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CONTENTS:
PLT’s 2017 Outstanding Educators; Lesson Ideas for the 3 R’s
E-Learning @ EIRC Spring Semester
C&NN: Take a look at these CNC 2017 sessions
Celebrating the 79th National Wildlife Week
Lesson Ideas for Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
i-Tree News, February 2017 Edition
Free Right Tree - Right Place Seminar
NJ Science Convention - Save the Date/Call for Program Proposals
#afterschool #STEAM #grants & more, brought to you by @NJSACC #NJ
NAAEE: eeNEWS for February 8, 2017
Duke Farms: News for Educators- Climate Science, Sustainability, Eagles and ANJEE 
NAAEE Call for Presentations is Open
Register for Education & Outreach Retreat: "Telling the Story of Barnegat Bay"
50 Grants Awarded, IPM Training Towards Certification, and more!
2017 Afterschool Fair - Network with NJ Afterschool - March 29th!
20th Annual Environmental Educators Roundtable - Registration Now Open!
ANJEE Conference Follow-up
Get a First Look at What's in Store at CNC 2017
Green Teacher's next webinars: 2 versions of an announcement
PAEE: Conference Earlybird Registration, Keynote Speaker
NAAEE: eeNEWS for January 25, 2017
HOFNOD Training in April
Earth, Space & Env Science Education update
Inspiring Examples of Young Environmentalists Making a Difference
NWF Eco-Schools USA: Explore, Engage, Learn
Teacher Aquatic Workshop in June
Resources to reduce, reuse, recycle
2017 Pinelands Short Course
Limited Time: Save 25% on Next Generation Science Standards Titles
Eagles for Educators at Duke Farms
SJ4S: First 2017 Submission Deadline Approaching
Invitation: Peer Review Panel
Green Your School Through PLT's Online Courses
ANJEE Online
C&NN: 10 Reasons You Should Attend CNC 2017
Water Use Information
November 2016 Earth Science Websites of the Week (Collected)
NAAEE: eeNEWS for December 14, 2016
i-Tree News - December, 2016 Edition
2017 Rutgers Environmental Steward Program
Teacher Friendly Guides for Earth and Environmental Science
PLT’s 2017 Outstanding Educators; Lesson Ideas for the 3 R’s             (Posted: 2-21-17)

 
The Branch
 
February 2017
 
PLT'S E-NEWSLETTER  
 
 
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2017 National Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educators
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
 
PLT celebrates five outstanding educators who use environmental education to provide children and adults with knowledge and skills to meet 21st century needs.
 
 
 
NEWS & UPDATES
 
 
 
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New E-Units Coming Soon!
 
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
 
Project Learning Tree’s three new E-Units (Treemendous Science! for grades K-2, Energy in Ecosystems for grades 3-5, and Carbon & Climate for grades 6-8) are in the final stages of revision based upon teachers’ feedback from pilot testing last year and will be published soon. Stay tuned to The Branch for further announcements!
 

EDUCATOR TIPS
 
 
 
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11 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Lesson Ideas for Every Subject
By Rebecca Reyes
 
Give “reduce, reuse, recycle” a whole new meaning by incorporating this concept into many subject areas. Many of these hands-on project ideas can be adapted for any grade.
 

RESOURCES
 
 
 
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Recommended Reading: Welcome to New Zealand
 
By Jaclyn Stallard
 
This beautiful guide to creating a nature journal will both teach and inspire students (and teachers alike!) to chronicle what they observe in their own backyards.
 
 
 
 
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E-Learning @ EIRC Spring Semester             (Posted: 2-21-17)

Spring Semester: March 22 - May 3, 2017
Choose from the following courses:

Explain and demonstrate the inquiry process in depth with interactive activities and classroom examples. Participants acquire knowledge to build a foundation for inquiry.
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This interactive e-learning class offers an in-depth look at assessment that meets the needs of 21st century teaching and learning. Educators will learn how assessment strategies can benefit their teaching practices and their students' learning.
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This course builds on "Moving into Mobile Learning." Learn concrete ways to implement mobile learning effectively, while encouraging creativity.
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Using specific classroom scenarios, teachers will explore characteristics and benefits of Project-Based Learning (PBL). Educators will learn how to manage a project-based classroom and integrate assessment throughout projects to ensure students' success.
$99 for 30 Professional Development Hours
-OR-
$300 for 30 PD Hours and Two Graduate Credits from
the University of Sioux Falls

 

 
Questions about these workshops? Please contact:
EIRC Professional Development
(856) 582-7000, ext. 173 or email pwill@eirc.org

C&NN: Take a look at these CNC 2017 sessions             (Posted: 2-21-17)

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Celebrating the 79th National Wildlife Week             (Posted: 2-17-17)

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Lesson Ideas for Reduce, Reuse, Recycle             (Posted: 2-17-17)

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

Here’s this month’s GreenSchools Update from Project Learning Tree. Not yet trained in PLT? Contact your state’s PLT Coordinator for information about in-person professional development in your area, or take an online workshop in your own time.

PLT’s GreenWorks! Grants
Project Learning Tree recently awarded 20 grants up to $1,000 each to schools and organizations in 16 states. Learn how students and educators are improving their schools and communities and get some ideas for your own action projects.

Environmental Leadership Training for High School Students
The Green Schools Alliance’s Student Conservation Corps & Congress (Sc3) is a week-long leadership training program for high school students held every summer in Shepherdstown, WV. While at Sc3, students design action plans to implement their knowledge in their schools, homes, and communities. Sc3 fellows learn a range of skills such as public speaking, teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, inclusivity, and conflict resolution. Students should apply by March 15 for an early bird discount.

Green Tips of the Month
Green Tips
Give “reduce, reuse, recycle” a whole new meaning by incorporating this concept into many subject areas. Review these 11 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Lesson Ideas for Every Subject. Many of these hands-on project ideas can be adapted for any grade.


Regards,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree
2000 M St NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC20036

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i-Tree News, February 2017 Edition             (Posted: 2-17-17)

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Free Right Tree - Right Place Seminar             (Posted: 2-17-17)

FREE Seminar! Planting the Right Tree 
in the Right Place, the Right Way - Mercer County Area 
Emerald Ash Borer, Utility tree pruning, Artists upcycle ash wood & More!
Who should attend? Mayors, Freeholders, DPW Supervisors, Environmental & Shade Tree Commissioners, County Officials and any other interested parties. Space is limited. First come first served.


