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Philadelphia Regional Noyce Partnership
NEWSLETTER
2016-17
March 4, 2017  Edition| Volume 7


 
SAVE THE DATE!
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
La Salle University, Olney 100

Merchants of Doubt
Film Screening

with Teacher Guide Discussion

One of the most critical issues of our time....the veracity of scientific claims....is examined in this acclaimed film. Join Emily Bailin Wells from the National Association for Media Literacy Education in exploring the Teachers' Guide for this film and a discussion on why Media Literacy education is important.  Come and bring your colleagues and friends.  Act 48, Popcorn and snacks provided!  Click here to register.

Upcoming Events                 

There are so many STEM Events happening this Spring!  We only included some of what is going on in this newsletter and it is chocked full of opportunities.  We hope you will read to the end!  And if you want to be even more amazed at the STEM scene take a look at our partner, The Ed Fund's latest newsletter by clicking here!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - Deadline to apply for free trip to Intel ISEF 2017 Competition

Calling all teachers: The Delaware Valley Science Fair provides an all expense paid trip to the Intel ISEF 2017 Competition, Los Angeles, California, May 14-19, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 2 PM  - Public Lecture by Dr. Nergis Mavalvala on Gravitational Waves
The Department of Physics at Drexel University invites you to a public lecture by MIT astrophysicsist and LIGO scientist, Prof. Nergis Mavalvala.  This is a great field trip because it is completely free and it not only includes the public lecture about gravitational waves, but it also includes an open house where the Department of Physics has a ton of physics demonstrations set up. Click here for details.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 -  4:30 pm - Teaching Controversial Issues in Schools
Dr. Jonathan Zimmerman, University of Pennsylvania,  and a panel of educators will lead us in a discussion of historical contexts for teaching controversial issues in schools.  See attached flyer for details. 

Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17, 2017 - Advancing Girls in STEM
The Agnes Irwin School and its Center for the Advancement of Girls will host Sharing Solutions 2017: Advancing Girls in STEM in partnership with The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. This year’s theme, Partnering for Impact, will provide opportunities to forge partnerships that strengthen the pipeline for girls and women in STEM fields. Join other decision makers and innovators in K-12 schools, higher education, nonprofit organizations and STEM industries for an engaging day of critical conversation about the future of girls and women in STEM.  For more information and to register, click here.

Friday, March 17-18, 2017 - SEPS/AAPT Spring Meeting -  West Chester University

Saturday afternoon workshops on  Astronomy  and  9th Physics Labs.  For details on registration, days events and speakers and costs, click here.


Monday, March 20, 2017 - STEM Teacher Forum 4:30-7:00 PM.
The Forum is FREE, and open to anyone interested in STEM education.
The Forum will be held at the United Way Building, at 1709 Ben Franklin Parkway.  A light dinner will be served. 
The 3 workshop topics will be:
  • Mystery Cubes: Inquiry by Design
  • Introduction to Elementary Science Notebooks
  • Doing Math vs. Understanding Math
Act 48 credits are available.  For more information and to register click here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Philadelphia Area Math Teachers' Circle
Join in the learning, join in the fun!  Math like you really want to do it!  5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Philadelphia School.  Dinner and Act 48 provided.  To register, click here.    Can't make it on a weeknight, join the West Philadelphia group on Saturday, March 25, 2017.  For details and to register, click here.
 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - Drexel DragonsTeach Final Workshop in the Winter Series :  Water Systems in Math and Science Classrooms.  For more information, click here

Monday, March 27, 2017 - STEM Networking Forum,  9:30-11:30 AM.
The topic will be "Funding STEM Education."  The panelists will be:
  • Dr. Kathleen Fadigan, Penn State University
  • Ms. Jane Horwitz, University of Pennsylvania
  • Mr. Kevin Peter, Community College of Philadelphia
* The Networking Meeting is FREE, and open to anyone interested in STEM education.  The Networking Meeting will be held at the United Way Building, at 1709 Ben Franklin Parkway.  A light breakfast will be served.  PQAS (Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System) credits are available. To register, click here.

Thursday, March 30 - April 2, 2017 - NSTA in Los Angeles - Sun, Surf, and Science!
Andy Weir (The Martian) and Bill Nye (The Science Guy) will be at NSTA! And all the other excitement of engaging workshops, amazing demos, and tons of interesting and resourceful people to meet!  To register for this exciting event click here.

April 5 - 8, 2017 NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Antonio, TX

The NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition is quickly approaching—have you secured your spot at the must-attend mathematics education event of the year?  The Annual Meeting, April 5–8 in San Antonio, is a great way to kick start your professional goals in 2017. You will have the opportunity to network with more than 9,000 brightest minds in the math education community.  For more information and to register, click here.
          
