April 1, 2017
SPRING MEMBER ROUNDTABLE - MARK YOUR CALENDAR
For the afternoon session, we have the opportunity to go to Six Flags for a private tour of the Safari. Representatives will also be available to discuss the other STEM initiatives the park is taking on. After that feel free to hang out in the park as long as you'd like.
To register your spot, please go to this link and sign up.
NJSELA OFFICER NEWS
Kim Feltre announces life-term presidency as she graciously commits all her waking hours to making NJSELA great.
Kim has dismissed the other members of the executive committee and will stay on in perpetuity in this position, agreeing to do the work of all other officers. Thanks Kim!*
NJSELA SUMMER WORKSHOPS
NJSELA will be offering our next set of professional learning workshops this summer, free to our membership and available to their teaching staff. The first date to put on your calendar is Tuesday, July 18th from 9-12. Location, details, and sign-up information will follow. The planned topic is Leadership and Instructional Strategies in the NGSS Era. We look forward to seeing you there!
NGSS IMPLEMENTATION INDICATORS
BEWARE OF FREE BOOKS
You can see NSTA's letter here.
My teachers and I looked on the bright side and talked about how this provided another excellent opportunity for us to educate our students on the importance of collecting data, evidence, and the process of scientific argumentation. Our job is to teach students to examine all the facts and think critically in order to construct the best explanation based on the evidence!
OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS
ANTON BANKO AWARD
For more information on this award, please follow this link.
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LECTURE AT LSC
On Wednesday, April 19th, 7:00 pm at the Liberty Science Center, Dr. Bonnie Bassler the Chair of the Molecular Biology Department at Princeton University will deliver a fascinating lecture entitled "Tiny Conspiracies: How Bacteria Talk to Each Other." She will also speak to high school students, particularly young women, about pursuing a career in the STEM field.
More information and registration details can be found here.
2017 MAITLAND SUMMER INSTITUTE
Middle School teachers in grades 6-8 can apply - find the information flyer here.
WOMEN IN BIO (WIB)
(www.womeninbio.org) is the ONLY non-profit, volunteer organization for women that integrates all careers and levels in the life sciences. As part of the WIB organization, Young Women in Bio (YWIB) is a special initiative of WIB, designed to introduce middle and high school-age girls to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
We are launching a New Jersey branch of this organization to complement the group that has already been operating in NY. Currently, we are looking for schools and districts that are interested in participating in New Jersey based activities. Our YWIB task force is reaching out to individuals who believe in the importance of STEM education for young women in the State of New Jersey.
Plans are set to launch a half day program this spring at St. Peter’s University and fall at Rutgers University in association with corporations focused on the biosciences and medical technology.
See the informational flyer here.
If you and/or your colleagues are interested in sending your students to one of these programs in New Jersey, please contact:
Janet Alder, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept of Neuroscience & Cell Biology
Assistant Dean for Graduate Academic and Student Affairs, GSBS
Rutgers University - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
683 Hoes Lane West, Research Building 357A
Piscataway, NJ 08854