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Apply for National Weather Association Grants for grades K–12

Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants are awarded annually to teachers/educators of grades K–12 to help improve the education of their students, school, and/or community in the science of meteorology.

Teachers, program directors, school district supervisors, and other individuals or groups proposing to improve the education of K–12 students in meteorology may submit an application. Grants are for up to $750.  The deadline is June 1. For more information, go to the National Weather Service grant page


Attend the 2014 Ohioana Book Festival, May 10

The 2014 Ohioana Book Festival will take place on May 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, 600 Jack Gibbs Boulevard, Columbus. There will be something for everyone—meet authors, attend author panel discussions, sample the great offerings of local food trucks. And there will be activities for children plus a Barnes & Noble Bookstore and Starbucks Café.  

Among the featured authors are:

  • Laura Bickle, Columbus, The Outside
  • Robin Davis, Dublin, Recipe for Joy
  • Harmony Evans, Cleveland Heights, Stealing Kisses
  • Charlene Fix, Columbus, Frankenstein’s Flower
  • P.L. Gauss, Wooster, The Names of Our Tears

For more information, go to the Ohioana Authors page or to the festival schedule


See the video! Attend the event June 12!

In this video, ORC’s Director of STEM Initiatives Terry Shiverdecker tells you about a wonderful PD opportunity: Science and Literacy (June 12, elementary school). You can also learn more at http://ohiorc.org/r/MRL11.   


Two-week summer course: Strategies for Teaching lntegrated Language Arts Standards

This two-week course will be taught at Wright State University, June 23 to July 7, Monday-Friday, 9-12:30 and 1:30-3:00. You will learn how to meet the Common Core Standards and prepare for achievement tests without making yourself and the students miserable. This class is not a series of lectures but a hands-on experience that will involve you in exciting instructional methods through demonstration lessons. For more information, see the course announcement or contact Nancy Mack.


Forestry on Ohio’s Public Lands: Teacher Field Days

This program will be held at the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest, southeast of McArthur, Ohio (Vinton County), on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 10 and 11, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. On day one, the focus of the program will be Forest Health: Insects and Diseases. On day two, the focus will be Project Learning Tree. $20 registration covers materials. For more information, see the agenda.

If you want to receive graduate credit (from Ohio University), you must attend both days. One graduate credit hour will be awarded. The cost is $136.

Instructors are Susan Wintering and Robert Boyles. To register, access the registration form or call Lynn Prater at 740-774-1596, ext. 106. Registration ends June 2.


Check out ORC’s brand-new PD page!

Find professional development that addresses your needs in K-12 content and pedagogy on the new ORC Professional Development web page. Programs can be customized to meet your specific needs, or you can choose from a library of current topics. Delivery is at your convenience. Choose from face-to-face, online, or blended options.


Problem Set #13 of Stella’s Stunners is now available!

Problem Set #13 has just been completed and is ready to engage your students. For grades 6–12, Stella’s Stunners are a collection of more than 600 nonroutine mathematics problems. Problems range from simple visual problems, requiring no specific mathematical background, to problems that use the content of prealgebra up through precalculus.


Theme of newest In Perspective is the writing process

Read feature articles by Penny Kittle and Robin Holland in the latest issue of ORC’s online literacy journal, In Perspective. The issue, “Ohio's New Learning Standards and the Writing Process,” also contains articles by Karla Hieatt, Kevin Stotts, Allison Baer, Ruth McClain, and Kalyn Fowler.


Attend the STEM Conference, May 14

Register for the STEM Conference, to be held on Wednesday, May 14, at the Tangeman University Center on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.  The conference theme is “STEM education and beyond: Curriculum, collaboration, college, and careers!”

The registration fee is $25 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, on-campus garage parking voucher, and up to 5 contact hours. For more information, go to the STEM web page.


Great opportunity for math coaches to work with OSU Mathematics Coaching Program

The OSU Mathematics Coaching Program is currently recruiting districts/schools/coaches for the 2014–2015 school year (February-August). The Mathematics Coaching Program, in its ninth year, is designed as a training program for experienced teachers who work as full-time mathematics coaches. These coaches team with teachers, in their classrooms daily in six-week rotations, and assist them in implementing research-based strategies that help K–12 students learn mathematics. For more information, go to the Mathematics Coaching Program website.


