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November 21, 2019


  • Radio Contact with Space Station
  • Wyoming Social Studies Workshop
  • Heart Mountain Workshop
  • Wyoming State Science Fair Final Designs
  • New Lexile & Quantile Hub
  • Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
  • Bozeman Trail Learning Game
  • Billy Michel Student Leadership Award
  • Presidential Primary Sources Project
  • NEH Summer Institutes
  • Analyzing Historical Memorials
  • Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute
  • Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute
  • Monticello Teacher Institute
  • White House History Teacher Institute
  • Smithsonian STEM Education Summit
  • Knowles Teaching Initiative
  • Presidential Environmental Awards
  • National Youth Science Camp
  • CenturyLink Technology Grants
  • Chemistry PD Grants
  • K-8 Earth Science Teaching Award
  • NOAA Teacher at Sea
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Middle school girl sitting next to amateur radio mic and equipment

Deadline for proposals: November 30, 2019

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Program is seeking education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an amateur radio contact with a crew member on board the International Space Station (ISS).

Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates, but the contact will likely be held between July 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. 

The radio contacts are about 10 minutes in length and allow students to interact with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session.

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Photo of 1869 ceremony in which the Transcontinental Railroad was completed at Promontory Point, Utah

January 9-10, 2020 in Riverton

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) invites K-12 educators to attend a free two-day social studies workshop.

The workshop will provide classroom resources and activities to help students master benchmarks in all six of the Wyoming Social Studies Content and Performance Standards, including the 2018 additional benchmarks relating to Indigenous Tribes of Wyoming. PTSB credit available.

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Heart Mountain Japanese American internment camp with Heart Mountain in background and guard tower on the right

Deadline to apply: March 1, 2020

The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation is accepting applications for weeklong July 2020 National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored workshops for teachers to learn about the Japanese American incarceration. 

Teachers of grades 5-12 will be guided in developing lessons using primary and secondary sources such as digitized artifacts, oral histories, and newspapers.

This NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop will be offered twice: July 19-24 and July 26-31, 2020, at the Heart Mountain confinement site and the nearby communities of Cody and Powell.


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Balloting closes November 29, 2019

Vote for your top three favorite designs from the Wyoming State Science Fair

Of the 200-plus entries received, the top 30 designs representing the 2020 theme, Listen to the Science, have been posted to the fair's Facebook page.

The top 10 selected by popular vote will be judged by professional scientists and artists. The winning three designs will be featured on 2020 Wyoming State Science Fair swag.


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The Lexile & Quantile Hub is a new online platform that provides educators, parents, and students with easy access to more than a dozen new and enhanced reading and math tools.

Featured tools include:

  • Lexile Find a Book that helps identify appropriate books for students based on their Lexile level and interests, 
  • Lexile WordLists which creates custom lists of key vocabulary by grade level and domains, and
  • The Quantile Resource Center where lists of your favorite resources across all of the Quantile tools can be created, saved and shared. Read the flyer.

The Hub tools at help promote student learning using Lexile and Quantile measures, both in the classroom and at home.

As part of Wyoming’s Lexile and Quantile measures licensing agreement, premium access to Hub tools is provided to all educators across Wyoming at no cost. Sign up with your school email address.


Students reciting poetry at Carnegie Hall during national ceremony for Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Submission deadline: December 3, 2019

Students in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) are invited to submit an original work to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Top winners nationwide earn scholarships.

Art categories include Architecture & Industrial Design, Ceramics & Glass, Drawing & Illustration, Editorial Cartoon, Jewelry, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, and Video Game Design.

Writing categories include Critical Essay, Humor, Journalism, Novel Writing, Poetry, Science Fiction, and Short Story.

National medalists will be honored during a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York. 


Child looking at a game card while leaning over a Bozeman Trail board game

The Bozeman Trail is an interactive K-12 edugame structured by the Next Generation Science Standards 5E inquiry-based instructional model. It is aligned to meet "Indian Ed for All" social studies standards, common core ELA standards, and social emotional learning principles. 

Student-led teams in grades 4-5 learn from six perspectives of the late 19th Century: settlers; railroad; cavalry; Eastern Shoshone; Lakota/Northern Arapaho/Northern Cheyenne; and bankers.

Faculty may game an in-depth version for PTSB credit. Both the student-led version and faculty PD options have been made available to your district, free of charge, through grant funding.

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High school student accepting American Spirit Award during a ceremony

Application deadline: January 31, 2020

The Billy Michal Student Leadership Award is given annually to one student from each state who demonstrates the American spirit in his or her community.

Nominees should have a strong record of volunteerism, school and/or community activism, or implementing creative solutions to recognized problems.

Awardees will be flown along with a chaperone to New Orleans to participate in the National World War II Museum’s American Spirit Awards celebration, June 11-12, 2020.

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Expose students to presidential historians' and National Park Service rangers' expertise about our nation’s presidents through a free, live, interactive web series, which is offered from January to March 2020.

Topics include

  • Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears
  • Forging Greatness: Lincoln in Indiana
  • JFK and the First Modern Presidential Campaign
  • Slavery in George Washington’s World
  • Theodore Roosevelt and the Expansion of Presidential Power
  • Herbert Hoover and the Bonus March: Presidential Blunder or Necessary Action?
  • Ulysses S. Grant and the Mystery of William Jones
  • Theodore Roosevelt's Rise to the Presidency
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Mark Twain sitting with a cigar in one hand resting on the armrest

Application deadline: March 1, 2020

Summer seminars and institutes are one- to four-week residential programs that support collegial study of significant topics in the humanities and make use of important scholarship and primary resources such as archival documents, artifacts, or historic sites.

