Latest Opportunities for Teachers and Students

  • Sun, April 10, 2016 4:42 PM | Anonymous

    We were excited to see so many of you at the NSTA/TSTA Conference this past weekend.  We had a wonderful time.

    The state has launched the public website to solicit feedback (2nd round) on the revised draft of science standards. You can access that site here:  Can you help get the word out to your teachers?  Please emphasize that even if teachers gave feedback on the draft standards, we need them to give feedback again on these revised draft standards.  We have made revisions based on their input and want them to review the changes we have made.  

    Also, please encourage everyone to give detailed feedback.  As we made the revisions we had difficulty if someone said a standard should be changed but they did not indicate how they thought it should be changed.  I know this takes time but it is critical that we get good feedback from as many science teachers as possible.  

    Also, please make sure your colleagues know that the Tennessee draft standards are based on the K-12 Framework (download pdf file for free at

  • Mon, April 04, 2016 5:01 PM | Anonymous

    MySciLife® is a safe, social learning environment where science students design and maintain science "identities" to LIVE and LEARN. Students LIVE as a science concept, creating their identities using status updates, interactions, and a full range of digital media. Currently serving middle school science teachers and their students across the U.S., MySciLife is a former MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning finalist. 

    Learn more about MySciLife and how you can be involved. 

    The MySciLife team offers 18 hours of professional development training for teachers wishing to use the MySciLife platform with their students (FREE!) from early spring to summer for the subsequent school year. 

    Click here to learn more.

  • Mon, March 28, 2016 8:30 AM | Anonymous
    The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science is a non-profit project whose goal is to help middle school science teachers effectively teach their state’s Evolution and Natural Selection standards. We are always looking for presenters who are knowledgeable and passionate on the subject. We work with our presenters (teachers, college professors, scientists) to organize and schedule professional development opportunities in their local school districts or state conferences (all travel expenses covered). We provide all of the materials and a $150 stipend per workshop.

     Your members can learn more about TIES on our webpage:

    Or on our online learning page:

  • Mon, March 07, 2016 10:53 AM | Anonymous
    What is LEAFLit?
    Lead. Educate. Advocate. Fulfill.
    LEAFLit is more than just a newsletter, it is a vibrant learning community. Bringing together both formal and non-formal educators with industry and agency stakeholders, LEAFLit serves as an inclusive forum for the progression of the Tennessee Enviromental Literacy Plan. Our focus will be to lead, educate, and advocate on behalf of environmental education initiatives across the state, and to fulfill our mission of increasing environmental literacy among Tennessee students.   
    Want to Make a Difference? Get Involved!
    FIRST: Take our short (3 Questions) Environmental Literacy Questionnaire NEXT: Over the next few months, we will be featuring local educators and organizations to learn more about their daily efforts to enrich the lives of Tennessee students through environmental education. If you or someone you know would like to be featured, please see the Call for Content section below.

    Call for Content:

    LEAFLit is meant to be an inclusive forum for environmental educators and stakeholders across Tennessee. If you or your organization would like to be included in upcoming editions of the newsletter, please e-mail Brent Fulford at and include your name, organization, and a short write-up about your experience as an environmental educator or stakeholder. We want to tell YOUR story, so feel free to include information about successes, failures, and any other important details that have shaped your experiences.

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  • Sat, February 20, 2016 10:31 AM | Anonymous

    A Boeing and Teaching Channel Partnership

    The Boeing Company and Teaching Channel have been working together since 2014 to create problem-based curricula inspired by the science and engineering innovations at Boeing and informed by globally competitive science, math, and literacy standards. These units are being released as part of a collection of K-12 education resources under development to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Boeing Company.

    Each unit is designed to be delivered in classrooms over a two-week period. These resources are intended to meet a critical need by teachers for content that integrates engineering design thinking and problem based learning – both of which are more strongly emphasized in globally benchmarked science standards (e.g., Next Generation Science Standards) that are currently being adopted or adapted by districts across the United States.

    A collection of companion videos for six units produced by Teaching Channel showcase one lesson from each unit. These videos are intended to demonstrate how educators shifted their practice to integrate engineering practice and mindset in their classrooms. Watch all the videos to see how educators addressed topics in lessons that span the arc of the two-week units.


  • Wed, January 20, 2016 11:17 AM | Anonymous

    Population Connection has a wonderful new online resource for science teachers

    You may be familiar with our long-popular resource, World Population, a short video-animation of the history of world population of the past 2,000 years. A new version of World Population is now part of a new website, that has a number of interactive features and rich content to help students learn more about human ecology – past, present and projected – including land use, carbon emissions and trends in science and technology that have shaped society.  We designed the site with high school students and teachers in mind.

    See this press release for more information on the website’s features. 

  • Fri, January 08, 2016 9:36 AM | Anonymous

    Planting Science: Digging Deeper Together - A Model for Collaborative Teacher/Scientist Professional Development

    BSCS, the Botanical Society of America, and the American Society of Plant Biologists are looking for high school life science teachers who are interested in participating in a unique professional development opportunity involving collaborations with research scientists, teachers, and students.

    • Are you interested in collaborating with scientist mentors to help students learn how to conduct research on plants?
    • Are you interested in taking part in face-to-face and online professional development to help enhance your teaching practices?
    • Would you like to participate in a research project to find out how collaborations among teachers, research scientists, and students can lead to enhanced student learning?
    • Are you interested in having your students work more with plants?

    Digging Deeper is a professional development (PD) research project that builds on the success of PlantingScience, an online science mentoring community for high school biology students.

    The Digging Deeper project will develop, implement, and test a professional development (PD) model whereby teachers and scientists work closely together over extended periods to guide students in authentic science investigations and then to reflect on instructional and mentoring strategies that that are effective for enhancing student learning.

  • Tue, January 05, 2016 11:57 AM | Anonymous

    Online Teacher Professional Development Opportunity:

    For middle and high school teachers-please share with your colleagues, consider applying to our year-long science teacher professional development program with a total of up to $1,500 in fellowship payments: 

    Applications are due no later than January 25, 2016

    Questions?  Contact Margaret Stieben

    The Online Teacher (OT) Professional Development program is designed for middle and high school science teachers. Over the course of one year, participants explore, apply, and reflect on Six Star Science, a research-based framework for supporting excellence in science education (see Resources below). OTs also engage in online discussions, design and implement experiments, and utilize tools and strategies to enhance student-centered learning by effectively transforming lessons. The program does NOT require teachers to add to their curriculum; instead, it gives teachers tools for enhancing state mandated curricula. 

  • Tue, January 05, 2016 11:55 AM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Now accepting applications for 2016

    OXFORD, Ohio (Sept. 30, 2015) – Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2016 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 15 countries throughout the world. New in 2016 are courses in Galápagos and Paraguay.

    Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad.

    Project Dragonfly also offers graduate courses and the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree co-delivered by premier learning institutions in Cincinnati, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, New York, Phoenix, San Diego and Seattle. The AIP master's takes place on-site and near AIP Master Institutions and through web-based learning communities.

    Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.

  • Sun, December 06, 2015 11:00 PM | Anonymous

    Teach an Hour of Code to your students

    Join us to make history. We want 10 million people of all ages to try an introduction to computer science for one hour during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). Also, we are offering prizes for EVERY educator who participates!


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