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Grants and Funding Opportunities
 
American Honda Foundation Grants
Due Date: February 1, 2017
Subject: STEM 
Eligibility: Nonprofit charitable organizations classified as a 501(c) (3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, or a public school district, private/public elementary and secondary schools as listed by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Grant Amounts:  $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period

NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants
Due Date: February 1, 2017
Subject: Any
Eligibility: NEA members who are public school educators in grades PreK-12 or public school education support professionals
Grant Amounts: $2,000 to $5,000

Association of American Educators Foundation Classroom Grant
Due Date: March 1, 2017
Subject: Any
Eligibility: Any
Grant Amounts:  Up to $500

Direct Packages Teacher Grants
Due Date: March 10, 2017
Subject: Technology
Eligibility: Any
Grant Amounts:  Three $1000 grants


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

Save the Date - AweSTEM! 2017
March 30, 2017 from 3:30-5:30

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. Registration will open in February. Learn more about past AweSTEM! events...

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

The STEM Education Center at WPI invites schools and districts to submit an application for its 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...

STEM Club at WPI
February 15, 2017

The STEM Education Center at WPI invites you to join the STEM Club - a PD series for current and aspiring STEM teachers. Participating teachers will try, unpack, and modify a STEM project presented by a fellow teacher. The February session of the STEM Club presents an integrated STEM project focused on skateboards. Learn more about joining or presenting at the STEM Club...

National Engineers Week PD
Increasing Diversity in STEM
February 21, 2017 from 8:30-12:30 

For National Engineers Week, February 19-25, the STEM Education Center at WPI will host a PD workshop for educators on Tuesday, February 21 with a special focus on increasing diversity in STEM and engineering. The workshop is free but requires registration. Learn more and register now...

From Here to There! Elementary
A dynamic game to teach basic number sense and operations 

Attention K-2 teachers. Are you looking for new ways to teach your students basic operations, decomposition of number, fact families, and equivalence? We have created an elementary version of From Here to There!, a novel dynamic research-based program that uses gesture-based actions to solve problems and discover patterns in mathematics simply by dragging, manipulating, and transforming expressions. We are actively recruiting K-2 teachers to use FH2T in their mathematics classroom and collaborate with us to help us understand how the program improves engagement and mathematics achievement. The app can run on both iPads and Google Chrome. For more information, contact Professor Erin Ottmar at erottmar@wpi.edu.
 
 

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