Contact The NJ State Museum
Mailing Address:
NJ State Museum
PO Box 530
Trenton, NJ 08625

Museum & Auditorium Galleries:
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ

Tel: (609) 292-6464 (recorded message)
Email: Feedback@sos.state.nj.us

 

Teachers Professional Development Workshops

The New Jersey State Museum is a registered Professional Development Provider for the New Jersey Department of Education Professional Standards Board (#2241); Teachers' Professional Development Courses fulfill the requirements for continued certification on a credit/hour basis. Certificates will also be provided to teachers from Pennsylvania & Delaware.

Get behind the scenes access to the Museum’s collections. Learn about paleontology, archaeology and other STEM topics from NJSM working scientists. Explore ways to integrate art, history and science into your common core curriculum. Collaborate with colleagues during workshops and after as part of a NJSM teacher community.

Check back often to see an updated listing.

NJAEYC Annual Conference

Hilton Meadowlands Hotel - October 17th, 2014

Paint Me a Story: Art Education in Early Learning
Participants in this workshop will learn techniques for utilizing art and visual thinking strategies to build their students’ essential classroom skills and prepare them for grade school. This workshop will follow the success of NJSM’s popular early learning program, “Paint Me a Story” and examine the techniques used therein to discuss art objects with young children. Educators will have the opportunity to practice these techniques in group activities using images from the museum’s collection. Workshop discussions will cover benefits of appreciating art from an early age, including critical thinking, creativity, and language development, as well as methods of incorporating art across the disciplines (STEM +A). Participants will receive a copy of the Paint Me a Story Curriculum Guide and a resource packet for further study at the end of the program.

Teacher Open House

NJSM October 18, 2014 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Learn about all of the exciting programs and resources the Museum has to offer preK-8 educators and students this school year. Catch up with colleagues over coffee and snacks. Register for your choice of workshops to learn about STEM+A programs or Early Learning Programs at NJSM. You can also sample a staff-led school tour and go home with lots of resources for your classroom! Reservation includes a free pass to see the 1:00 pm Planetarium show.
Cost: Free but reservation required
Limit: 75 teachers

To register, call or email Terri Barlow at (609) 292-1382 or warterry.barlow@sos.state.nj.us

Workshops:
Paint Me a Story: Art Education in Early Learning
Workshop for Instructors of Pre-K to 2
Participants in this workshop will learn techniques for utilizing art and visual thinking strategies to build their students’ essential classroom skills and prepare them for grade school. This workshop will follow the success of NJSM’s popular early learning program, “Paint Me a Story” and examine the techniques used therein to discuss art objects with young children. Educators will have the opportunity to practice these techniques in group activities within the American Perspective fine art gallery. Workshop discussions will cover benefits of appreciating art from an early age, including critical thinking, creativity, and language development, as well as methods of incorporating art across the disciplines (STEM +A). Participants will receive a copy of the Paint Me a Story Curriculum Guide and a resource packet for further study at the end of the program.

The Science Classroom: Getting a Museum Boost
Workshop for Instructors of Grades 3-8
Let the New Jersey State Museum help you with integrating the Next Generation Science Standards into the classroom! We'll introduce you to the exciting STEM+A programs the museum has to offer, and how these experiences tie into both the current NJCCCS (2009) and the incoming NGSS. You'll try out our hands-on approach to the science and engineering practices used in the NGSS, learning simple and engaging experiments you can take home to your own classroom. We will also take this opportunity to brainstorm and create an NGSS-focused lesson plan to share with your fellow educators. Bring an idea: a science lesson you hate teaching!

NJEA Annual Conference

Atlantic City Convention Center – November 6, 2014

NEW! STEM Workshops at the New Jersey State Museum
Room 305 9:30 am
Target Audiences: Pre-K - Gr. 12
Let the New Jersey State Museum help you with integrating the Next Generation Science Standards into the classroom! We'll introduce you to the exciting STEM+A programs the museum has to offer, and how these experiences tie into both the current NJCCCS (2009) and the incoming NGSS. Learn more about our Early Learning STEM programs, our working fossil lab, as well as our new partnership with Liberty Science Center. You'll try out our hands-on approach to the science and engineering practices used in the NGSS, learning simple and engaging experiments you can take home to your own classroom.

Teaching Lenape and European First Contact in Colonial New Jersey
Room 305 1:00 pm
Target audience: pre k-Gr. 12
Resources are shared with teachers to increase their students’ understanding of the significant events in the story of the interactions between New Jersey’s Indians and European explorers and settlers.

Archaeology and the Lenape People
Room 305 3:00 pm
Target Audiences: preK - Gr. 12
Study prehistoric Native Americans through history, science and visual literacy and connect with Common Core standards. Through hands-on artifacts and pictures, explore the State Museum’s archaeology exhibit, New Jersey’s Original People.

Growing Up WILD
Exploring Nature with Young Children

NJSM Wednesday, March 26, 2015 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature, and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Using a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world, as well as lifelong social and academic skills.

The Division of Fish & Wildlife in partnership with Morris County Park Commission offers professional development workshops for early childhood educators in using Growing Up WILD. The workshop fosters confidence in early childhood educators to lead outdoor explorations by providing ready-made activities, easily digestible background information, and field investigation opportunities that correlate with the activities.

Each participant gets the activity guide, which is written especially for early childhood educators of children aged 3-7. It features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature-based activities; and includes arts & crafts, music, conservation activities, reading and math connections, and involves social, emotional and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development.

For information about the workshop, contact Liz Jackson at (908) 637-4125 or send email to ejackson@dep.state.nj.us.

To register for the workshop, contact Kerry Scott at (609) 984-8487 or send email to kerry.scott@sos.state.nj.us. Space is limited for this free workshop so sign up soon!