NDE Science Quarterly Updates

Winter 2016

NDE News

Nebraska School Safety Standards.

The Nebraska Department of Education is seeking input on the draft of the Nebraska School Safety Standards. More information on School Safety can be found here.

Competency Based Exploratory Cohort

NDE is exploring competency based education and the CBE cohort application launched earlier this month. To learn more visit https://sites.google.com/a/education.ne.gov/cbe-exploratory-cohort/

Resources and Information--Winter Edition

Since there is just too much to share in a newsletter, various resources and information are available at the padlet site linked below. Check them out!! If you would like something added, go ahead and double click the board and it will be added upon approval.

Opportunities for Teachers

Last Call for Standards Revision Participation

Revision will begin this fall, dates will be set by the end of the month. If you have an interest in being involved in the process, complete this form

Last Call SAVE THE DATE: June 27 Nebraska Vision of Science

I am happy to say we have exceeded 200 participants. We are investigating ways to expand this opportunity so no one is left out. If you are interested, sign up today!!

Where: University of Nebraska, Innovation Campus, 2021 Transformation Dr, Lincoln, NE 68508

When: June 27, 8:00-3:00 (tentative times)

Cost: Free. Registration required for planning purposes (see list below for grants/districts providing additional compensation)

Materials: 200 free copies of, "A Vision and Plan for Science Teaching and Learning" (Paperback – August 15, 2015 by Brett Moulding, Rodger Bybee, Nicole Paulson). If districts and ESUs have confirmed their attendance, they may request copies earlier than June 27 to do a book study and come fully prepared for the event.


Join teachers from across the state for a full day of 3-dimensional learning. This promises to be a great opportunity with national and state leaders in science to explore the future of Nebraska science education. This experience will help you bridge the gap between current educational research and practice using hands-on experiences. Facilitating this event will be special guests and authors of "A Vision for Science Teaching and Learning" Rodger Bybee (developer of the 5E Instructional Model), Brett Moulding and Nicole Paulsen. Participants will need to check with their ESU or school district to determine funding as there is currently no compensation for attending.

Teacher Professional Development Opportunity- Looking for Pilot Teachers!

The University of Nebraska Lincoln, in conjunction with NASA ESTEEM program, is offering an on-line Climate Change Certificate for Educators, aligned to NGSS. NASA Wavelength resources are highlighted in the course. Completion of the certificate involves completing 2 modules. Each module will eventually be offered for 1 CEU, and represents 10 contact hours. All materials in the course is designed for classroom use (middle or high school level).

We are seeking 15-20 teachers who would be willing to complete the certificate and help us assess the effectiveness the new program. For those who complete the certificate within 3 weeks there is a $250 honorarium.

If you believe you have approximately 20 hours that you can devote to completing the certificate program between February 5 and February 29, and would like to be a pilot teacher, contact rlow2@unl.edu for more information.

National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy

Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives is pleased to announce its second annual National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy in Tempe, Arizona this summer. This professional development opportunity is available to pairs of middle school teachers (interdisciplinary pairs are a plus) from the same school or district. We are hoping to recruit teachers from across the nation.

Our goal is to help middle school teachers learn how they and their students can become agents of change in their schools and communities, though problem- and solution-based activities in sustainability science.

Teachers will learn about sustainability from expert scientist from ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability, and will receive a comprehensive collection of lesson plans and teaching materials to implement in the classroom.

Each teacher who attends will receive a $1000 stipend. Costs of meals, housing, and travel are covered as well.

For more information please see our webpage: https://sustainabilitysolutions.asu.edu/programs/teachersacademy/

Water Topics for Nebraska Teachers Workshop

Wednesday, May 25th, 9am-3:30pm

1416 Central Avenue

Nebraska City, NE

COST: FREE! Includes lunches, snacks and a (big) bunch of handouts

GRADES: Middle & High School

ELIGIBILITY: Any teacher/ educator in traditional or non-traditional education

ACTION: Sign-up NOW! Space limited… First come – first served. Send an e-mail to workshop@kregelmuseum.org . Include your name, school address, grades taught, personal email, and phone #

View details at Winter 2016 shared folder.

AGI Teacher Leadership Academies

Each year these week-long academies, one for K-5 and one for Middle School, help to prepare a cadre of teachers to share key ideas in the geosciences with their colleagues, students, and others.

Funding from ExxonMobil and AGI cover academy-related costs for the teachers, including travel to Houston, meals, lodging, and materials. Participants have the opportunity to interact with their peers from other states, develop skills and knowledge for teaching Earth and space science, and develop plans for presenting effective teacher workshops.

