Friday, December 28, 2007

Southern Nevada Literacy Cooperative Workshop, April 2008

The Southern Nevada Literacy Collaborative (social studies and literacy organization in southern Nevada) are holding a one credit workshop in 2008:

DATES: Friday April 11 -- Saturday April 12
PLACE: Campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
TITLE: Celebrating Diversity: Literacy Across the Content Areas

Contact Jesus Garcia for more information.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Phi Delta Kappa Program on "UNLV's COE Dean," 12/6/07

Phi Delta Kappa invites you to their upcoming program featuring UNLV’s new College of Education Dean — Dr. M. Christopher Brown II. Dr. Brown's presentation, titled "Educating Millennial Learners: The Shifting Science of Pedagogy," will include discussion of directions for the UNLV College of Education and partnership goals between UNLV and CCSD. In addition to Dr. Brown’s keynote presentation, the program will include an overview of the 2007 PDK/Gallup Poll and a “book talk.” All educators are encouraged to attend.

4:30 PM — Thursday, December 6 — UNLV’s CBC A110

Chocolates provided by Chocolates á la Carte

RSVP to Chris Merriweather at

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Travel Training in South Africa

Teachers: Study in Southern Africa this Summer
Become a Fulbright Scholar

The University of Toledo, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Program, is sponsoring a seminar in the southern African countries of South Africa and Lesotho, June 21 – July 30, 2008. Designed for educators, the focus of the seminar will be southern African political, cultural and historical relations, especially the relations between South Africa and Lesotho.

Participants will spend over five weeks in southern Africa interacting with African teachers and government officials while visiting historic and contemporary sites and sharing professional expertise with teachers and organizations in the region.

Accepted seminar members will pay $850 of the direct program costs of over $8000 per person plus personal expenses including for pre-and post-travel seminars in Toledo and transportation to and from the departure/arrival airport. Information and applications (due January 10, 2008) are available at
Or contact Professor Richard Weisfelder, Department of Political Science, University of Toledo, MS #511, Toledo, OH 43606-3390, (419) 530-2265. (A flyer is available at )

Monday, October 29, 2007

Phi Delta Kappa Program on "School Violence," 11/7/07

Phi Delta Kappa invites you to their upcoming program titled "School Violence." The program features CCSD School Police addressing campus violence and prevention. All educators are encouraged to attend.

4:30 PM — Wednesday, November 7 — Canyon Springs High School
Chocolates provided by Chocolates á la Carte

RSVP to Chris Merriweather (InterAct)

CUE-SN Presents a "Web 2.0 Whirlwind" (11/8/07)

CUE-SN invites educators to attend their upcoming meeting on Web 2.0 technologies:

There are many new free Web applications that can be useful in and for extending the classroom that have a special emphasis of online collaboration and social networking. Free applications related to digital photos and video, digital music tools, one-to-one and one-to-many communications, mapping, social bookmarking, Web office tools, and even old-fashioned tools like blogs and wikis will be demonstrated. A presentation wiki containing all resources will be shared for use after the presentation.

Kendall Hartley, UNLV and Allison Powell, CCSD
Thursday, November 8, 2007
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Chaparral HS Mac Lab
3850 Annie Oakley Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89121
Between Twain & Viking, off Sandhill

Please email Allison Powell on InterAct

2007 West Regional Education Summit — “Exploring the Future of Holocaust Education” (UNLV)

I received this email message from Peter Fredlake via Stephanie Hartman:

"On behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, I would like to invite you to attend the 2007 West Regional Education Summit, “Exploring the Future of Holocaust Education,” to be held at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas on February 20 - 22, 2008.

This Summit proposes to bring together individuals at secondary schools and institutions of higher learning as well as scholars and members of organizations interested in the challenges of Holocaust education in the West region to address common needs and problems, meet and plan cooperative ventures, get support from other regional organizations, and establish a means to follow up on collaborative efforts. Our aim is to provide support to more effectively meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of teaching about the Holocaust in the future.

