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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.
They are also looking for 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:
For more information about the research project or participating, please contact
NSTA Executive Director David Evans will serve with 18 distinguished representatives from business, industry and academia on the new advisory panel appointed by the National Science Foundation to encourage U.S. scientific and technological innovations in education. The STEM Education Advisory Panel will advise a federal panel on matters related to STEM education and update the 2013-2018 Federal STEM Education Five-Year Strategic Plan, which was developed to improve the efficiency, coordination and impact of federally supported STEM education investments. Two NSTA/NCTM STEM Teacher Ambassadors— K. Renae Pullen and Bruce Wellman—and former NSTA President and Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision co-creator Arthur Eisenkraft were also nominated to serve on the panel. Read more about the National STEM Education Advisory Panel here.
Congratuations to Debra Ericksen and Denise Rawding - Recepients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
On June 25, 2018, the White House announced the most recent recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This year's teachers represent K-6th grade educators from across the United States. NJSTA President Linda Smith spoke at the celebration as a representative of PAEMST.
The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of STEM (including computer science) education.
Debra Ericksen from the Adamsville Primary School in Bridgewater, was the Science honoree from NJ.
Debra Ericksen is in her 10th year as an educator, teaching all subjects of fourth grade at Adamsville Primary School for the past five years. She has experience teaching gifted and talented students, English language learners, and special education students within a co-teaching classroom.
Debra is passionate about providing students with opportunities to learn science through interdisciplinary instruction, and has been recognized for her accomplishments through the National Science Teachers Association’s Sylvia Shugrue Award. She is a 2012 graduate of the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. As a school science coordinator, she has chaired science fairs and partnered with local scientists and engineers to work with students. She is a member of the New Jersey Next Generation Science Standards’ Teacher Leader Cohort, and facilitates science workshops for her district and at New Jersey Science Conventions.
Debra’s classroom is a collaborative community of learners who embrace discovery, and persevere through problem solving. She has received several grants providing technology and literacy resources to support student learning.
Debra earned a B.A. in political science from Susquehanna University and a M.B.A. in human resources from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is certified in elementary education, middle school English language arts, and middle school social studies.
The NJ honoree in Mathematics was Denise Rawding from Newark Public Schools
After lunch we will break into groups to participate in an unconference where participants will get to chose the topics they would like to explore more from the morning’s events.
The day will end with a general membership meeting where participants will have a chance to win door prizes and take a more active role in our NJSTA Community.
Breakfast, lunch, award winning speakers, door prizes… all this for only $40. We have extended the early registration rate to July 15th. Don’t miss out on this event!
Looking forward to seeing you August 7th!
Click on the link below to register:
New items have been added to the Environmental Education News website that may interest you!
STATEMENT FROM CATHERINE R. MCCABE UPON BEING SWORN IN AS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION COMMISSIONER
June 19, 2018 TRENTON - Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe released the following statement upon being sworn in today:
"I am honored and grateful to Governor Murphy for giving me this opportunity to lead the Department of Environmental Protection in protecting the quality of our air, water, land and historic and natural resources for all New Jersey residents. I am equally grateful for the talented, experienced and knowledgeable DEP professionals who serve the public every day with such tireless dedication. All of us at the DEP take our responsibilities for protecting resources and public health very seriously.
"The scope and diversity of this agency are truly amazing. We are already moving in the right direction in so many important areas. We are acting swiftly to address climate change by moving New Jersey towards a clean energy future and building our coastal resiliency, as well as taking strong steps to protect the quality of our air and drinking water. We are working hard to improve the quality of life in our cities through brownfield redevelopment and creation of urban parks. Contaminated sites are getting cleaned up thoroughly and in a timely manner. We are preserving ecologically fragile lands and wildlife habitats for future generations. And we are working smarter to conserve resources through innovative sustainability practices.
