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Grants and Funding Opportunities

Saucony Run for Good Program   
inShare Sponsored by Saucony Run for Good Foundation Website:http://www.saucony.com/en/runforgood/ Contact:Saucony Run for Good Foundation
191 Spring St.
Mail Drop 318S
Lexington, MA 02420-9191

Description: The Saucony Run for Good Foundation encourages active and healthy lifestyles for children and is dedicated to preventing and eliminating childhood obesity. In addition, the foundation acts to inform the public about the causes and prevention of childhood obesity and provide funding to optimize the impact and success of community organizations, including public schools, that promote running and fitness programs for children.

All proposals must demonstrate that the grantee will conduct programs that increase participation in running in order to positively impact the lives or participants. Participants of these programs must be 18 years of age or younger.

Selection of grant recipients will be based on: (1) utilization of running participants for health and well-being in children; (2) service provided to youth populations not traditionally exposed to running programs; and (3) demonstration of support and inspiration in creating a program that exemplifies the foundation’s mission of improving the lives of children through running. Since an important focus of the foundation is to fight childhood obesity, programs that specifically target that epidemic will get the most attention. Applications should be submitted by mail and postmarked on or before the deadline.
Eligibility: Public, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations) Award(s):Grants up to $10,000 are awarded. Deadline(s): Applications are due February 1 and August 1, annually. Focus: Recreation Grade Level(s): PreK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 Content Area(s): Physical Education 
Health Literacy 

Bookapalooza Program
Sponsored by Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
Deadline: February 1, 2016  
States: National
Description: The ALSC Bookapoolza Program annually donates a collection of children's literature materials to three US libraries that work directly with children. ALSC receives an estimated 3,000 newly published books, videos, audiobooks, and recordings yearly, primarily for children from birth through age 14, for review and award consideration. ALSC distributes those materials to qualified libraries that can demonstrate need and create use of the materials.
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Swensrud Teacher Fellowship

Sponsored by Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS)
Deadline: February 29, 2016 
States: National
Description: The Swensrud Teacher Fellowship offers educators in kindergarten through grade 12 the opportunity to create lesson plans using primary source documents and artifacts from the collections of the MHS. Eligible teachers have a serious interest in using collections at the MHS to prepare primary source based curricula supported by documents and visual aids in the fields of American history, world history, or English/language arts. The fellowship stipend supports four weeks of on-site research.
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Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers

Sponsored by National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Deadline: February 25, 2016 
States: National
Description: The Landmarks of American History and Culture program supports series of one-week residence-based workshops for a national audience of kindergarten through grade 12 educators. Workshops use historic sites to address central themes and issues in American history, government, literature, art, music, and other related subjects in the humanities.
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NCTM Funding Available for You

Did you know as part of your NCTM membership you can apply for Mathematics Education Trust (MET) grants, scholarships, and awards to help you in your career in mathematics education? MET provides funds to support classroom teachers in the areas of improving classroom practices and increasing teachers' mathematical knowledge. MET also recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of mathematics and provides grant funding for NCTM Affiliates to initiate professional activities or programs. We encourage you to apply for a grant or scholarship that will advance your career and help you increase your effectiveness as an educator. Funding ranges from $1,200 to $24,000 and is available to help math teachers, prospective teachers, and other math educators improve the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Get EdFunding
This site offers a variety of funding opportunities. These include grants for all content areas and grade levels. Some grants highlighted recently include art, environmental education, multidisciplinary, and music.

CVS Grants (up to $5000) 
CVS grants support academic enrichment programs focused on wellness at public schools.  CVS also offers a Gift Card for a Fundraiser - $100  See this link.  

Toshiba Grants for K-5 Teachers 
Toshiba grants support projects that tap into the natural curiosity of their students, enable students to frame their own scientific questions, and incorporate the expertise of community partners.  The grants are due October 1st of each year.    

Toshiba Grants for 6-12 Teachers 
Toshiba grants for 6-12 teachers support science and math education.  Grants for projects that are less than $5000 are accepted anytime.

American Honda Foundation 
Honda grants support education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.  

Biogen Foundation Competitive Grant Program
Deadline to apply January 15, 2016
The Biogen Foundation will accept applications from full-time professional personnel from public and charter schools in Massachusetts that had at least one individual from their school district registered for or in attendance at the MA STEM Summit on November 10, 2015. Teachers may apply for up to $2,000 and schools for up to $5,000 to promote science literacy, bring new, hands-on science experiments to students, encourage equal STEM access, or inspire students to pursue STEM careers. Learn more...

