Big Idea #1: Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math & Science
Do you know a great Montana science or math teacher, teaching in grades 7-12, with 5 or more years of professional teaching experience? Do you think that person deserves some special recognition for their expertise and dedication to student learning? Would that person mind receiving a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, along with an expenses-paid trip to DC to meet with other awardees and attend math and science professional development opportunities?
If your answer is "yes" to the above questions, please consider taking a few minuts to nominate that person for the 2014 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). In addition, please share this important nomination information with your staff and colleagues and encourage them to make nominations as well. To nominate a teacher for the award, simply go to the following website and fill out the short form -http://www.paemst.org/controllers/nomination.cfc?method=nominate.
To see a detailed description of the PAEMST award, click on the "About the Award" tab on the website. Nominations close April 1, 2014.
For more information, please contact Marco Ferro at 447-1462.
Big Idea #2: #mtedchat Launched on February 25!
Join the newest conversation for Montana educators via a Twitter #edchat each Tuesday evening at 8:00pm. You need to have a Twitter account to participate or you can simply view the Twitter chat at https://sites.google.com/site/mtedchat/.
The #mtedchat is moderated by Missoula educators Crista Anderson and Jessica Anderson. You can suggest topics or questions via the site linked above. Each session is archived on the site as well.
To read more about how #Edchats can provide powerful professional learning, go tohttp://smartblogs.com/education/2012/08/06/how-edchat-connect-educators-2/.
To learn more about Twitter, view this short video - http://youtu.be/ddO9idmax0o.
If you are already a Twitter user for sharing educational ideas, please add the #mtedchat hashtag to your posts. You don't have to wait for Tuesday evenings to join and enrich the conversation.
Big Idea #3: New Science-based Conservation Education Lesson Plan, "Grizzy Bears: Ready for Delisting?"
Bear Trust International is pleased to announce the release of "Grizzly Bears: Ready for Delisting?", a collaborative project among Bear Trust International, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, and Wildlife Management Institute. The entire lesson is FREE to educators, youth, and the public and can be downloaded at the following address:
"Grizzly Bears: Ready for Delisting?" targets youth in grades 9-12 and has been aligned with Next Generation Science and Math Standards, Core State Standards, and STEM guidelines.
This is not your ordinary lesson. Sit, read and memorize? Nope. Our youth are smarter than the average bear and deserve challenging, exciting, engaging opportunities to learn about real-life conservation and scientific research through active participation in the process of discovery. Students become the bear scientists. Using real-world data that has been collected over 30 years on the grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, students work individually, in groups, and as a class to determine whether or not this grizzly bear population is biologically ready for delisting based on the scientific data.
Contact the CSI Team
Jael Prezeau, Director, (406) 444-3128
Colet Bartow, Communications & Resource Coord., (406) 444-3583
Chris DeWald, Science, (406) 444-3557
Adam Mastandrea, English Language Arts/Literacy
Jean Howard, Mathematics, (406) 444-0706
Tara Steinke, Project Manager, (406) 444-3538
Kelley Brown, Administrative Assistant, (406) 444-0716
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