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The latest blog entry for Let’s Talk Social Studies focuses on a new, great online tool to explore a plethora of social, economic, geographic, and political data. Check it out!
ORC is gathering information about the current use of electronic books (e-books) in school districts across Ohio. We would greatly appreciate it if you would take a moment to complete a very short survey at http://ohiorc.org/r/SI6KJ. Thank you!
The contest is sponsored by ITSCO and ETSEO. Snap a picture of your holiday- or winter-themed classroom door or bulletin board, and you could win a $100 Amazon gift card.
Upload your image by Wednesday, December 11. Tell all your friends, family, students, and parents to vote for your door by December 31, and prizes will be awarded in January.
Please visit itsco.org/holiday-contest for details and contest rules.
The Social Studies High School Bookshelf features descriptions of books from the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. You can browse the bookshelf by title or course. 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.
The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education will host a Moot Court professional development session on February 13. Moot Court, the newest OCLRE program, helps students understand the appellate process as they learn to apply the law to the facts of a case and prepare written briefs and oral arguments. The program aligns with Ohio’s New Learning Standards for social studies and English/language arts. Learn how you can incorporate Moot Court in your classroom. For more information, contact email@example.com.
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.
In Issue 10 of Policy into Practice, Dr. Terry Shiverdecker explains how nonfiction reading can be integrated into science instruction by using the learning cycle. The brief focuses on the five phases of the cycle and shows how nonfiction texts can be used to address specific science content statements.
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.
The latest ORC-On focuses on ways to create effective citizens. Find information about citizenship participation skills and related new learning standards for social studies in Ohio, discover 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.
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.
Take advantage of Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant program. Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) is dedicated to helping your parent-teacher group achieve even more for your school. Any individual public K–12 school or nonprofit parent group associated with that public K–12 school may apply. Parent groups that are applying (PTO, PTA, etc.) must have an independent EIN and official 501c(3) status from the IRS. If your group does not have 501c(3) status, please apply through your school. Preschools are not eligible.
The Spring 2014 cycle is now open. The deadline for submitting applications for this grant cycle is February 14, 2014 5 p.m. EST. However, if 1,500 applications are received before the application deadline, then the application process will close. For more information, see the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education website.
The Resources for Early Childhood fall newsletter is now available. Check it out!
The State of Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission welcomes students aged 13–18 and in grades 7–12 to compete in a research contest with $10,000 in cash prizes. Students are invited to complete and submit original research projects following one of two prompts provided for each of two grade brackets (7–9 and 10–12). A final product may be an essay, a website, a podcast, or a PowerPoint presentation.
Students in grades 7 to 9 should prepare submissions based on one of the following prompts:
1. How did Ohio's geographic location, including its proximity to Lake Erie, shape its strategic importance to the U.S. war effort against Britain during the War of 1812?
2. What were the major causes of the formation of the British- Native American alliance in the old Northwest Territory? How important was the encroachment by U.S. farmers and pioneers upon Native American lands in the development of this alliance?
Students in grades 10 to 12 should prepare submissions based on one of the following prompts:
1. Analyze the military campaigns within Ohio during the War of 1812 or the military campaigns involving Ohio soldiers beyond the state's borders. In either case, identify the strategic aims of the commanders of the U.S. troops and assess the reasons why their operations succeeded or failed.
2. Analyze the role of Native Americans in Ohio and contiguous states in the War of 1812 and the war's impact on Native Americans in Ohio.
The deadline for submission of entries is January 31, 2014. For more information, see the Ohio War of 1812 Contest Registration page.
ORC and Youngstown State University are collaborating to determine professional development needs for educators. Please take a few minutes to fill out a survey to help us create professional development that fits educators best.
ODE has released a set of draft test specification documents, including descriptions of the assessment components and item types, assessment blueprints, and item specifications, to help educators and the general public better understand the design of the Next Generation of Ohio developed science and social studies assessments. These documents are used to guide the development of the Next Generation of Ohio Assessments for science and social studies.
There are draft test specs for social studies grade 4, grade 6, American Government, and American History and for science grade 5, grade 8, physical science, and biology. See them now!
Participate in Speak Up 2013 and learn what K–12 students, educators, and parents have to say about educational uses of technology in your schools and home!
Speak Up provides an easy way for students, parents, and educators to participate in your local decisions about technology, as well as contribute to the state and national dialogue about educational technology. To learn what survey topics are being offered this year, how to get started, and more, go to http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/ohio.html.
