Archive for July, 2014

Let us Know How You’re Supporting STEM in Afterschool!

Thursday, July 31st, 2014


NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities promotes and supports the development, continuity and expansion of quality programs for children and youth during out-of-school time.

NJSACC knows that a lot of great things are being achieved through STEM education in afterschool programs, but we need to know more. Help us make a difference by pinpointing STEM activity taking place in your programs and let’s find out what is being accomplished!

With that in mind, please take a moment and fill out our quick survey to express your interests in incorporating STEM into your programs or how you are currently implementing STEM.

We encourage as many programs to respond as possible, whether or not you have strong involvement with STEM.

Thank you, in advance, for your help.

Click here to access the survey and begin!

NIOST and NJSACC Offer A New and Incredible STEM Fellowship Opportunity! Apply by 7/31

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

National Afterschool Matters STEM Practitioner Fellowship
A collaborative effort between the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, the National Writing Project, and NJSACC: The Network for NJ’s Afterschool Communities

The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and the National Writing Project (NWP), with generous funding support from the Robert Bowne Foundation, launched the National Afterschool Matters Initiative Practitioner Fellowship in September 2008. The first two participating cities were Philadelphia through the Philadelphia Writing Project, and the San Francisco Bay area through the Bay Area Writing Project.We have also have or had Fellowships in Minneapolis, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and New York City. NIOST and NJSACC are excited to bring this opportunity to out-of-school-time (OST) practitioners  and classroom teachers in New Jersey. The fellowship is grounded in the inquiry-based, writing, and professional development approaches of the National Writing Project (NWP) and NIOST. This effective professional development model provides frequent and ongoing opportunities for educators in and out of school to write and to examine theory and practice together systematically. Educators who are well informed and effective in their practice can be successful teachers of other practitioners as well as partners in development and implementation of effective and quality practice. Research findings by the fellows will be presented at a research roundtable in the Fall of 2015, and fellows will be encouraged to submit papers for publication.

Participants in the Practitioner Fellowship are selected by application. Through the year-long course the Fellows will explore some of the issues emerging from recent studies that challenge the dichotomy of learning experiences as well as traditional structures of learning. Researchers and policy makers have increasingly questioned the split between in-school and out-of-school programs, calling for new policy and innovative thinking to bridge these divides.

Click here to download the fellowship flyer
Click here to download the fellowship application

Those selected for the New Jersey STEM Practitioner Fellowship will:

  • Become part of a community of practitioners. Fellows work collaboratively to study effective practices and investigate the structures in which effective practice happens – at the program/classroom, activity, curriculum, and individual levels using their own Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics curricula as the objects of study.
  • Learn strategies to engage in program reflection and inquiry. Fellows learn approaches and strategies that will help them become better at program/classroom observation and analysis.
  • Improve programs and practice. Fellows identify and investigate effective instructional strategies and bring these strategies back to their classrooms and/or OST programs.
  • Collaborate to identify ways that schools and OST programs can better work together to support youth in STEM learning and engagement.
  • Engage in leadership activities to disseminate program/classroom improvement strategies. Fellows present their work to peers, administrators, parents and community members. They are encouraged to design and deliver workshops based on their work to share new expertise with others in the field.
  • Write a STEM-focused inquiry paper that intentionally brings the worlds of OST and the school classroom together as part of an article for professional journals.
Responsibilities of Fellows:

  • September 2014 to November 2014: twice monthly Saturday meetings at the NJSACC office in Westfield, NJ
  • December 2014 to May 2015: monthly meetings, one Saturday per month in Westfield, NJ
  • April or May 2015: a spring writing retreat, where rough drafts of STEM research articles will be completed. Location TBD.
  • October 2015: a formal Round Table Presentation of research to the broader community

Application Process:

Employer approval must be obtained (see Memorandum of Understanding). Please complete the Practitioner Fellowship application and return, along with the MOU, by Thursday, July 31st 2014 by e-mail, fax, or mail to:

National Institute on Out-of-School Time, National Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship

Wellesley College, Waban House
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
fax: 781-283-3657

For more general information contact Elizabeth Meister at: (781) 283-2607 or If you have specific questions in regards to the New Jersey Fellowship please contact Mike MacEwan, Director of STEM Initiatives for NJSACC at:

To apply, request the National Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship application and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) from, the NJSACC website at: or on the NIOST website here.

