As the year progresses, A+PEL stays busy at work for you, our members. We are here to serve you and welcome any comments or questions that you have. Read on to find out what’s on the horizon.
It’s Always Recruitment Time
Invite a friend/colleague to join A+PEL. You can earn up to $25 per person. Please make sure your name is listed on the “recruited by” line on the application. Recruit enough friends/colleague to pay you back for your membership fee! We have payroll deduction for dues in many places! Visit www.apeleducators.org
We are looking for a few enthusiastic members to become building reps for their local schools. The only work required is telling everyone how great APEL is, handing out materials related to that, and keeping up a bulletin board if space is available. It’s a great way to spread the word about A+PEL and get that recruitment bonus with the new members you recruit! Please email Miranda@apeleducators.org if you are interested.
2016 American Social Studies Conference
Do you love social studies? Do you love getting paid to learn? The 16th Annual A+PEL American Studies Conference will be held Friday, June 10 from 9am-5pm in Baton Rouge. Come learn about Louisiana’s history From Chalmatte to Chapultepec: (re) Considering American Continentalism in the Age of Old and Young Hickory 1815-1848. Registration is $25, but upon completion you get a $75 stipend for attending! Register here!
Volunteer of the Year
The nomination and selection processes are coming to a close, and we are excited about all of the local Volunteer of the Year events being held throughout the state. Be sure to send the state office pictures and information about your local events so that we can share them with our members! Check out pictures from our Jefferson Davis Celebration here, and a great article about our Rapides Celebration here. Questions? Email Lauren.
A+PEL Scholarships and Grants
JY Sanders Social Studies Scholarship. Due May 15. Up to $500. Given in honor of former Louisiana Governor Jared Young Sanders, this scholarship is aimed at empowering experienced social studies teachers. As such, the J.Y. Sanders Social Studies Scholarship can be applied to additional coursework and/or instructional materials for the recipient.Attendance at the annual American Social Studies Conference is required. Apply here.
Professional Development Grant Application Due June 15. Up to $500. A+PEL supports all avenues of professional development for teachers. A+PEL will assist in the costs associated with a teacher attending an external professional development seminar or conference. Conferences can be either state or national conferences such as AERA or LACUE. Apply here.
School Grants for Healthy Kids- Breakfast and Game on Grants are Available! Applications are due April 1.
Get Carried Away with Education!
Mark your calendars for July 13th-14thfor “Carried Away with Education”, the A+PEL Summer Conference! Regardless of what you teach, with over 50 professional development sessions, there is something for you! Network and hang out with your friends during the evening vendor social, play our digital scavenger hunt to win awesome prizes, and join us for fun evening events and contests. The cost is only $125 for A+PEL members and $150 for non-members. Register by April 1stfor a $25 discount! Breakfast and lunch is included both days! Clickhereto register.
Want to learn more about our organization or become more involved? Join us on Tuesday, July 12thfor the pre-conference for only $25! Would you like to attend the pre-conference for FREE? Contact your local A+PEL Chapter officer for a pre-conference coupon code. Clickhereto find your local officers’ contact information.
Interested in Design Thinking?
Join Tulane's Teacher Certification Program's 2 day Design Thinking Workshop! Friday, April 22 from 2pm-5pm and Saturday, April 23 from 9am-1pm. $40.00.For more information contact: Monique Hodges, Assistant Director, Tulane Teacher Certification Program email@example.com. and visit Tulane'sblog atSocial Innovation in Education @http://siined.wp.tulane.edu/
Upcoming Events and Deadlines
May 15 (Sunday)- deadline for JY Sanders Social Studies Scholarship Application
June 10 (Monday)- American Studies Conference in Baton Rouge
June 14 (Tuesday)- Board of Directors Meeting in Baton Rouge
June 14 (Tuesday)- Volunteer of the Year Banquet (By Invitation Only)
June 15 (Wednesday)- deadline for Professional Development Grant Applications
Have an A+PEL event that you want added to our calendar? Let us know here.