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Workshops and Seminars

NEA Academy offers online courses

The NEA Academy provides today’s busy K-12 educators with practical online courses to meet professional development and continuing education needs. It combines the power of self-paced study and instructor-led virtual classrooms for maximum flexibility, creating the perfect fit for educators who seek a convenient means of gaining additional skills and tools to make a difference in their students’ lives.

Courses offered through the NEA Academy are screened against a set of quality standards developed by NEA members – only the best courses of the highest quality make it through the screening process. You earn graduate credit while gaining strategies and resources for immediate use in the classroom and with your students. FMI:

Holocaust Study Tour
Feb. 15-19, 2010

To make history relevant for your students, it should be relevant to you. Join the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine on a study tour of major Holocaust museums in New York City and Washington, DC. Engage with scholars and eyewitnesses in a manner that will help you promote
The estimated cost of $1500 covers transportation, accommodations, and entrance fees. Scholarships are available for educators teaching north of Bangor. FMI:, phone, 207-621-3530; of email, The trip is limited to 12. Continuing education credits (4.5) available thru the University of Southern Maine.

Meeting Disability Duties

A workshop will be held on from 8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., December 11th at the Augusta Civic Center on The Razor’s Edge: Meeting Disability Duties in Tough Financial Times. It is designed for administrators and the regular and special education teachers who actually implement the IEP standards, evaluations or service delivery. Register online at, Calendar of Events.

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets and have launched an exciting new monthly challenge that gives students a chance to flex their writing muscles with writing prompts -- and win fun prizes! Prompts are inspired by the 18 authors and illustrators participating in the Exquisite Corpse Adventure, a rollicking new serial story that's unfolding on the Library of Congress website.

The Exquisite Prompt contest is a series of monthly writing challenges designed as a classroom activity for kids in grades K-12. Teachers can engage their students by selecting just one of the monthly challenges or try a new challenge every month. The prompts are based on the works or the lives of the 18 participating authors and illustrators and the project can be used in conjunction with, or independent of, the Exquisite Corpse Adventure. FMI:

Jackson Lab Internship for Teachers

Jackson Lab in Bar Harbor and the University of Maine Center for Science and Mathematics Education Research offer a one-semester, full-time paid research sabbatical for secondary science or mathematics teachers for the Spring semester 2011. Review of applications for Spring 2011 begins Dec. 15 2009, and proceeds until available positions are filled.

Teachers accepted into the internship program work full-time in a research lab with a scientist mentor from January to May 2011.  Research interns attend a weekly seminar to develop science or math curriculum for use in your classroom.  This opportunity is available to any secondary math or science teacher -- no previous research experience or biology background is necessary.  Earn 6 graduate credits for the semester.  Housing is available.  This sabbatical program is in its sixth year, and is funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.   I

Applications from Leisa Preble and FMI: Amie Gellen, Assistant Director, Center for Science and Mathematics Education Research University of Maine 581-1021

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