The NFTI Science Text Set Project conference will be held at the Columbus-Worthington Holiday Inn (N I-270, 7007 North High Street, Worthington, OH 43085) on October 27–28, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Teams of K–5 teachers and librarians will learn how to construct science-themed text sets that are aligned to Ohio’s Learning Standards for Science and English Language Arts. Participating teams will:
- Assemble two science-themed text sets that support inquiry-based learning
- Evaluate children’s nonfiction literature for use in science instruction
- Examine the reciprocal relationship between inquiry and literacy
- Experience an inquiry-based science unit with an integrated nonfiction text set
Each team will consist of five educators. Teams must include one librarian and at least one K–2 teacher. Other team members can be teachers of grades 3–5, additional librarians, additional K–2 teachers, curriculum coordinators, or principals. Please contact Terry Shiverdecker, firstname.lastname@example.org, if your school does not have a librarian on staff.
Participants will be provided:
- An iPad mini to facilitate their work after the conference
- One graduate credit from Ashland University for each team member
- Set of professional resource books
- Reimbursement for the cost of substitute teachers
- Lodging for team members traveling more than 60 miles
Participation is limited to 20 teams. Preference will be given to high-needs schools. Remaining spots will be awarded on a first-come basis. A district may submit applications for two teams (the teams must be from different buildings), but depending on interest, only one team may be accepted.
The registration deadline is October 3. For more information, go to the conference page.
High school teachers and parents: Register your students and yourself now to attend one of Believe In Ohio's seven free STEM Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Forums in September, October, or November 2014.
Believe in Ohio is a comprehensive, free, new program from the Ohio Academy of Science (supported by the Ohio General Assembly and the Ohio Board of Regents) that helps students develop critical thinking skills and offers them an opportunity to compete for nearly $2 million in awards and college scholarships..
At the STEM Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Forums, students will participate in a program that will inspire them to "think outside the box" and allow them an opportunity to interact with STEM and venture development thought leaders.
Each Forum runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A $150 transportation subsidy is available on a first-come, first-served basis for schools with 10 or more students who attend.
- Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at Tangeman University Center at the University of Cincinnati
- Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at Hudson High School, Hudson (NE Ohio "East" region)
- Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Lorain County Community College, Elyria (NE Ohio "West" region)
- Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at Ohio University, Athens, OH (SE Ohio region)
- Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at Westerville North High School, Westerville (Central Ohio region)
- Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at University of Toledo (NW Ohio region)
- Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Miami Valley Career Technology Center, Clayton (Dayton Region)
For more information, go to the Forums web page.
A set of writing units for the grade bands mentioned below will be posted on the language arts blog each month, from September to May. You can access the units in the month before you’ll teach them. Watch for Facebook announcements and tweets each month! Want to see the table of contents for the year of writing? Click here to see what’s coming next and to view the estimated time for each unit.
The writing units for September are available now. Just use the links in the blog or below to access the grade band you wish to see.
About the units: Our intent at ORC is to provide monthly writing lessons that include the three primary types of writing and some additional writing tasks. Each module contains lesson plans, links to interactives, and all that you need for teaching writing. The modules are not necessarily sequential; in fact, they should be taught in the order that best fits the curriculum and student needs.
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 February 1, June 1, and October 15. See the NEA Foundation grants page for more information.
The purpose of this grant is to incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that will improve the achievement of student groups that have previous records of underachievement. For 2015–2016, grants with a maximum of $8,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades 6–8. This award is for individual classroom teachers or small groups of teachers collaborating in one grade or across grade levels.
The applicant must be a current (on or before October 15, 2014) full individual or E-member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 15, 2014) NCTM Pre-K–8 school membership and currently teach mathematics in grades 6–8 at least 50 percent of the school day. The deadline is November 7, 2014. For more information, go to the grant web page.
For those of you who are not signed up to receive ORC’s Digital Learning tweets (from ORC’s Digital Learning Specialist Ed Hill), we want to point you to the latest tweet: “Great site for developing interesting lessons using the inspiring TED videos. Check out the TED Ed site.” In case you are not familiar with the TED Ed site, we didn’t want you to miss out.
Grants are available in three award levels: (1) the popular and traditional GreenWorks! grants up to a maximum of $1,000, (2) GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 for schools involved in the USFS ClimateChangeLIVE Program, and (3) GreenWorks! grants up to $2,000 for registered PLT GreenSchools!. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2014. For more information, go to the Project Learning Tree grant website.
