Achieve is thrilled to announce it is seeking applicants for 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 this 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.
Here are a few things current Peer Reviewers have to say about participating in the Science PRP:
"I have been able to collaborate and discuss with people across the nation, and connect with some of the best thinkers in the field. I have grown in my understanding of NGSS and what good science instruction looks like. I have had my views challenged, and have been able to develop confidence and my own voice to share ideas about good science instruction."
"The professional growth I am experiencing is at such a higher rate than I have ever experienced before. This has been extremely valuable."
"The best thing about being a PRP member is the team. It is truly amazing experience of being part of this group. The professional learning network that has been created is very valuable to improving my practice."
"Every time I review a lesson or come to a PRP meeting, I grow as a professional"
Those who are accepted to the Science PRP will receive recognition on the Achieve website, a sample press release for your district or organization announcing your acceptance to the Science PRP, and at the end of the year-long commitment, peer reviewers will be recognized with a certificate of excellence.
Any materials that are determined to be high-quality by the Science PRP will be publicly shared on nextgenscience.org/hqngss so educators and curriculum developers across all states and districts can benefit from these materials. Apply to join the Science PRP here, and learn more about it here.
Ideal applicants for this program will have a solid foundation in A Framework for K-12 Science Education, are comfortable navigating the NGSS across content areas (including the Appendices), and will have experience using the EQuIP Rubric for Science. Applicants will be selected based on their ability to make consistent, criterion-based evaluations using the latest version of the EQuIP Rubric for Science and communicate that evaluation clearly.
Achieve is committed to building a diverse panel and strongly encourages people of all backgrounds to apply. Applicants from a mix of rural, urban, and suburban communities will be accepted.
As we expand the Science PRP, we are looking for more representatives from the 6-8 and 9-12 grade bands in particular, but all are welcome to apply.
The responsibilities of the peer reviewers will include:
For answers to common questions, check out the Science Peer Review Panel website.
Achieve thanks Arconic Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Bayer Foundation, and Pisces Foundation for their generous support of the Science PRP, EQuIP Rubric for Science, and for working to ensure all students have access to a quality science education.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional questions or comments.
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OXFORD, Ohio (Sept. 1, 2018) – Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2019 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world. http://EarthExpeditions.MiamiOH.edu
Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. http://GFP.MiamiOH.edu
Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2019 cohorts are being accepted now for the AIP master's that includes place-based experiences at zoos in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New York, San Diego and Seattle. New for 2019: St. Louis-area residents can earn the AIP master's and study through the Missouri Botanical Garden, AIP's newest Master Institution and first dedicated botanical garden. http://AIP.MiamiOH.edu
Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.
Please note that the sharing of this information by NJESTA is not an endorsement of the program.
Your students can participate in a real-time video teleconference (VTC) with a scientist at the Palmer LTER Station in Antarctica. Students will learn about Antarctic food web ecology and how scientists are conducting long-term experiments and observations to understand our changing climate.
All VTC's will take place in Winter 2019. We invite you to apply for one of the limited number of spots. Applications are due December 1, 2018.
Please refer to the Polar-ICE web site (click the blue button below) for more information including dates, topics and grade levels.
The New Jersey Association of Middle Level Educators (NJAMLE) is getting excited about our state conference being held at Kean University in March. With Rick Wormeli as our keynote speaker, we are anticipating an incredible turnout. Please consider joining us and sending a team or representative to present and to connect with your middle-level educators.
Link to the Call for Presenters Form: https://goo.gl/forms/nfVfYUeeChXGsYag1
Subject: Evaluating the coherence of science lessons and units with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science.
This two-day workshop is designed to train teachers how to use the Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for science to measure the degree to which lessons and units are designed for the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science.
The purpose of the rubric and review process is to: (1) review existing lessons and units to
determine what revisions are needed; (2) provide constructive criterion-based feedback and suggestions for improvement to developers; (3) identify examples/models for teachers’ use within and across states; and (4) to inform the development of new lessons, units, and other instructional materials.
This workshop is a cosponsored by the New Jersey Department of Education, Liberty Science Center, and Achieve. There is no cost to attend.
Audience: This workshop is most appropriate for K-12 science teachers, building administrators,
and informal educators.
Workshop Dates & Times: December 13-14, 2018 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
There is no cost to participate in the training. Registration, parking, and a box lunch are
provided for day fee for parking. Participants are responsible for their own snacks, beverages, and lunch. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the Café Skyline, located on the second floor of the LSC.
Registration for New Jersey Educators: https://tinyurl.com/EQuIPNJ2018
Registration for New York Educators: https://tinyurl.com/EQuIPNewYork2018
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The American Chemical Society (ACS) will be accepting applications for the 2018-2019 ACS-Hach Professional Development Grant starting October 15.
