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CONTENTS:
NAAEE: eeNEWS for April 19, 2017
Teach at the Beach 2017
New PLT Curriculum; Earth Day Activities; EE Week Resources & MORE
Register NOW for a summer Professional Learning experience: Resilience: It’s Not Just Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse
NAAEE: eeNEWS for April 5, 2017
2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit: Reserve Your Spot Today!
Invitation to the 2017 New Jersey Science Convention
NJSTA Maitland Summer Institute
Native Plants in the Landscapes Conference - 2017 Schedule is POSTED!
Register for NEEF’s EE Week Today to Receive Resources First
NAAEE: eeNEWS for March 24, 2017
Reserve your spot for our next CCCN webinar
NOW AVAILABLE: Seeing Students Learn Science: Integrating Assessment and Instruction in the Classroom
Teacher Workshop Opportunity
Fun Facts About 10 Trees; GreenWorks! Grants Available; Invasive Species and STEM
Please Help Improve i-Tree
NAAEE: eeNEWS
Want to get better at identifying the beautiful spring birds?
2017 New Jersey Invasive Species Conference
Important Update on the NJCORE Site
USEPA Region 2 Citizen Science Water Monitoring Equipment Loan Program
Looking for a Fresh Approach to Education?
NJSACC is celebrating #NationalNutritionMonth
PAEE: Pre-Conference Workshops
NJESTA Annual Conference - March 18th! & summer job opportunity
NAAEE: eeNEWS for February 23, 2017
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
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!
20th Annual Environmental Educators Roundtable - Registration Now Open!
ANJEE Conference Follow-up
Get a First Look at What's in Store at CNC 2017
NAAEE: eeNEWS for April 19, 2017             (Posted: 4-19-17)

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Teach at the Beach 2017             (Posted: 4-18-17)



Teach at the Beach

"Education on the Rise, Insight for a changing climate"

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Please join the New Jersey Marine Education Association for our annual Teach at the Beach professional development workshop on May 5th, 2017 at the NJ Sea Grant Consortium in beautiful Sandy Hook, NJ!

The shoreline of the Sandy Hook National Seashore is a New Jersey treasure and an educational resource that has lots to offer you and your students!  If you haven't been there yet, you have to go!  If you have been there, there is even more to explore. Workshop will take place rain or shine.

Please visit NJMEA's website for registration details  https://njmarineed.wildapricot.org/



 

 

Kaitlin Gannon
(609) 812 0649 ext 206
gannon@marine.rutgers.edu   

http://www.jcnerr.org

New PLT Curriculum; Earth Day Activities; EE Week Resources & MORE             (Posted: 4-18-17)

 
The Branch
 
April 2017
 
PLT'S E-NEWSLETTER  
 
 
Feature Article PLT-online-units
PLT's New Online Units for Grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8
 
By Leslie Comnes
 
Designed to be easy for teachers to access and use, these self-contained units of instruction are fully online.
 
 
 
Educator Tips
 
 
 
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Earth Day Activities to Inspire Your Students and Make a Difference
 
By Rebecca Reyes
 
Earth Day is about raising awareness about the importance of protecting our planet and taking action. Use these activities to inspire your students to take action this Earth Day, and every day.
 
 
Stories
 
 
 
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Students Blend Art with Science in Community Garden
 
By Kaylin Lee
 
Children selected an animal found in their community's garden the research. They created beautiful mosaics of their chosen animal for a permanent outdoor art exhibit.
 
 
RESOURCES
 
 
 
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National Environmental Education Week 2017
 
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
 
NEEF's 13th annual National Environmental Education Week is April 23-29, 2017. Register to receive tool kits and activity guides to make environmental learning come alive.
 
 
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Recommended Reading: The Happiest Tree
 
By Jaclyn Stallard
 
The word "yoga" derives from a Sanskrit word "yuj," meaning "to unite or integrate." This book embodies Sanskrit's yuj and can be used to integrate multiple discipline areas.
 
