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Rockingham County Schools

511 Harrington Highway

Eden, North Carolina 27288

Phone:  (336) 627-2600  Fax:  (336) 627-2660

Superintendent's E-mail:  rshotwell@rock.k12.nc.us

On this page you will find a number of resources meant for internal RCS use.

Use the submenu to the right to easily access various sections on the page or you can also scroll down the page if preferred.

 
 

Exceptional Children Staff

This link will be kept current with information targeted for EC staff although other staff and public are welcome to view information in this site. 

 

This Organizational Chart provides you with an understanding of how the infrastructure of the department as it currently functions. The link under “Services” is targeted for parents and public providing general information about special education services and useful links.

Teacher & Staff Resources

Below you can find information on a variety of resources such as grant information, staff forms, powerschool login and more.

RCS Pacing Guides

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TACS - Timesheets

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Grant Information

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Helpful Forms and Links

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Administrator Forms/Resources

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National Board Information

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Professional Development

Rockingham County Schools values our teaching staff.  We believe that continuous, high-quality professional development is essential to the nation's goal of high standards of learning for every child.

 

Professional development is a continuous process of individual and collective reflection and improvement of practice. We strive to provide opportunities that are job-embedded and prepare our teachers to use current instructional tools.

 

Please contact Tricia Pearson regarding staff development questions at 336-342-8574 or ppearson@rock.k12.nc.us

Staff Development Forms and Resources

Staff Development Procedures and Forms have been modified for the new school year.

 

Requesting Approval for Activities not listed in Home Base (Out of District) - Updated 2017-2108

 

How to Offer a District Activity - Updated 2017-2018

 

Staff Development Activity Roster - Updated 2017-2018

 

Leave Request Form (be sure to have budget codes entered) - pdf file

 

Leave Request Form - excel file

 

Credits earned prior to July 1, 2017 are viewable in HRMS. Credits earned beginning July 1, 2017 are viewable in the Home Base PD system. 

Professional Development Opportunities

 

Home Base - RCS is now using the Home Base Professional Development system to manage all professional development sessions. You can access the Home Base Professional Development system from your NC EdCloud Dashboard and selecting the True North Logic icon. 

 

NCDPI Professional Development Opportunities - You can also find a full list of NCDPI courses by viewing this site. NCDPI offers online professional development opportunities in both self-paced and instructor lead formats. 

 

Friday Institute Course Offerings - Participate in a unique professional learning experience by enrolling in a MOOC-Ed course from the Friday Institute. 

 

Piedmont Triad Education Consortium -The Piedmont Triad Education Consortium (PTEC) is a collaboration of fifteen K-12 public school districts and seventeen higher education institutions in central North Carolina. Rockingham County is a member of this wonderful consortium. Consortium members have created a climate in which the strengths of each agency have joined together to become the power of one committed educational community. Professional development opportunities provided by PTEC are free to member districts. Please click here for the PTEC Calendar of Events listing.

 

RCS Online Professional Development Offerings - RCS offers a variety of opportunities for staff members to increase their professional knowledge, improve their practice, and earn continuing education credit. Please click here for a full list of current RCS online offerings.

 

Micro-Credentials/Badges

RCS is pleased to provide a system of micro-credentials that allows educators to gain recognition for their skills and competencies. This personalized and competency-based system provides a way for us to meet the diverse needs of our teachers. Educators submit evidence, have it reviewed by experts and peers, and earn digital certification in recognition of their accomplishments. 

 

Below you will find the micro-credentials/ badges currently offered by Rockingham County Schools. We will continue to add opportunities in effort to meet the needs of all learners/teachers. Badge point accumulations can also lead to CEU credit. You must earn at least 50 points, or .5 CEUs, before receiving renewal credit.

