Planet Stewards' The Watch (PD, Opportunities, Educational Resources)

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News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards


October 22, 2018

The Watch brings timely professional development (PD), opportunities, and educational resources to members of the Planet Stewards Education and Stewardship Project communities on a bimonthly basis. We want to keep you abreast of news you can use from NOAA, NOAA partners, and other reputable STEM education providers. 

We can't publish everything but want to provide worthwhile and timely content, so email us any STEM-focused PD, educational resources, and/or other opportunities you think members of the NOAA Planet Stewards community would appreciate. And please, feel free to share The Watch with all your friends, colleagues, and relevant networks. You can begin receiving the newsletter and current  information about all NOAA Planet Stewards activities if you're not registered already by signing up to our email list.

Thanks and welcome to NOAA Planet Stewards' The Watch.




OneNOAA Science Seminars

Join the OneNOAA weekly email to stay abreast of up-coming webinars offered to help share NOAA science.

See upcoming OneNOAA Science Seminars and register for their weekly emails.




The Ocean Exploration Trust – Science Communication Fellowship Program at Sea

Educators can bring ocean exploration to global audiences when they embark on a voyage at sea aboard the Nautilus with the Nautilus Corps of Exploration. Applications are due December 14, 2018. Find further information and an application here.



Interested in Joining eePRO from the North American Assoc. of Environmental Educators (NAAEE)?

eePRO is an online community to connect environmental education (EE) professionals from around the world to each other and to the most effective professional development resources available in our field. Anyone can join eePRO, and by joining, you gain access to job opportunities, webinars, online courses, workshops, and a variety of resources. You can also post resources, events, jobs, and other happenings that you want others to know about including your Planet Stewards Stewardship Project. Join eePRO here.




Call for Applications for NOAA Planet Stewards 2019!


SHARE THE NEWS! The yearly call for applications to join the NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project Stewardship Community will open the week of October 29, 2018 on the NOAA Planet Stewards website. Applications will be accepted until midnight on December 2nd, 2018. Formal and informal educators working with kindergarten to undergraduate students may apply and submit an environmental stewardship project for funding that is focused on an area of NOAA science.

To learn more, visit the NOAA Planet Stewards website or join us for an informative webinar on November 7th at 8pm ET. More information about the webinar will be posted on the website soon.   
Subscribe to the PSEP mailing list to receive the opening announcement.


Special Report on Climate Change of 1.5° C from the IPCC

Find out the impacts of a rise in global warming of 1.5° C above pre-industrialized levels in a special "Report" released from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


Special Climate Report
Natural Disasters, Source: NOAA

NOAA Climate News

NOAA reports that September 2018 and the year to date were the 4th hottest on record for the globe while the extent of polar sea ice coverage remains near record lows. 



Be a Claw Abiding Citizen: Learn how Ocean Acidification could Affect Dungeness Crab

Crab, Source: NOAA

“How?” you ask. New educational materials are available in a case study format and communication toolkit with free-to-use PowerPoints, videos, fact sheets, resources and more from NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries for secondary and post secondary students and all educators! The new toolkit can be found here.



K-12 Earth Science Resources from NSTA

Check out these NGSS@NSTA classroom resources vetted by NSTA teacher curators. Last week's focus was on Earth science – right up the ally of NOAA Planet Stewards!


Climate Change Communication for Educators

New Climate Change Communication Book for Educators from Cornell

Educators will find a wealth of ideas from a new book freely available for download from Cornell Open entitled Climate Change: A Guide for Educators. The book imparts two essential insights: information is not enough to catalyze action and people need hope! Order a hardcopy from Amazon or download it freely here




Do You Know About the CLEAN STEM Flash?


The CLEAN STEM Flash is a topical newsletter that links selected resources from the CLEAN collection with current climate and energy events in the news. The series features a variety of top-rated CLEAN resources—from activities, labs, and demonstrations to data sets, visualizations and videos—to support educators in connecting climate and energy to our everyday lives. Subscribe to the CLEAN STEM Flash newsletter to receive one of the many excellent educational resources from CLEAN.


Planet Stewards Education Program Connection Links

Join us October 22nd at 8pm Eastern Time for our bi-monthly book club, Energy: A Human History by Richard Rhodes. Learn more.


October Dates and Takes

  • October: National Seafood Month (website)  
                    International Walk to School Month (website from the UK)
  • October 10: Hurricane Michael makes landfall in Florida (website, NOAA Aerial Images)
  • October 14-20: Earth Science Week - It's over but its toolkit lives on! (ESW Toolkit website)
  • 3rd Week of October: Waste Reduction Week (Canada, website)
  • October 31: Halloween. Any clever, eco-friendly, and green Halloween costume out there? Take a photo and email it to share it in our next issue of the Planet Watch.


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