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Grants and Funding Opportunities
 
The Awesome Foundation
Subject: Any, prefer grants that will benefit the local area.
Eligibility: Any
Grant Amounts: $1000

Reiman Foundation Grants
Subject: Any
Eligibility: Any
Grant Amounts: Varies

Sony Corporation of America Grants
Subject: Technology
Eligibility: A brief, written description of the organization on official letterhead, including its legal name, history, activities, purpose and proof of registered 501(c)(3) non-profit status
Grant Amounts: Varies
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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 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
 
Learn, Earn, & Win

Online Courses on Foundations for Inclusive Practice:
The Department has sponsored the creation of two online courses to help educators meet the needs of all learners in inclusive settings. These courses are self-paced and free to Massachusetts educators. The courses are also one way for Massachusetts educators to earn the 15 professional development points in "effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles" that are required to renew a professional license

The courses are Foundations for Inclusive Practice: Administrator and Foundations for Inclusive Practice: Educator and present a rigorous and engaging sequence of professional development about meeting the needs of all students. Educators can register at the Guidebook for Inclusive Practice website. Districts who are interested in forming communities of practice as a supplement to these courses can fill out this short form.
DESE - How can educators find content-area professional development, especially educators who don’t teach core subjects (e.g., counselors, physical education teachers)?

The Department maintains an online, searchable registry of all organizations that are approved to provide Professional Development Points (PDPs) besides districts and collaboratives, which are automatic providers and can issue PDPs. Educators can search by content area, geographic location, and online availability, among other options. Keep in mind that course credits and Continuing Education Units from colleges and universities also convert into PDPs and can count toward the content-area requirement as long as the topic of the course aligns with the educator’s area of certification. This includes courses taken online. Educators can also earn PDPs for independent activities, such as writing a chapter for a book, and for school-based activities, such as organizing a school event. For more information on these activities and how many PDPs they can earn, see the Recertification Guidelines.

Teaching Channel Website has great resources:
https://www.teachingchannel.org/

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.

Math Practice Software
Are you interested in trying free math software for next year with your students, created at WPI and UMass, that we know leads to improved MCAS scores? The math practice software can be found here. Contact Professor Ivon Arroyo at iarroyo@wpi.edu if you are interested.

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

AweSTEM! 2017
March 30, 2017 from 3:30-5:30
Register Now

AweSTEM! 2017 is WPI's annual celebration of PreK-12 STEM educators. The event is an opportunity to network with peers, learn about innovative happenings in classrooms and schools across the state, and hear about opportunities for educators at WPI. This year's theme isInnovative STEM Teaching Aligned with STE Framework and/or Common Core. No matter if you've attend for the past five years or are brand new, there's something for everyone. Register by Tuesday, March 14...

Summer Research Experience for High School Students
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

The Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) Summer Research Experience Program at WPI provides opportunities for motivated high school students to work alongside WPI faculty members and students who are conducting exciting research at the intersection of biology, mathematics, and computer science. While the application deadline was March 6th, the team is willing to consider late applications who are just finding out about the opportunity. Learn more and apply today...

Summer Programs for Students
Do you have a student who is passionate about STEM?  Or perhaps one that hasn’t discovered their passion yet and needs an extra push?  Consider helping to ignite your student’s passion for STEM fields by letting them know about programs this summer at WPI. We offer fun and engaging programs for all students entering grades 4-12, including a few just for girls!  We are also pleased to be able to offer some tuition assistance to families with demonstrated financial need.  For more information, visit our website...

The STEM Club
April 12, 2017

(Postponed from February) The STEM behind Skateboards is the focus of this upcoming STEM Club to be led by Matthew Connors, an Engineering Instructor atBlackstone Valley Regional Technical Vocational High School. Current and aspiring STEM/STEAM teachers are invited to conceptualize, experiment with, expand, and revise this integrated STEM project. Learn more about joining or presenting at the STEM Club and register for the April session...

Summer STEM PD Registration
Now Open
What are YOU doing this summer? Interested in expanding your knowledge and skills about robotics, engineering practices, or the 2016 science, technology, and engineering framework? Try one of the STEM Education Center's rich and exciting programs. The 2017 Summer STEM PD registration will open on March 1, 2017. Read more about our offerings (scroll down for summer PDs) and register now...

Camp Reach Middle School Teacher Opportunity
The Camp Reach Summer Program at WPI (July 23 through August 4, 2017) is seeking Middle School Teachers (MSTs) whose subjects include math, science, or technology to be part of our staff. Middle School Teachers assist campers in completing a community-oriented design project and participate in discovery workshop activities with the campers. Training is provided to gain exposure to engineering fields, as well as to the engineering design process and ways that it can be incorporated into middle school curricula. A stipend of $2,000 is awarded for participation in the program. Learn more now...

STEM Integration for Education Leaders Year VI
Call for Applications: due March 31, 2017

Only three weeks before applications are due for our signature program: STEM Integration for Education Leaders. The program guides and supports participating teams in the process of developing a comprehensive, long-term strategic plan for STEM or STEAM integration for the entire school/district. A cohort of 4 teams will be selected to participate in the 6th year (2017-2018) of 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, review funding opportunities, develop implementation plans, and network with other schools that are currently implementing integrated STEM/STEAM programs. Learn more and apply now...

Edcamp for PLTW Teachers
April 8, 2017 at WPI from 8am - 12pm 

Mass STEM Hub and WPI are hosting an Edcamp exclusively for Massachusetts Project Lead The Wayteachers. Spend the morning collaborating and learning from other PLTW teachers just like you! An Edcamp is a participant driven and led professional development opportunity where teachers create the agenda and through discussion, deep dive into their chosen topics. Breakfast and parking will be provided. Learn more and register...

SRI Study Shows ASSISTments Closes the Learning Gap
An objective independent research organization, SRI International, published a peer-review journal article reporting that ASSISTments caused students to learn 75% more on a standardized test of math achievement, compared to what they would have learned in a typical school year. ASSISTments also helped close persistent achievement gaps. We are proud to get this amazing validation and want to thank the 80+ teachers that agreed to be randomly assigned to control or treatment. Due to this validation, WPI has donated two programmers to expand our reach. Watch a video about the study. Learn more about the study results...

 
 
 

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