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The Anthem Project

The Anthem Project is an online multimedia resource for teachers with lesson plans and activities based on the documentary film Anthem. Recently broadcast nationally on PBS, Anthem tells the story behind Francis Scott Key’s creation of "The Star-Spangled Banner” and explores the role of music and patriotism during The War of 1812. An independent production of Make Your Mark Media, Anthem features musical performances and interviews with historians and music experts interspersed with maps, documents and rich images of the people, places and events of the era. For more information: www.theanthemproject.org

Arts On Stage

Arts on Stage, a non-profit theatre presenter in Maryland, presents approximately 50 performances per year at two locations, Goucher College in Baltimore County and Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Anne Arundel County, in addition to an array of In-School Programs. The primary focus is to provide educational field trip/in-school experiences to expose students to a variety of art and cultural mediums. Arts On Stage schedules productions that align with the Common Core Curriculum and pertinent social issues occurring throughout the region. Study Guides are provided to align the field trip/in-school programs with the specified curriculum components that the show enhances. Please visit www.ArtsOnStage.org, email info@artsonstage.org, or call 410.252.8717

The Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap

The Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap gives away free classroom supplies to anyone who needs them by repurposing supplies that others no longer need. Visit the Swap at 5513 York Road in Baltimore to take what you need from a wide variety of school supplies, curriculum supplements, manipulatives, arts and crafts supplies, classroom decorations, and more. To donate materials you no longer use, you can schedule a pick-up or deliver them to the Swap. Check their website to see when they’re open, directions, and more information: http://teachersupplyswap.org

Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF)

The Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization that develops educational programs to enhance grade K-8 science education. CEF’s You Be The Chemist® (YBTC) programs include the YBTC Activity Guides—available to download for FREE online—which offer teachers hands-on activities to effectively introduce science concepts to students. YBTC Essential Elements is a professional development program that teaches educators effective ways to connect chemistry concepts to everyday life. The You Be The Chemist Challenge® is an innovative academic competition that engages grade 5-8 students in learning about chemistry. For information on how to get involved, visit www.chemed.org.

Chesapeake Bay Program

The Chesapeake Bay Program is happy to announce the launch of Bay Backpack, an online resource for teachers and environmental educators to engage students in hands-on learning about the Chesapeake Bay and its local waterways. Bay Backpack provides educators with the necessary resources to give their students a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE), which are extensive projects that allow students to gain a deep understanding of environmental issues in the Chesapeake Bay and its local streams and rivers. To learn more about Bay Backpack, visit www.baybackpack.com or contact Krissy Hopkins.

The Executive Certification Program in Nonprofit Leadership

The ECPNL is a one week course one week at George Washington University. This interactive program teaches transactional skills such as how to manage staff, cultivate donors, build a board of directors and create a strategic plan - all through the lens of the transformational leader. Please visit socialleaders.org or call (202) 223-7627 for more information.

Fair Girls

What do your students know about slavery? They have learned the historical, social, economic and moral implications of the international slave trade. Do they know about modern slavery? FAIR Girls, a survivor-led prevention education nonprofit specializes in teaching youth about human trafficking. Our curriculum provides an understanding of human trafficking, initiates thinking about sustainable solutions, and empowers youth participants with knowledge about healthy relationships, exploitation, and how to make the right decisions. Contact tina@fairgirls.org to learn more about our education program and how we could work with you. We charge no fees for our outreach education program. www.Fairgirls.org.

Fellowship at St. John's College

The Graduate Institute at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD is offering a fellowship to primary and secondary school teachers who wish to pursue a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts. For area teachers the fellowship effectively covers the complete cost of tuition. The academic program is based upon the Great Books curriculum for which our undergraduate school is well known. Classes are all discussion-based. Teachers who experience our model of collaborative education often return to their classrooms reinvigorated and inspired by the rich texts and discussions they encounter. For more information, email giadm@sjca.edu, call 410-626-2541, or visit www.stjohnscollege.edu.

Free Online Training Program

Catholic Charities of Baltimore now offers a free one-hour online training program for parents and educators about the prevention of sexual abuse. A 2-hour certificate version is also available for a small fee with the option of low group rates. For more information or to register log-on to www.childsafeeducation.org or contact Allison West at 410-252-4000 x1602 or awest@catholiccharities-md.org.

GEEO 

GEEO is a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs summer professional development travel programs designed for teachers. Educators can earn graduate school credit and professional development credit while seeing the world.  The trips are 8 to 24 days in length and are discounted to be affordable for teachers. GEEO provides teachers educational materials to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The program is open to all K-12 educators. Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs and travel dates can be found at http://www.geeo.org. GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9AM-9PM EST.