The grant supports high school chemistry teachers as they identify and pursue opportunities that can advance their professional development and enhance the teaching and learning of chemistry in the classroom.
Teachers can request up to $1,500 to fund their professional development needs such as:
This online course is for all educators from pre-K to 12th-grade, including teachers from all academic disciplines, administrators, curriculum specialists, and instructional coaches.
Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions: Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique is suitable for all experience levels – whether you’ve used the Question Formulation Technique before or not. It features videos, readings, online discussions, individual learning experiences, and collaborative exercises with fellow educators. It requires 10 to 12 hours of work. Those who complete the course earn a certificate of completion from Professional Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
October 15 is the deadline to register for The Right Question Institute online course in partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Learn more and register:
Being a member of an NSTA Committee or Advisory Panels is a great way to connect with other science educators and give back to the profession. Applications are now being accepted through December 3rd. You can learn more about the responsibilities of each committee or advisory board by clicking on Standing Committees and Advisory Boards and Panels at https://www.nsta.org/about/governance/.
The Knowles Teacher Initiative supports a national network of mathematics and science teachers who are collaborative, innovative leaders improving education for all students in the United States.
The Knowles Teaching Fellowship is an intensive and cohesive, five-year program that supports early-career, high school mathematics and science teachers in their efforts to develop teaching expertise and lead from the classroom.
Application Deadline: November 25, 2018
For more information about the Teaching Fellows Program, visit:
For application information, visit:
AMTA acknowledges that summer Modeling Workshops may not work for all people who are interested in taking a workshop.
For the spring of 2019, we have scheduled 3 distance learning courses, based on the feedback of almost 500 members who recently completed a survey. The workshops start in January and costs are $825 for non-members (includes a one-year membership) or $750 for current members.
Optional graduate credits from Dominican University is available ($100 each, up to 3 credits per workshop).
Courses require a minimum number of registrants by December 21th in order to run. Enrollment is limited.
Details on the courses is available in the registration forms:
New complimentary webinar from Science:
Deciphering aging: Linking senescence with DNA damage and the cell cycle
You are invited to hear our panel of experts on September 19, 2018, in this live, online educational seminar. For more information and complimentary registration visit: webinar.sciencemag.org
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Time: 12 noon Eastern, 9 a.m. Pacific, 5 p.m. UK, 6 p.m. Central Europe
Duration: 1 hour
About This Webinar
Senescence describes the complex cellular response to stress that includes irreversible arrest of the cell cycle and thus prevention of the proliferation of defective or damaged cells. This effect makes senescence a key component in the body’s tumor suppression response and initialization of repair pathways, providing a health-promoting mechanism. Conversely, senescent cells can accumulate in the affected tissues of persons with age-related diseases such as dementias, arthritis, atherosclerosis, and others—such accumulation is considered a hallmark of aging that drives many age-related pathologies. These seemingly contradictory roles make cellular senescence an interesting research target for developing cancer suppression therapies as well as improving health maintenance and extending the human lifespan.
During the webinar, the viewers will:
• Gain insight into the processes by which senescent cells contribute to tumor suppression
• Understand the impact of senescence on age-related dysfunction and chronic disease, and be introduced to potential therapies targeting senescent cells
• Have the opportunity to ask questions during the live broadcast.
Sheila A. Stewart, Ph.D.
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
James L. Kirkland, M.D., Ph.D.
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OpenSciEd is working to create a complete set of open-source, K-12 science instructional materials designed for the Next Generation Science Standards. Phase two began last week, and the group is seeking teams to complete the middle school curricula. NSTA Executive Director David Evans serves on the Advisory Board. Learn more about the project here.
Request for Qualifications
Download the RFQ
OpenSciEd plans to offer an informational webinar about the Request for Qualifications on Friday, September 14, 2018 from 3:00-4:00pm EST. To register for the webinar, please click here.
Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2019 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world. http://EarthExpeditions.MiamiOH.edu/18-19_news
Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. http://GFP.MiamiOH.edu/18-19_news
Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through several AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2019 cohorts are being accepted now with place-based experiences provided at zoos in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New York, San Diego, Seattle, and St. Louis. http://AIP.MiamiOH.edu/18-19_news
Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.
The Next Generation Science Standards turn science learning on its head—in a good way. Amplify Science is excited to share our new ebook, What's So Phenomenal About Phenomena?, an introduction to phenomenon-based learning and the NGSS.
The power of phenomena lies in their capacity to bring real life into the classroom. Amplify Science takes a closer look at the powerful role phenomenon-based teaching and learning play in the new standards—and how you can bring them into your classroom.