Please RSVP by Friday, March 24th by emailing Lisa Simms at 



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NJ Science Convention - Save the Date/Call for Program Proposals             (Posted: 2-17-17)

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Save the Date

41th Annual New Jersey Science Convention
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 Date: October 24th & 25th, 2017
Princeton Marriott at Forrestal

2017 Banquet Speaker

  The NJSC Annual Banquet will feature a National Geographic Explorer as our guest speaker

Interested in Participating as a Presenter???
?

Consider submitting a program proposal or two…

Especially those K-12 programs that address:

K-12 Classroom Instructions Focusing on Implementation of NGSS...Lessons That Work!
Effective and Appropriate Use of Technology in the Classroom
STEM, STEAM
Elementary School Science Lessons Aligned to NGSS and Common Core
Middle School Integrated Science Curriculum
Earth Science Instruction with an Eye on NGSS.


Online program proposals are being accepted.
The priority deadline to submit a program is May 15, 2017
Submit Program Proposal

Please forward to colleagues who have quality programs to submit.
Additional convention information may be found on our website at:
http://www.njscienceconvention.org

Questions about Program Proposals may be addressed to:

NJSC Office Services
present@njscienceconvention.org

See you in October!

Nancy Evans Bennett and Lola Szobota
Convention Co-Chairs

#afterschool #STEAM #grants & more, brought to you by @NJSACC #NJ             (Posted: 2-17-17)

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Registration has now opened for Full STEAM Ahead 2, a Mini Conference - March 8th, 2017 at Kean University!
Click here to register today!
Click here to read the workshop descriptions!

NJSACC:  The Statewide Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities in partnership with C. S. Mott Foundation and Kean University Present:

Full STEAM Ahead 2, a mini conference dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math!

When: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Time: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • 8:30am - Registration
  • 9:00am - Opening Remarks
  • 9:15am - Junk Jam Band Performance
  • 10:15am - 11:45am - Workshops
  • 12:00pm - 12:45pm - Lunch 
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm - Workshops
Where:   Kean University STEM Building
              1000 Morris Ave
              Union, NJ  07083

Price:     $65 per person includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials

Full STEAM Ahead is back!  Join us for a fun and exciting day of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) themed workshops!  Start the day off with a performance by the Junk Jam Band, followed by workshops, a great lunch and another workshop session.  Afterschool is a great place to bring in STEAM activities! We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Click here to read the workshop descriptions!

Who should attend?
  • Front Line Staff
  • Program Directors
  • Youth Workers
  • Others interested in trying STEAM activities in their afterschool program
Click here for directions!

Last day to register is February 28, 2017

Click here to register today!

Join us for 'Leading for Quality' Training March 15-16-17 - Westfield NJ
Click here to register today!

Date:        March 15, 16 & 17, 2017
Time:        9am-2pm each day - registration will begin at 8:30am
Place:       NJSACC, 170 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090
Cost:        $120 per person includes breakfast, lunch and materials each day

Training Description:

Have you ever wanted to make a bigger impact or generate greater enthusiasm for change? If you answered yes, then attend NJSACC's "Leading for Quality" training on Wednesday, March 15th through Friday, March 17th, 2017 in Westfield. This training is created specifically for you, New Jersey's out-of-school time professionals, by the National Institute on Out-of-School-Time (NIOST). This year's focus is: to develop your leadership skills, to foster relationships with your staff, and the youth and families you serve, and to positively impact the quality of your program. So, come boost your leadership skills, learn how to strengthen your organization through a variety of hands on, experiential learning activities and leave with a program improvement plan specific to your site.

Goals of the Training:

To develop your leadership skills to influence change and impact the quality of your program by:
  • Learning how to apply contemporary leadership and change theories to the unique context of out-of-school time through social and emotional intelligence and the neuroscience behind influence.
  • Learning to build stronger human relationships through a customer service approach.
  • Building a larger and stronger OST professional, school administration and community network.
  • Learning how to create a program climate that fosters learning, celebrates diversity, encourages leadership behaviors and models team building.
  • Becoming familiar with the NJ Quality Standards and how they can be used to guide program improvement.
Targeted Audience is Directors/Coordinators who are:
  • Ready to understand the impact of their own leadership styles;
  • Ready to apply leadership skills to influence change and impact program quality;
  • New to their program and/or from programs experiencing challenges
  • Seeking to make changes in the management and operation of their program, for the success of the youth and staff.
Training Content:
  • 3 days of hands-on, interactive training incorporating the NJ Quality Standards for Afterschool.
  • Trainer will assist directors in beginning to set goals for quality improvements.
  • Each participant will receive a comprehensive notebook for personal reflection and reference.
Last day to register will be March 8, 2017.

No refunds will be given after March 8, 2017 but substitutions can be made at any time.  

This project was funded in part with federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by No Child Left Behind, Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant funds through a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education.

Click here to register today!


Don't Miss the Licensed Afterschool Program Roundtable Conference Call - Wednesday 2/15
Click here to register today!
 
When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
 
Where: Call in details will be emailed the day before the call.
 
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Cost: FREE, but registration is required and limited to 20 people

Hosted by: NJSACC
 
If you operate a Licensed Afterschool Program, join this round table conference call to share information, resources and network with colleagues!

For questions, contact NJSACC at: 908-789-0259

Click here to register today!

Join us for the Public School OST Roundtable - Thurs Feb 16th
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The next Public School OST Roundtable will be held in Piscataway. This round table is for programs that are run by a public school, not licensed programs. The meeting will start at 10am and finish at around 12:00pm.

Our host for this roundtable is:

Kimberly Georgeian
Director of Community Programs
Piscataway

Phone: 732-572-2289 ext 2520

Details are as follows:

What: Public School OST Roundtable

When: Thursday, February 16, 2017

Time: 10am - 12:00pm

Where: Piscataway Township Schools
1515 Stelton Road
Piscataway, NJ  08854

Click here to register today!

AIM HIGH: A New Competitive Grants Initiative from the Afterschool Alliance & New York Life Foundation
Click here to learn more and apply by 2/17

Thinking about how to support middle school OST?

