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2014 Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Awards Announced

The Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Award Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Awards!

Grades K–2:
Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds (author) and Dan Santat (illustrator) (Chronicle Books, 2013)

Grades 3-5:
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2013 )

Grades 6-8:
Perfect Season (a Football Genius novel) by Tim Green (HarperCollins, 2013)

Teen:
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (Dutton, 2012)

Each of these books won the highest number of votes out of the five nominees in its category, in an online voting process by young readers all across the state of Ohio. Visit the BCTBA website for further information on the voting process and past winners, to find extension ideas, author information, Common Core connections, and other literary links.

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$10 Million Available Through Ohio’s New School Mentorship Program

In 2014, the governor and Ohio legislature designed the Community Connectors program to bring together students, their parents, schools, communities, faith-based groups and businesses in mentoring programs. The Community Connectors program seeks to strengthen communities, encourage mentoring opportunities and create new pathways for civic engagement that will result in higher educational achievement, higher levels of well-being and health, and workforce readiness for our state. 

The goal is to help students get excited about their future – to be encouraged to dream big – and learn what it takes to put their dreams and goals into action.

The grant targets students (grades 5-12) in low-performing/high-poverty schools. You will need to provide the concept of your unique mentoring initiative and will be measured on how successfully it encourages goal-setting, promotes character building and instills a sense of hope for the future. 

Community Connectors seeks to make a long-term impact on Ohio communities; programs must be sustainable after award completion. Grant recipients will be those organizations that create sustainable, replicable and innovative programs that prove to impact the lives of Ohio’s children.

To find out more or to apply, go to http://communityconnectors.ohio.gov/. Applications will be accepted through February 20, 2015.

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ORC offers eight units on writing, to use throughout the school year!

Here are eight new writing units for grade bands 6–8, 9–10, and 11–12. All the units are now live and can be accessed by going to the table of contents and clicking the link for the unit and grade band you want to see and download. The units contain rich lessons for teaching writing and include lesson plans, resources, student interactives, and additional support.

The units are designed, not as a total writing curriculum, but rather as the meat of the writing program throughout the year. Each set of lessons focuses on the kind of writing that prepares students for achieving the standards.

You can use the units in the suggested months, but you might find that a different order better fits your curriculum. The approximate amount of time suggested for teaching a unit may be adjusted so that some days are devoted to other language arts strands. Most of the units, however, do include the integration of most or all of the ELA strands. To see more about the lessons, go to the “Introduction to Writing Units for the Common Core” post on the ELA blog.

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New deadline for triad 21, a PD opportunity for K–12 teachers in central Ohio

The triad21 Planning Team (COSI, Columbus Museum of Art, and the Ohio History Connection) has made the decision to adjust the 2015 schedule to begin in January and continue through May. Four-member K–12 teacher teams are now being recruited for the 2015 program.

triad21 (Teaching Real-World Interdisciplinary Applications to Develop 21st Century Skills) is a professional learning opportunity for K–12 teachers from across central Ohio. triad 21is seeking teams of three teachers from public school districts in Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway and Union Counties.

Sponsored by COSI, in collaboration with the Columbus Museum of Art and the Ohio History Connection, educational experts from these three institutions will facilitate a series of three daylong symposia (on Saturdays) followed by six 3 1/2-hour Community of Practice sessions monthly. triad21 will kick off at the Columbus Museum of Art on January 10.

 CEU’s and graduate professional development credit options will be available. For more information about triad21, see the brochure or contact Beth Carnate, triad21 coordinator, at 614-286-4553 or triad21.carnate@gmail.com.

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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 science 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 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 the video contest website

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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

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ChickQuest

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.

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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.

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Grant opportunities--General

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.

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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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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.

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

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