Correction to the December Issue of PSEP's The Watch

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News You Can Use from NOAA Planet Steward


We know everyone’s got a lot going on, so we’ll keep it short this month. 'Tis the holiday season, time to be with family and friends and enjoy some well deserved R&R. We wish you the warmest of holidays and a stupendous 2019! Thank you for your involvement in NOAA’s Planet Stewards Education Project!

Please refer to this version of the The Watch.

The Last Version Had an incorrect Book Club Time Listing.

The Book Club will be meeting on January 21 at 8:00 pm ET 

Apologies for any inconvenience


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Join PSEP January's Book Club!

In 2011, NOAA’s David Goodrich rode his bike from the coast of Delaware to the coast of Oregon through gas-drilling Pennsylvania, tornado-prone Missouri, drought-ridden Kansas, and wildfire-choked Montana - to tell the story that our planet is in peril. Join the author, David Goodrich, on Monday, January 21 at 8pm ET.

 David worked for the U.N. Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, Switzerland and at NOAA in Silver Spring, Maryland. There, he served for many years as director of NOAA's Climate Observations and Monitoring Program and from 1998 to 1999 as the head of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. On his 4,200 mile ride, he combined his avocation as a cyclist with his vocation as a scientist to examine climate change in “A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist’s Bicycle Journey Across the United States.” We're excited to have him join us for January's Book Club! Learn more.




Planet Stewards' January Webinar

Deep-sea corals and sponges support complex and productive ecosystems but are still largely undiscovered. Join us Monday, January 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm Eastern Time for:Exploring Ocean Frontiers: Deep-Sea Corals,  Real-Life Data, and Collaborative Science. Space is limited! Click Here to Reserve Your Seat! 



Nature Days in K-3 Classrooms, Dec. 12th 

NAAEE presents three expert panelists discussing how to incorporate regular and repeated outdoor experiences in traditional school settings. Join this webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 12th at 5pm and discover upcoming topics in their monthly webinar series. Learn more.



OneNOAA Ongoing Seminar Series of Webinars 

Contributors from Line Offices across NOAA  bring you the most comprehensive summary of NOAA-hosted environmental science across the nation. For the latest seminar information, check the OneNOAAScience Seminar Calendar here on a wide spectrum spanning NOAA science.





Apply: Ocean Exploration Trust Fellowship!

Fellows collaborate with an educator cohort from across North America, explore side-by-side with scientists and engineers, and share the adventure with their students, community, and the world as the expedition is broadcast live on to 3 weeks at sea. Don’t delay! Applications are due by December 14, Thursday! Learn more here.


STEM Report

America’s Strategy for STEM Education

This December the White House issued a five-year strategic plan for STEM education: Charting a Course for Success, America’s Strategy for STEM Education. The report includes a “shared vision of opportunity and excellence” that all STEM stakeholders nationwide can follow.  Read the report here.




Increased Resilience of Coral Reefs

 The National Academies of Sciences Engineering, and Medicines  completed Interventions to Increase the Resilience of Coral Reefs. This report strengthens awareness about the value of and threats to coral reefs, identifies and employs effective management strategies, and shares best practices. Download the first phase of the research review here.




NSTA’s 2018 Best K-12 STEM Books

Looking to recommend a good STEM read to your students or for gift-giving ideas? Find out which titles made NSTA's annual list of Best STEM Books for K–12 Students. 




2019 NOAA Marine Debris Calendars Now Available!

The NOAA Marine Debris Program is proud to announce that its 2019 Marine Debris Calendar is now available with artwork selected from K-8th student competitors depicting the marine debris problem. Download it here.





SOS Explorer Lite brings Visualizations to Everyone

Provide your students with engaging Earth science with NOAA’s SOS Explorer Lite –
the flat screen version of the widely popular Science On a Sphere® found in museums and science centers worldwide. SOS Explorer is an exhibit-quality version and SOS Explorer Lite is a free introductory version. Download SOSx Lite here!



It’s Winter Weather Time!

The NWS is officially launching Winter Seasonal Campaign beginning in December 2018. Please share with appropriate colleagues and your education networks, and help spread the news about weather safety. Visit NOAA’s Winter Safety website here! 


Environmental Dates for your 2019 Calendar

Earth Day, World Turtle Day, America Recycles Day…. You’ll uncover environmental dates that you never knew existed by exploring the global environmental events collected here, and it’s just in time for inclusion on your 2019 calendar! Learn more here.



Climate and the Ocean Infographic from NOAA

This infographic (2018) summarizes how climate change is impacting the ocean and how marine protected areas can help address climate impacts. Download freely here.



Planet Stewards Education Program Connection Links

Upcoming Dates and Takes (Some deadlines refer to events from prior issues.)


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