Need funding for STEM in your classroom?

The Illinois Science Teachers Association (ISTA) and the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM), with the generous support of ETA hand2mind, are pleased to offer the Illinois STEM Rising Star Award for promising teachers looking to implement STEM in their classrooms. There will be 3 awards—1 primary grades (K–2), 1 intermediate grades (3–5), and 1 middle school (6–8).


Click HERE for a flyer.

New ROE 41 Workshop: Project Learning Tree (September 22 & October 22)

Who: K-8 Teachers

When: September 22 and October 22, 2015
(must attend both sessions)

Where: Illinois Heartland Library System
6725 Goshen Rd., Edwardsville

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost: No charge (lunch on your own)

Hours of Earned Credit: 14 (includes 4 hours of credit for lesson implementation to be completed between workshop sessions)

Presenter: Marvin Warner

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning multi-disciplinary science-focused program designed for teachers and other educators working with K-8 youth. Educators learn how to utilize the ninety-six multi-disciplinary activities within the award winning Guide to meet personal classroom goals. Each participant will receive a free copy of the guide ($20 value).

This training series will focus on a lesson that integrates science, math and English/language arts to help bring Common Core Standards and STEM applications to the existing curriculum. Each activity is filled with opportunities to build critical thinking skills, incorporate technology, and use differentiated instruction.

Click HERE to register for this workshop and to view other current ROE 41 workshops.

Reminder: ROE 41 Presents “Camp Invention 2015” for First Through Sixth Graders (June 15-19, 2015)

Camp Invention is an experience unlike any other summer enrichment program for first through sixth graders. At Camp Invention, children question everything and realize they’re capable of anything. Creative challenges bring critical concepts to life each day at Camp Invention. Our programs are led by qualified educators who are dedicated to motivating each child. No other camp has the support of organizations so committed to the spirit of invention.

Please help spread the word about this exciting Summer camp to be held in Troy, IL at the Center for Educational Opportunities school. (map)

Follow the Camp Invention Blog HERE.

Scholarships Available!

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses the Center for Educational Opportunities (CEO) will be offering scholarships in the form of rebates to attendees of the 2015 Camp Invention. The funds the sponsors donate will be equally divided among camp participants and distributed at Camp Invention’s conclusion.

Click HERE to register and for great information (and video) about our upcoming camp.
(The date of our camp is June 15-19, 2015.)

If you would like to be a local sponsor for this great camp, click HERE.

To download a brochure for Camp Invention, click HERE.

The ROE41 web page about Camp Invention 2015 is HERE.

Education Week: Reviving History Instruction – What’s Old Is New Again

STEM careers may be promoted as the wave of the future, but history advocates say students still need to know about the past.

Even though historical research, they point out, can, in fact, teach critical-thinking skills useful to any profession, including science, technology, engineering, and math, attention is focused on subjects in which students are assessed and federal money is flowing—and that’s not history.

“In public schools or any schools that are subject to state testing, history has really taken a beating,” said Thomas R. English, the president of the Organization of History Teachers, an affiliate of the American Historical Association. “Everybody is fighting about who gets the kids for how much time.”


Education Week Commentary: We Must Create Opportunities for STEM Learning

Sara Martinez Tucker, president and CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative, writes: Our country is in trouble. That’s the key takeaway from my experience as the undersecretary in the U.S. Department of Education. We have been inching along in math and science while other countries are speeding forward. The United States ranked 25th in math and 17th in science in the 2009 Program for International Student Assessment. Read the rest of her commentary HERE.

Discovery Education: Connect the Dots | STEM CAMP | Digital textbooks and standards-aligned educational resources


But first, they must embrace science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to build the skills that will serve as their tool set for the future. For that to happen, we must work together to ignite their curiosity and get them excited about STEM in their everyday lives.

So we ask you to join us in connecting the dots between learning and life. Together, we can ignite the spark in students around the clock and around the world.

Read the rest of the article HERE.