April 22, 2016


On Tuesday, April 19th we held workshops at NJPSA in Monroe for our members. This is part of our initiative to foster more collaboration within our membership. The topics this time around were "Leading Curriculum Change in the NGSS" and "Emerging Leadership". Both attendees and presenters learned a lot from the experience! Some of the materials and slides can be accessed in our shared folder here.

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!


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.

· SHORT COURSE: How to Develop 3D Formative Assessments for the Science Classroom

· SHORT COURSE: How to use Curriculum Adaptation to Adopt the New Vision for Science Education

Questions regarding the short courses should be sent to michael.heinz@doe.state.nj.us.

Michael Heinz, Science Coordinator

Office of Secondary Education

New Jersey Department of Education

PO Box 500

100 Riverview Plaza, Trenton, NJ 08625




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.


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/


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/.


No additions since the last newsletter.

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

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