Latest Opportunities for Teachers and Students

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  • Tue, March 26, 2019 9:15 AM | Anonymous

    A free workshop presented by the Tennessee Geographic Alliance. Funded by an Esri Workshop Grant.

    This is a two-day event that will be offered twice. Each session will have twelve participants. Participants are expected to attend only one (two-day) session.

    We would like to target the following: • Session 1: June 6-7

    Secondary Social Studies and English Teachers • Session 2: June 17-18

    Secondary Science and Math Teachers

    Preference will be given to core content teachers, elementary school teachers, pre-service teachers, school and district coordinators, and administrators. All are welcome to apply as their summer schedule permits regardless of the session target.

    Participants will receive an introduction to the Esri ArcGIS Online software, use basic skills, and learn to build a Story Map. A GIS professional will come speak with the participants and give a presentation on how they use GIS to solve real-world problems.

    This event will be held at: Oak Ridge Associated University (ORAU) at 100 ORAU Way, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.

    Since space is limited, do not hesitate to apply. The Participants will receive a $50 gift card at the completion of the second day. Lunch, snacks, and drinks will be provided. A $20 deposit is required and will be returned to you at the conclusion of the workshop. Please send the deposit to the TGA using the contact information below:

    Kurt Butefish
    Tennessee Geographic Alliance Coordinator Phone: 865-974-4841
    Email: 
    kbutefis@utk.edu
    304 Geography Building
    University of Tennessee
    Knoxville, TN 37996-0925

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    To register for the workshop, click HERE! application includes two response items. Please take a look below in order to prepare in advance.

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  • Tue, March 05, 2019 10:48 AM | Anonymous

    Modeling Instruction is designated as an Exemplary K-12 science program and a Promising Educational Technology program by the U.S. Department of Education. Modeling Workshops™ are peer-led. Content is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials and work through activities alternately in roles of student or teacher, as they practice techniques of guided inquiry and cooperative learning. Models and theories are the purpose and the outcomes of scientific practices. They are tools for engineering design and problem solving. Thus, modeling guides all other practices. A short video introduces Modeling Instruction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG7SOc0Rnks

    Each MODELING WORKSHOP has these features:

    ·       Aligned with National Science Education Standards

    ·       Focuses on all 8 scientific practices of NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education.

    ·       Addresses multiple learning styles.

    ·       Addresses student naive conceptions.

    ·       Collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking.

    ·       Systems, models, modeling.

    ·       Coherent curriculum framework, but not a curriculum; thus flexible.

    ·       Compatible with Socratic methods, project-based instruction, etc.

    ·       Science & math literacy.

    ·       Authentic assessments.

    ·       High-tech and low-tech options for labs

    This summer, Modeling Workshops™ are hosted in physics, chemistry, biology, physical science, middle school science, a few one-week long Intro to Modeling sessions and the inaugural Astronomy Modeling Workshop.

    Physics Modeling Workshops™: Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Virginia

    Chemistry Modeling Workshops™: Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia

    Biology Modeling Workshops™: Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and Texas

    Middle school/Physical Science Modeling Workshops™: Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts and Ohio

    Astronomy: Kentucky

    Curriculum Development: Ohio

    For workshop details, please visit the website https://modelinginstruction.org/professional-development/upcoming-workshops/summer-2019/

    Email wendy@modelinginstruction.org to unsubscribe.

  • Fri, January 11, 2019 10:59 AM | Anonymous

     SIX STAR SCIENCE ONLINE TEACHER (OT) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM – $1,400 STIPENDS PAID (for completed work)

    This program is a 10-month online pedagogy-based professional development that focuses on the three Dimensions in the Next Generation Science Standards: Scientific Practices; Cross Cutting Concepts (especially “Cause and Effect” and “Structure and Function”), and Core Ideas (Life Sciences) and on expanding teacher skills in three major areas: 1) Updating Teacher Content and Pedagogy Knowledge; 2) Understanding the Research Process; and 3) Applying Six Star Science in the Classroom. Fellows receive stipends for completion of their online work. Online Teacher (OT) Fellows participate in a dynamic and interactive virtual learning community that focuses on exploring effective teaching strategies, understanding the research process, and enhancing classroom materials.  