The New York Life Foundation has opened a new Aim High grant opportunity focused on middle school. Aim High will provide $1.95M over three years to middle school afterschool, summer or expanded learning programs serving disadvantaged youth.

A total of 18 grant awards will be made nationwide-take a look to see which opportunity is a good fit for you, and apply!
  • $100,000 over two years - 4 awards to be made to organizations with annual budgets of $500,000 or greater
  • $50,000 over two years - 4 awards to be made to organizations with annual budgets of between $250,000 and $500,000
  • $15,000 one-year grant - 10 awards will be made to programs that demonstrate promising family engagement strategies for organizations with annual budgets of more than $150,000

Join our webinar on January 25 at 2 PM ET to learn more about this opportunity. Click here to join!

Applications are due February 17, 2017.

The BUILD Health Challenge
2017 Call for Applications
Due Tuesday 2/21
Click here to learn more!

Forging bold, upstream, integrated, local and data-driven community health interventions in low-income neighborhoods

New Jersey Health Initiatives is excited to be 1 of 5 new funders advancing meaningful change in our communities through the BUILD Health Challenge. BUILD stands for: Bold, Upstream, Integrated, Local, Data-Driven partnerships. The BUILD Health Challenge seeks to learn from its funded partnerships in order to better understand the factors that contribute to meaningful health improvement.

The BUILD Health Challenge will support at least 17 national awards of up to $250,000 over a two-year period. Three of these awards will be given in New Jersey. As nearly 70 percent of health outcomes in the U.S. can be attributed to the interplay and influence of social, physical and economic environments on health behaviors, BUILD awardees will work to improve communities that are adversely affected by these factors, which are often referred to as the social determinants of health.

The application portal opens January 10, 2017, and the application deadline is February 21, 2017 at 5 p.m. EST. Informational webinars for prospective applicants will be held December 12 at 3 p.m., December 15 at 1 p.m., and January 31 at 1 p.m. Registration is required. 


Click here to register today!

Please join us for the 2017 Afterschool Fair, sponsored in collaboration with NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities, Newark Public Schools, Afterschool Alliance, Newark Thrives, and Newark Arts Education Roundtable.

Come and meet vendors and community agencies to get new ideas and resources for your programs.  Bring your business cards for this great networking opportunity!

The FREE fair takes place on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9am - 12pm.

Afterschool providers from across the state will be invited to attend this free session. Invited guests include all NJSACC, Newark Arts Education Roundtable and Newark Thrives memberships, 21st Century Community Learning Center programs statewide, Family Friendly Centers statewide, Newark Public Schools afterschool and summer providers and more.

In order to attend, please register and complete your registration by Friday, March 17, 2017. Please click on REGISTER NOW below and follow all prompts to register.
  • Coffee, tea and light refreshments will also be available.
  • Don't forget to bring your business cards!
  • FREE Parking will be available (upon validation) at:
    Parking Deck presented by Jeep, located at 15 Lafayette Street
Directions: http://www.prucenter.com/getting-here#/directions
 
Should you need further information please feel free to contact Adam Cruz of NJSACC via email at: acruz@njsacc.org

Click here to register today!
______________________________________________________
Diane Genco
Executive Director
NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities
www.njsacc.org
dianegenco@njsacc.org
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Get Snacking for National Snack Food Month!

You're stuck on what to give your kids after school. You want them to fuel their bodies with nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables.  However, they would rather eat sweets, chips and candy. Try these snack recipes that are healthy, nutritious and kid approved!

Our SNACK OF THE WEEK Pick

Strawberry Salsa with Baked Cinnamon Tortilla Chips


  In honor of Valentine's Day try this nutrient rich holiday twist on salsa! Red fruits like strawberries, raspberries and apples are loaded with powerful, healthy antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Strawberries rank among the top 10 fruits in antioxidant power and offer a wide range of health benefits, including boosting the immune system. Try using whole wheat, spelt or corn tortillas to keep kids belly's full.  Strawberries are sweet enough so leave out the added sugar & just sprinkle tortilla chips with cinnamon!
 

Healthy Snacks: Why Kids Need to Snack!




Start getting reimbursed for snacks served at your after school program. 
To learn more about the Child and Adult Care Food Program or to find a sponsor in your area contact:

 Jaimie Held
Child Nutrition Outreach Coordinator/VISTA
(973)412-1932

NAAEE: eeNEWS for February 8, 2017             (Posted: 2-10-17)

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Duke Farms: News for Educators- Climate Science, Sustainability, Eagles and ANJEE              (Posted: 2-10-17)

Click HERE.

NAAEE Call for Presentations is Open             (Posted: 2-8-17)

Click HERE.

Register for Education & Outreach Retreat: "Telling the Story of Barnegat Bay"             (Posted: 2-8-17)

To:  Education and Outreach Practitioners; Master Naturalists; BBP Committees and Interested Parties

The 2017 Barnegat Bay Education and Outreach Retreat is just around the corner! Join other Barnegat Bay watershed educators for a lively exchange of information and ideas. 

Register herefor this year's Retreat, which will be held at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22nd. As always, attendance is FREE!  Lunch will not be provided, but we offer the option of pre-ordering a boxed lunch when you register (or feel free to bring your own).

The theme of this year's retreat is Telling the Story of Barnegat Bay.  Learn how to use the world's oldest teaching method from an expert storyteller. Is a picture really worth a thousand words? A single, captivating image can change minds and inspire action -- learn about visual storytelling techniques and the tools available to everyone. You'll also hear about citizen science, "turtle gardens," and planting the dunes at Island Beach State Park.

 

We'll have some fun with our new storytelling skills during a "Tell a story about this photo" activity. Help us get ready for this activity by emailing us your best photos of peopleusing, enjoying, studying, or helping to restore the bay and its watershed. Please email all photos to Karen Walzer kwalzer@ocean.edu by March 15th. 

 

Thank you and hope to see you at the Retreat!

