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CONTENTS:
Webinar: Square-Foot Gardening & Bigger Beds: Maximizing Your School Garden Space
Webinar: Raising Funds & Friends for Your School Garden: Hard-Learned Lessons from Granny's Garden School
RiverXchange - Sharing and Learning Across Borders - an Invitation to all 4th - 6th Grade Teachers
NEW Climate and Energy Literacy Resource Portal!
2014 Teacher Workshops -- Let the FUN begin!
Extreme Realities: New Episode in Journey to Planet Earth
Blog Digest from Growing School Gardens at edWeb.net
Volunteer Stream Monitoring Training
Sign Up for an Upcoming Sustainable Jersey Webinar!
Population education resources
Invitation to the 2014 New Jersey Science Convention
Upcoming Professional Development Workshops at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve
Project WET workshop scheduled
New Guide Provides Climate-Smart Solutions
June Wildlife Conference Registration Deadline Approaching
Invitation to the 2014 New Jersey Science Convention
Professional Development Opportunities from Eco-Schools USA
ANJEE Call for Presenters
ANJEE Membership Offerings- April 2014
GeoSTEM Academy & 19 April 2014 Earth Science Sites of the Week
Next Generation Science Standards Workshop
NEW JERSEY AUDUBON - Summer Professional Development: Teaching STEM through the Environment
Upcoming Webinar: "Using EPA's Pollution Prevention Greenhouse Gas and Cost Calculators to Measure Environmental Outcomes"
The Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies (MASS) Program
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)

Webinar: Raising Funds & Friends for Your School Garden: Hard-Learned Lessons from Granny's Garden School             (Posted: 7-22-14)

Event: Webinar: Raising Funds & Friends for Your School Garden: Hard-Learned Lessons from Granny's Garden School

Join us on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 4pm / Eastern Time for "Raising Funds & Friends for Your School Garden: Hard-Learned Lessons from Granny's Garden School" with Roberta Paolo, Founder and Executive Director of Granny's Garden School. To participate in the live session, log in at http://www.instantpresenter.com/edwebnet11 at the scheduled time.

Date: Tuesday, August 5, 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)

In This Session
In our community next webinar, Roberta Paolo, the Founder and Executive Director of Granny's Garden School, will discuss lessons learned while starting and running a major school garden program. Roberta (A.K.A. Granny) will share a range of fund-raising and friend-raising tips based on her experience running Granny's Garden School since 2002.

Working with 50 classrooms (1,400 students, 1st-4th grade) each week on one campus in a suburban school district without financial support from the school system or government creates substantial challenges when it comes to funding. Granny will share how her organization faces these challenges. Learn how to increase volunteer support, secure in-kind donations, and fund-raise effectively. We will cover all of the key aspects of school garden fund-raising and friend-raising, including communication, sharing, community relationships, business relationships, direct revenue generation, as well as grants and foundations.

Join us on August 5th to learn proven strategies for securing the money and people you need to take your school garden to the next level!

To Participate in the Live Session
- This webinar will be recorded and archived in this community for viewing at anytime.
- As a member of the Growing School Gardens community, pre-registration is not required.
- Login at www.instantpresenter.com/edwebnet11 at the scheduled time.
- Test your system for best quality: www.instantpresenter.com/systemtest

About the Presenter
Roberta Paolo is the Founder and Executive Director of Granny's Garden School, a non-profit organization. The school garden program she started in Loveland, Ohio in 2002 has grown into one of the largest and most comprehensive programs in the country and has set the standard for merging school gardens with the classroom. The organization serves 1,400 students each week in Loveland and is operating a pilot program this year in the nearby Princeton School district.

This program is sponsored by Scotties Trees Rock.

This program is co-hosted by edWeb.net, the Edible Schoolyard Project, the National Farm to School Network, and Life Lab.

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

2014 Teacher Workshops -- Let the FUN begin!             (Posted: 7-21-14)

Logo of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

        

Summer is for FUN !

 

Delaware Estuary Teacher Workshops

 

 

 

August 5, 6, 7 & 9th

Greetings!

As teachers, you know your summer is yours to catch up on everything that got pushed aside during the year, refresh and gear up for the following year. Early this August, we're here to help you with that "getting ready" phase with our 18th annual Teacher Workshops. We've revamped our program into four engaging and informative workshops; you're welcome to attend all four or pick and choose which ones you would like to attend. Enjoy a mixture of hands-on classroom and outdoor experiences, explore the Delaware Estuary through exciting field trips, investigate your local watershed, discover aquatic animals and learn about how to make nature come to life in your classroom!