The Beloit College Mindset List that characterizes the times and experiences of students entering the college class of 2018 has just been published. Have a look at http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2018/.
On September 1 the voting begins. To see the books, go to the 2014 nominations list. The book choices are divided by grade level: K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12 (teens).
To find out more about the awards and to learn how you can participate not only in voting, but in the nominating process as well, go to the Buckeye Book Awards home page.
The National Children’s Books and Literacy Alliance will host a one-day PD event on October 17, from 9:00 to 4:30, at the Goodwin Theatre, Perry Local Schools, 1 Success Boulevard, Perry, Ohio. Join renowned authors Katherine Paterson, Steven Kellogg, Nikki Grimes, Tanya Lee Stone, and Chris Crutcher for a day demonstrating the magic and power of books!
The fee to attend is $35. To obtain more information and to register, go to the PD event web page.
We are delighted to announce that Dan Langen has joined ORC as the new social studies specialist. Dan earned both a B.A. in comprehensive social studies education, grades 7–12, and an M.Ed. in curriculum and supervision from Miami University, where he later taught middle childhood education methods courses. Dan has more than 20 years of classroom experience in middle school and high school settings, and he has served as a technology integration specialist and curriculum leader, in which roles he was responsible for instructional coaching, mentoring, professional development, and standards-based curriculum alignment.
Dan has been a leader in several social studies professional organizations and a consultant for the National Geographic Society and the Ohio Geographic Alliance. His leadership roles for the Ohio Council for the Social Studies include newsletter editor, web editor, legislative liaison, president, and executive director, and he has served in leadership roles for the National Council for the Social Studies. Dan has also been a member of the content advisory committees for the Ohio Department of Education’s 2002 and 2012 standards revisions and the item review committee for the Ohio Graduation Test.
Problem Set #15 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.
The Ohio Department of Education's Office for Exceptional Children 2014 Special Education Leadership Conference will be held from noon on Tuesday through noon on Thursday, October 14-16, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus. The conference theme is Catalyst for Change. Register by Friday, October 3, 2014. Registration is $100. For more information go to the conference website.
2014 Annual Reading Conference at Kent State University, October 31—and a writing contest
The 2014 Annual Reading Conference will take place on October 31 at Kent State University. The conference theme is "Creativity in the Common Core: Teaching the Standards with Imagination and Joy." The sessions from this conference will show how teacher and student imagination and joy can be integrated into the teaching of reading and writing the Common Core State Standards. The keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller.
Writing contest. Theme: “Internal Fear”; number of words: 500-1,500. Submit by grade bands: 4-5; 6-8; 9-12. The deadline for submissions is midnight, October 10, 2014.
For more information about the conference, go to the Conferences page.
Wright State University is now offering a Dual Enrollment Certificate
Licensed teachers can earn a certificate to teach a dual enrollment composition course in high school by taking 18 graduate credit hours. Courses will be offered evenings and summer with one or more web courses. Teachers who start the program this fall may qualify for scholarships to defray a portion of tuition.
Contact Alpana Sharma for more information at 937 775-2070 or email@example.com.
Westinghouse Electric Company N-Vision a Brighter Future
Schools and teachers who want their students to learn more about STEM through a hands-on project are invited to apply for the N-Vision a Brighter Future grant.
Any U.S. elementary, middle, or high school can apply. Online applications must be received by noon EST on Friday, November 14, 2014. Three schools will be awarded $1,000 to complete their project by the end of the school year. Another $2,000 will be granted to each of these schools' science department for its needs. Therefore, the total grant amount a school will receive is $3,000. Any creative hands-on project dealing with STEM will be considered. See the Grant Program pdf for more information.
Apply for Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Fund grants
For years Wild Ones members and chapters have worked with schools and nature centers to plant and maintain natural landscapes in these centers of learning. The Wild Ones Board of Directors awards the Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Fund to further foster such projects.
Schools, nature centers, and other nonprofit and not-for-profit places of learning that focus on educating elementary through high school students in the United States, including houses of worship, are eligible. These grassroots projects must have a site available for this stewardship project. Cash awards range from $100 to $500. The deadline for applying is October 15. Successful grants are eligible for partnership with SFE native-plant-nursery partners for discounts on seed, plants, etc. for more information, go to the Wild Ones announcement.
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.
Attend the Ohio Water Education Program
A Project WET/Healthy Water Healthy People Facilitator Workshop is scheduled for October 7–8 at the Horace Collins Lab, located at Alum Creek State Park in Delaware, Ohio.
