April 22, 2016
NGSS AND NEW SUPERVISOR WORKSHOPS
Thank you to Meegan Adames, Kim Feltre, and Brian Carey for being excellent facilitators of these events. If you have ideas or suggestions for future events please pass them along!
Our next member workshop will be on May 19th and the topic is Chemicals!
SCIENCE EDUCATION SHORT COURSES
Mike Heinz has asked that this be passed along to our membership:
The Office of Secondary Education is pleased to announce the availability of two free on-line Science Education Short Courses. The Institute for Science + Math Education at the University of Washington is producing a series of "Short Courses," acting as resource guides through a particular topic. Short Courses incorporate STEM Teaching Tools, other resources created by our team, and helpful tools created by outside sources. The courses can be explored individually or in a group setting, such as a departmental professional learning community or a day of professional development. The first two short courses focus on formative assessment and how to adapt curriculum materials to meet the demands of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science.
Questions regarding the short courses should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Heinz, Science Coordinator
Office of Secondary Education
New Jersey Department of Education
PO Box 500
100 Riverview Plaza, Trenton, NJ 08625
SPRING 2016 MEMBER ROUNDTABLE
The Spring NJSELA Roundtable will be on Thursday, June 2. Our guest speaker will be Linda Burroughs, Associate Professor in the School of Education at TCNJ. (https://eeced.tcnj.edu/department-info/faculty-profiles/linda-burroughs/)
Ms. Burroughs will be speaking with us on Science Teacher training, the importance of science integration, and the thrust behind the NGSS for economic development.
We will be holding the main roundtable at TCNJ in Ewing. We will also hold a satellite location meeting in Old Tappan and connect via videoconferencing with TCNJ.
To register for the Roundtable please go to the link at the top. Roundtables are free to all current 2016 NJSELA members. The fee for non-members is $40 and also gets you membership for the remainder of 2016. You can sign up for membership here.
NGSS SEARCH TOOL
Common Sense Education has developed a search tool to help teachers find NGSS resources relating to specific perfomance expectations. You can find the tool here: https://www.graphite.org/standards/next-generation-science-standards
A story about it appeared on eSchool News:
"The NGSS Explorer, from the nonprofit Common Sense Education, helps teachers locate the ed-tech resources that can help give students a cross-disciplinary, inquiry-based approach to science learning. The tool also is intended to help teachers integrate new tools into their lesson plans."
The full article can be found here: http://www.eschoolnews.com/2016/03/31/ngss-explorer-helps-teachers-with-digital-stem-resources/
PROPOSAL DEADLINE IS COMING!
ECET2NJPA is coming on September 24-25, 2016. Session proposals may focus on all aspects of education (core content, technology integration, whole child, digital literacy, etc.). Please know you are not limited to these, and we encourage any and all ideas you have for a session you'd like to lead. Proposals are due on April 30. More information is available on our website: http://www.ecet2njpa.org/.
UPCOMING NJDOE SCIENCE PD WORKSHOPS
No additions since the last newsletter.
Go to: https://education.state.nj.us/events/?p=a for more information and to sign up.
Translating the Chemistry Model Science Curriculum Framework into Local Curriculum
May 12: East Orange - Register by 4/28/16
Translating the Physics Model Science Curriculum Framework into Local Curriculum
May 6: Trenton - Register by 4/22/16
May 26: Stockton University - Register by 5/12/16
Translating Middle School Earth&Space Sciences Model Sci Curriculum Framework into Local Curriculum
May 13: East Orange - Register by 4/29/16
Translating Middle School Life Science Model Science Curriculum Framework into Local Curriculum
May 20: East Orange - Register by 5/6/16
Translating Middle School Physical Science Model Science Curriculum Framework into Local Curriculum
May 18: Stockton University - Register by 5/23/16
May 23: Trenton - Register by 5/9/16