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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.
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.

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:

Southeastern Regional Education Service Center (SERESC) is hosting LGBTQ Students and Families for educators in the school system regardless of their role or responsibilities. This training will focus on LGBT issues within the school environment. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for 5.5 contact hours. Cost: $225.00. Early Registration Discounted Cost: $195.00, if registered by September 10, 2015---Enter discount code: early*registration. September 24, 2015, 8:00-3:00.
To register click here
Mount Holyoke College is opening another section of their online course, Connecting Arithmetic to Algebra K-8, scheduled to begin on September 28th. The course is $1,500 and is worth 6 graduate credits from Mount Holyoke College (4 in MATH and 2 in MATH ED). Interested teachers can find course specifics and a link for the application here. The application deadline is September 4. Please contact Michael Flynn at 413-320-3098 with any questions.

Massachusetts Science Education Leadership Conference October 23rd from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm at Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough
The featured speaker at the .Science Education Leadership Conference will be James Peyser, Secretary of Education who will share his vision of STEM education.  Our other presenters represent the DESE, Boston College, Boston University, Tufts University, the STEM Center at WPI, and the Commonwealth's STEM Network.  Additionally, representatives from science supply companies and book publishers will be giving informative sessions about their programs.  The conference will bring together persons -- superintendents, curriculum directors, science supervisors and department heads -- who make the decisions about science education in Massachusetts.   Register here.

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.

STEM Education Center at WPI PD Offerings
New Opportunities and Updates:
2015-2016 Professional Development Offerings
It is time to plan your yearly STEM/STEAM PDs. The STEM Education Center at WPI puts together an enriched PD program for individual teachers as well as schools and districts for grades K-12. Some of the PDs that we are offering this year include: STEAM Projects for Elementary School Teachers, STEM Projects for Middle/High School Teachers, Unpacking the NGSS, and Increasing Diversity in STEM. View the full list of upcoming PDs. 

Planning a school/district professional development day? Invite the STEM Education Center to design and run your STEM or STEAM PD. You can choose a PD from this list or ask for a specifically developed PD that fits your school/district needs. Contact Mia Dubosarsky to schedule your next STEM/STEAM professional development. 

Qualitative and Quantitative Methods to Assess Student Learning Course at WPI
A new 3-credit graduate level course on assessment of student learning is now being offered at WPI for STEM middle and high school educators. The course runs for seven weeks and two Saturdays (between Oct. 27- Dec. 17) and covers topics such as unpacking standards, reducing bias in assessment, high-quality item development, formative assessment methods, rubric development, grading, and effective feedback. Educators taking courses (such as this one) in the Master's for Educators programs are eligible for a tuition reduction. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Katie Elmes

Another Successful PLTW Professional Development for K-12 Educators
From July 19-31, the STEM Education Center at WPI held a professional development training institute for K-12 educators planning to teach using the Project Lead The Way curriculum. We had 103 teachers, from 15 states, attend PLTW core training with us for 9 different classes, led by 11 Master Teachers and 2 Affiliate Professors. This was our largest PLTW Summer Training Institute yet, compared to 79 attendees last summer. Project Lead The Way is the nation's leading provider of STEM programs. WPI has been the Massachusetts Affiliate University for PLTW since 2004. To learn more about expanding or implementing PLTW in your school, visit thewebsite or attend the fall PLTW professional development conference at WPI

Inq-ITS News
In September, Dr. Janice Gobert, Co-Director of the Learning Sciences and Technology program at WPI, will take up a position as Full Professor at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Her team will continue to support the use of Inq-ITS (Inquiry Intelligent Tutoring System) in middle school science classrooms both within MA as well as in other states. For more information about Inq-ITS, please contact Dr. Gobert atjanice.gobert@gse.rutgers.edu or jgobert@wpi.edu

Dr. Gobert and Ermal Toto, senior software engineer for Inq-ITS, were recently granted a patent for their eye-tracking system that directs learner's knowledge acquisition processes within digital environments, such as Inq-ITS. 

Previously Advertised Opportunities:
Conference to Feature Keynote Address by Project Lead The Way CEO & President
Wednesday, October 21, 2015; 8:00 am-2:30 pm
School counselors, curriculum specialists, principals, teachers, district administrators, and interested business, industry, and workforce development professionals are invited to join us for the Project Lead The Way professional development conference. Dr. Vince Bertram, President & CEO of Project Lead The Way, will be the keynote speaker. PLTW offers programs for students K-12. Project Lead The Way's world-class, activity-, project-, problem-based STEM curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development, combined with an engaged network of partners, help students develop the skills to succeed in our global economy.Read Dr. Vince Bertram's biography. Learn more about the conference... 
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