Ohio Resource Center


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SECO presentations with Terry Shiverdecker, ORC Director of STEM Initiatives

Monday, January 26
1:00 Scientific Argumentation in Middle School
Deb Lan is co-presenting

Join us to learn how using scientific argumentation as an instructional strategy can improve your students' critical thinking skills and develop deeper content knowledge. Experience argumentation and learn the structure of a scientific argument. Beneficial for grades 5-12.

3:30 Science and Literacy: A Perfect Pair

Come and learn about strategies for integrating nonfiction texts into inquiry-based science instruction. Learn how inquiry-based science can be used to build literacy skills and how literacy can be used to support science learning. Engage in an integrated inquiry/literacy activity.

Tuesday, January 27
8:00 STEM: A Broader Understanding

We know what the STEM acronym means, but what does STEM instruction look like? Come and explore the STEM continuum, discuss the many forms and instructional approaches STEM education can take, and learn about ORC's STEM work. For K-12 participants/supervisors.

1:00 NFTI Science Text Set Project
Kelli Shrewsberry and Renee Snyder are co-presenters

In this presentation we will share information about the NonFiction Texts in Inquiry-Based Science (NFTI Science) program's text set project. Come and explore the text sets and learn how to access them and how they were developed. For K-5 participants/supervisors.

Go to http://www.secoonline.org/ohio-institute to get more information about all the SECO Conference has to offer.


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.


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.


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.


Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program

The Summer Student Program is designed to help students understand the nature of research science. The emphasis of this program is on methods of discovery and communication of knowledge, not the mastery of established facts. Each year, the program consists of about thirty students from around the United States, from both high school and undergraduate institutions. Their varied interests and backgrounds create a lively, well-rounded atmosphere at the lab. Admission is competitive, and students of all backgrounds are selected. Applications from minorities are strongly encouraged.

Program URL: http://education.jax.org/summerstudent/admission/index.html
Deadline: February 2, 2015



ChickQuest, a Classroom Journey Through the Life Cycle of Chickens, is a 4-H school enrichment program that challenges students to use science, engineering, and technology to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic chicken egg. From monitoring living eggs to observing fluffy chicks, these lively activities pique curiosity, encourage collaboration and communication, and provide young scientists with unforgettable experiences. The United Soybean Board, the Ohio Soybean Council, and OSU Extension will provide this curriculum for 200 elementary teachers in Ohio during the 2014–2015 school year. Each teacher will receive:

  • Teacher Guide
  • Science log books—one per student in your classroom
  • Incubator
  • Fertilized eggs
  • Kit that includes experiment supplies
  • One day of professional development training for the teacher

The next two workshops are:

December 16, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Undo's Restaurant, 51130 National Road, St. Clairsville

December 15, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Brunner Campus, 1224 West Street, Genoa

There is no deadline, but space in each workshop will be limited to about 50 participants.


Two opportunities for teachers who incorporate agriculture in their classrooms

2015 Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Awards

K–12 teachers who use innovative ways to incorporate agriculture into their general education classrooms are invited to participate in the 2015 Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Awards program. The awards program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Credit Council and NAITCO.  If you are interested in applying, please contact Sandy Kuhn (skuhn@ofbf.org) at the Ohio Farm Bureau. Each national winner receives an honorarium of $500 and $1,500 to cover the cost of attending next year's National Ag in the Classroom Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, in June. Nominations are due January 15, 2015.


Grant opportunities--General


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.


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.


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.


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.


PD opportunities and grant opportunities--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.


Opportunities for Social Studies

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.


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 February 1, June 1, and October 15. See the NEA Foundation grants page for more information.