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Climate change is a major threat to our planet. Educators and their students are invited to collaborate with Rutgers University scientists to explore climate change data and how it can be used to make environmental decisions. Students will present their ideas at the Climate Change Summit 2019 at Rutgers University. This opportunity is for Grades 8-12, and there are only 15 spots available in the program. Please see the flyer for more information and if interested, please apply by June 1 at: https://tinyurl.com/ydaqd3t5
If you have any questions about these opportunities, please contact Christine Bean firstname.lastname@example.org
Middle school science and high school biology teachers are invited to submit an application to attend a free one-day workshop hosted by Project 2061, the science education initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The workshop is also open to science specialists or administrators with science curriculum responsibilities.
The workshop, “Supporting Three-dimensional Learning and Teaching with New Curriculum Materials,” will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2018, at AAAS Headquarters, 1200 New York Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC.
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.
Submit your workshop application here.
Application deadline: July 20, 2018.
The Society for Science & the Public’s STEM Action grant program's .biannual application is now open through June 8, 2018.
The Society’s STEM Action Grant program awards innovative nonprofit organizations, led by social entrepreneurs, that support community based STEM projects and whose work supports the Society’s mission. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to selected candidates and announced in July 2018.
Curious if your organization is a fit for this program? Eligible organizations have 501(c)(3) status, serve at least 25 people, and are not managed by middle or high school students still eligible for the Society’s STEM competitions. We are looking to fund organizations that:
Learn about the organizations funded in the last grant cycle here. We hope you choose to apply by the June 8 deadline, and look forward to learning about the great work taking place in your community.
Society for Science & the Public Website: www.societyforscience.org/
Since the adoption of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science (NJSLS-S) in 2014, educators have been looking for high-quality instructional materials that will support student instruction toward the goals of the science standards. In response to this demand, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is working in collaboration with a group of state education agencies, school districts, classroom educators, experienced science curriculum developers and the science education community to create research-based, open-source science instructional units that align to the NJSLS-S. Once field tested, the materials will be free to use.
The NJDOE is seeking 12 teams comprised of three science teachers, one each from grades 6 to 8 to field test two of the new science instructional units. Each team will participate in four days of professional development in August 2018 and then ongoing sessions throughout the year. The initial trainings will focus on how to utilize the instructional materials. The focus then shifts to providing ongoing support for the pilot teachers.
A comprehensive description of the pilot project, answers to frequently asked questions, and a nomination form can be obtained by emailing Michael Heinz, NJDOE Science Coordinator, at email@example.com. Nominations must be submitted by 4 p.m. on June 8, 2018.
With NGSS requiring Earth & Space Science in high school, some schools are choosing to integrate the NGSS Performance Expectations and DCIs into their existing biology, chemistry, and physics courses. It turns out there are lots of connections to be made between Earth science and chemistry - after all, chemistry is the study of matter, and all of the matter we use comes from the Earth systems. So this begins with the recognition that the Earth is a big sphere of chemicals - how did those elements and compounds form and how did they come together to make the Earth? Then we find that silicate minerals & the rocks made of them constitute 90% of the crust of the Earth, and so are very relevant to the study of chemistry, even though they are currently omitted from introductory chemistry courses.. When we include plate tectonics and weathering in chemistry, we see that the Earth is an active chemical refinery - even making life-and-death differences since chemical composition variations in magma largely determine whether a volcano is explosive or not! This webinar will work on connecting these Earth science facts and processes to topics already in high school chemistry courses, thus opening up literally a whole world of interesting chemistry while also meeting NGSS requirements.
It is worthwhile to note that NGSS asks for both new content and new approaches to teaching and learning. This will result in curricula that contain material that has not been in Earth science courses, nor in physics, chemistry, or biology courses in the past. This necessitates new outlooks for all science educators, making lots of new connections. It will require knowledgeable people from all science disciplines working together to creatively build the Next Generation of science courses that now will include the Earth and Space Sciences.
