Philadelphia Regional Noyce Partnership
October 12, 2016 Edition| Volume 2

So many science and math connections to Fall....expose your students to real-world applications involving science and math! One example of this would be involving your students in the USA Phenology Network. Maybe even take your class outside to enjoy how "cool" fall is .....any place can be a classroom!    

Upcoming Events


Thursday, October 13, 2016 - Franklin Institute Educators Night Out

  • Preview the groundbreaking exhibit Robot Revolution, supported by with additional major support from The Boeing Company
  • See National Geographic's IMAX film, Robots (the perfect pairing for field trips coming to see Robot Revolution!)
  • Learn how The Franklin Institute Professional Development Workshops can help you take your teaching to the next level
  • Explore the cross-curricular learning opportunities available at the museum and much more.
For more details click here.


 Saturday, October 15, 2016 SEPS-AAPT Fall Demo Day

FALL DEMO DAY  will be Saturday October 15th at Science Leadership Academy in Phila.  Coffee and snacks and registration:  8:30 am (Free to Noyce Scholars and Teachers)     Demos begin at  9:00 am.

Please register now by contacting Barry Feierman  (  

If you are planning on bringing a demonstration, please write a short description.  Students will be available to help unload equipment at the door.  A week before the event I will send out a list of all of the demos. In addition to demos, the SEPS  leadership is considering holding two discussion groups at the end of the demo session.

1)  Experiences of Advanced Placement 1/2  teachers and curriculum

2)  Experiences of Physics First (9th grade) teachers and curriculum

For more Information about Demo Day click here.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - GreenFutures Local Action for Global Stewardship
Everyday, teachers work hard to foster passion, engagement, and equity into our schools. What do we need to make this work sustainable? What has to happen within our schools -- or within ourselves -- so that students and staff have beautiful environments that conserve energy and water, foster wellness, and advance social and economic justice?

On Saturday, October 15, 2016, Francine Locke, the Environmental Director at the School District of Philadelphia, and Gamal Sherif of ProgressEd will be hosting a workshop about sustainability at the Global Education Forum in Philadelphia, USA.

GreenFutures - Local Action for Global Stewardship, will focus on how GreenFutures overlaps with the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). As part of our introduction, we're going to ask participants a series of questions that are designed to cultivate small-group discussion -- and more questions!  One of our first questions is: "What is a culture of sustainability?"  To register for the Global Education Forum and the GreenFutures workshop, click here.

Saturday, October 15 Camden Code Day  9:00 AM — 4:00 PM
CAMDEN COLAB - 200 Federal St, Camden, NJ 08103

Come to Camden’s third hackathon and Code Day! Learn about basic, intermediate and advanced coding from industry experts and people working in the field!

Learn about github, javascript, the inner workings of a computer, PHP, prototyping and design, and much more. Volunteer will not only teach youth key technology skills, but will also partner with local nonprofits to begin to create technology solutions for Camden.

Help turn Camden into the tech center of the east coast!  For more info and to register, click here.

Monday, October 17, 2016 -  GreenFutures: Tapping the potential of Education for Sustainability in Philadelphia

Join us for a FREE full day workshop designed to increase our collective capacity and motivation to contribute towards a sustainable future through education.

Education Center Auditorium

440 North Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19130

For more information and to register for this event click here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 -   PAMTC Workshop:

"When was the last time you did math for fun? " Please join the Philadelphia Area Math Teachers' Circle for their next workshop, and you will! Experience the excitement of open-ended, exploratory problem-solving...just for the fun of it!
For more information click here

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - Classroom Management Part III:  Creating a Classroom of Respect and Rapport

Join PRNP and Dr. Barbara Moore Williams for the 3rd and final workshop in a series of Classroom Management Workshops.  Even if you did not attend the previous sessions, you will find this session valuable.  Come prepared to talk about a classroom procedure that you are working to put in place and evidence of how it is working. 
Location:  LaSalle University, Olney Hall, Room 229
Time:  5:30 - 8:00 pm
Dinner is served
To RSVP contact Bonnie Hallam at

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - UPenn Biology and Life Science Professional Development - 9 am - 12:00 pm

     Introduction to Osmosis (a hands-on activity for teaching Keystone A.4.1, available at

     Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration – Understanding the Basics of Bioenergetics and Biosynthesis (a discussion activity for teaching Keystone A.3.2, available at

     Dr. Ingrid Waldron, Professor of Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Common Misconceptions about Energy (Keystone A.3.2) and Using Storyboards to Enhance Student Learning

This PD session will be held in Room 101, Leidy Lab in the Biology Department of the University of Pennsylvania.  For more details and to register click here.

