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CONTENTS:
Duke Farms Resources for Educators
Join EIRC's ELA PARCC Consortium
October PLT GreenSchools! Update
NJDOE: Model High School Environmental Science and Earth and Space Science Course
EIRC's STEM Workshop Series Starts this Month!
STEM opportunity
Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Training In November
EIRC's Gifted and Talented Services-Register Today for 2014-2015
Check out new regional networking opportunities!
2014 Environmental Congress!
FREE National Earth Science Week Toolkits!!!
Don't miss the Professional Development opportunities at the 2014 New Jersey Science Convention
Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Course Offered
Merlin Bird ID App for Android Released
Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies
Webinar: Fruit Trees in the School Garden
Webinar: Square-Foot Gardening & Bigger Beds: Maximizing Your School Garden Space
RiverXchange - Sharing and Learning Across Borders - an Invitation to all 4th - 6th Grade Teachers
NEW Climate and Energy Literacy Resource Portal!
Extreme Realities: New Episode in Journey to Planet Earth
Population education resources
Project WET workshop scheduled
New Guide Provides Climate-Smart Solutions
Invitation to the 2014 New Jersey Science Convention
ANJEE Membership Offerings- April 2014
Duke Farms Resources for Educators             (Posted: 10-22-14)

Click HERE.

Join EIRC's ELA PARCC Consortium             (Posted: 10-22-14)

EIRC - www.eirc.org
www.eirc.org

Feel confident that your students are ready for PARCC!
 
Join EIRC's
ELA PARCC Consortium 
Send a team of two teachers to a series of workshops where they will learn how to use Common Core Standards to enhance instruction and prepare students for the PARCC assessments.
 
A team of two teachers can attend the ELA PARCC Consortium
Workshops for $800 per team (price includes all five sessions below.)

Each workshop session will be held at EIRC from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm


ELA Session 1 - November 10, 2014
Who Does PARCC Think He Is Anyway?
The Common Core Standards and How They Make PARCC Unique

ELA Session 2 - November 13, 2014
To Read or Not to Read - That is the Question!
Close Reading Strategies and Text Complexity

ELA Session 3 - January 14, 2015
Three Cheers for the Tiers
Rising to the PARCC Rigor with Tiered Academic Vocabulary

ELA Session 4 - January 27, 2015
No, You Are Not Entitled to Your Own Opinion...
Unless You Can Support It with Textual Evidence!

ELA Session 5 - February 9, 2015
Pack a Punch to the PARCC
How to Utilize Summative Assessment to Blow Them Away!

EIRC-Educational Information & Resource Center 
South Jersey Tech Park,  107 Gilbreth Pkwy, Suite 200
Mullica Hill, NJ  08062-4446
856-582-7000 Phone     856-582-4360 Fax  

October PLT GreenSchools! Update             (Posted: 10-22-14)

Project Learning Tree

GreenSchools! Update

PLT's
GreenSchools! program inspires students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their
community

Energy may be the most important issue of our time. It affects the quality of our lives every day as it powers transportation, communication, lights, and heating and cooling systems. According to the US Department of Energy, K-12 schools spend more than $8 billion annually on energy, making energy the second highest operating expenditure for schools after personnel cost. Therefore, this month we want to provide you with information on how to save energy, and money, at your school.

Energy Webinar: Transforming Schools with PLT
GreenSchools! Energy Investigations
Check out our archived webinar to learn how how ENERGY STAR tools can help schools improve energy efficiency, and how GreenSchools! teams can make a difference by using the GreenSchools! Energy Investigation to examine their school’s energy use and implement action plans to reduce energy impacts.

Energy Saving Tips For Schools
As we head into the fall and winter months where the thermostats are turned up and the lights are on longer, we wanted to provide you and your students with some easy tips for saving energy at your school.

 

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

Project
Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree
2000 M St NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20036

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NJDOE: Model High School Environmental Science and Earth and Space Science Course             (Posted: 10-22-14)

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EIRC's STEM Workshop Series Starts this Month!             (Posted: 10-22-14)

STEM Workshop Series
Did you know that EIRC offers STEM workshops? Become the student with these interactive sessions. Explore hands-on classroom activities, strategies, and tools that you can add to your science curriculum!
About the Series

Select individual workshops, or attend
each workshop in the series to enhance your STEM classroom!