Project WET is a national, nonprofit, water education program for educators and students in grades K–12. Its goal is to facilitate and promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources. Classroom-ready teaching aids have been developed and used in state-sponsored Project WET programs.
To learn more about Ohio Project Wet, go to the Ohio Water Education Program page. For more information about the October workshop, contact Leonard Black, Ohio Project WET Workshop Coordinator.
Target Field Trip Grants
The Target Field Trip Grants program is a no-strings-attached initiative that funds field trips for students nationwide. Over 3,600 grants of up to $700 each will be awarded in January 2015. Grants are provided to applicants throughout the United States. The deadline for applying is October 1, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. CT. For more information, go to the Field Trip Grants FAQs page.
Lowe’s grant program will provide up to $5,000 for your school
The fall 2014 cycle to apply for the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant is now open. You can use the grant to increase parent involvement, or build stronger community spirit, or create a new school tradition, or . . . The ideas are endless.
The deadline for submitting applications for this grant cycle is October 15, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST. However, if 1,500 applications are received before the application deadline, then the application process will close. For more information about the grant, go to the Toolbox for Education web page.
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
- 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.
Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Awards
The Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Awards acknowledge the critical role of child-care teachers in providing quality early care and education. Child-care teachers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. military bases and installations around the world are invited to apply. Fifty teachers will be selected for their commitment and dedication to the children they serve. Of the top ten recipients, one is selected to receive the Helene Marks Award and is named the National Child Care Teacher of the Year.
As a part of the application process, applicants are asked to design a classroom enhancement project for the children they teach illustrating the educational, social, and emotional benefits of the project. Award recipients receive $1,000–$500 for the teacher's personal use and $500 to implement the project. The deadline is December 8, 2014. For more information, go to the awards information 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.
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.
NCTM 7–12 research grants
The purpose of this grant is to support and encourage classroom-based research in precollege mathematics education in collaboration with college or university mathematics educators. For 2015–2016, grants with a maximum of $6,000 each will be awarded to mathematics educators or classroom teachers currently teaching mathematics at the grades 7–12 level. The research must be a collaborative effort involving a college or university mathematics educator (a mathematics education researcher or a teacher of mathematics learning, teaching, or curriculum) and one or more grades 7–12 classroom teachers. The proposal may include, but is not restricted to, research on the following topics:
- Curriculum development and implementation
- Involvement of at-risk or minority students
- Students’ thinking about a particular mathematics concept or set of concepts
- Connection of mathematics to other disciplines
- Focused learning and teaching of mathematics with embedded use of technology (any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant)
- Innovative assessment or evaluation strategies
The deadline is November 7, 2014. See the grant web page to learn about NCTM membership requirements and to find our more about the grant.
Teacher professional development grants for grades 6–8 teachers
The purpose of this grant is to support professional development to improve the competence in the teaching of mathematics of one or more classroom teachers*. For 2015–2016, grants of a maximum of $3,000 will be awarded to person(s) currently teaching at the grades 6–8 level. The proposal must delineate the teacher(s)’ professional development plan and address how the proposed project will improve the teacher(s)’ competence and affect students’ learning.
The applicant must be a current (on or before October 15, 2014) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 15, 2014) NCTM Pre-K–8 school membership and currently teach mathematics in grades 6–8 at least 50 percent of the school day. The deadline is November 7, 2014. For more information, go to the grant web page.
Pre-K–6 classroom research grants
The purpose of this grant is to support and encourage classroom-based research in precollege mathematics education in collaboration with college or university mathematics educators. For 2015–2016, grants with a maximum of $6,000 each will be awarded to mathematics educators or classroom teachers* currently teaching mathematics at the grades pre-K–6 level. The research must be a significant collaborative effort involving a college or university mathematics educator (a mathematics education researcher or a teacher of mathematics learning, teaching, or curriculum) and one or more grades pre-K–6 classroom teachers.
The applicant must be a current (on or before October 15, 2014) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM and teach at a college or university or teach at a school having a current (on or before October 15, 2014) NCTM PreK-8 school membership. The deadline is November 7, 2014. For more information, go to the grant web page.
NCTM grants for emerging teacher-leaders in elementary school mathematics for grades pre-K–5 teachers
The purpose of the grant is to increase the breadth and depth of the mathematics content knowledge of one elementary school teacher who has a demonstrated commitment to mathematics teaching and learning. For the 2015–2016 school year, grants with a maximum of $6,000 each will be awarded.
