Professional development

Math educators leadership series

The Minnesota Council of Teachers of Math and the Minnesota Department of Education are hosting a leadership series for math educators, teams and administrators. The second session will take place Feb. 18 at the Minnesota Department of Education’s offices in Roseville. Participants can attend this session without having attended the first of the series. Marcy Wood, Ph.D., will lead the session where participants will discover different tools for supporting student learning through group interactions and explore the use of norms and roles and how to teach these skills to students. The registration fee of $175 includes lunch and a copy of the book, “Designing Groupwork: Strategies for the Heterogeneous Classroom.” For more information or to register, go to mctm.org.

Free Holocaust studies seminar

“Honoring Resilience: Learning From The Holocaust and the Dakota Exile” will be held July 12-18 at St. Cloud State University. Sponsored by The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights, with additional support provided by Mt. Zion Temple, Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education at SCSU, the seminar is free of charge to participants. Attendees will explore lessons and activities for teaching about the Holocaust and Minnesota’s Dakota exile through personal testimonies and place-based experiences, including day trips to Mount Zion Temple and Dakota sites such as Oheyawahi (near Pilot Knob). Participants will receive copies of relevant texts, other resources, and 65 continuing education units. Attendees will also be eligible to apply for classroom mini-grants of up to $1,000 following completion of the seminar. For more information or to apply, go to www.toli.us/satellite-program/st-paul.

Classroom resources

High school design competition

Cooper Hewitt and the Smithsonian Design Museum recently launched its fifth annual National High School Design Competition, challenging teens with: What would you design to help more of us feel included? Entries due on Feb. 10, and prizes include trips to New York City and Minneapolis to participate in various mentoring activities, and more. Visit www.cooperhewitt.org/designcompetition for further details.

Free downloadable women’s history civic calendar

As 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which states that the right to vote cannot be denied on the basis of sex, the National Constitution Center’s 2020 Civic Calendar celebrates women’s history. The images and quotations featured in the calendar highlight just some of the many extraordinary women who have impacted constitutional history. The National Constitution Center also offers multiple educational resources, such as lesson plans, classroom exchange programs, videos, podcasts and other multimedia resources. To download the calendar or learn more, go to constitutioncenter.org/learn/civic-calendar/2020-civic-holiday-calendar.

Grants

Mill City Museum field trip grants

Through the support of The McKnight Foundation, Mill City Museum is able to offer free museum admission and partially subsidized busing for students from qualified public schools. To qualify, you must be a public school in the Twin Cities seven-county metro area, have 50 percent or more of students enrolled in the federal free and reduced lunch program, and visit the museum in January, February or March. Registration is now open and funding is limited. For more information and to fill out an application, visit http://education.mnhs.org/mcknight-foundation-scholarship.

High school chemistry grants

The American Chemical Society offers funding for students and high school teachers to advance the chemical sciences. The ACS offers grants for chemistry club activities and paid summer laboratory research opportunities for students. They also offer scholarships for students pursuing a chemistry teaching career. The ACS also offers professional development and classroom equipment grants for current high school chemistry teachers. To see all of the grant and scholarship opportunities, go to www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/hachprograms.html.