50 Grants Awarded, IPM Training Towards Certification, and more!             (Posted: 2-8-17)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
240 Districts     592 Schools     Participating
Sustainable Jersey Awards 50 Grants 
for School Sustainability Projects
    
Sustainable Jersey for Schools has announced the fifty New Jersey schools and school districts selected to receive Sustainable Jersey for Schools small grants funded by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). Ten $10,000 grants and forty $2,000 grants were distributed to fund a variety of projects including physical activity and wellness programs, an aeroponic greenhouse, school vegetable and rain gardens, food waste composting, mobile environmental carts, student green team capacity building, the greening of school festivals, bicycle racks, a creation station, an outdoor classroom, energy efficiency programs, enhanced recycling efforts and more.

With this contribution NJEA has provided $500,000 to support a sustainable future for children across the state through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. In addition to the grant funding, NJEA supports Sustainable Jersey for Schools as a program underwriter. Read more about the funded projects here. 
There is Still Time to Train Your Staff & Get 10 Points for the 
Sustainable Jersey Integrated Pest Management action. 
The Sustainable Jersey for Schools IPM Education or Organic Lawn Care action will award points for individual schools that go beyond the State mandated IPM requirements and complete ONE of the following activities:

  • Staff IPM Training: Send four staff (beyond the appointed IPM coordinator) to annual FREE IPM training  offered by NJDEP, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, or other appropriate professional organizations. -OR-
  • Educational Programs/Workshops: Expand general knowledge of staff and parents on the school's IPM program and practices by providing educational programs and workshops. -OR-
  • Implement organic lawn and turf management programs on the school grounds and athletic fields.
There is still time left until the final Sustainable Jersey for Schools submission deadline of June 29th. Plan your internal training events for option two or sign up additional staff for free external training under option one. Read more about the IPM action here.   Sign up for free half-day IPM training open to all staff here. 
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!
Bergen County 
Paramus Public School District
Paramus High School

Cape May County
Dennis Township Elementary School

Essex County
Wyoming Elementary School (Millburn)

Morris County
Milton Avenue Elementary School (Chatham
Southern Boulevard Elementary School (Chatham)
Passaic County
Passaic Valley Regional High School District
Passaic Valley High School

Somerset County
Branchburg Township School District
Central Middle School (Branchburg)
Montgomery Township School District
Stony Brook Elementary School (Branchburg)
Whiton Elementary School (Branchburg)
Field Trip New Jersey Grants
                                  Deadline February 10th
 
Educators at schools in districts serving a majority of low-income students may apply for grants of up to $700 to cover transportation costs for field trips to arts and culture sites, historical landmarks, nature preserves and science institutions in New Jersey, and to visit college campuses throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Each eligible school can apply for reimbursement for one field trip a year
  • Funds must be used during the school year in which funding is requested
  • All schools with more than 65 percent of students eligible for free or reduced lunch are eligible for FTNJ funding
  • Schools or associated bus companies will be reimbursed upon receipt of invoice
 Visit Field Trip New Jersey information page here.
 
 Application Deadline: February 10, 2017
Fun Run Grants Available
 
The New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race is challenging America's schools to collectively run, jog, and walk one billion miles. The New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race is hosted by Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP), an initiative of ChildObesity180 at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition.  A Fun Run Grant will equip schools with materials to host a race, walk-a-thon, or fun run event for their school communities. The package includes a set of numbered race bibs, a finish line banner, wristbands for student participants, a Bluetooth speaker, an airhorn and a gift card to purchase healthy snacks like fruit and water. 
 
 Application deadline February 15. 2017
"Going Beyond the Resolution"
NJSBA Sustainability Webinar Series for Board Leaders
 
The New Jersey School Boards Association has designed a free webinar series for school board members that seek a deeper understanding of sustainability, beyond the resolution signed to participate in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification Program. Green team members are encouraged to participate in these webinars, as the success of implementing sustainable practices improves with a better understanding by everyone involved in supporting them.

FUTURE WEBINARS IN THE SERIES: 
March 8th 10-11am-  Creating School Policies that Support Sustainability
April 12th 10-11am-  Strategic Planning: Incorporating Green Initiatives
May 10th 10-11am- Education for Sustainability
April 6th 10-11am- Arts Ed Now Toolkit: Supporting Compliance with State Requirements
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
SCHOOL INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TRAINING 2016-2016
NJ Association for Designated Persons, NJDEP, NJ School Buildings & Grounds Association
Throughout the state, every month beginning in November
See the complete schedule for dates & locations here.  
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more! Visit the NAAEE page here.
NJ DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, Podcast series (ongoing)
"Discover DEP" 

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey
Forcina Hall, 3rd Floor
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718
2017 Afterschool Fair - Network with NJ Afterschool - March 29th!             (Posted: 2-8-17)

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Please join us for the 2017 Afterschool Fair, sponsored in collaboration with NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities, Newark Public Schools, Afterschool Alliance, Newark Thrives, and Newark Arts Education Roundtable.

Come and meet vendors and community agencies to get new ideas and resources for your programs.  Bring your business cards for this great networking opportunity!

The FREE fair takes place on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9am - 12pm.

Afterschool providers from across the state will be invited to attend this free session. Invited guests include all NJSACC, Newark Arts Education Roundtable and Newark Thrives memberships, 21st Century Community Learning Center programs statewide, Family Friendly Centers statewide, Newark Public Schools afterschool and summer providers and more.

In order to attend, please register and complete your registration by Friday, March 17, 2017. Please click on REGISTER NOW below and follow all prompts to register.
  • Coffee, tea and light refreshments will also be available.
  • Don't forget to bring your business cards!
  • FREE Parking will be available (upon validation) at:
    Parking Deck presented by Jeep, located at 15 Lafayette Street
Directions: http://www.prucenter.com/getting-here#/directions
 
Should you need further information please feel free to contact Adam Cruz of NJSACC via email at: acruz@njsacc.org

Click here to register today!
______________________________________________________
Diane Genco
Executive Director
NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities
www.njsacc.org
dianegenco@njsacc.org

20th Annual Environmental Educators Roundtable - Registration Now Open!             (Posted: 2-8-17)

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ANJEE Conference Follow-up             (Posted: 2-8-17)

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Get a First Look at What's in Store at CNC 2017             (Posted: 2-1-17)

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Green Teacher's next webinars: 2 versions of an announcement             (Posted: 2-1-17)

Green Teacher's Winter-Spring Webinars

Register for any of the below webinars at http://greenteacher.com/webinars/

Place-based Education

presented by Amy Demarest, Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 7:30pm EST

In contrast to so much of schooling that is presented with little or no context, place-based education offers educators opportunities to build skills, knowledge, and aptitudes with engaging storylines. Places-natural and built, rural, urban and suburban all provide compelling narratives which students can investigate as they build the many points of understanding and proficiencies required in K-12 schooling. The presentation will include examples and discussion about what constitutes excellent place-based curriculum and student work and how these authentic products inspire deep learning.

