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Lab Out Loud is a podcast, hosted by two science teachers, that discusses science news and science education by interviewing leading scientists, researchers, science writers and other important figures in the field.
The Socioscientific Issues Approach: Addressing Controversial Issues in the Science Classroom
This week Lab Out Loud welcomes the co-authors of a recent Phi Delta Kappan publication that might give you some insight in how to help prepare students to become scientifically literate citizens by incorporating socioscientific issues in the classroom. David Owens (College of Education, University of Missouri), Troy Sadler (professor of education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro) and Dana Zeidler (university professor of science education, University of South Florida) join co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler to talk about their article and much more.
News from the American Modeling Teachers- Association (AMTA)
The following workshops will be in New York State. To find workshops in other locations, visit the AMTA Summer 2018 Workshops page.
Dates: July 9-12
Columbia University – Teachers College
Storm King HS Cornwall-on-Hudson
State University of New York - Buffalo State College Dept. of Physics
Dates: July 23-Aug 10th
NJ Audubon's Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville, NJ
July 23 to 27, 2018
Application deadline is March 15, 2018
New Jersey Audubon’s Teacher’s School of Ecology sponsored by Ashland, Inc. is a week-long program for elementary and middle school teachers. The program offers in-depth experiences that use inquiry as a basis for building effective field studies and understanding environmental issues. All activities and learning support STEM + Art concepts and skills as well as the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core.
Lessons will be drawn from a spectrum of topics including water quantity and quality, sustainable land use and environmental practices, and native species protection and invasive species control. We will focus on a different set of issues each day and provide field experience, lessons and resources to support your existing curricula. Also included will be information on the Eco-Schools New Jersey program that supports sustainable practices through the development of school-based eco-teams.
The institute will include outdoor activities as well as indoor problem solving—both focused on the local area. By connecting the classroom to the real world, teachers can help students become more aware of the world around them, take an active role in preserving their local environments and acquire the critical thinking, problem solving and basic life skills necessary to become informed global citizens.
For more information contact: Kelly Wenzel at 908-396-6506 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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ExxonMobil Exploration and the American Geosciences Institute invite school administrators to nominate elementary and middle level teachers to attend a week-long academy at which they will learn Earth science content, explore hands-on STEM activities, and gain real-world science experiences. These academies will be held in Houston for elementary school teachers June 24–29 and for middle school teachers July 22–27.
Deadline: April 15
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The award recognizes innovative classroom teachers who use the LEGO brick to advance student learning. Awardees will present their work at the Tufts University STEM Education Conference in Boston on June 5–7. Flights and accommodations will be provided.
Deadline: April 15
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The contest is open to K–12 schools and youth-serving organizations that aim to create more opportunities for students to engage in hands-on, interdisciplinary learning through making. Ten organizations will each receive a $10,000 grant maker professional development for two staff members and travel support to attend CrossRoads 2018, Infosys Foundation USA's annual education conference.
Deadline: March 6
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The American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) wants to know how we can best support the professional development needs of teachers. Please complete our professional development survey by February 28th to share your thoughts. It takes less than 5 minutes, and three participating teachers will receive a $100 Amazon gift card!
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You are invited to a free PD session for high school biology teachers and middle school life science teachers at the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, March 3 (snow date, March 10), 9-12 AM. This PD will include:
If you plan to attend, please register by filling out the form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfR71QugDqdcFbxOP3TEn07uAZDqIvHjgMMAKaw0dCcD8wndg/viewform?usp=sf_link. Please register by Tuesday, February 27. We will provide Act 48 credits to participating teachers.
This PD session will be held in Room 115, Leidy Lab in the Biology Department of the University of Pennsylvania. Leidy Lab is located at 3740 Hamilton Walk. A map is available at https://www.facilities.upenn.edu/maps/locations/leidy-laboratories-biology (for an expanded map and directions, click on View on the Campus Map). Three-hour metered parking is available on Spruce St. and on 38th St. north of Spruce St. If you want to pay to park in one of Penn's lots or parking garages go to http://cms.business-services.upenn.edu/parking/lot-locations-and-daily-rates.html for information.
Find out how you can use chemistry content to enhance K – 8 learning – even if you are not a chemistry teacher!
More Information: teachchemistry.org/professional-development/webinars/but-i-don-t-teach-chemistry
Take Advantage of Early Bird Registration for The NSTA Virtual Conference
Teaching ControversialTopics in Science
Saturday, March 3
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. ET
Register before February 16 and Save $10!
Science teachers play an important role in preparing students for the responsibilities of active citizenship. To do that, science educators often find themselves teaching controversial topics, but few feel well prepared. How can teachers approach these sometimes controversial science topics in their classrooms?
