Teacher Resources

The Aspen Institute is launching the Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship nationwide and has selected St. Louis as an inaugural site for the next three years.  The application process, for youth ages 16-20, will open within the next two weeks. Review the overview of the program and the fellow selection criteria for your perusal.  You’ll notice in the selection criteria that this opportunity is not restricted to academic performance or current placement -we are hoping to really engage a broad cross-section of youth with very diverse experiences in this inaugural cohort, so please share the information with all of the youth programming outlets in your networks.  AYLF will be an amazing opportunity for your program alumni and other youth leaders committed to pushing St. Louis forward.

NEW-Help for Billy in the Classroom-A Training for Challenging Students
You’re invited to join Heather T. Forbes, LCSW, author of Help for Billy; A Beyond Consequences Approach to Helping Challenging Children in the Classroom, for a full-day interactive and dynamic training on Saturday, April 16th from 9 am – 3:30 pm. Registration is only $30 for the entire day! For details and to register visit their website!

NEW-PledgeCents Webinar For St. Louis Alumni
Some secrets are so good that they need to be shared! Kevon O’Rear, a 2013 Memphis Corps Member is hosting “Founder’s Secrets: Becoming A Crowdfunding Guru” Everybody that attends will receive a $100 matching opportunity for their classroom. “Founder’s Secret: Becoming a Crowdfunding Guru” is a great way to learn about how to raise funds for your classrooms by leveraging social media and our community.

NEW-Classroom Support Request Form
Need a volunteer for centers, a field trip, or lab? Or maybe you have a resource that you are just dying to get for your students. The Classroom Support Request form is here to help! Submit your time or resource needs and we will help match you to alumni and community members excited to offer their support.

NEW- St. Louis Area Restorative Justice Collaboration
The St. Louis Area Restorative Justice Collaboration is dedicated to promoting the principles of restorative justice through public and professional education, networking and development of programs that engage victim, offender and community as a viable option to repair harm.

The High School Chemistry Teacher-of-the-Year Award 2016
The St Louis Section–ACS is seeking nominations for the 2016 High School Chemistry Teaching Award. This award is to recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding teachers of high school chemistry within the St Louis Section. The award winner will receive a $500 check and a plaque, presented at an awards dinner and program next April.Please consider nominating a teacher in the Greater St Louis Area who exemplifies excellence in the teaching of high school chemistry. The nomination packet must include the following items:

From the Nominee:

  1. the Nominee Information Form
  2. your current teaching assignment including course titles and grade levels. What is your involvement in extracurricular activities?
  3. on a separate sheet, a statement of not more than 500 words in which you present your teaching philosophy or otherwise describe your commitment to the profession.
  4. a curriculum vitae or résumé that includes a list of honors, professional activities, and additional evidence of service to the profession; limited to no more than two pages of activities within the last five years.

From the Nominator:

  1. the Nominator Information Form
  2. nominator recommendation of not more than 1,000 words. This statement should clearly demonstrate as many of the following attributes as possible:
  3. the quality of the nominee’s teaching: unusually effective methods of presentation should be emphasized
  4. the nominee’s ability to challenge and inspire students
  5. extracurricular work in chemistry or a chemical science by the nominee, including science fairs, science clubs, and activities that stimulate the interest of young people in chemistry and related sciences
  6. a willingness to keep up-to-date in the field, as evidenced by the pursuit of a higher degree in chemistry or a chemical science, enrollment in refresher courses and summer institutes, regular attendance at scientific meetings, membership in professional organizations, and other means of self-improvement
  7. evidence of leadership or active involvement within the profession
  8. at least one, but not more than three, letters of support; one must be from the teacher’s current principal or supervisor. Additional letters of support may be sent by colleagues, members of the American Chemical Society who are familiar with the nominee’s achievements, or former students and parents of former students.

Please submit the nomination packet by December 11, 2015. To submit a nomination, email the nomination materials to Pegah Jalili at Pegah.Jalili@sial.com or phone 314.546.9278.

School Innovation Grants Program!
Thanks to a generous grant from Emerson Electric, the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation is proud to launch the School Innovation Grants program, a program designed to recognize school leadership teams’ creativity and vision. The grants will be disbursed after a selective grants process to approximately 10-15 schools and will range in size from $5,000-15,000. School teams that earn grants will demonstrate an innovative approach to addressing a challenge in their schools, and propose a strategy that is designed to advance key goals in the Saint Louis Public School District’s Transformation Plan.  Click here for an application, School-Innovation-Grants-Program-Instructions-and-Application-FINAL-VERSION and here for the scoring rubric, SLPS Foundation School Innovation Grants Rubric

SLU Street Law Program: A Classroom Collaboration Opportunity for Civic Teachers!
Last year Jack Waldron (a GNO alum) and Juan Hernandez (a STL alum) started a program at SLU called Street Law. The class is based off of a national curriculum where law students go into secondary schools and implement a curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and the skills that lawyers use. The program includes eight 60-90 minute classes. Each lesson is small group and interactive.

Street Law is currently looking for new schools and classrooms to partner with this fall! For more information, please email Jack Waldron at jmwaldron@gmail.com.

