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Call for Submissions: Essays on Becoming a Teacher

February 26 - April 6, 2015

For a new anthology, In Fact Books is seeking true stories exploring and reflecting on the process of becoming a teacher. We're looking for stories that, collectively, represent a wide variety of teachers and teaching experiences--in public or private or religious or charter schools, in cities or suburbs or rural areas, with typically developing students or those with special needs, at home or internationally. Stories should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, reaching beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We're looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; writing should be evocative, vivid, and dramatic. All essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Everything we publish goes through a rigorous fact-checking process; editors may ask for sources and citations. Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,500 words. Multiple submissions are welcome, as are entries from outside the United States. You may submit essays online or by regular mail.
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"What's Your [de]Sign?" A teacher workshop presented by The Lovett School's American Studies Institute

The Lovett School, Atlanta, GA
June 12-13, 2015

What does it mean to design lessons that teach across disciplines? How can seemingly disparate subjects connect in the classroom? The American Studies Institute (ASI) of The Lovett School was created in 2004 to encourage teachers and students to enrich their understanding of America by searching beyond the confines of a specific discipline. Friday, June 12, will be a time for sharing and learning with one another, and Saturday, June 13, will be optional and include docent-guided excursions to two of Lovett’s key partner cultural institutions: the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the High Museum of Art. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, there is no fee for either day. Keynote speakers include Doug Shipman, the CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights; Scott Sanchez, an innovation leader and faculty/coach at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design; and Jordan Clark, former Lovett School faculty and art historian. Joining them will be you! We are inviting participants to give 20-minute presentations on how they have designed interdisciplinary lessons that work in their own school.
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Penn/SPS Conference on Teaching and Learning

St. Paul's School, Concord, NH
June 14-19, 2015

As research continues into the ways young people learn, teachers are invited to gather at St. Paul's School to discuss the questions of why, how, and what in contemporary secondary education. The Penn/St. Paul’s Conference on Teaching and Learning will take place June 14-19, 2015. The conference is hosted by St. Paul's School and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Participants will include teachers from the Penn Residency Master's in Teaching program, both from the secondary and graduate levels. The conference will start by considering and reviewing the ideas of cognitive development, the neuroscience of education, backwards planning, and recursive learning. The focus will then shift to learner-centered teaching and measuring the effectiveness of learner-centered teaching practices. Two major emphases of the conference are creating material that teachers can use when they leave, and developing the habits of collaboration between teachers.
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Launching a Reading Workshop: An Authentic Approach to Teaching Literacy

Shorecrest Preparatory School, St. Petersburg, FL
June 15-18, 2015

In this comprehensive four-day seminar, our workshop leaders, along with guest experts, will teach participants the nuts and bolts of how to implement the routines and procedures of a successful writing workshop in kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms. Seminar sessions will focus on practical methods for modeling, teaching and assessing writing through a workshop model. Participants will leave with a strong foundation for teaching narrative and informational writing, conferring with writers, using student writing to plan instruction, and much more! Included materials: • professional text • binders with session content • children’s books to use for instruction. Full workshop $475 / *Multi-teacher discounts available for schools sending three or more teachers.
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Shorecrest's 3rd Annual Technology Summit

Shorecrest Preparatory School, St. Petersburg, FL
June 22-24, 2015

Join fellow teachers in exploring the many ways iPads can transform our classrooms into hubs of learning — where creativity, innovation and collaboration ignite all levels of learners! DAY 1: iPads in the Classroom. A review of basics skills, advanced tips, current trends, and top apps. DAY 2: Digital Storytelling through Stop-Motion Animation. Learn the steps involved in creating stop-motion movies, from storyboard- ing to post production. Tips for getting the most out of the filming experience will be shared. DAY 3: Integrating STEAM in the Everyday Classroom. Do you want to bring programming, robotics, and 3D design into your curriculum? Transform the way you think about STEAM. Full workshop $475 / Single workshop $175 per day / * Multi-teacher discounts available for schools sending three or more teachers.
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Call for Proposals: 2015 STEM Think Tank and Conference

Harpeth Hall School, Nashville, TN
July 8-10, 2015

The Third Annual STEM Think Tank and Conference presented by the Center for STEM Education for Girls is scheduled for July 8 – 10, 2015 at the Harpeth Hall School, Nashville, TN. This year’s conference theme is “Do the Work. Roadmap to STEM Success.” More than 250 educators from almost 30 states and three countries have participated in this annual conference. More than 50 sessions are planned for the 2015 conference including all day pre- and post-conference workshops. Deadline for submitting a proposal is January 31.
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Nobis World - Preserving African-American & Gullah-Geechee History

Savannah, Ga & The Lowcountry
July 12-16, 2015

During the Savannah, Ga. five-day program, participants explore the preservation of African-American history and culture in Savannah and Georgia's coastal islands. Through a service-learning project and cultural immersion, teachers explore how different museums and heritage organizations preserve the history of African-Americans in the Lowcountry. Focusing on the themes of race, slavery, and the education of African-American’s this program considers two different experiences: the urban environment of Savannah and the rural Gullah-Geechee culture on the barrier island Sapelo.
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The Rochester Reform Trail

Rochester, NY
July 19-25 and July 21-August 1.

Exciting new professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers: Greetings from Rochester, New York! The Rochester Reform Trail is a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for K-12 School Teachers, hosted by the College at Brockport, State University of New York, and the State University of New York Research Foundation. We are hosting two week-long workshops in July of 2015 exploring the antebellum reform movement. Landmark visits include an Erie Canal packet-boat cruise; field trips to Seneca Falls Women's Rights Historic National Park, the Susan B. Anthony House and Museum, and local sites associated with long-time Rochester resident Frederick Douglass (including Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony’s gravesites at Mt. Hope Cemetery). NEH summer scholars receive a stipend to offset travel and accommodation expenses. Please see the website below for more information. Hope you will join us! See our webpage: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter:
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Nobis World - Building Global Relationships, Understanding Global Poverty

Cabarete, Dominican Republic
July 23-20, 2015

During the Dominican Republic eight-day excursion, participants travel to the small, Caribbean beach village of Cabarete. Here they will experience another culture, learn about its history and build relationships with people from the community. Teachers will engage in community service with organizations whose work centers on the education, health and welfare of Dominican and Haitian immigrant families living in poverty. Teachers will establish reciprocal partnerships with these organizations and the international community for future collaboration with their classrooms.
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Launching a Reading Workshop: An Authentic Approach to Teaching Literacy

Shorecrest Preparatory School, St. Petersburg, FL
July 27-30, 2015

Our workshop leaders, along with guest experts, will provide teachers with the necessary building blocks to implement a successful and authentic reading workshop routine. Through this comprehensive four-day seminar, participants will learn how to assess students in order to match instruction to their readers, enhance their students’ reading experience and accelerate student progress. Seminar sessions will focus on conferring with K-5th grade readers, planning interactive read alouds, writing effective mini-lessons and much more! Included materials: • professional text • binders with session content • reading assessments • children’s books to use for instruction. Full workshop $475 / *Multi-teacher discounts available for schools sending three or more teachers.*
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2015 SAIS Heads Leadership Retreat
April 19-20, 2015 | Nashville, TN

2015 SAIS Institute for Strategic Leadership
June 15-17, 2015 | Atlanta, GA

2015 SAIS Institute for the Head's Assistant
June 16-17, 2015 | Atlanta, GA
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