Standards, PD, & Resources

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March 8, 2019


  • Computer Science Summer Workshops
  • Wyoming Coaching Laboratory
  • UW Science Assessment Workshops
  • Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge
  • Western Writers of America
  • Youth Literacy Grants
  • K-5 Art-Infused Grants
  • Voya Unsung Heroes Grant
  • Social Emotional Learning Innovation Fund
  • Transplantation Science Curriculum
  • EinsteinPlus Summer Workshop
  • Materials Research Experience for Teachers
  • Food Science PD
  • Patagonia Environmental Grants
  • Meteorology Education Grants
  • REcharge Academy
  • Climate Change Summer Institute
  • Presidential Primary Sources Project
  • Montréal and Québec Summer Institute
  • World War II Student Academies
  • C-SPAN Summer Educators' Conference
  • American Wars Conference
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July 29-August 2 in Casper

Applications are open for the 2019 Computer Science Summer Workshops in Wyoming. The workshops offer programs for educators interested in teaching courses. No prior computer science experience is required. Separate workshops will be offered for grades 6-10 and grades 9-12.


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Application deadline: March 22, 2019

The Wyoming Coaching Laboratory (WYCOLA) is a yearlong professional development experience for in-service teacher leaders, aspiring instructional coaches, instructional coaches, mentors, and administrators.

Participants observe teaching in real time and examine the complexities of the act of teaching. A summer-school session, June 17-28, involves observation of educators remediating writing.

Participants will receive room and board plus a $2,500 stipend.

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April 5-6, 2019, in Laramie

The Science and Mathematics Teaching Center at the University of Wyoming invites K-5 teachers, leaders, coaches, instructional facilitators, and administrators to participate in a two-day professional learning workshop focused on assessment, both formative and summative, associated with the Wyoming science standards.

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the state science standards and consider 3-dimensional (3D) assessment to meet the rigor of the standards.

Registration is $50. PTSB and UW credit available.

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April 12-13, 2019, in Laramie

The Science and Mathematics Teaching Center at the University of Wyoming invites grades 6-12 teachers, leaders, coaches, instructional facilitators, and administrators to participate in a two-day professional learning workshop focused on assessment, both formative and summative, associated with the Wyoming science standards.

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the state science standards and consider 3-dimensional (3D) assessment to meet the rigor of the standards.

Registration is $50. PTSB and UW credit available.

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Application deadline: April 30, 2019

The National Endowment for the Arts and the American Theatre Wing national songwriting competition is open to high school students who have a passion for writing songs that could be a part of a musical theater production.

Musical theater encompasses a wide range of musical styles including hip-hop, rock, R&B, country, jazz and more.

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Pre-registration must be received by May 31, 2019

Western Writers of America is holding its annual convention in Tucson, Arizona from June 19-22, 2019. Attendees learn, teach, and make connections with others who love literature.

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Dollar General awards grants to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations that help students who are reading below grade level. Educators can use grants up to $4,000 to start or expand a literacy program or purchase new technology, equipment, books, materials, or software to support literacy programs or initiatives.

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Application deadline: April 30, 2019

LilySarahGrace Grants support projects that are teacher-initiated and use an arts-infused approach to inquiry. Projects should include all learners and incorporate the 5 Cs of inquiry-based learning: collaboration, community, creativity, critical thinking, and communication. Up to $450 is available to teachers of grades K–5 at Title I schools.

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Application deadline: April 30, 2019

Each year, Voya Financial provides 100 grants of $2,000 to educators with innovative project ideas for their classrooms. Projects should be innovative and positively influence students. The top three will receive additional prizes of $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000, respectively.

Full-time teachers, principals, paraprofessionals and classified staff at accredited K–12 schools are eligible.

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Application Deadline: March 22, 2019

NoVo Foundation, in partnership with Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, aims to seed projects that foster social and emotional competencies in students PK-12.

For the 2019-20 school year, NoVo is inviting applications from two applicant pools: 1) Individual teachers or teams of teachers, and 2) District-level applicants seeking to implement SEL initiatives district-wide and/or across multiple schools.