Professional Learning Opportunities:

Learn, Earn, & Win 
Blueprint for Educational Excellence Spring Institute 2016
Friday, April 15th in Reading, Massachusetts
This Spring Institute, hosted at the Reading Public Schools on Friday, April 15th, is great for educators of all levels—including teachers, specialists, psychologists, social workers, superintendents, principals, and assistant principals.  A continental breakfast and lunch are provided with the low-cost registration, and professional development points (PDPs) are also available for participants. This year’s conference features Dr. George Sugai as our keynote speaker.  As you may know, Dr. Sugai is the co-director of the OSEP Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and a leading authority in the country on multi-tiered systems of supports (MTSS). Many concurrent sessions will be offered throughout the day on such topics as Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) for ELL students, creating safe and supportive schools, CCSS mathematics instruction, writing workshop, data-informed instruction, technology integration, and many others. 
This flyer has registration details and more information.  If you have any questions, feel free also to contact the Reading Public Schools at 781-670-2883.  I hope you can join us for a great day of professional development and inspiration.  Registration information available at:
Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching (MAMT) at Mount Holyoke College and Emerging Teacher Leader Scholarships
Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching (K-8), a coed, hybrid cohort program at Mount Holyoke College designed for working teachers. We offer summer sessions (on campus or online) and online classes during the school year. We are offering $10,000 Emerging Teacher Leader Scholarships for K-8 teachers and coaches: The option to apply for the scholarship is available to any applicant to the program. The scholarship application is embedded in the MAMT application and requires just one essay about math and teacher leadership.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis at the end of each month starting January 31 until the program is full and scholarships are awarded. The final deadline to apply for the program and scholarship is April 30th but please note that the program is usually full by then.  For questions, email program director, Mike Flynn at mflynn@mtholyoke.edu             

Teachers' Top Three
To subscribe to ESE's new newsletter for teachers, send an email to imailsrv@list1.doe.mass.edu with the following information in the body of the email: subscribe TeachersTopThree Your Name. (Example: subscribe TeachersTopThree John Smith.) Subscribers should receive a confirmation email that they have been added to the distribution list.

MA Focus Academy Courses
Nine online and hybrid courses are offered free through ESE. Spring Semester 2016 courses begin the week of February 29th and end the week of June 13th. Courses will be taught using the BlackBoard online learning platform.  The courses are asynchronous, and content is delivered through assignments, weekly readings and an online discussion board. Participants are expected to regularly attend class by logging into BlackBoard and interacting with the course instructor and their peers (posting questions, sharing reflections, discussing assignments, etc.).   Some courses require face-to-face sessions. See this flyer for more information.

Worcester State University is offering 2 new classes next year
Focus Content 2 is an opportunity to earn 67.5 CONTENT AREA PDPs (3 graduate credits) useful for re-certification. This class meets once-monthly from September to April. 

Peer Observation and Collaborative Coaching represents a unique opportunity for both struggling and expert teachers to improve their pedagogy in non-threatening fashion. Most work is online and also at a teacher's school.

Master of Arts in Mathematics Scholarship Opportunity 
Mathematics Leadership Programs director, Mike Flynn, oversees our Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching (K-8) program at Mount Holyoke College.

Teaching Channel Website has great resources:

NGSS final version released
The final set of Next Generation Science Standards has now been publicly released. Massachusetts will determine what level of adoption to take. View the standards. 

Central MA Readiness Center Offerings 
For more information, see this link

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Over 130 Model Curriculum Units Available
In collaboration with Massachusetts educators and school districts, ESE developed over 130 model curriculum units (MCUs) through Race to the Top. These units are intended to help educators implement the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. The MCUs cover grades PK-12 and include English language arts and literacy; history and social science; mathematics; science, technology and engineering; and career/vocational technical education. All MCUs use the Understanding by Design process developed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe.
Massachusetts educators are encouraged to adopt the units as they are, adapt the units to meet their curriculum needs, and/or use the units as models for developing their own curriculum units. You can download the units and curriculum maps, view videos, and read about districts’ implementation on the MCU website.  You can also check out the summary of the Twitter chat ESE hosted in May and what educators said about using the MCUs.

Lessons Available for Educators
Would you like help getting ready to describe lunar conditions and use the 2016-2017 moon landings as science class enrichment materials? WPI students, working with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) New England Chapter, have developed some grade 5 and 6 activities. These lessons are on the Solar System, Matter, Energy, Electricity, Light, Forces, Botany and Nutrition. You are welcome to all the existing lunar base themed materials and are encouraged to work with them to develop more. Contact John Wilkes for more information...
Join Us For AweSTEM! 2016 WPI STEM Educator Conference
Thursday, March 24, 2016; 3-6 pm
The STEM Education Center invites you to join us for our annual event, AweSTEM! 2016, which celebrates PreK-12 educators in STEM fields. Each year is slightly different so even if you’ve come before, you’re sure to take away new ideas and new connections. Come enjoy appetizers and a drink (food will start to be served right at 3 pm while adult beverages will be available starting at 4 pm), learn what your peers are doing in their classrooms around teaching STEM subject areas through collaborations, and learn about WPI opportunities for educators. Make sure to invite your colleagues. Register by Friday, March 4...

