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ASEE’s Inclusive Engineering Media Contest

ASEE inclusive Prek12 engineering contestASEE’s Pre-College Engineering Education Division is sponsoring a social media contest. Share how you engage diverse students in inclusive engineering and compete to win a $1,000 travel award to attend ASEE’s Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio, June 24 – June 28, 2017. Submit entries by May 1, 2017.

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Allen Distinguished Educators Award

Allen Distinguished Educator award logoThe Allen Distinguished Educators award program recognizes innovative K-12 teachers who “break the mold” and help students become thinkers, makers, and creators through computer science, engineering, and entrepreneurship. Applications for the $25,000 award are due November 1, 2015.

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DiscoverE Educator Awards 2015

Engineers Week 2015 logoApply for or nominate a great middle or high school STEM teacher for a $2,000 DiscoverE Educator Award. Deadline: March 16, 2015.

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Plagiarism Education Week

plagiarism weekLaunched to help educators help their students understand that originality matters, Plagiarism Education Week offers free webinars with tips for teachers, new resources for students on conducting better online research and proper citations, and a student poster contest.

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$1B Plan for STEM Teacher Corps

excellenceUncle Sam wants you – if you’re the best and brightest – for a new STEM Master Teacher Corps. The Obama administration’s ambitious $1 billion plan to boost student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics seeks to create an elite cadre of exceptional STEM educators who can serve as curriculum innovators, classroom mentors, and instructional leaders in their schools and communities.

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Mass. Starts Early College STEM Program

paper planeCan project-based STEM programs boost student achievement and engagement in all subjects? Massachusetts is betting on it. This fall, the Marlborough school district became the first of six systems to launch an engineering-focused STEM early-college initiative.

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Feature: Nuclear Energizes Teachers

Texas A&M workshopDespite the anxiety triggered by last spring’s nuclear disaster in Japan, nuclear power is still a key part of this country’s energy mix. Industry and universities are enlisting help from teachers in preparing the next generation of nuclear engineers and technicians.

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Study: Good Teaching is Not a One-Person Show

Teacher TrainingEducation reformers oversell the importance of highly skilled teachers and undervalue the benefits that come from teacher collaborations, according to a University of Pittsburgh specialist in organizations. An article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review says students “showed higher gains in math achievement when their teachers reported frequent conversations with their peers that centered on math, and when there was a feeling of trust or closeness among teachers.”

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NYC Ends Teacher Bonuses

balanceNew York City will eliminate a performance-bonus program for teachers and principals in light of new research showing that the three-year-old program did not improve student achievement at any grade level or teachers’ morale. “A lot of the principals and teachers saw the bonuses as a recognition and reward, as icing on the cake,” explained Julie Marsh, lead researcher of the RAND report.

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