Green Schools

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) formed the Center for Green Schools (http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/home.aspx) late in 2010 to work cooperatively with schools across the country. The USGBC MD Green Schools committee is well underway with an Alliance to Save Energy initiative in the Baltimore City Public Schools with student green clubs. See http://usgbcmd.org/BoardOfDirectors. Use this link to view periodic area workshops for school facilities managers: http://usgbcncr.org/_events/details/402. For direct notification of USGBC MD Green Schools activities, please send an email to chair Geoff Stack, LEED AP, at geoff@stackcoordination.com with a copy to member Dick Williams, LEED AP BD+C, at dwgreenassoc@gmail.com with your contact information.

Hooked on Nature

Hooked on Nature (HON) (www.hookedonnature.org) is a national educational non-profit that helps adults help children develop a caring relationship with nature. HON co-sponsored the Greater Baltimore Children and Nature Conference in February at Waldorf School of Baltimore to raise awareness, provide resources, and join leaders in the Greater Baltimore area who are interested in re-connecting children to nature. For more information regarding outcomes of the conference which include a Greater Baltimore Leave No Child Inside Campaign, please contact Mary Hardcastle

Irvine Nature Center

Irvine Nature Center, in Owings Mills, Md., is a great resource for teachers at all levels. We offer a variety of environmental education programs for students and teachers, including high-quality field trips, engaging classroom presentations and informative teacher workshops. Our facilities include a green building with classrooms, a certified Outdoor Classroom and an Exhibit Hall with several species of native animals. We are a perfect spot for exploring the outdoors, with 116 acres of forests, meadows and wetlands. Learn more at http://explorenature.org/experience-irvine/aims-teachers

Johns Hopkins University Master of Science in Education
Educational Studies/Independent Schools

The Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Educational Studies/Independent Schools is designed for individuals currently teaching, or planning to teach, in independent schools. The program's overarching philosophy is to prepare teacher candidates through the practical application of the theories learned in class. For More Information: Visit education.jhu.edu or email soe.info@jhu.edu or call 1-877-JHU-SOE1.

Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature (LAL) is a national contest in which students in grades 4-12 write a personal letter to an author that explores how the author’s work changed their worldview.  In Maryland, LAL is run by the Maryland Humanities Council (MHC).

This fall, MHC will provide class visits in support of LAL. MHC’s Jessica Baldwin (St. Paul’s School for Girls ’05) will work with a teacher from your school to teach a LAL lesson. If you are interested in arranging a FREE class visit, please contact Jessica (jbaldwin@mdhc.org / 410-685-3715).

For more information, including a class visit plan, visit: http://mdhc.org/programs/maryland-center-for-the-book/letters-about-literature/ he www.theanthemproject.org

Maryland Center for Agro-Ecology

A new DVD produced by the Maryland Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. and Maryland Public Television’s Outdoors Maryland program, with support from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, describes the challenges Maryland landowners and state and local officials face as they work to keep farms and forests profitable and sustainable in our rapidly developing state. Titled Working Lands: meeting the future of farming, the DVD is a copy of an MPT broadcast. Beautifully filmed with thorough interviews with farmers, land planners, and others, it illustrates the importance of protecting Maryland’s farms and forests from development. It is appropriate for upper school use. The video is available at no charge from the Maryland Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc., P.O. Box 169, Queenstown, MD 21658, (410) 827-6202, or agroecology@umd.edu.

The Maryland Historical Society’s Timeline Studio

The Maryland Historical Society’s Timeline Studio offers dynamic, interactive distance learning programs on topics in United States history for K-12 audiences. Through real time video conferencing, students have the opportunity to engage with museum professionals and learn about our nation’s past through original historical evidence from our collections. By analyzing and exploring documents, images, artifacts, and audio & video clips, students learn the important investigation skills they need to draw conclusions about compelling historical questions. To learn more about the programs we offer and how to schedule a program please visit us at www.mdhs.org/education/digital-learning/timeline-studio or email us distancelearning@mdhs.org!  

The National Philharmonic’s new Private School Partnership Program

The National Philharmonic’s new Private School Partnership Program offers DC-area children and their families’ enrichment activities and a chance to attend a Philharmonic concert at the Music Center at Strathmore, one of the preeminent concert venues in the country. Possible offerings include meet and greets with National Philharmonic Music Director & Conductor Piotr Gajewski and Associate Conductor Victoria Gau; access to pre-concert lectures; discounted tickets for children and their families and faculty; and a dedicated space where students and parents can mingle before and after the concert and during intermission.

For more information, please contact Victoria Gau at victoria@nationalphilharmonic.org or 301-493-9283, ext. 116.              

