News 2020-21

  • 21 Feb 2021 2:14 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    As spring thaw approaches, please keep your eyes open.  Be a NATURE WATCHER.  

  • 21 Feb 2021 2:09 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    Students and families again to another Health/Medical Scientists live webinar via Zoom on Thurs., Feb 25th from 7-8PM. We have some really great, notable speakers for this program: Dr. Swaminathan is the Principal Investigator of the Moderna Vaccine trials, Dr. Zhao invented a microbiota formula to help patients fight COVID-19, and Dr. Silenzio is an LGBTQ+ Community Health expert. So a real diverse and interesting set of scientists! The program is FREE and open to all youth and their families. Registration is a must, and questions for the scientists are requested to be sent in prior to the program via this submission form: Online Survey Software | Qualtrics Survey Solutions.

  • 21 Feb 2021 2:05 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    PRISM Webinar-Thursday, March 25, 4:00-5:00 pm 

    FREE webinar for teachers, students, the general public.  

    Registration is required in advance: HERE

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


    Interested in learning about what engineers do? Join us for a Zoom webinar about engineering, featuring Harry Roman, a nationally recognized engineer with decades of experience in designing solar /wind energy systems, robots, micro sensors, applying AI systems and lots of other technologies. What makes this engineer so interesting, is he has taught teachers and students in many middle schools and co-taught STEM graduate level classes for NJ teachers. He knows engineering and he knows education. IEEE honored him with a northeast region excellence in teaching award. He has taught graduate engineering courses at his alma mater [NJIT] for 10 years as well. He holds 12 U.S. patents, written hundreds of articles and professional papers, and published numerous teacher activity books for PITSCO, ITEEA, Kelvin, ENASCO, IEEE, and Gifted Education Press; and created 20 math card games for ENASCO.

    In his talk, Harry will discuss how engineers

    -Affect the world around us

    -Discuss the engineering versus science question

    -How the engineering field developed over time

    -How engineers solve problems

    -Where you will find engineers at work

    -Job opportunities for engineers today....

    -and lots of other cool stuff.

  • 11 Feb 2021 7:57 AM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    Guida Faria, NJSTA President, and Dr. Elizabeth Allen, NSTA President, are both quoted in a recent article published by Bloomberg.

    Read the article, "Big Oil Gets to Teach Climate Change in America's Classrooms" HERE

  • 2 Feb 2021 8:47 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    New York & New Jersey Climate Education Youth Summit

    Dates: Monday, February 8th to Friday, February 12th 2021

    Time: 3:30pm - 6:30pm EST

    Register here:

    The New York & New Jersey Climate Education Youth Summit is organized by the Center for Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute Columbia University in partnership with New Jersey Audubon and the National Wildlife Federation in New York City. The main objective of this weeklong Summit is to increase awareness about local environmental issues in the two States and to encourage community activism thought citizen science and other approaches. The Summit will also make youth aware of career pathways in sustainability and environmental education. There will be networking sessions with current sustainability track Columbia University students. The Summit will also provide opportunities for Q and As with world-renowned economists such as Jeffrey Sachs, marine biologist Joaquim Goes, and New York Times reporter and Earth Institute journalist Andrew Revkin. In addition, there will be numerous workshops designed to help youth enhance environmental skills, and play an active role in their communities to address sustainability issues. The Summit is a great opportunity to open young minds to the possibilities in research and activism. The Summit’s keynote speaker is New Jersey’s First Lady, Ms. Tammy Murphy who is spearheading climate change education as an integral topic in New Jersey’s K-12 school learning standards. 

    Join us to ask questions, debate and participate!. 

    More on eco-ambassadors here-

  • 18 Jan 2021 6:09 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    College (& High School) Chemistry During COVID: What Works, What Doesn't, and What I Need Help With!

    Monday, January 25th @ 7 pm

    This free webinar and panel discussion features Award-Winning Faculty who are teaching in person, on-line, and in hybrid settings. All science faculty are welcome to attend as most of the strategies can be transferred across science disciplines.  

    During the webinar, we will share labs that students can do at home, labs with virtual lab partners and discuss evidence-based strategies that work (and those that don't).  We will show you how to use programs like Nearpod®, PearDeck®, edpuzzle® and others, to check for understanding as well as sharing and viewing student data in a socially distanced way.  We are also excited to hear about the great things you are doing in your class to maintain the rigor of a college chemistry course in these challenging times.

