Parent Information (in PDF)

Cooper Center for Environmental Learning

Family Life Curriculum

Literacy Connections: K-5 Content Literacy Centers (in PDF)

Resources & Research about Science Education

Earth Science by Design

The official site for the inquiry-based FOSS science curriculum. Support, resources and fun activities.

The Private Eye: Looking Closely-Thinking by Analogy

ProSource from Prentice Hall
For teaching resources and a computer test bank of the Prentice Hall Explorer Series, call 225-4935.


Rubistar - Rubric Generator

Resources & Funding Sites

Astronomy Lessons - Free
Dr. Jamie Love presents 4 lessons each month throughout the year - totaling 48 lessons. This course is a healthy mix of observational and academic (scientific) astronomy so you will learn identification and a great deal about stars and the universe. This is a low math astronomy course but it covers a great deal of astronomy.

The Braitmayer Foundation
Supports organizations and programs from across the U.S. that enhance the education of K-12 children. The Foundation is particularly interested in curricular and school reform initiatives, professional development opportunities for teachers, and local community efforts that increase educational opportunities for students. Grant requests of up to $10,000 and up to $35,000.

Challenger Center for Space Science Education - Teacher Resources, Professional Development
EdVentures in Simulation: A great START to the 21st Century Challenger Center is dedicated to enhancing the understanding of, and the enthusiasm for, science, math, and technology through innovative learning experiences.

Earth System Science Education Alliance
Inquiry-based, online professional development courses for earth science teachers for credit.

eSchool News School Grants and Funding
Information on up-to-the-minute grant programs, funding sources, and technology funding.

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment.

Montana State University
MSU offers science teachers an opportunity to earn graduate level science credit online this spring through the National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN). Created by MSU with support from the National Science Foundation, NTEN provides quality courses designed for K-12 science teachers seeking to increase their knowledge and enhance teaching skills. Participants establish working relationships with science faculty and peers on a national level.

National Science Bowl
This academic tournament challenges students' knowledge of science. Student teams are questioned on life science, math, general science, physical science, and earth science. Teams consist of up to five students and a teacher/coach. Four students participate on the team during each period of the competition, and one student serves as an alternate who can substitute for another teammate at halftime.

NREL's Office of Education Programs
seeks to promote science, mathematics and technology education using renewable energy as the vehicle to capture student interest. Engaging students in science and engineering activities opens the door for both study and career opportunities in these disciplines. NREL offers a full range of activities for elementary and secondary school students that provide tutoring, mentoring, science demonstrations, science teacher professional development awards and recognition, and more.

NSF Geoscience Opportunities
The National Science Foundation supports research, education, and infrastructure to advance the state of knowledge about Earth, including its atmosphere, continents, oceans, interior, and the processes the modify them as well as link them together. Go to this site to find latest info on funding opportunities.

NSTA's Award and Grants
Listing of teacher recognition programs, student competitions, and grants programs administered by NSTA.

Project ASTRO is looking for teachers:
It forges partnerships between astronomers and teachers in grades three through nine to bolster astronomy education. The partners attend a two-day workshop, including a trip to Kitt Peak National Observatory, and astronomers commit to four visits to the teacher's classroom during the academic year. The training workshop includes modeling and performing a dozen activities, receiving materials for those activities and hearing from experts in the field of astronomy and astronomy education. The program is free and the training is thorough. Additional information and applications are available at:

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
A new 20,000 square foot dinosaur museum in Woodland Park, Colorado. Exhibits include huge marine reptiles, pterosaurs, remarkable dinosaurs, a visible working fossil lab, educational activities, interactive children's area.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
This society offers information on K-12 programs and opportunities, new job listings, scholarships, internships, fellowships, etc.

The Teachers' Earth Science Institute
Utilizes mineral science and mineral processing to enhance the teaching of science in middle and high schools. Teachers will be involved in hands-on, discovery-based activities that integrate concepts in math, physics and chemistry with elements of social science. Teachers will receive six graduate education credits upon completion of the Institute. Three credits are awarded each summer. Science teachers at middle and high schools are invited to submit an application for Institute enrollment. Space is limited to 24 teachers per year. A stipend will be paid to each participant while in attendance at the Institute. Transportation, accommodations, and meals will be provided. Participants will form a class of teachers with varying years of teaching experience from newly-certified to master teacher level.

Teacher Professional Development Programming
Annenberg Learner provides online professional development and discipline specific content for teachers on a variety of topics. Offerings include "Learning Science Through Inquiry," "Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science," “Earth Revealed” and others videos available in a Windows streaming video format (wmv).

Vernier Software and Technology
In conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association (NTSA), is awarding prizes to teachers in grades K-16 for the innovative use of data-collection technology (using a desktop or laptop computer, a hand-held computer, or a graphing calculator, for example) in the science classroom. Each award will consist of $1,000 in cash for the teacher, $3,000 in Vernier Products, and up to $1,500 toward expenses to attend the annual NSTA National Convention.

Science Assessment Guidelines (in PDF)

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