STRAWS is an educational and inspiring 30-minute documentary film that highlights the devastating levels of straws and other plastic pollution in our waterways and oceans and provides accessible solutions for students and families. Comes with NGSS/STEM/STEAM lessons. The plastic straw issue is a gateway into issues around all plastic pollution, the harm it does to marine animals, how fossil fuels are used to create plastics, and solutions/actions for the students.
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EdReports wants to share a great opportunity for deep professional learning on the Next Generation Science Standards from 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. They are accepting applications for reviewers for the inaugural K-5 review beginning in late June.
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? The K-5 inaugural review will include six K-5 NGSS programs and will have two teams dedicated to each program (K-2 and 3-5 teams), with five reviewers per team. Reviewers can expect the following:
How do I apply? Visit 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 the application task, EdReports will schedule a 30 minute interview to learn more about you and share more about the upcoming review.
APPLY TODAY - Spots are limited and recruitment will conclude once teams fill for this inaugural round.
Thanks for your consideration. Visit https://www.edreports.org/ to learn more about EdReports and its mission.
Does anyone here look familiar to you? You may recognize the person on the left in the top photo as our very own NJSTA President, Cheryl Zanone visiting the NGSS Share-A-Thon at the NSTA National Conference, "This Saturday program brought together many NGSS researchers and programs in one room. Can't find this anywhere else but an NSTA Convention. What an experience!"
Thousands of science educators descended on St. Louis for the premier event of the year: the National Science Teacher's Association National Conference. Teachers representing every grade level and subject area, as well as administrators, scientists, professional development providers and others, came together to explore and share the best ideas and thinking in science teaching. From assessment to materials evaluation and from equity to anchoring phenomena, many of the sessions and events supported the vision of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and three-dimensional teaching.
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At its February meeting, the NSTA Board of Directors voted in favor of changing the association's name from the National Science Teachers Association to the National Science Teaching Association. The board believes this change represents a major shift in NSTA's vision to better connect with a science teaching community that has grown to include many who do not carry the formal title of "teacher."
According to bylaws, the proposed name change requires the approval of the NSTA membership. An electronic ballot will be e-mailed to all members on May 20. Voting closes on June 20 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).
Important! Members who want to receive the ballot, but have opted out of receiving emails from NSTA are asked to visit My Account page no later than May 2 and uncheck the opt out box.
Why Did the NSTA Board Make This Decision?
The new name reflects a broader scope of those in the science teaching community and the many places where science learning takes place. Our goal is to support all those who share our mission to promote excellence in science teaching and learning for all.
NSTA's transformation includes more than a name change. We are excited about the changes ahead as we refocus our programs, services, and products to be more collaborative, personal, interactive, and responsive.
Throughout the year, we will unveil new ways it will support science teaching and learning with enhanced content, new and exciting digital products, more personalized services, and dynamic resources that range from the printed page to social media and virtual learning opportunities.
Questions about opting out or about your membership status?
Join the Members-Only Discussion Forum
A members-only community forum is now available to give all NSTA members an opportunity to share ideas, express opinions, or ask questions about the proposed name change. Click here to sign in and join the conversation.
Not a member? Join here!
Middle school science and high school biology teachers are invited to submit an application to attend a free one-day workshop presented by Project 2061, the science education initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. We are pleased to be able to offer the workshop at two New York locations, thanks to our partners at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY and at Teach for America in New York City.
The workshop, “The Use of NGSS-based Materials to Support Teaching of Middle School and High School Life Sciences and Their Physical Science Prerequisites,” is also open to science specialists or administrators with science curriculum responsibilities.
Led by the Project 2061 research and development team, the workshop will introduce participants to a pair of curriculum units designed to give students a coherent understanding of matter and energy in living organisms:
The workshop will demonstrate how the units tackle some common learning difficulties, including persistent misconceptions that many students have about matter and energy. Participants will also see how the units align with Next Generation Science Standards and will have an opportunity to try out some sample activities and explore online teacher resources that are available with the units.
Teams of two or more middle and high school educators are encouraged to apply, but all team members must submit separate applications. You will be notified by email if you are selected to attend. Certificates of participation in this AAAS-sponsored professional development workshop will be provided to all teachers who attend. A complimentary light breakfast and lunch will be served.
To submit your workshop application, click on one of the locations below:
Submission deadline: June 9, 2019
Presented by the New Jersey Science Convention 2019
The Anton Banko Award for Excellence in Teaching Elementary Science recognizes an educator teaching in grades K-5 who is an outstanding teacher of science. For the finalist the Banko Award covers expenses to attend the New Jersey Science Convention (up to $1000) and $2000 to purchase science supplies at the teacher’s discretion. For the two runners up the Banko Award covers expenses to attend the New Jersey Science Convention and $500 to purchase science supplies at the teacher’s discretion.