Let ORC help you teach scientific argumentation with its latest ORC-On

Students in grades K–12 are expected to learn how to formulate, communicate, and support a scientific argument. You’ll find some great suggestions in this latest ORC-On, which is divided into grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12.

ORC-On e-publications explore a specific event or topic, spotlighting excellent resources and ideas you can use in your classroom. These e-pubs are brief and to the point. 


Celebrate poetry all year—but especially in April!

April is National Poetry Month. For some great tips for celebrating, see the ORC-On National Poetry MonthDiscover ways to engage your students and locate resources to support instruction for students in grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and high school.

ORC-On e-publications explore a specific event or topic, spotlighting excellent resources and ideas you can use in your classroom. These e-pubs are brief and to the point. 


ORC’s science blog focuses on Earth Day

Check out ORC's science blog, Science WINDOW, for some great ways to celebrate Earth Day that are free and simple to do


Free summer Advanced Placement workshops offered for Ohio teachers

Sign up for the Ohio Department of Education the 2014 Advanced Placement Summer Workshops, free to all teachers in the state of Ohio. All the workshops are given in June. See the workshop schedule to find dates and locations. The workshops will include U.S. History and U.S. Government and Politics. The four-day U.S. History workshops will cover the course revisions in detail. Certificates for contact hours will be provided. For further information, go to the ODE AP Program web page


Watch the broadcast of the Digital Learning Day panel discussion

Be sure to watch the Digital Learning Day panel discussion “Perspectives on Digital Learning in Ohio," which was originally broadcast on February 5. Ed Hill, the Digital Learning Specialist at ORC, is one of the four panelists. The discussion will be rebroadcast on WOSU Plus on Friday evening, April 25, at 9 p.m. And you can also access it at YouTube


Summer PD opportunities and grant opportunities--science and mathematics


Summer STEMstitute for K–8 math and science teachers

The Summer STEMstitute: Using Common Core Strategies & Technology to Teach Mathematics & Science will be held at Milford High School (Ninth Grade Community Wing), One Eagles Way, Milford, Ohio, on June 23–26, 8:00–3:30. For more information, go to STEMstitute web page


Apply for American Psychological Foundation Pre-College Psychology Grants

These grants are intended to support the science and application of psychological science among talented high school students. APF wants to support high-quality education in psychology and to nurture the next generation of psychologists, with up to $20,000 for projects that support the goals of the program. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2014. For more information, go to the Pre-College Grant Program web page.

NCTM issues RFPs for PreK-8 Action Research Projects

NCTM is calling for proposals for PreK-8 Action Research Projects. NCTM will award grants to fund action research conducted as a collaborative by university faculty, preservice teacher(s), and classroom teacher(s) seeking to improve their understanding of mathematics in PreK–8 classroom(s). For 2014–2015, grants up to a maximum of $3,000 will be awarded. The deadline for applying is May 2, 2014. See more at PreK-8 Preservice Teacher Action Research Grants.

Apply for school in-service training grants for grades preK–5 teachers

The purpose of this grant is to provide financial assistance to elementary schools for in-service education in mathematics. For 2014–2015, grants of a maximum of $4,000 each will be awarded to elementary schools. Only schools with a current (on or before April 25, 2014) NCTM PreK–8 school membership are eligible to apply for this grant. The deadline is May 2, 2014. For more information, go to the Grants and Awards page.


Columbus-Area Writing Project Summer Institute, June 11–27

The Columbus-Area Writing Project (CAWP) Summer Institute is designed for teachers from all disciplines and all levels of instruction, including kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school, community college, and university. The CAWP Summer Institute is based on the philosophy of “teachers teaching teachers” and on the importance of teachers themselves writing as a part of improving the teaching of writing.

The institute consists of a three-day retreat, June 11–13, at Kenyon College followed by two weeks on the OSU Columbus campus (June 16–20 and June 23–27) from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m.

If you are accepted for the CAWP Summer Institute, you can receive from 2 to 4 graduate semester credit hours from OSU, which you pay for yourself or by securing a tuition waiver from your school district. For more information, go to the Summer Institute web page


2014 Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards

Entries are being accepted now for the 2014 Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards. Four student writing awards will be presented this year on behalf of the Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) to full-time students attending high school or two- and four-year colleges. All entrants may submit works of creative nonfiction; college students may also submit works of poetry. Prizes include cash awards of $2,500 and $5,000. Submissions are due April 30, 2014, noon CST. Learn more at the NCTE website.