Explore

 

  

We'll explore areas in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, learning from professional scientists and facilitators practical ways to translate the environmental experience to your classroom.

Best part? We'll bring the lunch! You will also walk away with roughly 6 credit hours (professional development hours) per session.

Our 2014 sessions:
"Life on the Delaware," August 5th, Camden, NJ
"Understanding the Urban Watershed," August 6th, Philadelphia, PA
"Wetland Wildlife Exploration," August 7th, Wilmington, DE
NEW "Urban Waters Alive - A Hands-On Application of Environmental Education," August 9th, Philadelphia, PA

Promotion

Interested?

 

See more at: www.delawareestuary.org/watershed-workshop

Register today at www.delawareestuary.eventbrite.com. Hurry-space is limited!

Questions? Contact Melissa Bittner at 1-800-445-4935 x112 or mbittner@delawareestuary.org

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The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, a National Estuary Program, leads science-based and collaborative efforts to improve the tidal Delaware River and Bay, which spans Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

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

 

Screenscope / 4330 Yuma St, NW/ Washington, DC 20016 / 202-364-0055 (phone) 202-364-0058 (fax)

Blog Digest from Growing School Gardens at edWeb.net             (Posted: 7-3-14)

Growing School Gardens.

 

Webinar 7/16 | Get Food Education in Every School
A new posting from The edWeb Team (edWeb.net)

Join us for the next Growing School Gardens webinar!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 4pm / Eastern Time

Get Food Education in Every School: Join the National Initiative!

Presenter: Lilia Smelkova, Food Day Campaign Manager at the Center for Science in the Public Interest

In This Session
Every October 24, thousands of Food Day events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies.  Food Day and the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (USA) have launched an initiative, Get Food Education in Every School, to raise the awareness about food education nationally and start a conversation to integrate food education into the school curriculum and throughout the school day.  The Edible Schoolyard Project, Center for Ecoliteracy, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Teachers College Columbia University, and dozens of other organizations support this initiative.

In our community’s next webinar, Food Day’s Lilia Smelkova will share why schools should provide food education within the academic curricula. She will discuss integrating food education within existing classes as well as providing students with hands-on experiences and education around edible education and cooking skills.  Join Lilia on July 16th to find out about available resources and ways for your school to participate and connect with the national Get Food Education in Every School initiative.

To Participate in the Live Session
- This webinar will be recorded and archived in this community for viewing at anytime.
- As a member of the Growing School Gardens community, pre-registration is not required.
- Login at www.instantpresenter.com/edwebnet11 at the scheduled time.
- Test your system for best quality: www.instantpresenter.com/systemtest

About the Presenter
Lilia Smelkova is Food Day Campaign Manager at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Previously, Lilia worked for Slow Food in Italy for 10 years where she directed the launch of the first European network of sustainable school cafeterias and helped to plan Terra Madre, a meeting of food communities from 150 countries. She holds a Master's in environment and development from King's College London.

This program is co-hosted by edWeb.net, the Edible Schoolyard Project, the National Farm to School Network, and Life Lab.

Visit our Google calendar to view all webinars this month.
Follow us on Twitter @edWebnet to learn about upcoming webinars and special events!

Volunteer Stream Monitoring Training             (Posted: 7-3-14)

Date: July 12, 2014
Time: 10 AM - 1 PM
Location: Mercer County Soil Conservation District, 508 Hughes Drive Hamilton, NJ 08690
Activities: Indoor information session about stream monitoring followed by outdoor practice session assessing a nearby stream
Required: Free to the public. Wear clothing that can get dirty/wet and bring waders/boots (if available) and sunblock & insect repellent
Contact: Patrick Froehlich ambassadorwma20@gmail.com

Sign Up for an Upcoming Sustainable Jersey Webinar!             (Posted: 7-3-14)

Click HERE.

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

Click HERE.

Invitation to the 2014 New Jersey Science Convention             (Posted: 6-20-14)

Click HERE.

Upcoming Professional Development Workshops at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve             (Posted: 6-10-14)

Upcoming Professional Development Workshops at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, Tuckerton, NJ

For complete descriptions please visit http://jcnerr.org/education/

Barnegat Bay Ecology July 30-August 1, 2014
The Jacques Cousteau Reserve, in partnership with the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, is offering an exciting 3-day workshop focused on Barnegat Bay using a newly developed high school curriculum. You'll increase your knowledge of Barnegat Bay and the ecological issues facing our estuaries through field studies, classroom activities and science presentations. Workshop runs from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM each day.