The Power of Positive, Inspiring Solutions

presented by Guy Dauncey, Monday, February 20, 2017, 7:30-8:30pm EST

Judging by Guy's experience speaking in high schools, the new generation, following Gen X and the Millennials, is Gen W - Generation Worry. When he asks students: "When you think about the future of our world, what do you feel - Hope, or Worry?" Very few hands go up for "hope"-almost all go up for "worry". Our need as educators is to generate hope - to turn Gen W into Gen H. The webinar will showcase the power of positive, inspiring solutions to the worries that are causing so many young people to lose hope, including the climate crisis, the wider ecological crisis, which includes the oceans filling up with plastic, and larger economic and political worries. It will show how, using a positive three-step approach, you can turn worry into hope, and then into action.

To Unplug or Plug In

Presenters: Justin Hougham and Steve Kerlin, Monday, March 27th, 7:30-8:30pm EST

While the right mobile digital technologies can do much to enhance environmental education, it is important to take time to review and select both the technology and the apps that will work best for your educational situation. Our two presenters will walk you through the steps, and thereby avoid the common pitfalls.

Time to Depave Paradise?

Presenter: Alix Taylor, Wednesday, April 12th, 7:30-8:30pm EST

There is a new movement afoot in communities across North America.Communities are coming together to remove unwanted pavement and creating vibrant green spaces. The hands-on depaving process captures the hearts and energy of volunteers who work together to make schoolyards and neighbourhoods more livable and resilient.In her presentation, Alix will tell us more about the depave movement, and indicate what one needs to get involved in this important greening initiative.

In addition to these wonderful webinars, we have two Fall webinars (Best Practices in School Gardens and Eco-System Monitoring) which are open for registration. For more information visit our webinar page.

To learn more about the above sessions or the presenters, visit http://greenteacher.com/webinars/where you can also learn how to access Green Teacher's previous 65+ webinars.

PAEE: Conference Earlybird Registration, Keynote Speaker             (Posted: 1-26-17)

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NAAEE: eeNEWS for January 25, 2017             (Posted: 1-26-17)

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HOFNOD Training in April             (Posted: 1-25-17)

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will be hosting a free 2-day Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) training April 28-30 in Waretown (Ocean Co). HOFNOD targets teachers, staff and volunteers of schools and community-/faith-based organizations looking to engage youth in an ongoing or year-round fishing, conservation and aquatic education program.

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

For more information or to register visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2017/hofnod_train04-17.htm on the Division's website.

Earth, Space & Env Science Education update             (Posted: 1-25-17)

Calling all NJ K-12

Earth & Space Science & Environmental Science Educators:

Invitation to a join a Peer-Review Panel

Register by Monday January 30th

You are cordially invited to participate in a Peer Review Panel to evaluate the quality and alignment of New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science (NJSLS-S) materials related to our domains.

Objective: To identify lessons, units, and other curriculum resources that best exemplifies the 3-D teaching and learning of the NJSLS-S within the domains of K-12 Earth, Space, and Environmental Science. We will review (not endorse) existing materials in order to provide NJ educators with a repository of quality teaching resources. Once finalized, the evaluations will be made available to Environmental, Earth & Space Science teachers across the state.

The two-day training will be hosted by NJ Earth Science Teachers Association, and led by Michael Heinz, Science Coordinator at the New Jersey Department of Education. Review panel participants Must attend both of the following training sessions:

·         Saturday, February 4, 2017 at scenic Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Palmyra, NJ (http://www.palmyracove.org/)

and

·         Wednesday February 22, 2017 at Learning Resource Center at NJ Dept of Ed, 200 Riverview Plaza, Trenton NJ 08625 (verify your GPS directions by also looking up Arm and Hammer Baseball Park)

Both sessions are 9AM – 3PM

Please see the attached flyer for details. 

Duke Farms Climate Science & Sustainable Actions Academy

June 26-29, 2017

 

Weather, climate, and sustainable actions are prominent in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the NJ Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) for Science. Let the 2,700 acre Duke Farms property serve as your living laboratory and source of inspiration for exciting new lessons on these topics.

Participating K-12 educators, administrators and non-formal educators will conduct hands-on outdoor fieldwork, hear lectures from NJ’s top experts, and develop NGSS/NJSLS-aligned lesson plans that bring the concepts of climate change and sustainability to life for students. 

 

Academy Topics:

1.     The processes that lead to climate change

2.     How human activity contributes to climate change

3.     Local and global impacts of climate change

4.     Climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies

5.     Sustainable actions within educational institutions

Academy Schedule:
- Registration Deadline March 1, 2017

- In-Person Orientation Dinner (Wednesday, March 15, 2017)

- Pre-Academy Distance Learning (March-June; roughly 12 hours of independent work)

- In-Person Summer Academy Sessions (June 26 - June 29, 2017, 8:00am-4:30pm)

- FINAL NGSS-Aligned Teaching Plan (Due: September 30, 2017)    

Cost: $150 includes all course materials, orientation dinner and on-site housing (June 26-29) for the first eight registered participants.

http://dukefarms.org/en/Programs/educators/Professional-Development/

 

Participants can also earn points for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.

For Physics & Astronomy Teachers who can travel to California in March for a workshop

Dear Teachers! 

The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) in Santa Barbara, California, will hold a Teachers’ Conference, entitled “How to catch a gravitational wave: Exploring the universe with LIGO” to be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017.  Please visit the website link below to find more information about the conference and lodging arrangements:

                           https://www.kitp.ucsb.edu/activities/starst-c17 

There will be a welcome reception at the Best Western South Coast Inn (5620 Calle Real, Goleta CA), in the early evening on Friday March 24, 2017. 

