Honeywell teachers’ institute accepting applications
For the fourth consecutive year in a row, scholarships are available for the annual Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education for middle and high school science and social studies teachers. This year the program is being expanded to include teachers from Hudson County.
The summer institute will take place from Aug. 15 through 19 and brings together classroom instruction with diverse outdoor experiences at sites throughout the Hackensack watershed to better engage and inspire students in the classroom.
The goal of the program is to provide teachers with up-to-date strategies and inspiring lesson plans that take the curriculum from the textbook to a unique, “hands-on” approach to geology, watershed dynamics, and human-ecosystems dependencies. Activities during the program led by environmental educators and naturalists include an exploration through forested and field habitats, an eco-cruise on the Hackensack River and investigation of both freshwater streams and tidal salt marshes.
This year, 28 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.
Applications are due by June 10, 2011. Teachers who are interested in applying can visit http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionEducation/HoneywellInstituteforEcosystemsEducation.aspx or call (609) 861-1608, ext. 13.
Help for homeowners facing foreclosure
The state’s Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency has announced the New Jersey HomeKeeper program, a federally-funded effort to help homeowners who are in danger of foreclosure due to a layoff or underemployment. Through the program homeowners can receive two-year loans in the amount of $48,000 or less. Loans are in the form of second mortgage loans. Proceeds from the loans may be used to cover overdue mortgage payments, property taxes, property insurance, or mortgage insurance.
The HomeKeeper initiative is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund.
For more information, visit www.njhomekeeper.gov. Residents can also call the mayor’s office at (201) 330-2005.