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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.


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.


Attend "In Search of Wonder: Common Core & More,” October 17

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


Dan Langen is ORC’s new social studies specialist

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.


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.


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. 


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.


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 educate@c-span.org.


Project Learning Tree iDiscovery Workshop

Project Learning Tree is offering an online opportunity to become a PLT-Ohio facilitator. Online training will take place through Miami University’s iDiscovery program from August 23 through early December. See the brochure for more information, or contact Sue H. Wintering at 614-265-6657 or sue.wintering@dnr.state.oh.us.


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 alpana.sharma@wright.edu.


Congratulations to ORC’s Edward Hill and Anita Gonzalez for their grant to create a digital book for coordinators of out-of-school-time programs

Book Launch, a program led by the OSU Office of Distance Education and eLearning, has awarded a grant to ORC’s Digital Learning Specialist, Edward Hill, and ELA Specialist, Anita Gonzalez, to produce a digital book that supports and enhances the work of coordinators of after-school and out-of-school youth programs. The book, called SPARK—Literacy Strategies and Supports for Out of School Programs, will serve as a digital handbook and resource guide with a specific focus on integrating literacy. The book is slated to be available for download at the iTunes bookstore in January 2015.

Ed and Anita are in the process of creating a blog that will provide additional information about the book. In addition, they will be tweeting and communicating other information about the release as publication time gets closer. Stay tuned for more information!


Two more NCTM grants, one for grades 6–8 and one for pre-K–6

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


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.


Districts partner with ORC to pick best, cost-effective digital curriculum

As schools make the transition from printed materials to digital learning, educators must choose from a dizzying array of products. An $8.4 million, five-year EDCITE (Evaluating Digital Content for Instructional and Teaching Excellence) project will help Ohio districts find products that improve student achievement while providing more personalized, customized learning opportunities.

With funding from the Ohio Department of Education Straight A Fund, Ohio State experts will engage 162 teachers in five districts, led by the Westerville City Schools district and including the South-Western City, Licking Heights Local, Fairbanks Local, and Buckeye Valley Local districts. These teachers will evaluate free and fee-based digital learning materials for their classes, using evaluation rubrics developed by ORC, to vet more than 1,600 products in the first year. ORC will compile teacher reviews and implementation data in a searchable database available to all Ohio school districts. For more information about the project, see “Smoothing Transition to Digital Curriculum.”


Problem Set #15 of Stella’s Stunners is now available!

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.


Attend Ohio's 2014 Special Education Leadership Conference, October 14–16

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.


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, 2014For more information, see the grant web page.


Start the school year with writing: Grades 9–12 now available

Writing instruction is changing with the implementation of the New Ohio Learning Standards. Yet textbooks haven’t necessarily caught up with the new expectations for students’ composition. 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. To find out more and to access the modules for grades 9-12 and 6-8, go to ORC’s Language Arts blog.


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.


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.


ORC Newsletter is going on summer schedule

The ORC Newsletter is going on its summer schedule, which means it will be published every other week until the middle of August. Meanwhile, be sure to check our home page to see what's new between times!


New issue of Adolescent Literacy In Perspective on formative assessment

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.


Get your students ready to vote for the 2014 Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Awards

Create a summer reading list using the books nominated for the 2014 Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Awards. That way, when September 1 rolls around and the voting begins, students will be ready to vote for their favorite. To see the books, go to the 2014 nominations listThe 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.


Summer PD opportunities and grant opportunities--science and mathematics


Free New Program from OBR and Ohio Academy of Science, plus Summer PD Course

Believe in Ohio is a free new program from the Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Academy of Science designed to help prepare Ohio high school students for the future by:

• Introducing them to the “Innovation Economy of Future”

• Inspiring them to pursue their STEM educations and careers in Ohio

• Encouraging them to become the future innovators and entrepreneurs Ohio needs to help develop the new products, services, and jobs of the future.

Although Believe in Ohio includes many activities and incentives for teachers and students to participate, the centerpiece of the program is an “Annual STEM Commercialization & Business Plan Competition” that will begin in 2014–2015 in which students will compete for nearly $2 million in cash awards and scholarships to Ohio’s colleges and universities.

Believe in Ohio summer PD for teachers

Teachers may enroll now in a free summer professional development course where they will explore the full benefits of Believe in Ohio for teachers, schools, and students. Financial incentives for teachers include grants of $500 to $2,500 to teachers and $500 to $2,000 to hold a local high school STEM Commercialization or Business Plan Competition. 

Ordinarily the cost of this one-credit-hour Ashland University course is $175; however during the summer of 2014, it will be free to Ohio teachers. This course will be held multiple times at multiple locations across Ohio during the last three weeks in July and first two weeks in August.


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.


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 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.



Grant opportunities--General


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. 


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. 


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.


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.