Nominations are open for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science).  Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Since 1983, more than 4,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession .  If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals.

Nominations Are Now Open

The 2014 Awards will honor mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers working in grades K-6. Nominations close on April 15, 2014.

Nominate a Teacher

Teachers: Apply Online

Before logging in, please review the
2013–2014 Application Packet (Adobe PDF). Applications must be completed by May 15, 2014.

Begin or Resume an Application

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INFOGRAPHIC: Ms. Bullen’s Data-Rich Year

Teachers have access to more quality data than ever, on factors like student performance, attendance, and more. When used along with pedagogy, content knowledge, and professional judgment, these data can be used responsibly to improve outcomes for kids. This graphic follows a teacher and student through the school year to see how data help teachers, parents, and others make sure students are meeting education goals.

Click on the image to enlarge.

From the Data Quality Campaign at http://dataqualitycampaign.org/find-resources/infographic-ms-bullens-data-rich-year/

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Registration Open for NH Broadband Conference

NH Broadband Conference:  Friday, May 16, 2014

OUR PURPOSE

To bring together a variety of stakeholders to discuss what is happening to expand broadband access, adoption, and use throughout New Hampshire.

Grappone Conference Center

This conference is partially funded under a grant from the US Dept. of Commerce #33-50-M09048 to the University of New Hampshire and NH’s Regional Planning Commissions

For information and to register:   http://www.IWantBroadbandNH.org

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Municipal officials, legislators, community leaders, internet service providers, representatives from business, health/ medical, education, and public safety sectors, & NH residents.

GOALS

  • Understand the role of broadband for economic competitiveness, education, health care, governance, public safety, and overall quality of life in NH.
  • Highlight broadband accomplishments, future plans, and what is needed to ensure continued broadband support in NH.
  • Explore current and emerging broadband technologies.

 

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Report Release: Speak Up 2013 National Findings, K-12 Students

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2014 Congressional Briefing National Release of Speak Up 2013 K-12 Students

“Innovative technologies are helping K‐12 educators augment their teaching to reach students with more collaborative, creative and, ultimately, more effective delivery methods. We’re proud to partner with Project Tomorrow to gauge the progress districts continue to make in leveraging technology to better prepare students for future learning success.”

- Mark Belles, senior vice president, K‐12, Blackboard.

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On April 8, 2014, Project Tomorrow released the report “The New Digital Learning Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students’ Activities and Aspirations” at a Congressional Briefing held in Washington, DC and for the first time, online in a special live stream of the event. Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO, discussed selected student national findings from the Speak Up 2013 report and moderated a panel discussion with students who shared their insights and experiences with digital learning.

Over 100 people attended the Congressional Briefing including congressional staff members, student and staff representatives from some of our Speak up schools, and staff from many of our sponsors, champion outreach partners and non-profit partners.

Students and parents from Baltimore City Public Schools (MD), Baltimore County Public Schools (MD), Fairfax County Public School District (VA) and Frederick County Public Schools (VA) shared their insights regarding personalizing their own learning.

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The New Digital Learning Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students’ Activities and Aspirations

Speak Up 2013 National Findings K-12 Student

The New Digital Learning Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students’ Activities and Aspirations is the first in a two part series to document the key national findings from Speak Up 2013.

For the past eleven years, Project Tomorrow’s® annual Speak Up National Research Project has provided schools and districts nationwide and throughout the globe with new insights into how today’s students want to leverage digital tools for learning based upon the authentic, unfiltered ideas of students themselves. With this year’s national report on the views of 325,279 K-12 students representing over 9,000 schools and 2,700 districts nationwide, we focus on getting beyond the anecdotally- driven stereotypes of student technology use to establish a more comprehensive understanding of the myriad of different ways that students are currently personalizing learning using technology.

Given the increasing interest amongst education, business, policy, and parent leadership on the value of digital tools to personalize learning and improve student outcomes, this year’s report provides new findings around these three central questions to further both national and local discussions:

 ▪ How are K-12 students currently using digital tools and resources to support schoolwork activities?

How are K-12 students currently using digital tools and resources to enable out of school time learning activities?

What are K-12 students’ aspirations for using digital tools and resources within new innovative learning environments?

Key Findings from this year’s report include:

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Infographic Infographic- The New Digital Learning Playbook: Mobile Learning

 ▪ Girls outpace boys in use of many digital tools for learning, particularly the socially based tools like texting and collaborating online.

29 percent of high school boys say that they are very interested in a job or career in a STEM field, but only 19 percent of girls say the same. This gap remains even among girls and boys who self-assess their technology skills as advanced. During the seven years that the Speak Up surveys have polled high school students on their interest in STEM fields, the level of student interest has not increased significantly.