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - PRNP Presents - Film Screening of Merchants of Doubt - 6:00 pm
Join us in Olney Hall 100, La Salle University for a popcorn movie night that is sure to be a thriller!  A discussion will follow the screening with Emily Bailin Wells from the National Association for Media Literacy Education.   To register click here.




Saturday, April, 22, 2017 - A Walk for Education, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm - National Society of Black Engineers
A walk for education is an event that aims to increase awareness of educational opportunities. Volunteers are needed to walk door-to-door distributing information about college admissions, vocational schools, GED, SAT/ACT, and financial aid.  Register here.  The Neighborhood Church, 2516 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - The March for Science - Philadelphia
The March for Science is a celebration of science. It’s not about scientists or politicians, it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world. Nevertheless, the march has generated a great deal of conversation around whether or not scientists should involve themselves in politics. In the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery, we might ask instead: can we afford not to speak out in its defense?   #marchforsciencePHL  For more information, click here.

SAVE THE DATE!  June 10, 2017 - THE DON MCKINNEY STEM CONFERENCE - CONNECTING EDUCATORS TO THE WIDER STEM COMMUNITY!  Join PRNP and the Philadelphia Education Fund for this fabulous day of learning about how teachers can connect to the STEM Ecosystem in the Philadelphia area to create more real, more exciting, more successful learning experiences for their students!  Find out what kinds of resources exist to tap into as your work with your students on STEM community-based learning/problem-solving issues!  It will be a full day and one that will surely end your school year with a BANG!  Watch for details coming soon!


Have you visited our Facebook site yet?  We'd like to get a conversation started around Connected Learning.  What do you know about it?  Have you tried it?  Do you have experiences to share with other teachers?  Check out our latest PRNP Ask a Mentor Blog by Dr. Kira Baker Doyle, on Connected Learning starting on November 5 and then share your thoughts!    Click here or on the icon and join the conversation!
PRNP BIG NEWS!
PRNP has launched a new feature on its website The Support Network Portal!
      

If you have not registered yet....sign up today!
This space provides a tool for linking up with other STEM teachers and STEM providers for support and resources.  You can provide support to other STEM teachers, receive support, or both provide and receive support!  This site is all about STEM educators helping STEM educators, sharing what they know and what they do.  We value the contributions of teachers at any stage of their career trajectory and encourage both new and experienced teachers to both seek support and offer support.  We hope to have 300 teachers in the Portal by the end of 2017!  Will you be one? 
                    
 
PRNP Co-hosts
Philadelphia Ed Fund STEM Teacher Forum!
Did you know that since November, 2016 PRNP has been supporting the STEM Teacher Forum by providing presenters each month and encouraging all of our Noyce Teachers to attend?  The goal of this collaboration is for new Noyce teachers who are interested in learning how to present workshops to work with experienced teachers and PRNP mentors in developing and presenting. 
            
So far, the following Noyce Teachers have presented:
  • Linsa Sunny  (Temple Noyce) paired with Herb Green  - November
  • Donovan Hayes (Drexel Noyce) paired with Scott Steketee - January
  • Michael Kierod (Temple Noyce) paired with Anita Brook-Dupree  - February
  • Joji Thompson (Drexel Noyce) - March
  • April - YOU!
If you are a Noyce Teacher who would like the opportunity to strengthen your leadership skills through providing professional development for others, let us know (bhallam@brynmawr.edu).
Opportunities for Teachers
Jobs:

Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts seeks a Math Teacher.  For more information contact Jeremy Wright at jwright@philasd.org.  The position will complete the 2016-17 school year with a potential for future employment

SEPS/APPTTutor needed for AP Physics 1.  Student is a junior at Wissahickon HS and would be willing to travel in the Ambler, Fort Washington, Plymouth Meeting, Conshohocken general area if convenient.

Contact Pat Callahan ptcallahan@aol.com for more information.

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge/SCA - Environmental Educators
The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is seeking two environmental education interns from the greater Philadelphia commuting area to join our team and represent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for this unique internship opportunity. Gain experience assisting with the Urban National Wildlife Initiative in the city of Philadelphia by facilitating partnerships, providing curriculum based environmental education and natural resource interpretation, and assisting with visitor center operations and refuge communications. Work with a variety of diverse audiences.  For more information,  click here.

