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Grants and Funding Opportunities

Saucony Run for Good Program   
Website: http://www.saucony.com/en/runforgood/
Contact: Saucony Run for Good Foundation
191 Spring St. Mail Drop 318S Lexington, MA 02420-9191
Email: runforgood@saucony.com

Description: The Saucony Run for Good Foundation encourages active and healthy lifestyles for children and is dedicated to preventing and eliminating childhood obesity. In addition, the foundation acts to inform the public about the causes and prevention of childhood obesity and provide funding to optimize the impact and success of community organizations, including public schools, that promote running and fitness programs for children.

All proposals must demonstrate that the grantee will conduct programs that increase participation in running in order to positively impact the lives or participants. Participants of these programs must be 18 years of age or younger.

Selection of grant recipients will be based on: (1) utilization of running participants for health and well-being in children; (2) service provided to youth populations not traditionally exposed to running programs; and (3) demonstration of support and inspiration in creating a program that exemplifies the foundation’s mission of improving the lives of children through running. Since an important focus of the foundation is to fight childhood obesity, programs that specifically target that epidemic will get the most attention. Applications should be submitted by mail and postmarked on or before the deadline.

Eligibility: Public, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations) Award(s):Grants up to $10,000 are awarded. Deadline(s): Applications are due February 1 and August 1, annually. Focus: Recreation Grade Level(s): PreK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 Content Area(s): Physical Education 
Health Literacy 

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 
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.

Blueprint for Educational Excellence
Spring Institute 2016
Friday, April 15th in Reading, Massachusetts
This Spring Institute, hosted at the Reading Public Schools on Friday, April 15th, is great for educators of all levels—including teachers, specialists, psychologists, social workers, superintendents, principals, and assistant principals.  A continental breakfast and lunch are provided with the low-cost registration, and professional development points (PDPs) are also available for participants. This year’s conference features Dr. George Sugai as our keynote speaker.  As you may know, Dr. Sugai is the co-director of the OSEP Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and a leading authority in the country on multi-tiered systems of supports (MTSS). Many concurrent sessions will be offered throughout the day on such topics as Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) for ELL students, creating safe and supportive schools, CCSS mathematics instruction, writing workshop, data-informed instruction, technology integration, and many others. 
This flyer has registration details and more information.  If you have any questions, feel free also to contact the Reading Public Schools at 781-670-2883.  I hope you can join us for a great day of professional development and inspiration.  Registration information available at:
Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching (MAMT) at Mount Holyoke College and Emerging Teacher Leader Scholarships
Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching (K-8), a coed, hybrid cohort program at Mount Holyoke College designed for working teachers. We offer summer sessions (on campus or online) and online classes during the school year. We are offering $10,000 Emerging Teacher Leader Scholarships for K-8 teachers and coaches: The option to apply for the scholarship is available to any applicant to the program. The scholarship application is embedded in the MAMT application and requires just one essay about math and teacher leadership.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis at the end of each month starting January 31 until the program is full and scholarships are awarded. The final deadline to apply for the program and scholarship is April 30th but please note that the program is usually full by then.  For questions, email program director, Mike Flynn at mflynn@mtholyoke.edu             

Teachers' Top Three
To subscribe to ESE's new newsletter for teachers, send an email to imailsrv@list1.doe.mass.edu with the following information in the body of the email: subscribe TeachersTopThree Your Name. (Example: subscribe TeachersTopThree John Smith.) Subscribers should receive a confirmation email that they have been added to the distribution list.

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.

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.

Seeking Professional Development Provider
The STEM Education Center at WPI is seeking an experienced STEM educator to join our professional development (PD) team as an independent consultant. The PD provider will facilitate professional development workshops in MA schools and across the country, and share her/his STEM education expertise with PK-12 teachers and administrators. The position suits a current or retired educator who is passionate about STEM education.Learn more and apply...

Graspable Math: Making 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.

Annual Water Rocket Competition
June 8, 2016
The Physics Department at WPI will be hosting its annual Water Rocket Competition on June 8, 2016 starting at4pm. We invite teams of students from all schools in Worcester and the surrounding towns from Kindergarten through College to compete for prizes and share in the excitement of rocketry.  Each team must include a faculty member from their school to serve as team leader. Learn more about the event. Register your team now...

Research Experience for Teachers
This Summer!
Applications due by April 28

Join the 6-week Research Experience for Teachers (RET) at WPI this summer. Middle and high school teachers are encouraged to apply for this unique experience of working in real research labs (studying a board topic of sustainable infrastructure materials) and developing a lesson plan. The opportunity runs from June 27-August 5 and participants receive a stipend of $500 per week. Applications are due by April 28. Learn more and apply now...

Project-Based Series: Earthquake Safe Structures
Wednesday, May 4, 3:30-6:30 pm at WPI
(registration closes on April 27)

This session will focus on designing and building an earthquake safe structure and using a shaking table to test the different designs. The guest facilitator will be Christine Robbins from Auburn Middle School, who designed a shaking table and developed an integrated STEM unit on earthquake safe structures. Learn more about and register for this upcoming session and the PBL series...

Touch Tomorrow 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... 

Summer Professional Development at WPI
Looking to grow and develop your STEM skills over the summer? Join one of WPI’s summer PDs. From engineering stories to exploring the NGSS to robotics workshops – WPI offers something for everyone. View the offerings and register now...

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

Master's Degrees for Educators in Math
WPI's math courses designed specifically for educators will now be available this fall at a distance!It's the same great content that's been offered for years but now it will also be online. Interactions with instructors and peers will still be possible via a number of ways. There will also be video lectures available for anyone who feels they need to (re)build areas of knowledge needed for the courses. There are two ways to get a master's in math for educators at WPI: the MME and MMED programs. MME offers 24 content credits and 6 credits of a participant-designed project while MMED offers 15 content credits (the same courses as in MME just fewer required), the 6 credit project, and 9 credits of assessment and evaluation theory. Learn more about MME. Learn more about MMED. Contact Professor John Goulet  or Katie Elmes for more information. 
Master's Degree for Educators in Physics
Educators interested in taking their physics content knowledge to the next level should apply for or sign up for courses in the Master of Science in Physics for Educators program. With 15 credits of physics content courses designed specifically for high school educators, participants will get to dive deeper into their content area and learn about cutting edge research. 6 credits of a participant-designed project and 9 credits of assessment and evaluation theory complete the program requirements.Learn more about the MPED program. Contact Katie Elmes for more information. 

Seeing Radiation - Nuclear Physics Experiments for the High School Science Curriculum
New During Summer 2016 at WPI
August 2016; exact dates to be announced 

In this 3-day workshop participants will focus on understanding what radiation is, how it is measured, and what experiments you can do with it in school. Through different laboratory exercises, participants will learn how to use cloud chambers, Geiger counters, NaI and HeGe detectors to detect radiation, measure background radiation, and to shield radiation. This workshop includes lectures on current topics in the nuclear industry, health/medical physics, and nuclear engineering and a tour of the research facilities at WPI. At the end of the workshop, participants will receive materials that they can use in the classroom such as lab materials, workbooks, and classroom activities. Email Professor Izabela Stroe to inquire about more information at izabela@wpi.edu

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