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The Ohio Technology Summit

The Ohio Technology and Engineering Educators Association, in conjuction with TRECA (Tri-Rivers Educational Computer Association), is hosting the Ohio Technology Summit on April 16-17 in Marion. The Summit will feature speakers, sessions and discussions about STEM related topics for grades K-12.

Go to http://treca.org/OTS for more information.

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World of 7 Billion Video Contest

Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest can help you bring technology and creativity into your high school classes. The contest challenges your students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges dealing with either the sixth mass extinction, available farmland, or global education. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 19, 2015. Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found at www.worldof7billion.org/student-video-contest.

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NEA offers Leadership & Learning Grants

The NEA Foundation provides grants to support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: (1) Grants to individuals to fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or (2) grants to groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.

The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. Deadlines for applications are June 1, and October 15. See the NEA Foundation grants page for more information. 

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Earth Science Resources for the OGT

The Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) in Spring of 2015 will be dual aligned, meaning that this OGT will still contain questions around Earth Science content.  In districts that have realigned to Ohio’s New Learning Standards, students taking the OGT this year may have missed Earth Science content.  In order to help these students (and their teachers), the Ohio Department of Education has worked with the Ohio Resource Center to collect Earth Science Resources that will address these gaps.

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Free Safety Tip Line Available to Schools

A new safety resource is available to Ohio Schools that could prevent and alert local law enforcement to a school safety crisis. This resource – an anonymous tip line – is available free of charge to every school district and school in Ohio beginning today.

At the request of Gov. John Kasich, the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Public Safety are launching the SaferOH tip line that will accept both calls and texts 24 hours a day for schools that register for the service.  

This tip line will allow students and adults to anonymously share information with school officials and law enforcement about threats to student safety—whether that involves a threatened mass incident or harm to a single student.

“The safety of our boys and girls remains the top priority of our schools,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard A. Ross. “The SaferOH tip line provides another resource for schools and school districts in their continuing efforts to provide a safe and secure educational environment.”

Research shows that in 81 percent of violent incidents in U.S. schools, someone other than the attacker knew something was occurring or was about to occur but failed to report it. Typically, that’s because the person who knew something feared being a ‘snitch’ or becoming the target of the attacker or bully as well.

Every tip can remain anonymous. School safety analysts may ask for additional information, but the caller can remain secret or leave his or her contact information for later follow-up.

Schools can sign-up for the free tip line at saferschools.ohio.gov.

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Grant opportunities--General

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Now accepting applications for the 2015 Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program

Grants are given to K–12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning.  Each year, educators submit applications for a Voya Unsung Heroes grant by describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each project is judged on its:

  • Innovative method
  • Creativity
  • Ability to positively influence the students

One hundred 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 for applying is April 30, 2015. For more information, go to the Voya Unsung Heroes page.

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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.


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Grant and PD opportunities--Mathematics

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.

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PD opportunities and grant opportunities--Science

SCIENCE

Apply for AEP’s Teacher Vision Grants

Teachers of pre-K through grade 12 who live or teach in the AEP service area or in communities with major AEP facilities may apply. Grant awards range from $100 to $500. A limit of one grant may be awarded per teacher per year. Grants may be limited to two per school per year.

Any project that has an academic focus and a goal to improve student achievement will be considered. AEP has a special interest in science, mathematics, technology, electrical safety, the balanced study of energy and the environment, and energy efficiency.

Be sure to complete your application before midnight EST, Friday, February 27, 2015, in order to be considered for a grant for the 2015–2016 school year. For more information, go to the Teacher Vision Grants page. If you have questions, please call Barry Schumann, Community Relations Coordinator, at 614-716-1668 or send an e-mail.

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