This Regional Education Summit is the fifth such gathering of scholars and educators. Previous Summits have been held at Vanderbilt University, the University of Denver, the University of Pittsburgh, and most recently at the University of Texas at El Paso. These Summits have resulted in the establishment of active regional networks, the publication of articles in academic journals, and greater cooperation in organizing regional conferences on teaching the Holocaust. In addition, participants have returned home with a greater sense of their mission, bolstered by new contacts and resources.

I have attached a draft agenda for the West Summit [email him for the agenda]. Though it is subject to minor changes, I want you to be able to see how we structure the three days around conversations that allow us to talk in a meaningful way about issues in our profession.

We would be honored to have you participate in this regional conference. We share concerns about the future of Holocaust education in the United States, and we hope this conference will provide a means for addressing these concerns and becoming familiar with how we can help one another.

We will cover expenses related to your transportation, meals, and lodging for the conference. Please RSVP to Nicole Hanna (202-314-7826, before November 10, 2007."

Thursday, October 18, 2007

HP Announces 2008 HP Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative

For the fifth year HP will be partnering with ISTE to provide professional development for K-12 teams participating in the 2008 HP Technology for Teaching grant program, which will award grants of nearly $7 million in cash and equipment. K-12 grants are available to public schools in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Higher Education grants are available to public and private, two- and four-year colleges and universities throughout North America (Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S.). The higher education initiative is specifically targeting faculty teaching selected disciplines within math, science, engineering, information systems, and computer science.

Web-based applications are due by 5 p.m. PST, February 14, 2008. For more information and to download a request for proposals, visit

Hispanic Heritage Month Art Contest, Due 10/25/07

The Hispanic Heritage Art and Essay Contest entries are due Thursday, October 25 (just before Nevada Day holiday) to the Partnership Office. Complete rules and a brochure are available at along with over twenty curriculum pieces related to Hispanic Heritage month.

This contest is open to students in grades 4-8 and the organization is seeking increased participation this year.

Four selected winners will receive US Savings Bonds from Ford Motor Company Fund & Community Services.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Student-Made Music Video Contest

Interwrite Learning, in partnership with TeacherTube, announces first
interactive makeover video contest!

Three winners will win an Interwrite Makeover™ by creating a music video
of the song of their choice and will receive prizes valued at more than

COLUMBIA, Md. — Interwrite Learning, in partnership with TeacherTube,
announces the company’s first video contest to recognize teachers and
students for their creativity and use of technology in the classroom.
Participants of the contest are asked to create a short music video
parodying the song of their choice. The video should demonstrate how
different kinds of technology are being used in the classroom.

The contest is not limited to users of Interwrite Learning’s products or
members of TeacherTube. It is open to all teachers and students in the
U.S., New Zealand and Australia (still up for discussion) who can
creatively show how they are using technology in the classroom or how they
would like to use technology in their classroom.

All participants will submit their videos on the Interwrite Learning Web
site at Submissions will open at 12:00
Midnight EDT on September 11, 2007 and close at 11:59 EDT on October 21st,
2007. Winners of the Interwrite Makeover will be announced on Tuesday,
November 27, 2007.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

First SNCSS Meeting for 2007-2008 School Year, 10/24/07

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 is the kick-off event for the Southern Nevada Council for the Social Studies (SNCSS). It will be held at McMullan's Irish Pub from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be complementary food, prizes, and more! This event is FREE to those who have current membership status with the council (yearly council dues are up-to-date.). It is $20.00 for renewing or new members. Remember, this fee pays for a full year's membership.

Contact Karlye Mull or Karen Sedoti via InterAct if you have any questions.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Phi Delta Kappa Program on "Student Transiency," 10/16/07

The Governing Board of the Las Vegas Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa invites all area educator to attend our upcoming program. The program will bring together panelists including a district-level administrator, principal, and teacher to address issues relating to student transiency. The focus will be on describing the reality of the issue district-wide including policies addressing the issue and site-based methods of working with teachers and students to maintain quality education under the circumstances.

Program Date: Tuesday, October 16
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Lynn Bennett Early Childhood Development Center (UNLV Campus)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Teaching American History Grant Modules

Third, fourth, and fifth grade teachers in Clark County School District are invited to participate in the Elementary Teaching American History Grant Program which consists of six independent 5-week modules offered during the 2007-2008 school year. The modules were developed to promote the teaching of American History and improve the quality of instruction in elementary classrooms. Each module will address a specific historical era as well as a unique pedagogical theme. For example, when focusing on Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Era, participants will also learn about service learning for elementary classrooms.