Phila. Ed. Fund STEM Professional Development and Networking Events

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - STEM Teacher Forum

Similar to past years of Math and Science Teacher Forums, these afternoon/evening sessions will feature a light dinner, individual STEM workshops, and professional networking. These free sessions are geared toward classroom teachers, although anyone can attend.
The October workshops will be 
  • Got Energy? (Grades K-5); 
  • The How-To's of the Carver Science Fair (Grades 4-12);
  • Chemical and Physical Changes of Matter (Grades 9-12)
The first Forum will be from 4:30 - 7 PM on Tuesday, October 25.  Register HERE.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Philadelphia Education Fund Presents: 
STEM Networking Meetings. The Ed Fund is pleased to present a series of STEM Networking Meetings. These free sessions will feature a light breakfast, informal networking, and topical panel discussions. The Networking meetings will focus on informal STEM education, but everyone is welcome to participate. The first Networking Meeting will be from 9:30-11:30 AM on Wednesday, October 26. Register HERE.
  • All Phila. Ed Fund PD events will take place in the United Way Building Lobby, at 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Reduced-rate parking will be available.
  • Specific Forum and Networking Meeting topics and presenters have not been confirmed. We will announce these as soon as possible.
  • Preregistration for both events is strongly encouraged. Walk-ins will be admitted if room is available.
Saturday, October 29, 2016 - SEPS-AAPT Fall 2016 Workshop
Session I:  Mechanics and Friction.

Provided with friction kits, constant velocity cars, and other inexpensive materials, participants will construct multiple make-and-take items and conduct investigations in mechanics. Presenters will share their favorite apps for teaching physics.  Particiapnts are also encouaged to share their apps, so bring your tablets and smart devices!   This workshop is supported by AAPT-SEPS, the Bauder Fund and a PRNP NSF grant.   This session is limited to 20 participants. Presenters Bill Berner, Jay Bagley, and Bob Schwartz.  Registrations will begin in September.  For more information  and registration click here.

October 29-30, 2016  Scaling the Teacher Curve 
If you love doing math at PAMTC, consider attending the Park City Math Institute's Weekend Outreach here in Philadelphia.  This is a two day workshop to introduce participating in their teacher leadership program.  It is a unique experience to join in problem solving sessions and reflect on your practice.  The weekend is free to all and there is a small stipend available.  More information is available here.   


October 31 - November 2 - Great Math at Your Doorstep - NCTM Regional Conference in Philadelphia!

Plan now to attend the NCTM Regional Conference at the Philadelphia Convention Center this fall! Sharpen your skills, gain new techniques, and achieve your professional goals when you make your plans for this focused professional development opportunity.

Six focus strands allow you to hone in on the topics most important to you while keynote speakers and networking opportunities let you engage and expand your expertise.  For more details click here.

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - Classroom Teacher Workshop: Create Your School Eco Plan

Join Keep Philadelphia Beautiful and the School District of Philadelphia on November 3rd from 4-7pm for a professional development opportunity to help you become an Eco School!

In community with other educators, learn about best practices in greening your school and creating student leadership opportunities around environmental stewardship, including:

– Conducting environmental audits in your school buidling
– Writing an eco code with your students
– Building an eco team in your school

This PD opportunity will give you a chance to learn and do some real-time planning so you walk away with new tools to apply right away in your school community. This workshop is one in a series of three throughout the school year; they may be taken separately, or as a series for the greatest impact.

All SDP teachers participating will be eligible for ACT 48 credits for this workshop.

Space is limited to 12, so RSVP now!

Monday, November 14, 2016 - Science on Tap:  The Man Who Forged Ben Franklin

All Science on Tap events take place at 6pm the second Monday of the month at National Mechanics, 22 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, unless otherwise stated. Be sure to arrive early to get seats!

benjamin-franklin-s-signature-7896177Joseph Cosey, an Irish-American from the Depression Era, has the dubious distinction of being the most successful and prolific forger in U.S. history. While most perpetrators struggle to duplicate the signatures of one or two individuals, Cosey mastered the handwriting styles of virtually all the nation’s founders, a score of latter-day statesmen, and a number of prominent writers—both male and female. A “printer’s devil” apprentice in his youth, Cosey success stemmed from his understanding of the delicate relationship of paper and ink. Cosey’s criminal career began…and ironically ended…with forgeries of Benjamin Franklin.