Each workshop will be held at EIRC from
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location:
EIRC
South Jersey Tech Park
107 Gilbreth Pkwy,
Suite 200
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

Cost:
$139.00 per workshop
(Includes continental breakfast)

About the Presenter

Barbara Mammen has over 35 years' experience in education, including experience as Supervisor of Science and Technology. Barbara has held positions at Stevens Institute of Technology's Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education, and Rider University's Graduate School of Education. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Pace University and a Master's Degree in Science and Environmental Education from Brooklyn College.
Upcoming Workshops at EIRC


October 30, 2014

November 14, 2014

November 18, 2014
The NGSS: Rethinking Science Teaching & Learning
 
October 23, 2014
  • Understand the format and dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Learn how to develop assessments using the NGSS Performance Expectations.
Science & Engineering Practices: Claims, Evidence, Explanation, Argumentation (Grades 3-8)
 
November 21, 2014
  • Follow the CER (claims, evidence, rebuttal) Framework for Scientific Explanation as proposed by Joseph Krajcik (NGSS Development Team).
  • See how to use variations of the CER approach and construct assessment rubrics.

Integrating Engineering with Science in Elementary and Middle Grades
 
December 11, 2014
  • Participate in interactive engineering activities.
  • Analyze science concepts and skills necessary for engineering design solutions.
The Literacy STEM Connection (Grades 3-8)
 
February 6, 2015
  • Explore literacy activities to enhance student understanding of STEM concepts, particularly science and math.
  • Learn how to use the activities to assess student progress, inform instruction, and realize ways to modify strategies for diverse learners.
The Best STEM Websites
 
March 20, 2015
  • Delve into the best websites for STEM education resources, including lesson plans, activities/projects, videos, simulations, rubrics, and more.
  • Gather information relevant to your specific grade level and student population.
 
EIRC - Educational Information & Resource Center
South Jersey Tech Park, 107 Gilbreth Pkwy, Suite 200
Mullica HIll, NJ 08062-4446
Phone  856-582-7000    Fax  856-582-4206

STEM opportunity             (Posted: 10-21-14)

Our nonprofit is offering teachers and students a science prize that is literally out of this world.  We hope you will share this opportunity with your audience, as that will give them a chance to win and will encourage engagement in STEM.

The students of the winning teacher will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to control a satellite and run experiments in space for a week as it orbits the earth at 18,000 miles per hour and 310 miles up.

Students and teachers will be provided with support and resources to make sure that they are successful:

  • Videos, worksheets, and guides to present the fundamentals of working with a satellite.  
  • Sample code and experiments with step by step instructions to run and develop your own experiments.
  • Direct access to the Ardusat support team to assist in implementing the process in your class.


The promotion is a campaign of ClassWish.org, a 501(c(3) nonprofit, which addresses the dire lack of science equipment in schools. The severity of the need is seen in 42% of all eighth grade science teachers reporting that they do not have most of the equipment they need to teach; the figure for teachers of minority students is more than 50%. Indeed, ClassWish is the only nonprofit that lets anyone contribute to provide STEM (and other) resources for any school or any teacher in the country. Teachers visit the site to create wish lists; people make tax-deductible contributions to help; and ClassWish sends the supplies and equipment right to the classrooms at no cost.

The prize is being supplied by Nanosatisfi, whose team of non-traditional space engineers deployed the world’s first crowd-funded satellite—Ardusat (a portmanteau of Arduino and Satellite). They remain committed to providing an education platform for hands-on space exploration and a truly remarkable STEM experience for students across the globe.

 

Teachers easily enter by creating a wish list at http://ClassWish.org, which also lets them receive donations for the science equipment their students need. Each teacher who creates a wish list automatically gets a satellite page, such as this sample: http://classwish.org/teachers/15699-Bill-Nigh.

Anyone can help their favorite teacher win by “liking” the teacher, inviting other teachers, spreading the word, or contributing towards supplies.

If, as we hope, you are interested in sharing this opportunity with your readers, feel free to grab any of the banners that we provided here: http://www.classwish-banners.org/satellite-prize.html

Please let us know if we can answer any questions or provide additional information.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Taylor Hazard

taylor@ClassWish.org

http://ClassWish.org

Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Training In November             (Posted: 10-21-14)

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will be hosting a free 2-day Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) training on November 14-16 at the Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education in Waretown (Ocean Co.). The training is for adult staff and volunteers of youth-centered community and/or faith-based organizations, as well as schools, looking to offer an ongoing or year-round youth fishing, conservation and aquatic education program.

HOFNOD is a great way to introduce youth to fishing, learning about their local waters and other natural resources while supporting positive outdoor recreation activities and life skills. The program is flexible enough to be used by most organizations.