The TAH grant program will continue during the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years. While some module themes will repeat, there will be additional module themes added each year of the grant.

During each module, participants will meet in two face-to-face meetings from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 PM at the College of Southern Nevada, Cheyenne Campus. Online sessions, activities, a book review, and other projects will be required during each five week module.

Module One: October 3 - November 2, 2007
Native Americans in Colonial Times/Technology Integration
Attention: Module One is already full

Module Two: November 12 - December 14, 2007
The American Revolution/Primary Source Documents
Attendance is required on November 14 and November 28, 2007

Module Three: January 7 - February 8, 2008
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement/Service Learning
Attendance is required on January 9 and January 23, 2008

Module Four: February 11- March 14, 2008
The Civil War and Reconstruction/Children's Literature
Attendance is required on February 13 and February 27, 2008

Module Five: March 24 - April 25, 2008
Exploring the Americas/Hands-On Learning
Attendance is required on March 26 and April 9, 2008

Module Six: April 28 - May 30, 2008
America in the 1930s: Depression, New Deal, and Dust Bowl/Arts Education
Attendance is required on April 30 and May 14, 2008

Upon successful completion of all course requirements, participants will qualify for the following:

1. A stipend
2. A video iPod (only one per participant if participating in more than one module)
3. One UNLV graduate credit (optional)
4. Several content and pedagogy books
5. Several books to share with your students

Register for this course is available on Pathlore.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Creating Teacher Websites, 10/02/07

The Computer-Using Educators of Southern Nevada (CUE-SN) will have their first program of the 2007-2008 academic year. The presentation will introduce teachers to developing their own websites using, a free and easy-to-use tool available to all Clark County School District teachers. Teachers will leave with:
  • Their own teacher or class website;
  • Knowledge of how to update, modify, and add to their website; and,
  • Ideas for using teacher-created websites for productivity and instructional purposes.
Date: Tuesday October 2, 4:30-6:00
Location: Las Vegas Day School, 3275 Red Rock St. (Corner of Desert Inn and Jones)
Notes: Use parking lot off Jones and proceed upstairs in 2nd story building

RSVP or for more information contact Cynthia Ochoa.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Geographic Classes in Southern Nevada

The Geographic Alliance in Nevada and Southern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program are pleased to announce their upcoming schedule of offerings. Se the list below for the planned events. Educators may register for courses via Pathlore (available to Clark County School District teachers) or by contacting Herb Thompson, GAIN Co-Coordinator.

RPDP/CIE 740: Teaching Elementary Geography
September 18, 20, 22, 2007
4:30pm – 9:00pm Tuesday & Thursday and 8:00am – 4:00pm Saturday
1 Graduate Credit - $45.00
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Registration Fee $15.00
Del Webb Middle School – Room #816

Instructor: Herb Thompson – Regional Trainer SNRPDP & GAIN Co-coordinator.

Course Description: This one credit class will focus on the basic
concepts, skills, and themes used in the teaching of geography to K-5
students. Participants will experience traditional content lectures,
hands-on small group activities, and standards-based geography lessons
designed to help teachers integrate geography into the curriculum. Dinner
will be provided both evenings and teachers will also receive LPG’s
(Lovely Parting Gifts)!

RPDP/CIS 707: Field Geography for Teachers
October 11-13, 2007
Thursday-Friday 4:30pm-9:00pm & Saturday 8:00am-4:00pm
1 Graduate Credit - $45.00
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Registration - $15.00
Geographic Alliance In Nevada
Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef - Luxor IMAX – Red Rock Canyon NCA

Instructors: Herb Thompson – Regional Trainer SNRPDP and GAIN
Co-Coordinator & Chris Ryan GAIN Coordinator – WNCC

Course Description: This one credit class will focus on physical and human
geography content and the resources available for local teachers and
students to experience geographic learning in the field. There will be a
full-day field trip to Red Rock National Conservation area on Saturday.