 

  • Fan Badges award 25 points = .25 CEUs

  • Rookie Badges award 50 points = .5 CEUs

  • Letterman Badges award 100 points = 1 CEU

  • All-Star Badges award 150 points =  1.5 CEUs

  • Coach Badges award 200 points = 2 CEUs 

 

Current RCS Micro-credentials/ Badges available:

  • Canvas  

  • ActivInspire  

  • Google Classroom  

  • Google  

  • Global Education

  • Classroom Management 

  • Differentiation 

  • Rigor  

  • Digital Citizenship 

 

To learn more about obtaining any of these badges, or to recommend additional badges, please complete this form

 

In addition to RCS issued badges, micro-credentials are also currently available to our educators via Digital Promise and BloomBoard. NC has an agreement with BloomBoard to issue CEUs for earning these micro-credentials. Most are advertised as .5 or .6 CEUs.  Please contact help@bloomboard.com once you’ve earned a micro-credential to ensure you receive the necessary documentation or certificate. You must email your certificate to ecovell@rock.k12.nc.us

 

NCCAT Online - In addition to face-to-face programs, NCCAT now offers free online professional development for all educators. Check out their course listings here.

 

Digital Learning Credit Opportunities for Administrators - Please view a list of activities approved for administrator digital learning credit here

 

Google Educator Certification - Complete training and earn your Google Certified Educator badge (from Google). There are multiple courses and badges levels available to choose from. Each of the certification exams has a small fee: $10-$25. Upon successful completion you will receive a Google Certified Educator badge. You can also receive Digital Learning Competency credit for earning certifications.  (Amount of credit varies based on certification earned.)

 

Apple Teacher - Free, self-paced professional learning from Apple allows you to build skills and earn recognition for your integration of iPads in the classroom. Upon successful completion and attainment of badges, you may also receive Digital Learning Competency credit. (Amount of credit varies based on certification earned.) 

 

Capella Univeristy: Free PD For Teachers - Capella University offers more than 20 free, self-paced courses for educators. Example topics include: personalized learning, understanding competency-based instruction, classroom device management, and much more.  

 

NCDPI Global Educator Digital Badge

In 2014, the State Board of Education approved the Global Educator Digital Badge for Teachers. Candidates for the badge are required to complete 100 hours or 10 CEUs of global educational professional development and meet a Capstone Project requirement within two years (including acceptance into Home Base as a statewide resource). Upon completion of the requirements, a digital badge will be issued to the teacher at the state level and the designation will be documented in the teacher's Home Base Educator's Professional Development Profile.

The Global Educator Digital Badge Flyer outlines the steps for completing this process. 

If interested in earning your NC Global Educator Digital Badge, please complete the Memorandum of Agreement (link) and send to NCDPI. You can learn more about this state recognition by visiting the Global Education section on the NCDPI website (link). 

RCS Online Professional Development Opportunities

RCS offers a variety of professional development opportunities for you to increase your professional knowledge, improve your practice, and earn continuing education credit. These courses offer the convenience and flexibility to learn whenever and where you choose. 

 

Current opportunities include:

 

  • RCS eBook Study - Employees can choose an eBook from our Overdrive Library and participate in an online course. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will earn 1 CEU. Depending on the title selected, that credit may be awarded for general, academic, literacy, or principal credit. 

    Please view this digital flyer to learn more.
     

  • Technology Book Studies - We are pleased to offer two book studies that will help you learn how to better leverage technology to enhance learning for your students. You may choose either Who Owns the Learning or Power Up: Making the Shift to 1:1 Teaching and Learning. 

    For descriptions of both of these books as well as information for registration, please view this flyer.
     

  • RCS Canvas Teacher Orientation - This is a self-paced course designed to familiarize instructors with the basic need-to-know tools and features of Canvas in an effort to prepare them for course design and delivery.

    Please click here to register.
     

  • RCS Online Teaching Certification - This course will prepare you to teach in a fully online environment. Teachers in face-to-face classes will also benefit by learning how to design engaging digital content in a blended environment. 

    Please complete this form to register. 
     

  • RCS Schoolnet Training Module - The purpose of this module is to acclimate you to the assessment customization features in Schoolnet. This module will focus on customizing assessments around curriculum, items, and assigning assessments to students.

    Please complete this form to register.  

 

For more information about any of these courses, please contact Elizabeth Covell, ecovell@rock.k12.nc.us

 

Finance Department

Access important payroll forms, salary schedules, health benefit information, finance forms, RCS budgets and more in one convenient place.