Join us today Wed 7/30 for a FREE Training in the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale
Kelly Posner, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Suicide Risk Assessment

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
1:30pm – 4:00pm

Location: NJ Child Welfare Training Academy
30 Van Dyke Avenue, Auditorium
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Refreshments: No refreshments will be served.

Cost: No Cost – This training is funded by the Garret Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program.

Intended Audience: Service providers for youth and young adults (ages 10-24), including emergency services.

Registration is Required: Please fill out the attached registration form and email to: to register. This training is didactic and experiential. Confirmation will be emailed to registrants. Without an email confirmation, you are not registered.

Special Needs: For special physical (ADA) accommodations, contact the TLC, 732-235-2810, to discuss possible provisions.

Program Goal: To train individuals to use the C-SSRS to identify at-risk youth who may have otherwise been missed and refer them to appropriate levels of care. This training aims to increase precision in identifying children, teens and young adults at risk for suicide using the C-SSRS. The ultimate goal is to save lives.

Click here to download this announcement (.doc)

Apply by Fri 8/1! PSEG Foundation to Award Grants as Part of its Neighborhood Partner Program

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014


The PSEG Foundation is accepting proposals from local non-profits for programs that support projects with demonstrated impact on improving the quality of life in local communities.

These grants will have a maximum award of $5,000 to an individual non-profit with the average grant expected to be $2,000. Special consideration will be given to qualified 501c3 non-profits focusing on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Sustainable neighborhoods that are designed to help revitalize communities that encourage the success of families and encourage minority and women-owned businesses.
  • Programs dedicated to strengthening safety systems and building resilience within PSEG’s communities. These initiatives may include disaster relief and first responder support, electric and natural gas safety education, customer care to ensure safe conditions and employee health and safety.
  • Programs designed to develop new or enhance existing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) educational opportunities.

The PSEG Foundation will consider applications from our New Jersey service territory, as well as Salem and Cumberland counties, and our service/operation territories in Long Island and Albany, NY and Bridgeport and New Haven, CT.

“PSEG has a long tradition of caring for people and communities in locations we do business,” said Ellen Lambert, President, PSEG Foundation. “Each year, we invest millions of dollars and thousands of hours to improve the quality of life in our surrounding communities. The company’s culture dictates that service to customers and communities go hand-in-hand.”

Applications must be completed and submitted by August 1, 2014 by 5 pm. All applicants will receive notification about funding decisions by mid-November. Applicants may apply directly through the Foundation’s online application.

Grant recipients are subject to scheduled site visits with PSEG Foundation staff. A maximum of twenty percent of grant funds may be used for organization administration.

About the PSEG Foundation:
The PSEG Foundation (501c3) is the philanthropic arm of Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE:PEG). The Foundation generally supports and invests in programs in three areas: community and the environment, education and safety. The Foundation provides grants to organizations in communities served by PSEG and its subsidiaries.

Support STEM Education and Take the Dow Teacher Challenge by 7/30/14

Thursday, July 24th, 2014


The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) and Dow have come together to support STEM education in our schools. STEM education is absolutely vital for our children and our future. We need to encourage children to pursue science, technology, engineering and math related fields. Our real challenge lies in how to achieve our goal of improving STEM education.

Take the Dow Teacher Challenge!

Teachers of all fields are invited to submit their ideas for increasing STEM education in the classroom. The top 25 entries will earn a $1,000 grant to be used in the classroom!

How do I participate?

  • Visit to submit an entry.
  • The deadline for all Summer Teacher Challenge submissions is July 30, 2014.
  • The Fall Teacher Challenge will begin on August 4, 2014 and the deadline for all submissions is October 31, 2014.
  • The top 50 entries will earn a $1,000 grant.

Together we can build a STEM-strong future!