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Educator Evaluation Guidebook to Support Inclusive Instruction and Positive Behavior Supports
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is seeking educators to participate in the development of the Educator Evaluation Guidebook to Support Inclusive Instruction and Positive Behavior Supports. For participating in the development of the guidebook, educators will each receive $500 per day and will be reimbursed for travel expenses if required.
If you are interested in learning more, please read the attached document that further outlines the timeline, roles and the application process. Applications are due on Sunday, April 19th at 11:59 PM. You can apply directly through the link below:
Apply here: http://goo.gl/forms/4FRNt6LRdp

Voya Unsung Heros Program

The Voya Unsung Heroes program (formerly the ING Unsung Heroes program) annually provides grants to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning.

Each year, educators submit applications for an ING Unsung Heroes grant by describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each project is judged on its innovative method, creativity, and ability to positively influence students.

One hundred finalists will be selected to receive a grant of $2,000 each, payable to both the winning teacher and his or her school. At least one grant will be awarded in each of the fifty states, provided at least one qualified application is received from each state. Of the hundred finalists, three are selected for additional financial awards - $25,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place, and $5,000 for third place.

All K-12 education professionals are eligible to apply. Applicants must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the United States and be full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff with effective projects that improve student learning.


The application deadline is April 30, annually


Go directly to guidelines and application

Office Depot Foundation 
(up to $1000) 
    Office Depot grants support projects focused on any of their strategic priorities:  giving children tools to succeed in school and in life, building the capacity of non-profit organizations, and helping communities prepare for disasters.  Accepting applications NOW!


Apply for School Grants for Healthy Kids

Breakfast Grants and Every Kid Healthy Grants (supporting physical activity and nutrition programming) are available. Apply for one or both by May 1, 2015.  Eligible schools may apply for funding to pilot or expand their School Breakfast Programs, pilot universal school breakfast, and/or support physical activity and nutrition initiatives working towards healthy-school certification.

In addition to funding, your school will receive technical support, gain access to AFHK’s improved grants portal, and ensure your students are healthy and ready to learn. Learn more when you register for a School Grants Webinar

Apply by May 1, 2015 for a 2015-2016 School Grant for Healthy Kids.

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.  

Professional Learning Opportunities:

Opportunities for American Educators to Teach in China 

The AASA/Nisen Sibo sponsored program provides an exciting professional development opportunity for American educators to increase their understanding of Chinese education and to share American best teaching practices with their Chinese brethren.
Duration: Four weeks   July 10-August 10, 2015 (subject to slight change) 
Priority Deadline to Apply:  April 20, 2015 
Application Fee:  $50 (non-refundable) 
Costs: You will be responsible for visa. The program will cover flight, transportation within China, hotel (hotel or foreign teacher dormitory with 24-hour hot water, air conditioning, internet connection etc.) and meals. Personal insurance provided by major insurance provider. 
Stipend: RMB 10,000 (About $1,600) 

For further information, please contact: Tara Gao 

Classroom Student Investigations Institute at Arkansas State University and the National Science Foundation
Website: http://altweb.astate.edu/csiscience/
Contact: Classroom Student Investigations Institute
PO Box 2785 
Arkansas State University 
State University, AR 72467

Phone: 501.492.9274
Email: csi_science2@yahoo.com
Description: The Classroom Student Investigations (CSI) Project is a two-week professional development opportunity for classroom science teachers in grades 4 through 12. The project is held from June 15 to 26, 2015, at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Thirty classroom science teachers are selected to participate in the institute, which is funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program is designed to help educators integrate science and technology concepts, lab skills, and their applications. Using forensic science as the theme, teachers acquire pedagogical strategies to promote student investigation and inquiry, based on current science frameworks, through activities that teachers can replicate in their classrooms. 
Award(s): Stipends up to $2,000 per teacher are awarded for successful completion of the program, as well as meals, lodging, limited travel support for the two-week institute.
Deadline(s): Applications are due April 10, 2015.
Grade Level(s): 3-5, 6-8, 9-12


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. In support of our core mission of developing stronger math teachers in an effort to raise student learning, we are offering up to twenty $10,000 scholarships for teachers and math coaches that enroll in our MAMT program starting this summer. 

STEM Education Center Free Lecture Series
Register by March 23
This presentation will focus on computer science and cybersecurity.

Great Resources are Available on the Teaching Channel Website

Final Version of NGSS 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

2014-2015 PD Offerings from the STEM Education Center at WPI
Register Now for Upcoming PD Dates for Student Opportunities 

Free Virtual Resource for Middle School Science
Are you interested in bringing a virtual lab simulation to your classroom that's aligned with NGSS standards? Well now middle school teachers in physical, life, and earth science can do just that. Inq-ITS, an online educational environment designed by the SLINQ group, lets students interact with material in an engaging way while also providing teachers with real time, actionable data. For physical science, there's even built-in tutoring available with Rex the dinosaur. Contact Professor Janice Gobert (508-831-5619) to bring Inq-ITS to your class or school. 

Curiosity Hacked - For Your Students
Wednesdays, 4-6PM at Worcester ThinkTank
Curiosity Hacked Worcester is a chapter of a national, non-profit, inclusive organization dedicated to addressing the needs of the global maker community through STEAM (STEM + Arts) education and skill building. At weekly meetings for kids 5-8 and 9-18, they teach and award Badges in skills such Soldering, Circuit Design, C++ Programming, Robotics, Woodworking and Music to name just a few. Meeting activities and Badge curricula are heavily project focused with a strong emphasis on the completion of hand-on activities over lectures and slides. They are looking for volunteer mentors who can teach skills or topics of interest/expertise at Wednesday afternoon meetings of 9 to 16 year old girls and boys. Learn more...
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