Application deadline is February 26, 2017. Official KITP invitations will be sent on a rolling basis starting later this month, so please apply now to ensure yourself a space. Generous support for travel and lodging is available for current teachers. 

If you have other questions or concerns about the conference, please contact KITP Conference Staff (kitpconf@kitp.ucsb.edu).  

We look forward to seeing you in Santa Barbara!  

Yours sincerely,  

KITP Conference Staff

Inspiring Examples of Young Environmentalists Making a Difference             (Posted: 1-25-17)

 
The Branch
 
 
PLT'S E-NEWSLETTER  
 
 
Feature Article NGSS: What Do the New Standards Mean for Environmental Education?
13 Inspiring Examples of Young Environmentalists Making a Difference
 
By Rebecca Reyes
 

Young students don't need to wait until they're older to make a difference. Here are 13 inspiring stories that show what's possible when young environmentalists take action.


 
 
 
NEWS & UPDATES
 
 
 
PLT Awards 20 GreenWorks! Grants for Service-Learning Projects
 
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
 
Students across the country will carry out a variety of hands-on projects to improve the environment in their communities.
 
 
RESOURCES
 
 
 
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STEM Strategies: Tree Lifecycle
 
By Kris Irwin, Ph.D
 

Engage students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) as they learn about a tree's lifecycle.

 
 
Resources for PLT Lessons
By Jaclyn Stallard
Our latest compilation of environmental education resources, including supplemental lesson plans and classroom activities, interactive websites and educational apps, books and videos.
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NWF Eco-Schools USA: Explore, Engage, Learn             (Posted: 1-19-17)

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Teacher Aquatic Workshop in June             (Posted: 1-19-17)

A three-day workshop utilizing the Green Eggs & Sand workshop experience and set of curriculum modules exploringthe Atlantic Coast horseshoe crab/shorebird phenomenon and management controversy will be held June 2-4 in Stone Harbor, Cape May County. The curriculum is designed for use with middle and high school students.

For information on the curriculum, workshop and registration, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/greeneggs.htm on the DFW website.

Resources to reduce, reuse, recycle             (Posted: 1-13-17)

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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

On behalf of PLT GreenSchools, I wish you a happy, healthy, and successful 2017!

In the coming year, Project Learning Tree looks forward to helping you engage young people in environmental citizenship by providing inspiration and resources for students to take action and make a difference in their communities.

Because You Asked: How Can I Teach My Kids the Importance of Recycling? how-can-i-teach-my-kids-the-importance-of-recycling
I was recently asked by Recyclebank to respond to a parent’s question: I’ve always known that recycling is better for the environment…but now I’m faced with convincing my teenage son. He read somewhere that recycling produces more pollution than creating new products…How do I convince [him] the importance of recycling and other environmental efforts?
Read my tips
for how parents and educators can best educate and involve kids in sustainability.


GSA-purchasing-solutionGreen Schools Alliance Purchasing Solution 
Free Informational Webinar

Join this webinar on Wed, Jan 25th to learn how schools can save money, source better quality products, and simplify purchasing to drive down the price of sustainable products and make them more accessible to schools.



Green TipsGreen Tips of the Month

  • Encourage students and staff to use both sides of paper before recycling. If possible, change the default setting on printers at your school to print double-sided.Start a waste-free lunch program at your school. For example, switch to reusable plates, cups, and utensils. Avoid excessively packaged items.
  • Start composting organic waste such as fruit peelings and vegetable scraps – and use the compost in your school’s gardens to improve the soil.
For more tips to reduce, reuse, and recycle throughout the year, download PLT’s GreenSchools Waste & Recycling Investigation.

Regards,

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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2017 Pinelands Short Course             (Posted: 1-13-17)

The 28th annual Pinelands Short Course will feature 38 presentations, including 20 new programs that will explore the region's unique history, ecology, culture and music.

Registration is now open for the daylong event, which will be held at Stockton University in Galloway Township, Atlantic County, on March 11, 2017. The event will be held at Stockton for the fourth straight year.

This year's event will feature a new, guided tour of the Mullica River watershed. Attendees will be taken on a 2½-hour van tour that will include stops at various watershed habitats. The Short Course will also offer three on-campus field courses, including a program in which attendees will venture outside to learn how to identify different bird species, a tour of Stockton's ecologically-based management of forests on its campus, and a new course that will examine biodiversity hotspots on the school's campus.

For more information about the courses and how to register, please visit: http://nj.gov/pinelands/about/events/
Press release: http://nj.gov/pinelands/home/news/PSC_PinelandsShortCoursePressRelease2017%20(2).pdf

Joel M. Mott
Public Programs Specialist
NJ Pinelands Commission
(609) 894-7300 ext. 125

Limited Time: Save 25% on Next Generation Science Standards Titles             (Posted: 1-12-17)

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Eagles for Educators at Duke Farms             (Posted: 1-5-17)

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SJ4S: First 2017 Submission Deadline Approaching             (Posted: 1-5-17)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
232 Districts     571 Schools     Participating
January 18th 2017
The First Step in Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification
 
Schools seeking to become bronze or silver certified with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program for 2017 are encouraged to take advantage of multiple review periods in the application cycle. Incremental submission of application materials allows your green team to receive valuable feedback on your efforts as you accumulate points towards certification.  

2017 Certification Application Deadlines
January 18, 2017
-First 2017 Application Submission Deadline
April 10, 2017
 Second 2017 Application Submission Deadline
June 29, 2017
-Third (FINAL) 2017 Application Submission Deadline
Check out these past webinar presentations for tips, tricks, and instructions for a successful submission: 
Preparing for Certification (access narrated recording here)
Reminder: PSEG Sponsored Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grant Applications due February 3, 2017
    
Visit the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants & Resources page to learn more about funding for registered schools to support action related sustainability initiatives. Grants are available at the $2,000 and $10,000 level. If your school has not received a $2,000 capacity building grant from Sustainable Jersey for Schools, we strongly suggest viewing the informational webinar and submitting an application for 2017. 
Application Deadline is February 3, 2017. Click here for more information. 
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!
Bergen County
Midland Park High School
Montvale School District
 
Camden County 
Winslow Township Middle School
Winslow Township School No. 3 Elementary
Monmouth County
Cedar Drive Middle School (Colts Neck)
Conover Road Elementary School (Colts Neck)
Conover Road Primary School (Colts Neck)
"Going Beyond the Resolution"
NJSBA Sustainability Webinar Series for Board Leaders
 
The New Jersey School Boards Association has designed a webinar series for school board members that seek a deeper understanding of sustainability, beyond the resolution signed to participate in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification Program. Green team members are encouraged to participate in these webinars, as the success of implementing sustainable practices improves with a better understanding by everyone involved in supporting them.