For more information visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2014/hofnod_train11-14.htm on the Division's website.

EIRC's Gifted and Talented Services-Register Today for 2014-2015             (Posted: 10-1-14)

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"Helping People Help Kids"
EIRC's Gifted and Talented Services 
2014-2015
IMPORTANT INFORMATION!
 2015 G&T Events 
have been scheduled around the testing date windows.

Register online before October 31st for your 
2014-2015 Gifted and Talented programs. 

More information can be found at:  

 

ROGATE,   Mini Model Congress,  

Marsville,  SITE, The Green Challenge 

And more...

  • Year-long Gifted andTalented Based Curriculum and Resources
  • Regional G&TEvents 
  • Collaboration with G&TEducators throughout the Region
  • School registration fee:$300 per program
  • Student registration fee: $40 per student
ROGATE 
Research Opportunities for Gifted And Talented Education 
  • Ability to take SAT/ACT
  • Participate in Academic Interest Lectures held on college campuses
  • Prepare and present original scientific-method research for Critical Issues
  • Attend year-end expositions to interact with other G&T students
  • Receive awards / recognition for academic achievements
  • Grades 6-12

MINI MODEL CONGRESS Mini Model Congress

  • Introduce American political, legislative and legal processes
  • Research and write legislative bills
  • Learn parliamentary procedure
  • Develop debating skills
  • Participate in a one-day simulation of Congress
  • Adopt role of legislator to debate bills in a committee
  • Pass legislative bills into law
  • Grades 6-8
MARSVILLE
Marsville
  • Develop problem-solving, cooperative learning and responsible decision-making skills
  • Become pioneers of the space frontier
  • Learn the interaction of a variety of life systems as they relate to Mars
  • Create a multi-national settlement on Mars with students from other schools
  • Cultivate communication skills
  • Grades 5-6
SITE

Student Inventions through Education SITE

  • Challenge students to learn difference between innovate and invent.  
  • Utilize a problem-solving approach to identify a problem or need
  • Brainstorm solutions
  • Research ideas and generate alternate solutions
  • Evaluate, test, improve and present invention or innovation
  • Participate in regional competitions
  • Grades K-12

The Green Challenge

  • Develop brainstorming, problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Discover careers in green industries
  • Experience collaborative, interdisciplinary, technology-rich activities
  • Understand the connections between society, economy and the environment
  • Create action plans to impact sustainability in students' local communities
  • Grades K-12
 Call for more information:
Mary Moyer, Education Specialist    856-582-7000    Ext.136
Sue Bosnjak, Administrative Assistant 856-582-7000 Ext.135
EIRC-Educational Information and Resource Center
South Jersey Tech Park, 
107 Gilbreth Pkwy, Suite 200
Mullica Hill, NJ  08062-4446
856-582-7000 Phone     856-582-4206 Fax 

Check out new regional networking opportunities!             (Posted: 9-24-14)

Click HERE.

2014 Environmental Congress!             (Posted: 9-24-14)

Registrations Now Being Accepted for the 
41st Annual ANJEC Environmental Congress! 
Environmental Leadership: Rising to the Challenge
Friday, October 24
9am - 3:30pm, followed by networking reception
Raritan Valley Community College
Branchburg
Governor Tom Kean, Keynote Speaker
Judith Enck, Regional Administrator of USEPA Region 2, Featured Speaker
  • Workshops
  • Environmental Achievement Awards
  • Exhibits
  • Networking Reception

The Congress is an annual statewide gathering of municipal environmental commissioners, state and local officials, members of New Jersey's environmental organizations, and others concerned about our state's environment.     


Workshop topics for 2014 include: Water Supply and Conservation, Computer Mapping for ERI and Open Space Planning, New Flooding Prevention Strategies, The Changing Landscape of Open Space Funding, Profiles in Environmental Leadership and Visibility, Hands-on Training for Social Media and Websites, Daylighting Streams, Development Application Review and Communicating on Climate Change. 


The 2014 ANJEC Environmental Achievement Awards will be presented at the Congress.  Get a first-hand look at the exciting projects Environmental Commissions have done around NJ.

Exhibits by co-sponsoring organizations will introduce environmental advocates to ongoing programs throughout the state.  


Click here for online registration. 

FREE National Earth Science Week Toolkits!!!             (Posted: 9-9-14)

Earth Science Week (ESW) is October 12-18, 2014. This year's theme is "Earth's Connected Systems". Specific topics, emphasized on specific days, during this annual national event, are International Earthcaching, Earth Science Literacy, No Child Left Inside, National Fossil Day, Geoscience for Everyone and Geologic Map Day. Check out the ESW website at www.earthsciweek.org for events.

