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Third Quarter Report Cards are now available for viewing through iParent.  To register for IParent please click  HERE
Learn, Earn, & Win:  

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.  The grant period for 2013 is now closed.  Check back in May 2014.

CVS Grants (up to $5000) 
   CVS grants support academic enrichment programs focused on wellness at public schools. The deadline for 2013 is now past.  Check back in fall 2014.  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.  Think now for next 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.  

School Gardens

Whole Kids Foundation – Due October 31 - $2000

https://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/schools/programs/school-garden-grant-program 

Student Wellness

Fuel Up to Play 60 – Due November 1 - $4,000


Educators - Participate in a Grant

Dr. Janice Gobert and the SLINQ group (Science Learning by Inquiry) of WPI are soliciting middle school teachers to participate in their new NSF grant, in which they will develop scaffolds for their Inq-ITS system (Inquiry Intelligent Tutoring System). The system will assess students' inquiry skills in real time and scaffold them in real time for both Life Science and Earth Science. Get involved today...

Professional Recognition Opportunities:  

2014 George Washington Teachers’ Institute: any grade 3-12 teacher, any subject


Distinguished Secondary (6-12) Teachers and Principals
[The deadline has passed for 2013 but let's think ahead to 2014]

2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching
[The deadline has passed for 2013 but let's think ahead to 2014]

Professional Learning Opportunities:

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

Content Area Literacy Hybrid Course
Brunell & Cavanaugh and Worcester State University are presenting this 3 graduate credit course on June 16-19, from 4-7pm at St. Peter's Elementary School, Main St., Worcester.  To enroll, contact Arthur Brunell at abrunell@worcester.edu.

STEM Professional Development
The STEM Education Center at WPI is offering two professional development series.  The first, for grades PK-6, is a two-day workshop that focuses on how to integrate engineering design and thinking skills into classroom books.  The second, a series for grades 6-12, walks educators through project-based learning on a variety of STEM topics.    wpi.edu/+stem 

Professional Development from Mass Academy
Mass Academy is offering a workshop on using case studies to promote technical literacy in a biology class.  Participants will explore how this pedagogical method engages students in real-world medical scenarios while strengthening their technical literacy.  Learn more.    wpi.edu/+stem 

Central MA Readiness Center Offerings 
The Central MA Readiness Center is pleased to announce TWO technology series in collaboration with Dudley-Charlton Regional School District and Auburn Public Schools.

Technology in the Classroom: Websites, iPads/iPhones, and Document Cameras – educators in Grades K-12 will learn how to incorporate technology in their everyday teaching with instructors who use it in their own classrooms. Location: Charlton Middle School Library. Cost to participants: None. 27 PDPs available.

Transforming Teaching and Learning Through iPads – teachers in Grades 6-12 will learn how to integrate iPads to enhance curriculum, and will be encouraged to create an iPad Professional Learning Community (PLC). Location: Webinar series – any computer. Cost to participants: None. 18 PDPs available.

For more information, see this link.  

WPI Opportunities

Connecting STEM Projects and Standards
Cambridge Science Festival at WPI - April 25, 8:30-4:30
Educators at the secondary level are invited to a hands-on PD focusing on how to develop classroom STEM projects. Participants will get to visit projects done by seniors at WPI and then join with other educators in active discussions about the design of quality projects. Educational standards (NGSS) as well as integrated STEM approaches will be addressed. The event is free but requires registration as space is limited. Register now...

New Research Experience for Teachers Available in Civil and Environmental Engineering
WPI is hosting a Research Experience for Undergraduates sponsored by NSF. A limited number of positions for teachers to participate are available. Scientific research will take place on the broad topic of sustainable infrastructure materials and teachers will work with the STEM Education Center to develop actionable lesson plans. The opportunity runs from June 30-August 8 and participants receive a stipend of $500 per week. Applications are due April 25th. Download the application here...