“Vocabulary instruction does not need to be viewed as a chore by students (and sometimes teachers). Word study can and should be fun and engaging,” so says Kent University professor Timothy Rasinski in the feature article of the September issue of In Perspective. In this issue, you’ll find an abundance of good ideas from classroom teachers to engage your students and to use in collaboration with colleagues across the content areas. And add your own in the ELA blog.
Annenberg Foundation online professional development workshop on teaching geography
The Annenberg Foundation is offering an eight-part online workshop for grades 7-12 geography teachers. Teaching Geography offers a foundation in geographic content and inquiry learning that readily translates into engaging lessons for the classroom. For more information, click here.
Project Dragonfly’s Global Field master’s program and international graduate courses offered
Applications are now being accepted for 2014 field courses and the Global Field Program master's, which offer groundbreaking courses in 13 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. New for 2014 is a course in India.
Tuition for seven graduate credits and all basic in-country expenses are covered in the course costs, which are reduced because of support from Miami University. Earth Expeditions and the GFP can be completed part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. They are open to educators and other professionals who hold a bachelor's degree from any discipline. For information and to apply, please visit Earth Expeditions: http://earthexpeditions.org or Global Field Program: http://gfp.miamioh.edu.The deadline to apply is January 28, 2014.
Dragonfly is housed at Miami University, a state university in Oxford, Ohio. For more information, contact Mary Jo Lahrmann at 513.529.8573 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS
Middle school students entries for Christopher Columbus Awards
Sponsored by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, the Christopher Columbus Award program is a national, community-based science, technology, engineering, and math contest for middle school students.
The program challenges students in grades six to eight working in teams of three to four with an adult coach to identify a problem in their community and apply the scientific method to create a solution to that problem. The program can be implemented in science or social studies classes, for cross-curricular use in team teaching or block-scheduled classes, or as an afterschool program.
Eight finalist teams and their coaches will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World to attend National Championship Week and compete for valuable scholarships and the $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant, plus a $200 development grant to further refine their idea. The deadline is February 3, 2014.
American Electric Power 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. 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. The AEP Teacher Vision Grant program accepts grants for consideration annually through the fourth Friday of each February. For more information, go to Teacher Vision Grants.
Time to apply for the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grants
InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors that receive grants up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. Each InvenTeam chooses its own problem to solve. Science, mathematics, and technology teachers from public, private, and vocational high schools may apply. Interschool collaborations, like the integration of InvenTeam projects with school programs and classes, are encouraged.
The initial application opens each fall and is due the following spring. The program will begin accepting 2014-2015 InvenTeams applications in October 2013. The deadline is February 28, 2014. For more information, see the Lemelson-MIT InventTeams 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.
NSTA-Shell Science Lab Challenge
The National Science Teachers Association–Shell Oil Company Challenge invites middle and high school science teachers (Grades 6–12) in the United States and Canada (with special attention to urban and underrepresented groups) to participate in the challenge to win a school science lab makeover support package valued at $20,000. Teachers and schools submitting top entries will receive laboratory tools, resources, and rich professional development opportunities. The deadline is December 20, 2013. See the Shell Science Lab Challenge for more information.
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 Ezra Jack Keats Foundation minigrants
Public schools and libraries in the United States and its territories are eligible to apply for minigrants of up to $500 for projects that foster creative expression and interaction with a diverse community. The deadline for applying is March 15, 2014. For more information, go to the Ezra Jack Keats minigrant website.
National Reading Recovery & K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference, February 2014
Teachers, reading specialists, school administrators, literacy coaches, preservice educators, and others who are interested in meeting the diverse needs of all students are invited to attend the National Reading Recovery & K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference to be held in Columbus, February 1-4, 2014, at the Columbus Convention Center.
Keynote speakers include Mary Ann Doyle, Sharon Taberski, and Brian Pinkney; featured speakers include Lucy Calkins, Nell Duke, and Tanny McGregor. For more information, go to the conference website.
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.
Apply now for the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Awards
Registration for the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Awards is open to child-care teachers throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. military bases and installations. Award recipients will receive $1,000—$500 to acknowledge each child-care teacher’s special dedication and $500 to fund the classroom enhancement project they each design as part of the application process. The top 10 qualifiers become finalists for the Helene Marks Award denoting the National Child Care Teacher of the Year.
For eligibility requirements, see the official application. The deadline for applying is December 6, 2013.
ilearnOhio and edWeb.net have joined together in a partnership to offer Ohio educators free online professional development and education-focused social networking resources and provide access to a community of more than 55,000 educators across the country. Learn more about the partnership in the July 24 news release. And register to become a member at the ilearnOhio/edWeb web page!
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.
- 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.
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.
Soon ilearnOhio will be available for districts and schools to adopt. When it is rolled out, look for ilearnOhio to provide 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.