January 11th 10-11am- Safe Routes to Schools
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a nationwide movement aimed at encouraging elementary and middle school students to walk or bicycle to school. The goal of New Jersey's Safe Routes to School initiative is to get children walking and bicycling to school where it is safe and to make it safe where it is not. Learn about the SRTS initiative and how the board can adopt a Safe Routes to School policy, and earn up to 40 points toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification in additional related actions.

FUTURE WEBINARS IN THE SERIES: 
February 8th 10-11am-  School Foundations Supporting Sustainability
March 8th 10-11am-  Creating School Policies that Support Sustainability
April 12th 10-11am-  Strategic Planning: Incorporating Green Initiatives
May 10th 10-11am- Education for Sustainability
April 6th 10-11am- Arts Ed Now Toolkit: Supporting Compliance with State Requirements
NJHI: Next Generation Community Leaders
Youth Engagement Grants
 

New Jersey Health Initiatives: Next Generation Community Leaders is intended to further the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's vision of building a Culture of Health by leveraging the strengths of youth to affect change in their communities. This program will support communities in preparing the next generation of civic and community leaders by providing them with the resources and technical assistance they need to focus the time, talent, and energy of youth and providing the youth with an opportunity to make meaningful change in their communities through summer employment on a self-designed, community-focused project. At the conclusion of this three-year initiative, successful grantees will have engaged teams of 10-15 youth in the following actions:
  • Developing Civic Engagement and Leadership Skills
  • Participating in Meaningful Summer Employment
  • Participating in Civic Engagement Opportunities
  • Actively Engaging in an Alumni Network 
Grants will total up to $200,000 per grantee over three years, beginning July 2017. Visit NJHI information page here.
 
Application Deadline: January 12, 2017
NJ Agricultural Society Learning Through Gardening Grants
 
The NJ Agricultural Society Learning Through Gardening grant provides teachers with curriculum, training and materials for three raised beds so that they can use the school garden to teach their core curriculum, including math, social studies, language arts, and science. 

Learning Through Gardening grant is awarded to schools planning to launch a schoolwide gardening program during school hours. Grants are not awarded to schools that intend to use the garden solely for after-school or club activities. Grant recipients must assemble a garden management committee of teachers from various grade levels. Garden committees can also include administrators and other stakeholders such as custodians, cafeteria managers, and parents. Grant recipients must plan for the garden to be used by at least two grade levels during the first year, and show plans to expand the garden's use by additional grade levels in future years. Every application must be accompanied by a letter of support from the school principal.
 
Application deadline February 1. 2017
Fun Run Grants Available
 
The New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race is challenging America's schools to collectively run, jog, and walk one billion miles. The New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race is hosted by Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP), an initiative of ChildObesity180 at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition.  A Fun Run Grant will equip schools with materials to host a race, walk-a-thon, or fun run event for their school communities. The package includes a set of numbered race bibs, a finish line banner, wristbands for student participants, a Bluetooth speaker, an airhorn and a gift card to purchase healthy snacks like fruit and water. 
 
 Application deadline February 15. 2017
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
JANUARY 11, 2017 1:00-2:00PM  WEBINAR
Join this webinar to learn about the Safe Routes to School National Partnership's new toolkit, Step by Step: How to Start a Walking School Bus at Your School, an easy-to-follow guide to getting a walking school bus up and "walking" in your community! A walking school bus program can help reduce air pollution, increase the number of students walking and bicycling, give children and adults an opportunity to socialize, and manage student transportation costs, all while getting to school on time! Register for this free training here.

PEOSH/NJADP Indoor Air Quality Training 2016-2016
Throughout the state, every month from January 13th to May 12th. 
Free training open to all with a focus on the role of the school nurse and Indoor Air Quality Team in effective IAQ programs. Participating school nurses  & facilities managers will receive 4.0 CEU's. 
See the complete schedule for dates & locations here.  

JANUARY 20, 2017 9:30AM-3:30PM, Trenton, NJ
In the one-day sessions, participants will review a Sustainability Wellness Check, which will be in alignment with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Board members will receive three board member academy credits for participation in this working session.Register for this free training here.

JANUARY 21, 2017, 9:00AM- 3:00PM, Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ
The Eagle Cam is a wonderful tool for teaching about ecology, endangered species or animal adaptions. Enhance your understanding of the science behind NJ's bald eagle management program and discover the many ways this technology can be used in your classroom. Register for this $25/pp. training here.

JANUARY 31, 2017 4:30PM-6:00PM, Princeton, NJ (Middle School Teachers)
FEBRUARY 7, 2017 4:30PM-6:00PM, Princeton, NJ (High School Teachers)
OASIS (Organizing Action on Sustainability In Schools) and the Rutgers University Climate Institute are pleased to offer this free professional development training to help educators improve their understanding of climate science and develop effective teaching and learning practices to teach about climate science. Register for this free training here.

FEBRUARY 4, 2017, 9:00AM- 3:00PM, Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ
Teachers will explore the power of PBL as they spend the day working with other teachers at their grade level and will then leave with new tools including a problem-based task, analytic rubric, unit level scaffold, and tools for facilitation to implement a new bald eagle  unit in their classrooms. Register for this $30/pp. training here

SCHOOL INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TRAINING 2016-2016
NJ Association for Designated Persons, NJDEP, NJ School Buildings & Grounds Association
Throughout the state, every month beginning in November
See the complete schedule for dates & locations here.  
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more! Visit the NAAEE page here.
NJ DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, Podcast series (ongoing)
"Discover DEP" 

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Invitation: Peer Review Panel             (Posted: 1-5-17)

NJ K-12

Earth & Space Science & Environmental Science Educators

Invitation to a join a Peer-Review Panel

You are cordially invited to participate in a Peer Review Panel to evaluate the quality and alignment of New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science (NJSLS-S) materials related to our domains.

