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Grants and Funding Opportunities

Family Volunteer Day Grants   

Description: With generous support from Disney Friends for Change, generationOn is excited to offer 100 grants to support volunteer projects on Family Volunteer Day, November 19th, 2016. Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their communities and neighborhoods.
Eligibility: Non-profits, schools and generationOn Clubs within the U.S. can apply to receive $250, $500 or $1000 in grant funds.

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.  

Professional Learning Opportunities:

Learn, Earn, & Win 

Sponsored by Keys to Literacy, Wilson Language Training and SERESC
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
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Successful Math Accommodations that Work
with Betty Mak
Monday, June 6, 2016
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Writing Measurable IEP Goals with a Focus on Results!
with Maryclare Heffernan
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Click here for more information!
POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Process)
[Needs presenter name]
with Christopher F. Bauer, Elizabeth Mancini, Stacy Goldstein, Amanda Zullo
brought to you by SERESC STEM Center of Innovation and Excellence
July 12 and 13, 2016
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Academic Assessments; Everything you Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
with Christina Flanders, Psy.D., NCSP
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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Learn This!
Strategies to Engage Learners, Process, Content, and Increase Retention
with Sue Bergman
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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Inspiration vs. Motivation for Student Success
with Rick Nannicelli
Monday, July 25, 201
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Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Training
with Dr. Jodie Deming-Douglas and Katherine McBride
July 25-29, 2016 at SERESC
40 Hours Attendance Required for Certification
Click here for more information!
Goal Orientated Student Transition (GOST) Program at Spaulding High School
with Lori Gay
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
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Struggling Writers and Pre-Writers; Pre-K to Grades 3
with Sally Grimes
July 26 & 27, 2016
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Executive Dysfunction: Understanding the Impact and Setting Grade Level Skill Exceptions
with Susan McKenney, M.Ed
July 26, 27 and 28, 2016
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Discipline from the Inside Out- Teaching Students Self-Discipline
with Rick Nannicelli
August 1, 2, 3 & 4, 2016
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Believe to Achieve!
Unleash Student’s Motivation, and Success Using Growth Mindset
with Sue Bergman, M.Ed.
August 9 and 10, 2016
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Family & School Partnerships – Building a Village for Student Success
Led by Robyn Powley
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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STEM Summer Institute at SERESC
from the STEM Center of Innovation and Excellence
August 15, 16, 17 & 18
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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:

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.

Summer Professional Development at WPI
Looking to grow and develop your STEM skills over the summer? Join one of WPI’s summer PDs. The STEM Education Center offers a variety of experiences.
One day workshops include:
Week-long Robotics for Educators workshops include: Integrated content workshops include: From engineering stories to exploring the NGSS to robotics workshops – WPI offers something for everyone. View the offerings and register now...

TouchTomorrow for Educators
Thursday, June 9, 4-6:30 PM
Join us for the fifth year of successful collaboration between WPI and NASA as WPI hosts the Sample Return Robot competition. 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. The event is free but requires registration. Learn more and register... 

ASSISTments Edcamp Conference
Tuesday, August 2, 8:00-2:30 PM
The ASSISTments team is pleased to announce that the ASSISTments 3rd Annual Edcamp Conference will be onTuesday, August 2nd from 8:00-2:30 at WPI in Worcester, MA. It's free (just like ASSISTments)! Register here today.

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.

Project Lead The Way STEM Conference
Proposal due by Monday, August 1
Conference on Thursday, October 20

The 2016 Massachusetts Project Lead The Way STEM Conference will be held Thursday, October 20 at WPI. If you would like to present, run a hands-on workshop, or have an idea for a session, please submit your name, contact information, and a brief description of the session through this brief proposal submission form by August 1. Proposals will be reviewed and submitters notified by early September as to the status of their submission. Conference details and registration will be available onlineby late September.

Master's Degrees for Educators
Apply Now or Register for a Class 

In Math and Physics
WPI offers degree programs designed specifically for educators in math or physics. It's not too late to register for the fall. Contact Katie Elmes for more information atkaelmes@wpi.edu

Graspable Math: Making Math Come Alive Through Motion
Do you want to make math come alive through motion? Graspable Math is a new online learning tool that uses gesture-based actions to solve problems and discover patterns in mathematics simply by dragging, manipulating, and transforming expressions. Interested in using GM in your classroom? We are actively recruiting K-12 math teachers to try out our tool in their classroom and participate in a variety of activities and online studies that explore how students use different strategies to transform and solve mathematics equations. For more information, contact Professor Erin Ottmar at erottmar@wpi.edu.

What's New with ASSISTments
No matter if you're familiar with ASSISTments or not, the team has been hard at work. They invite you to take a moment and find out the many ways to use ASSISTments. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date announcements. 

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