Girls Who Code would like to start more new free after school Clubs in NJ. We are a leading national non-profit the mission of which is to close the gender gap in tech. Our free Clubs are for students in grades 3-12. To start a Club, you just need a sponsor (like a school or library), a facilitator (someone over 18 to run the Club, no CS experience required), computers and internet.
North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) is searching for another moderator for the E-STEM Education Group on eePRO. Moderators are responsible for posting relevant content, periodically writing blog posts, and initiating and engaging in discussions with Group members. Moderators are paid an honorarium of $700 per year. Contact Maxwell at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
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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:
Dear NJ Science Educators,
Currently NJ science educators are invited to apply for participation on an item writing committee related to an assessment grant in which New Jersey is participating. Those who are selected will be required to work onsite in Baltimore, Maryland August 7 - 9 as well as complete advance online training. An honorarium of $1225 will be provided as well as lodging and reimbursement for travel mileage.
The committee is still in need of general education science teachers in the following areas: Teachers of science with expertise in 1) elementary life science and/or physical science, 2) middle school life science and/or physical science, 3) high school biology.
Interested individuals must complete the recruitment survey as soon as possible and no later than June 21, 2018. The recruitment survey is available at https://kansasedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9zzPbrfDmRoMlwN.
More information is available in the attachment (below), and also by emailing recruitment staff at Ismart@ku.edu. I-Smart staff will respond directly to selected participants with more details. Thank you for considering this opportunity.
Michael Heinz, Science Coordinator, Office of Academics
Division of Teaching and Learning, New Jersey Department of Education
Science Homepage: http://www.state.nj.us/education/aps/cccs/science/
News from NSTA
NSTA and the Northrop Grumman Foundation recognize the importance of integrating high-quality engineering instruction into the science classroom and the critical need for making students proficient in the practices used by engineers in the field. Applicants for this award must be K–12 public school science/technology teachers and have a minimum of three years of teaching experience. Awardees will receive $5000 for classroom materials and equipment, a cash prize of $3000, and $2000 to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education.
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Are you interested in having a professional chemist volunteer with you in your classroom? Apply for the Science Coaches program to gain real-world applications of lessons, demos or experiments in the classroom and more from a chemist! Participants in the program will also receive a $500 donation from the American Chemical Society or a $550 gift certificate from Flinn Scientific.
Do you have a topic idea for an AACT simulation? As AACT prepares for another school year, we are eager to hear if you have a topic idea for an upcoming simulation! If you have a great idea that you would like to see become available on the AACT website, please take a moment and share your idea with them. As a token of their appreciation, all contributors will be entered into a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card.
Where Data and Standards Meet
Through a series of workshops we will dive into ways to integrate data into our science classrooms and common areas that trip up students when working with and learning through data. Each workshop includes tips and tricks of integrating data literacy into what you already do, hands-on activities, and time to modify activities for your classroom that address the data literacy skill.
The workshops are open to teachers in grades 5-12 that are interested in pursuing more successful ways to integrate data into their teaching. In essence, we will unpack what is involved in “Interpreting & Analyzing Data” in a variety of ways!
Summer 2018 Offerings
Impacts of Climate Change on Ocean Life: Exploring LS2-2 (Jul 11-12th, 9:30am-3:30pm)
Climate Change through Data: Diving into ESS3 (Jul 31st - Aug 1st, 9:30am-3:30pm)
Data Literacy Series: (Aug 14-16th)
To apply: You must be a current 5-12th grade classroom teacher, as well as be willing to dive into data this summer.
Click here to apply now & bring data to your students next year!
Deadline to apply for these workshops is June 1, 2018.
Applicants will receive notification of acceptance by June 8, 2018.
Space is limited for each of the workshops, apply to today!
Click here to find out more.
Applications are now open for the 5th annual National Summer Teacher Institute (NSTI). SPACE IS LIMITED! APPLY TODAY: http://1.usa.gov/20U4K8V
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invites you to be one of fifty U.S. teachers selected to participate in this program.
Apply for an opportunity to join us at the University of South Florida on July 29 through August 3, 2018, and explore STEM, innovation, and intellectual property (IP).
SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION BY JUNE 8, 2018!
USPTO NATIONAL SUMMER TEACHER INSTITUTE:
WHY YOU SHOULD APPLY:
Instructions and FAQs are available on the NSTI website.
SPACE IS LIMITED! APPLY TODAY: http://1.usa.gov/20U4K8V
The Lemelson-MIT Program, located within the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention. The program has been helping educators develop their students' skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for over 15 years through its grants initiative. They now offer resources to hone students' hands-on skills and enrich their STEM education through the following opportunities:
Program participants and their teachers have benefited significantly from the grants initiative, with many students going on to pursue STEM degrees and to further patent their inventions.