Human Resources

Access important employee forms, National Board information, new teacher and mentor resources, administrator forms and more.

 
 

Testing

Welcome to the RCS Testing Department!  Please click the button below to navigate to our Testing Dept. section for detailed information regarding assessments, calendars, newsletters & more!  

 
 
 

Teacher Resources - AIG

AIG Teacher Certification

 

There are two ways a teacher who holds a clear initial license can obtain the AIG add-on licensure: 

 

In North Carolina, a teacher can earn an add-on AIG license through an accredited Institute of Higher Education. Programs are generally 12 semester hours of credit; some offer graduate programs.

 

The colleges/universities that offer AIG licensure coursework have had their programs approved by DPI. Each of them has a minimum of 4 courses required for the licensure. Each university sets their own tuition rate.The following link provides a listing of the colleges and universities that offers an AIG add-on licensure and/or Masters in Gifted Education. 

Colleges/Universities offering AIG licensure programs/Masters
 

An alternative to completing course work is, a teacher can take and pass the Praxis Exam (5258) for Gifted Education.

Revised Bloom's Taxonomy

 

https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/blooms-taxonomy/ - Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University, This site provides an overview of the revised taxonomy as compared to the original taxonomy.

 

Bloom's Taxonomy Posters - These posters can be used as a classroom display or as anchor charts for students to determine level of questions.

Resources for Revised Bloom's Taxonomy

 

http://www.celt.iastate.edu/teaching/RevisedBlooms1.html - Contains a great graphic for RBT.

 

http://www.kurwongbss.eq.edu.au/thinking/Bloom/blooms.htm - - One of the best sites I've previewed concerning RBT.

 

http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/Bloom's+Digital+Taxonomy --- An excellent site if you're looking to tie key action verbs to digital approaches and tools. This page looks at some specific examples of tools (This is mainly PC based) and attempts to match them to Blooms Digital Taxonomy. 

 

http://www.techlearning.com/article/8670 ---This site includes digital verbs for each cognitive category.

 

http://dorchester.schoolfusion.us/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/478113/File/Standards/k-5/Math%20Revised%20Bloom.pdf?sessionid=e8fded06014060fcd5bd3fcda97e404b - This is a PDF containing tables for both dimensions of RBT and a matrix that is beneficial to teachers when analyzing their instruction for standards alignment, assessment, and higher order thinking skills.

 

http://74.125.47.132/search?q=cache:4is0sC6X7DQJ:www.cccs.edu/Docs/Foundation/SUN/QUESTIONS%2520FOR%2520THE%2520REVISED%2520BLOOM.doc+revised+bloom%27s+taxonomy&cd=43&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us ---This is the html version containing question stems for the RBT.

 

 

http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/4719 -- From LEARNNC - contains an excellent activity utilizing the different levels of the original Blooms (can be easily modified for RBT). 

 

http://www.weac.org/news_and_publications/education_news/2007-2008/readiingroom_modeling.aspx -- contains a self-questioning chart for students.

 

http://blogs.wsd1.org/lwict/files/blooms-digital-handouts-1-2.pdf - a nice handout for

RB(digital)T.

 

http://download.intel.com/education/Common/in/Resources/DEP/skills/Bloom.pdf

 

http://wed.siu.edu/Faculty/JCalvin/bloomstax.pdf

 

http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/curriculum/socialstudies/pass/lorin-anderson/transcript-1.pdf

Interview transcript  - Part I of a podcast with Dr. Lorin Anderson at NCDPI

 

http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/curriculum/socialstudies/pass/lorin-anderson/transcript-2.pdf

Interview transcript  - Part II of a podcast with Dr. Lorin Anderson at NCDPI

 

 

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/ - North Carolina Essential Standards

 

http://www.byrdseed.com/differentiator/ --- an interactive site for writing objectives using RBT.

 

 

http://www.innathansworld.com/technology/NathansRevisedBloomQuestionsForFilters.html

Science examples at the high school level.