Grant awards of up to $5,000 will be awarded for teacher-led projects. Awards of up to $25,000 will be awarded to district-level projects.

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Transplantation Science is a free program from Donor Alliance, Inc. for 7th through 12th graders to enhance anatomy, health, or biology programs and introduce students to the world of organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation.

Trained educators will come to your classroom with real plastinated organ and tissue specimens so students can better understand how the organs and tissues function and why donation and transplantation saves lives.

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Application deadline: April 16, 2019

This one-week workshop for high school teachers focuses on modern physics, including quantum physics, special relativity, and cosmology. Participants will learn about the latest developments in physics from expert researchers, take lab tours, and interact with like-minded individuals from around the world.

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Application deadline: April 15, 2019

This six-week program from Penn State University, from June 24 - August 2, provides hands-on research experience for STEM teachers who will be paired with faculty mentors in materials chemistry, physics, and nanotechnology. Teachers will engage in demonstrations, seminars, workshops and activities and perform research that has applications to bioengineering, chemistry, electronics, materials science, optics, optoelectronics, physics, and the life sciences.

Participants receive a $6,000 stipend, housing, and travel expenses.

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Applications due April 24, 2019

This workshop, July 21-27, 2019, in Washington, D.C., will prepare middle and high school teachers to use the curriculum Science and Our Food Supply developed jointly by the Food and Drug Administration and National Science Teachers Association.

Housing, meals, and travel to and from Washington are included.

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Grants of $5,000 to $20,000

These grants go to small, grassroots activist organizations aimed at preserving and protecting the environment. The company funds work that is action-oriented, builds public involvement and support, and protects local habitat.

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Application deadline: May 3, 2019

The National Weather Association awards four grants of up to $750 each to help K–12 teachers improve meteorology education. Funds can be used to purchase scientific equipment, establish school or community outreach programs, enhance or expand existing programs, or attend accredited courses, workshops or conferences.

Teachers, program directors, school district supervisors, or other individuals or groups seeking to improve meteorology education for K–12 students are eligible.

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Applications due May 15, 2019

The REcharge Academy is a week-long educator training workshop focusing on renewable energy. The University of Rhode Island Coastal Resource Center will host this year's academy from July 15-18, 2019, in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Scholarships are available.

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August 5-7, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

The 14th Annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education will offer speakers with expertise in climate policy and climate science. Content will be focused on grade 6-12 teachers in Social Studies/ELA/Political Science/Environmental Studies.

Scholarships are available.

The Lowell School and NOAA Climate Office co-host the institute.

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The Presidential Primary Sources Project offers free classroom videoconferencing with National Park Service rangers and presidential historians. Upcoming sessions include:

  • Lincoln's Home for Brave Ideas, March 12
  • Theodore Roosevelt, Adventure, and the Great Outdoors, March 13
  • Truman and Independence, Missouri, March 27
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June 23-28, 2019

Québec Dimensions provides participants with foundations in history and geography plus contemporary cultural insights through first-hand experience. The content is taught by academic specialists for educators of Canadian Studies, World History, Comparative Cultures, AP History, IB History of the Americas, North American Geography, and French language. Content will be delivered in English.

The institute, hosted by the University of Maine, will be split between Montréal, one of the largest French speaking cities in the world, and Québec City, the province’s capital.

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Each summer, C-SPAN hosts two teacher conferences in Washington, D.C. The day-and-a-half long conferences are held at C-SPAN's headquarters.

  • Middle School: July 22-23
  • High School: July 25-26

Participants will learn about C-SPAN and how to effectively integrate C-SPAN's online resources into their classrooms.

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The National WWII Museum's student travel programs allow high school and college students to earn college credit while exploring the leadership lessons and real-life decision-making scenarios of World War II.

Summer programs include:

  • Normandy Academy
  • Student Leadership Academy
  • Warsaw Academy
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Application deadline: March 22, 2019

The American Battlefield Trust offers scholarships to teachers and college students to attend an annual conference focusing on teaching about American wars in the classroom, May 30-June 2, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Tours will include Munfordville, Perryville, Richmond, Tebb's Bend, Camp Wildcat, Camp Nelson, and more.

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