Secondary Science Newsletter
December 12, 2014
- National Middle Level Science Teacher Association award application- due December 31
- New Orleans summer workshop- application opens January 5
- American Physiological Association PD opportunities- application due January 20
- Ag in the Classroom grants- due January 30
- NEA grants- due February 1
- OERB workshop- February 21
- Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) nominations- due April 1
- High school benchmark dates: December 5, March 11, May 6 (except biology)
- Middle school benchmark dates: December 19, March 11, May 13 (except 8th grade)
Updates from the Science Curriculum Office
Pilot Test the New Project Learning Tree Curriculum, Get Paid!
Vernier Engineering Contest
About this Award
Vernier Software & Technology is committed to helping educators develop the next generation of engineers and scientists. To show our support, Vernier will recognize three instructors, one middle school, one high school, and one college instructor, with the Vernier Engineering Award. This $5,500 award will be presented to instructors who are creatively using Vernier sensors to introduce engineering concepts or engineering practices. This may be in conjunction with Vernier’s Logger Pro software, NI LabVIEW software, LEGO NXT, VEX, or any other system incorporating Vernier sensors.
Each award will consist of $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier technology, and $1,500 toward expenses to attend either the 2015 NSTA STEM conference in Minneapolis, or the 2015 ASEE conference in Seattle. Three awards will be given – one for middle school, one for high school, and one for college.
Current instructors of engineering or STEM subjects in middle school, high school, or college are eligible to apply. Applicants must be using Vernier sensors in their classroom instruction.
Applications will be judged on innovative ideas, engineering objectives, and the ease for others to replicate the project. Middle school and high school applicants will specifically need to explain how the project addresses the engineering practices called for in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). A panel of judges comprised of educational professionals from Vernier Software & Technology will score applications.
Applications are accepted through January 15, 2015. Winners will receive notification via email and will be announced March 5, 2015, on the Vernier website and Facebook page.
Terms and Conditions
Instructors at eligible institutions may submit up to three entries. To be eligible, your institution must be properly accredited, located in the United States (including DoDEA schools), and have 50 or more students. Institutions serving grades K–12, as well as post-secondary undergraduate college departments, are eligible. Preschools, daycare centers, and home schools are not eligible. The application must be submitted by an employee at the institution who is 18 years of age or older. Technology awarded to the institution will be shipped only to the institution’s address and will become property of the institution.
How to Apply
- To apply, produce a video showcasing your entry. This video should briefly describe the Vernier sensors and the engineering concepts or practices that are being addressed. The video should demonstrate the project or experiment in action. Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo.
- Complete the online application form. The application will include a space for you to provide a link to your video that you have posted on YouTube or Vimeo.
More information at http://www.vernier.com/grants/engineering/
National Geographic Grosvener Teacher Fellowship
The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow (GTF) program is a professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions. The program is named in honor of Gilbert M. Grosvenor (pronounced GROHV-nur), Chairman Emeritus National Geographic Society and Education Foundation Board. This opportunity is designed to give current K-12 classroom teachers and informal educators from the 50 U.S. states, Canada, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico the opportunity to extend Grosvenor’s legacy of excellence in geographic education. Through the program, exemplary educators are recognized for their commitment to geographic education and are given the opportunity to be actively engaged in finding new ways to bring geographic awareness to their classrooms or informal learning environments through a field-based experience.
2015 Program Highlights
Selected educators will travel aboard the ship National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Endeavour on expeditions ranging from the Arctic, Holland and Belgium, Iceland, the Galapagos, Peru, Chile, Antarctica and more. While aboard, Fellows will share the importance of geographic literacy with fellow travelers, develop activities to bring back to their classrooms, and have an adventure of a lifetime. Prior to the expedition, all 2015 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows will travel to Washington, D.C. (April 16-19, 2015) with all expenses covered to participate in a pre-voyage workshop sponsored by National Geographic, and Lindblad Expeditions.
Applications due January 4. More information available at http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/programs/grosvenor-teacher-fellow/?ar_a=1
Fluor Foundation Grants
Fluor believes education, particularly the disciplines of science, technology, engineering,
and math (STEM), is a foundational component of success in the 21st century. Therefore, Fluor supports higher education and university STEM programs, as well as those benefiting grades K-12 (approximately ages 6 to 18), with particular emphasis on: STEM teacher training and professional development; middle and high school STEM programs.
Rolling deadline. More information at http://www.fluor.com/sustainability/community/fluor_giving/Pages/applying_for_fluor_foundation_gran
Fordham Street Foundation Grants
The Fordham Street Foundation seeks opportunities to promote the rights of our least advantaged children to thrive, grow and be enriched. The Foundation will support innovative programs that:
- Target minority academic achievement
- Provide superior educational opportunities for our least advantaged children
- Improve the academic or physical environment in schools least able to address these needs
- Enrich the lives of homeless children
- Prevent domestic violence
Deadline: January 15. More information at http://www.fordhamstreet.org/guidelines.asp
OneOK Public School Grants
Investments in education are focused on public school districts where the company operates.
The goal of Public School Foundation grants is to improve the educational experience for K-12 students in public schools and provide opportunities to cultivate and enhance relationships with community leaders while improving public education.
Public School Foundation grants can be used for programs and projects such as classroom-enrichment projects and instructional technology; assistance for disadvantaged students; curriculum-based materials and equipment; and programs that help improve student performance.
Rolling deadline; More information at http://www.oneok.com/en/CorporateResponsibility/CommunityInvestments/PublicSchoolFoundGrants.aspx
World of 7 Billion Contest
Cool Tech Tool/Site of the Week: The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: Newsela
Instructional Strategy of the Week: Formative Assessment Probes
Information from an assessment probe can be quickly analyzed by a teacher and used to design instruction using strategies that explicitly target their students’ ideas and guide them through a conceptual change. The probe may be used before the teaching unit as well as during the unit when feedback may indicate a need to change course and differentiate instruction to meet the needs of students who may be conceptually
resistant to ideas that challenge their current conceptions. This is consistent with the idea of assessment for learning that says, “The roles for assessment must be expanded beyond the traditional concept of testing. The use of frequent formative assessment helps make students’ thinking visible to themselves, their peers, and their teacher. This provides feedback that can guide modification and refinement in thinking” (Bransford, Brown, and Cocking 1999).
Check out these formative assessment probe books: http://www.uncoveringstudentideas.org/
Click here for more instructional strategies.
Please review the following documents before beginning any activity that may pose a risk to students (directions for locating these resources are in parentheses).
- Science Class Safety Information Sheet (R:\Safety Information\Internal Policies)
- Secondary Science Safety Notebook (R:\03 High School Resources\Science\Secondary Science Safety)
- Review all documents in R:\03 High School Resources\Science\Secondary Science Safety
If you have any questions at all regarding safety in the science classroom, please contact me.