 
 
 
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             GreenSchools! Update
                                   April 2017

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

April is an exciting month to celebrate environmental learning! Earth Day, held each year on April 22, teaches people, young and old, about the importance of environmental conservation. National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is April 23-29 and National Arbor Day, which celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care, is on April 29 this year.

Earth Day Activities to Inspire Your Students
Earth Day is about raisingawareness about the importance of protecting our planet and taking action. Use these activities to inspire your students to take actionthis Earth Day, and every day.

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EE Week
EE Week encourages educatorsto incorporate high-quality environmental education across thecurriculum. Register to receive free activities and resources.

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Tree Planting Tips
Express your appreciationfor trees on Earth Day, Arbor Day (and every day) by planting a tree atyour school or in your community. Here is a little more inspiration andsome tips to get you started.

Training Opportunities

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For Students
Grade 8-11 student leadersare invited by the Green Schools Alliance to participate in the StudentConservation Corps & Congress (Sc3), June 25-July 1. Students willlearn the necessary skills to make tangible changes in their owncommunities and get connected to students around the country who sharetheir same interests and passions. Application deadline is May 15.

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For Educators
Join this free webinar GreenSchoolyards for Connecting Children to Nature on April 27. Learn fromcity leaders in Grand Rapids and staff from the Children & NatureNetwork about the benefits, best practices, partnership development andshared use policies that can help you successfully implement greenschoolyards in your community.

Sincerely,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
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Register NOW for a summer Professional Learning experience: Resilience: It’s Not Just Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse             (Posted: 4-18-17)

Climate Science & Education Professional Development Workshop:

Resilience: It’s Not Just Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

University of Connecticut Avery Point Campus, Groton, Connecticut

Tuesday, July 11 through Thursday, July 13, 2017

Click here to register for the workshop

(https://goo.gl/FlraHz)

NOAA's Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) and Connecticut Sea Grant are collaborating with Federal, State and NGO partners to convene a climate science and education workshop for formal and informal educators. Participants will learn from and interact with climate science, education and communication experts. The workshop will focus on topics of climate science and resilience strategies for the northeast region of the United States, with a goal of connecting educators and their students and/or audiences to the best available science-based information and pedagogic resources.

Registration for the workshop is on a first come first serve basis and the number of participants is very limited! When enrollment has reached capacity, online registration will be closed. Registration is $40 per person. It includes daily lunch, snacks, field trips, and a plethora of resources! Attendees are responsible for arranging their own transportation and lodging.

To register for the workshop you must fully complete the online form and send a check or purchase order to: Connecticut Sea Grant - Climate Workshop, 1080 Shennecossett Rd, Groton, CT 06340.

You will receive an email confirming your participation in the workshop only when your registration fee has been processed. A detailed workshop itinerary, lodging and dining recommendations, and additional information will be sent to all confirmed registrants well in advance of the workshop.

All attendees will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the workshop as well as the number of professional development hours earned.

For more info re: the overall workshop, contact Diana Payne at: diana.payne@uconn.edu. phone: 860.405.9248

Questions re: your registration fee? contact Andrea Kelly at: andrea.kelly@uconn.edu. phone: 860.405.9128

A professional development workshop for formal and informal educators who wish to:

·        Increase their knowledge of climate science, and resilience strategies;

·         Learn about climate impacts and adaptations in the northeastern US; and

·        Translate climate science and resilience to the classroom and/or informal education settings.

Times: 8:30am - 5:00pm daily.

Place: Marine Sciences Building, Room 103, The University of Connecticut - Avery Point, 1080 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT 06340

Primary Contacts:  

·        Diana Payne diana.payne@uconn.edu

·         Molly Harrison Molly.Harrison@noaa.gov

·         Bruce Moravchik Bruce.Moravchik@noaa.gov

·         Peg Steffen Peg.Steffen@noaa.gov

Featured Activities:

·        Presentations by scientists and educators on climate science and resilience.

·         Activities to increase participant climate science knowledge.

·        Activities and demonstrations on teaching climate, engaging in resilience activities and related topics.

·         Connections to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Notes on Food & Lodging:

·        Lunch and snacks will be provided during the workshop.

