January 22, 2015


The executive committee will be meeting in the next week to discuss and plan future NJSELA work. We are planning to discuss position statements, topics arising in the Google Group, and possible mini-workshops before the next roundtable among other things.

If you have something to contribute or an item you would like to bring to our attention, please email me at: patersont@madisonnjps.org.


The NJSELA shared folder is now LIVE at this link. Members are encouraged to contribute and take from it - just please don't do any permanent file structure damage!

Reminder, this folder is available to active members. Check to see if we have you current with your 2016 membership at this link. This information is current as of 1/21/16. If you have sent in a check or PO to Kurt, it may have not processed yet and you will be updated when it does. If you have not gotten to renewing your membership yet, please go to the NJSELA Membership sign up page and follow the instructions found there.

If you are listed as an active 2016 member and do not have shared folder access please check the email address associated with your membership - It must be linked with Google. To modify or add your Google compatible email address please contact our membership chair Eric Siegal at eric.siegal@wmtps.org.


In the mid 1800's Urbain Le Verrier became interested in the motion of Uranus. Based on his calculations he predicted that there must be another large planet in our solar system providing a gravitational tug. In 1930 Tombaugh blinked, and Pluto's history began but it didn't quite have the mass Urbain predicted.

This week Pluto-killer Mike Brown and his colleague Konstantin Batygin announced evidence of an unseen Neptune size planet that is 200 AU away from the Sun, at the closest with an orbital period of about 15,000 years!

Read the article from Science here.


2015 was again record setting, breaking 2014's mark of being the globe's warmest year since the recordkeeping era began in 1880. Looking for the relation of NGSS Earth Science to your courses? You don't have to look hard to see how this phenomenon will find its way into Biology, Chemistry, and Physics!

NY Times article is here.


The video of Wil and Stacey van der Veen's presentation at the Winter Roundtable is available to stream out of our shared folder as a link to the YouTube video.

The powerpoint presentation can also be found in the "December 2015 Roundtable" folder.


For those of you who haven't seen Mike Heinz's Model Curriculum Google shared folder, you can find it here: http://www.tinyurl.com/heinzshare

Want to know more? Sign up for one of Mike's workshops (info below).


New additions since the last newsletter are in bold.

Go to: https://education.state.nj.us/events/?p=a for more information and to sign up.

Translating the Biology Model Science Curriculum Framework into Local Curriculum

February 18: Trenton - Register by 2/4/16

February 29: Stockton University - Register by 2/15/16

May 5: East Orange - Register by 4/21/16

Translating the Chemistry Model Science Curriculum Framework into Local Curriculum

March 4: Trenton - Register by 2/19/16

March 11: Stockton University - Register by 2/26/16

May 12: East Orange - Register by 4/28/16

Translating the Physics Model Science Curriculum Framework into Local Curriculum

February 3: Stockton University – Register by 1/20/16

February 12: Trenton – Register by 1/29/16

March 22: East Orange – Register by 3/8/16

May 6: Trenton - Register by 4/22/16

May 26: Stockton University - Register by 5/12/16

Translating Capstone Earth & Space Sciences Model Science Curriculum Framework into Local Curriculum

March 1: Trenton - Register by 2/16/16

March 10: Stockton University - Register by 2/25/16

Translating Middle School Earth&Space Sciences Model Sci Curriculum Framework into Local Curriculum

April 20: Stockton University - Register by 4/13/16

May 13: East Orange - Register by 4/29/16

Translating Middle School Life Science Model Science Curriculum Framework into Local Curriculum

April 15: Trenton - Register by 4/11/16

April 25: Stockton University - Register by 5/20/16

May 20: East Orange - Register by 5/6/16

Translating Middle School Physical Science Model Science Curriculum Framework into Local Curriculum

February 26: East Orange - Register by 2/12/16

May 3: Trenton - Register by 4/19/16

May 18: Stockton University - Register by 5/23/16

May 23: Trenton - Register by 5/9/16

Structure and Properties of Matter for teachers in grades 2 & 5

Inheritance and Variation of Traits for teachers in grade 3

Interdependent Relationships; & Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems for Grades K, 2, 3, &5

February 9: East Orange - Register by 1/26/16

February 11: Stockton University - Register by 1/28/16

February 19: Trenton - Register by 2/5/16

Structure, Function and Information Processing for teachers in grades 1 and 4

March 2: East Orange - Register by 2/16/16

March 8: Stockton University - Register by 2/23/16

March 21: Trenton - Register by 3/7/16

Weather and Climate for teachers in grades K and 3

March 15: Stockton University - Register by 3/1/16

April 5: Trenton - Register by 3/31/16

April 19: East Orange - Register by 4/13/16