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Announcements for the Week of January 16, 2012
January 19, 2012
Education Advocacy Group Forming: A group of parents, community members, students, and businessmen and women are forming to push for adequate funding for New Mexico schools. Calling themselves Partners in Education & Advocates for Public Schools or PEAPS, they are looking for members to help. For more information visit, https://sites.google.com/site/peapsforeducation/home. The group will be having an event at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22, at Dolores Gonzales Elementary School, 900 Atlantic St. SW (across from the Albuquerque Zoo).
Natural History Museum hosts Prehistoric Preschool: The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is offering “Prehistoric Preschool” for children ages 3-5 and their adult companions to explore natural history hands-on. Participants may choose to attend a 10 a.m. – noon class on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday or from 1 – 3 p.m. on Saturday. Classes include crafts, songs, games, puppet shows, investigating specimens, museum visits, and a snack. There are four classes per session, with classes meeting every other week. For more information, call Cirrelda Snider-Bryan at 841-2882 or visit http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org/preschool.html.
Grants for APS High School/Mid-School Science Departments Offered: The Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association, Albuquerque Chapter is offering the January 2012 Science Department Scholarship to APS middle and high schools for science class consumables in blocks of $500 up to $2,000. Teachers or administrators must submit an expense report showing how the award funding will be spent on consumables and a short essay on how their science department will benefit including how many students will be affected via e-mail to Stuart.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com no later than Jan. 27. For more information, call 846-7319.
Breast Cancer Walk set for April 29: In support of breast cancer research, the American Cancer Society is hosting its 13th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a 5-mile walk along the Rio Grande from 7-10 a.m. on Sunday, April 29, beginning at Cottonwood Mall, 10000 Coors Blvd NW. Participants may register at cancer.org/stridesonline. There is no registration fee, however, participants are encouraged to fundraise (not required), and walkers can register up until the day of the walk. For more information, call 262-6025.
Intervention Program Training for Principals, Assistants and Instructional Coaches: Principals, assistant principals and instructional coaches are invited to learn more about APS-approved intervention program in language arts, reading and math. The APS Curriculum and Instruction Dept will hold demonstrations for elementary level administrators and coaches on Monday, Jan. 30, and for secondary level on Thursday, Feb. 2. Both demonstrations will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the APS Montgomery Complex. RSVP to Dolores Romero at firstname.lastname@example.org; or for more information contact Joni Lebens at email@example.com or Charlotte Lindahl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extinction of Mammoths subject of January Science Café: This month’s café will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Jan. 28 at Los Poblanos Inn & Culture Center, 4803 Rio Grande Blvd, NW. Dr. Mark Boslough of Sandia National Laboratories will provide insight into the abrupt demise of mammoths. Admission is free, but a reservation is required. To reserve a spot, call Rose Poston at 277-2396 or e-mail email@example.com. More information is available at http://www.knme.org/educate.
Orff Instrument Workshop for Teachers: A workshop on Orff Instruments (glockenspiels, xylophones, and metallophones) will address how to play and care for the instruments, including strategies on how to use them to enhance language arts, math and science. With Orff instruments students can achieve instant success, especially students with special needs. The workshop is set for 3:30 to 5 p.m., Feb. 1, at Montgomery Complex in the ARTS Center. The workshop is free, but a reservation is required. Deadline to register is Jan. 27. E-mail Jan Delgado at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 880-8249, ext. 166.
Bill of Rights Institute for Teachers in Grades 8-12: A one-day seminar focusing on “The American Experiment in Religious Liberty” is set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the CNM Workforce Training Center. Sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute, participants will receive a copy of the curriculum “Religious Liberty: The American Experiment,” which addressed NM standards for grades 5-12 in civics and government, content standard III. The seminar is free because of the support of the Daniels Fund and the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom. For more information and to register visit www.BillofRightsInstitute.org/UpcomingSeminars or call Marianne Scott at 703-894-1776.
International Dyslexia Conference to be held Feb. 11: Southwest Branch of the International Dyslexia Assoc. will present its 25th annual conference on Feb. 11 at the Sandia Resort in Albuquerque. Gordon Sherman and Deardra Rosenberg will present on the implications of neuroscience research for teaching and learning, with an emphasis on dyslexia and other diverse learning styles. Dr. Eric Tridas will present on dyslexia, ADHD and working memory. Anita Archer, PhD, will present on effective learning for students. Scholarships are still available. Get information and register by January 27 for early bird discounts at www.southwestida.org.
Albuquerque Academy Hosts Brain Research Institute: The Albuquerque Academy is hosting neuroscience and educational experts at their “Brain Research: Learning & Applications” Institute on March 9 and 10. Featured topics include learning, memory and recall, working with struggling learners, the effects of technology on the brain, nutrition and the brain, and assessment and brain-based learning. For more information or to register, visit www.aa.edu/braininstitute, call Lisa Rhodes at 828-3268, or e-mail email@example.com.
Free Project WET Training for Teachers on Feb. 11: The Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority is offering a Project WET 2.0 workshop for teachers who need lesson plans for hands-on, brains-on activities or who want to include environmental education into the curriculum. The workshop is set for 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Feb. 11 and includes curriculum and activity guide, hike, resources and lunch. For more information or to sign up, call Sharon Sivinski at 768-3245 or Kimi Scheerer at 898-6388, ext.128.
TECH CITY Museum Exhibit Focuses on Engineering: The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host “TECH CITY” from Feb. 4 through April 29 for students 8-13 years old and their families. There will be interactive stations and exhibits that allow visitors to solve real-world problems that engineers face for designing, building, testing, and making modifications. Visit www.techcityexhibition.org to view the exhibit. Field trip time slots are available for elementary and middle school students and admission is $5 per person. Call 245-2137, ext. 103 for reservations. More information is available at www.nuclearscienceweek.org and www.nuclearmuseum.org. The Museum is located at 601 Eubank SE, at the entrance to the Sandia Science & Technology Park and is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Math-Science Scholarships Offered by ExxonMobile: APS seniors are eligible for the ExsonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships offered through the Council of the Great City Schools. Four scholarships—two for males and two for females—of $5,000 each will be awarded to two African American and two Hispanic students on behalf of former NASA astronaut, physician and businessman Dr. Bernard Harris. The deadline for submissions is April 2, 2012. To download an application, visit http://www.cgcs.org//site/Default.aspx?PageID=47.
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