Teacher Newsletter – October 2016

October 1st, 2016

Category: Early Childhood Education, News, Policy and Practice, Student-Centered Learning


Rodel Teacher Newsletter is a resource for Delaware’s teachers to learn about teacher leadership opportunities across the state, nation, and world.

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Opportunities Galore as Fall Kicks Into High Gear

2017 Blended and Personalized Learning Conference (Applications due Nov. 4)
Highlander Institute and the Christensen Institute are showcasing the best classroom, school, and district implementers from across the nation at their 2017 Blended & Personalized Learning Conference. Do you want to be recognized as a BLU Star administrator or teacher spearheading blended and personalized learning in your school system? Apply to receive a VIP invite to #BPLC17 and the opportunity to present to a gathering of more than 900 educators. Winners will be awarded a stipend to defray travel and lodging costs in Providence and have the opportunity to network and collaborate with thought leaders and educators from around the country.
UD Education Technology Conference (Request for proposals currently being accepted)
The University of Delaware Educational Technology Conference will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017, on UD’s Newark campus. The conference is a joint effort by The College School, the Education Resource Center, the Office of Educational Technology, and the Education Graduate Association in the College of Education and Human Development. All educators are invited to participate, and proposals for conference topics are currently being accepted. TranspARTation Grant Application (Ongoing)
The Delaware Division of the Arts offers a variety of grant programs for individual artists; nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations chartered and based in Delaware; and schools and government entities that support arts activities. For a list of the FY2017 General Operating Support, Project Support, Education Resource, and Arts Stabilization Fund Grants, click here.

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellowship (Applications currently being accepted)
If you are a high school math or science teacher who is new to the profession, a KSTF Teaching Fellowship is an opportunity unlike any other. This fellowship provides the financial and professional resources you need to establish the foundation for a successful STEM teaching career.

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program (Applications due: Dec. 1)
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program provides funding for highly accomplished U.S. primary and secondary level educators to take part in an intensive professional development program for three to six months abroad.

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Save the date and spread the word! The Colonial Tech Conference will be held at William Penn High School from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The registration fee for the conference is $20. They are currently seeking educators to kick off the day with a five-minute ‘Ignite Style’ talk to inspire the attendees.

Vision Coalition 9th Annual Conference on Education (Nov. 14, Newark)

The Vision Coalition of Delaware will host its 9th Annual Conference on Education on November 14, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The event attracts hundreds of policymakers, educators, and business and community leaders from throughout the state. Teachers and administrators who attend the conference can earn four professional development credit hours. To receive this credit, one must register for the conference through the event page and register for the course through the Professional Development Management System (PDMS). Click here for further instructions.

A day of networking, learning, and catalyzing STEM in the state and celebrating accomplishments of the 2016 STEM Award applicants.The Delaware STEM Educator Award recognizes a teacher or team of teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels that demonstrate STEM innovation and excellence through teaching, academic collaboration, and student engagement.

University of Delaware SOE Colloquium series (Ongoing)
The 2016-17 colloquium series will foster an extended conversation about topics related to education across disciplines and grade levels, especially diversity and inclusion. Invited speakers Ed Brockenbrough, Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Robert Lee, Janine De Novais, and Jessica Shiller will participate in a special theme titled “Framing the Conversation Towards Engagement and Transformation: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education and Human Development.” This theme will explore diversity, equity, and inclusion in terms of our college climate, which influences how all members of our community experience the College of Education and Human Development, and our curriculum, which prepares our students for an increasingly diverse educational landscape.

Personalized Learning Tip of the Month

Why personalize learning? Here’s a resource to share with peers in the form of a short video from Rodel Teacher Council member Lori Roe. Check out why personalized learning in a vital part of her classroom.

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