Social studies workshops and conferences and other opportunities

Pathway to Financial Success invites applications for high school financial education

Obtain funding to incorporate financial education into the curriculum. Pathway to Financial Success (a charitable program administered by Discover Financial Services) will award up to $10 million in financial education. Public high schools in the United States applying for the grant must meet the following criteria:

1. The school has implemented or is looking to implement a financial education curriculum. 

2. A measurement tool is or will be in place to assess participation in and comprehension of the financial education curriculum. 

3. The school agrees to share overall results of the measurement tool's pre and post-curriculum testing with Discover upon the program's completion, to assess what worked and what didn't. 

For more information, go to the Pathway to Financial success website

Professional development: Constitution, government, law, public policy, injustice

The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education is offering no-cost professional development this spring at your school. If there is a teacher professional development day or a time after school, OCLRE would like to inform teachers how its programs teach and engage students. To schedule, e-mail Kate Strickland atkstrickland@oclre.org or call (614) 485-3501. To learn more about the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education, visit www.oclre.org.

Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation character development initiative, "Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice"

The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation (CMOHF) has undertaken a broad range of education initiatives aimed at increasing awareness of the Medal of Honor and what it represents. One of the major initiatives of the CMOHF is the Medal of Honor Character Development Program, a free teacher resource for middle and high school students. The program provides more than 50 lesson plans and over 100 video vignettes of the Medal of Honor Recipients themselves, as well as videos of hometown heroes selected by the Medal of Honor Recipients as "Citizen Heroes." 

edWeb.net and the CMOHF have created an online professional learning community that will help teachers use this resource with their students. Learn more about the program at the CMOHF web page and the edWeb web page.


Apply for Target Arts, Culture & Design in Schools Grants

Each Arts, Culture & Design in Schools Grant is $2,000. The deadline for applying is noon CST April 30. Target funds in-school arts programs that enhance students' classroom curricula by bringing the arts and cultural experiences to schools, such as in-school performances, artist-in-residency programs and workshops in schools. Programs must take place between September 2014 and August 2015. For more information, go to the Target grant page


Grant opportunities--General


Submit an application for the 2014 ING Unsung Heroes Awards program

If you have an idea for an outstanding educational project, ING encourages you to apply for the ING Unsung Heroes program today. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000. The deadline is April 30, 2014. To complete the online application, visit the ING Unsung Heroes webpage.

Crayola Leadership grants 2014 for elementary schools

Champion Creatively Alive Children, the 2014 grant program sponsored by Crayola, provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary schools. Apply now for the opportunity to receive a grant for building your school's creative capacity. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.

Submit your application by June 23, 2014 (the principal must be a National Association of Elementary School Principals member). Every Early Bird application submitted before midnight on Monday, June 9, 2014, will receive a Crayola product Classpack). For more information, go to the Grant Program page.

RGK Foundation grants

The RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of education, community, and health/medicine. The foundation's primary interests within education include programs that focus on formal K–12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education.

All applicants must complete an electronic Letter of Inquiry from the website as the first step. The RGK Foundation will entertain one electronic Letter of Inquiry per organization in a 12-month period. There is no deadline for submitting an electronic Letter of Inquiry. Foundation staff reviews electronic Letters of Inquiry on a regular basis, but you should allow up to three weeks for a response. For more information, go to the Grants Program guidelines page.


What’s New at the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education

Be Our Guest!

OCLRE invites middle and high school teachers to be our guests to observe spring program events, including Mock Trial, Middle School Mock Trial, We the People and Moot Court. What better way to learn about an academic program than by seeing students in action? To learn more, click the program links above or visit www.oclre.org to see the schedule of events. Those interested in observing may contact the respective program coordinator or email oclre@oclre.org.

Law & Leadership Summer Institute 2014—legal and leadership training and more

Know a student who is a promising leader and interested in the field of law?  The Law and Leadership Institute (LLI) is accepting applications for its 2014 Summer Institute. The free five-week program provides students in grades 9–12 from underserved communities academic enrichment, leadership training, legal curriculum, a mock trial competition, daily professional speakers, and field trips—plus food and transportation!  Students entering the ninth grade at the start of the 2014–2015 school year from urban high schools in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, and Toledo are eligible to apply. LLI is also accepting applications from current ninth graders from Cleveland and Columbus. Click here for details and to apply or contact Rachel Wilson for more information. 