    Application deadline: February 4, 2019

    More info on the program can be found at: www.frontiersinphys.org


  • Fri, January 11, 2019 10:48 AM | Anonymous

    The TVA Mini-Grant Program, sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated (BVI, a TVA retiree organization), is designed to fund STEM learning projects in classrooms and schools in the TVA service area.

    “The Tennessee Valley Authority understands that excellence in education is the key to our future,” said TVA STEM Education Manager Rachel Crickmar. “We want to work directly with teachers to support initiatives that advance STEM activities in the classroom to develop a talent pipeline for TVA and its customers.”

    Deadlines and Eligibility

    • The 2018/2019 Mini-Grant application opens Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, and closes Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.
    • All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by Feb. 28, 2019.
    • Grants may be requested in the following amounts: $500, $750, $1,000, $1,500, $2,500, $3,500, or $5,000 per school. Please use the supplied Budget Template.
    • This is a competitive grant competition. Applications should be original work and not provided by a vendor or retailer.
    • Preference will be given to grants that help students explore TVA’s primary areas of focus: the environment, energy, economic and career development and community problem solving.
    • Must be a public school to receive funding.
    • School must receive power from a TVA distributor.
  • Fri, April 21, 2017 12:39 PM | Anonymous

    Scientists responsible for the discovery of element 177 on the Periodic Table,and its naming as tennessine, were honored by the Tennessee Senate this week. The scientists included Dr. Robert Grzywacz, Dr. Krzysztof P. Rykaczewski, Dr. James Roberto and Dr. Joseph Hamilton. The discovery of tennessine, along with elements 113, 114, 115, 116 and 118, provides evidence for the long sought "island of stability," a concept that predicted nearly 50 years ago increased stabilities and much slower rates of decay for superheavy elements with higher numbers of neutrons and protons than those previously known. The presence of tennessine on the Periodic Table is also an affirmation of our state's standing in the international scientific community" as well as the knowledge and expertise of Tennessee's scientists and technicians. The recognition comes after passage of Senate Joint Resolution 2 by both Houses of the General Assembly and the signature of Governor Haslam. It pays tribute to the discovery and the roles of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee in it.


  • Sat, March 04, 2017 1:23 PM | Anonymous

    The EPA, USDA, and University of Arkansas have co-authored a guidance document to help K-12 schools perform food waste audits to determine their "foodprint" and baseline food waste data. In coordination with the release of the guidance document, the World Wildlife Fund, Environmental Research & Education Foundation, and EPA are sponsoring a food waste audit program for 100 schools. The first 100 schools that enroll will receive resources and materials to support the waste audit effort. Additionally, schools that enroll in the waste audit will have the opportunity to be randomly selected to win cash prizes to help supplement extracurricular program costs.

    Food waste is one of the most significant ongoing sustainability and public health issues facing Tennesseans. An estimated 40% of all food in the US goes uneaten, 25% of water use in the country goes towards growing that uneaten food, food waste comprises 21% of the waste stream destined for landfill disposal, it squanders 31% of all croplands, and 30% of all fertilizer used. In addition to the resources lost, 15% of all households in Tennessee are considered food insecure; meaning that more than 1 in 7 people in the state lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food. By encouraging schools to enroll in this program, students will be offered an experiential education opportunity to both assess their foodprint and learn about their impacts. Other schools around the nation that have performed food waste audits have identified opportunities to support food recovery efforts, benefiting those considered food insecure by diverting resources to their highest possible use (food recovery).

    This effort is supportive of Objective 4 of TDEC's 2025 Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan, as well as the state’s role as an Endorser of the EPA Food Recovery Challenge, in which we are tasked with encouraging organizations to enroll in the voluntary reporting program where they track their progress towards food waste reduction, recovery, and diversion.

    To enroll you school in the program please visit https://erefdn.org/school-cafeteria-waste/

  • Fri, December 16, 2016 1:28 PM | Anonymous

    The ACS-Hach Professional Development Grant supports high school chemistry teachers as they identify and pursue opportunities that advance their professional development and enhance the teaching and learning of chemistry in their classrooms.

    High school chemistry educators teaching in U.S. or U.S. territory schools can apply to request up to $1,500 to fund professional development opportunities that will improve their professional skills and student achievement. Grants may be used for conference or workshop registration fees; travel expenses; tuition and educational expenses for new/upcoming courses; books and online instructional resources; and substitute teacher pay.