May 17, 2018 - 4:00 PM Eastern
Register by May 15
Presenter: Martin Schmidt, McDonogh School, MD
Most chemistry books focus on chemistry and on occasion relate it to students’ real lives. ChemCom teaches chemistry through the lens of real life. During this webinar, learn about how ChemCom embraces modeling, NGSS, and hands-on activities to make chemistry relevant and exciting to students. To familiarize yourself with the text before the webinar, visit www.acs.org/chemcom. There, you can also request a review copy. Published in 2012, Chemistry in the Community is still as relevant as ever.
WEBINAR (7-8 PM ET) on May 8, 2018
Presenter: Emily Bones
News from NSTA
The virtual, interactive 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase will feature approximately 200 videos of federally funded projects aimed at improving STEM and computer science in formal and informal environments. Videos cover innovation in elementary through graduate level. Many address broadening participation and increasing access to high quality STEM experiences.
May 14-21, 2018
Join Jackie Meyer, the Science Coaches Associate, as she outlines the benefits for teachers and coaches in the two Science Coaches programs, One-on-One and Teams.
Science Coaches is a joint ACS and AACT educational outreach initiative dedicated to enhancing science skills in students across the United States. The program partners coaches (volunteer chemists) with AACT teacher members in elementary, middle, and high schools. Teachers accepted into the program will have the opportunity to form a valuable relationship with a coach who volunteers face-to-face or through a private, digital forum.
Come learn about One-on-One and Teams partnerships and find out which program will benefit you and your students the most. One lucky attendee will receive a copy of “Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything” by Theodore Gray.
Presenter: Jackie Meyer
Date: May 2, 2018
Time: 7-8 PM ET
Climate change is a major threat to our planet. Educators and their students are invited to collaborate with Rutgers University scientists to explore climate change data and how it can be used to make environmental decisions. Students will present their ideas at the Climate Change Summit 2019 at Rutgers University. This opportunity is for Grades 8-12, and there are only 15 spots available in the program.
Please download the flyer for more information and if interested, please apply by June 1 at: https://tinyurl.com/ydaqd3t5
If you have any questions about this opportunities, please contact Christine Bean firstname.lastname@example.org
NJ teacher Beth Topinka's students created a STEM resource for teachers to spark problem-solving and inspire students to take action in their your own communities.
This year our Phearless Phragmites Phighters team broadened our definition of community to include our entire state of New Jersey. We want New Jersey students to become aware of invasive Phragmites around their towns, and to become motivated to tackle this problem. A technology-based, digital strategy can reach and inform any young person with internet access, so we created an eBook and Virtual Reality experience. To reach the most students, the eBook and Virtual Reality field trip are included in our online teacher kit, PhragKit4Teachers.weebly.com. Most importantly, our kit provides resources to help students throughout New Jersey take action to Phight Phragmites!
Visit PhragKit4Teachers: phragkit4teachers.weebly.com/
Thank you to Barbara De Santis for sharing this information on her blog..
WEBINAR (7-8 PM ET) on April 24, 2018
When one teaches AP Chemistry to sophomores in one year with no previous chemistry course, and at breakneck speed with no breathing room between August and April, review becomes a crucial part of the process. Ask one of my kids what they know about PES in the first week of April and the answer is usually, "What's PES?". As such, one month of review is a vital component in my course. Join Adrian Dingle for a breakdown of what he does to bring his AP students up to speed in the month before the AP exam.
Presenter: Adrian Dingle
Visit Website to Register: teachchemistry.org/professional-development/webinars/ap-chemistry-a-review-plan
Designing Instructional Materials to Support Student Sense-Making in Science Classrooms
Check out the award-winning CLEAN collection of 700 free, ready-to-use, peer-reviewed climate and energy educational resources for middle, high school, and undergraduate learners. The CLEAN collection contains activities, demonstrations, experiments, visualizations, and videos—everything you need to create scientifically accurate lessons on climate and energy. The CLEAN collection can be searched by grade level, resource type, whether or not students work with scientific data, climate and energy topics and climate systems and solutions. Plus, sign up for the free CLEAN STEM Flash e-newsletter that highlights selected resources>>
NASA's Parker Solar Probe will swoop to within 4 million miles of the sun's surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before it. Launching in 2018, Parker Solar Probe will provide new data on solar activity and make critical contributions to our ability to forecast major space-weather events that impact life on Earth.