Sand, Surge and Sea Level: A Teacher on the Estuary (TOTE) workshop for mid-Atlantic Educators August 11-14, 2014
The Jacques Cousteau Reserve in partnership with the Delaware Reserve, is offering an exciting 4-day workshop focused on mid-Atlantic estuaries. You'll increase your knowledge of the issues facing our coasts and how a changing climate will impact the mid-Atlantic region. Field studies, classroom activities and scientific presentations will make this a workshop you won't want to miss! Workshop runs from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM each day.

Both workshop are offered at no cost thanks to NOAA funding.

For more information about either training contact Melanie Reding at 609-812-0649 ext. 206 or reding@marine.rutgers.edu To register, visit http://jcnerr.org/education/

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.

June Wildlife Conference Registration Deadline Approaching             (Posted: 5-14-14)

The 2nd Annual NJ Wildlife & Conservation Conference will be held at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City June 6-8. The conference is sponsored by the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, and the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife. This exciting conference again brings together expert scientific panels to discuss and debate the timely challenges and opportunities facing New Jersey's diverse wildlife. See the conference agenda here: http://www.njwildlifeconference.org/2014-agenda .

The deadline for hotel registration is Friday, May 16 and rooms are filling up fast; see the conference website at http://www.njwildlifeconference.org/ for conference and registration details. For more information, please contact pola.galie@gmail.com .

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

Click HERE.

Professional Development Opportunities from Eco-Schools USA             (Posted: 5-8-14)

Reserve your seat at the May 15, Eco-Schools USA workshop. 

We hope you will join us for one of these upcoming Professional Development events with Eco-Schools USA.  These events will allow you the opportunity to learn alongside your colleagues and bring back valuable tools to improve instruction in multiple disciplines.  

State-wide sustainability events can be found on the ECO-SCHOOLS CALENDAR for Eco-Schools programs as well as Partner Programs. Email Jennifer.dowd@njaudubon.org to have your events included.

REGISTER: Eco-Schools USA: Using Native Plants to Improve Student Achievement in Reading and Math

May 15, 2014 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Cost: $15 per person
Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ

During this experiential workshop, participants will gain a deeper understanding of native plants and place-based student activities that support math and reading instruction while connecting children with nature and stewarding the land. Learn how to use the Eco-Schools USA framework and pathways for student achievement. Aligned with Common Core and supports teacher evaluation systems. Garry Annibal from NJ Native Plant Society will be a special instructor for this program helping to identify native plants, their history and their uses. Open to K-12 educators.

1 professional development credit per hour.

REGISTER: Eco-Schools Professional Learning Community’s: Summer Hiking Series

July 5th, July 13th, August 2nd; 9- 11:30 am
Free
Capacity: 30 participants/ hike

Do you enjoy getting outside for learning? This series will explore school ground ecology and a nature center in different parts of the state, allowing you to connect with statewide key stakeholders in student learning focused on sustainability issues. We will cover outdoor classroom management techniques, instructional strategies, tools, and frameworks for engaging students in outdoor learning.

July 5th: Sherman-Hoffman Sanctuary, Bernardsville, NJ
July 13
th
: Phillips Academy, Newark, NJ
August 2
nd: New Egypt Primary School

1 professional development credit per hour.

 

INTERESTING LINKS

Curbside Composting and Local Farming Displayed at 'Living Local Expo 'http://youtu.be/HmSiPjBEZbU

More than 80 vendors shared ideas, products and services with 2,000 attendees at this lively, informative event.

Best places to go birdwatching
Is there a “best place to go birdwatching” near you?  Check out the list featured on NJ.com!
http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2014/04/7_best_places_in_new_jersey_to_go_birdwatching_this_spring.html

COLLECTING STORIES

Is your school incorporating art into your Eco-projects and using art to teach sustainability?  If so, we’d like to hear about it!  Contact Jessica Brown at jbrowncommunications@outlook.com.


Jennifer Dowd
Eco-Schools USA – New Jersey Coordinator
New Jersey Audubon
Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
11 Hardscrabble Road
Bernardsville, NJ  07924
(c)908-292-8030
www.njaudubon.org
www.ecoschoolsusa.org
ECO-SCHOOLS CALENDAR 

**Making New Jersey a better place for people and wildlife since 1897.

ANJEE Call for Presenters             (Posted: 5-8-14)

Click HERE.

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

Click HERE.

GeoSTEM Academy & 19 April 2014 Earth Science Sites of the Week             (Posted: 5-8-14)

The Sterling Hill Mining Museum GeoSTEM Teachers Academy is still accepting registrants. This one day workshop will take place on August 5, 2014. Visit the Sterling Hill Mining Museum for more information.

