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K-12 TEACHER RESOURCES:

The Memphis Striving Readers Project (MSRP)

The MSRP is a $16 million, US Department of Education funded program awarded to Memphis City Schools with the U of M-led Memphis Content Literacy Academy (MCLA) as a key component. The MCLA is a joint University of Memphis/Memphis City Schools venture aimed at helping subject area teachers at selected middle schools in MCS to develop expertise in implementing scientifically-based literacy practices as part of instruction in mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts education, so that children living at the poverty level will realize their full potential in American education. Memphis is one of only eight Striving Readers sites in the United States. Results of the project will be available to help teachers of middle school students all across America achieve their potential.

For more information visit: http://www.memphis.edu/icl/read/memphis_striving_readers.php

St. Jude Cancer Education for Children Program

The St. Jude Cancer Education for Children Program ("Cure4Kids for Kids") aims to become the leading source of cancer education for students in Kindergarten – 12th grades. This multilingual program helps school children, their parents and teachers understand the basic science and treatment of cancer. Through the use of age-appropriate content, the program focuses on three main objectives: 1) educating students, parents, teachers and communities about cancer and dispelling common misconceptions; 2) promoting healthy lifestyle choices in children that can help them reduce the risk of developing cancer as adults; and 3) increasing interest in science and scientific careers.

Three children's books, each written at a grade 3-5 reading level, are the foundation of the Cure4Kids for Kids curriculum. With a combination of cartoon-like graphics and real photographs, What Are Cells?, What Is  Cancer?, and What Is Healthy Living? explain that cells, the basic units of life, grow and divide in a controlled way to replace old cells and help things grow. Cancer then can be understood as a disease of unhealthy cells  that grow out of control. Healthy living and cancer prevention are discussed as healthy behaviors than can help prevent and protect cells from damage that would cause them to become unhealthy cancer cells. An interactive website extends the experience beyond the classroom so students can continue to learn about cancer and healthy living wherever they go (www.Cure4Kids.org/kids). For teacher resources for this program visit St. Jude Cure4Kids for Teachers (http://www.cure4kids.org/teachers).

The TI Robotics Scholarship

Do you help mentor or coach a Robotics Team?  Do you know a high school student involved with robotics competitions - BEST, FIRST, and/or VEX? 

Now announcing:  The TI Robotics Scholarship, in partnership with the REC Foundation!

For more information please visit www.ti.com/robotics and www.roboticseducation.org/for-participants/scholarships/

The Texas Instruments scholarship is offering two (2) $5,000 non-renewable scholaships to two (2) high school seniors intent on pursing a degree related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics in college.  The award will be presented at the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship in April 2014, however the student does not need to be present to win.

The second link provided will list 76 additional opportunities available worth a combined total of 1,523,000!

be sure to apply by February 15, 2014.

Teacher Opportunities:

Scholarships

What: Aerospace Education Basic: ICL 4761(undergraduate), ICL 6761 (graduate)

Who is Eligible: West TN teachers, librarians and administrators, all grade levels K-12, all subject areas.

When:  June 3-June 21, 2013, 9:00am- 3:00pm, M-F Ball Hall, Room 309, UofM

Scholarship includes:
In-state tuition for course(3 Credit hours),$100 stipend, 2 hours of flight instruction (if unable to participate in flight instruction, do not apply) Fieldtrip to Huntsville 6/19-6/21

Contact: Ms. Bonnie Cummings, Director, Aerospace Education Workshop, 420 C Ball Hall, ICL Department, College of Education, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152. (901-678-5356) FAX (901-678-3881)

Grants

STEMfinity: This is a great comprehensive list of STEM grants from federal sites and corporations with links to each. Lots of K-12 opportunities are listed.

http://www.stemfinity.com/STEM-Education-Grants

Below is a link to the latest version of the STEM Grants Guide. Grant information and due dates are listed by month. Great resource for teachers!

2013-2014 STEM Grants Guide

Upcoming Conferences

None listed at this time.

Project:

Project-SET

Funded by:

The National Science Foundation

Contact:

Dr. Celia Anderson

Type of Event:

Teacher Professional Development

Program Description:

This program aims to develop innovative curricular materials to enhance the ability of high-school teachers to foster students’ statistical learning. All materials will be geared towards helping high-school teachers implement the Common Core Standards for statistics as well as closely align with the learning goals outlined in the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education: A Pre-K–12 Curriculum Framework (GAISE) report.

A graduate level course implementing these materials will be offered for teachers at the University of Memphis in Fall 2013. The course will be open to teachers currently teaching Statistics or AP Statistics in local high schools (enrollment in a graduate program not required). Preference in selection will be given to teachers within their first 3 years of teaching Statistics.

Tuition for the course will be paid by the grant. In addition, participants will receive a $500 stipend upon successful completion of the course.

Date Held:

Fall semester 2013

For More Information:

http://project-set.com

Register at:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VT2LH9H

STEM Web Resources for Teachers

(Be sure to look at the Useful Links Page for a variety of different sources by STEM subject area)

http://www.memphis.edu/cristal/useful_links.php

STEM Resources.com Cyber Learning Community:

http://www.stemresources.com

National Science Foundation Classroom Resources:

http://www.nsf.gov/news/classroom/

PBS STEM:

http://www.pbs.org/teachers/stem/

National Geographic Learning:

http://www.ngsp.com/tabid/1774/Default.aspx

American Society for Engineering Education

http://www.asee.org/conferences-and-events/outreach/egfi-program

PBS Design Squad

http://pbskids.org/designsquad/?campaign=noflash_designsquad

CRISTAL
209 Dunn Hall
The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: (901) 678-1303
cristal@memphis.edu

Director:
Peter K. Bridson, Ph.D.
Phone: (901) 678-4423
pbridson@memphis.edu

Associate Director
Education & Non-Profit
Partnerships:
Judith A. Faris, Ed.D.
Phone: (901) 678-4911
jfaris@memphis.edu

Associate Director
Corporate Partnerships:
Catherine Wilson, Ed.D.
Phone: (901) 678-3418
ctwlson2@memphis.edu

Administrative Associate:
Erica M. Boyce
Phone: (901) 678-1303
emboyce@memphis.edu

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