RPDP/CIS 707p: Project-Based Instruction for Secondary Social Studies Teachers
October 30 & November 1, 3, 2007
Tuesday & Thursday 4:30pm-9:00pm and Saturday 8:00am-4:00pm
1 Graduate Credit - $45.00
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
$15.00 Registration Fee
Arbor View High School – Room #715

Instructor: Liz Bash – Part-Time RPDP Regional Trainer & GAIN Teacher

Course Description: This one credit class will focus on the basic
concepts, skills, and themes used in teaching US History, World History,
Geography, and Government to secondary students using project-based
instruction and units.

RPDP/CIE 740a: Integrating Economics for Elementary Teachers
1 Graduate Credit - $45.00
December 4, 6, 8, 2007
Tuesday & Thursday 4:30pm-9:00pm & Saturday 8:00am-4:00pm
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
$15.00 Registration Fee
K.O Knudson MS – Room #400

Instructors: Doug Larson – Part-Time RPDP Regional Trainer & MAEEE University of Delaware

Course Description: This one credit class will focus on the basic
concepts, skills, and themes used in the teaching of economics to
elementary students. Participants will experience traditional content
sessions, hands-on small group activities, and standards-based economics
lessons presented by the instructor and guest teachers and will explore a
variety of methods, resources, and technologies that can be easily
implemented into social studies lessons.

RPDP/CIS 707: K-12 GEOFEST 2008
January 31 & February 1-2, 2008
Thursday-Friday 4:30pm-9:00pm & Saturday 8:00am-4:00pm
1 Graduate Credit - $45.00
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Registration - $15.00
Geographic Alliance In Nevada
Del Webb Middle School – Room #816

Instructors: Herb ThompsonGAIN Co-Coordinator
& Chris RyanGAIN Coordinator – WNCC

Course Description: This one credit class will feature a combination of
geography content sessions and standards-based lessons that will help
teachers both understand and integrate geographic themes into science,
language arts, and other social studies curricula. All seven Nevada
Geography Standards will be addressed through several content lectures,
small group activities, and hands-on lessons presented by Geographic
Alliance In Nevada
teacher consultants during Saturday breakout sessions.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

PDK/Gallup Poll

Phi Delta Kappa just released its annual Gallup Poll results. The findings appear to confirm that the public agrees with educators about NCLB - that it is not helping teaching and learning in the United States. You can acces information about the poll's on the Phi Delta Kappa website.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Presidential Mockus — A Simulated Nevada Caucus in Your Classroom

I was informed of a wonderful learning opportunity for high school students this semester. Representatives of the Nevada State Democratic Party will come to your classroom to run a mock caucus. To approach the topic from a non-partisan perspective, students will cast their preferences for pizza or ice cream toppings rather than actual presidential candidates. Below is an excerpt of a letter I received from Brian Hutchinson (a contact person for scheduling a "mockus").

"Since a presidential caucus is different from a traditional primary, the Nevada State Democratic Party (NSDP) is organizing mock caucuses (aka mockuses) around the state to educate citizens about the caucus process.

Students participating in a mockus will experience a precinct caucus, from beginning to end. This includes seeing how much influence each participant can have and how truly grassroots the democratic process is.

Here's how the mockus model works:
  • Explanation by NSDP staff about the importance of the caucus in Nevada
  • Students split into preference groups to show support for the candidate (or in this case, pizza topping) of their choice
  • Viability of preference groups is determined
  • Unviable groups (those who do not have enough supporters) must realign
  • Viable group members lobby unviable group members to support their candidate
  • Caucus math begins and delegates are apportioned
  • Results are reported
  • Delegates are elected to county convention (with the potential to continue to the state convention and then the national convention
We can adjust the content to fit within one class period and we would be thrilled to bring a mockus to your classroom."

To schedule a mockus in Northern Nevada, contact Brian Hutchinson, the Northern Nevada Field Director of the Nevada State Democratic Party, via email or phone (775-829-1699)

Note that the Southern Nevada model will be different than that mentioned above. The Southern Nevada model will appear in the form of high school assemblies. Contact your school principal to see if your school is participating.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Microsoft's U.S. Innovative Teachers Forum, September 27-28, 2007

This looks like a great opportunity for teams of K-12 teachers who are actively engaging in 21st century teaching. Learning teams share their expertise at Microsoft Headquarters in Washington on September 27-28, and a subset of these teams will also represent the US in Helsinki in November. All expenses are paid by Microsoft.