·         Participants must make their own travel and overnight arrangements. Lodging and dining recommendations and additional information, will be sent to all confirmed registrants well in advance of the workshop.

Peg Steffen, Education Coordinator
NOAA National Ocean Service
1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910
240.533.0880 office

301.448.0436 work cell

NAAEE: eeNEWS for April 5, 2017             (Posted: 4-18-17)

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2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit: Reserve Your Spot Today!             (Posted: 4-18-17)

2017 NEW JERSEY SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT
Local Action, Collective Impact
 
Wednesday
June 21, 2017
8:30 am-4:30 pm
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
The 2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit will explore how coordinated local action can achieve an increased collective impact. Sustainable Jersey brings together a unique mix of public and private, state and local partners to support communities in achieving remarkable progress.
 
This event attracts over 300 diverse participants from across New Jersey. Attendees will participate in thought provoking conversations that focus on engaging government, community, schools, business and academia in sustainable action.  
 
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TWELVE BREAKOUT AND INFORMATION SESSIONS
Promoting a Clean Energy Future at the Local Level


The clean energy future is here! As costs for solar panels and electric vehicles (EV) have fallen, local policies and programs supporting the adoption of clean energy solutions have become more important than ever.  Find out how to make your town 'solar friendly' and 'EV friendly' and gain insight on community-led initiatives that help residents and businesses.
The Art of Sustainability: Turning Creativity into Problem Based Solutions 
The intersection of the arts and sustainability is becoming increasingly important. What is New Jersey doing in this area? We will highlight examples from participating schools using Integrated Science Technology Engineering Art and Math to prepare the next generation of sustainability leaders. Hear from organizations at the forefront of harnessing New Jersey's creative resources.
Waste Not, Recycle More! Waste Management Strategies at the Local Level

Municipalities and schools play an important role in supporting the state level goals related to solid waste, reuse and recycling and hazardous waste. Learn about Sustainable Jersey's new Gold Star Standard in Waste. Review new and upgraded waste management actions and hear from municipal leaders who have implemented impactful local strategies.
Invitation to the 2017 New Jersey Science Convention             (Posted: 4-18-17)

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NJSTA Maitland Summer Institute             (Posted: 4-18-17)

NJSTA’s Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award Committee
announces its
2017 Summer Institute
21st Century Science Connections:
Real World Applications for the Classroom
July 17-21, 2017
College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ

This five day institute will investigate implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards from a multi-discipline perspective. 24 middle school teachers will gain a new understanding for science applications and classroom pedagogy. Educators will discover innovative methods of engaging students through natural phenomena in dimensional science activities.

New Jersey Science Teachers’ thirteenth annual Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award Summer Institute will be dynamic and student centered. Throughout the sessions, teachers will be offered opportunities to collaborate and enrich their ideas. The productive goal is to transform learning experiences into lessons.

Middle school teachers of Grades 6-8 are welcome to apply. Those who are accepted for the Institute must become NJSTA members in order to participate.

Please look for information about this exciting workshop and an online application on the NJSTA.org website:
http://www.njsta.org/simmons-2017-institute.html or email Cheryl Zanone, clzanone@gmail.com.

Native Plants in the Landscapes Conference - 2017 Schedule is POSTED!             (Posted: 4-18-17)

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Register for NEEF’s EE Week Today to Receive Resources First             (Posted: 4-13-17)

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NAAEE: eeNEWS for March 24, 2017             (Posted: 4-4-17)

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CFP Deadline Reminder: April 10

Reserve your spot for our next CCCN webinar             (Posted: 4-4-17)

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NOW AVAILABLE: Seeing Students Learn Science: Integrating Assessment and Instruction in the Classroom             (Posted: 4-4-17)

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Teacher Workshop Opportunity             (Posted: 3-29-17)

Kean University would like to invite as many New Jersey Science teachers as possible to apply for our upcoming workshop where they will earn Continuing Education Units as well as a complimentary stipend of $100. If there is anyway you can share this with your members we would greatly appreciate it. Please feel free to share the following announcement:

High School Science Teachers:

We would like to invite you to apply for our upcoming workshop Promoting Renewable Energy Use at Home: Sustainability Science Workshops Please feel free to share this with any other science teachers you think may be interested in this workshop. The workshop will be held at Kean University on April 29th, 2017 from 9:30am-12pm.