 

 http://kathyschrock.net/googleblooms/

Google Apps to support Revised Bloom's Taxonomy

 

http://www4.uwsp.edu/education/lwilson/curric/newtaxonomy.htm 

 

http://projects.coe.uga.edu/epltt/index.php?title=Bloom%27s_Taxonomy 

 

http://www.utar.edu.my/fegt/file/Revised_Blooms_Info.pdf

A useful website that has a list of possible products, etc.

 

http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/coursedev/models/id/taxonomy/

Click on the boxes for descriptions and examples.

 

http://gaeacoop.org/dalton/publications/new_bloom.pdf 

 

http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/Rubrics+-+Bloom%27s+Digital+Taxonomy

Contains rubrics for RBT

 

http://artsliteracyarts.wikispaces.com/file/view/Bloom%27s+taxonomy+updated.Anderson+and+Krathwohl.pdf 

 

http://www.icc.edu/innovation/PDFS/assessmentEvaluation/RevisedBloomsChart_bloomsverbsmatrix.pdf 

A great printable matrix

 

http://www.celt.iastate.edu/teaching/RevisedBlooms1.html 

Great in-depth website that covers both the knowledge and cognitive dimension

 

http://ilearntechnology.com/?p=3020

A website that has several graphics/posters (tree, umbrella, pinwheel) depicting Revised Bloom's Taxonomy. It has a list of the digital tools that can be used for each of the six cognitive categories.

 

http://farr-integratingit.net/Theory/CriticalThinking/revisedcog.htm 

A website with an extensive overview of the original Bloom's Taxonomy as well as a well developed page of the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy. The tabs at the top of the website are useful in navigating the website.

 

http://storybird.com/books/blooming-questions/ 

Storybird is a simple and EASY digital storytelling tool. This link takes the viewer to a short and simple story about the six cognitive processes of the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy. Great for introducing the idea of Blooms Taxonomy to children.

 

http://www.scribd.com/doc/58799733/Bloom 

Contains some good ideas for each cognitive category. Most appropriate for middle and high school and some upper elementary.

 

http://www.flipsnack.com/flips/ae73404e7215c7c7f4e6ae096q372043?r=0.31755756358032494 

A fun online flipbook integrating Multiple Intelligences, Blooms Taxonomy, and Web Tools using Flipsnack. You can create your own flipbook and it's free.

 

http://prezi.com/gb4mbz9vg7hg/blooms/ 

Great prezi that reviews and introduces the changes in Blooms and the use of web 2.0 tools.

 

http://www.niu.edu/facdev/programs/handouts/blooms.shtml 

 The site has a powerpoint and Word resources including a planning sheet, question stems, etc.

 

http://daretodifferentiate.wikispaces.com/file/view/NoelleCombsInquiryLesson.pdf 

Bloom's and Costa's levels of questioning

 

http://at.ccconline.org/faculty/wiki/Teaching_Resources_-_Other_Resources_-_Blooms_Taxonomy#Other_Resources 

 Contains interactive resources

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG52jFCWiac 

You Tube clip - Star Wars and Bloom's Taxonomy Revised

 

 http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2009/07/use-blooms-taxonomy-wheel-for-writing.html

 Includes various types of wheels focusing on Bloom's (original and revised)

 

 

 

RESOURCES

 

http://www.amazon.com/Taxonomy-Learning-Teaching-Assessing-Educational/dp/080131903X  --- A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching, and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, Abridged Edition (Paperback)  $42.39

 

http://www.american-classroom-supply.com/ep-729.html --- Quick Flip Questions for the RBT. An excellent resource.  $3.99

 

http://www.rfwp.com/2432.htm -- A classroom wall poster (2 ft x 3 ft) of RBT.

Online price - $10.

 

http://www.mentoringminds.com/store/Critical-Thinking/Critical-Thinking-Wheel/45      HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Cost

1 - 10    $8.95 each

11 - 20  $7.95 each

21+       $6.95 each

The Critical Thinking Wheel has six windows on each side. On one side are the Power Words and in each of the six windows are questioning prompts, definitions, and  teacher expectations for the lower levels of thinking skills. On the other side are Power Words and in the six windows are higher levels of questioning prompts, definitions, and teacher expectations.