Join us for a virtual conference on Teaching Controversial Topics in Science.
This virtual conference is designed to provide teachers with principles and strategies that may be applied to a wide variety of topics and settings. At the end of this virtual conference, you will:
Conference Presenters and Agenda
David L. Evans
Norman G. Lederman
The four-hour experience is composed of a series of four consecutive presentations with three fifteen-minute breaks in between each session, designed for participants to rest and move to the corresponding virtual room. All sessions will be archived, allowing all registered participants the opportunity to watch the presentations on-demand, when convenient.
Modeling Instruction is designated as an Exemplary K-12 science program and a Promising Educational Technology program by the U.S. Department of Education. Modeling Workshops™ are peer-led. Content is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials and work through activities alternately in roles of student or teacher, as they practice techniques of guided inquiry and cooperative learning. Models and theories are the purpose and the outcomes of scientific practices. They are tools for engineering design and problem solving. Thus, modeling guides all other practices.
Each MODELING WORKSHOP has these features:
This summer, Modeling Workshops™ are hosted in physics (mechanics, E&M, waves), chemistry (first and second semester), biology, physical science, middle school science, curriculum development and a few one-week long Intro to Modeling sessions:
New Jersey City University's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education offers a wide variety of teacher preparation programs to meet the needs of our nation's schools. Currently we are seeking candidates in following two categories: (a) To serve as a mentor teacher for our pre-service teachers and (b) Supervisors.
Description of Mentor teacher(s) position:
Mentor teachers (or cooperating teachers) work closely with our secondary pre-service teachers. As a part of teacher certification requirement, pre-service teachers are placed in a science classroom for practicums and internships (currently known as Clinical experience and Clinical practice). Clinical experience students visit twice a week to the secondary classroom, whereas clinical practice students spend entire semester (15 weeks) in a science classroom. We are seeking Earth science mentor teachers to host our pre-service teachers. Mentor teachers receive stipend for hosting the students.
Description of Supervisor position:
Supervisors observing clinical experience students visit them 3 times a semester and receive 1/2 credit compensation for each student. Supervisors observing clinical practice students visit 7 times a semester and receive 1 credit for each student. Supervisors can be any experienced science teachers or district science supervisors who are available during daytime to make school visits.
New Jersey City University is located in Jersey City, New Jersey and most of our candidates are placed in Jersey City, Bayonne, Elizabeth and Union city school districts.
If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, please contact:
Dr. Vanashri Nargund-Joshi
Department of Elementary & Secondary Education/ Department of Biology
New Jersey City University
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Act now! Apply by January 15! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recruiting teachers and education leaders to bring public health into classrooms across the United States and beyond. Selected fellows tour CDC’s state-of-the-art facilities and collaborate with CDC scientists to design innovative lessons, and to learn curriculum design and teaching strategies that engage students in math and science using today’s emerging public health topics (e.g. Opioid epidemic, Ebola virus, Hurricane preparedness, Zika virus, Teen violence, Obesity, and more).
Who? Teachers and educational leaders
When? July 16-20, 2018
Where? CDC Headquarters (Atlanta, GA)
How? Apply Now through January 15, 2018
For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/careerpaths/scienceambassador.
The Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey's South Jersey Summer Institute for Educators is a unique approach to addressing the readiness of the future workforce. The Institute gets to the heart of the issue by exposing area teachers to the South Jersey economy, the skills, traits and characteristics businesses look for when hiring employees. For more than 20 years, this three-week intensive program has graduated nearly 500 area teachers. These teachers incorporate the lessons learned at the Institute into their teachings and reach more than 50,000 students – our future workforce.
The 2018 South Jersey Summer Institute for Educators will run from July 9 – July 27, 2018.
The application deadline is March 23, 2018
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Achieve is excited to announce the expansion of 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 the 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.
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The mission of the NJ Sea Grant Consortium is to promote the wise use of New Jersey’s marine and coastal resources through research, education and outreach.
Book an in-school program or field trip. Learning about special events and programs. SIgn up for the education mailing list. Download resources for your lessons.
Resources for Educators: njseagrant.org/education/resources-for-educators/
There are two opportunities for educators who have attended an EdCamp. Choose one.
(1) Apply for a grant.
These grants are for educators who want to build upon what they learned at an Edcamp. They are extending the impact of an Edcamp experience.
The goal is to increase a teacher's capacity to bring about change in the classroom. While some of the grant may be used for classroom supplies, the focus is on teacher growth and learning. The grant might be for taking a class, shadowing a colleague, attending a conference or initiating a start-up project in their school community. It all depends on what you want to build upon from the Edcamp that you attended. In what do you want to become more proficient? What can you learn that will serve your students, both this year and for years to come?