This renewable energy workshop hosted by the School of Environmental and Sustainability Sciences (SESS) will provide a unique opportunity for participants to learn about basics, application, and impacts of renewable energy through hands-on activities and software tools. The workshop is free to attend and participants will receive complimentary CEUs (Continuing Education Units) from Kean University as well as travel compensation ($100). Light refreshments will be served.  

The workshop will consist of the four following themes and you can choose to participate one of them:

  • Solar panel workshop: basic PV cell concepts, measurement, and application at homes.

  • Fuel cell workshop: fundamentals of fuel cells and set up an experimental kit which converts solar energy to electricity using a solar panel and fuel cells.

  • Home energy use workshop: energy efficiency concepts and measure the energy consumption used in houses, which are utilizing renewable energy.

  • Life cycle assessment (LCA): LCA concepts, components, and standards. They will be taught how to use a LCA software tool to estimate environmental impacts of renewable energy at homes.

More detailed information can be found on our website

If you have any questions feel free to contact SESS office (SESS@kean.edu) or Dr. Juyoung Ha at Haj@kean.edu. Please follow the link and fill out the application. Applications are DUE April 9, 2017. Limited space available so APPLY NOW!


School of Environmental & Sustainability Sciences
College of Natural, Applied, & Health Sciences
Kean University - 1000 Morris Avenue - Union, NJ 07083

Science Building (Main Campus) Third Floor
SESS Office: 908-737-3737
SESS Fax: 908-737-3732

Fun Facts About 10 Trees; GreenWorks! Grants Available; Invasive Species and STEM             (Posted: 3-22-17)

 
The Branch
 
March 2017
 
PLT'S E-NEWSLETTER  
 
 
Feature ArticlePLT-GreenWorks
GreenWorks! Grants Now Available
By Haley Herbst
 
Do you have an idea for a service-learning project for your students to improve the environment at your school or in your community? Apply for a GreenWorks! grant to get your project off the ground. To be eligible, applicants must have attended a PLT workshop, either in-person or online.
 
 
 
EDUCATOR TIPS
 
 
 
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Fun Facts About 10 Trees from Around the World
 
By Rebecca Reyes
 
Fun facts about 10 trees from around the world to incorporate into a lesson about geography, science, language arts, and art. Students can create tree profiles to demonstrate their new knowledge.
 
 
RESOURCES
 
 
 
Gypsy-moth
 
STEM Strategies: Invasive Species
 
By Kris Irwin, Ph.D.
 
Engage students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as they learn about the impact invasive species have on ecosystems and biodiversity.
 
 
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Resources for PLT Lessons
 
By Jaclyn Stallard
 
Our latest compilation of environmental education resources, including professional development opportunities, supplemental lesson plans and classroom activities, interactive websites, books and videos.
 
 
 
 
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Please Help Improve i-Tree             (Posted: 3-16-17)

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NAAEE: eeNEWS             (Posted: 3-16-17)

March 10, 2017 and Submit Proposals for NAAEE Conference & Research Symposium.

Want to get better at identifying the beautiful spring birds?             (Posted: 3-16-17)


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Spring migration is beginning. Are you ready to greet the birds coming to your neighborhood by name? 

Perhaps you feel like there are so many birds in your field guide you don't know where to begin? 

Or you're curious about who's singing in your backyard, but don't have the tools to figure it out?

No more confusion and uncertainty! Bird Academy is here to help you gain confidence and see your world through a new lens.

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Created for Bird Lovers Like You

Spring Field Ornithology is a friendly week-by-week guide designed to help you get to know birds that arrive in the Northeast and other areas of eastern US as the snow melts and the trees start budding. This popular course has been led by the world-renowned Steve Kress for more than 40 years, and is now available online for bird enthusiasts everywhere to enjoy. 