Features:

  • A variety of questions are suggested for each level of thinking

  • Suggestions for the teacher are provided at each level of thinking

  • A definition for each level of Bloom’s Taxonomy is given

  • Power Words are provided to design activities or products

  • Questions are open-ended so that any subject matter content is appropriate

  • The wheel fits any grade, any student, and any content due to the product flexibility

  • Actual size: 8" x 9.25"

 

 

Language Arts

 

NCSLMA - Battle of the Books - This site will lead you to the battle of the books list for each competition level. 

 

 

Math

 

Elementary/Middle:

Mathwire - http://mathwire.com/index.html  Mathwire.com is designed to provide activities and appropriate worksheets for teachers to use in their classrooms.   All activities and worksheets support the constructivist approach to learning mathematics and the NCTM Standards.

 

High School:

BrightStorm -  http://www.brightstorm.com/math   Math Teaching Videos:  This site contains over 2000 free teaching videos on topics from Algebra I through Calculus.

 

High School/Middle School:

MathTV  http://www.mathtv.com/ More Math Teaching Videos:  This site also contains free teaching videos on topics from Basic Math through Calculus.

 

Yummy Math - One of the best websites for real-world applications that I have seen - http://www.yummymath.com/index.php

 

Yummy Math is a website designed for the purpose of sharing mathematics problems and scenarios based on things happening in the world today. For example, the activity for December 4th was based on Lebron James's return to Cleveland. Yummy Math lists activities chronologically as well as by mathematics subject area. Two mathematics teachers, Brian Marks and Leslie Lewis, developed Yummy Math and welcome suggestions from other mathematics teachers.

 

Plus Magazine - http://plus.maths.org/content/ Plus Magazine is a free online publication dedicated to introducing readers to practical applications of mathematics. Plus Magazine strives to reach that goal through the publication of mathematics-related news articles, podcasts, and mathematics puzzles designed around "real-life" scenarios.

 

http://algebra.mrmeyer.com/ Dan Meyer published his entire 38 week Algebra curriculum complete with slides, handouts, and just about everything you need in order to deliver the lessons. You can download each week individually or download the entire collection as one file.

 

http://geometry.mrmeyer.com/ Dan Meyer also has his entire 38 week Geometry curriculum available for free. Again, you can download each week individually or download the entire collection as one file.

Math Live - Math Live is a neat mathematics website developed by Learn Alberta. Math Live presents students with animated stories that teach mathematics lessons. In all there are twenty-three lessons for elementary school and middle school students. The lessons are divided into four categories; Number, Patterns and Relations, Shape and Space, Statistics and Probability. Each animated lesson is accompanied by a mathematics worksheet that students complete either while watching the lesson or after viewing the lesson. Each lesson is divided into sections and students can advance or rewind as needed.
http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me5l/html/math5.html

 

Ten Marks - Ten Marks, an online mathematics tutoring service, offers a free program for teachers. Ten Marks for educators is designed to be a supplement to classroom instruction, not a replacement for it.
Ten Marks provides educators with an online forum in which they can assign mathematics practice problems to students and track their students' progress. If a student gets stuck on a problem he or she can open a tutorial to help him or her through the problem. Ten Marks provides teachers with the option to CC parents on the assignments sent to students. The online curriculum provided by Ten Marks can be aligned to the state standards a teacher chooses. http://www.tenmarks.com/tmother/teacher-index

 

Calculate Pi by Throwing Frozen Hot Dogs - http://www.wikihow.com/Calculate-Pi-by-Throwing-Frozen-Hot-Dogs

 

Math has never been more fun! This site features the steps for a Monte Carlo Simulation that uses random numbers to solve a problem. Students throw frozen hot dogs and measure the number of times they cross lines that have been placed down beforehand. Once students are finished throwing the hot dogs, they then multiply the number of tosses by two divided by the number of crosses on the lines and they will have an approximation of pi! The site contains specific details for conducting this experiment.