Those interested in applying should review this flier. Note, though, that the deadline for applications is July 11.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Middle Schoolers Must Pass Social Studies!

An email from Stephanie Hartman:

"Greetings Everyone!!

Well, it looks like SB 184 snuck in under the radar after all and has been signed by the Governor. So, what does this mean for everyone?

The State Board of Education must approve the legislation and make determinations for the provisions of the bill – ie: the State Board will determine the number of social studies credits, or courses that a student must pass for promotion to high school. In all probability, this legislation will take effect the fall of the 2008-2009 school year. So, beginning that year, all incoming 6th or 7th graders will be required to pass social studies and science in order to be promoted to high school.

Stephanie Hartman
K-12 Social Studies Consultant
Nevada Department of Education"

Sunday, June 10, 2007

National Expectations Seminar, June 14-16, 2007

The CCSD Office of Equity and Diversity Education and the Center for Multicultural Education - UNLV's College of Education is sponsoring a National Expectations Seminar June 14-16, 2007 at the UNLV Student Union Building. Please plan to attend. Attendees will receive one free credit for attending all sessions. Email your intent to attend to Dr. Porter Troutman by Tuesday, June 12, 2007.

This seminar will feature eight national speakers including:
  • Dr. Robert Green, former Dean of Education, Michigan State University and author of "Expectations: How Teacher Expectations Can Increase Student Achievement."
  • Dr. James Banks is Professor in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Washington. His books include "Teaching Strategies for Ethnic Studies, Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives," "Curriculum and Teaching," and editor of "The Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education" to name a few of his publications.
  • Dr. Gary Orfield is Professor of Education and Social Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the co-founder and director of the Civil Rights Project at Harvard, an initiative that is developing and publishing a new generation of research on multiracial civil rights issues. Recent publications include: "School Segregation on the Rise Despite Growing Diversity," and "High School Dropouts Concentrated in 35 Cities."
  • Dr. Asa Hilliard, Professor of Urban Education at Georgia State University. He has written more that 200 research reports, articles and books on testing, ancient African History, and teaching strategies. His most recent books are "The Maroon Within Us" and "The Reawakening of the African Mind."

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Saudi Arabia Study Tour, Fully-Funded

Note: Geographic Alliance in Nevada Teacher Consultant Liz Bash attended this study tour in 2006. It was from that experience that the Southern Nevada Council for the Social Studies and Geographic Alliance in Nevada organized the Islam Conference on March 17, 2007.

Educators to Saudi Arabia Program

Professional Development Opportunity for Educators

This is an announcement of the sixth competition for the Educators to Saudi Arabia Program, sponsored by Aramco Services Company. The program, which travels to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is open to full-time Social Studies Teachers and Library Media Specialists in grades 1-12 in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Selected participants will travel to Saudi Arabia for a fully-funded, ten-day study tour of Saudi Arabia.

The Educators to Saudi Arabia Program aims to cultivate a greater awareness and understanding of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in U.S. primary and secondary schools and communities. The Educators to Saudi Arabia Program will examine Saudi education, culture, history and global relations through site visits, panel discussions and cultural activities in the cities of Dhahran, Riyadh and Jeddah from November 19 – December 3, 2007.

Social Studies Teachers and Library Media Specialists in grades 1-12 are encouraged to submit applications for the Educators to Saudi Arabia Program. Interested individuals can download an application at:

For more information, visit our website or contact us at

The application deadline is June 25, 2007.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Geographic Alliance in Nevada Events

The GAIN Professional Development Calendar is also set for the 2007-2008 school year. Please remember to check “Events” at!

