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From the Field: Events and Opportunities, December 15, 2020

By Debra Shapiro

From the Field: Events and Opportunities, December 15, 2020

Grades K–College

Teach Climate Network Workshop—Personal Connection and Storytelling

Climate Generation will hold a one-hour virtual workshop focused on developing the skills to help your students uncover their climate stories. Learn how writing, art, and climate fiction engages and inspires people to take climate action. Join educators for this event on December 17 at 6 p.m. Central Time (United States and Canada).

Grades K–12

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Computer Science Week Social Media Contest    

ORISE wants to hear your ideas on how to teach computer science without technology. Share an idea or activity that teaches computer science without using technology. To enter the contest, comment your answer on the ORISE competition post on Facebook, follow ORISE on social media, and complete a brief survey. Teachers must teach in the United States, a U.S. Territory, or a DoDEA school to be eligible to win. Three randomly selected teachers will receive a GoPro Bundle! (Deadline December 31)

AIAA Foundation Classroom Grants   

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation gives up to $500 to K–12 teachers who incorporate innovative aerospace activities in their curriculum. AIAA Educator Associates who are K–12 teachers who develop or apply science, mathematics, and technology in their curriculum are eligible. (Apply to become an AIAA Educator Associate at no charge.) Grants may be used for classroom demonstration kits, classroom science supplies, or other materials that energize science, math, and technology hands-on learning and impact at least 25 students. (Deadline January 15, 2021)         

Tools @ Tea Time on Tuesdays (With Tim and Ana)

Teachers: Grab your afternoon tea and log in for an end-of-the day boost. Join The Denver Museum of Nature & Science for this free weekly program provided as a community service to teachers during the pandemic. Each week’s episode of Tools @ Tea Time offers educators the opportunity to be inspired by innovative solutions presented by classroom teachers and national leaders, as well as the chance to connect with peers to share ideas. 

Special upcoming episodes include

  • January 19--Page Keeley, author of the award-winning NSTA Press Series Uncovering Student Ideas in Science
  • February 23--John Almarode, bestselling author and internationally known leader on the application of the science of learning to the classroom

Elementary Through High School

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Scientists in Action Virtual Program 

On December 17, join Scientists in Action, a virtual program that takes students behind the scenes of the museum and to unique field locations for live Q&A sessions with STEM professionals. Students drive the content of each program with their questions and learn from the experts about their careers and discoveries. At 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. Mountain Time, take a Virtual Voyage Through the Universe. Space scientist Dr. Ka Chun Yu will be your students’ guide on a virtual adventure through space, starting with our home planet and voyaging into the solar system and beyond with the assistance of stunning scientific visualizations. (For grades 4–12)

Middle Level Through College

PlantingScience Student-Centered Plant Investigations   

As part of this free online resource for teachers and schools, open education resources are shared for student-centered plant investigations that integrate scientific practices and big ideas in biology that support Next Generation Science Standards guidelines. The program provides volunteer scientists, resources, and activities to support innovation in teaching, learning, and mentoring. The program's primary target audience is the high school science class, but it also works well at the middle school level. For college students, Planting Science promotes inter-collegial peer-to-peer interactions by pairing sister schools, college-high school pairs, or virtual science presentations. The Spring 2021 session runs from February 15 to April 23, 2021. (Deadline January 15, 2021

High School

ACS-Hach Professional Development Grant 
This grant supports high school chemistry teachers as they pursue opportunities that advance their professional development and enhance the teaching and learning of chemistry in their classrooms. Teachers can request up to $1,500 to fund the professional development opportunities that will improve their professional skills and student achievement. (Deadline January 4, 2021

2021 Knowles Teaching Fellowship   

This five-year program supports early-career high school mathematics and science teachers in the United States in their efforts to develop the characteristics of a good teacher and lead from the classroom. The three key benefits are Financial Support, Coaching and Mentoring, and Community Membership. 

2021 Fellowships will be awarded to individuals who have the capacity and determination to commit to teaching as their primary career; have earned a degree in a major related to the mathematics or science discipline they intend to teach between 2011 and September 1, 2021; have earned or will earn a valid state teaching credential/certificate/license that enables them to teach mathematics or science in grades 9–12 in the United States no earlier than January 1, 2016, and no later than September 1, 2021; and will be entering their first or second year as teacher of record during the 2021–2022 academic year. (Deadline January 18, 2021)

Online Workshop: Incorporating LabXChange Resources Into Your Lesson Units and Storylines

Looking for some free field-tested online biology and chemistry teaching resources? The LabXchange pathways from Harvard can be used "as is," or you can incorporate them into your existing lesson storylines. The free videos, simulations, virtual labs, and organizational tools have been proven to increase student engagement and agency. Add this nationally recognized, research-based, inquiry teaching approach to your toolbox. A workshop led by The Denver Museum of Nature & Science's teacher professional development staff and a former high school teacher and national trainer from LabXchange will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Middle School

The ACESSE Project: Promoting Equity

The Advancing Coherent and Equitable Systems of Science Education (ACESSE, or “access”) project brings together partners from educational research and practice to promote equity and coherence in science education. The project is based on a collaboration among the Council of State Science Supervisors, the University of Washington, and the University of Colorado Boulder. The ACESSE team is seeking middle school teachers to participate in a virtual professional learning series and study focused on creating more equitable learning experiences in science during the pandemic. The series is designed specifically for middle school science teachers who share a commitment to equity and justice in science education, and is funded by a Gates Foundation grant. 

The Equitable Remote Learning Professional Learning Series requires teachers to attend four 90-minute virtual sessions, and try things in your classroom in between those sessions. The sessions will take place on January 21, February 4, February 18, and March 4, 2021. One optional session will be held for those who wish to continue to study strategies for promoting equity of participation. Teachers will be compensated up to $425 for participation. 

As part of the series, the project will
•    Introduce teachers to frameworks for promoting equitable participation in a variety of teaching contexts: synchronous, asynchronous, and without technology
Plan strategies for promoting equity through norms and discussion protocols that teachers will try in their’ classrooms.
•    Investigate data from teachers’ own classrooms to identify strategies that are promising
Analyze what in teachers’ schools and systems may be contributing to inequities of participation, and discuss strategies for addressing those.

If you're interested in participating, complete this application form by December 31, 2020.

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