Teaching and Learning News

January 11, 2016

What's Happening in FTIS?

January Book Club Meeting-January 21

The Book Club will meet Thursday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fort Thomas Antiques and Design Center (located at 90 Alexandria Pike) to discuss Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.

Coffee, tea, and other beverages, as well as light food choices, will be available for purchase. If you would like to purchase more entrée-like items (sandwiches, soups, etc.), they are requesting for individuals to phone ahead and they will have them ready. Their number is 441-2015.

We hope to see you there!

NKU Teacher Appreciation Night

Join us for the College of Education & Human Services
Educator Appreciation Night as

Norse Men's Basketball take on Cleveland State University

January 16, 2016 | 7:00 PM Tip-off

BB&T Arena
500 Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41076

Discount Tickets: $7.00

To order tickets, call Micki Ford at (859) 572-7848.

Mention promo code COEHS when ordering.

Rita Bird Pictures Needed

More pictures are needed for "The Bird Project" Facebook page. Also, please be sure to like our page so that you can see all of the cool things our students are doing.

UC STEM Conference-May 11: Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals NOW Open

Check it out here. Submit via Survey Monkey:


The Request for Proposals is Open: deadline for proposals is February 9th

See the attachment for details.

Please Send Us Your Presentation Proposal via Survey Monkey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2BFJDKN

Conference and Registration (Officially Opens January 25th):


Conference Features:

· Registration Opens on January 25th; register by using one of two Options:

Option 1: Pay the $40 conference fee which includes a parking pass, breakfast, lunch, up to 6 contact hours, and conference giveaway.

Option 2: Pay the $30 conference fee which includes (no parking pass) breakfast, lunch, up to 6 contact hours, and conference giveaway.

· Showcase of Regional Resources (Scheduled during lunchtime.)

· Interactive Workshop Sessions (You participate and walk away with resources.)

· Poster Sessions (Held during concurrent session times.)

· Networking Sessions (Held during concurrent session times and organized by subject/graded level.)

· Contact Hours (Up to 6.)

· Parking Pass – (With Option 1 registration fees.)

· Continental Breakfast and Lunch

· Raffle(s) of educational Items

Important Conference Dates:

· January 11th, 2016 – Request for Proposals OPENS

· January 25th, 2016 – Registration officially OPENS

· February 9th, 2016 – Request for Proposals CLOSES

· March 10th, 2016 – Presenters are notified.

See the attached flyer for more information about STEM Conference 2016.


For Request for Proposal Information:

Julie Steimle |556-6454| julie.steimle@uc.edu and Debbie Liberi |556-6419| liberid@ucmail.uc.edu

For Registration and Conference Logistics:

Florine Postell | 558-1814 | event.services@uc.edu

Legislative Update

The 2016 Regular Session began on Tuesday, January 5 at noon and continues until April 12, 2016.

Below are links to the various legislative calendars:

The Regular Session Calendar can be found here:


The LRC’s Daily Legislative Calendar can be found here:


A link to the LRC’s online access to legislation and the Legislative Record is found here:


As far as the schedule for standing committees, it appears below:

The House Education Committee will meet on Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m. in Capitol Annex 154.

The Senate Education Committee will meet on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. in Capitol Annex 171.

The House Budget Review Subcommittee will meet on Wednesdays at noon in Capitol Annex 111.

The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee will meet on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in Capitol Annex 154.

The Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee will meet on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. in Capitol Annex 149.

The Standing Committee Schedule also can be found here:


NKU Ed.D. Program: Online Informational Session

Interested in getting your doctorate? Join NKU's Educational Leadership Faculty for the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership Program- Online Informational Session.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 6pm-7pm
via WebEx (join session here)
Meeting number: 312 272 455
Meeting password: leadership


Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 3:30-4:30pm
via WebEx
(join session here)
Meeting number: 319 642 405
Meeting password: leadership

Kentucky History Mobile Available for Booking

The Kentucky Historical Society’s HistoryMobile is available to visit schools across Kentucky to share the story of eight Kentuckians who faced tough choices during the Civil War.

The full-sized, semi-trailer truck contains an interactive learning lab featuring the exhibit Torn Within and Threatened Without – Kentuckians in the Civil War Era. It uses touch-screen activities, bold illustrations, authentic artifacts, personal reflections and other components to bring the stories of every day citizens, politicians and enslaved people to life.

For more information, visit the Historical Society website: http://history.ky.gov/history-mobile/.

To schedule a visit contact Kate Sowada by e-mail or by phone at (502) 564-1792, ext. 4458.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) – Call for Nominations

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science teaching. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Since 1983, more than 4,400 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. Up to 108 teachers are recognized each year.

Presidential Awardees receive a citation signed by the President of the United States, a trip for two to Washington D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

Who Can Nominate?
Principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public may nominate exceptional mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers. The nomination deadline is April 1, 2016.

Who Can Apply?
Elementary school teachers (K-6th grade) can apply this year. Secondary school mathematics and science teachers (7-12th grade) will be eligible to apply during a future cycle. The application deadline is May 1, 2016.

For additional information or to nominate or apply, visit: www.paemst.org.

The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards

For the second year in a row, Litton Entertainment and The Henry Ford, a nationally recognized cultural destination in Dearborn, Michigan, is sponsoring The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards. They are looking for teachers who demonstrate an original and creative approach to teaching, exhibit resourcefulness, engage students, and are making a positive impact on not only their classroom but their community, colleagues, administrators, school, and/or district. Twenty teachers in total will receive prizes, with the top ten first prize winners receiving a week-long “Innovation Immersion Experience” at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. Winners will be announced in May.

The awards were created to accompany the national television show, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation which airs on CBS Saturday mornings. The TV show is hosted by CBS News correspondent Mo Rocca and provides a weekly celebration of the inventor’s spirit, telling fascinating stories of historic innovators of the past and forward-thinking visionaries of today.

For more info and a nomination form: http://www.thehenryford.org/teacherinnovator.
Video: https://vimeo.com/user24471526/review/140475331/8f8054da91.

Blog Post: http://blog.thehenryford.org/2015/11/teacher-innovator-awards/.

Nominations are due by February 5, 2015.

For additional questions, please contact Frederick Spencer Rubin, Education Coordinator, at frederickr@thehenryford.org.

Upcoming Dates

  • January 11: Board of Education Meeting
  • January 11: Elementary CINSAM
  • January 11-15: Iowa Testing (Grades 2 & 3)
  • January 13 & 21: Ed Study Seminar
  • January 25: Middle School CINSAM
  • January 25-29: CogAT Testing (Grades 1 & 3)

Trivia Question of the Week

What was Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth name?

Be the first person to respond with the correct answer, and you will receive a small prize.