We welcome applicants from all parts of the United States and all types of school systems. While it is hoped that teachers will come as teams, so that they can work together when they return to their state/schools system, that is not required. It is intended that these teachers will have support from their school system to do presentations to colleagues (in their own school systems, at conferences, and so on) to help spread geoscience awareness to other teachers, in addition to their own students.

Our first priority date for applicants is March 1st. We'll continue to accept applications until the academy is filled.

For more information view the files located in the Winter 2016 shared folder.

ArcGIS Online – Teaching and Creating With Story Maps

Monday, April 18th, 9:30am-2:15pm

6949 South 110th Street

La Vista, NE

Remember reading a National Geographic magazine article? Just like in those articles, photos, videos, text and interactive maps can be quickly and easily created to tell a story. Gain hands-on training in how to use free software to create interactive story maps with ArcGIS Online. A free ArcGIS Online software site license is available for schools.

Student participants will be taught how to create and assist their teachers upon returning to their home schools. This model of instruction for the day will insure teachers know how to use the software and attending students will be the working partner for future classroom use. Schools should send a teacher and up to two students.

Registration for 12 teacher and 24 students are available.
School District substitute fees (up to $180.00 per teacher including benefits) will be paid by a grant through Nebraska Department of Education. Lunch is free.

Prerequisite - Schools can send one teacher with 2 students.
Register at http://www2.esu3.org/esu3/index.cfm?action=2&dept=pdd&id=4842

KICKS 2016 Summer Institutes

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2016 Summer Institutes:

Earth/Space Science

WHERE Northeast Community College, Norfolk

WHEN June 6-9 and June 13-16, 2016

WHO Grades K-12 Earth Science Teachers, SPED, ELL

Physical Science

WHERE North Platte Senior High, North Platte, NE

WHEN June 14-17 and June 20-23, 2016
WHO Grades K-12 Physical Science Teachers, SPED, ELL

Registration for either the Earth/Space Science or Physical Science Institute can be found at www.kicks3.org

For further information, please contact Deb Paulman - ESU #16 and Project Director at dpaulman@esusixteen.org

View details at Winter 2016 shared folder.

NEED Conference for Educators

Washington, DC | July 17-21, 2016 The 2016 Energy Conference for Educators brings together educators that are passionate about bringing energy education to their classrooms. In five interactive days in Washington, D.C., the conference provides teachers with the most up-to-date information on all aspects of energy. Participants receive the training and materials to implement innovative, hands-on energy units in their classrooms, multi-disciplinary teams, and after-school programs.

View details at Winter 2016 shared folder.

Opportunities for Students

National Youth Science Camp

The National Youth Science Camp is a residential science education program for young scientists the summer after they graduate from high school. Students from around the country are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime. For more information visit http://www.nysf.com/w/programs/nysc/

World of 7 Billion Video Contest

Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest can help you bring technology and creativity into your middle and high school classes. The contest challenges your students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges dealing with either Deforestation, Public Health, or Water Scarcity. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 25, 2016. Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found at www.worldof7billion.org/student-video-contest

Is America's Next Top Young Scientist in Your Classroom?

Now open for entries, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge encourages 5th-8th grade students to share their big idea that applies science to life to help solve an everyday problem. Submit a 1-2 minute video for a chance to win $25,000, an exclusive 3M mentorship and more!
Looking for inspiration?
Encourage your students to utilize these great inspirational brainstorming ideas, FAQs, and video tips!

2016 STRATEGIC AIR & SPACE MUSEUM 10th Annual Science Fair--Final Registration

Friday, Feb. 26th, 12pm

28210 West Park Highway

Ashland, NE

If you haven't registered yet, there is still time!

The deadline for this year's Science Fair is approaching. Take this time to considered your students projects and sign them up. We look forward to having you out at the museum to display your scientific prowess.
Here is the link for registration!


Geographic Educators of Nebraska GIS Story Map Contest for Nebraska K-12 Classrooms

The Geographic Educators of Nebraska (GEON) GIS Story Map contest seeks to recognize outstanding GIS story maps created by Nebraska students. In recognition of their academic achievement, four GPS units will be awarded as prizes for the top GIS story maps submitted for the contest. View details at Winter 2016 shared folder.

New Classroom Videos Demonstrating Transitions to NGSS

Sara Cooper

Science Education Specialist

Nebraska Department of Education