Kids in Need Teacher Grants

Kids in Need Teacher Grants

Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. The Kids In Need Foundation helps to engage students in the learning process by supporting our most creative and important educational resource – our nation’s teachers. The Teacher Grants are funded by retail and education credit union sponsors, which make the application available at their outlets during the back-to-school season and on this website. This year all teachers that apply will receive a special gift of poster making and bulletin board supplies from ArtSkills! Teacher Grant awards range from $100 to $500 each and are used to finance creative classroom projects. Typically, 300-600 grants are awarded each year. The applications are judged according to a rubric which emphasizes innovativeness and merit, clarity of objectives, replication feasibility, suitability of evaluation methods, and cost effectiveness. All certified K-12 teachers in the U.S. are eligible. Deadline: September 30, 2012 Kids in Need Grants website: http://www.kinf.org/grants/ Information about grant applications can be found here....

Free Geography Standards Webinar

Don’t miss the first webinar of the season on August 29th! Join us for an informative look at the newly updated Geography Standards! GFL2 or Geography for Life: National Geography Standards, Second Edition has finally arrived! This presentation will highlight the changes that are featured in the second edition of the national standards and provide an overview of the new edition. A new colorful 3-column layout allows teachers to see content in all three grade bands at one time. The organization of this second edition focuses on Doing Geography. There are three new classroom vignettes that describe examples of doing geography at each of the three grade bands in the standards to help teachers as they envision doing geography in their own classrooms. By organizing the geographic perspectives, content knowledge, and skills sections together in Part II of the document, the document provides examples of how to engage students in doing geography and developing useful geographic practices. An expanded glossary is a valuable resource in building geography vocabulary for K-12 students. The presentation will also include an opportunity for questions and answers as well as helpful discussions about the many ways to use this updated resource in support of existing state and district level standards. It’s the perfect way to start your school year with the newest tools in your tool belt! Title: Meet the New Geography Standards Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT Cost: Free to EVERYONE! After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. System Requirements PC-based attendees Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003...
New Hampshire DOE Signs Statewide GIS License Agreement with Esri

New Hampshire DOE Signs Statewide GIS License Agreement with Esri

Concord, New Hampshire—July 16, 2012— Over 200,000 students in New Hampshire schools now have the ability to learn and apply 21st century geospatial concepts using the ArcGIS software developed by Environmental System Research Institute (ESRI). Thanks to a statewide partnership between ESRI, the world’s leading geographic information system (GIS) software developer, and the New Hampshire Department of Education, this new partnership will allow every public and private school throughout the state unprecedented access to ESRI’s state-of-the-art GIS tools for use in education and research. The agreement also includes school administrative use for tasks like creating district maps and efficient bus routes. According to Judy Tumosa of New Hampshire Fish & Game, “This partnership will provide a wonderful opportunity for teachers to use GIS to gather, display, analyze and share their data as they study their watersheds”. Kevin Heany, social studies teacher at Monadnock Regional High School says, “Our environmental studies students have been actively involved in collecting data from the nearby Asheulot River. Giving them the opportunity with ArcGIS to map and visualize their own data, as well as the capability to actively participate in monitoring the water quality is exciting,” Recognized non-formal education groups such as 4-H Clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys Clubs and Girls Clubs will also have access to the software. Shane Bradt, director of the UNH Cooperative Extension Geospatial Technologies Training Center, is excited that “Not only will this ESRI license provide a wonderful opportunity to engage kids in geospatial inquiry in the classroom, but the availability of GIS to afterschool groups will further integrate spatial thinking into the next generation of NH students”....

White Mountain National Forest Artist in Residence Talk this Thursday!!

Free Talk by White Mountain National Forest Artists in Residence Thursday in Campton Miami-based eco artist Xavier Cortada and sound artist/composer Juan Carlos Espinosa will talk about their work on Thursday, July 12, at 7 pm at White Mountain National Forest Headquarters in Campton. The program is free and open to the public. Cortada and Espinosa are currently serving as Artists in Residence on the Forest, part of a collaboration, now in its second year, between the WMNF and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. The artists have worked together on numerous projects over the last few years, most related to their shared environmental concerns. Their eco-art practice is defined by interdisciplinary collaboration and participatory practices that involve artists, scientists, and communities with the goal of public awareness and bioremediation. Throughout July, they will meet with White Mountain National Forest scientists, foresters and trail workers – as well as with the local community — to develop ideas for their work. Inspired by and responding to the Forest, they will create site-specific works and temporary installations. Composer Juan Carlos Espinosa grew up in Miami. He reflects his concern for environmental issues, as well as his concern for the withering of human and cultural memory, in his music and sound art. Many of his early musical experiences involve outdoors, stargazing and Saturday morning cartoons. Espinosa is from a family of classical music fans who also liked the outdoors. Whether it was Wagner on the radio on the way to the camp or the chirp-chirp-buzz of an Everglades night, his father insisted he ‘open’ his ears to understand that all sound...

Baja California & the Sea of Cortez Webinar

Join National Geographic photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins and naturalist Alberto Montaudon, and discover why Baja California should be on every traveler’s must-visit list. Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez a “living aquarium,” with its islands designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to an impressive variety of marine mammals and birds. Our 30 years of experience exploring this “best-kept-secret” region guarantees you intoxicating encounters—leaping dolphins, gray whale mothers nurturing their calves, seabirds en masse, and snorkeling with sea lions. • Learn about encounters with dolphins, sea lions and whales • Explore the region’s idyllic landscapes • Discover the Lindblad-National Geographic difference • Find out the answers to your travel questions Register For...