 

Museums

 

The Smithsonian for Students - http://smithsonianeducation.org/students

 

If the movie Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian whetted your appetite to learn more about the Smithsonian Museum collection, then this site will get you even more excited about the museum's 142 million objects, including everything from fossils to tapestries. On this site you will find profiles of our nation's presidents, a "Walking on the Moon" Apollo 11 mission page, and some of the Smithsonian's collections as well as tips for starting your own collection. The Secrets of the Smithsonian features behind-the-scenes secrets such as the history of the Hope Diamond and even spiders in space!

 

Science

 

BrightStorm - http://www.brightstorm.com/science   Science Teaching Videos:  This site contains hundreds of free teaching videos on topics in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

 

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/   This website will help students learn how to do a science experiment and to find many ideas for science experiments. All of the science experiments are rated on a scale of 1-10 according to difficulty. Resources for teachers and parents are available.

 

 

 

Winter Olympics

 

http://www.teach-nology.com/themes/seasons/winoly/  LOTS of information and activities on the Olympics, including clipart, history, hands on activities, vocabulary,interactive sites for students, lesson plans, webquests, etc.

 

http://www.nbclearn.com/olympics  Most appropriate for grades 6-12, but can be used with 4th/5th gifted students. This site is a great way to have science integration. short videos on the science involved with 16 major events of the winter olympics. NBC Learn interviews athletes, coaches, and scientists in this original 16-part series, and unravels the physics, biology, chemistry, and materials engineering behind the Olympic Winter Games. The Science of the Olympic Winter Games is made possible through a partnership with the National Science Foundation.

 

Sports Science - http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/sportscience/index  The Emmy Award-winning TV series, hosted by John Brenkus, uncovers sports' biggest myths and mysteries by using cutting-edge technology to measure momentum, friction and the laws of gravity. Great tie-in with math.


 

Teacher Resources - STEM

NASA Explorer School Project

NASA Explorer Schools invests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM educators to inspire and engage future scientists, engineers and technicians that NASA needs to continue our journey. 

NES gives educators of grades 4-12 access to NASA’s people, missions, research and facilities. We have assembled a comprehensive set of NASA’s free classroom materials to help you teach dozens of STEM concepts. 

To access the Virtual Campus you must register to become a NASA Explorer School participant. Participation in NES gives you free access to: 
 

NASA Now Classroom Videos
Six to seven minute video programs featuring NASA careers and STEM concepts connected to real-world missions and projects.

Lessons
A searchable lesson library linking the subjects you teach to NASA’s innovative research and scientific discoveries.

Professional Development
Training materials and live Web seminars to help you implement NASA lessons into your classroom.

Live Help Desk
Telephone and email support to help you find what you need.

http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/index.html

 
The Engineer Girl

http://engineergirl.org/

 
Discovery Education

Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by leading the way in providing high quality, dynamic, digital content to school districts large and small, rural and suburban and everything in between.

Accelerate student achievement in your district by capturing the minds and imaginations of students with the fascination of Discovery, tapping into student's natural curiosity and desire to learn. Discovery Education offers a portfolio of opportunities for districts to meet students where they want to learn in the digital age. With award- winning digital content, interactive lessons, real time assessment, virtual experiences with some of Discovery's greatest talent, classroom contest & challenges, professional development and more - Discovery is leading the way in transforming classrooms and inspiring learning. http://www.discoveryeducation.com/

 
The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education

CIESE sponsors and designs interdisciplinary projects that teachers throughout the world can use to enhance their curriculum through compelling use of the Internet. We focus on projects that utilize real time data available from the Internet, andcollaborative projects that utilize the Internet's potential to reach peers and experts around the world. Below is a catalog of projects that are currently being or have been sponsored by CIESE . Each project has a brief description and links to the National Science Standards and NCTM math standards it supports. http://ciese.org/currichome.html

 
Welcome to TeachEngineering!

The TeachEngineering digital library provides teacher-tested, standards-based engineering content for K-12 teachers to use in science and math classrooms. Engineering lessons connect real-world experiences with curricular content already taught in K-12 classrooms. Mapped to educational content standards,TeachEngineering's comprehensive curricula are hands-on, inexpensive, and relevant to children's daily lives. http://www.teachengineering.org/