September 18, 20, 22, 2007
Teaching Elementary Geography Class – Las Vegas

October 11-13, 2007
Field Geography Class – Las Vegas

October 18-21, 2007
NCGE Annual Meeting – Oklahoma City

November 9-10, 2007
Rural GEOFEST – Winnemucca

November 30 - December 2, 2007
NCSS Conference – San Diego

January 31 - February 2, 2008
Southern Nevada GEOFEST – Henderson

February 23, 2008
GAIN Winter Meeting

April 9, 11, 13, 2008
Teaching Elementary Geography Class – Las Vegas

April 25-26, 2008
Field Geography Class - Reno

June 9-20, 2008
ASGI 2008 – Las Vegas & Reno

July 23-30, 2008
AASGI 2008 – National Parks of the Pacific Northwest

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Early Las Vegas Culture Training, September 29-30, 2007

Kaleidoscope of Early Culture in Las Vegas
September 29-30 at the new Springs Preserve
and Lost City Museum

Explore the history of the Las Vegas Valley from early American cultures to Anglo-European settlers. Immerse yourself in this 2 day cultural history walk back in time.

September 29

8:00-8:15 am Check in at the Springs Preserve
8:15-8:30 am Overview: Dr. Linda Miller, Nevada State Coordinator for History Education
8:30-9:30 am Journaling by Jennifer Jacobi: Hands on activity
9:30-9:45 am Break
9:45am -12:30 pm The Cultural and Historical Resources of the Las Vegas Springs: Marcel Parent and staff(Includes tour of site and archeological presentation
12:30-1:00 pm Lunch with education specialists, walk through the gardens
1:00-2:00 pm Using Stories from the Past to Get Students Reading, Thinking and Learning: Joy Hakim, Author and historian of The History of US and The Story of Science
2:00-3:00 Artful Reflection of the Past: Roy Purcell, author of Long Journey to Wikame and Southwestern artist
3:00-4:00 Cultural and Historical Resources of Las Vegas Springs (continued)
4:00-4:45 Introduction to Nevada Humanities Online Encyclopedia
4:45-5:00 Wrap up

September 30

8:00 am Depart Springs Preserve for Lost City: Journaling practice during the trip
9:30 am Arrive at Lost City
9:30 am-12:30 pm Tour and History of the Lost City: Native American Cultures, Archeology, Structure, Eva Jensen, archeologist and curator at the Lost City Museum
12:30-1:15 pm lunch with archeologists
1:15-2::00pm How the New Deal Efforts and Hoover Dam effected the Ruins and the Local Community
2:00-2:45 Environmentalism in Nevada: Jeff Hinton, Sierra Vista High School
2:45-3:30 Curriculum and the Lost City: Dr. Linda Miller
3:30-3:45 wrap up and evaluation/Depart Lost City: complete evaluations and journals on bus
5:00 Arrive Las Vegas: Turn in journals and evaluations for credit

Participants will receive a book by Joy Hakim, Long Journey to Wikame by Roy Purcel, lunch both days, admission to historic sites and bus transportation, curricular materials for The Springs Preserve and Lost City, 1 year membership in the National Council for History Education, 1 year membership in the Nevada Council for History Education, and 1 recertification credit from the Nevada Department of Education

Featuring renowned Historian/Author Joy Hakim and Artist/Author Roy Purcell, sponsored by Nevada Council for History Education, and co-Sponsored by the Nevada Council for the Humanities, National Council for History Education, Stephens Press, Clark County Education Foundation, Springs Preserve and Lost City Museum


Registration Deadline: September 7 or until there are 30 participants)
Cost: $40
Contact Dr. Linda Miller, Nevada State Coordinator for History Education, to apply.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Secondary Educators: Costa Rican Training, 2/24/08-3/7/08

Toyota International Teacher Program Invites Applications for
Costa Rica Study Program
Deadline: September 7, 2007

In March 2008, the Toyota International Teacher Program will send twenty secondary school teachers on a fully funded ten-day study program to eastern Costa Rica. Administered by the Institute of International Education ( ), the program is designed to expose educators of all classroom disciplines to the diversity of Costa Rica's peoples and ecosystems in an effort to inspire the creative teaching of international, cultural, and environmental themes in U.S. schools and communities.

