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Webinars

 

NEA Sponsored Webinars:

Responding to Hate and Bias at School

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Just as schools have plans in place to respond to fires or natural disasters, they must also be prepared to respond to incidents of hate and bias. In this first of three school-climate webinars with NEA and Teaching Tolerance, you will reflect on your school's climate, identify existing policies and procedures for responding to incidents of hate and bias, and learn how to draft an action plan.

 

Let’s Talk! Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics with Students

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Join NEA and Teaching Tolerance for our second of three school-climate webinars. This time, we will provide guidance on how to have relevant and rigorous conversations with students about race, racism and other important topics. Teaching Tolerance’s resource Let’s Talk! will serve as a foundation to help build your capacity to safely broach these issues, and you’ll walk away with use-tomorrow strategies. 

 

Speak Up at School

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

In the last webinar of our series on school climate, NEA and Teaching Tolerance will offer strategies for responding to biased remarks in a timely manner and helping students to do the same. You will learn to name different types of biased language you might hear at school, identify words that have become colloquial yet are still harmful, understand intent versus impact and gain valuable skills for creating a positive school climate. 

 

Supporting LGBTQ Students: Recent Transgender Legal Developments and Advocating for Transgender Inclusive School District Policies

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

8PM EDT/ 5PM PST

 

This webinar will discuss the legal rights of transgender students and describe legal and legislative updates affecting those rights as well as provide educators and affiliates guidance on how to encourage local school districts to adopt model transgender policies and practices. Register here to join live or to receive a recording of the webinar.

 

NEW Restorative Practices Implementation Guide: School-Wide Restorative Practices: Step by Step

 

The Denver School-Based Restorative Practices Partnership - National Education Association, Advancement Project, Denver Classroom Teachers Association, Denver Public Schools and Padres & Jovenes Unidos -  just release a new restorative practice guide titled School-Wide Restorative Practices: Step by Step.

The purpose of this guide is to provide step by step instructions for schools, teachers, and community members interested in implementing restorative practices within their school communities as a tool for addressing punitive discipline practices and dismantling the school to prison pipeline. The guide highlights best practices for successful implementation from determining a school's readiness, team creation, professional development, and data collection. It also provides a five-year implementation timeline that highlights activities that should occur in each year of implementation. 

Important Dates and Partner Campaigns:

Sept. 15 – Oct. 15       National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 25 – 29      Ally Week with GLSEN

October                       Bully Free Month      

October 15 – 21          Safe Schools Week

October 31st                Mix It Up at Lunch Day with Teaching Tolerance

 

 

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How to Effectively Use Technology for Classroom Instruction

''Technology'' is a broad and often vague term in education. Research on the subject is wide-ranging and focuses on many applications, populations, and purposes. Because of this extensive and very diverse research, it can be difficult to draw conclusions about the role and effectiveness of technology in educational settings.

In this webinar, learn how instructional leaders, district administrators, and educators can effectively use technology to shape instruction by bridging the gap between wide-ranging research and classroom applications.

Guest:

Rebecca Putman, education researcher and assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, Tarleton State University, Texas

This webinar will be moderated by Clarissa Plair, national education consultant, Istation

 

 

 

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

Can't attend? Register so you can view the on-demand webinar at a later date.

 

Surveys

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Grants

NEA Grants:  http://www.nea.org/grants/grantsawardsandmore.html

USDA Farm to School Grants:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/grant-opportunities/farm-to-school 

NDU Foundation Grants:  http://ndunited.org/benefits/scholarships-and-grants/nd-united-foundation-special-awards--grants/

The ND United Member Grant Program is designed to assist individual members or a group of members improve their skills through continued education research or the development of materials, techniques or activities to improve public service or public education in North Dakota.  ND United may award at least $500 annually in this area.
The ND United Foundation ESP Award is designed to assist an individual ESP member or a group of ESP members as they strive to improve education or public service in North Dakota.  At least $500 may be awarded annually in this area. 

NDU Foundation Scholarships:  http://ndunited.org/benefits/scholarships-and-grants/nd-united-foundation-scholarships/

 Scholarships are available to North Dakota United members, including student, retired, and dependents of members.

AFT Scholarships:  http://www.aft.org/about/member-benefits/scholarships

 AFT Robert G. Porter Scholars Program

This program offers four 4-year, $8,000 post-secondary scholarships to students who are dependents of AFT members, as well as 10 one-time $1,000 grants to AFT members to assist with their continuing education.

Union Plus® Scholarship Program

Sponsored by the Union Plus Education Foundation, this program is open to members, spouses and dependent children of unions participating in any of the Union Plus programs.

Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Up to two teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions, from different states, will be selected to receive this award. The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administers this award to honor, support and encourage educators who incorporate environmental education in their classrooms & teaching methods.

 

Find out more at:  https://www.epa.gov/education/presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators

 

Collaboration

NEA's EdCommunities:   https://www.mynea360.org/login 

            Welcome to the NEA edCOMMUNITIES, your online professional learning (PD) community where you can:

  • CONNECT with virtual learning events to expand your professional development opportunities!
  • COLLABORATE with other educators and education professionals!
  • SHARE classroom-ready resources and assessment and instruction materials!
  • ENGAGE with those who share your commitment to student success

 

AFT's Share My Lesson:  https://sharemylesson.com/

           About Share My Lesson:

Free lesson sharing, funded by the American Federation of Teachers 
Built by educators across the country, we bring together a community of teachers, paraprofessionals, school related personnel, parents, partners, union members and non-union members to join in our effort to provide high-quality education to all students. Share My Lesson was created by the AFT and TES Global in 2012. From the beginning, Share My Lesson has been committed to providing our community of members high-quality and effective lessons, useful information to use in the classroom and professional development. As of 2015, Share My Lesson has 900,000 members, more than 300k Toddler - Grade 12 resources which have been downloaded more than 10 million times.