Big Yellow School Bus
The 2016-2017 Big Yellow School Bus online application will open at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Schools are eligible for one grant per school year. Big Yellow School Bus provides grants to help schools meet the transportation costs of student educational field trips to non-profit cultural institutions and events across the Commonwealth.
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.
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
Join the WPI STEM Club
The STEM Education Center invites you to join the STEM Club - a new PD series for current and aspiring STEM teachers. The STEM Club will meet four afternoons during the academic year. Participating teachers will try, unpack, and modify a different STEM project presented by a fellow teacher. Learn more about joining or presenting at the STEM Club...
New In-school Engineering/Technology Workshops
The STEM Education Center develops and facilitates in-school professional development workshops that focus on integrated STEM, STEAM, the new STE framework, NGSS practices, and more for educators in grades PreK-12. This year we're adding four new workshops developed and conducted by retired engineer and educator Rick Connell. They are Introduction to CAD, Introduction to 3D Printing, Assistive Technology Projects, and Preparing Your Students for Science & Engineering Fairs. Learn more about these workshops...
Call for Sharing at AweSTEM! 2017 Coming Soon
AweSTEM! is WPI's annual celebration of STEM educators held every spring. It's an opportunity to network, learn from peers, and celebrate the work you do. Each year, a Call for Sharing goes out in the fall for educators wishing to present at the event. Look for an email at the end of the month with more information about applying to present. Learn more about AweSTEM!...