The program seeks to provide educators with the opportunity to observe, interact with, and understand Costa Rican communities and their efforts to preserve their environment and culture in a rapidly modernizing global society. The program will take place from February 24 to March 7, 2008 (including travel time). Direct costs of participation (transportation, lodging, meals, and all program activities) will be paid by Toyota. To be eligible for participation applicants must: be a U.S. citizen at the time of application; be employed full-time as a teacher in grades 7-12; work in the one of the fifty states or the District of Columbia; have a minimum of three years, full-time teaching experience by the time of the program; and expect to continue teaching at the secondary school level through at least the 2008-09 school year. Toyota International Teacher Program alumni who have not participated on a Toyota
International Teacher Program in the last five years (2002 alumni and before) are also eligible to apply.

Visit the IIE Web site for complete program information.
RFP Link:
For additional RFPs in Education, visit:

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Target's "Redesign Your School" Contest

Target is offering $10,000 to a school submitting the most innovative, sustainable, secondary school. The school must align with 21st century skills, and the plan must be presented using visual media.

This looks like a wonderful project for a teacher and group of students during June. Look here for details.

The fast-approaching deadline is 6/30/07.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Nevada We the People Summer Institute, 7/31/07-8/6/07

Marcia Stribling-Ellis is still accepting last minute applications for this summer's We the People Institute. If interested after reading the below posting, contact her immediately at Marcia Ellis or (702) 317-1408.

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution

July 31-August 6, 2006
Sierra Nevada College ~ Incline Village, Nevada

This summer institute is directed by the Center for Civic Education and funded by the U.S. Department of Education by Act of Congress and sponsored by the State Bar of Nevada, Center for Civic Education, and Nevada Humanities

The State Bar of Nevada is pleased to announce the sixth Nevada We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Summer Institute. This residential institute is an intensive, week-long professional development program on the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights for elementary, middle and high school teachers.

The purpose of the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Summer Institute is to provide teachers with the content, teaching methods, and assessment strategies to help you effectively implement the curriculum through the use of both the text and the simulated congressional hearing activity. Participants work with constitutional scholars such as UNR History Professor Scott Casper, UNLV Professor of History and Law David Tanenhaus, and the Honorable Susan Leeson, former Associate Justice Oregon Supreme Court and Professor of Political Science at Williamette University. In addition, they learn from experienced teacher-mentors who assist participants in discussing the challenges of teaching civic education and preparing for the culminating hearing. They also conduct sessions demonstrating teaching methods appropriate to the We the People curriculum.

Sierra Nevada College is located in Incline Village at Lake Tahoe surrounded by mountains and scenic beauty. Its modern classroom and dormitory facilities make it an ideal location for study and reflection

Participation in the Institute results in a professional development program worth more than $2000 at a participant cost of only $45 (which includes all room, board, transportation, and materials for the week). Participants will receive a personal library of resource material and will be obligated to conduct a simulated hearing in his or her courtroom.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Potential Job Opportunity

I received this in my "Inbox."

“Homework on Wheels” is coming to Las Vegas in August. "HOW" is a company, that provides homework/tutoring help for K-12 students in their home. My wife and I founded Homework on Wheels 4 years ago and began operation in the Inland Empire area of Southern California. Because of its incredible success we are opening an office in Las Vegas. We will be looking for college, juniors and seniors, and grad students, preferably (but not necessary) education majors, with a minimum 3.0 grade point average who are interested in working as "homework helpers." Each college student that is hired will: be trained to work one-on-one with students and parents, have flexible work hours that fit their college schedule, be paid $15-20 per hr to work with as many clients as they have time. We are looking for students who: have experience tutoring, are responsible, are role models for our clients, who have a personality that allows them to be successful working one-on-one.

Since all homework helpers must be recommended by a College/University professor we wanted to get this information to you early so you might target students who would be interested and direct them to: for additional information and an online application.

We currently have professors from Cal Poly, Pomona, University of La Verne, Claremont Colleges, Cal State San Bernardino, and the University of California, Riverside that refer students to us.

If you would like more information please call Brian Grasmick at 452-9700, our office in Claremont (909) 981-0800 or email either of us:,

Thank you.

