Arizona Education Association

Fall 2016

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FALL 2016 | ADVOCATE 35 Teacher Opportunities LEADERSHIP AND LEARNING GRANTS The NEA Foundation supports NEA and AEA members with $2,000 and $5,000 grants for classroom projects or professional development. These Learning & Leadership grants support AEA members who are public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Educational grants to individuals fund participation in high- quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. With the new school year upon us, now's a great time for members to begin brainstorming grant project ideas. The next deadline to apply is October 15, 2016. Apply online at www. 2016 OELAS CONFERENCE: CULTIVATING LANGUAGE FOR LIFE The 2016 OELAS Conference is sponsored by the Offi ce of English Language Acquisition Services unit of the Arizona Department of Education and will be held December 7-9, 2016 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson. This conference will provide meaningful professional development opportunities for educators of ELLs, designed to help meet the unique challenges faced in the Structured English Immersion or mainstream classroom. There will also be sessions geared toward administrators who support, coach, guide, and assess within an English language acquisition program in the state of Arizona. Sessions will be presented by both national and local experts, and participants will gain information and skills that can be put to practical use. Conference Registration is $395 per person and online registration is open August 17 - November 16, 2016 at SMALL STEPS IN SPEECH GRANTS (SSIS) SSIS provides grants on behalf of children from birth to age 22 with speech and language disorders for therapies, treatments, communicative devices, and other services aimed at improving their communication skills. Apply online AMBER BROWN GRANT The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) offers the Amber Brown Grant to commemorate author Paula Danziger. The grant is awarded annually to one school and includes a visit by a children's book author or illustrator to encourage children and youth to read and connect them with creative infl uences. Eligible applicants are prekindergarten through grade 12 public, private, charter, and parochial schools. SCBWI membership is not required. The school principal must support the school nomination. Applications must be submitted by postal mail. For more information, visit grants/amber-brown-grant. GREAT MATH AT YOUR DOORSTEP The 2016 National Council on Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference (NCTM) is coming to the Phoenix Convention Center on October 25, 2016. Sharpen your skills, gain new techniques, and achieve your professional goals when you make your plans for this professional development opportunity today. Five focus strands and numerous featured speakers allow you to learn the most effective teaching practices within the topics most essential to your teaching. Register online at ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT GRANTS The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop classroom and extracurricular programs that improve student learning. The foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students' knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them. The Academic Enrichment Grants provide funding for programs that nurture the intellectual, artistic, and creative abilities of children from low-income households. Eligible applicants are employed by schools or nonprofi t organizations, have direct and regular contact with low-income students in prekindergarten through grade 12, have the background and experience to complete the project successfully, and are willing to work in collaboration with the foundation. Apply online at

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