The grant applicant must be a current (on or before October 15, 2014) full individual or e-member of NCTM. The applicant must (1) be a classroom (elementary school) teacher* with at least three years of experience and (2) have mathematics as a regular teaching responsibility. (*The definition of a classroom teacher is an individual who spends half or more of his/her work time teaching in the classroom.) The deadline for applying is November 7, 2014. See the Grants and Awards “Emerging Teacher-Leader” web page for more information.
NCTM grants for grades 9–12 teachers for connecting mathematics to other subject areas
The purpose of the grant is to create senior high classroom materials or lessons connecting mathematics to other fields. For 2015–2016, grants with a maximum of $4,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades 9–12. Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, computer programs or displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate medium. The focus of these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields or to the world around us.
The grant applicant must be a current (on or before October 15, 2014) full individual or e-member of NCTM and currently teach mathematics in grades 9–12 at least 50 percent of the school day. The deadline for applying is November 7, 2014. See the Grants and Awards “Connecting Mathematics” web page for more information.
Apply for a grant to use music to teach mathematics grants for grades pre-k–2 teachers
The purpose of this grant is to incorporate music into the pre-k and elementary school classroom to help young students learn mathematics. For 2015–2016, grants with a maximum of $3,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades pre-k–2 level. This award is for individual classroom teachers or small groups of teachers collaborating in one grade or across grade levels. Proposals must address the following: the combining of mathematics and music, the plan for improving students’ learning of mathematics, and the anticipated impact on students’ achievement.
The applicant must be a current (on or before October 15, 2014) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach in a school with a current (on or before October 15, 2014) NCTM PreK–8 school membership and currently teach mathematics or collaborate with teachers of mathematics in grades pre-k–2.The deadline for applying is November 7, 2014. For more information, see the grant web page.
C-SPAN announces 2015 StudentCam documentary competition
For the competition, students in grades 6–12 are asked to create a 5- to 7-minute documentary based on the theme “The Three Branches and You: Tell a story that demonstrates how a policy, law or action by either the executive, legislative, or judicial branch has affected you or your community.” Students should pick an aspect related to one of the three branches on which to focus their documentary—be it legislation passed by Congress, a policy of the executive branch, a decision in a Supreme Court case, or otherwise. Cash prizes totaling $100,000 will be awarded to the filmmakers of the top 150 documentaries, as well as the teacher advisors of the top 50 documentaries. The submission deadline for all eligible documentaries is Tuesday, January 20, 2015.
For more information about the competition, visit www.StudentCam.org. For additional details, call the program’s Educators' Hotline at (800) 523-7586, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCLRE Law & Citizenship Conference, September 21–22, 2014
You won’t want to miss this one! The annual Law & Citizenship Conference will take place September 21-22, 2014. Session topics include teaching with primary sources, elections 2014, updates from ODE, online and organizational teaching resources, and much more.
Also, OCLRE is still seeking breakout session proposals. Do you have interesting lessons that engage students? Share your knowledge with teaching colleagues from around the state! Click here to submit a presentation proposal.
Visit the OCLRE Program web page for more information.
Ohio Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference registration open
Register now for the Ohio Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, Monday and Tuesday, September 29 and 30, at the Embassy Suites Columbus–Dublin. The theme of this year’s conference, Civil Literacy: Taking Informed Action, emphasizes the need for civic education and the literacy skills students need to mature and grow into their role as informed, engaged, and contributing members of our republic and marketplace. The conference theme also reflects the council’s continued efforts to help teachers and educational professionals in the field and to advocate for laws and policies at the state level to ensure that schools are truly “Educating Ohio’s Citizens for Tomorrow’s World.” Kathy Swan and Bob Bain headline the list of quality conference speakers and presenters. Please go to http://ocss.org/ for more information.
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 email@example.com.
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.
The theme of the latest issue of Adolescent Literacy In Perspective is formative assessment. The theme for this issue was inspired by a project that ORC undertook with the Ohio Department of Education—the Formative Assessment Middle School Project, otherwise known as FAMS.
The feature article was written by Margaret Heritage, nationally known expert in the field of formative assessment. The issues’ three vignettes were written by FAMS coach Richele O'Connor and classroom teachers Seth Martin and Robin Plowman. We invite you to comment on the Language Arts blog to share your thoughts on the articles in this issue and on formative assessment.
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.
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.