Join Us Thu 5/22/14 for the Next Public School OST Roundtable

April 14th, 2014

In order for our last roundtable meeting to align closer with the end of the school year without going into June, we are re-scheduling the April 10th NJSACC Public School OST Roundtable meeting to Thursday, May 22, 2014. The meeting will be held at the East Brunswick Board of Education building at 760 Rt. 18 in East Brunswick and will run from 10 a.m. to 12 noon sharp.

Please forward any items that you would like to have considered for the agenda. Since this will be the last meeting of the school year for our group, I hope that we have strong attendance at this roundtable meeting. Details are as follows:

What: Public School OST Roundtable

When: Thursday, May 22, 2014

Time: 10am – 12pm

Where: East Brunswick Board of Education, 760 Route 18, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Please RSVP to Scott Kominkiewicz, Supervisor of Community Programs, via e-mail at:

Join this Webinar on Fri 4/17/14 – Afterschool & The Next Generation Science Standards: Where to start?

April 9th, 2014

In this webinar, we’ll start with NGSS 101, highlighting components especially of interest to afterschool. Katelyn Wamsted, program director at Girlstart in Austin, Texas, will then share why Girlstart chose to align its programs and curricula to NGSS, and the steps they’ve taken so far. Since school partnerships are key to productively engaging with the new standards, Katelyn will focus on how Girlstart develops and maintains strong relationships with their school sites.

Click here to register!


The National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve have completed a two-step process to develop the Next Generation Science Standards.

Step One:

Getting the Science Right The National Research Council (NRC), the staff arm of the National Academy of Sciences, began by developing the Framework for K–12 Science Education. The Framework was a critical first step because it is grounded in the most current research on science and science learning and identified the science all K–12 students should know. To undertake this effort, the NRC convened a committee of 18 individuals who are nationally and internationally known in their respective fields. The committee was composed of practicing scientists, including two Nobel laureates, cognitive scientists, science education researchers, and science education standards and policy experts. In addition, the NRC used four design teams to develop the Framework. These design teams, in physical science, life science, earth/space science, and engineering, developed the framework for their respective disciplinary area. A public draft was released in July of 2010. The NRC reviewed comments and considered all feedback prior to releasing the final Framework on July 19, 2011. Read more about the Framework online here.

Step Two:

States Developing Next Generation Science Standards In a process managed by Achieve, states lead the development of K–12 science standards, rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally-benchmarked science education. The NGSS is based on the Framework and will prepare students for college and careers. The NGSS was developed collaboratively with states and other stakeholders in science, science education, higher education and industry. Additional review and guidance was provided by advisory committees composed of nationally-recognized leaders in science and science education as well as business and industry. As part of the development process, the standards underwent multiple reviews from many stakeholders including two public drafts, allowing all who have a stake in science education an opportunity to inform the development of the standards. This process produced a set of high quality, college- and career-ready K–12 Next Generation Science Standards ready for state adoption. The standards were published on this website when they were completed in April 2013.

April Rains Down with Sensational STEM News at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)

April 8th, 2014

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The Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative is the New Jersey initiative of the National Girls Collaborative Project, a program focused on providing high quality STEM activities to girls. Their primary goal is to strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM by sharing promising practice research and program models, outcomes, products and by connecting formal and informal educators, business and industry in order to maximize the resources that can positively influence our girls. Contact Mike MacEwan for more information how you can become involved.

In their latest issue, the Garden State Girls STEP Collaborative Project spotlights:

  • Join us for TEDx Youth@MT Olive Fri 4/11/14
  • Five-Minute Film Festival: 8 Videos to Encourage Girls in STEM
  • Check out NJ’s Statewide Youth Advisory Boards via Rutgers
  • Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed?
  • Super-Cheap Paper Microscope Could Save Millions of Lives
  • Female Scientists Share Research and Career Stories with Teenage Girls
  • Bullying Victims’ Video Strikes a Chord
  • Reminder to Register for TeenTech 2014 Thurs 5/29/14

Fri 4/11/14 Licensed Afterschool Program Roundtable – register today!

April 4th, 2014

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When: Friday, April 11, 2014


First Baptist Church
170 Elm Street
Westfield, NJ 07090

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Cost: FREE, but registration is required.

Light refreshments will be served.

If you operate a Licensed Afterschool Program, come join this valuable roundtable to share information, resources and network with colleagues. A representative from the Office of Licensing will attend this meeting to help answer questions.

New for this meeting! Several attendees asked about the possibility of continuing the conversation over lunch beginning at 12pm. So please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch or pop over to any of the many restaurants in downtown Westfield and pick something up. Our meeting space will be available until 2pm.

In case of inclement weather, a message will be posted on the NJSACC voicemail at: 908-789-0259.

Don’t Miss It! Join us Fri 4/11/14 for TEDxYouth@Mt.Olive 2014 – register free!

April 1st, 2014

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TEDxYouth@Mt.Olive is a forum created to bring middle and high school students into the TEDx movement.

This years theme is Challenge the Impossible.

What do you think is Impossible?

Our presenters will give you engaging stories, inspiring performances, and intriguing presentations, we will explore ideas together and explore what they mean to each of us. Is it the incredible passion and dedication of youth? Is it their boundless creativity and imagination? Is it their enthusiasm and optimism?

During TEDxYouth@Mt.Olive, we will discover that, for empowered youth, the possibilities are amazing!

Friday, April 11, 2014 11:00 AM

Mt. Olive PAC
Corey Road 18
Mount Olive Township, NJ 07836

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