Teacher Newsletter – December 2017

Author: Rodel Foundation of Delaware

 


December 2017

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Teacher Tweets, Wins Drones For Her Classroom

A classroom in New Castle has been transformed into a bustling runway for programmable drones this fall, all thanks to a single tweet.

“It can do a flip! Watch!” fifth-grader Justin Dorce said excitedly, using an iPad to control one of the eight drones Pleasantville Elementary School teacher and Rodel Teacher Council member, Lisa Mims, recently won the class in an internet sweepstake.

All she had to do was retweet a post by technology company Parrot Education, which makes and sells unmanned aerial and ground vehicles to schools and educators. Read more in The News Journal.
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Save The Date

Supporting Postsecondary Success: Discussion and Action Planning (Dec. 11, New Castle)
The Rodel Foundation of Delaware, United Way of Delaware, Delaware Department of Education, Delaware Community Foundation, and Delaware Business Roundtable Education Committee will present the results of a statewide landscape analysis of in-school and out-of-school postsecondary resources.

Delaware Readiness Teams Celebration (Dec. 13, Dover)
The Delaware Readiness Teams invite you to celebrate five years of program successes with Governor John Carney, Readiness Team members, and community partners. Learn about a new kindergarten registration campaign, meet with members of local Readiness Teams, and find ways to get involved.

The Summit on Professional Learning Communities at Work (Feb. 20-22, Arizona)
This unique event brings the PLC at Work champions together with some of the brightest, most respected minds in education. Whether you are just beginning to build a PLC or need to regroup for your next steps, this summit provides practical knowledge based on the three big ideas that drive a PLC, delivered by experts who know the process best.

2018 Delaware STEM Symposium & Educator Awards (May 10, Dover)
The Delaware STEM Educator Award recognizes a teacher or team of teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels who demonstrate STEM innovation and excellence through teaching, academic collaboration, and student engagement. A total of three unrestricted cash awards up to $7,500.00 will be given to winning teachers or teams.

Opportunities

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Semester Program (Deadline: Dec. 13)
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Semester Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education. It seeks to promote mutual understanding among teachers, their schools and communities in the U.S. and abroad by building teachers’ and students’ global competence and sharing of best educational practices internationally.

Technology Teacher Grant (Deadline: Dec. 9)
Technology is all around us. From smartphones to voice assistants and self-driving cars, our world is becoming increasingly high-tech. We believe technology has a place in every discipline—and studying its role in our lives is critical for students of all ages. Share your tech-focused lesson plan and you could win up to $1,000 for classroom supplies, educational subscriptions and apps for your students, and more.

Teach Earth Fellowship (Deadline: Jan. 8)
Investing in science and environmental education is paramount if we hope to empower future generations and provide them with the tools needed to combat the greatest environmental challenges the world has faced. Teach Earth offers teachers the opportunity to experience scientific research first-hand, providing you with the tools to make science come alive in your classroom.

TranspARTation Grants (Ongoing)
The TranspARTation Grant supports travel costs to Delaware arts and cultural institutions and venues so that students may attend events, performances, and exhibits that have high-quality arts components. TranspARTation applications are accepted on an ongoing basis but must be received at least six weeks prior to the field trip date.

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