Summer 2014 opportunities

Art and Environment online summer teacher course

June 16–August 8, 2014: $75 plus two books and online video rentals

Are you an eco-conscious teacher interested in contemporary art? You can register now for the new Art and Environment course at the Wexner Center. Art and Environment will be available as an online-only professional development course for teachers in summer 2014. With 11 years of experience teaching eco art directly to high school students, Shelly Casto, the Wexner Center's director of education, has extensive materials and resources to share with teachers around the world. Designed primarily for K–12 art teachers, this course will provide an in-depth introduction to the emerging field of eco art as well as a basic introduction to environmentalism. Visit the Art and Environment blog for more information and to register. 


The Central Ohio community is planning for the Summer 2014 Make Summer Count! initiative

Make Summer Count! is a collaboration of nonprofits, corporations, and community leaders united in the belief that all children and youth deserve healthy meals and the opportunity to keep learning when school ends.

This initiative is a community effort with nearly 50 partners working to increase the number of Columbus children participating in meal sites and summer programs while encouraging young students to keep reading and thinking critically during summer months.  

Learn more at http://www.makesummercount.orgClick on Summer Instructor Forum and then click on Make Summer Count Forum to scroll down for links to the Math and Reading Instructional Guidebooks.


Digital AP Tuition Waiver still available, but for a limited time only

The Digital AP Tuition Waiver program still has limited funds available for Ohio high school students who want to enroll in an online Advanced Placement course at little to no cost to the student or school through the ilearnOhio website. Applications are open until program funds are exhausted, at which point the program will end. First come, first served, with priority given to full one-credit courses. Go to ilearnOhio for more information.


Latest 3GRG Policy into Practice brief: “What Is Image Reading, and How Can It Lead to Deeper Thinking?”

Issue 11 of Policy into Practice is hot off the press! In “What Is Image Reading, and How Can It Lead to Deeper Thinking?” well-known educator Tanny McGregor explores the importance of image reading and suggests how it can be integrated into classroom instruction.

Policy into Practice is a series of briefs created to support the efforts of districts to achieve the Ohio Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Each brief focuses on a question about literacy teaching and learning and provides a response to the question, implications for teaching, questions for further discussion, and suggested readings. Policy into Practice briefs are intended to support conversations among educators leading to quality instruction and increasing literacy achievement.


REC’s Instrument Project—Let the music flow!

Wondering what indoors activities you can do with your kids this winter? For ideas about an engaging indoor project you can try with your preschoolers and kindergartners (or you can certainly adapt for older grades), see “The Instrument Project.”  This is just one of a number of inquiry projects you can find at the REC website. You can check out the others at the Inquiry Projects page


Check out the ORC FAMS video on YouTube

If you are new to formative assessment or you need a refresher, see the ORC FAMS video with Margaret Heritage on the ORC YouTube page. 


ilearnOhio will provide training and support

ilearnOhio is available for districts and schools to adopt. The state's learning management system provides training and support through:

  • Face-to-face train-the-trainer models
  • Web-based tutorials
  • ilearnOhio administrator training
  • Online and phone support for users
  • Online help materials and webinars

For more information, go to the ilearnOhio page.


Looking for books for your students to read?

  • The Social Studies Bookshelf has now been expanded to include books for students in grades 1 to 8. The bookshelf is filled with the NCSS’s Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, which have been aligned to Ohio's New Learning Standards: K–8 Social Studies. You can browse the bookshelf by title, topic, or grade. Also see the new Social Studies High School Bookshelf. Each description is accompanied by a Note to Teachers that suggests how the book might be used in the classroom. ORC has aligned the books to both Ohio’s New Learning Standards: K–12 Social Studies and Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies.
  • Choose to Read Ohio offers a list of recommended books by Ohio authors. The list contains books for children, tweens, teens, and adults. You can read about Choose to Read Ohio or go straight to the 2013–2014 list.


See ORC’s new Common Core Toolkit for Mathematics Educators

To support the transition to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in 2013–2014, ORC has created a Common Core Toolkit for Mathematics Educators. The toolkit offers a wealth of materials designed to assist with the interpretation and implementation of the Common Core, all of which are free of charge. You can find the toolkit at http://ohiorc.org/for/math/commoncore.