Extended Support and Development for 3rd and 4th Year Teachers!
In the upcoming school year, there will be more learning and development opportunities available to third and fourth year teachers!  As someone who will be entering your fourth year in the classroom, I wanted to give you a high-level preview of these opportunities and see if you might be interested!  We are creating:

  • An execution-based cohort that will receive targeted in-classroom coaching and development
  • A practicum-style course that is designed by members of our team and driven by the participating teachers, meeting monthly as a cohort to further their learning together.

Both of these experiences will be centered on:

  • Transformative student outcomes orientation
  • Social, political, cultural consciousness
  • Racial identity development
  • Culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Career pathway development
    Take this two-minute survey to let us know your current level of interest!

Tutor with CoolTutor Missouri
M.P.H. Education Services is a private education company that serves Missourians through a premier tutoring program, CoolTutor. CoolTutor recruits effective teachers to tutor K-12 students through academic difficulties. Our tutors travel to the homes of their clients and collaborate with teachers, parents, and students to develop individualized plans that increase academic success for the students. M.P.H. Education Services’ objective is to team with St. Louis corps members with our CoolTutor program to provide a much needed academic service to the St. Louis community. We are currently looking for K-12 academic tutors who can travel to the homes of students and provide two-hour one-on-one academic tutoring sessions for private school students. Compensation for tutors range from $20.00-30.00/hour depending on qualifications and compatibility with student. If interested, please complete this form and when your information has been processed,  an application for the upcoming school year will be sent to the provided email address along with more information about our services.

Missouri Botanical Garden- Pick Your Own PD!
Looking for professional development that’s a perfect fit? An experience that’s meaningful, timely, and designed just for you? Inspired by feedback from teachers (and with a nod to pick-your-own local farms), Missouri Botanical Garden invites you to Pick-Your-Own PD for Spring/Summer 2015. Read more about this unique opportunity and get started!

Resources From Karen House
There are A TON of downloadable resources to offer on white privilege, racism, Ferguson, and Mike Brown. Visit our webpage to check it out!

Alumni Educator Directory
Are you a current educator in the St. Louis region?  Looking for fellow TFA alums to discuss important topics in teaching, offer support or career advice, or share lesson plans?  All of that and more can be found by using the new Alumni Educator Directory for TFA St. Louis!  Sort by employment position, district, content area, and other relevant criteria to help you find exactly what you are looking for!  Need the password to access the document?  See missing or incorrect information? Email Kinsley.Makielski@teachforamerica.org! (The password was also originally sent out in the September newsletter.)

City Academy Career Connection Opportunity for Teachers and Students
City Academy’s Extended Day Program is seeking to partner with educators who want to provide their most driven students with an opportunity unavailable anywhere else in St. Louis. The City Academy Career Connection program aims to locate talented youth in the St. Louis area who are interested in a career in education or child development. Students accepted into the program would become the Extended Day Program’s afterschool teachers. Participants would earn a wage and receive high school credit. They would also gain hands-on, real-life experience in the best school of its kind in the area.  City Academy Career Connection Proposal for more information.

EverFi Online Learning Tool for Students and Teachers
EverFi focuses on teaching, assessing, and certifying students in the critical skills that real life demands. Our digital course areas address the issues that put pressure on students and their families and traditionally have not been taught with common standards or quality. To date these include financial literacy, student loan management, digital citizenship, civic awareness, entrepreneurial thinking, alcohol and substance abuse, and sexual assault prevention.  EverFi offers online lesson plans, curriculum guides, assessments, and other resources for for teachers in each of the content areas listed below.  If you are interested in learning more and to get setup with a free account email Ben Gwynne @bgwynne@everfi.com.

  • EverFi- Financial Literacy™:  (grades 9-12) equips students with the skill set necessary to be financially responsible adults, focusing on areas such as financing higher education, banking, savings, investing, etc. Content is aligned with Common Core standards.
  • Vault – Understanding Money™:  (grades 4-6) an interactive course that incorporates multiple evidence-based learning theories to increase students’ knowledge and build the foundation for making good financial decisions at a young age.
  • Ignition – Digital Literacy & Responsibility™:  (grades 6-9) a new-media learning course to educate students on the risks and rewards that technology can bring to their lives.
  • Radius – Math & Coding™:  (grades 8-10) a digital STEM education program that educates students on topics ranging from the real world application of algebra to basic computer science. Engaging, interactive lessons focus on building skills and highlighting STEM career possibilities.
  • Commons – Digital Town Square™:  (grades 8-10) an innovative online learning course that prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens through standards-based educational gaming, personalized social components to spark civic engagement, and connections to community leaders and heroes.
  • AlcoholEdu® for High School: a highly scalable online program, high schools can reach all students with a consistent message and empower them with the necessary skill set to make safer and healthier decisions about alcohol.
  • 306 – African American History™:  (grades 7-12) a new digital learning experience that informs and inspires today’s students through the stories and themes of African-American women and men who have overcome obstacles through grit, strength, creativity, and intellect.
  • Venture: Entrepreneurship: (grades 7-10) An interactive personal diagnostic tool that identifies each student’s individual entrepreneurial characteristics. It has personalized business simulations that students create business plans and deliver business pitches.

Scroll through the sub-pages below to find a variety of resources for teachers and students.

Help spread the wealth! We want to make this a robust catalog of resources for corps members and alumni educators, and we need your help. Please share a resource that has been helpful for you by emailing Rebecca Wodzak, Specialist of Alumni Leadership, and we will help spread the word!

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