from Michael Heinz, Science Coordinator, Office of Standards, New Jersey Department of Education
The following are thought provoking podcast based on recent research on learning. You members may find them thought provoking.
"What We've Learned About Learning" A CPRE/Kappan Miniseries
Acclaimed researchers and authors Maryanne Wolf, Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa and Pooja Agarwal discuss the latest in learning science, debunk common neuromyths, and offer tips and resources for teachers, researchers, and policymakers.
Part 1: Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa
Neuromyths: What We Know About the Learning Brain
Part 2: Pooja Agarwal
Learning from Cognitive Psychology: Four Strategies for the Classroom
Part 3: Maryanne Wolf
Books, Tablets and Screens: The Science of Reading in a Digital Age
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Mark Francek from Central Michigan University regularly shares interesting science sites, especially earth science sites. He has put together a "best of" list.
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From: Zakiya Smith Ellis, Ed.D., Secretary of Higher Education, State of New Jersey
The selection process for the prestigious Governor’s School of New Jersey has begun, and we would like you to identify high-achieving high school juniors who may be interested in these rigorous and demanding STEM summer residential academic programs.
There will be two programs operating in 2019. The Governor’s School of Engineering and Technology will be hosted at Rutgers University from June 30-July 26, 2019 and the Governor’s School in the Sciences will be hosted at Drew University from July 14-August 3, 2019.
The Governor’s School is open to outstanding juniors who are selected by their high schools, and you all play an instrumental role in identifying and encouraging potential applicants for these programs. As always, this program is free of all tuition and fees.
The applications and information for the Governor’s School in the Sciences and Governor's School of Engineering and Technology can be found on the following links:
Please note that applications are due by January 10, 2019.
High schools with up to 325 juniors may submit one application for each of the Governor’s School programs. If your high school has between 326 and 650 juniors, you may nominate two applicants for each of the two programs, and if your high school has 651 or more juniors, you may nominate three applicants for each program.
If you have any questions regarding application process or programs, please contact the respective program administrators listed below:
Thank you all for your continued interest and commitment to connecting students with supplementary academic enrichment opportunities.
On December 4 the White House issued a five year strategic plan for STEM education based on the vision that "all Americans have lifelong access to high-quality STEM education and the U.S. will be the global leader in STEM literacy, innovation, and employment."
To achieve this vision the report presents three goals that stakeholders should follow:
Goal 1: Build Strong Foundations for STEM Literacy
Goal 2: Increase Diversity and Inclusion Through Broader Access to STEM
Goal 3: Prepare the STEM Workforce for the Future.
The report includes a strategy for how federal agencies should plan, coordinate, and scale up their programs for STEM over the next five years and includes solid recommendations that STEM stakeholders in states and districts nationwide can follow and emulate. Read the report here.
FREE STEM Teaching Tools Just a Click Away
Looking for highly-usable Open Education Resources (OER) that will support STEM teaching? The STEM Teaching Tools website—funded by the National Science Foundation--is a research and development initiative of the University of Washington Institute for Science+Math Education.
This is a brief summary of upcoming activities from the American Modeling Teachers Association.
2019 Summer Modeling Workshops
AMTA is working with Modeling Workshop hosts and leaders to plan 2019 workshops. Workshops are open to current and new Modelers and we hope you share this information with interested colleagues who have not yet attended their own workshop. Please visit the website to search workshops by content area https://tinyurl.com/AMTA19content or by location https://tinyurl.com/AMTA19location.
2019 Distance Learning Courses
Online courses have been a hit over the past few years. AMTA will again offer courses in the Spring and graduate credits are available through Dominican University for $100 per credit hour (up to 3 credits). Visit https://modelinginstruction.org/spring-2019/ for more information about Introduction to Modeling (for people new to Modeling Instruction), Chemistry II, and Advanced Modeling Instruction: Cognition and Instruction in STEM.
Each month, AMTA offers webinars for members. These presentations cover a variety of topics of interest to the Modeling community.