Launch Window: July 31 - August 19, 2018
You are invited to submit your name for it to be included in a memory card that will fly aboard the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft. You will be able to download a personalized certificate.
Submissions will be accepted through April 27, 2018.
Send your name to the Sun:
Learn more about the Parker Solar Probe:
The Department of Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Health Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Rider University is seeking candidates for a full-time (10 month academic year) non-tenure-track appointment as Lecturer in Biology. The initial appointment will be for three years subject to annual performance evaluation and is renewable based on performance and program need.
Responsibilities of the Lecturer include teaching and service. Teaching responsibilities entail 12 contact hours (4 classes and/or labs) per semester, and will primarily focus on delivery, development and maintenance and academic assessment of our introductory biology curriculum. Service responsibilities primarily focus on student academic advising, but may also include other opportunities within the department, college or university.
Candidates should have Master’s-level or higher degree in a biological science and a strong record in undergraduate education, pedagogy and/or academic assessment.. A PhD or other terminal degree is preferred. Candidates with an interest in STEM pedagogy research are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Rider University community is composed of faculty, staff and students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. Candidates with a demonstrated commitment supportive of the multicultural needs of Rider University and the surrounding community are highly desired.
Please apply to position no. 316002 at http://rider.peopleadmin.com/postings/4899. Applications should include a cover letter with statements of teaching proficiency, curriculum vitae, and three professional letters of reference. Review of applications will begin immediately.
Rider University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, handicap/disability, Vietnam-era/disabled veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other non-job related criteria.
The $0.50 Forever stamps celebrate the role of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in keeping our nation a global leader in innovation. Designed to pique the curiosity of the viewer, each of these four stamps features a collage of faces, symbols, drawings and numbers that represent the complexity and interconnectedness of the STEM disciplines.
S. The science stamp includes parts of both a molecule model and the periodic table of elements as well as a sine wave.
T. The technology stamp features circuitry and binary code.
E. A schematic design resembling that of the command and service modules of the Apollo spacecraft can be found on the engineering stamp.
M. Mathematics is represented by numbers, letters, symbols, and equations, including an infinity symbol, a dodecahedron, pi, and an equals sign.
USPS Stamp Product Page:
USPS Framed Art Product Page:
College of Education and Human Development
College of Science and Mathematics
UTeach (UMass Boston) Clinical Assistant Professor / Clinical Instructor
The College of Education and Human Development and the College of Science and Mathematics invite applications for a non-tenure track, 10-month Master Teacher/Clinical Assistant Professor to work with the UMass Boston UTeach Program beginning Spring 2015. This person will work with and support the Project Co-PIs and Co-Directors to develop, maintain, and ensure the sustainability of the program.
The responsibilities include: (1) teaching undergraduate and graduate STEM teacher preparation courses, focusing on fostering a deep understanding of STEM concepts and processes; (2) supervise practica related to field-based teacher development; (3) advise students; (4) write and administer grants; (5) present at local, state, and national conferences; (6) contribute to the University’s urban mission, to university and departmental committees, and to professional associations. Service at the college, university and professional level is expected, including outreach to schools.
This is a non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty appointment consisting of a 9-month instructional and 1-month summer administrative appointment, for a total of 10 months. Appointment is for no more than 3 years. However, reappointment can occur for as long as the appropriate need and resources exist. Reappointment is also dependent upon continual satisfactory job performance. Standard full-time teaching load is 9 teaching credits per semester, for a total of 18 for an academic year. Additional instructional-related duties connected to student mentoring and program development will be assigned in order to provide persons appointed in this title with the appropriate workload.
