Dear Teachers and Teacher Leaders of Arkansas,
These past few weeks have been a challenging time for a lot of us math educators as we transition to Alternative Modes of Instruction (AMI) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the University of Central Arkansas, we would like to better understand what we can do to support the K-12 teachers throughout the state in their mathematics instruction during this unprecedented event. As such, we are conducting a brief anonymous survey (at most ten minutes) about your teaching context, challenges, current support, and what additional support we may be able to provide for you. We understand that you may be overwhelmed and managing a lot in your own life as well as the lives of your students. We would like to be able to support you in any way that we can and would greatly appreciate if you would be able to take a quick anonymous survey:
We are very thankful for your dedication to your students, especially at this time.
Math Educators- Join our ADE DESE team of math specialists in Little Rock! Make a difference across the entire state by leading efforts related to math standards and curriculum, effective teaching practices, professional learning, and more. This position is a secondary math focus. Posting closes April 1st.
From Summer McArthur:
Attention: 7th-12th grade STEM Subject Teachers
Are you interested in immersing yourself in a local STEM business this summer to enrich your classroom?
Do you want to be paid for enhancing your classroom with that internship?
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The ADE STEM Unit is collaborating with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to promote the 5-week summer STRIVE program to expand educator knowledge and experience within careers that utilize STEM skills. This professional learning experience through business internships around the state will empower teachers to build student awareness of and preparation for jobs that require STEM skills that they are teaching.
Nominations are open for open for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)!
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers. Recipients of the award receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, a paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, a certificate signed by the President of the United States, and an opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.
The 2019-20 PAEMST awards cycle is officially open for both nominations and applications at www.paemst.org. Teachers of grades K-6 who are employees of a public, charter, or private school that have five years of full-time employment as a teacher, and teach students at least 50% of the instructional time are eligible to apply. Applications are due May 1, 2020.
Nominations can be made by anyone – principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public. The following information is required to nominate a teacher: teacher’s name, email address, and school contact information.
- Generate a nomination certificate here PAEMST Nomination Certificate
- Nominations end March 1, 2020
- For more information and to nominate, please visit www.paemst.org. You may also contact the State Coordinators.
o Veronica Hebard, Math State Coordinator, 501-682-0488, Veronica.Hebard@Arkansas.gov
o Stephanie Johnson-Carlton, Science State Coordinator, 501-324-9684, Stephanie.Johnson-Carlton@Arkansas.gov
Please help us promote this year’s award cycle by distributing this information through your school’s social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.). Feel free to change the text to better target specific audiences.
The Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ACTM) is now accepting applications for the new Kimberly Dawn Hughes Professional Development Grant.
This Professional Development (PD) Grant, named in honor of Kimberly Dawn Hughes, is intended to strengthen the quality of mathematics teaching in Arkansas. The grant provides $1000.00 financial assistance to Arkansas mathematics educators to travel to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Meeting and Exposition.
For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/PD-Grant-T
Rogers, AR based eSCO uses proceeds from recycled electronics to donate refurbished computers
Students at Beebe Elementary School benefitted from a new twist on recycling on Monday, August 12th. eSCO, a Rogers, AR based electronic waste processing and recycling company, presented 110 refurbished Chromebook laptops to Beebe Elementary School.
“We are extremely busy on the day before school starts,” said Principal Rob Rollins, “but we look forward to utilizing these Chromebooks and are excited about their impact.”
Accepting the computers with Principal Rollins were Beebe Schools IT staff Ryan Gentry and Preston Perry, as well as Support Services Administrative Assistant, Emily Mills. It took a forklift to unload all the computers, so Jean Stark from the Facilities team was ready to help.
