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Announcements for the Week of January 3, 2011
January 4, 2011
Money for High and Mid-School Science Departments: The Armed Forces Communications & Electronic Association is offering $1,000 to a school science department for consumables. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an APS mid-school or high school science dept. Those interested in applying must submit a two-page expense report showing how the money will be spent and a short essay on how the science department will benefit from the scholarship. Entries should be submitted to Stuart Kendrick, AFCEA Albq. Chapter scholarship officer, at Stuart.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, by Feb. 9. For more information, e-mail Kendrick at the above address or call him at 846-7319.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration set for Jan. 17: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council is sponsoring “Twenty-One Years: Pursuing the Dream”, in celebration of his dream of brotherhood and a united fight against injustice; the event is set for 1 – 3 p.m., Jan. 17, at Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana Blvd., NE. Linda Sink is keynote speaker. Ethnic dress encouraged. Please reply to email@example.com if interested. For more information, call Jewel Hall at 994-2335 or visit www.mlkmc.com/Speaker2011.html.
Wildlife Federation Seeks Bald Eagle Counters Jan. 8: Volunteers are sought to join the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Wildlife Federation in its Midwinter Eagle Watch from 9 a.m. to noon, Jan. 8, at Abiquiu Lake. Those interested should meet at the Abiquiu Lake project office on Hwy. 96, two miles west of Hwy. 84. Volunteers should dress warmly; bring binoculars and notepads, along with drinking water. Coffee and snacks will be available. For information call park manager Eric Garner at 505-685-4371 or Mark Slimp at 505-342-3349.
Public Hearing for Proposed Educator Rules set for Jan. 11: The Public Education Department will conduct a public hearing from 2 – 4 p.m., Jan. 11, at Mabry Hall, Jerry Apodaca Building, 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe to obtain input on proposed amendments to licensure rules. The proposed rules may be viewed at www.ped.state.nm.us. Interested individuals may testify at the public hearing or submit written comments to Phil Baca, director of Professional Licensure Bureau, Educator Quality Division, Public Education Department, 300 Don Gaspar, Room 103, Santa Fe, NM 8750; by e-mail to LicensureUnit@state.nm.us, or by fax to 505-827-4148.
Toyota TAPESTRY Grant Program for Teachers: Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and the National Science Teachers Association have teamed up to offer 50 large grants and 20 mini-grants to K-12 science teachers for innovative projects that enhance science education. To apply for funding, qualified teachers must write a Toyota TAPESTRY proposal by Jan. 18. Visit http://tapestry.nsta.org for more information.
Shell Science Lab Challenge Awards $20,000 to MS & HS for Makeover: Feb. 2, is the application deadline for the National Science Teacher Association’s Shell Lab Challenge which provides middle and high school science teachers a chance to share their approaches to lab instruction. For more information and entry forms, visit www.nsta.org/shellsciencelab/.
NABT Ecology/Environmental Science Award for Teachers: Vernier Software & Technology is sponsoring an ecology/environmental teaching award of $1,500 for a secondary teacher who has successfully developed/demonstrated an innovative teaching approach in ecology/environmental science and has carried it to the community. Visit http://www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=132#award2 for more information; Nomination deadline is March 15.
Teaching Ambassador Fellowship Applicants Sought: The 2011-2012 U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellowship application is now available online. Teaching ambassadors are outstanding teachers who have a record of leadership, strong communication skills, and policy insight who work for one year for the U.S. Department of Education, either full-time in Washington, D.C. or part-time in their home states. Application deadline is Jan. 17. More information is available at www.ed.gov/programs/teacherfellowship. Call Gilliam Cohen-Boyer at 202-401-1259 with any questions.
Call for Nominations for Agriscience Awards: The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation and the American Farm Bureau Federation are seeking online nominations for the 2011 Agriscience Awards for two adult scientists, three current secondary school educators, and three current secondary school students that exemplify excellence in the field of Agriscience. Deadline for nominations is March 15. Call Judi Shellenberger at 315-258-0090 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Reading Association Hosts Fundraiser for Homeless Project Jan. 16-18: The Camino Real Council of the International Reading Association is joining with Il Vicino restaurants to raise funds for the APS Title I Homeless Project Jan. 16-18. Those three days a portion of proceeds will be donated to the Homeless Project if diners present a coupon when ordering. For a copy of the coupon e-mail Cindy Clarke at email@example.com or Barbara Carey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Managing Difficult Students Meets Jan. 11: The Albuquerque Teachers Federation offers this workshop from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday Jan. 11, at the union offices at 530 Jefferson St. NE. There is no cost for union members. A support and discussion group for workshop participants begins Thursday, Jan. 20, also at 4:30 p.m. For information or to register call 262-2657.
Statehood History Teacher’s Workshops: A series of statehood history teacher’s workshops will be presented by the Historical Society of New Mexico in May. Teachers will be eligible to a stipend. Visit www.hsnm.org or e-mail email@example.com to pre-register. For more information, e-mail Michael Stevenson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NM Teachers’ Workshop on the Manhattan Project: The third annual New Mexico Teachers’ Workshop on the Manhattan Project and its legacy will be in Santa Fe and in Los Alamos from June 20 – 23. Open to New Mexico history and science teachers. Visit www.atomicheritage.org, call Monika Adamczyk at 202-293-0045, or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
We Can Change the World Challenge for HS Students: The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, and the National Science Teachers Association have partnered to create the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge giving high school students the opportunity, tools, and inspiration to become agents of environmental change. The project begins Aug. 17, 2010 – March 15, 2011. Top prizes include scholarships. For more information, visit http://wecanchange.com/.
Space Shuttle Challenger Tribute & Celebration Jan. 28-29: The Challenger Learning Center New Mexico is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Challenger Shuttle tragedy at 9 a.m., Jan. 28 with astronaut Joe Allen at the Challenger Learning Center, Unser Discovery Campus, 1776 Montano NW, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Jan. 29 there will be free science activities and workshops for families in honor of the crew and to continue the mission of inspiring, exploring, and learning. For information, call 248-1776, ext. 733 or visit www.challengernm.org.
“Get Into Open Space” Transportation and Service Project Award: The “Get Into Open Space” program provides rented bus service for APS children to attend Open Space Alliance and City of Albuquerque Open Space Division supported service learning projects. Teachers awarded a “Get Into Open Space” allowance will schedule a date for a fieldtrip and receive a confirmation packet. To apply, go to www.cabq.gov/openspace/. For information, call Bill Pentler at (505) 452-5222.
Check out the new Employee Discounts site to learn about our community partners who offer discounts to APS employees.