Resources for STEM educators:
Achieve Releases Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks for the Next Generation Science Standards! Sample Tasks Demonstrate Ways Middle and High School Teachers Can Combine Content from NGSS and the Common Core State Standard
Making Sense of NGSS for Grades 6-8
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 4:00:00 PM EDT - 5:00:00 PM EDT
Join us for the fifth webinar of our series on understanding the Next Generation Science Standards for Maine Educators. We’ll examine the importance and practical implementation of science and engineering in grades 6-8 and discover science is more than memorizing facts and definitions.
We will look at implementation of the NGSS 6-8 grade band in a middle school aquaponics program and in an expeditionary learning environment. We’ll also learn the story of how a Maine middle school developed a 6-8 NGSS progression to fit the needs of its students. PBS LearningMedia™ digital resources that support grades 6-8 instruction will be introduced.
This event is a collaboration between Maine Public Broadcasting Network, PBS LearningMedia, Maine Science Teachers Association and WGBH Education.
The final webinar in the series will focus on supporting instruction in high school. Stay tuned for the date.
Here are archived recordings of the first four webinars in the series:
Background, Relevance and Support, http://bit.ly/1R5fO0l
Architecture of a Standard, http://bit.ly/1S5QDtl
Implementation for Grades K-2, http://bit.ly/1SK2GtU
Implementation for Grades 3-5, http://bit.ly/1Wo7V8a
The Maine TREE Foundation and Maine Project Learning Tree Announce
2016 Forests of Maine Teachers’ Tours
on a 4-Day Tour of Maine’s Forests and Mills
Reserve your place on one of these tours!
-Twin Pine Camps on Millinocket Lake Near Katahdin
July 12 - 15
-AMC’s Little Lyford Pond Lodge and Camps
July 26 - 29
· Tours combine math, science, language arts and social studies with current information about forest practices, up-to-date technology and promising research into new products
· Each tour begins with a Project Learning Tree workshop that includes training in curriculum materials with links to all current standards including the Common Core standards and application to the new Science standards
· See modern harvesting and manufacturing technology in the woods and in the mills. Enjoy on-site discussions with foresters, loggers and operators to learn about job opportunities for Maine students
· The Maine TREE Foundation provides comfortable accommodations and transportation, delicious food and everything you ever wanted to know about Maine’s forests
Become certified as a Project Learning Tree Teacher.
Participants will receive 30 contact hours. 3.0 CEU’s available for an additional $20.00 fee.
Reserve your space now! Registration Fee is only:
$105.00 per person if you register before April 29, 2016*
$115.00 per person if you register after April 29, 2016*
Space is limited, so call or e-mail soon to receive an information/registration brochure.
The 5th Annual Baxter Symposium:
Thursday, May 19th, 8:00 - 3:30
One-week long summer field courses at Eagle Hill, Steuben, Me
Eagle Hill field courses are of special interest because they focus on the natural history of one of North America’s most spectacular and pristine natural areas, the coast of eastern Maine from Acadia National Park to Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge and beyond. Our summer field courses are taught by experts in their respective fields. Course participants include beginning to advanced amateurs, graduate and undergraduate students, teachers, professional field biologists, university professors, and personnel from federal and state agencies and numerous environmental organizations.
For general program information, click here. For our calendar, go to eaglehill.us/seminars. Titles are hot-linked to course descriptions and instructor biographies. Go to application and cost information. Institute homepage: www.eaglehill.us
For more information, contact Marilyn Mayer: firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-546-2821 x1
Herring Gut Aquaponics Professional Development
Herring Gut Learning Center has scheduled two aquaponics workshops for this summer. Scholarships are available. A flyer is attached.
Session 1: June 28th – 30th, 2016
Session 2: July 12th – 14th, 2016
Location: Port Clyde, Maine
The workshop includes•2.5 days of hands-on teacher training in aquaponics • A complete classroom aquaponics kit including tank, filter, pumps, planting materials and an operating manual • Standards-based aquaponics curriculum materials that will engage and motivate your students • 1.5 CEU’s available through the University of Southern Maine or 15 contact hours
Your instructor will be Ann Boover, Herring Gut’s lead teacher and aquaponics specialist. Ann instructs middle and high school students in aquaponics classes and has developed an extensive curriculum of hands-on lessons that incorporates science, math, business, and language arts into hatchery and greenhouse management.
Tuition for the entire course, all materials and supplies is $635.00. It also includes an evening boat cruise, continental breakfast and lunch daily. Housing is available for $150 on a first come, first serve basis in a historic farmhouse on Herring Gut’s waterfront campus in Port Clyde. Classes and activities are balanced with time to enjoy the village and surrounding area.
FMI and to Register: http://www.herringgut.org/forteachers.html
Nature Based Education: Summer Institute
Workshops June 25, 2016
Sponsored by University of Maine at Farmington
Join us Saturday, June 25th, for a full day of sessions on nature-based education. Sessions are designed to be interactive and outdoors, and will appeal to a range of educators working across age levels and settings. The day will be designed for educators- in-training as well as those who have extensive experience in the field. There will be opportunities to connect with colleagues to share learning and exploration. The day will feature a keynote speaker, locally grown food, and workshops that will bring you outside to learn more about how nature based education benefits children and adults.
Please Visit for More Information http://nbeconference.weebly.com/
Space is Limited, Please Submit your Registration and Payment Soon to Reserve Your Place
Sponsored by : University of Maine at Farmington
Division of Early Childhood & Elementary Education, Office of Graduate Studies,
Looking for High School level webinar presenter for PBS webinar on NGSS
Maine Environmental Education Association Annual Conference
Climate Change/Behavior Change
Thursday, March 24th
Click here for more information
Don't Miss...Making sense of NGSS for grades 3-5 Webinar.
This is a collaboration with Maine Public Broadcasting Network, PBS LearningMedia, MSTA, and WGBH Education.
2016 Clean Tech Competition
Challenge your students to “Making an Impact”
Win up to $10,000!
Registration is now open!
The Clean Tech Competition is an international research and design challenge for 15-18 year old pre-university students. This is a prestigious educational opportunity for students across the world that challenges students to be innovative while encouraging their passion for the sciences and we want to invite the students of Maine to participate in this year’s competition!
Each year, the Clean Tech Competition encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources.
The 2016 Challenge: “Making an Impact” asks students to develop a clean technology solution to the problems associate with plastics or the need for clean, cheap energy.
Teams consist of 1-3 students, are assisted by a Team Leader (i.e. parent, teacher, or mentor), to develop a written proposal.
There is no entry fee.
Online registration is open now!
First Round Paper Submissions are due March 18th, 2016.
10 Finalist Teams are selected, given a $200 stipend and matched with a Mentor to help them prepare a Prototype and presentation for the Finalist Event.
Finalists compete for the $10,000 grand prize and ‘Continued Mentorship’
Final event to happen while on a cruise from Miami, Florida, USA to the Dominican Republic!
Official Competition website www.cleantechcompetition.org
Competition Administrator: Mr. Frank DiGiovanni
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