Dr. Suzanne Mitchell, Director of the Arkansas Stem Coalition, and John Miller, STEM Coalition Board Member (Dassault Falcon Jet—retired) coordinated the donation by identifying the need at Beebe Elementary. Todd Stange and Joe Tucker delivered the units from eSCO’s facility in Little Rock.
eSCO’s STEM Initiative leverages revenue generated by the collection of obsolete electronics to help achieve computer literacy among Arkansas students. Businesses can earmark their obsolete electronics—computers, servers, monitors, cables, etc.—and eSCO will process them in a secure, transparent, and environmentally responsible way. In turn, 50% of the net commodity value is put toward providing devices refurbished and tested at the company’s facility in Rogers. This model converts a problematic waste stream into current devices that will meet the IT specifications of any classroom or computer lab.
“We’re so glad the program is such a success so far,” said Tucker. “Beebe Elementary plans to use these Chromebooks to serve the needs of very young students, and that’s exiting to us because it helps close the gap on achieving a one-to-one computer to student ratio. Lots of Arkansas students still don’t have regular access to technology, and that’s simply not acceptable anymore. We are excited to expand the STEM Initiative, and we gladly welcome new sponsors.”
Dr. Suzanne Mitchell, Executive Director of the Arkansas STEM Coalition, said that with the donation, eSCO’s STEM Initiative will have generated over two hundred computers for Arkansas students.
“The eSCO program allowed us to add over 40 laptops to our mobile sets. Those devices are used in schools, after school, on Saturdays, and during the Summer to give students the opportunity to learn coding, to build computer science competency, and to introduce them to STEM careers. Schools and community organizations can use our resources during the school day or to fill the gap in time that kids have outside of regular instructional hours. Our STEM Centers and these laptops are a great resource for teachers and anyone who needs technology in their program,” said Mitchell.
Tucker said that achieving a one-to-one computer to student ratio is a very expensive proposition, and that eSCO is ready to help achieve this goal. “We offer warrantied devices with the same specs as new machines, but at 1/3 the cost. It’s exciting to partner with other corporations to reduce this cost to as close to zero as possible,” he said after the presentation. “We all benefit from an Arkansas workforce that is prepared for tomorrow’s technology, so this is a win-win relationship between business and education.” Tucker added that the partnership was inspired in part by Governor Asa Hutchinson’s dual initiatives for STEM programs in schools and public/private partnerships to enhance the quality of life for all Arkansans. “Business and industry helping to provide computers to kids fits the Governor’s goals very well. Our company is proud to play our part.”
(Pictured left to right: Joe Tucker, Jean Stark, Todd Stange, Rob Rollins)
(Pictured, left to right: John Miller, Rob Rollins, Joe Tucker, Dr. Suzanne Mitchell)
(Pictured, left to right: Ryan Gentry, Preston Perry, Dr. Suzanne Mitchell, Joe Tucker, Rob Rollins, Todd Stange, John Miller)
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CRITTENDEN COUNTY,, Ark. (KAIT) -Southland Casino Racing recently contributed to the growing field of STEM education.
According to a news release, Southland Casino Racing donated $5,220 to the Delta STEM Education Center at A-State on May 30 to support a coding development for ten teachers back on June 6.
Those ten teachers represent the Earle, Marion, and West Memphis school districts.
Director at A-State Delta STEM Center Allen Hays said the donation will help buy the tools they need for students.
“A-State Delta STEM is very grateful for the gift received from Southland Casino Racing,” Hays said. “This gift will allow Delta STEM to purchase materials for schools. These materials will help schools implement computer science into the everyday classroom.”
Associate Dean for the College of Education and Behavioral Science Dr. Lane Bryant said it’s support like this that opens opportunities up to students.
“The A-State College of Education and Behavioral Science and the Delta STEM is appreciative of this recent gift from Southland Casino that will provide and enhance further science opportunities for students that may not have otherwise been available,” Dr. Bryant said.
According to the release, the donation allows the teachers to implement the materials and curriculum needed for their classrooms without needing to purchase extra material.
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The Arkansas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Coalition is a statewide partnership of leaders from the corporate, education, government and community sectors which plans, encourages, coordinates and advocates policies, strategies, and programs supportive of excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in order to expand the economy of Arkansas and produce higher paying jobs.
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