Master's Degrees for Teachers Open House
April 29 - Math, April 30 - Physics

WPI is hosting an open house for any educator interested in the math or physics master's degrees for educators. Join us for a time to speak with faculty and staff as well as the opportunity to sit in on classes to get a taste of what you will experience in the programs. Registration is required as space in courses is limited. Register by April 18, 2014... 

Save the Date: Spring Teacher Lecture Series
May 1, 4-6 PM

The STEM Education Center and Mass Academy are co-sponsoring the second Teacher Lecture Series of the year. Listen to a WPI faculty member present about their groundbreaking research and how principles of their research can be applied to K-12 classroom. A K-12 educator will then present engaging classroom activities addressing a similar topic. Registration and more details will be available by April 1st. Take a look at the previous gathering...

Final Project-Based Teaching and Learning Session of the Year
May 7, 3:30-6:30 PM 
Join other middle and high school teachers as they try to solve the challenge of driving a vehicle...on the moon. Integration of math and science will drive this session. In addition, participants will learn about NASA's Sample Return Robot (SRR) Centennial Challenge that will be hosted at WPI in June for the third year. This session will focus on computational thinking. Learn more and register...

Annual Goddard Cup Water Rocket Competition Returns
June 11, 4 PM
The WPI Physics Department will hold it's annual water rocket competition on Wednesday, Jun 11 starting at 4pm. Open to all ages, each team must include a school teacher who serves as team leader. Come have a blast-off and launch your summer in style. Register your team now...
 
TouchTomorrow for Educators
An Exclusive Pre-Festival Event for Educators
On Thursday, June 12, 2014, as part of the TouchTomorrow Festival and the NASA Sample Return Robot (SRR) Centennial Challenge, the STEM Education Center is hosting an event for STEM educators. Participants will engage in hands-on activities lead by NASA Educator April Lanotte, learn about the Centennial Challenge, meet with the participating teams, and examine the different robots. This event is free but requires registration...

2014 Summer PD at WPI

LEGO Robotics for Educators: July 14-18
This program focuses on two main domains: LEGO Mindstorms EV3 programming and robotics education planning. The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 component involves hands-on practice using the different sensors to program a robot. The robotics education component includes a review of the science, engineering, math, and computer science standards, and discussions of possible classroom scenarios related to robotics and robotics challenges. Learn more and register...

Engineering a Story: July 21-22
This program engages PK-8 teachers in the integrative nature of STEM. It offers a hands-on approach to weaving together engineering practices, thinking skills, and literacy. The collection of methods presented leads to an enriched reading experience coupled with a gained understanding of engineering concepts. It is aligned with Common Core and NGSS. Learn more and register... 

Teaching and Learning with STEM Projects: July 24-25
A truly integrated approach to teaching STEM, this PD pulls together theoretical and practical methods by introducing design challenges that require participants to use scientific and mathematical concepts for solving a real problem. Project-based teaching and learning approaches are linked to better learning, retention of content, and student engagement. Everything is aligned with NGSS and models key elements of the MA Teacher Evaluation Rubric for high quality instruction. Learn more and register...

VEX Robotics for Educators: August 4-8
This program is a combination of robotics concepts and practices with STEM education topics. The robotics components will focus on VEX robot building and programming using Easy C software. Participants will apply their learnings in the designing of a robot. The STEM education component includes a review of science, engineering, math, and computer science standards, and discussions of possible classroom scenarios related to robotics and robotics challenges. Learn more and register... 

Advanced VEX Robotics for Educators: July 21-August 1
A cohort of teachers will work alongside high school students to learn the theory and practice behind VEX robotics. Participants will learn to build and design their own VEX robot, learn about different sensors and how to use them, program a robot, and participate in a robotics challenge against other participating teams. Integration of STEM education topics will enrich the PD experience. Learn more and register... 

ASSISTments
A free classroom tool that allows teachers to write individual lessons that are composed of questions and associated hints, solutions, and videos that engage students and teachers in active learning. 