Take it at Your Own Speed

Starting March 30 and continuing through the spring, each week brings you two new video lectures and a colorful quiz focusing on the birds of the week. It is self-paced and all the materials can be accessed through December 1 so you can watch at your convenience and practice throughout the year.

Discover the Joy of Knowing the Birds Around You

Join the flock of thousands who have deepened their appreciation of nature with Spring Field Ornithology.

Special early bird pricing going on now for a limited time!

Learn more

Looking forward to spring!

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Mya Thompson
 
Bird Academy Project Leader · Cornell Lab of Ornithology · birdacademy@cornell.edu
 
 
Along with in-depth interactive features, like Bird Song Hero, Wall of Birds, and All About Bird Anatomy, Bird Academy hosts a media library, colorful articles, and courses—including the Be a Better Birder tutorials, Spring Field Ornithology, and more.
 
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's mission is to interpret and conserve the natural world. Become a member or donate today.
 
 
  


Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd. Ithaca NY 14850

2017 New Jersey Invasive Species Conference             (Posted: 3-8-17)

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Important Update on the NJCORE Site             (Posted: 3-8-17)

Since 2013, the New Jersey Collaborative Online Resource Exchange (NJCORE) has served as an online repository in which educators across the state could share instructional resources, lessons and activities.

Currently, the Department is evaluating how to broaden the scope of such supports to New Jersey educators and has been examining similar online resources that reach a larger audience of teachers throughout the United States. As such, the NJCORE website will no longer be available as of March 27, 2017, as the Department explores connecting to a national database for online supports.

For additional information and updates, visit the Department's Educator Resource Exchange webpage: http://www.nj.gov/education/sca/ere/.

USEPA Region 2 Citizen Science Water Monitoring Equipment Loan Program             (Posted: 3-8-17)

The USEPA is pleased to announce the 2017 USEPA Region 2 Citizen Science Water Monitoring Equipment Loan Program application period is now open to all citizen scientists/community groups operating within EPA Region 2, covering New York and New Jersey. Priority will be given to groups monitoring urban waters and/or waters in Environmental Justice areas, including Tribal Nations, as well as first time applicants. The equipment covers laboratory bacterial tests for Enterococcus and Total Coliforms/E-Coli; instruments for benthic macro invertebrate collection; turbidity tubes; GPS units and water quality meters measuring general water quality parameters such as dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, conductivity and salinity.

EPA Region 2 Citizen Science Quality Assurance Project Plan Template, which can now be found online at https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-06/documents/quality_assurance_template_for_citizen_science.pdf.

Applications will be accepted through close of business March 24, 2017, with selections to be announced by April 6, 2017. A signed copy of the application and QAPP can be submitted through email (preferred) to Rachael Graham at graham.rachael@epa.gov. Or in hard copy to:
Rachael Graham
U.S EPA Region 2
2890 Woodbridge Ave
Edison, New Jersey 08837

Looking for a Fresh Approach to Education?             (Posted: 3-8-17)

February 2017

Greetings!

As spring nears, you may be thinking about taking a fresh approach to student achievement and engagement. We have the support and resources to help you! 

In this newletter, we bring you information about our Educating for a Sustainable Future Summer Design Studio at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. In this 5 -day design studio, you will learn how to embed EfS into curriculum, assessments, and programs.

For inspiration, check out two of our latest EfS Case Studies. Both Denver Green School, a public, neighborhood K-8 school and Trevor Day School, a NYC based Pre-K-12 independent day school have made real strides in integrating EfS into their core curriculum.  

And finally,  we're excited to announce our brand new website and the launch of the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly, a peer reviewed, high interest digital magazine that highlights evidence-based practices for replication in green, healthy, sustainable schools.

We appreciate those who have been liking, sharing and engaging with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. We hope you'll join the conversation too!

Thank you

Jaimie

Jaimie P. Cloud, President

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education

Jaimie@cloudinstitute.org

212-645-9930

Summer Curriculum Design Studio: Educating For A Sustainable Future 

Are you an educator, administrator or program designer?

In this 5-day design studio, you will learn how to design and embed EfS into curriculum, assessments, and programs.