Check out our new and improved Facebook Page!  Our new Social Media Intern, Sarah, is not only doing an awesome job with bringing interesting education and STEM education articles and sites to our attention, but also is working hard on getting teachers to interact on the site.  That means you!  Click here or on the icon and join the conversation!
New Teacher Support Program
The PRNP New Teacher Support Program has just started supporting its 3rd Cohort of New STEM teachers!  Below teachers from Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 are joined by our newest STEM teachers, Cohort 3, to learn together about Classroom Management and Creating a Classroom of Respect and Rapport. Thanks to Temple University for hosting this session presented by Dr. Barbara Moore Williams.  You can join our next session on October 19 (see above) hosted by LaSalle University and connect with some of our Cohort members.
Opportunities for Teachers

Write for NSTA Science Teacher Journal!
What worked in your classroom this year? Do you have a lesson plan that went so well you impressed yourself? A strategy all your teacher friends use? If so, we're looking for you! Editors of NSTA's high school journal, The Science Teacher, are planning next year's issues now, so consider writing down the great ideas you used all year long! You'll be helping your profession, and we'll help you every step of the way.
Think of a favorite lesson plan or teaching strategy you'd like to share with teachers from across the country. Browse recent issues, and then visit our Call for Papers and our Author Guidelines to find out what the editors are looking for in the coming year. To help you get started, see this annotated sample manuscript.
Teach Plus Online:  What Teachers Need to Know to Influence Policy Decisions 

Education policy happens at the local, state, and federal level, yet teachers are rarely at the table. Policymakers need and want to hear from teachers – yet too often policies that directly affect teachers and their students are made without teacher input. How can you as a teacher have a say in shaping policy?

To ensure that the voice of teachers is heard by policymakers, we are launching a new online course, Teach Plus Online: What Teachers Need to Know to Influence Policy Decisions. The course is FREE and open to teachers nationwide.

The five-part course is the online version of a key portion of our flagship policy program, the Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellowship.  To learn more click here.

Opportunities for STEM Mentors

Carnegie Learning, a math curriculum and PD company is looking to hire a team of 12 Math Specialists to coach teachers in 72 schools across the Philadelphia School District.
Here's the link to the job posting:

Opportunities for Students


Saturday, October 29, 2016 - Society of Women Engineers
presents Invent It. Build It

Pennsylvania Convention Center
SWE Girls Program
9am – 3:30pm
for girls in grades 6-8

Participate in hands-on Design Squad activities with members of SWE and have exclusive access to the EXPO

SWE Girls Program
9am – 3:30pm
for girls in grades 9-12

Connect with real engineers from all over the world to learn about what they do and how to be successful, receive tips on selecting the right college, make new friends and more!

Parent Education Program (PEP)
9am – 3:30pm
for parents & educators

Learn about engineering careers, scholarships, college admission and other helpful resources.

Parents also have exclusive access to the EXPO.

For more information and to register go to: or email

MESA National Challenge
SparkFun is proud to announce a great educational partnership with Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA) around the MESA National Challenge. SparkFun is the hardware and professional development partner for MESA programs participating in the Prosthetic arm challenge this year. We are honored to be a part of the challenge this year and to be supporting the amazing projects coming from hundreds of students across 10 states.

MESA assists students at middle and senior high schools (and some elementary schools) so they excel in math and science and become competitively eligible for the most rigorous colleges and universities. MESA partners with teachers, administrators, school district officials and industry representatives to provide this academic enrichment model. Students are selected to participate in the MESA through a process that involves teachers at participating schools and locally-based MESA personnel.  For more details click here.

To find out about the MESA program running at Temple University click here.

Grant Opportunities

Whole Kids Foundation Accepting Applications for School Garden Grant Program

The Whole Kids Foundation, in partnership with FoodCorps, is accepting applications for its School Garden Grant Program, an annual grantmaking program that supports school garden projects designed to help students learn about topics such as nutrition and health, sustainability and conservation, food systems, and community awareness.