National Engineers Week PD Increasing Diversity in STEM
Tuesday, February 16, 2016; 8:30 am-12:30 pm at WPI
In preparation for National Engineers Week (February 21-27), the STEM Education Center at WPI will host a PD workshop for educators with a special focus on increasing diversity in STEM and engineering. The workshop is free but requires registration. Learn more and register now...

TESTED Documentary Showing
Tuesday, February 16, 2016; 4:00pm-5:30 pm in Salisbury Labs 104 at WPI
TESTED, a documentary created by filmmaker Curtis Chin (NYU) is coming to WPI. The gap in opportunities for different races in America remains extreme. Nowhere is this more evident than our nation's top public schools. In New York City, where blacks and Hispanics make up 70% of the city's school-aged population, they represent less than 5% at the city's most elite public high schools. This documentary follows a dozen racially and socio-economically diverse 8th graders as they fight for a seat at one of these schools. Their only way in: to ace a single standardized test. TESTED includes the voices of such education experts as Pedro Noguera and Diane Ravitch as it explores such issues as access to a high-quality public education, affirmative action, and the model-minority myth. TESTED was voted the best new film of 2015 by DOC NYC. View a trailer of the film...
The event is free and open to the public. Contact Professor Erin Ottmar (erottmar@wpi.edu) with questions or for information about parking. Take a look at the event flier...

Summer STEM PD

Registration Opens March 1, 2016
What are YOU doing this summer? Interested in expanding your knowledge and skills about robotics, engineering practices, or the NGSS? Try one of the STEM Education Center’s rich and exciting programs. Registration for the 2016 Summer STEM Education Center PD opportunities will open on March 1st. A description of these PDs will be posted on our website in the next few days. 

Teaching & Learning with STEM Projects Earthquakes
Wednesday, March 2, 2016; 3:30-6:30 pm at WPI
Join a group of middle and high school educators to learn and practice the project-based approach with integrated STEM content. This session will focus on designing and building an earthquake safe building and using a shaking table to test the different designs. The guest facilitator will be Christine Robbins from Auburn Middle School. She designed a shaking table and developed an integrated STEM unit on earthquake safe structures. Learn more and register by February 24th...

STEM Integration for District Leaders Year V Call for Applications
Applications due by March 14, 2016
The STEM Education Center at WPI invites schools and districts to submit an application for its signature program: STEM Integration for District Leaders. The program guides and supports participating teams in the process of developing a comprehensive strategic plan for STEM integration in their school/district. A cohort of 3-5 schools and/or districts will be selected to participate in this year-long program. Teams of leaders from each participating school/district will review and explore successful STEM schools and programs, develop STEM goals and outcomes, analyze their current STEM offerings, prioritize needs and action steps, and review funding opportunities. Learn more and get the application form...

Enriching STEM Learning through Primary Sources PD
April 2016 at WPI; 
The vast (and free!) online collections of the Library of Congress include a wealth of source material that can enrich content, build student skills of observation and analysis, capture student interest, and ground STEM content in student lives. This professional development opportunity, offered as a partnership between the STEM Education Center and the Library of Congress, will explore ways to find, access, and utilize these exciting primary sources in your classroom - including ideas for creating curriculum in STEM or across academic disciplines. This event will run one afternoon (after school) in April. The exact date and time will be announced on the STEM Education Center website within the next couple of weeks. Registration will be available at that time. Email Katie Elmes with questions.   

WPI Summer Scholars Program
Student Nominations due by March 1, 2016
Student Applications due by March 31, 2016

Do you know an underrepresented or underserved Worcester community student who has a strong academic record, an interest in STEM, and can demonstrate financial need? WPI is offering up to 12 opportunities for eligible students entering grades 6-12 to attend one of our summer programs at no cost. Students who are accepted to our Summer Scholars Program will also be invited to return for subsequent summer opportunities. We are asking educators to nominate a student before March 1 by completing the form on our website. We will follow up with you directly with additional instructions that you can share with the student and his/her family on how to complete their application form. Preference will be given to students from Worcester Public Schools and decisions will be communicated to the families in early April 2016. Visit the Summer Programs website for 2016 offerings. Contact the Summer Programs office with questions via email or phone (508-831-4900).  

July 18-22, 2016
Teachers looking to bring computing to their schools might be interested in checking out CSPdWeek, a week-long centralized professional development seminar happening this July. Three evidence-based computing curricula (Bootstrap, ECS, and CS Principles) will be offering workshops; a separate workshop will be available for school counselors. Funding is available to significantly offset participation costs. Learn more...
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