Latest Opportunities for Teachers and Students

  • Fri, January 11, 2019 10:48 AM | Anonymous

    The TVA Mini-Grant Program, sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated (BVI, a TVA retiree organization), is designed to fund STEM learning projects in classrooms and schools in the TVA service area.

    “The Tennessee Valley Authority understands that excellence in education is the key to our future,” said TVA STEM Education Manager Rachel Crickmar. “We want to work directly with teachers to support initiatives that advance STEM activities in the classroom to develop a talent pipeline for TVA and its customers.”

    Deadlines and Eligibility

    • The 2018/2019 Mini-Grant application opens Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, and closes Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.
    • All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by Feb. 28, 2019.
    • Grants may be requested in the following amounts: $500, $750, $1,000, $1,500, $2,500, $3,500, or $5,000 per school. Please use the supplied Budget Template.
    • This is a competitive grant competition. Applications should be original work and not provided by a vendor or retailer.
    • Preference will be given to grants that help students explore TVA’s primary areas of focus: the environment, energy, economic and career development and community problem solving.
    • Must be a public school to receive funding.
    • School must receive power from a TVA distributor.
  • Sat, March 04, 2017 1:23 PM | Anonymous

    The EPA, USDA, and University of Arkansas have co-authored a guidance document to help K-12 schools perform food waste audits to determine their "foodprint" and baseline food waste data. In coordination with the release of the guidance document, the World Wildlife Fund, Environmental Research & Education Foundation, and EPA are sponsoring a food waste audit program for 100 schools. The first 100 schools that enroll will receive resources and materials to support the waste audit effort. Additionally, schools that enroll in the waste audit will have the opportunity to be randomly selected to win cash prizes to help supplement extracurricular program costs.

    Food waste is one of the most significant ongoing sustainability and public health issues facing Tennesseans. An estimated 40% of all food in the US goes uneaten, 25% of water use in the country goes towards growing that uneaten food, food waste comprises 21% of the waste stream destined for landfill disposal, it squanders 31% of all croplands, and 30% of all fertilizer used. In addition to the resources lost, 15% of all households in Tennessee are considered food insecure; meaning that more than 1 in 7 people in the state lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food. By encouraging schools to enroll in this program, students will be offered an experiential education opportunity to both assess their foodprint and learn about their impacts. Other schools around the nation that have performed food waste audits have identified opportunities to support food recovery efforts, benefiting those considered food insecure by diverting resources to their highest possible use (food recovery).

    This effort is supportive of Objective 4 of TDEC's 2025 Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan, as well as the state’s role as an Endorser of the EPA Food Recovery Challenge, in which we are tasked with encouraging organizations to enroll in the voluntary reporting program where they track their progress towards food waste reduction, recovery, and diversion.

    To enroll you school in the program please visit

  • Fri, December 16, 2016 1:28 PM | Anonymous

    The ACS-Hach Professional Development Grant supports high school chemistry teachers as they identify and pursue opportunities that advance their professional development and enhance the teaching and learning of chemistry in their classrooms.

    High school chemistry educators teaching in U.S. or U.S. territory schools can apply to request up to $1,500 to fund professional development opportunities that will improve their professional skills and student achievement. Grants may be used for conference or workshop registration fees; travel expenses; tuition and educational expenses for new/upcoming courses; books and online instructional resources; and substitute teacher pay.

    Applications for the ACS-Hach Professional Development Grant must be submitted by January 4, 2017visit the grant website for complete eligibility details and an online application form.

    You may also be interested in the ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Grant, which supports ideas on improving the teaching and learning of chemistry at the classroom level, or the ACS ChemClubs Outreach Grant, which support chartered ACS ChemClubs in community interactions by service projects or improving science learning experiences. Questions? Contact us at or (800) 227-5558, ext. 8178.

  • Wed, October 12, 2016 12:30 PM | Anonymous
    The July 1-11, 2017 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for K-12 formal and informal educators to learn and use:  
    • 21st Century Instruction:  5E Lesson Design ~ Inquiry-Based Exploration ~ STEM 
    • Inquiry Protocols & Resources:  Project Learning Tree ~ Cornell Lab of Ornithology ~ & More!·        
    • Global and Cultural Perspectives:  Service Learning ~ Sustainability ~ Global Education

    Join Al Stenstrup, Project Learning Tree; Dr. Nancy Trautmann, Cornell Lab of Ornithology;  Dr. David Pearson, Wildlife Travellers’ Guide to Peru; along with scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University; and Randy Morgan, Curator/Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo as you:  

    • Participate in citizen science projects and inquiry based field studies on a 1/4-mile Rainforest Canopy Walkway in one of the most biologically diverse environments on the planet.
    • Spend a day in an Amazon village as you explore the complexities of sustainability and the role of education in creating a sustainable future for Amazon children.
    • Work with fellow educators to explore strategies for using the Amazon as a vehicle for incorporating STEM education, inquiry-based learning, and sustainability science education into your classroom.

    PLT Certification, BirdSleuth resources and 50 Arizona State University PD Hours included. Academic credit and Machu Picchu extension optional.  $1000 scholarship deadline February 1, 2017With a scholarship, program fees are $1375 + air.   Space is limited to 30 educators! Register early to secure your spot!

    Get the details and download a syllabus and scholarship application at:

    Contact or 1-800-431-2624 for more information.

  • Fri, July 22, 2016 10:04 AM | Anonymous

    Link from the state website of Science Standards:

    2017-2018 Textbook/Curriculum Materials Adoption

    2018-2019 Standards Implementation

  • Thu, June 02, 2016 4:36 PM | Anonymous

    Learning Blade is a STEM career awareness system tied to the academic standards. This system uses an online game-based mission format to expose students to a wide range of STEM careers and technologies. 

    Our technology has been validated by Battelle Education and recommended by ACT in their “2014 &2015 Condition of STEM” National Report as a valuable STEM-related educational resource. 

    Learning Blade Gets Results:

    DOUBLING the # of students interested in becoming an engineer and/or scientist 

    79% Increase In students recognizing “Math is helpful when solving interesting problems.” 

    69% Increase In students recognizing “What I learn in school will be useful later in life.”

    57% Increase In students interested in taking advanced math classes in high school.


  • 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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