    Click here to register:

    Meet your Presenters:

    Samantha Ramaswamy is the AP Chemistry teacher at Penn-Trafford High School in a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA where she is also the sponsor of the Science National Honor Society. She has taught every level of chemistry from academic up through AP. This year, Penn-Trafford High School runs on a hybrid schedule, with half of the student body attending every other day while the rest remain online. Sam earned her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Purdue University and then her Masters degree in Science Education from Montana State University. Outside of the classroom, she is the president of the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association and a teacher leader of APTeach where she is working to create a more collaborative network of science teachers.


    Michele Whitecraft is a dynamic teacher, lecturer and researcher. She takes a holistic interdisciplinary approach to education and is actively involved in advancing women and minorities in science. She has been the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Secondary Science Education, the Tandy Scholar Teacher Award, and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, among others. From her unique research and consulting experiences with the:

    ●        Department of Energy;

    ●        National Science Foundation;

    ●        National Institutes for Environmental Health Science;

    ●        National Institutes of Health;

    and National Aeronautics Space Association, Michele has designed science curricula with real world experiments ranging from her work on the International Experimental Thermonuclear Reactor at Princeton to the artificial transmutation of the transuranium elements at UC Berkeley. Michele’s experiences with these national organizations and research projects have inspired her desire to help advance women and minorities in all scientific endeavors. Michele has been a member of the:

    ●        American Chemical Society;

    ●        American Association for the Advancement of Science;

    ●        Society of Women Engineers;

    ●        American Association of University Women;

    ●        Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development;

    ●        National Association of Research in Science Teaching;

    ●        National Science Teaching Association;

          Pennsylvania Science Teaching Association (Current Board


    •      Tompkins Cortland Community College Teaching Center

         (Current Board Member).          

    With more than 35 years' experience in teaching high school and college chemistry, Michele has authored several monographs and book chapters to enhance science education nation-wide and presented at several national and international conferences. She has publications in BioScience, Journal of Nuclear Materials, Human Ecology, The International Journal of Agriculture, Chemistry in Action and The Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics. Michele was an Education Policy Fellow for Pennsylvania from 2017-2018. Michele earned her master’s degree from Bloomsburg University and her doctorate from Cornell. She is currently an adjunct concurrent enrollment chemistry liaison and chemistry instructor at Tompkins Cortland Community College and a science education professor at Mansfield University.


    Registration link:

  • 10 Jan 2021 8:36 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    The COVID-19 pandemic is resulting in widespread and ongoing changes to how the K-12 education system functions, including disruptions to science teaching and learning environments. Students and teachers are all figuring out how to do schooling differently, and districts and states are working overtime to reimagine systems and processes. This is difficult and stressful work in the middle of the already stressful and sometimes traumatic backdrop of the global pandemic. In addition, students with disabilities, students of color, immigrants, English learners, and students from under-resourced communities have been disproportionately affected, both by the pandemic itself and by the resulting instructional shifts.

      Teaching K-12 Science and Engineering During a Crisis aims to describe what high quality science and engineering education can look like in a time of great uncertainty and to support practitioners as they work toward their goals. This book includes guidance for science and engineering practitioners - with an emphasis on the needs of district science supervisors, curriculum leads, and instructional coaches. Teaching K-12 Science and Engineering During a Crisis will help K-12 science and engineering teachers adapt learning experiences as needed to support students and their families dealing with ongoing changes to instructional and home environments and at the same time provide high quality in those experiences.

    The book is available for free as a PDF download. The Interactive Summary is a good first stop for busy educators.

    National Academies Press Book Announcement

  • 9 Jan 2021 3:35 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    5th- 8th grade subject area teachers that may be interested in participating in the FREE Panasonic Student Eco Citizenship Project with their students.

    This exciting FREE project will guide 5th-8th-grade students across New Jersey as they:

    1. Define environmental issues
    2. Create actions to help solve the issue
    3. Apply actions in their community to help solve the problem
    4. Evaluate actions conducted and share the results

    Student teams will be able to submit an Eco Diary into the New Jersey competition. Winners and their teachers will receive recognition and prizes provided by Panasonic. 

  • 21 Dec 2020 3:39 PM | NJSTA (Administrator)

    Student Sustainability Summit Call for Entries K – 12 Student Essay or Video Competition 
    “What can we do for environmental sustainability?” 
    (800 words or less) OR Video (3 minutes or less) for students in grades K – 12 
    Register Now! 
     The deadline for submissions is 5 pm on January 8, 2021. Finalists will be announced no later than February 1, 2021

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