Students continue to report less regular interaction with traditional social networking sites like Facebook, while 44 percent of students in grades 6-12 report using social media apps like Instagram, Snapchat and Vine. Nearly one-third of high school students reported using Twitter.

One-quarter of students in grades 3-5 and nearly one-third of students in grades 6-12 say that they are using a mobile device provided by their school to support schoolwork (these percentages were greater among Title I schools than non-Title I schools).

In four years, the percent of middle school students taking tests online increased from 32 percent to 47 percent.

High school students reported a mean average of 14 hours per week using technology for writing.

Only one-third of middle school students say that for schoolwork reading, they prefer to read digital materials rather than printed materials; more than half, however, say online textbooks would be an essential component of their “ultimate school.”

Digital equity, including to student access to the Internet outside of school, is a growing concern among district technology leaders with 46 percent saying it is one of the most challenging issues they face today (compared to just 19 percent in 2010).

Download Links:

Download PDF of the report

View the report in HTML

Speak Up Report Landing page

Infographic- The New Digital Learning Playbook: Mobile Learning

Congressional Briefing Homepage

Congressional Briefing Packet Materials

Congressional Briefing Powerpoint

Recording of the event

Speak Up in the News

 ▪ One-Third of U.S. Students Use School-Issued Mobile Devices, THE Journal

Students Want More Alignment of Tech In and Out of School, Mind/Shift

Use of Digital Tools Rises, but ‘STEM’ Gender Gap Persists, Survey Finds, Edweek

If you tuned into yesterday’s Speak Up Congressional Briefing Live Stream we would like to apologize for the poor connection issues. Thank you for tuning in and we hope you enjoy watching the recorded version on our website.

Thank you for your interest and continued support of Speak Up! Be sure to stay updated on all things Speak Up by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Blog.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Jenny Hostert at jhostert@tomorrow.org or via phone at 949/609-4660 ext. 17.

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Education Technology Intersection Conversations on POLITICO

On Tuesday, April 8, POLITICO hosted an interactive conversation on education, technology, and applications for the real world.

The Keynote Conversation featured Kumar Garg , Senior Advisor to the Deputy Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  Following the feature, there was a panel discussion.

Featured Panelists were:

  • Richard Culatta, Director, Office of Education Technology, U.S. Dept. of Education
  • Christine Fox, Director, Educational Leadership and Research, State Education Technology Directors Association
  • Nancy Hoffman, Vice President and Senior Advisor, Jobs for the Future
  • Susan Singer, Director, Division of Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation

Watch all or part of these important conversations on POLITICO at http://www.politico.com/events/politico-education-technology-intersection/index.html

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Equity Conversatoins: Updates in STEM Education K-12

Presented by the New England Equity Assistance Center in co-sponsorship with University of Southern Maine Teacher Education

Friday, June 6th, 2014
8:30am – 3:30pm
University of Southern Maine, Portland Campus, Hannaford Hall

Admission is free and includes box lunch. Registration is required.
Keynote: Dr. Okhee Lee, Professor of Education, New York University

Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont educators are invited to join in conversations with researchers, community partners, and other practitioners focused on best practices in STEM education K-12 for inclusion of all students, including ELLs. This is an interactive day designed to promote conversation framed by the implications of the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards for underrepresented students.

To register go to New England Equity Assistance Center website at: http://www.brown.edu/initiatives/new-england-equity-assistance-center/
Follow link for event registration.
Register deadline is May 23, 2014

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Today! Join a Discussion about the ConnectEDucators Initiative

Join a Discussion about the ConnectEducators Initiative
April 2, 5:00 p.m. ET

The transition to digital learning poses both opportunities and challenges for educators.  Help is on the way in the form of President Obama’s proposed $200 million ConnectEDucators initiative. Join leading education experts April 2 at 2 p.m. PT | 5 p.m. ET for a live discussion about how this critical program could help you gain the skills you need to improve student outcomes in the digital age.

LEARN how ConnectEDucators would support your transition to a digital learning environment.

CONNECT with other educators to share insights on digital learning and provide input on the ConnectEDucators initiative.

ACT by supporting funding for this important program and stay informed through the ISTE Advocacy Network.

Speakers include:

Brian Lewis, CEO, International Society for Technology in Education (moderator)
Richard Culatta, director of the Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education
Wendy Drexler, chief innovation officer, ISTE
Derek McCoy, principal, Spring Lake (NC) Middle School, and 2014 NASSP Digital Principal
Dyane Smokorowski, 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year

Join the conversation on Twitter using the #ISTE hashtag — feel free to tweet your questions ahead of time.

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