Mass Academy PD
An accelerated high school for 11th and 12th graders interested in STEM, they offer multiple professional development opportunities both at Mass Academy and in schools. 

Project Lead The Way
A nationally acclaimed STEM curriculum for students from elementary school to grade 12 that is standards-based and project-based, and uses real-world problem solving as a framework. 

Research Experience for Teachers
Funded by the National Science Foundation, middle school educators spend six weeks at WPI researching in biomedical engineering and look at how to incorporate the engineering design process into their existing curricula.  A limited number of positions for teachers to participate are available. Scientific research will take place on the broad topic of sustainable infrastructure materials and teachers will work with the STEM Education Center to develop actionable lesson plans. The opportunity runs from June 30-August 8 and participants receive a stipend of $500 per week. Applications are due April 25th. Download the application here...

Science Learning by Inquiry (Inq-ITS)
Inq-ITS, a new system, provides real-time scaffolding to students as they engage in inquiry with science microworlds. Educators get real-time feedback and can pinpoint which students need help on which skills. 

STEM Education Center PD
Professional development opportunities for educators of all kinds and all grade levels. Programs are offered in a range of STEM topics both at WPI as well as in schools. 

Applied and Industrial Mathematics Institute for High School Teaching: July 14-17
Have you ever been asked what is this math good for? Or when will I ever use this stuff? Come and learn how the math you teach is used by STEM professionals, what the career paths open to students well-trained in math are, and how the math that you teach in high school forms the foundation for college success. Free to educators.
Learn more...

Work at WPI Summer Experience
Current opportunities include mentoring Camp Reach participants and working with a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). Camp Reach looks for middle school STEM educators to be a part of the two-week program for girls that encourages them to have fun with technology, tackle real problems, and get up close and personal with the way things work in their own communities. The REU looks to bring two educators along with 10 undergraduates to do do research in the civil engineering department at WPI. Information about the REU will be available soon. For now, email stemcenter@wpi.edu with questions. 

WPI Programs for Your Student Group
Engineering Ambassadorsundergraduate students who present at local middle schools and high schools to educate students on the importance of engineering to the health, happiness, and safety of our world. 
High School Programming Contes- open to high school students. It takes place in March at WPI. 
Invitational Math MeetTeams of students can apply for the October meet to compete in the individual and team challenges. 
Middle School ToursOpportunities are available for middle school students to visit WPI's campus to discover STEM with some of our top undergraduate students. 
Robotics Competitions - WPI Robotics hosts numerous competitions for middle and high school teams. 
Water Rocket CompetitionFrom kindergarten to high school, teachers can bring a team of students to compete in the annual competition. 
 

Summer PD at Mass Academy
Summer workshops at Mass Academy of Math and Science will focus on technology integration and NGSS implementation at all levels. Topics include: 
  • Implementing NGSS at the Elementary School Level through Integrated STEM Activities
  • NGSS in the High School Chemistry Classroom
  • Integrating NGSS and Common Core at the Middle School Level
  • Everything Data in a Science Classroom
  • Using Project-Based Learning to Teach Upper Level Physics Concepts to High Needs Students
  • Using Case Studies to Promote Technical Literacy in a Biology Classroom
New Opportunities and News for Bootstrap
Bootstrap, a curricular module for students ages 12-16, teaches algebraic and geometric concepts through computer programming. 
  • The greater Boston Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) will be organizing a Bootstrap training workshop for June 25-27. Interested teachers should contact the Boston CSTA or the Bootstrap Boston Manager, Emma Youndtsmith, to be alerted when signup information is available. 
  • Bootstrap is partnering with Code.org to bring computing into middle school math classrooms in the greater Boston area for Fall 2014. Training dates are still to be determined. Schools interested in joining the Code.org partnership should contact Emmanuel Schanzer
  • Bootstrap is also partnering with CS-NYC to bring computing to middle school math classrooms in New York City in Fall 2014. 
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