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!
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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!
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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.
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/
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
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 email@example.com
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.
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
News from NSTA
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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News from NSTA
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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News from NSTA
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
News from NSTA
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.