    Applications for the ACS-Hach Professional Development Grant must be submitted by January 4, 2017visit the grant website for complete eligibility details and an online application form.

    You may also be interested in the ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Grant, which supports ideas on improving the teaching and learning of chemistry at the classroom level, or the ACS ChemClubs Outreach Grant, which support chartered ACS ChemClubs in community interactions by service projects or improving science learning experiences. Questions? Contact us at hach@acs.org or (800) 227-5558, ext. 8178.

  • Wed, December 07, 2016 11:15 AM | Anonymous

    SIX STAR SCIENCE ONLINE TEACHER (OT) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM – $1,400 STIPENDS PAID (for completed work)
    This program is a 10-month online pedagogy-based professional development that focuses on the three Dimensions in the Next Generation Science Standards: Scientific Practices; Cross Cutting Concepts (especially “Cause and Effect” and “Structure and Function”), and Core Ideas (Life Sciences) and on expanding teacher skills in three major areas: 1) Updating Teacher Content and Pedagogy Knowledge; 2) Understanding the Research Process; and 3) Applying Six Star Science in the Classroom. Fellows receive stipends for completion of their online work. 

    Online Teacher (OT) Fellows participate in a dynamic and interactive virtual learning community that focuses on exploring effective teaching strategies, understanding the research process, and enhancing classroom materials.  Application deadline: January 31, 2017

    More info on the program can be found at: www.frontiersinphys.org

    Kristine Vowels
    Project Assistant, K-12, PST & LifeSciTRC

    Watch a video on the reasons to attend EB.



  • Wed, October 12, 2016 12:30 PM | Anonymous
    The July 1-11, 2017 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for K-12 formal and informal educators to learn and use:  
    • 21st Century Instruction:  5E Lesson Design ~ Inquiry-Based Exploration ~ STEM 
    • Inquiry Protocols & Resources:  Project Learning Tree ~ Cornell Lab of Ornithology ~ & More!·        
    • Global and Cultural Perspectives:  Service Learning ~ Sustainability ~ Global Education

    Join Al Stenstrup, Project Learning Tree; Dr. Nancy Trautmann, Cornell Lab of Ornithology;  Dr. David Pearson, Wildlife Travellers’ Guide to Peru; along with scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University; and Randy Morgan, Curator/Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo as you:  

    • Participate in citizen science projects and inquiry based field studies on a 1/4-mile Rainforest Canopy Walkway in one of the most biologically diverse environments on the planet.
    • Spend a day in an Amazon village as you explore the complexities of sustainability and the role of education in creating a sustainable future for Amazon children.
    • Work with fellow educators to explore strategies for using the Amazon as a vehicle for incorporating STEM education, inquiry-based learning, and sustainability science education into your classroom.

    PLT Certification, BirdSleuth resources and 50 Arizona State University PD Hours included. Academic credit and Machu Picchu extension optional.  $1000 scholarship deadline February 1, 2017With a scholarship, program fees are $1375 + air.   Space is limited to 30 educators! Register early to secure your spot!

    Get the details and download a syllabus and scholarship application at: http://www.amazonworkshops.com/educator-academy.html

    Contact christa@amazonworkshops.com or 1-800-431-2624 for more information.

  • Fri, September 02, 2016 4:57 PM | Anonymous

    Our non-profit, the GO3 Project, focuses on citizen science and air pollution monitoring.  We share instruments with students and citizens so that they can accurately measure ground level ozone, black carbon, CO2, CO, NO2, and particulates and share their data on Google Earth. 

    We would like to invite you to attend the international conference we will be hosting in Estes Park, Colorado from September 26th – 28th called Best of Both Worlds.  The conference is focused on Environmental Education (EE) and will feature talks about the state of EE in countries from around the world. 

    The conference will include:

    • Keynote addresses by Paula J. Ehrlich, President and CEO of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation (speaking on the Half-Earth Project); and Prof. Jimmy Adegoke, award-winning climate scientist.
    • STEM-focused interactive workshops, including mobile air pollution monitoring, aerial mapping, greening your school, and wildlife monitoring.
    • Networking with conference participants from Malaysia, Brazil, South Africa, Uganda, and more.
    • One PD credit hour through the Colorado School of Mines.
    Please visit www.bobw2016.com for more information and to register.  We hope to see you in September!!

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