In a structured context, you get access to expertise, coaching, resources, and tools to design elegant curricula for classroom use, create protocols for professional development, or lay out action plans to implement EfS in schools and communities.

Through working sessions, learning circles, coaching, peer review, and optional workshops, you are supported as you create and develop units and protocols that educate for sustainability.

August 6-11, 2017

Omega Institute

150 Lake Drive

Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Learn more and register.

Save $100 on Educating for a Sustainable Future when you register for the Sustainability Education Conference.

Our Shiny New Website is LIVE! 

We invite you to explore our new website. We know you're busy, so here are some highlights:

  • Are you educating for sustainability?  Take our EfS Assessments or read our blog to find out 
  • Want to learn more about EfS?  Watch one of our inspiring videos
  • Curious about who else is educating for sustainability? Check our new Community Map

?Let us know what you think about our new website. Does it help you understand what we do, why we do it, and who we serve? We'd love to hear from you!

EFS in Schools:  What does it look like? 

Some people have a hard time wrapping their heads around Education for Sustainability. We get that. It's a new way of thinking about the role that schools can play in preparing students to take their place in a sustainable future.  That's why we've been featuring schools that we've worked with over the years on The Cloud Blog. In case you missed them, here they are!

Denver Green School

Meet the Denver Green School (DGS), a public neighborhood K-8 school. DGS, located in a diverse urban setting, is one of Denver’s “Innovation” schools. Shared leadership and real world learning opportunities allow the school to successfully integrate Education for Sustainability (EfS) into its core curriculum.   

Trevor Day School

Meet Trevor Day School, a Pre-K through Grade 12 independent day school located in New York City. Trevor’s commitment to sustainability is evident inside and outside the classroom. Jaimie Cloud has been working with the school since 2009, providing training and resources to help the school integrate Education for Sustainability across grade levels and academic disciplines.

New Jersey: An Unexpected Leader Emerges in Sustainability Education

We need new ways of thinking, not just to solve today’s problems, but to lead us to a healthy and regenerative future. Now imagine that schools could prepare young people to think about the world in this entirely new way.  Here’s the good news—it’s happening. Right now, all over the state of New Jersey.

The Green Schools Conference and Expo

We hope to see you at the Green Schools Conference and Expo in Atlanta, GA, from March 21 – 22, 2017. The event will bring together hundreds of green school leaders, educators, administrators, advocates, practitioners and enthusiasts from across the nation. It presents a unique opportunity for the brightest and most influential individuals in the fields of education, building design and construction, facilities management, public administration, and more, to gather, share, and learn from one another while advancing the green schools movement. 

Register

We're Counting Down to the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly Launch!

Green Schools National Network is set to launch The Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly (GSCQ), a peer reviewed, high interest digital magazine that highlights evidence-based practices for replication in green, healthy, sustainable schools.

GSCQ will explore issues in-depth, including qualitative and quantitative research, and will include columns that report on and explore emergent issues. Jaimie Cloud is a proud member of GSCQ''s Advisory Board. 

Learn more and subscribe

Look for our launch at the Green Schools Conference and Expo next month! 

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education is a 501c3 Organization . Our mission is to ensure the viability of sustainable communities by leveraging changes in K-12 school systems to prepare young people for the shift toward a sustainable future.

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education
PO Box 2450 New York, NY 10027

Phone: 212-645-9930 | Fax: 212-645-9931

Contact us.

NJSACC is celebrating #NationalNutritionMonth             (Posted: 3-2-17)

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It's March & National Nutrition Month is Here!

Want to feed hungry kids, promote healthy eating and get involved for National Nutrition Month? Check out our March newsletters with healthy recipes, school nutrition initiatives & advocacy opportunities. 

Get your students involved &
celebrate with @NJSACC for #NationalNutritionMonth
Healthy After-School Snack of the week

PB&J Smoothie
Turn one of your kids favorite snacks into a power packed protein smoothie.

