Hoboken Teachers: Chance for “Eco-Scholarship”


Hey Teachers: Embark on an Ecosystems Expedition!

If you’re a teacher in Hudson or Bergen Counties – or know someone who is – please read on!

For the third year, Honeywell and New Jersey Audubon Society are partnering to create a unique summer workshop for teachers in Bergen and Hudson County.

This year the Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education will offer hands-on field trips and lessons to 28 middle and high school teachers. The goal is to have the teachers learn firsthand, how to bring text book learning to practice in the outdoor environment of the Hackensack Watershed.

The workshop is open to all middle and high school, science and social studies teachers in Bergen and Hudson. The deadline to apply is June 4.

Full Scholarships available now!

Honeywell and New Jersey Audubon announced that scholarships are available for the third annual Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education for Hudson and Bergen County middle and high school science and social studies teachers. The Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education is a one-week (August 16 – 20) summer institute, which combines classroom instruction with diverse outdoor experiences at sites throughout the Hackensack watershed.

During the program, teachers will explore forested and field habitats, take an eco-cruise on the Hackensack River, and investigate the freshwater streams and tidal salt marshes with environmental educators and naturalists. The experiences will help teachers transform textbook curriculum into new and inspiring lesson plans designed to promote a unique, “hands-on” approach to geology, watershed dynamics, and human-ecosystems dependencies.

“The field of environmental studies is incredibly dynamic and constantly evolving,” said Dale Rosselet, vice-president for Education, NJA. “Through the Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education, we can ensure that teachers possess the latest educational tools to effectively engage their students in inquiry-based learning and get them excited about the science.”

NJA has a nearly 50-year history of teaching experience-based nature studies and conservation in the state. Teachers will gain practice using field study instruments and technologies, and discover creative methods to integrate natural system studies into their existing curriculum, among other things.

“This professional development opportunity was outstanding. I cannot believe how much I experienced with these hands-on events, the great lesson plans I was introduced to, and the fun I had working to satisfy my own goals to become an even better environmental steward,” said Bergen County High School Teacher Dana Lau, who participated in the program last August. “I left bursting with excitement to find my Environmental Science curriculum and put these new ideas where they belong.”

Honeywell’s corporate citizenship initiative, Honeywell Hometown Solutions, and NJA strive to provide teachers with additional resources to actively engage their students in the learning process.

“We are proud to partner with New Jersey Audubon to create new learning opportunities for teachers and students,” said Tom Buckmaster, President, Honeywell Hometown Solutions. “Issues like green technology and natural resources management have become a prominent part of our scientific landscape and, as a leading technology innovator with nearly 50 percent of its product portfolio linked to energy efficiency, Honeywell is dedicated to helping form the next generation of environmental pioneers.”

Twenty-eight teachers will receive free tuition for the summer institute, classroom resource materials, a monetary stipend for program completion and 30 hours of professional development credit. The program is aligned with New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in Science and Social Studies.

Registrations are due by June 4, 2010. Teachers who are interested in applying can visit http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionEducation/HoneywellInstituteforEcosystemsEducation.aspx or call 609-861-1608 x13.

Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education is part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, which focuses on several areas of vital importance: Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, Science & Math Education, Habitat & Conservation, and Humanitarian Relief. More information on Honeywell Hometown Solutions can be found at: www.honeywell.com/hhs.

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