Science Updates-Sept/Oct 2015

Curriculum Support:

Believe In Ohio: A free, complete, and turn-key program from The Ohio Academy of Science that helps high school students prepare for the future incorporating STEM/Business/Career Tech Project and Competition.  Program would compliment a career tech program or technical writing course.  In addition:

  • Helps address the challenges presented by the implementation of the Common Core (CCSS) Technical Reading and Technical Writing Standards, the Ohio Core, and the new Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES), and the need for real-world experiential learning.
  • Provides training, program support grants, subsidized professional development courses and other incentives for teachers to participate.  CK-12 provides free and fully customizable K-12 educational resources aligned to state math and science standards and tailored to meet student and teacher needs including free online textbooks, videos, exercises, flashcards, and real world applications for over 5000 concepts.  Teachers can create their own resources personalized for their teaching including a digital textbook.

Flexbooks Clip:

Ohio’s Quality Review Rubric: a tool designed to evaluate units that include integrated and focused lessons aligned to Ohio’s New Learning Standards. The rubric is NOT designed to evaluate a single task or activity, nor does it require a specific lesson or unit template. The goal of this rubric is to help build capacity of educators to select, develop and improve the quality of instructional materials for use in their classrooms and schools.

PD Opportunities:

$1000 Scholarships for Amazon Rainforest PD Workshop Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest + Machu Picchu

The July 1-11, 2016 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for K-12 formal and informal educators to learn and use:
21st Century Instruction: 5E Lesson Design ~ Inquiry-Based Exploration
STEM Inquiry Protocols & Resources: Project Learning Tree ~ Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Global and Cultural Perspectives: Service Learning ~ Sustainability ~ Global Education

Join Al Stenstrup, Project Learning Tree; Lilly Briggs, Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Dr. David Pearson, Wildlife Travellers’ Guide to Peru; along with scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University; and Randy Morgan, Curator/Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo as you:

Participate in citizen science projects and inquiry based field studies on a 1/4-mile Rainforest Canopy Walkway in one of the most biologically diverse environments on the planet.
Spend a day in an Amazon village as you explore the complexities of sustainability and the role of education in creating a sustainable future for Amazon children.
Work with fellow educators to explore strategies for using the Amazon as a vehicle for incorporating STEM education, inquiry-based learning, and sustainability science education into your classroom. PLT Certification, BirdSleuth resources and 50 Arizona State University PD Hours included. Academic Credit and Machu Picchu Extension optional. $1000 scholarship deadline February 1, 2016. Program cost is $1375 + air for scholarship recipients. Space is limited. Register early to secure your spot! Get the details and download a syllabus and scholarship application at: Contact or 1-800-431-2624 for more information.

Ohio STEM Learning Network call for Trailblazing Teachers:
A team of teachers is needed that will spend a year more deeply integrating blended learning into their classrooms . Also, by the end of that year, each teacher will publish their lesson plans, assessments, and other resources as an “open-source” foundation for other teachers.

By October 12, the aim is to find a dozen teachers to become trailblazers who can:

  • pair deep knowledge of their subject with new technologies
  • learn best practices in instruction from experts in the field
  • participate as productive members of a multi-school Professional Learning Community around blended learning
  • work with that community to curate a top-quality archive of the materials they used to be published as resource for other teachers

Team members will have new resources to improve  instruction, while building a resource that will help future teachers. Participating team members will earn a $5,000 stipend in compensation for their time. They will also cover most travel costs.  More information

Water Quality Workshop for Teachers and Citizen Scientists
On Sunday, October 11 from 12:30-4:30pm, there will be a free workshop for citizen scientists and teachers at the Thomas More Biology Field Station.   The workshop is sponsored by ORBCRE (the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research & Education) and co-sponsored by FORE (Foundation for Ohio River Research & Education), ESI at NKU (Ecological Stewardship Institute) and the CORRE (the Center for Ohio River Research & Education) at TMC Biology Field Station.

Activities will focus around the water quality and the ecology of the River, including an emphasis on the recent HAB (harmful algal bloom) in the River.

There is no cost for the workshop; but space is limited to 20 participants. One can register at:

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Miriam Kannan ( or Dr. Chris Lorentz (   Directions to the Field Station are at:

CEEMS MSP (Cincinnati Engineering Enhanced Mathematics & Science Partnership: Engineering as a Context to Engage Students in Math and Science

June 13-July 29, 2016 & June 12-July 28, 2017

Who: Exceptional 7-12th grade math and science teachers (6th grade qualifies if part of a middle school)
What: Two year commitment to seven weeks per year of summer graduate courses and professional development each summer, plus job-embedded professional development and coaching during the school year
Why: Work collaboratively to create and implement challenged-based learning, engineering design units based on academic standards that you will be teaching in your classes during the school year
Where: UC Main Campus in summer only


  • Engaging, academically aligned units for your classroom
  • $6,977/year scholarship towards summer courses (Cost to teacher: approximately $257/year if resident of Ohio)
  • $6,000/year stipend (tied to completion of deliverables)
  • Use of laptop that will become yours upon program completion
  • Opportunities to present professional development to other teachers
  • Funds provided for unit implementation supplies
  • 20 credits of graduate level courses that can be applied towards a Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction with Engineering Education specialization

The Catch:  Spaces are limited and the program is selective.  Your principal, assistant principal, department chair, or other building leader must commit to attend a three day workshop from June 22-24, 2016.

Contact: Julie Steimle (; deadline is January 15, 2016

Job Opening

Outreach Educator

The Cincinnati Observatory Center (COC) is hiring a full-time Outreach Educator. The Outreach Educator will teach a variety of astronomy topics in schools and other locations as well as lead field trips for groups visiting the Observatory. The position will report directly to the Outreach Astronomer.

The COC is a national historic landmark whose mission is to maintain the integrity and heritage of a historic 19th century observatory while promoting the study and practice of 21st century astronomy and science. Since 2000, the COC has cultivated a vibrant outreach program to local schools and the Tri-State community, serving approximately 25,000 people per year.

· Contacting science teachers and arranging programs for students of all ages including adults
· Preparing and implementing astronomy lessons
· Conducting follow up with the teachers
· Utilizing computer simulations, telescopes, and other astronomical tools
· Conducting outreach to community groups and the general public

Teaching licensure strongly encouraged
Background in physical sciences and elementary education
Experience in teaching students from a variety of age groups
Flexible schedule as program times vary, including occasional weekends.
A vehicle and valid driver’s license.

Salary: $35,000 annually plus benefits

Please send a cover letter and resume or CV by October 20 to:
Dean Regas
Outreach Astronomer
Cincinnati Observatory Center
(513) 321-5186
Fax (513) 321-8771

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