New Opportunities: September 7, 2020

Mark your calendar and plan to join us September 15, 1:30-3:00 PM ET, as we discuss STEM Teacher Preparation.  We will be joined by teacher faculty with extensive experience and new ideas in preparing tomorrow’s STEM teachers and increasing student diversity in STEM agency and pursuits. The event will be broadcast live here.  You can submit questions in advance and during the event here. Please see the attached invitation for more details and feel free to forward to other interested parties. If this was forwarded to you and you are interested in receiving similar invitations and the Department of Education’s STEM Newsletter, you can subscribe at Curtis
Robert Noyce/Ellen Lettvin STEM Education Fellow
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development
U.S. Department of Education
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In the wake of this new era of education, distance learning and the challenges it brings to teaching requires that educators take a hard look at developing pedagogy that will provide all students online learning opportunities that are accessible and equitable. Join us virtually and hear from top Science Educators in North Carolina sharing the ways and means to remote learning in a virtual classroom and addressing diversity and equity during distance learning.‍ Fall Webinar Series – Session 1September 21, 2020 5:30 – 7 pm

Remote Learning, Strengths/Weaknesses, and Strategies for Success

FeaturingDr. Jamie Lathan, Dean of Distance Education and Extended Programs at the North Carolina School of Science and Math  Dr. Lathan is the Dean of Distance Education and Extended Programs at NCSSM, where he supervises and leads Distance Education faculty by supporting and modeling innovative pedagogy and technology integration. He also helps to ensure the academic success of NCSSM distance education students. 
And ‍Candace Chambers,
Teacher Development Specialist at the North Carolina School of Science and Math In addition to teaching, Candace has served as Interdisciplinary Coordinator for Distance Education and in recent years she has taken on numerous projects such as developing new curriculum, piloting new instructional technologies in the classroom, supporting school-wide professional growth initiatives, and scaffolding new advising opportunities for students in distance education.
Future Webinars
October 13: Equity & Inclusion in the Distance Learning Environment
November 4: Remote Learning Tools for a Virtual Science Classroom
December 3: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy  
FREE to NCSLA Members but you must register to attend.  $40 for Nonmembers.  Includes all four webinars plus one-year membership in NCSLA. 

Sponsored by Mary Dolciani Fund of the Mathematics Education Trust and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Contact:Mathematics Education Trust
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
1906 Association Dr.
Reston, VA 20191-1502

Phone: 703.620.9840; 800.235.7566 (Toll-free)
Email: (For questions)
Description:The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (NCTM) Teacher Professional Development Grants are provided to improve the competence of in the teaching of mathematics of one or more classroom teachers in grades 6 through 8. While this grant does not fund the purchase of technology, proposals including professional development involving the use of technology to enhance student learning are encouraged. Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan, but not be the primary focus of the grant.

Eligible applicants are one or more current mathematics teachers per school who spend at least half of the school day teaching mathematics in grades 6 through 8, have three or more years of teaching experience in grades 6 through 8, and are a full individual or e-member of NCTM, or teach in a school with an NCTM prekindergarten through grade 8 school membership. Past recipients of this grant are not eligible to reapply.

Applicants must provide five copies (one original and four copies) of the complete application in a single packet to mail to the contact address by the deadline. Faxed applications are not accepted.
Eligibility:Public, Charter, Private
Award(s):Grants up to $3,000 are awarded.
Deadline(s):Applications are due November 1, 2020.
Focus:Professional Development, Technology Ed
Grade Level(s):Adult
Content Area(s):Mathematics

Sponsored by Foundation for Rural Service

Contact:Foundation for Rural Service
4121 Wilson Blvd. Ste. 1000
Arlington, VA 22203
Phone: 703.351.2026
Description:The Foundation for Rural Service provides a variety of programs ranging from youth-based initiatives and educational materials to consumer awareness and rural economic development. The foundation aims to improve educational achievement in rural communities across the country with projects that will have a long-lasting effect on the community. Grants are concentrated in four major areas: business and economic development, community development, education, and telecommunications.

Educational grants support technology in the classroom (such as computers and smart boards), curriculum development, extracurricular activities, and distance learning programs. The foundation recently supported funding for Chromebooks for elementary school students, virtual reality equipment for high school students, and classroom computers for underserved students. Priority is given to projects that will be fully funded by the grant maximum, or those that have 75 percent of the project costs funded.

Eligible applicants are nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and schools. Applications must be submitted online.
Eligibility:Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award(s):Awards range from $250 to $5,000.
Deadline(s):Applications are due September 30, 2020.
Focus:After School, General Education, Professional Development, Rural, Technology, Technology Ed
Grade Level(s):PreK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Adult
21st Century
Themes and Skills:
Communication, Digital Literacy, Financial, Entrepreneurial, Economic, Business Literacy, Information Literacy, Innovation

The North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP) is a statewide Network dedicated to increasing access to high-quality afterschool and expanded learning programs for all children and youth in North Carolina, helping them to succeed in and out of school. Our work includes research and best practices in the afterschool and expanded learning environment; convening key stakeholders (statewide and regional); advocating for policies to support afterschool and expanded learning; and professional development and technical support for afterschool programs. NC CAP is currently seeking dynamic and dedicated individuals to join our advisory board. If selected, advisory board members will serve a 2-year term with a mid-term review. 

If you are one or more of the following, we are interested in you:
-Leaders within out-of-school time programs or partnering agencies focused on our priority areas – youth development, STEM, literacy, nutrition & physical activity, equity & access – interested in implementing impactful statewide programs and initiatives.
– Energetic and entrepreneurial business people, who are not already overextended with other commitments, eager to put their enthusiasm for changing the world to work for our state’s children.
-Community leaders and philanthropists willing to engage their peers to ensure access to high-quality programs for all youth.
-Astute governmental or state agency advocates who can assist in navigating the political landscape of policy development, funding and legislation.
-Scholars/academics who want to put their expertise in youth development, STEM, literacy, nutrition & physical activity, equity & access, to work for youth statewide.

If you hold yourself to high expectations, then you’ll find service on our advisory board very rewarding. We are looking for passionate individuals who will:
-Attend four (4) quarterly (in-person or virtual) advisory board meetings –annually Actively engage in NC CAP events and communications
-Support planning of events including the annual Synergy Conference
-Advocate for the Network’s mission and vision locally and statewide

Interested candidates can complete the application form here. The deadline to apply is September 16, 2020 at 5pm. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. Selected individuals will be notified mid-late September for an interview.