Candidates must have a Master’s Degree or equivalent experience (Bachelor’s Degree plus 36 credits), preferably in mathematics education, science education, mathematics, or a science discipline. The candidate must be able to demonstrate (1) a minimum of 5 years as a secondary classroom teacher, with a preference for public school experience; (2) interest in participating in a professional preparation program; (3) expertise in appropriate use of instructional technology; (4) regular participation in state, regional, or national professional organizations and activities; and (5) professional scholarship in the form of publications and/or presentations.
Several new resources were added to the AACT resource library recently. Find one to fit your upcoming unit or lesson, and don't forget to check the AACT website each week for new resources!
FROM THIS ISSUE OF CHEMISTRY SOLUTIONS
Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Join us in New Brunswick for some very special events and a cool new exhibit.
In Search of Earth’s Secrets aims to increase awareness and excitement about ocean/earth science and careers through activities, exhibits and a 40-foot inflatable ship. This program, which is funded by NSF, is the result of a partnership between the International Ocean Discovery Program, Rutgers University, the New Brunswick Free Public Library, the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern NJ, and 4-H.
There will be series of events held between April 25th and May 21st. Pick up an "In Search of Earth's Secrets" Passport and collect all 8 stamps to win a prize!
Information on these events and the exhibit can be found at
https://tinyurl.com/ydgxoaco or on the flyer below.
The Center for Learning with Nature, a non-profit devoted to helping teachers integrate Nature-oriented innovation and STEM learning into their classrooms, is looking for 4th and 5th grade teachers interested in piloting the new Engineering Inspired by Nature kit.
For more details and how to apply, click here or go to: https://goo.gl/forms/IFTnTfT8lcca5OaK2
Applications are due by May 15.
Read more about the Engineering Inspired by Nature curriculum:
The Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP) is a nationally recognized award winning authentic inquiry-based learning and student-centered education project. Students learn how science works by engaging in science research using data from a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars. Students understand how science really works by actually being a scientist.
The Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP) is an immersive and transformational way for students in grades 5 through early college to engage in scientific process and practices through authentic research experiences. MSIP enhances the teaching of traditional courses, such as physical science, Earth science, chemistry, and biology. MSIP also incorporates 21st Century Skills to help students be ready for the STEM workforce.
MSIP can be done through distance learning or as an independent research project. There is no fee to participate in the Mars Student Imaging Project.
WEBINAR (7-8 PM ET) on April 11, 2018
Join AACT and the ACS in celebrating marine chemistry during the upcoming Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW) campaign with the theme, “Dive into Marine Chemistry.”
How does high school chemistry teacher, Michael Morgan, with a background in chemical physics, suddenly (or maybe not so suddenly) end up teaching marine sciences in his chemistry classes? Learn about the odd path he took to incorporate topics from marine sciences, earth sciences, and even a little bit of biology into his chemistry classes. The webinar will feature the roles of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) and the National Science Bowl (NSB). Surfing, scuba diving, sailboat racing, and an ill placed Olympic dream will all be part of the story.
You will also learn about the educational resources ACS provides for this year’s CCEW celebration. More information at www.acs.org/ccew.
Presenters: Michael Morgan, Franciscso Bravo Medical Magnet School, and David Horwitz, Program Manager, Science Outreach, American Chemical Society
Register Now: register.gotowebinar.com/register/7045313557792186882
LITTLE EGG HARBOR TWP. SCHOOL DISTRICT
GEORGE J. MITCHELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
NEW POSTED POSITION
POSITION: STEAM TEACHER
TO BEGIN: September 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019
SALARY: As per negotiated agreement
CLOSING DATE: April 10, 2018
Send a letter of interest, resume, completed application, 3 letters of reference and copies of your certification(s), college transcripts and praxis scores (if applicable) to:
Dr. Melissa McCooley
Superintendent of Schools
Little Egg Harbor School District
307 Frog Pond Road
Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087
WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
POSTED: March 28, 2018
This year's CCEW theme is "Dive into Marine Chemistry!" Engage K-12 students in marine chemistry by covering theme-related articles and activities in class and by participating in your local illustrated poem contest.