Programs take place throughout the United States, and participant stipends of $1,200-$3,300 help cover travel and living expenses.

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes include:

  • Going beyond the Mayflower in early America
  • The Salem Witch Trials
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • Women’s civic involvement following the 19th Amendment
  • A fresh look at the Vietnam War
  • Literary programs ranging from Petronius and Shakespeare to contemporary writers who cover topics like immigration, disability, and the environment.


Brown University's Choices Program is offering 10 free, short videos discussing and analyzing the purpose of historical memorials, including memorials to slavery.

The videos can be used as stand-alone resources and also complement curriculum units, A New Nation and The Civil War and the Meaning of Liberty.

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Three men in period costumes standing in Colonial Williamsburg

Summer 2020 in Williamsburg, Virginia

The Bob and Marion Wilson Teacher Institute of
Colonial Williamsburg is offering five weeklong summer workshops for teachers of grades 3-12. 

Elementary school sessions focus on the daily life of colonial Virginians and the transition from subject to citizen that occurred during the Revolutionary War period.

Secondary teachers will examine how the concept of an American identity began in the colonial period and continues to evolve and transform with each generation of Americans. 

The deadline for applying for scholarships is December 18, 2019. 


Men in colonial army uniforms lighting a cannon at Fort Ticonderoga

July 19-24, 2020 in Ticonderoga, New York

While thought of now as remote, the Ticonderoga Peninsula on Lake Champlain found itself at the center of two centuries of struggle for control of North America.

Using an expansive document and artifact collection that supports the study of the period from 1609-1815, this institute explores the evolution of America’s military heritage, with an emphasis on the French & Indian War and the American Revolution. 

Scholarships are available.


Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson

July 2020 in Charlottesville, Virginia

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation offers the Monticello Teacher Institute to provide social studies teachers the opportunity to research and study at Monticello and the Jefferson Library.

Participants will join discussions with leading Jefferson scholars, engage in research to bolster their historical understanding, obtain resources for their classrooms, and explore the complex and difficult history of Jefferson and Monticello, including race, slavery and freedom.


Black and white sketch of the White House above the words White House Historical Association

The White House History Teacher Institute allows teachers to explore how the building has changed over time and learn stories of individuals who have influenced the space.

The five-day summer program features discussions with historians, local site visits, inquiry-based learning activities, exclusive access to resources, and networking with fellow educators. Two sessions are offered in Washington, D.C.: July 6-10, 2020 and July 13-17, 2020.

Online applications open December 1, 2019, and close February 1, 2020.


Teachers at a conference standing in circle holding an animated discussion

March 6-8, 2020 in New Orleans

The Smithsonian Science Education Center is accepting applications for its STEM Education Summit 2020. The theme is Building a Coalition for Attracting and Retaining a Diverse STEM Teaching Workforce

Teams of three to five student and mentors should apply by December 6, 2019. Winning teams receive round-trip airfare to New Orleans, lodging, and meals served at the summit.


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Applications due December 1, 2019

The Knowles Teaching Initiative is accepting applications for its 2020 cohort of teaching fellows. The five-year program supports early-career high school mathematics and science teachers in their efforts to develop teaching expertise and lead from the classroom.

Knowles awards about 35 fellowships to educators who display the potential to develop the content knowledge needed for teaching, exemplary teaching practices, and the qualities of a teacher leader.


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Applications due January 15, 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications for the 2020 Presidential Environmental Youth Awards and Presidential Innovation Awards for Environmental Educators. Winners will be invited to Washington, D.C. to be honored and present their work.

EPA is seeking applications for projects on a variety of topics, including but not limited to: 

  • Reducing food waste and loss and excess food recovery efforts
  • Reducing contributions to ocean and marine litter
  • Solutions in recycling
  • Using STEM to teach environmental education
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Sustainable agricultural practices
  • Healthy school environments


Application deadline: February 28, 2020

The National Youth Science Camp is an annual education experience for recent high school graduates. Held each summer at Camp Pocahontas near Thornwood, West Virginia, the camp allows two students from each state to participate. The camp will be held June 22-July 15, 2020.

Applicants must have graduated from high school between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.

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Application deadline: January 12, 2020

Full-time public and private school PK-12 teachers are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to fund programs that bring technology into the classroom and promote innovative learning. Schools in CenturyLink residential service areas are eligible to apply.


Applications accepted through January 4, 2020

The American Chemistry Society-Hach Professional Development Grant supports high school chemistry teachers in advancing their professional development and enhancing the teaching and learning of chemistry in their classrooms. Teachers can request up to $1,500 to fund opportunities that will improve their professional skills and student achievement. 

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2017 Roy Award winning teacher speaking to high school students in science room

Application deadline: January 22, 2020

The Edgar C. Joy Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching recognizes one teacher for his or her leadership and innovation in Earth science education.

The award consists of a $2,500 prize and a grant of up to $1,000 to enable the recipient to attend the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Annual Conference.


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Application deadline: November 30, 2019

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Teacher at Sea program gives educators a greater understanding of maritime work and studies, and enhances their level of environmental literacy by fostering an interdisciplinary research experience.

Teachers in PK-12 and higher education are eligible to apply as are museum and adult educators.

Applicants must have flexibility, fortitude, and the ability to follow orders while at sea, plus a unique ability to communicate complicated information to students, with a special interest in NOAA-related science.