Garden projects may be at any stage of development (planning, construction, or operation). Priority will be given to both limited-resource communities and to projects that demonstrate strong buy-in from stakeholders as well as the ability to financially sustain the garden.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a nonprofit K-12 school (public, private, or charter) and/or a 501(c)(3) organization that is developing or currently maintaining a garden project on school grounds as a way to interest children in fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, the applicant must have the support of a specific partner organization from the community (a nonprofit, farm, local business, Whole Foods store, or garden club) that brings added support and sustainability to the initiative. The applicant, if a nonprofit, may be the community partner for the grant.

Grants will be in the amount of $2,000 for year-long projects.

See the Whole Kids Foundation website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and an online application form.


Educators of America   Classroom Technology and Teacher Training Grant                                               

K- 12 Teachers are eligible to apply for classroom technology grants and teacher training. The purpose is to empower teachers and inspire students by providing state-of-the-art technology resources. Educators of America links teachers with the training and technology they need to increase student achievement at all grade levels.  The organization collects donations from individuals and foundations and uses them to fulfill grant requests that are submitted by teachers and schools.  Deadline is ongoing.  Please click here for more details or call (716) 710-7300 or email

Captain Planet Foundation Hands-On Environmental Education Activities Grants

Captain Planet Foundation Offers Grants for Hands-On Environmental Education Activities

The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to promote and support high-quality educational programs that help children and youth understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences designed to engage them in active hands-on projects that improve the environment in their schools and communities.

Grants are intended to serve as a means of bringing environment-based education to schools and inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities. The foundation will fund unique and innovative projects that do not precisely match the grant guidelines but otherwise promote the foundation’s mission of hands-on environmental activities.

The foundation makes grants to schools and nonprofit environmental and educational organizations in the U.S. with annual operating budgets of less than $3 million. Preferential consideration will be given to requests seeking seed funding of $500 or less and to applicants who have secured at least 50 percent matching or in-kind funding for their projects. On occasion, the foundation will consider grants of up to $2,500.

See the CPF website for complete program guidelines and the online application form.  DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2017

National Education Association Foundation Learning and Leadership Grants - Deadline October 15, 2016

The Foundation’s Learning and Leadership Grants aid public school teachers and support professionals. The Foundation provides grants (up to $5,000) for participation in professional development experiences.  Applications are due October 15, 2016   Please click here for more details.

NCTM Accepting Proposals for Teacher Professional Development Grants

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics supports the professional development of teachers with the aim of ensuring equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students. NCTM is accepting applications for its Teacher Professional Development Grants for Grades 6–8 Teachers grant program.   Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to persons currently teaching math in grades 6-8.  The grant does not fund the purchase of technology, proposals that include the use of technology to enhance student learning are encouraged.

Applicants must be a current NCTM member (on or before October 15, 2016) and teach mathematics in grades 6-8 at least 50 percent of the school day.  DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 4, 2016.  For more information and to apply click here.

Resources of the Month

Each edition of the PRNP Newsletter will highlight a few new resources.  For a whole boatload of teaching resources go to
Brain-based Learning and Teaching 
This month let's focus on Brain Science and what it tells us about how students learn and therefore gives us clues on effective teaching practices.  Here are some great sites that will expand your brain and possibly help you look at teaching in a new way!

Dr. Jo Boaler from Stanford University studies the brain and learning and shares some great lessons and tips on her website   Make sure to check out the fascinating information on Brain Science and share it with your students.

Edutopia shares a wealth of resources around the brain and learning. 

Some great books on brain-based learning are shared at We Are Teachers:   One of the books recommended is Teaching with the Brain in Mind by Eric Jensen...if you've never read this, it really is a must read!

Here's a free course from Columbia University's Teacher's College entitled The Science of Learning:   This course starts November 6, 2016. 

Not exactly brain science.....but a great resource!  Penn just launched the Discovering the Genome, a free web-based curriculum for HS science teachers.  The website is


The project provides basic-to-advanced content to develop and enhance genomics literacy. Content is packaged into plug-and-play online modules ready for use, regardless of a teacher’s prior genomics knowledge.


Module topics include: Tour of the Genome, DNA Sequencing, Bioinformatics, and Browsing Genomes.

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