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  • 19 Apr 2023 7:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Date: Thursday, June 22, 2023

    Cost: $175   

    Time: 8:30-2:30 PD HRs: 5.5

    Register Now

    Did your students’ scores on the NJSLA-Science stun you?  Feeling a little discouraged?  Wish you had known the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) were a major emphasis on the test?  Then it’s time to attend “Developing and Using Models in the NGSS Classroom, Grades 5-8”.  Find out more about NJSLA-Science and learn more about the modeling SEP.

    There are 20 modeling SEPs embedded in the Performance Expectations (PEs) for grades 5 through 8.  This interactive six-hour workshop contains three parts.  Part 1 provides classroom-ready modeling activities and time for creating/revising your own modeling activities.   Part 2 is an overview of the principles of NGSS, the three Dimensionsand the PEs.  Part 3 includes background information about the NJSLA-Science, test construction, and scoring.  Participants will receive resources in the form of handouts, activities, and websites. This workshop is for teachers.

  • 14 Apr 2023 10:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The NJ School of Conservation (NJSOC) Educators Open House on April 29th will give teachers the opportunity to experience a day at NJSOC in much the same way as their students would during one of our field experiences.

    Teachers will sample some of our most popular field experiences, including Water Ecology, Blacksmithing, Archery, and Nature Art and Poetry -- and see how we relate them to the new climate change standards and social emotional learning competencies.

    We have school districts that have been returning to us for more than 40 years, with some driving up to 3 hours to do so. Come find out why!

    It's a FREE opportunity to visit one of the best and most beautiful educational resources in NJ. We guarantee a fun day!

    Registration information is here: and information about the School of Conservation is here:

  • 14 Apr 2023 9:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Residential Summer Workshops at the

    University of Connecticut’s

    School of Engineering

    The daVinci Project

    July 10-14, 2023

    Introducing our students to engineering is a national need.  Most students love to be creative and to connect academics to the real world….this is what engineers do while making technologies that solve serious world problems.  The UConn School of Engineering is holding its 23rd annual daVinci Project.   It is a weeklong (Mon-Fri) residential series of hands-on workshops for middle and high school science and math teachers. This year it’s being held July 10-14.  Teachers live on campus and participate in one of 6 very engaging workshops, as well as many other seminars, a variety tours through research labs, our state of the art water reclaim and wastewater facilities, and our CoGen plant.  Come and be part of an exciting week of exploration!  We have 21 fellowships available.  Please share this professional development opportunity with the other STEM teachers in your school or district. Workshop links below.

    1.  Virtual Reality – Teaching Science through VR and Naval Engineering – 8 Fellowships available
    2.  Environmental (In)Justice – 2 Fellowships available
    3. Understanding Pain: Sensory and emotional stimulus to your brain  – 2 Fellowships available
    4. Cybersecurity – Making decisions that keep you and your students safe – 4 Fellowships available
    5. Smart Films and Flexible Electronics - 1 Fellowships available
    6. Image Processing and Machine Learning – 4 Fellowships available

    An on-line 2023 application and more information can be accessed at 

    Registration deadline: June 5, 2023.

    Confirmation will be sent after your registration is received.

    If you have questions or need further information please contact Ben Strong at or 860-486-4905 

  • 9 Apr 2023 9:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join NESTA for this upcoming webinar:

    Not Another Bar Chart! Teaching Graph Choice

    We will review research on how people learn from data to make our instruction more successful. We will explore how to get students exploring and graphing data as they work to make sense of it. We will discuss various strategies to use to adjust our own curricula.

    Presenter: Kristin Hunter Thomson, Dataspire Education & Evaluation, LLC (

    Webinar Date: Tuesday April 18, 2023 7PM ET.

    Registration deadline: Monday, April 17th


  • 4 Apr 2023 3:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please join us on June 1, 2023 on TCNJ’s centrally-located campus for a one day conference focusing on K-5 Climate Change Education.

    Curriculum professionals and teacher-leaders can learn strategies for integrating climate change instruction across content areas and grade levels in elementary settings and share their own successful experiences.

    Nationally renowned author, educator, activist, and sought after speaker, Harriet Shugarman to speak at conference. Her nationally recognized, multi - award winning book, How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change, Turning Angst into Action was published by New Society and is available everywhere books are sold! 

    Dr. Lauren Madden, will lead the day’s events. Dr. Madden has led New Jersey’s path through adopting these new standards. She authored the Report on K-12 Climate Change Education Needs in New Jersey and her expertise in climate change education at the elementary level has been featured in news outlets such as the Washington Post and The Guardian.

    New Jersey’s Department of Education recently announced funding opportunities for climate change education initiatives available through grants in the amount of $6,500-7,500. 

    Attending the conference is just one of the ways to utilize the grant!