Once again, NJ Geological and Water Survey has secured approximately 50 Earth Science Week Toolkits for FREE distribution to earth science teachers across the state. Priority are the public schools, but they are not exclusive. Email requests for toolkits should be sent to Karen Edwards and include the teacher's name, school name and address. Karen.edwards@dep.nj.gov

Don't miss the Professional Development opportunities at the 2014 New Jersey Science Convention             (Posted: 9-8-14)

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Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Course Offered             (Posted: 9-8-14)

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is informing those interested in wildlife rehabilitation, especially those interested in becoming a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, of an opportunity to attend a Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Course. The course will be held at Mercer County Community College November 3-7, 2014.

This course is an alternative route to meet a portion of New Jersey State permitting requirements for wildlife rehabilitators. Successful completion of the course will count for 40 hours toward the 200-hour New Jersey apprenticeship permitting requirement.

This course is available to anyone wishing to gain knowledge about native New Jersey wildlife. The course includes wildlife rehabilitation history, licensing requirements and regulations, mammal, bird and reptile species identification and anatomy, proper handling, care and nutrition, medical procedures, and much more. The cost of the course is $499.

Registration information can be obtained from Mercer County Community College by calling 609-570-3311.

This announcement can be found at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2014/rehabcourse.htm on the Division 's website.

Merlin Bird ID App for Android Released             (Posted: 8-27-14)

Click HERE.

Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies             (Posted: 8-25-14)

Horizon produces a variety of hands-on science kits that teach the underlying STEM concepts behind renewable and alternative energy sources.

You can check out our e-book here: www.horizoncurriculum.com. It is a great resource and we are continuously making improvements.

Daniel Mehay | Business Development Manager
Horizon Educational
Phone: +1 312 757 5909
Mobile: +1 219 771 9633
Skype ID: mehay.horizon
E-mail: dmehay@horizoneducational.com

Webinar: Fruit Trees in the School Garden             (Posted: 7-31-14)

Join us on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 4pm Eastern Time for "Fruit Trees in the School Garden" with Leo Buc, Director of Common Vision. To participate in the live session, log in at http://www.instantpresenter.com/edwebnet11 at the scheduled time.

Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Location: http://www.instantpresenter.com/edwebnet11
Starts: 4:00 pm (GMT-5) Eastern Time (US)
Ends: 5:00 pm (GMT-5) Eastern Time (US)

Webinar: Square-Foot Gardening & Bigger Beds: Maximizing Your School Garden Space             (Posted: 7-28-14)

Join us on Monday, November 17, 2014- 4pm / Eastern Time for "Square-Foot Gardening & Bigger Beds: Maximizing Your School Garden Space" with Matthew Doris, Food Service Director & Chef, Tuckahoe Common School District, Southampton, NY. To participate in the live session, log in at http://www.instantpresenter.com/edwebnet11 at the scheduled time.

Date: Monday, November 17, 2014
Location: http://www.instantpresenter.com/edwebnet11
Starts: 4:00 pm (GMT-5) Eastern Time (US)
Ends: 5:00 pm (GMT-5) Eastern Time (US)

RiverXchange - Sharing and Learning Across Borders - an Invitation to all 4th - 6th Grade Teachers             (Posted: 7-22-14)



http://www.riverxchange.com


RiverXchange - Sharing and Learning Across Borders - an Invitation to all
4th - 6th Grade Teachers


RiverXchange is a FREE, year-long water resources and writing program that integrates science, social studies, and 21st-Century skills through online wiki, pen-pal partnerships with a classroom in New Mexico. All lessons are correlated to U.S. Common Core Standards! Our hands-on curriculum is easy to implement. As part of the WWMC, we provide testing kits to classes and offer support to help teachers set up field trips.

We now have partner classrooms across the world - in Russian, Romania, Cameroon, Australia and Belarus.  Our goal is to support educators and give kids an opportunity to develop stewardship for their environments as they learn and share across borders with other classrooms.

Check out our Google Map to see the locations of all 2013-2014 RiverXchange classes and our mid-year blog on the RiverXchange website: http://riverxchange.com/2014/03/27/riverxchangers-create-dramatic-presentations-raise-baby-fish-and-more/.  We are looking for 2014-2015 teacher partners.

