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New Jersey Earth Science Teachers Association

UPCOMING EVENTS

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NJ K-12
Earth & Space Science & Environmental Science Educators
Invitation to a join a Peer-Review Panel

You are cordially invited to participate in a Peer Review Panel to evaluate the quality and alignment of New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science (NJSLS-S) materials related to our domains.

Objective: To identify lessons, units, and other curriculum resources that best exemplifies the 3-D teaching and learning of the NJSLS-S within the domains of K-12 Earth, Space, and Environmental Science. We will review (not endorse) existing materials in order to provide NJ educators with a repository of quality teaching resources. Once finalized, the evaluations will be made available to Environmental, Earth & Space Science teachers across the state.

The two-day training will be hosted by NJ Earth Science Teachers Association, and led by Michael Heinz, Science Coordinator at the New Jersey Department of Education. Review panel participants Must attend both of the following training sessions:

  • Saturday, February 4, 2017 at scenic Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Palmyra, NJ (www.palmyracove.org/)
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  • Wednesday February 22, 2017 at Learning Resource Center at NJ Dept of Ed, 200 Riverview Plaza, Trenton NJ 08625 (verify your GPS directions by also looking up Arm and Hammer Baseball Park)
Both sessions are 9AM - 3PM

This is a great Professional Development opportunity to further deepen your understanding of the NGSS Framework. Snacks will be provided, but please bring food and drinks for lunch. There is no cost for attending the trainings and participants will receive PD hours for attending.

Register HERE! For more information contact Missy Holzer at mholzer@monmouth.com

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NJESTA Earth, Space & Environmental Science NGSS Curriculum Resource Review Team now forming & seeking team members to evaluate K-12 Earth, Space, and Environment Science curriculum resources for teachers and districts. Team members will be trained on EQuIP Rubric for Science V.3, and then use this and other review tools (PEEC Rubric V.2) to evaluate curriculum materials from vendors.  Districts typically make purchasing decisions in the spring, and so the review of materials must occur before this time. Contact Missy Holzer if you are interested mholzer@monmouth.com

November 2016 Earth Science Websites of the Week (Collected)

Other NJ Events & Opportunities:

MARE Antarctic connect Video Teleconference (VTC) Calls with Scientists in Antarctica. Participate in an opportunity to virtually join in the Long Term Ecosystem Research (LTER) program with a polar scientist. Students will engage in a 30-minute virtual scientific briefing and discussion with an LTER scientist. Students will learn about Antarctic food web ecology and how scientists are conducting long-term monitoring to understand our changing climate and the consequences to the Antarctic ecosystem.

Call Dates & Times:
         January 24, 2017 @ 10:00am EST
        Phytoplankton & Zooplankton: Learn how about the plant and animal plankton that  fuel the food web of Antarctica.
         January 25, 2017 @ 10:30am EST
        Sea Birds: Learn about penguins around Palmer Station and how the population sizes are changing because of climate change.
         February 6, 2016 @ 12:30pm EST
        Marine Mammals: Learn how scientists are using tracking and tagging technology to understand the whale populations in Antarctica.
         February 15, 2016 @ 11:00am EST
        Marine Mammals: Learn how scientists are using tracking and tagging technology to understand the whale populations in Antarctica.
         February 21, 2016 @ 12:00pm EST
        Microbe Ecology: Learn how microorganisms at the base of the food web help catalyze transformations in the carbon cycle of Antarctica.
         February 28, 2016 @ 1:00pm EST
        Sea Birds: Learn about penguins around Palmer Station and how the population sizes are changing because of climate change.
         March 1, 2016 @ 12:00pm EST
        Microbe Ecology: Learn how microorganisms at the base of the food web help catalyze transformations in the carbon cycle of Antarctica.

How to Apply: Complete the application before Dec. 23, 2016: http://tinyurl.com/zm33m3x