*A special webinar for members and non-members will take place on January 15th, 2019 from 7-8 pm (ET). Join us for a chat with Bruce Wellman for Engineering-Activity Dreaming: Share your ideas & dreams on what would make an awesome engineering activity for your class! Register in advance with the link below:
*New* Online Learning Modules
If you prefer your distance learning in more bite-sized chunks, AMTA will soon begin offering short modules in 2019. Modules will be 3-hour sessions delivered on weekend afternoons. The first two modules will be on January 19th - Creating a Modeling Classroom Environment - and February 28th - Computational Modeling Physics First. More modules are in development and will be scheduled soon. Fees are $25 for members and $50 for non-members. Register at the link below: https://www.eweblife.com/prm/AMTA/calendar/event?event=1993&date_id=64404
The National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF) partners with The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Science and Mathematics and The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University (WKU) to fund ten scholarships each year for middle school science teachers working to transfer a passion for science to students in this age group. Research shows that students who get excited about STEM subjects in middle school are the ones who are most likely to take those courses in high school and major in them at the college level.
National STEM Scholars receive advanced education in the development of STEM projects for classroom implementation, spend a full day with a national thought leader in STEM education and build a national network of colleagues for information sharing.
Scholars are selected based solely on the merit of questions answered in the application. The selection committee is not provided with names or locations of teacher applicants.
In 2019, we will graduate our fourth cohort of National STEM Scholars. Each scholarship recipient receives the following:
Applications are open now at https://www.wku.edu/gifted/nss/.
Click here to learn more about the National Stem Cell Foundation.
From The MIT Press
Picturing Science and Engineering
More about the book: mitpress.mit.edu/books/picturing-science-and-engineering
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SIX STAR SCIENCE ONLINE TEACHER (OT) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM – $1,400 STIPENDS PAID (for completed work)
This program is a 10-month online pedagogy-based professional development that focuses on the three Dimensions in the Next Generation Science Standards: Scientific Practices; Cross Cutting Concepts (especially “Cause and Effect” and “Structure and Function”), and Core Ideas (Life Sciences) and on expanding teacher skills in three major areas: 1) Updating Teacher Content and Pedagogy Knowledge; 2) Understanding the Research Process; and 3) Applying Six Star Science in the Classroom. Fellows receive stipends for completion of their online work.
Online Teacher (OT) Fellows participate in a dynamic and interactive virtual learning community that focuses on exploring effective teaching strategies, understanding the research process, and enhancing classroom materials.
Application deadline: January 31, 2019
More info on the program and an application can be found at: www.frontiersinphys.org
Panasonic Corporation of North America and the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning are pleased to present the 2018 – 2019 Student Eco Citizenship Project. This exciting project will guide 5th-8th-grade students in New Jersey as they:
Want to integrate data literacy skills into your teaching?
Join us as the Data Literacy Series (December 2018 – April 2019), at the New Brunswick Rutgers University campus.
Through a series of short, 3-hour, workshops we will dive into six 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 workshop is open to science, math, and social studies teachers in grades 4-12 that are interested in pursuing more successful ways to integrate data into their teaching. To learn more about the series, click here. In essence, we will unpack what is involved in teaching with data!
When It Occurs & What to Expect
Each evening we will dive into data literacy concepts that all students need to be successful in the 21st century. Join us for all, a couple, or just one of the 3-hour workshops. Dinner and materials will be provided at every workshop. Come network with colleagues and other data-interested educators.
The series includes:
At the end of each hands-on workshop you will have new skills and tips for exposing your students to data skills and bringing real world data into your classrooms. As a learning community, we will develop strategies to successfully implement these data literacy skills into our classrooms.
To apply: You must be a 4-12th grade classroom science, math, or social science teacher, as well as be willing to dive into data.
Click here to apply now & bring data to your students this year!
Preference is provided to those that apply for each workshop at least a week in advance.
Applicants will receive notification of acceptance and additional information the Thursday before each event.
Space is limited for this run of the Data Literacy Series, apply today!
July 15-19, 2019
CDC Headquarters, Atlanta Georgia
Middle and High School STEM Teachers
Learn curriculum design and teaching strategies that engage students in math and science using real-life epidemiology and public health examples.
Submit your online application by:
January 15, 2019
For more information, visit:
Rowan University: The College of Education and the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, and Movement Education (STEAM) is searching for qualified and experienced adjuncts in the area of Science Education. All positions require availability during the regular school day.
The appointment consists of supervision of science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and/or Physical Science) teacher candidates. The successful candidate will demonstrate a constructivist based theoretical framework centered on a philosophy that is a grounded in social justice.
Questions regarding this position can be directed to Dr. Issam Abi-El-Mona at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application must be submitted through Rowan University’s online applicant tracking system: http://jobs.rowan.edu/cw/en-us/listing/.
You are challenged to participate in the