Geology and Geography
EarthViewer: an interactive tool for exploring the science of Earth's deep history.
http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/earthviewer/
"What did Earth look like 250 million years ago? Or 1 billion years ago? Or 4.5 billion years ago? EarthViewer is an interactive tool for tablet computers that allows you to explore the science of Earth's deep history. Get it now from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or Amazon Apps."

38 Incredibly Informative Maps: http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/maps-you-never-knew-you-needed
"Some prime examples of map porn for all my fellow amateur cartographers to get lost in. Get it?"

Interactive Rock Cycle for Grades 7-12: http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/ks3/gsl/education/resources/rockcycle.html
"This web-resource, which is aimed at UK science students, shows how surface and deep Earth processes produce the rocks we stand on, and use to build our homes. Click the boxes below to find out how the Rock Cycle works. You can also view an animated version of the rock cycle and see photos showing evidence of the rock cycle around Britain."

New Preliminary Animation Computer Model of Oso, Washington Landslide: https://www.youtube.com/embed/2NzHCOhKr7g
"Preliminary computer simulation of the landslide that occurred on March 22, 2014 along State Route 530 near Oso, Washington. Credit: David L. George and Richard M. Iverson, U.S. Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory."

Compilation of Animations, Video Clips, And Interactive Images of Earth Science and Geography: https://vle.whs.bucks.sch.uk/course/view.php?id=1365
"Animations, video clips and interactive images in geography can help you to understand the complex natural processes that take place at or close to the surface of the earth. The animated diagrams and maps speed up time, giving you the opportunity to see and understand the long term changes that take place at or near the surface of the Earth. Many of the animations are also interactive."

Water
NOAA Resource for Exploring the Ocean: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/
"The Ocean Explorer website is designed to be an engaging and educational Internet offering for all who wish to learn about, discover, and virtually explore the ocean realm. The site is primarily directed to the general public, educators, and students. Other important groups include the press, nongovernmental organizations, marine scientists and resource managers, marine protected area professionals, ocean exploration groups, and policymakers interested in the marine environment."

Weather
The Notion that the Gulf Stream is Responsible For Keeping Europe Anomalously Warm Turns Out To Be A Myth: https://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/2006/4/the-source-of-europes-mild-climate/3
"An article on the cause of the mild climate of the west coast of Europe. This article can be used to show how common explanations like the Gulf Stream heating the European coast can be overturned by data. This can also show how an explanation can persist long after a scientific explanation becomes available. Students can find ample examples of the old explanation in some new textbooks and on numerous websites."

Space
The Science of Felix Baumgartner's Jump: http://bobs-spaces.net/2012/10/15/look-who-dropped-in/
"Yesterday Felix Baumgartner set several records as he ascended to an altitude of more than 128,000 feet (~24 miles, 40 Km) before stepping off into slightly more than 4 minutes of free fall. Unfortunately he missed breaking the free fall record, but only by about 10-15 seconds. He then landed safely and as he stepped back on the Earth he also stepped into the record books for the highest balloon flight, and highest free fall."

General
How Science Really Works: http://undsci.berkeley.edu/
"We've assembled a variety of resources to help you increase student understanding of nature and process of science. To improve your own content knowledge, explore Understanding Science 101 and our resource library. To prepare yourself with lesson plans, teaching tips, and pedagogical strategies, visit a Teacher's Lounge or explore the all-level resources listed below and to the right." adjusted for an older audience.

The Science behind Earthworms: http://www.stemmom.org/p/worm-unit.html
"Observing Worms "Wet or Dry?" Experiment: In this post I introduce the worm unit, provide the Free Wormy Science Lab Notebook printable, and give advice for conducting the wet/dry worm experiment.

Designing a Helicopter with Simple Materials: http://www.exploratorium.edu/science_explorer/roto-copter.html
"This simple paper toy spins through the air like a mini-helicopter."

Teaching
Uptalk - When Voices Unnecessarily Rise at the End of a Sentence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQWej-hMiZI and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrp_yzIsXkk
"Are we hearing more and more of this, especially in young people?" (justified voice rise at end of sentence)

Demos
Strobe light Makes Water Drops Fall In Slow Motion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtxlQTmx1LE
"I saw a demonstration several years ago by Dr. Harold Edgerton using a small water pump and a strobe light. He turned on the water pump and then adjusted his strobe to match the frequency of the pump (I am assuming it was 60 Hz) and it looked like the water stream was standing still. The explanation was that the pump was really working intermittently at 60 times a second and when he matched the strobe to it, you could see the intermittence of the pump."

Humor
@#$% Students Say: http://imgur.com/gallery/jksNK
"Deeply thoughtful aphorisms we've probably all seen in our students."