The eligibility requirements for the Banko Award are:
To nominate a teacher for the Anton Banko Award, send his or her name, position, school, and contact information by May 15th to Kim Feltre at email@example.com. NJSC will contact nominees to give them the opportunity to complete the application process. The deadline for nominees to complete the application is June 30th.
Questions? Contact Kim Feltre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the NJSC website for details.
A few weeks ago, EdReports released its first middle school science reviews. It took us more than a year to get these reports out the door, but our educator reviewers invested that time because we know how important a high quality, standards-aligned curriculum is for our students and their futures.
As an EdReports content specialist, and science educator for two decades, I recognize that the Next Generation Science Standards are a big shift for the field. Our reports are designed to empower educators with information and evidence to guide their practice—but diving into a report can feel daunting at first.
We want to help. Check out this short guide made to accompany our science reports. In it we highlight three ways to identify if you’re using high-quality science materials in your classroom.
We know that instructional materials are not the silver bullet. But we also know that materials can make a difference in what and how students learn. We hope you’ll share these tips with your colleagues and join the #materialsmatter conversation on Twitter or Facebook.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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One of the major shifts--and common buzzwords--for science assessments is "phenomena." When we asked teachers and researchers to dive into tasks and identify what characteristics in assessments set students up to demonstrate three-dimensional performances, we heard loud and clear that phenomena are one of the most critical features of three-dimensional assessments. What is the role of phenomena in assessments, and why does this matter?
Here's what our experts found:
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Unveiled at its Annual Open House in January, the Rutgers Geology Museum’s newest exhibit shows visitors how tiny space rocks, or meteorites, tell the big story of the formation of the stars and planets.
Through the guidance of Rutgers University’s own resident meteorite expert, Dr. Juliane Gross of the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, this three-part exhibit details the formation history of our Solar System, describes the origin and differences between the types of meteorites, and describes the formation of layered planets, like our own.
Read more: https://geologymuseum.rutgers.edu/about-us-geology-museum/mastodon-musings/240-new-exhibit-on-meteorites-and-planetary-science
The following is information about a wonderful professional development opportunity for teachers fully funded by the FDA.
Foodborne disease outbreaks and food recalls frequent the news. What organisms cause these diseases? What can an individual do to protect themselves from these diseases? What measures are being taken by the federal government to prevent transmission of these diseases?
Science, health, agriculture, and family and consumer science teachers have an opportunity to provide inquiry-based lessons related to these outbreaks, recalls, and nutrition. Lessons can be found in the curriculum Science and Our Food Supply. And, in order to prepare teachers to use these lessons, FDA provides a free multidimensional professional development program that will take place July 21 – 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. Included in the program are transportation to and from Washington and all housing and meal expenses.
During the program, selected teachers will participate in activities such as the following - meet with FDA and USDA scientists to learn about their current research on foodborne diseases and nutrition; work with instructors to learn proper techniques to use in doing all the labs with their own students; and, tour USDA’s farm in Beltsville, MD.
Selected teachers are asked to implement the supplemental curriculum in their classrooms during the 2019- 2020 school year and to do a hands-on workshop on the curriculum for other teachers.
To apply on line – deadline April 24, 2019- go to: http://www.teachfoodscience.org/apply.asp
The Science and Our Food Supply curriculum guides on which the summer program is based are available from this website - http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodScienceResearch/ToolsMaterials/ScienceandTheFoodSupply/default.htm.
We strongly suggest you review these guides before applying for the summer workshop.
For more information, contact Mimi Cooper at email@example.com
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is excited to launch its student contest “I’m the Teacher Now” for a chance to win an iPad and case with an Osmo Creative Kit or Apple Pencil! Six winners will be chosen, two from elementary school, middle school, and high school. Each of the six winners will receive an iPad and case. The elementary school winners will also receive an Osmo Creative Kit, and the middle and high school winners will receive an Apple Pencil.
To enter, create a 1-2 minute original presentation that creatively explains or demonstrates a scientific concept to a student at least one grade younger than you. The contest deadline is Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Make sure to remind students to look at the rubric so they know what we expect of their presentations!
Please share this information with your peers and students so that they can have a chance to win. For more information about the contest, please visit our website at https://orise.orau.gov/stem/k-12/competitions-for-students.html.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail us at STEMEd@orau.org.
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is hosting “Drop Everything and Read About Science” lesson plan competition for educators! K-5 teachers will have a chance to win Osmo Genius Kits, iPads, Coding Games, or Code and Go Mice. We would love for you to be one of the three winners! We are asking teachers to submit an original lesson plan that integrates science and literacy.
The deadline to submit your plan is Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Enter the competition by submitting your lesson plan here: https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/ScienceLiteracyCompetition.aspx. For more information about this contest and our previous contests, visit: https://orise.orau.gov/stem/k-12/competitions-for-educators.html .
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail us at STEMEd@orau.org.