Wissahickon Charter School
Wissahickon Charter School has two mid-year middle school teaching vacancies--one for grades 7-8 math, and one math-science apprentice teacher.  For more information, contact David Ginsburg at david@ginsburgcoaching.com

Wondergy
Wondergy is seeking charismatic scientists who want to travel the country presenting school assemblies. You’ll present an unscripted interactive show, engaging with students’ questions and ideas, and making it fun, educational, and exciting. You will visit over 80k students in over 30 states, and make a huge impact on the world. This is a full time job on the road, requiring a lot of driving.  We provide all of the equipment for travel and science demonstrations, plus training and general support.
How to Apply:  Email us your resume and cover letter, and a short video telling us why you’d be awesome for this (youtube/vimeo links are fine).  We will have a phone interview, which may be followed by an in-person “audition”.  Email to careers@wondergy.com only, and be sure to include your phone number; no inquiry calls, please.

 

Fellowships and Summer Opportunities:
 
July 31 - Autust 18, 2017 Grant-Funded Opportunity for Physics Teachers: A 3-Week Computational Modeling Development Workshop for Physics for All and CS for All
Join the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA), STEMteachersNYC, and Bootstrap's Pyret team for a 3-week development project in New York City from July 31 - August 18, 2017. The purpose of this NSF and 100Kin10-sponsored project is to integrate computational modeling using Bootstrap's Pyret language in Modeling Physics First.
 
For this project, a total of 21 teachers from around the nation and the state of New York will be joined by the 9 teachers who participated in preliminary development workshop, funded by 100Kin10.  Stipends as well as travel/lodging/meals (for non-local participants) will be provided. Visit this blog post to learn more and to find a link to apply. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For further information or to ask questions about this opportunity, please contact AAPT K-12 Program Manager Rebecca Vieyra at rvieyra@aapt.org.


July 17- 19, 2017  The POGIL Project Summer Workshop - Johns Hopkins University
Project's 3-day Regional Workshops provide instructors from both high schools and colleges/universities with a significant opportunity to obtain professional development and to gain new insights into teaching and learning.  For more information and to register, click here.
 
Drexel Skyscraper Games Summer Classes for Middle School Teachers
Drexel is offering a game development PD this summer called Skyscraper Games.  It's an opportunity to learn game programming for possible use primarily in Middle School classes.  If you're interested, the signup form is here  Participating teachers will receive support from the EGS throughout the 17-18 AY as their students work towards entering this competition with unique games. Teachers will also receive compensation (up to $2000) for participation in this workshop and focus group meetings throughout the academic year.
             
June 26 - August 4, 2017 - Drexel University REThink Summer Program for Teachers

Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics is pleased to announce that the REThink Project, a Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site in Engineering and Computer Science for Machine Learning to Enhance Human-Centered Computing, is now accepting applications for its 2017-2018 Program.  Funding is anticipated for this program.  STEM and Computer Science high school teachers and 2-year college faculty in the City of Philadelphia and Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Area are encouraged to apply for this non-residential program running June 26, 2017 – August 4, 2017.  Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2017. For more information, including how to apply, visit the project website at http://rethink.cs.drexel.edu, or contact Evy Vega directly at evy.vega@drexel.edu or 215-895-2669.

                        
Penn State Center for Science and the Schools - Summer Opportunities for teachers

CSATS partners with science and engineering researchers at Penn State and industries to improve STEM education through innovative outreach programs. We design, develop, and implement programs for K-12 and higher education focused on incorporating the practices of science and engineering into classrooms as well as informal learning environments. For more information, click here.

Carnegie Foundation The Networked Improvement Fellowship

The Carnegie Foundation has been pioneering an approach to school improvement using the tools of Improvement Science within Networked Improvement Communities. This new approach to research and development within education has the promise to reach unprecedented outcomes and address our most intractable problems. The Fellowship is two years in length, salaried, and multiple fellowships will be offered.  For more information and to apply click here.
 

Set Sail!  US Naval Academy Summer Educator Training Workshop- July 17-July 20, 2017. 
STEM Educator Training (SET) Sail Workshops are offered on-site at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Training focuses on the use of project-based learning in topics such as engineering design, chemistry, physics, math, robotics, programming, biology, and SeaPerch.  Room and Board  provided.  Travel stipends are available.  For more information and to register, click here.

