a cash award from Carolina Biological Supply Company, and a tribute in the awards issue of the Journal of Science Teacher Education. Interested educators will find additional details about this award on GetEdFunding, a free website sponsored by CDW•G with a database of thousands of funding opportunities for educators.
Deadline: June 1, 2019, for nominations
Download the “best of the best,” Editor’s Picks from the spring 2019 “Earth Science Sites of the Week” mailing.
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