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.
Rockwell Collins Charitable Corporation Grants
RC makes contributions to a variety of nonprofit organizations for programs & initiatives. Priorities include education with an emphasis in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and arts and culture.
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.
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.
Educators - Participate in a Grant
3. 2014 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST): any K-6 math or science teacher;
4. 2014 Distinguished Elementary Educator: any grade K-6 elementary teacher;
6. Educator Effectiveness Teacher Cabinet: ESE is excited to announce the launching of a pilot Educator Effectiveness Teacher Cabinet comprised of teachers from across MA who will provide thoughtful feedback and suggestions about educator effectiveness initiatives. Interested teachers should submit an application by Sunday, February 2nd. For the application and more information about the Teacher Cabinet, visit: http://www.doe.mass.edu/edeval/communications/.
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.
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 Math Department Receives Grant for "Math in Industry" for High School Teachers
The WPI Math Department just received a grant from Toyota and the Rochester Institute of Technology to host a one week "Math in Industry" conference for local high school teachers in July 2014. A collection of speakers from industry will discuss how math taught in high schools is eventually used by mathematical professionals and how math taught in high schools forms the foundation for college curricula. More information will be available as the summer gets closer.
STEM PD In Your School
The STEM Education Center at WPI develops and conducts in-school professional development workshops for educators in grades PK-12. Schools and districts can either request the Center to develop a training that meets their specific needs or can pick from already created workshops. Learn more...
Mass Academy PD
Mass Academy is offering workshops on building a professional learning community in science, science writing for the Common Core and writing for science fairs and student research. Learn more...
ASSISTments Coaching for School Districts
ASSISTments offers coaching for any interested school district. Coaches help a district train teachers in ASSISTments and then check in throughout the school year on progress using the program. Learn more...
Save the Date: Engineering Week Events for Educators February 18 and 21
During National Engineers Week, teachers, administrators, guidance counselors and educators of all kinds are invited to WPI to explore science and engineering education and discuss with others how to make STEM more accessible. Learn more...
Save the date - the STEM Education Center's annual event, AweSTEM!, will be held on Monday, March 10, 2014 from 4-6pm. A pre-event for both administrators and educators will additionally be held from 2-3:30pm for those interested in getting a more in-depth look at the types of support WPI can offer the K-12 STEM education community. Registration will be announced in the next newsletter. Take a look at previous events...
Master's Degrees for Educators at WPI - Open House in April
WPI offers master's degrees for educators in math and physics. At the start of the third semester of 2013-2014, April 29 and 30, these programs will offer a drop-in open house. During normal course hours (4-8pm), come sit in and try a class. Chat with program administrators and faculty. Learn more and register in upcoming newsletters. Learn more about the master's programs...
Teacher Lecture Series February 6 at WPI
Innovating Research in Harnessing Wind Power
National Engineers Week Educator PD
Making STEM Accessible to ALL Students
As part of National Engineers Week, February 17-21, the STEM Education Center at WPI will host two PD days for educators. These sessions - Tuesday, February 18 and Friday, February 21 - are open to educators of all types. Participants will engage in an active workshop about the inequalities in STEM and what strategies and practices enhance accessibility to STEM subjects for all students. Following the workshop participants will have the option to sit in a class or tour different labs on campus. The event is free but does require registration. Learn more and register now...
Call for Applications - Due March 14, 2014
STEM Integration for District Leaders
The STEM Education Center at WPI invites schools and districts to submit an application for its signature program: STEM Integration for District Leaders. The program guides and supports schools and districts in the process of developing a holistic, strategic plan for STEM integration in their school/district. A cohort of 3-4 schools and/or districts will be selected to participate in this year-long program. Learn more...
Next Project-Based Teaching and Learning PD on February 12
The next session of the Project-Based Teaching and Learning series is scheduled for Wednesday, February 12, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at WPI. Join a group of middle and high school educators to learn and practice the project-based approach with integrated STEM content. The topic of this session is indicators. The group will solve a challenge by identifying a mystery substance. Learn more and register...
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is pleased to announce the newest program in their line-up of world-class activity-, project-, and problem-based curricula: PLTW Launch, a program designed specifically for students in kindergarten through fifth grades to spark their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). WPI plans to offer the 2.5-day professional development in early July for schools looking to implement this new curriculum. Learn more...
New Opportunities and News for Bootstrap
WPI Orchestra to Participate in Performance of Peter and the Wolf for Local Students
WPI Orchestra and Ballet Arts Worcester are putting on a production of Peter and the Wolf at Hanover Theater on February 26, 2014 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $12 per person and schools are encouraged to bring students. To reserve tickets, call the Hanover Theater at 508-831-0800 and ask for Meghan Patrick. There will also be another showing in the evening on March 1st at WPI's Alden Hall.