Peanut Allergies? No Problem! Try SunButter instead! It's made from roasted sunflower seeds and 2 tablespoons provides 7 grams of Protein, 4 grams of Fiber, Vitamin E and Iron!
National School Breakfast Week
March 6-10, 2017

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, this year lets bring breakfast into the classroom! Join the Food for Thought NJ breakfast Campaign and its efforts in getting NJ school districts switching to serving "breakfast after the bell". For more information visit njschoolbreakfast.org

Want to show off your school!? Post @njsacc @ACNJforKids your #schoolbreakfast on Twitter 

National CACFP Week
March 13-19, 2017

It's time to raise awareness of how the USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program works to combat hunger and bring healthy food to under-served populations

 

 

Learn About: The Child and Adult Care Food Program

  • The Program is designed to help providers serve nutritious food to children and adults, reimbursing providers for qualified meals and snacks that they serve while offering training, technical assistance, and program oversight.
  • There are many Sponsoring organizations all across NJ, who can help serve meals and snacks at after-school eligible sites
*Start serving After-school snacks and meals at your program! To find a Sponsor in your area, or to learn about how to become your own sponsor  
Contact: jheld@nps.k12.nj 

Celebrate #CACFP week and post a picture @NJSACC of your programs favorite after-school snack or meal
Nutrition Education
After-School
Rutgers SNAP-Ed

Rutgers Cooperative Extension Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education, offers after-school hands-on nutrition education classes to youth k-12 in qualifying schools across New Jersey 

All curricula used in nutrition education for youth follow the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards.  Age appropriate curricula include many fun, interactive lessons and coordinating educational activities. 

For recipes, videos and FREE ways to keep active
Check out SNAP Ed 4 Me

For Essex County Youth After-School Programs Contact:
Sheetal Bhatia, MS, MPH, RDN
Northeast Regional Coordinator, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Essex County
973-353-1338



For Teachers

  1. Incorporate Nutrition Books during reading time
  2. Have Kids take the MyPlate Challenge
  3. Draw their favorite after-school snack or meal using MyPlate Coloring Sheet
  4. Get Active! Fun Nutrition Games for kids
  5. Connect Via Social Media! Share how you are celebrating
    @NJSACC 
     #NationalNutritionMonth #afterschool

 

 

Connect with Your Local Food Bank!
Food Banks are a great way to get involved. There are many volunteer opportunities & resources for getting kids fed after-school, in the summer and on weekends!  

Check out a food bank if your area to find out more!
*Free Summer Meals*

It's never to early to start thinking about summer! When school is out, many of the children relying on these school meals, go hungry. Summer Meal Programs help close that gap and give children the nutrition they need so they are ready to learn when they return to school.

To share what your after-school program is doing, get ideas or find out more information about any of these programs 
contact:

Jaimie Held
Child Nutrition Outreach Coordinator
Jheld@NPS.k12.NJ.US
(973)412-1932 

PAEE: Pre-Conference Workshops             (Posted: 3-2-17)

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NJESTA Annual Conference - March 18th! & summer job opportunity             (Posted: 3-1-17)

34th NJESTA Annual Conference

Earth's Systems in Your Classroom

March 18, 2017

9:00 AM - 2:45 PM

(Registration begins at 8:30 AM)

Hosted by the Department of Marine & Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University, Cook Campus

Interested in improving your understanding of Earth and Climate science, how to use real and near-real time data and developing effective teaching and learning practices to advance climate literacy?

Come learn about science through engaging in activities, and discussions while using data in authentic and locally relevant ways, with practicing Rutgers scientists. All activities connect back to "ESS2: Earth's Systems."

Agenda includes:

  • Multiple Breakout Sessions
  • Scientist Keynote Speakers
  • Lab Tours
  • Classroom Connections

Professional Development hours will be provided along with lunch and door prizes. Join us for a full day guaranteed to enlighten and inspire!

For more information and to register, go to

www.njesta.org/conference.htm

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There will be a STEM outreach program, GEMS (Gains in the Education of Mathematics & Science), at Picatinny Arsenal in Jefferson, NJ this summer that is looking for resource teachers for their summer camps. The teachers chosen will reach a stipend for teaching during this program. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

NAAEE: eeNEWS for February 23, 2017             (Posted: --)

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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???
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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

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)

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

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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
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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