NJSELA NEWS

November 13, 2015

WINTER ROUNDTABLE

The next NJSELA roundtable will be on Friday, December 18th, 2015. We will hold the meeting simultaneously in two locations - Livingston High School and NJPSA in Monroe.


Please use the following link to RSVP to the event: http://tinyurl.com/njselawinterreg


A roundtable agenda document will be sent out prior to the event, and will focus on NGSS Implementation and Resources.


Roundtables are free to all who are current in their NJSELA membership. Not a current member? (membership is by calendar year) Please go to: http://www.njsela.com/join-njsela to join.

PASSING THE TORCH

The 2015 NJ Science Convention has wrapped, and with it the leadership team of NJSELA has passed the torch to a new group of officers.


Tom Paterson, K-12 Science and Technology Supervisor - Madison, is taking over as NJSELA President.


Kim Feltre, K-12 Science Supervisor - Hillsborough, is our President-Elect.


Brain Carey, 7-12 Science Supervisor - Livingston, has enthusiastically moved to the position of Past President. Congrats Brian.

WELCOME TO THE LEADERSHIP TEAM MEEGAN ADAMS!

Meegan Adams, District Supervisor of Science in New Brunswick, will take on the position of NJSELA Secretary for 2016.

NSTA ISSUES FIRST-EVER SAFETY ALERT

From the National Science Teachers Association https://www.nsta.org/:


"NSTA has issued its first-ever safety alert: Do Not Use Methanol-Based Flame Tests on Open Laboratory Desks. NSTA supports teachers and wants them to know that safer alternatives to methanol-based flame tests are available and should be used. Read this recent Washington Post article for an in-depth look into the issues at hand."

ACHIEVE RELEASES ACCELERATED MODEL COURSE PATHWAYS DOCUMENT

Document can be found at NGSS Site: http://www.nextgenscience.org/ngss-accelerated-model-course-pathways


Includes (potentially) helpful correlations between AP Enduring Understandings, AP Essential Knowledge Focus and the NGSS DCIs and Performance Expectations.


From website: "Achieve released the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Accelerated Model Course Pathways - a resource that offers guidance to schools and districts seeking to organize NGSS performance expectations into a compressed time frame. The NGSS Accelerated Model Course Pathways are designed for high-achieving students who want or need to pursue advanced level science courses earlier in middle or high school, and at a more rapid pace."

NEW STUDENT TEACHING REQUIREMENTS COMING IN 2018

Commissioner Hespe announces changes to student teaching program, requiring more time in the classroom and exposure to different types of classrooms. By 2018 the student teaching experience requirement will increase from one semester to at least a full school year.


http://www.phillyvoice.com/nj-board-education-requirements-student-teachers/

NJSELA GOOGLE DRIVE IS COMING

NJSELA will be using Google Drive to share items with the membership. The goal is to create a common space where information can be made easily available to all (think of all those surveys about districts' course sequencing and other goodies we keep asking each other for!). To keep this resource authentic, it will be limited to our membership therefore it will be important that you provide an email address that you use for accessing shared Google resources when you pay for your membership. Stay tuned for more details - we are anticipating a 'go-live' date that corresponds to the winter roundtable.