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2009 Writing Residency Program
American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
ASM invites applications for the 2009 Writing Residency Program designed to help biologists (including ecologists) publish research on their teaching and other types of education scholarship. The 2009 Program begins with a Writing Institute on January 7-10 in Washington, DC.

Application deadline: October 19, 2008

For more information: Visit the Writing Residency Program website.

GK-12 Regional Conference
Purdue University
Purdue is hosting a GK-12 Regional Conference on November 7-8, 2008. NSF fellows, teachers, evaluators, and program staff are invited to share best practices; present talks and posters on their graduate research; discuss models for GK-12 program sustainability and institutionalization; and network with other GK-12 participants.

For more information: Visit the Conference website.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Matches qualified scientists with jobs in industry, academia, and government. Committed to providing all the necessary career resources for scientists, as well as effective recruiting solutions for employers.

Students and Teachers Join the "Global Challenge"
The Arno Group, the University of Vermont, and the National Science Foundation
Established in 2005 by The Arno Group in partnership with the University of Vermont (UVM) College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, the Global Challenge is a free, all online, self-directed research project for high school students. Students form teams of two with any adult they choose (teacher, parent, community volunteer, scientist). The program organizers help U.S. teams find similar teams from outside the United States. The team has complete control over how they work, how hard they work, and what goals they direct themselves toward. In 2006, 1800 students from all 50 states and 800 students from 50 other countries registered for the program. Over $60,000 in college scholarships were awarded to winning teams.

Recently funded by the ITEST program of the National Science Foundation, the Global Challenge program leverages existing online resources and networks and works collaboratively with other programs, such as UVM's Design TASC and the Engineering Summer Institute.

For more information about the project, visit the Global Challenge website.

Apply for an Einstein Fellowship
Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education

The Einstein Fellowship program brings outstanding mathematics, science, and technology education teachers to Washington, DC, to spend a school year working on Capitol Hill or in one of several participating Federal agencies. The purpose of the program, as stated in the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Act of 1994, is to provide outstanding educators with an opportunity to serve in the public policy arena and to bring the expertise, unique insights, and know-how of classroom teachers to the Congress and appropriate branches of the Federal government.

The 2008-09 Fellows have been chosen, but the application process for the next cycle will open in fall 2009. Information about the program: The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program


Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., and NSTA
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) announce that the 18th Annual Toyota TAPESTRY Grants Program is accepting proposals for 2009. The TAPESTRY Program recognizes outstanding educators who are making a difference by demonstrating excellence and creativity in science teaching. In 2008, 50 large grants of up to $10,000 each and 28 mini-grants of up to $2,500 were awarded to K-12 teachers of science in the United States. The categories are Physical Science, Environmental Education, and Integrating Literacy and Science.

2009 TAPESTRY Grant Applications:  Submit proposals online.

NCTM's Mathematics Education Trust Offers Opportunities for Professional Development
Established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the Mathematics Education Trust (MET) supports the improvement of mathematics teaching and learning at the classroom level through the funding of grants, awards, honors, and other projects by channeling the generosity of contributors into classroom-based efforts that benefit all students. MET provides funds to support classroom teachers in the areas of improving classroom practices and increasing teachers' mathematical knowledge. It also sponsors activities for prospective teachers and NCTM's Affiliates, as well as recognizing the lifetime achievement of leaders in mathematics education.

Information about MET grants and awards: Available online.

Seminars and Workshops

AAAS Project 2061 Fall Workshops: Using Atlas of Science Literacy
September 15-17, Winston-Salem, NC, SciWorks Museum
September 15-17, Birmingham, AL, McWane Science Center
October 15-17, Washington, DC, AAAS Headquarters
November 5-7, San Francisco, CA, University of San Francisco, Parnassus Campus

Workshops will demonstrate how to use the conceptual strand maps in Atlas 1 and Atlas 2, along with other Project 2061 resources, to enhance understanding of science literacy and take a benchmarks-based approach to helping all students achieve literacy in science, mathematics, and technology. Registration is limited; early bird rates are available.

Visit Using Atlas of Science Literacy workshop website for 2008 workshops and other information.
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2008 International Snow Science Workshop

Whistler, Canada
September 21-27, 2008
Andrew Slaughter, Montana State University doctoral student, will present at the 2008 International Snow Science Workshop, along with two of his fifth-grade students, Micah and Isabella Sarmiento.

Vist the workshop website: International Snow Science Workshop

Read the Montana State University article about Andrew Slaughter and students who will present at the conference.

GK-12 Regional Conference
Purdue University
November 7-8, 2008
Purdue is hosting a GK-12 Regional Conference on November 7-8, 2008. NSF fellows, teachers, evaluators, and program staff are invited to share best practices; present talks and posters on their graduate research; discuss models for GK-12 program sustainability and institutionalization; and network with other GK-12 participants.

For more information: Visit the Conference website.

94th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA)
Ecological Knowledge and a Global Sustainable Society
Albuquerque, NM
August 2-7, 2009

The ESA Annual Meeting will include a day of events and sessions for K-12 educators with special speakers, hands-on workshops, ecological field trips and presentations showcasing effective ecology education for K-12 audiences that meet content standards and are taking place in schools, research field stations, and nature centers. Teachers will interact with eminent ecologists and thinkers in ecology education. ESA is offering limited free registrations to attend this event.

Register by November 15 to receive information about:

  • the educator event at the annual meeting
  • grants for teachers to implement ecology-related projects
  • scholarships to travel to EAS meetings
  • teaching resources related to ecology education
  • future ESA researchbased projects for teachers

Submit a Symposium Proposal:  Apply online.

General Information:  Visit the ESA website.


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