New Jersey Earth and Environmental Science Educator's Institute: Connecting Models and Evidence

Join us August 4-6, 2021 for an online workshop. The Earth and Environmental Science Educators' Institute provides professional development in the use of Model-Evidence Link (MEL) activities centered on current Earth science topics. These 3-dimensional (core ideas, practices, crosscutting concepts) instructional scaffolds facilitate critical thinking, evidence-based reasoning, construction of scientific explanations, and collaborative argumentation to support scientific reasoning within challenging Earth science topics. For more information about the use of MEL diagrams in the classroom, explore this website. This three-day institute is free and a stipend is provided! Applications are open to middle and high school Earth and Environmental Science teachers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. Pairs of teachers from the same school who teach the same subject are encouraged to apply. Those teaching Earth science content in their courses are also encouraged to apply.

Application Deadlines: April 15, 2021 for prior applicants and May 14, 2021 for new applicants. Applicants will be notified of a decision by May 19, 2021. Please contact Missy Holzer ( if you have questions.

The 2020 Summer Institute was cancelled due to COVID-19. We are now accepting applications for 2021.

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This institute is supported in part by the NSF under Grant No. DRL-1721041 and DRL-2027376. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the NSF's views.