Contact Carolyn Gregory at: carolyn@riverxchange.com or call (505) 450-5671

NEW Climate and Energy Literacy Resource Portal!             (Posted: 7-22-14)

New Searchable, Free Teaching Resources on Climate and Energy in the CLEAN Collection (http://cleanet.org/index.html)

Grades K-16

Looking for well-vetted resources on climate and energy literacy for the classroom? CLEAN has just launched a brand new, searchable portal of online learning activities, videos and visualizations on climate and energy.


The Brand New CLEAN Portal (http://cleanet.org/index.html) offers the following resources and support: 

1. The CLEAN search engine (http://cleanet.org/clean/educational_resources/index.html) directs you to online activities, videos, and visualizations on climate and energy that are searchable by grade level, topic, and resource type. These resources have been reviewed by scientists and educators for accuracy and classroom effectiveness and provide additional insight and guidance on using the materials.

2. Join the vibrant CLEAN Network (http://cleanet.org/clean/community/cln/index.html) email list for updates on educational policies and science, discussions with experts, conference & workshop announcements, and weekly telecons (Tuesdays at 1 pm ET). Join the CLEAN Network email list by contacting joincleannetwork@cleanet.org.

3. Follow the CLEAN team on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CLEANET) or twitter (https://twitter.com/ClimateLit) to see featured resources from the CLEAN Portal as well as climate extensions to help you stay up to date on the latest climate and energy literacy news!

4. CLEAN’s guidance on teaching climate(http://cleanet.org/clean/literacy/climate_lit.html) and energy science (http://cleanet.org/clean/literacy/energy_lit.html) provides a set of essential principles to frame the science and inform your teaching strategies. Learn more about these scientific principles, why they are important and challenging to learn, strategies for teaching age groups, and get directed to relevant activities, videos, and visualizations for each principle.

CLEAN Principal Investigators:

Dr. Tamara S. Ledley, TERC, Cambridge, MA
Dr. Susan B. Sullivan, University of Colorado, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Boulder, CO
Dr. Cathy Manduca, Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Extreme Realities: New Episode in Journey to Planet Earth             (Posted: 7-14-14)

We are pleased to announce the release of 'Extreme Realities' — the 13th and newest episode of Journey to Planet Earth.

Featuring Matt Damon as host/narrator, the acclaimed PBS series has been acquired by more than 3,000 schools, libraries, colleges and universities.This makes Journey to Planet Earth the most important environmental video series in North America.

Notice Something Strange?

What’s Happening to Our Weather?

Welcome to the New Normal

'Extreme Realities' investigates the link between extreme weather, climate change,
and threats to our national security.

j2pe: extreme realities

Through August 31st, we’re offering 'Extreme Realities' for $119
— a 20% discount off the regular price of $149.

Please download the special order form to take advantage of this special price.

'Extreme Realities' Areas of Study:
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Justice
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Food & Water Security
  • Population/Migration
  • Environmental Economics & Policy
  • Adapting to Global Warming
  • Mitigating C02 levels in the Atmosphere

'Extreme Realities' Case Study Locations:
  • United States
  • Afghanistan
  • Pakistan
  • Russia
  • The Middle East
  • Kenya
  • North Africa
  • The Netherlands
  • Benin
  • The Arctic
If you would like a free 30-day curriculum review of 'Extreme Realities,'

please e-mail screenscope@screenscope.com with your request.


In a world where students need to understand a variety of complex environmental issues, Journey to Planet Earth is a 13-episode DVD series that fulfills that challenge — perfect for educators or media libraries.

Through an interdisciplinary approach, these programs reach beyond the physical sciences and draw connections to politics, economics, sociology, and history.



Follow Journey to Planet Earth:  J2PE/PBS  J2PE on Facebook  J2PE on Twitter  J2PE on YouTube

 

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Population education resources             (Posted: 7-3-14)

Click HERE.

Project WET workshop scheduled             (Posted: 6-3-14)

Project WET:
Date: Thursday December 4, 2014 from 9am to 3pm.
Cost: $20
Food: Light Morning Fare
Place: Trailside Nature and Science Center
Dress: Appropriately for possible outdoor activity

Elisa Sananman
Program Coordinator
Trailside Nature and Science Center
452 New Providence Road
Mountainside, NJ 07092-1409
Email: esananman@ucnj.org
Tel: 908-789-3670 x3430
Fax: 908-789-3270

New Guide Provides Climate-Smart Solutions             (Posted: 6-3-14)

Click HERE.

Invitation to the 2014 New Jersey Science Convention             (Posted: 5-8-14)

Click HERE.

ANJEE Membership Offerings- April 2014             (Posted: 5-8-14)

Click HERE.

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