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May 15, 2019

 

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Awards for Talented Science Teachers

Funding & Recognition

Science Educator Career Awards

The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) is seeking nominations for Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year, which consists of two awards that recognize the individual achievements and contributions of science educators in their first 10 years of career (Level One) and those beyond 10 years (Level Two).

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Stories Featuring Characters of Colorwereadtoo.com

Professional Growth

Podcast Promoting Diversity in Children’s Books

Talking About Books for Kids is a new podcast hosted by Jaqueline Douge, a pediatrician, mother, writer, blogger, child advocate, and book reader. Intended for anyone looking to more fully engage with children’s literature, the podcast has a special focus on highlighting diversity (or discussing lack thereof) in children’s publishing. Each episode takes a critical look at the industry while interviewing diverse authors and celebrating their work.

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Mental Health Help and Stories

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Stories of Young People Overcoming Incredible Challenges

Teens101 was created to be a toolbox for today’s teens who may be experiencing personal life challenges or who may know someone in need of help. The video collection of stories shows teens they are not alone and help is available.

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STEM Underserved Girls

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

SPOTLIGHT! On Diversity in STEM

Eighth-grade girls outperformed their male peers in five out of six STEM content areas in the most recent National Assessment of Educational ProgressTechnology and Engineering Literacy assessment. Girls were especially strong in testing categories related to communication and collaboration. Nearly all student subgroups posted increases in scores, including among black students, Asian students, white students, low-income students, public school students, students whose parents did not finish high school, and those whose parents graduated college.

 

Diversity-specialized programs equip students with the knowledge, resources, and skillsets they need to achieve STEM opportunities in computing. Code as a Second Language (CSL) is a national initiative that works toward introducing youth to computer science and making technical training and careers accessible to women and underrepresented minorities.

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Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Funding & Recognition

Grants for Fostering Global Perspectives

The Longview Foundation funds projects that directly support fostering global perspectives in K–12 teachers and students. The Internationalizing Teacher Preparation program focuses on preparing future teachers, implementing promising practices for internationalizing the education of all preservice teachers, and increasing the number of world language teachers, especially in less commonly taught languages.

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World War II Podocastcommons.wikimedia.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Debates on the Historical Merits of Films Depicting WWII

Service on Celluloid is a captivating podcast of The National WW II Museumthat takes a deep look at depictions of World War II on film over the last 70-plus years. In-house experts at the museum, along with special guests, hold lively debates on the historical merits of treasured classics and smaller films alike.

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STEM Benchmarks

Professional Growth

STEM Benchmarks for Success

A new interactive national report shows how states are performing based on 10 STEM benchmarks. The STEM Opportunity Index, developed by the National Math and Science InitiativeSRI International, and 100Kin10, looks at more than 100 public datasets and puts the results into an interactive map that compares how states are doing across 10 conditions, practices, and outcomes demonstrating STEM success rates.

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Grants for Stringed InstrumentsImage by PIRO4D from Pixabay

Funding & Recognition

Matching Grants for Stringed Instruments

Classics for Kids Foundation works to empower young people to shape positive futures through music, build sustainable stringed instrument music programs, and provide grants for high-quality instruments. The foundation offers matching grantswhereby schools and nonprofit organizations raise at least half the funds to purchase the requested number of instruments, using a provider authorized by the foundation or, after discussion with the foundation, an alternate provider of instruments of similar quality.

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Evaluate Photographs for Historic Understandingcommons.wikimedia.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Assessments for Evaluating Historical Thinking

The Olympics Protest is a new assessment from the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) that gauges whether students can identify the historical event depicted in an iconic photograph and evaluate its historical significance. Successful students will draw on their knowledge of the past to identify American track athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith raising their fists to protest racial injustice while on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics and then explain how the event was historically significant.

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Drawing Nature Apptocaboca.com

Mobile Learning

Interactive Experiences Amplifying Magical Moments in Nature

Geared toward the six- to eight-year-old set, Toca Nature, by children’s education developer Toca Boca, lets youngsters draw and explore their own wilderness on an iOS or Android mobile device. After opening the app to a map, children can swipe with a finger to start growing colorful forests, raise mountains to the sky, and dredge rivers and lakes.

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Documentary on Eric Carlecommons.wikimedia.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Documentary Illustrating Storytelling and Meaning Making with Children

Eric Carle, Picture Writer: The Art of the Picture Book is a 32-minute portrait of Eric Carle, creator of more than 70 books for children, including the bestselling classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In this documentary, Carle methodically layers a tissue paper collage of the caterpillar, pours over thumbnail sketches, and ruminates on drafts of his books.

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Game Computational Thinking Problem Solvingnysci.org

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Game Integrating Computational Thinking and Environmental Problem Solving

The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) pioneered Design–Make–Play, a novel approach to learning and engagement, drawing on deeper learning research and supporting the creation of learning experiences that develop critical thinking, knowledge integration, innovation, and creativity skills.

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Stories of Important Womenlearnyland.com

Mobile Learning

Stories of Women Who Have Had an Impact on the World

Women Who Changed the World, an iOS app by education developer Learny Land, takes students on a journey through history alongside 15 brilliant and brave women—from aviators to scientists, artists to civil rights activists.

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Important Children's Books Library of CongressImage by Wokingham Libraries from Pixabay

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Collections of Historically Significant Children’s Books

The Library of Congress has launched an online collection of 67 historically significant children’s books published more than 100 years ago. Drawn from the Library’s collection, Children’s Book Selections are digital versions both of classic works still read by children today and of lesser-known treasures.

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