David Grasmick, Executive Director and Cal Poly Professor Emeritus
Homework on Wheels
(909) 981-0800

Project Citizen Showcase, May 16, 2007

You are invited to attend

Project Citizen:
Showcasing Students' Work in Public Policy

Wednesday, May 16, 2007
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Reed Whipple Cultural Center
821 Las Vegas Blvd., North
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Featured schools include Canyon Springs High School, Eva Wolfe Elementary School, and Lynch Elementary School

RSVP to or call (702) 317-1416

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

SNCSS End-of-Year Gathering

The Southern Nevada Council for the Social Studies (SNCSS)

Come and gather with fellow social studies colleagues to meet other SNCSS
members, share this year's classroom survival stories, honor SNCSS
Teacher-of-the-Year recipients, enjoy tasty appetizers, and hopefully, win
one of several door prizes!

Where: Jillian's, located in the Neonopolis Center adjacent to the
Fremont Street Experience, 450 Fremont Street, Suite 130
When: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Time: 4 PM to 7 PM

This is a great opportunity to renew your membership, or to welcome new
members! Don't forget that this event is FREE to members or $20.00 to new
members, which covers one year's membership.

Please RSVP to Karen Sedoti if you plan to attend!

*This event will be sponsored by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston.

Directions to Jillian's:

From US 95 North and South: Exit Las Vegas Blvd (Exit 75A). Go South on
Las Vegas Blvd. Pass the Neonopolis Center. Turn right onto Carson
Street. Go 1 Block and turn right on 4th Street (one way). The
Neonopolis Parking Garage is on the right side, just beyond the Fremont
St. Experience Parking Garage (red garage).

From I-15 North: Take I-15 to US 95 South. Exit Las Vegas Blvd (Exit
75A). Go South on Las Vegas Blvd. Pass the Neonopolis Center. Turn
right onto Carson Street. Go 1 Block and turn right onto 4th Street (one
way). The Neonopolis Parking Garage is on the right side, just beyond the
Fremont St. Experience Parking Garage (red garage).

From I-15 South: Take I-15 South to US 95 South. Exit Las Vegas Blvd
(Exit 75A). Go South on Las Vegas Blvd. Pass the Neonopolis Center. Turn
right onto Carson Street. Go 1 Block and turn right onto 4th Street (one
way). The Neonopolis Parking Garage is on the right side, just beyond the
Fremont St. Experience Parking Garage (red garage).

Please Note: Jillian’s can validate guest parking for up to 5 hours per
visit in the Neonopolis Parking Garage ONLY and not for the Fremont Street
Experience (Red) Garage. Jillian's is NOT a part of the Fremont Street
Experience! If you park there by mistake, you must individually pay for
your own parking charges!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

CUE-SN Multimedia Festival, May 17

CUE of Southern Nevada will celebrate another year of the CUE-SN Multimedia Festival by awarding the winners on May 17. The event is at Basic High School from 6-7:30 PM. Contact Cynthia Ochoa for reservations and information.

Congratulations winners!

Project Wild/Aquatic Training (May 19 and June 2)

Contact Margie Klien at (702-486-5127 x.3502)to register for Project Wild or Project Aquatic training. Each are full day events and lots of fun.

Scholastic Book Fair, May 16-31

Wednesday, 05/16/2007 - Thursday, 05/31/2007

Monday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday - Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The bi-annual Scholastic Bookfair is coming. See to regiater and receive a $10 off coupon.

Las Vegas Warehouse
4114 N. Pecos Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89115, (877) 483-2665

Phi Delta Kappa Induction Ceremony (May 7, 2007)

The Las Vegas Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa invites you to attend the

PDK Annual Awards and Induction Ceremony
with special guest
Dr. John Amato, President of Phi Delta Kappa, International

Our final meeting of the 2006-2007 school year promises to be an outstanding evening. Following a delicious buffet, the Las Vegas chapter will present awards to local individuals who regularly exemplify the ideals of PDK, induct new members, and enjoy a presentation by PDK International President Dr. John Amato. We hope you will join us as we celebrate Phi Delta Kappa and the ideals the organization holds dear.

Dinner will be served and the meeting will conclude with door prizes

Monday, May 7, 2007 ~ 4:30 PM–6:30 PM
Las Vegas Library (833 Las Vegas Boulevard, North Las Vegas 89101)

RSVPs Required: Contact Dr. Victoria Kilbury at or (702) 796-3852 by May 4