Objective: To identify lessons, units, and other curriculum resources that best exemplifies the 3-D teaching and learning of the NJSLS-S within the domains of K-12 Earth, Space, and Environmental Science. We will review (not endorse) existing materials in order to provide NJ educators with a repository of quality teaching resources. Once finalized, the evaluations will be made available to Environmental, Earth & Space Science teachers across the state.

The two-day training will be hosted by NJ Earth Science Teachers Association, and led by Michael Heinz, Science Coordinator at the New Jersey Department of Education. Review panel participants Must attend both of the following training sessions:

           Saturday, February 4, 2017 at scenic Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Palmyra, NJ (http://www.palmyracove.org/)

  and

           Wednesday February 22, 2017 at Learning Resource Center at NJ Dept of Ed, 200 Riverview Plaza, Trenton NJ 08625 (verify your GPS directions by also looking up Arm and Hammer Baseball Park)

Both sessions are 9AM – 3PM

This is a great Professional Development opportunity to further deepen your understanding of the NGSS Framework. Snacks will be provided, but please bring food and drinks for lunch. There is no cost for attending the trainings and participants will receive PD hours for attending.

Register at: https://goo.gl/forms/B9YyWJ2jMQthA4tz2


for more information contact Missy Holzer at
mholzer@monmouth.com

Green Your School Through PLT's Online Courses             (Posted: 1-5-17)

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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

On behalf of PLT GreenSchools, I want to wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season!

Hands-On Service Learning for Students in Grades 6-12
If you find you have time during the holidays, don’t forget you can always learn how to empower students to green your school through Project Learning Tree’s online course. You’ll get helpful tools, training, and resources for student-led Green Teams to reduce their environmental impact and create healthier schools.


Corporate Conservation Projects
PLT has launched a new partnership with the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), the only conservation organization to work exclusively with corporate landowners to establish, enhance, maintain and protect wildlife habitat around the world. Many WHC members partner with schools to provide educational opportunities for students through conservation projects. Students can visit WHC’s Conservation Registry to learn how corporations in your area are managing their lands for wildlife habitat, and how these corporations might partner on your efforts.


Green TipsGreen Tips of the Month
As you prepare to vacate your schools for the holidays, here are a few tips to keep your buildings “green” in the interim.

  • Turn down building thermostats to 58 degrees Fahrenheit to save on heating bills, while preventing pipes from freezing.
  • Turn off all lights and electronics.
  • Clean out refrigerators, properly store food, and remove all trash to avoid molds, insects and odors.
  • Charge AEDs and replace smoke detector batteries.
  • Take this time to complete tasks that cannot be done while students are in school (run IT diagnostics on hardware, exterminate/fumigate, etc.)
Register or log in to access the Greening Communities with PLT GreenSchools Guide.

Regards,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree

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Washington, DC 20036

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ANJEE Online             (Posted: 12-23-16)

349th Edition December 1, 2016
ANJEE Conference Early Bird Rates End SATURDAY

C&NN: 10 Reasons You Should Attend CNC 2017             (Posted: 12-23-16)

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Water Use Information             (Posted: 12-23-16)

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November 2016 Earth Science Websites of the Week (Collected)             (Posted: 12-14-16)

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NAAEE: eeNEWS for December 14, 2016             (Posted: 12-14-16)

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i-Tree News - December, 2016 Edition             (Posted: 12-14-16)

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2017 Rutgers Environmental Steward Program             (Posted: 12-12-16)

Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program: Helping Citizens Make A Difference in New Jersey

Imagine being able to discuss climate change with the State Climatologist or learn about New Jersey’s Geology from the people who map it.  How about learning about habitat restoration in your own community or helping improve water quality of a local river or stream?  These are some of the opportunities available to enrollees in the 2017 Rutgers Environmental Steward Training Program.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will offer the Environmental Stewards Program at the EARTH Center, in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave, South Brunswick.  Classes take place on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm starting January 25th and run till June. The program is also run in Passaic, Somerset, Burlington and Atlantic Counties.

The Rutgers Environmental Stewards (RES) Program educates the public about the science behind pressing environmental issues and helps participants create positive change in their communities. Stewards start out by attending class once a week on topics including climate change, soil health, energy conservation, water resource protection, invasive species management, pollinator protection, habitat conservation, and environmental policy. Optional fieldtrips to environmentally significant sites around the state are included as part of the program.

“Anyone can become a Rutgers Environmental Steward,” said Michele Bakacs, coordinator of the Middlesex County program. “The program introduces non-scientists to the science underlying key environmental issues in the Garden State.” Leading researchers from Rutgers are joined by colleagues from government and the non-profit sector to share their knowledge with the Stewards and help them make a difference in their own communities.

In order to become a certified Environmental Steward, graduates of the class portion of the program complete a 60-hour volunteer internship of their choosing. Internships are unique and intended to align with the passion of the individual, the needs of the program, and the community.

Steward internship projects have included helping farmers adapt to climate change, composting restaurant food waste, mapping and eradicating invasive species in local parks, restoring native dune vegetation in shore communities, and creating rain gardens, among others.

The classes, fieldtrips, and internship does not replace a science degree, but helps citizens educate themselves when presented with a real world environmental problem. Students are introduced to a network of expert individuals and organizations who can be of service to them in the future as they wrestle with solving local environmental problems.

To register or to find out more information, visit http://envirostewards.rutgers.edu, or contact Michele Bakacs at (732) 398-5274 or mbakacs@rutgers.edu.

Teacher Friendly Guides for Earth and Environmental Science             (Posted: 12-12-16)

http://www.priweb.org/outreach.php?page=teacherprofdev/Teach_Guides

The Teacher-Friendly Guides are available at teacherfriendlyguide.org.
" At that website, you can choose the link to the Earth science guides (you'll see the link "Teacher-Friendly Guides™ to Geology").
" That link will take you to a map of the seven region regions, and you can click on the map for the Northeast.
" That will take you to a Table of Contents along the left side, so you can access the content on the website.
" You can click the "download" button at the bottom of the list, where you'll find downloadable pdfs, for teachers who would prefer to print the chapters or images directly.

Archived PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & CLASSROOM MATERIALS are available upon request throught the webmaster.