The Chemistry Immersion Program at the University of Missouri is accepting applications for Summer 2017! 
The Chemistry Immersion Program (CHIP) is a multifaceted program designed for high school students and teachers. For high school students, CHIP works to enhance students' comfort level in the collegiate chemistry and biochemistry laboratories and improve their lab skills by engaging students with laboratory investigations designed to refresh knowledge of key concepts in chemistry and biochemistry. Students attend CHIP for one week.  (Flyer attached)
For high school teachers, CHIP provides professional development and an opportunity for collaboration with peers through the development of laboratory activities designed to engage students. Teachers who are accepted as CHIP fellows have all expenses paid including a graduate level credit hour. 
To learn more and apply, visit: chip.missouri.edu 

Deadline:  March 13, 2017!   August 1 - 16, 2017 Travel Grants for Teachers:  Bring the world to your classroom! Embark on a 16-day travel experience to the World Heritage sites and cities of India and Nepal.  For program details, download the flyer here. 

AMS Education Program - Online Course
The AMS Education Program invites K-12 teachers to enroll in professional development courses in Atmosphere, Ocean and Earth’s Climate System. With major support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the DataStreme Project is available at no cost to teachers nationwide. The DataStreme Project is an innovative set of internet-based distance-learning courses open to all K-12 teachers. DataStreme Atmosphere – focuses on the study of the atmospheric environment; DataStreme Ocean – explores the ocean in the Earth system; and DataStreme Earth’s Climate System – incorporates inquiry-based instructional strategies and a holistic concept of Earth from oceanic, atmospheric and terrestrial climate and problem-focused perspectives.  For more information, click here.

Mount Holyoke's Master of Arts Scholarship Program
Teachers from around the country have taken advantage of Mount Holyoke's scholarship opportunities and are now making an impact on the education profession. Are you looking to make a difference in education? We are offering scholarships for educators that enroll in our Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership program or our Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching program starting this summer.

Opportunities for Students

Drexel Scholarships for Students interested in Engineering
We offer two scholarships through Drexel University of 5-year at $5000 per year and one through Temple of 4-year at $2000 per year, plus stipends from our chapter dues ranging from $100 to $500.

The Philadelphia Chapter of Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers has hosted these scholarships for many years. We regularly received six (exactly six and obviously pre-screened by a wonderful guidance counselor) applications each year from Central HS as well as many from other schools. A couple of years ago these stopped and efforts to contact the prior guidance counselors were unsuccessful. We suspect lower funding of these departments. We still receive applications from private and parochial schools but would again like to encourage those of public schools to apply.   Our scholarship program may be viewed from our website at www.pspe-philly.org, http://www.pspe-philly.org/scholarship/scholarship.htm, and http://www.pspe-philly.org/scholarship/forms/16scholarship-application.pdf.

Penn 2017 STEM Summer Program for Middle and High School Students 
High Energy Physics, Regenerative Medicine, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Robotics, Natural Science and Dog Handling....how can any student not want to be a part of this?  Discover a multitude of exciting and engaging STEM programs for students offered this summer at the University of Pennsylvania!   See attached flyer for details. 

Grant Opportunities
Teacher-Leader Collaborative Grant
"The Teacher-Leader Collaborative Grants program, made possible through the generous support of the William Penn Foundation, reinforces strong collaboration between principals and teachers as a means to increase broad-based leadership in Philadelphia schools. The program provides an opportunity for teams of teacher-leaders and their principal, led by a designated project lead, to apply for grants totaling between $5,000 and $15,000 to address a school-specific challenge to student learning."  To apply, click here. 

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 grants@educatorsusa.org.

Wild Ones Invites Applications for Native Plant Education Projects

Wild Ones, a nonprofit environmental education and advocacy organization, is accepting applications from projects that aim to enhance and develop an appreciation for nature among high school students using native plants.

Through the Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Fund, grants of up to $500 will be awarded for projects that emphasize the involvement of students and volunteers in all phases of development. Qualified applicants must have a site available for the project.  DEADLINE: OCTOBER 15, 2017  For more information and application  click here.

                         
Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Grants

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams™ are comprised of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. STEM educators from the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, and territories of the U.S. may apply.  To find out more 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 http://prnp.org/teacher-resources

Preparing for our upcoming Film Screening of Merchants of Doubt, here are some resources for teachers around Science and the Media:

National Association for Media Literacy Education
shares a variety of resources for teachers such as their Educators' Guide.  Check out other resources here.

Other great resources: 

Discovering the Genome Project:  The Discovering the Genome project provides basic-to-advanced content and engaging activities to develop and enhance genomics literacy. Focused on genomes, the content is ready for use by all science teachers, even those with little genomics background. This free web-based curriculum is available for teachers everywhere and we encourage you to incorporate its plug-and-play online modules in your lesson plans this spring or next fall.  For more information, visit: http://discoveringthegenome.org/.

Get Excited about our end of the year Don McKinney STEM Conference by checking out Community-based Learning/Problem Solving resources!

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