"But this is just the beginning. We have a lot of work ahead of us. As we move forward, we will always be driven by our commitment to carrying out the law and using the best available science - and we will be equally driven by our shared mission of doing what's right for New Jersey and all of its people. It is our shared social responsibility."
Two Biotech student workshops are being offered by Toms River DNA Learning Center in partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Labs.
Deadline for registration is June 26th
DNA Barcoding for students entering HS and older Registration link https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__goo.gl_forms_c1tXebwFouEsNCDh1&d=DwIFAg&c=4BTEw-1msHjOY4ITcFLmDM6JB8x6ZgbU2J24IH0HZLU&r=gFe9RLzM-bGQsc9iSzACBUKQCZ1x6mT9xO-wogCNRaw&m=_CgFZObfICLlvcbCDI4oMh4DMiuu02O5ftsN318vlqs&s=-VHBecBoFQqBFbyAYBfezAYRSCN3-sIdPsZvhnWqZek&e=
Experience the process of science in this project-based camp. A short "DNA barcode" (about 600 nucleotides in length) is a unique pattern of DNA sequence that can potentially identify any living thing. DNA barcoding projects allow students to link molecular genetics to ecology and evolution-with the potential to contribute new scientific knowledge about biodiversity, conservation biology, and human effects on the environment.
* Extract and amplify DNA from tissue samples
* Use computers to analyze DNA sequences and identify species of origin
* Create phylogenetic trees to display genetic and evolutionary relationship
* Complete an open-ended project to investigate food fraud or study biodiversity
* Fun with DNA
* Construct cell and DNA models
* Use compound microscopes to view the diversity of life at a cellular level
* Extract DNA from plant, animal and bacteria cells
* Use stereo microscopes to observe mutations in fruit flies and roundworms
* Learn about classic Mendelian inheritance and the use of Punnett squares
* Experiment with microbes to study the cause, spread and treatment of some diseases
* Genetically engineer bacteria cells with firefly genes
Director: Christine Girtain email@example.com
Registration Link: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__goo.gl_forms_7ORTvRaqlo0jVa3a2&d=DwIFAg&c=4BTEw-1msHjOY4ITcFLmDM6JB8x6ZgbU2J24IH0HZLU&r=gFe9RLzM-bGQsc9iSzACBUKQCZ1x6mT9xO-wogCNRaw&m=_CgFZObfICLlvcbCDI4oMh4DMiuu02O5ftsN318vlqs&s=PDtOsnRq1bQepnrWJAexCdlH7WClXeuakoqlUKVLFGk&e= DNA is an entry-level course in DNA science. This camp is designed especially for highly motivated students interested in expanding their knowledge of basic genetics and cell biology. Participants are immersed in an environment of hands on activities and laboratory experiments designed to increase genetic literacy, encourage critical and creative thinking, and spark interest in the field of biotechnology.
Director of Authentic Science Research
Toms River High School South
Toms River High School North
Executive Board Member NJESTA
Central Ocean Rotary Scholarship Chair
Rotary District 7500 New Generations Chair
NSTA started its new year on June 1, and our volunteer leadership team has been hard at work.
Greetings District IV NSTA members!
Will you be attending the STEM forum in Philly? If so, join us for a "no-host" dinner on Wednesday, July 11th, at 5:30. We'll meet at the NSTA booth in the exhibit hall. We'll have an opportunity to network and collaborate with colleagues from the tri-state region.
How are you planning to grow as an educator this summer? What are your professional goals? How can NSTA help you meet your goals? Let's open the door to conversation and get started learning and growing!
News from SimpleK12
3-session STEAM event on Saturday, July 7th
Event: STEAM Training for Teachers
Date: Saturday, July 7th, 2018
Time: 10 AM ET
We still have some open spots for this event, so grab yours now.
At this complimentary, online event you'll discover:
Also be sure to check out one of our favorite STEAM tools for registrants!
If you're interested in getting started with STEAM tools in your classroom, make sure you grab your spot at this complimentary, online event now.