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NISE GrantsNeed funding for travel in order to present at a national conference? Want to attend the NISE Conference but your school doesn't fund out-of-district PD? Need financial assistance to run a summer STEM workshop? NISE is offering grants that might be able to help. NISE's grant program supports STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professional development activities for K-12 educators in the greater Chicago area. Eligible expenses the grant would cover include: reasonable travel, registration fees, and materials. (NOTE: Download the application and open in Acrobat to edit and save it. Typically edits made in a web browser won't save.) [more]
Achieve Begins Releasing PE BundlesOver the summer, Achieve began the rolling release of NGSS bundles. As a response to the many questions that Achieve and the writers received about how to organize the Performance Expectations into units, a group of writers and other educators created NGSS bundles. These are meant to be examples of how PEs could be organized to create curriculum for a specific subject or grade level. These bundles are only meant to be one example of how PEs could be organized/arranged. Emphasis is on creating connections between PEs so that students use multiple PEs as they answer an over arching question or solve a problem. Science teachers are also able to see how the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) and Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs) are utilized in lessons to address three dimensional learning. [more]