Free Workshop Coming Soon (Middle School)

Grades 6 & 7 mathematics teachers are invited to join a free online workshop about Visual Access to Mathematics, a professional learning course with a focus on English learners/multilingual learners (Els/MLs). This will take place on Monday, December 4, 2023 from 3:15 – 4:45 pm. This workshop will provide a sneak peak into the Visual Access to Mathematics professional learning course that will be offered starting in 2024. For more details and information on how to register, see the attached flyer.

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Defined Professional Learning Opportunities in Fairfield County

Defined Learning

The CSDE, in partnership with Defined, is providing an immersive and collaborative professional learning opportunity to engage educators in Defined Learning on December 6th from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST at Ponus Ridge STEAM Academy. Click here for more information and to register.

Defined Learning is one of three components of the Defined ecosystem available to all CT districts at no cost. This immersive and collaborative experience brings together educators to introduce the Defined Learning resources and discuss best practices to utilize them in the classroom. Please bring a personal electronic device such as a laptop. All inquiries can be sent to Cheryl Tokarski at Cheryl.Tokarski@ct.gov.

Defined Careers

The CSDE, in partnership with Defined, is providing an immersive and collaborative professional learning opportunity to engage educators in Defined Careers on December 7th from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST at Stamford Public Schools. Click here for more information and to register.

Defined Careers is one of three components of the Defined ecosystem available to all CT districts at no cost. This immersive and collaborative professional learning experience brings together school counselors and educators to deepen their understanding of how to utilize Defined Careers in the classroom, in advisory, and for career guidance. Please bring a personal electronic device such as a laptop. All inquiries can be sent to Cheryl Tokarski at Cheryl.Tokarski@ct.gov.

Technology Education Cross Endorsement Opportunity

We are reaching out to current certified educators.  Starting in mid November, we will be offering weekly study / test preparation sessions for those of you interested in taking the Technology Education cross endorsement praxis test (5051).  We will accept only 20 participants.  Please consider your schedule, and commitments, and make sure you can fully participate.

Below are some important details:

Meeting Times:

The virtual study sessions will take place on these Tuesdays via Google Meet Link.

11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5*

From 7:45 to 8:30 p.m.

Participants will be expected to study independently between these sessions, participate in the *12/5 asynchronous session and complete a *12/5 asynchronous exit slip.

Fee Reimbursement and Stipend

These fees are to be paid, upfront, by the participant. Upon providing a test registration receipt, the program will reimburse each participant:

  • $200 stipend upon full participation in the program.
  • $140 which includes funding to cover the majority of test preparation and test fees.
  • $50 towards the cross endorsement application
  • $50 towards the endorsement fee upon passing the test

These amounts will be issued with a w-9 on file.  We will clearly explain the timeline for stipend/reimbursements during our first workshop.

All receipts should be submitted in PDF format before March 15, 2023. No participant  requests will be processed after this date.

Test Information

The Technology Education 5051 test is available as an:

  • AT HOME TEST.  Please see this LINK
  • IN PERSON TEST.  Please see this LINK

Cross endorsement application and test scheduling will be the responsibility of the participant. Please do not schedule a test until your participation in the program is confirmed.

Application

If interested, please apply here or copy and paste into your browser: https://forms.gle/2ahai8p37SUgFPzu6

A confirmation will be issued by Thursday evening, November 9, 2023. 

Any questions, please contact CT STEM Academy at info@ctstemacademy.org

Battelle Climate Challenge

Calling all 9th-12th grade students! Join the Battelle Climate Challenge and be a catalyst for change. This is your opportunity to showcase your creativity and innovation and learn about climate change and resilience. Not only will you make a genuine impact, but you’ll also have the chance to learn from experts at our free Climate Resilience Webinar, score exciting prizes, and form connections with fellow sustainability enthusiasts. Don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of the solution. Sign up now and make a difference for our planet’s future! 

Challenge Info: If you are a 9-12th grade student in the United States, your challenge is to research past and future impacts of climate-related hazards in your community, including drought, wildfire, flooding, and extreme heat, then develop a proposed action to help build a more resilient community. Your entry must be original and include a written explanation of your proposed climate action (200 words max) and an image (max 3GB) of a “poster” that supports your climate action. The poster can be a digital design or a photo of a hand-made poster. Your climate action should explain at least one way your community can prevent, withstand, respond to, or recover from a climate-related event. The grand prize winner will present their poster at the Innovations in Climate Resilience Conference in Washington, D.C., and receive a $5,000 STEM grant for a U.S. nonprofit organization, public library, or public school. The 2nd – 5th place finalists will receive a $1,500 STEM grant for a U.S. nonprofit organization, public library, or public school.

Elementary Master Computer Science Teacher Academy

The Elementary Master Computer Science Teacher Academy (EMTA) has been successful in CT schools for helping content K-5 teachers leverage CS concepts in their literacy, SEL, math etc. lessons. These teachers then go on to work with teachers in their buildings bridging concepts together to make learning fun and engaging for their students. Sacred Heart University’s CS-PLAN will by holding a hybrid workshop to help districts identify and develop teachers to become Master CS Coaches.  The first session begins November 10, 2023, and Scholarships are available. Attached please find the flyer and reach out to Susan Auchincloss atauchinclosss@sacredheart.edu

Women in Bioinformatics Workshop

On November 3rd, the Women in Bioinformatics Workshop will be hosted at SCSU Adanti Student Center Theatre.  Attached please find the event flyer.   You can also read more about it at:

https://go.southernct.edu/women-in-bioinformatics/ All who are interested are welcome to attend.   There will be 9 speakers from academia and industry.   Additionally, there will be a career mentoring session where panelists will answer questions about careers in bioinformatics.  The registration link is: https://form.jotform.com/232606076591054

2024 Lt. Governor’s Computing Challenge

The 2024 Lt. Governor’s Computing Challenge launched on October 20, 2023. There are exciting opportunities that you don’t want to miss out on including new professional learning videos and related lesson plans.

CodeJoy Student Sessions are BACK! These interactive virtual sessions allow students to learn coding concepts. There is no pre-teaching or teacher prep needed and is perfect for beginner or intermediate students. The first sessions begin November 8th so sign-up today. For more information and the link to register your class, school or district visit ltgovcc.org.

Alliance District Teacher Incentive: If you teach in an Alliance district and want to promote participation and submissions for the Lt. Governor’s Computing Challenge, think about becoming a Challenge Champion! You can earn up to $250 in Amazon e-gift cards. There is limited space for this amazing opportunity so sign-up today.