Next Generation Science Standards Workshop             (Posted: 5-8-14)

Next Generation Science Standards Workshop for Elementary & Middle School Teachers at the Meadowlands Environment Center
August 4th - 7th, 9AM - 3PM
To apply, email by JULY 1ST
See HERE for full details.

NEW JERSEY AUDUBON - Summer Professional Development: Teaching STEM through the Environment             (Posted: 4-17-14)

Eco-Schools USA Summer Camp for Teachers
Eco Schools is an international sustainability program implemented in the USA by the National Wildlife Federation and in NJ by the New Jersey Audubon.

June 30-July1:  An Eco-Schools In-depth Workshop:  Biodiversity 

Human environments, including school yards and the surrounding communities are commonly characterized by a very low biodiversity.  Participants will examine ways to evaluate the diversity of local habitats which could support a variety of plant and animal species.  Lesson plans will be presented to incorporate the basic concepts of biodiversity into the school curriculum utilizing the school yard and local areas for hands-on learning.  Participation in this workshop will prepare teachers to have their schools certified for the Eco-Schools Biodiversity Pathway.

July 16-17:  An Eco-Schools In-depth Workshop:  School Ground Habitats 

By working with students, school administrators and the community, teachers can begin by conducting an audit of existing wildlife habitat on the school grounds.  In this workshop, teachers will begin to develop plans for school audit teams.  Then, following the guidelines of the National Wildlife Schoolyard Habitats program, we examine the ways to plan, build, and maintain a School Yard Habitat at your school and integrate it into the school curriculum.  Participation in this workshop will prepare teachers to have their schools certified for the Eco-Schools School Grounds Pathway.

http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionDuke/SummerInstitutesforTeachers.aspx

July 28 through August 1:  Summer Institute—Investigating Environmental Issues in the Raritan River Watershed at Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ.

This weeklong institute is designed for Middle and High School teachers. During the week, we will explore the differences between environmental conditions, events, and problems and begin to address the issues (technical, sociological, economic, and cultural) that our society is faced with as it sets out to deal with these.  While the focus will be on the Raritan Watershed, every subject addressed is applicable to any watershed in the state and teachers will be provided with the tools and resources to develop lesson plans for their own particular circumstances.

http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionDuke/SummerInstitutesforTeachers/EnvironmentalIssuesRaritan.aspx

August 18 to 22, 2014 - School of Ecology for Teachers at NJ Audubon's Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville, NJ

For teachers in Grades 4 to 8.  Learn how to incorporate ecology, earth science and environmental science into your curricula.  Whether you teach all subjects OR just one...our interdisciplinary, inquiry-based approach to learning engages students and helps meet state curriculum standards and supports STEM learning. Don't be afraid of science!  Join us in the outdoors...learn how to use your schools grounds - whether urban or suburban - as a learning laboratory. 

http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionEducation/ProvidingfortheEducationCommunity/ProfessionalDevelopmentforTeachers/SchoolofEcologyforTeachers.aspx

Ms. Dale Rosselet
Vice-president for Education
New Jersey Audubon

Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ  08210
www.njaudubon.org

Upcoming Webinar: "Using EPA's Pollution Prevention Greenhouse Gas and Cost Calculators to Measure Environmental Outcomes"             (Posted: 4-11-14)

Click HERE.

The Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies (MASS) Program             (Posted: 3-25-14)

at Ramapo College of New Jersey is now accepting applications for the Fall 2014 semester.

Whether you are seeking to transform your career, discover new directions in your life, or enhance your own practice of sustainability, our accelerated nine-course MASS program for working professionals will help you leverage your passion for sustainability to your advantage, in a hyper-connected and rapidly globalizing marketplace,

Our uniquely transdisciplinary program is all about the student-you define your own interests and we work with you to customize the content of the curriculum, using active learning to help you crystalize your vision and shape your career.

Taking nine courses over a period of 21 months, with classes held one evening per week, and with half the content online, and culminating in a Capstone Project that is uniquely your own, this program will prepare you to:

  • Work effectively within the business world, addressing issues such as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability in operations and management;
  • Engage with civic organizations, non-profits, and community groups, deploying your acquired leadership skills to manage social change in ways that improve outcomes for communities at local and regional levels;
  • Work with your local government or Green Team to implement the ways in which the powerful concepts from resiliency planning and adaptive management can be deployed to enhance the sustainability of the places you inhabit;
  • Engage with K-12 schools and community education organizations to infuse sustainability in the classroom, and across the curriculum and campus


Please contact Dr. Ashwani Vasishth, at vasishth@ramapo.edu or at (201) 684-6616 for more information on the program and the application process.

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