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:
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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