    Learn about the Grant and the Conference

    Cost: $325.00 per person
    Included is breakfast, lunch, certificate of completion( 6 hours)
    Online registration through Eventbrite is required.

  • 4 Apr 2023 3:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Date: June 9, 2023  
    Time: 9am-3pm
    Where: PRISM - located at 1515 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
    Cost: $225
    PD Hours: 5.5

    Register Here

    Explanatory Models for Teaching the Big Ideas of Climate Change in New Jersey

    Bridge climate change education and research-based explanatory modeling practices in this new workshop. 

    Explanatory modeling is a practice central to Ambitious Science Ambitious Science Teaching and OpenSciEd, approaches to teaching that are quickly being taken up by schools across New Jersey Teaching and OpenSciEd, approaches to teaching that are quickly being taken up by schools across New Jersey.

    Climate change education is a core component of state education priorities across disciplinary content areas, evident in the state's recent release of Climate Awareness Education funding. 

    This workshop requires participant knowledge of the AST or Opensci approach. As a participant you will collaboratively develop explanatory models on climate change topics with the intention of implementing them in the classroom and reflecting on how the models support student learning.  

    You will benefit most from this workshop if you: 

    have previous experience or training with OpenSci or Ambitious Science Teaching (required)

    • are willing to collaborate and co-develop models with colleagues 
    • are willing to implement the tools with your students. 
    • are willing to reflect on the implementation with the workshop facilitator and other workshop participants after you implement the tools you develop.

    Facilitator: Karen Woodruff

  • 4 Apr 2023 3:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2023 Philadelphia Institute: Teaching Students to Evaluate Sources and Claims

    Join us July 31-August 2, 2023 for a three-day Institute for middle and high school teachers. The Institute will explore and connect two types of curricular materials that deepen students' understanding of how to evaluate socioscientific issues, such as the climate crisis, energy use, and food security, using instructional scaffolds called Lateral Reading and Model-Evidence Link Diagrams.

    Up to $1,000 in stipend funding is available for this opportunity.

    To learn more:

  • 22 Mar 2023 1:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Event date: March 24, 12pm–1pm

    This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

    Register Now

    Join Dr. James Shope, Applied Climatologist, and Pritpal Bamhrah AICP, Senior Research Specialist, of the NJ Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) for an introduction to the CCRC’s recently released Heat Vulnerability Index (HVI) for New Jersey.

    What is a Heat Vulnerability Index?

    • Heat vulnerability is the extent to which a community or person is likely to experience negative outcomes from extreme heat, such as increased hospitalization.
    • An HVI combines social and environmental factors that disproportionately exacerbate heat-related illness and death to highlight which communities may be more vulnerable to extreme heat. 
    • An HVI is a valuable tool for communities, policymakers, and local officials to target strategies to protect the communities that are most vulnerable to extreme heat.

    Why is a Heat Vulnerability Index important for New Jersey?

    • New Jersey’s average summer temperatures have increased by 3.5 °F since 1900, and summers are expected to become hotter and heat waves more frequent and longer. 
    • More extreme temperatures will likely increase heat-related illnesses, hospital admissions, and mortality, especially among New Jersey’s most vulnerable communities.

    Dr. Shope and Ms. Bamhrah will review how NJ’s Heat Vulnerability Index can help communities, policymakers, local officials, and other practitioners identify which communities may be more at risk during extreme heat and what factors contribute to vulnerability. We will also cover how the HVI is constructed, how to apply the index, and why we need to consider heat vulnerability in New Jersey’s climate future. We will take your questions and input about how you would like to see the HVI used in New Jersey.


  • 10 Mar 2023 8:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    47th Annual New Jersey Science Convention
    Date: October 17 & 18, 2023
    Princeton Marriott at Forrestal
    Featured Speaker
    2023 Annual Banquet features Dale Rosselet, Vice President for Education at New Jersey Audubon Society Education Department
    Date: Tuesday Evening, October 17, 2023

    Attendee Registrations Opens April 2023

    Exhibitor Registration Opens March 2023
    Additional convention information on our website at:
    Cancellation and Refund Policies: Please refer to our Cancellation and Refund Policies posted on the NJSC Website:
    Attendees must be at least 18 years of age on the first day of the Event to be eligible to attend the Event.

  • 7 Mar 2023 8:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Ecology School and Poland Spring® are partnering to bring K-8 Science Teachers from around the United States to Maine for a free 4-day professional development institute focusing on watershed science, outdoor learning, and community partnerships. Offered in two cohorts: July 17 - 20 and July 27 - 30, 2023. The Institute is free for teachers, and attendees will receive a $250 stipend and be reimbursed for most travel.

    Click here to learn more & apply to attend this special weekend for educators. 

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