Back to School with BRI

Brockport Research Institute (BRI) can help with all of your Professional Development needs this year!  From a set curriculum to a customized program, we have an extensive network of experienced instructors that will give your organization many choices and resources to fit whatever needs you may have.  

Our Professional Development/CTLE Course Catalog for 2017-2018 is now available. To see how we can help your organization with it’s professional learning needs, check it out!

A few highlights from our Catalog

  • Evaluations
  • Grant Writing
  • Wellness and Physical Fitness
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning
  • Online Learning
  • Leadership
  • STEM Workshops
  • Pedagogy

Don’t see a course that fits your needs?  Ask about our customized programs!

Brockport Research Institute is a  NYS Approved CTLE Sponsor and a NYS certified M/WBE.

 

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Toshiba Provides Math & Science Grants for K-12

The Toshiba America Foundation welcomes grant requests from K-12 teachers who are striving to provide innovative math and science instruction.  They support applications for project-based learning by teachers for use in their own schools.

The program is split up into funding for grades K-5 and grades 6-12.  Grant requests for grades 6-12 that are $5,000 or less are accepted year-round on a rolling basis. Requests of more than $5,000 for 6-12 are due February 1, 2017 and August 1, 2017.  Grant requests for grades K-5 are only accepted once per year and will be due again on October 1, 2017.

For more information and to apply online, visit their website.

 

 

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Computer Science Education for K-12

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released information about their Computer Science for All (CS for All: RRP) program.

The program is focused on providing all US K-12 students an opportunity to participate in computer science and computational thinking. They seek to provide high school teachers with professional development and ongoing support to teach these courses. K-8 teachers would be assisted in obtaining the instructional materials and curriculum necessary to integrate computer science into their teaching.

They anticipate there will up to 19 awards and $20 million in grant funds available for this program.

The full proposal deadline is February 28, 2017. For more details, please visit their website.

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NSF NanoTech Design Contest for High School Students

The National Science Foundation (NSF) unveils a design contest for High School Students called “Generation Nano: Small Science, Superheroes.”  The contest asks students to create a written essay, a 2-3 page comic strip, and a 90-second video to illustrate how to utilize nanotechnology to solve a societal issue.  The NSF provides reading and resources for students to draw inspiration, and asks students to dream of innovative ways to utilize emerging technology.

Winners are eligible for a cash prize of $750 up to $1500 for the first place winner.

Submissions are due by January 31, 2017. For more information on the contest and all eligibility and submission requirements, please visit the NSF website.

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NSF INCLUDES Seeks to Broaden STEM Diversity

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers funding through their Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science – also know as NSF INCLUDES.  They seek bold and innovative approaches to solving the complex issues of equity and inclusion in all aspects of the field of STEM education and careers.

The long-term goal of NSF INCLUDES is to support innovative models, networks, partnerships, technical capabilities and research that will enable the U.S. science and engineering workforce to thrive by ensuring that traditionally underrepresented and underserved groups are represented in percentages comparable to their representation in the U.S. population.

Institutes of higher education, school districts, and non-profit organizations are all eligible for NSF INCLUDES.

Preliminary proposals are due February 14, 2017 and the full proposal deadline is May 16, 2017.  For more information on the program and for details on how to apply, visit the NSF INCLUDES website.

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Opportunity for Grade 6-9 Life Science Teachers

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Biological Science Curriculum Studies (BSCS) is offering Life Science teachers in grades 6-9 a chance to field test their latest curriculum. In exchange for implementing a 10-week online course, teachers will receive a $2,000 stipend.

The curriculum seeks to provide support in teaching body systems to students with an emphasis on critical thinking. Topics include the respiratory system, digestive system, cardiovascular system, and components of a cell.

Priority will be given to teachers who work with economically disadvantaged students, English language learners, or students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

The deadline to apply for the program is December 2, 2016. To learn more and to apply, visit their website.

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AT&T Offers $1,000 Teacher Grants for Technology

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AT&T Internet Service is offering teachers and professors $1,000 scholarships to spend on classroom technology.   Educators are asked to submit a 300-450 word essay or a 1-2 minute video explaining how they and their students use internet-connected technology in the classroom.

The program is open to professors at 2-year or 4-year institutes of higher education and also K-12 teachers.

The application deadline is February 3, 2017. For more details on the grant program, visit their website.

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Funds Available to Support Undergrad STEM Faculty

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces their Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) grant.  This funding opportunity seeks to support STEM faculty as they strive to incorporate results from educational research into classroom practice and work with education research colleagues and social science learning scholars to advance our understanding of effective teaching and learning.

The program offers two tracks of funding focused on engaged student learning and institutional and community transformation.

Deadlines for development and implementation grants are January 11, 2017.

Full details about the grant and eligibility requirements can be found on the NSF website.

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Upcoming Webinar – Obtaining Federal Resources for P-12 Educators

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MSPnet announces their upcoming webinar on Tuesday, November 1 at 8pm eastern time.  The US Department of Energy, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the Smithsonian Science Education Center, and MSPnet are teaming together to present this webinar.

This live broadcast will discuss federal funding sources for P-12 educators, professional development opportunities, and detail other tools and resources available for use in the classroom.

Registration is required. Visit their website to learn more details.

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NSF Third Annual Community College Innovation Challenge

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A partnership of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) brings their third annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) – a contest that challenges students to propose solutions to real-world scientific challenges.

Students can enter the contest in one of three areas.  “Maker to Manufacturer” asks students to explore the problems encountered by small-scale manufacturing processes.  “Energy and Environment” encourages students to plan sustainable pathways to new energy applications. “Security Technologies” examines the need for computer network systems to be secure, private, and useable.

Submissions are due by February 15, 2017.

More information about eligibility and prizes is available on the CCICwebsite.

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