PEP (the Parent Encouragement Program)

The Parent Encouragement Program Inc. (PEP) is a local non-profit parenting education community organization that helps parents develop stronger, healthier families. Parents learn practical and proven ways to encourage responsible behavior and healthy development in their children, from preschool through the teens. PEP's "positive parenting" philosophy is based on the internationally proven theories of Drs. Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs. Classes are taught by Certified Parent Educators, parents who have completed PEP's 27 week series of core courses, additional coursework in theory and application, and adult education. Over 3,500 parents attend one of PEP's 200 parenting programs or talks each year. For more information, please visit PEPparent.org or call 301.929.8824.

R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center

The Trauma Prevention Program at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center is dedicated to the eradication of preventable injuries in the state of Maryland. Schedule our team of nurses and certified prevention professionals to come to your school and give an assembly. They will engage the students in a discussion around decision making, and the dangers of drunk, drugged and distracted driving. They will bring a recovered patient to share his/her story. They will work with Science or Health teachers to incorporate the messages into their curriculum. Contact us at prevention@umm.edu, tcarlson@umm.edu or by calling 410-328-2035. 

Reginald F. Lewis Museum at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore

The Museum has received funding to bring students and teachers from independent schools to the Museum:

·    A Museum Experience - CAPPS - Children’s Access Program for Parochial/Private Schools - The museum will cover transportation (up to 2 buses) or museum admission (60) students. Not to exceed $500. Contact Joy Hall joy.hall@lewismuseum.org .

 ·   Teacher Professional Development – The Museum will offer accredited professional development for teachers from independent schools to attend the fall, spring and summer sessions.  Fall session: The African American Experience: Civil War and Reconstruction (1861-1900), October 21; October 29 and November 5.  

Contact: TerryTaylor  terry.taylor@lewismuseum.org 

Visit: http://www.lewismuseum.org/education/resources

The Student of the Year Campaign

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, has an exciting new opportunity to help foster Maryland High School student’s leadership and philanthropy skills through the Student of the Year Campaign. The Student of the Year Campaign is a six-week initiative in which nominated High School students participate in a fundraising competition to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This campaign is in need of parents, teachers and local community members to volunteer to be part of the leadership and steering committee who will nominate passionate students into the campaign. If you are interested in being a part of this team, helping to develop local high school student’s skills and aid in the fight against blood cancer, please contact Corinne Mayers, campaign manager at 443-471-1614 or by email at Corinne.mayers@lls.org. To learn more about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, please visit www.lls.org.

 

Teacher Collection Now Available at BCPL           

The Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) can enhance your classroom curriculum with our new Teacher Collection. A Teacher Collection allows educators with a Teacher Loan Card in good standing to order up to 30 items related to a specific topic for a six-week loan period with no overdue fees. Simply complete the form at bcpl.info/go/teachercollection or call in your request to one of our 19 branch locations. Our expert librarians take care of the rest. Materials are gathered and packaged within a two-week time period for pick up at the designated branch. For your convenience, materials may be returned to any branch location. For more information and branch locations, visit www.bcpl.info.

Teaching Paperless

R. Richard Wojewodzki, a teacher of Latin and Art History at the John Carroll School, has started a new blog to help teachers design and maintain paperless classrooms at www.teachpaperless.com. The blog is based on Wojewodzki’s experience creating and running a high school classroom in which no paper is used. All of the students use tablet-PCs for note-taking and creating projects and all tests and quizzes are given via blogs and wikis. Over the course of an academic year, his students create digital portfolios that reflect their work-progress on a day-to-day basis. The TeachPaperless blog seeks to help other teachers move into the digital world. The mission is two-fold: to save paper and material resources and to help teachers make use of the dynamic potential of the internet.

Visual Art for Young Artists

Showcase your students nationally! Students K-12 are invited to occupy some of the most prestigious foyers of corporations, universities or private collections. Students' artwork will be reviewed by a nationally prominent jury of artists and art teachers. Juried artwork will be posted online at www.nmoe.org for potential sale to corporations, universities and private collectors. Plus ten lucky students will have their artwork chosen to be hung with the Vatican Splendors exhibit in Cleveland at the Western reserve Historical Society. Visit www.nmoe.org or email Kathi Byron for more information.

Why is the Paint Your Life TM Experience Vital to Schools?

If you, as a teacher, are to be successful in uncovering alternative and creative approaches toward curriculum, to reach within the mind of each person in their educational arena, you must first be given a foolproof set of tools for exploring the innate creative potential within yourself. From China, to Africa and Europe, PAINT YOUR LIFE TM has opened personal doors to creativity, revealed hidden talents and aptitudes, and empowered participants with new ideas, original art concepts, and magnetic insights. Truly enjoy exploring creative differentiation strategies in all your classrooms. Celebrate the fascinating intellectual complexity that culturally-inclusive classrooms provide. Develop problem-based authentic lessons and assessments. Paint Your Life Workshops are available to K-12 educators across Maryland! For more information contact Morna McDermott or call (410) 294-3223.

 

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