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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!


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:

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. 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. 

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

STEM Education Center at WPI PD Offerings
District Leaders: Final Presentation Invitation
Wednesday, May 27; 1:30-3:30 pm at WPI

Interested in planning strategically for STEM? Attend the presentation of teams from Andover School of MontessoriBerlin-Boylston,Millbury, and Shrewsbury Montessori School and learn about the STEM strategic plans developed during the STEM Integration for District Leaders program. Furthermore, the Year IV teams have been selected. We are happy to announce the teams that will take part in the program during the 2015-2016 academic year: Cambridge, Concord, Springfield Renaissance School, and The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham. Find more information about the program and final presentation...     

Teacher Lecture Series 

Using Data with Students in Your Science Classroom
Thursday, May 28, 2015; 4:00-6:00 pm
Learn how a WPI faculty member and a high school teacher use data in the science classroom to engage students in unique and interactive ways. First hear from Lauren Mathews, Associate Professor in Biology, who recently studied using open source data to engage students in project-based learning in her college biology classroom. Then hear how Mass Academy Physics Teacher, Bill Ellis, uses data in a multitude of ways to engage his students while promoting critical thinking and problem solving. This session is applicable for any science or math educator interested in thinking about different ways to use data with project/problem-based learning. Learn more and register now...

TouchTomorrow: Educator Special Preview

Thursday, June 11, 2015; 4:00-6:30 pm
Join us for the fourth year of successful collaboration between WPI and NASA, as WPI hosts the Sample Return Robot competition. During this special preview of the TouchTomorrow festival, designed specifically for educators, participants will get to experience a NASA developed activity, interact with NASA educators, meet with the competition teams, and learn about NASA’s support for STEM education. Learn more and register for this free event...

Bio-Simulation Professional Development Workshop
July 21 - 23, 2015; 8:00 am-2:30 pm at WPI
Registration Fee: $250 (sponsorship may be available)

This workshop, led by Dr. Liz Ryder and Dr. Robert J. Gegear from WPI's Biology & Biotechnology department, will provide a unique PD experience that integrates biology topics with computer science. Participants will learn about the importance of local pollinators in natural and agro-ecosystems, as well as how to design, create, and use simple computer simulations to address important ecological questions. For more information about this PD opportunity, please contact Shari Weaver at sweaver@wpi.edu or call 508-831-4888

WPI Summer PD for Educators
Looking to grow and develop your STEM skills over the summer? Join one of WPI’s summer Professional Development opportunities. Fromengineering stories through exploring the NGSS to roboticsworkshops – WPI offers something for everyone.  Learn more and register now...   ​

Master's Degrees for Educators at WPI
Interested in receiving a content-based master's degree in math or science designed specifically for educators? Only need some math or physics content courses but want to take it at an institution dedicated to STEM? Learn more about opportunities at WPI or email Katie Elmes at kaelmes@wpi.edu to set up a time to talk about your needs.

System Dynamics for Educators
July 15-17, 2015 at WPI
WPI is proud to collaborate with Creative Learning Exchange on K-12 academic programs on systems thinking/system dynamics. WPI is a world-renowned center for undergraduate and graduate education in this area. Educators are invited to attend a systems thinking/system dynamics summer school held at WPI from July 15-17. Learn more about the opportunity. For pricing information and other details, contact Oleg Pavlov at opavlov@wpi.eduLearn more about how system dynamics can be used in the K-12 classroom. 
​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. 



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