These grants are for teachers who are willing to take the time to become the best that they can be for the students in their classrooms!
Click here for information: www.edcamp.org/node/2393
The new grant quarter will open soon.
(2) Apply to be a grant reader.
If you are not applyng for a grant, the EdCamp Foundation needs volunteers to read entries and assist in the selection of winners. This is a 10-20 hour commitment, training included. If you are interested in adding this experience to your resume, please email: JUSTINE@EDCAMP.ORG
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Planet Stewards Education Project (PSEP) provides formal and informal educators with sustained professional development, collaborative tools, and support to build a scientifically-literate public actively engaged in environmental stewardship that conserves, restores, and protects human communities and natural resources related to NOAA's mission.
Learn more about this project and how you may be eligible for up to $2500 to carry out an environmental stewardship action project.
Thank you to NSTA for this information.
In this webinar from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), attendees will explore how to integrate technology and focus on the "three Cs" of technology implementation—creation, curiosity, and collaboration. This session will include actionable advice for educators with plenty of examples of tech-infused lessons to help students meet learning goals while also developing vital digital citizenship skills. The goal is to help attendees shift their thinking to embrace the "tasks before apps" mindset. The presenter will include an overview of how to incorporate digital tools into everyday lessons and long-term units as well as an exploration of her favorite mobile apps and websites for student creators. This session is perfect for educators with access to a variety of tools, including Chromebooks, laptops, iPads, and smartphones.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Districts will soon be working on plans for using funds under the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Will science and STEM be part of your district's ESSA plan? Join us for a webinar on November 14—co–hosted by Achieve and NSTA—where natinoal and district leaders will provide ideas you can use to improve student science outcomes in your district, and develop strategies around your district's science plans that can be incorporated into ESSA implementation.
Learn more and register:
Educators of America are driven to not only supply teachers and educators with the classroom technology they need, but also train them to use it in the most effective ways possible. If you are a teacher that is in need of an effective technological tool that will assist in bettering student achievement, not only in your classroom, but throughout your entire institution, take the time to fill out our grant application. The classroom technology grant applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis and responses are given accordingly (January, April, July, October).
More iformation and application: www.educatorsusa.org/educator-and-technology-grants
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Technology is all around us. From smartphones to voice assistants and self-driving cars, our world is becoming increasingly high-tech. Fios.Verizon.com believes technology has a place in every discipline — and studying its role in our lives is critical for students of all ages. Share your tech-focused lesson plan, and you could win up to $1,000 for classroom supplies, educational subscriptions and apps for your students, and more.
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Inspiring a new generation of inventors.
The Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.
Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams™ are comprised of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. STEM educators from the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, and territories of the U.S. may apply.
The initial application is available online each October and due at the beginning of April for grants to be awarded for the following academic year.
The Bayshore Center at Bivalve invites you to the NEW Delaware Bay Speakers Series, an experience in history, culture and the environment. Join us for diverse topics, knowledgeable insights and shared discussion on a broad range of issues. The series moves between the serious and the light-hearted to bring a greater understanding of our region and our world. Come experience this series at our historic campus in Bivalve which includes refreshments and beverages from the Oyster Café.
Dr. Jerry DeMenna, Director, Global Analytical Technology, Troy Corporation will present a lively, informative discussion and demonstration on Atomic Energy. This presentation is suitable for all adults interested in History and who have a little "Science Geek" in them.
Each patron will receive a FREE radioactivity kit to see what is radioactive in their environs. Samples of actual natural Uranium ores will be shown and a Geiger counter will be used to show the types of radiation we are exposed to every day under normal situations. You will be surprised!
Dr. DeMenna, from Cape May, runs an Analytical Testing & Research Lab in the Bronx, NY. He has worked as an Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart University, a Gourmet Chef in Little Italy in NYC, is an Ecological Scientist for the US Fish & Wildlife nature Center at Two-Mile Beach and enjoys spreading the "good news" of good science to those around him.
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Outdoor or environmental teachers and educators in the Central NJ region are invited to apply for a scholarship from Washington Crossing Audubon Society (WCAS) to attend the Share Nature: An Educator’s Week at National Audubon’s Hog Island Center on Muscongus Bay in Maine. The program will be held July 15-20, 2018.
National Audubon will have a complement of well-known environmental instructors covering many aspects of teaching and field techniques along with identifying different habitats and the plants and animals that occupy them.
WCAS will award one scholarship to cover tuition and expenses while on the island. The scholarship does not cover individual travel expenses.
If you wish to be considered, send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org Please include your contact information, your position, your teaching experiences and how this program at Hog Island would benefit you. More information about the program can be found at hogisland.audubon.org.
The application deadline is Friday, December 15th. We will notify the successful applicant mid-January 2017.