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Picademy USA PD Training
The Idaho STEM Action Center is very excited to announce our partnership with Raspberry Pi Foundation to bring a two-day hands-on course in digital making. Boise was selected to be one of four national training sites. The Picademy professional development training will teach educators how to use maker-friendly technology and cover a range of ways to use hardware such as Raspberry Pi in classrooms. Upon completion, attendees will become Raspberry Pi Certified Educators and join a network of Picademy graduates around the world. No experience with technology is required.
i-STEM is a coordinated effort by the State Department of Education, Idaho Professional-Technical Education, educators, businesses, and industry to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Project Learning Tree
All PLT workshops have great activities that help you accomplish curricular goals in meaningful ways, and are offered for professional education credit (for re-certification). Each title is provided for a separate credit. There is no prerequisite for these workshops, but we highly recommend taking the General PLT workshop early in your PLT "career."
Idaho Science & Aerospace Scholars (ISAS)
Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars (ISAS) is a competitive program that allows high school juniors to take an engaging online NASA-developed course on Space Exploration through Idaho Digital Learning that teaches a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills aligned with Idaho Content Standards. Apply to be a mentor!!
INTERDISCIPLINARY MATERIALS RET PROGRAM
A six-week program for middle and high school teachers at Penn State University - University Park The goal of the RET program at Penn State is to provide opportunities to the participating STEM teachers to engage in hands-on research projects with faculty mentors in Materials Chemistry, Physics and Nanotechnology. Engineering, technology, science and math teachers, as well as pre-service teachers, with broad interests across disciplines are eligible to apply.
WALTON NATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY TEACHERS' ACADEMY
The National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy provides K-12 teachers with the knowledge, skills and tools to become agents of change. By infusing sustainability concepts and practices into schools, teachers can have a profound impact on motivating future leaders to create and innovate solutions to the economic, social and environmental challenges of our world.
SHARING NATURE-AN EDUCATOR'S WEEK
Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week is a time for 55 educators to come together for exciting field trips, hikes, bird-watching, boat trips, workshops, lab work, and a wide variety of interactive programs, all designed to help teachers come away inspired and with new ideas for their teaching and curriculum. One scholarship fund focuses on diversity inclusion, and provides up to 90% of the tuition costs for teachers of color (African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian, etc.) Another scholarship fund is open to anyone and provides about 45% of the total costs of the program. Scholarship funds are limited, so apply soon!
This project brings together 130+ brilliant, creative teachers in grades K-12 and shares the best teaching practices around Common Core. This treasure trove of Common Core knowledge is growing every day.
NSTA Online P.D. Learning Center
NSTA is committed to providing the very best personalized professional learning to teachers who teach science. The NSTA Learning Center contains a variety of online learning experiences to fit any educator’s learning style and content need and can be accessed 24/7.
Click2Science - Free Online STEM P.D.
Click2Science is an interactive, professional development site for trainers, coaches, site directors and frontline staff/volunteers working in out-of-school time STEM programs, serving children and youth.
Global Exploration for Educators Organization
We Help Teachers Explore the World! Understanding the world today has never been more important. Much of that understanding comes from what we learn in school. Students look to their teachers for knowledge about a world that is not yet part of their own lived experience. By spending time abroad teachers gain fresh perspectives that deeply enrich their students' learning and global awareness. Founded in 2007, GEEO is a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs travel programs for teachers. Programs are held throughout the year - please take a look around our website to find out more about us and our programs.
Science Friday Educator Collaborative
The Science Friday Initiative, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is conducting a nationwide search for creative, highly motivated, and dedicated STEM educators to participate in the collaborative development of new multimedia-driven education resources. You’ll work directly with Science Friday staff to produce and share compelling approaches to STEM education inspired by interviews and stories from real scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Fall 2016 application is being released soon!
Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science
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.