Deadline: June 15, 2016
Each year, the FBOL's Teacher Grant Program recognizes and rewards educators who have "demonstrated excellence" in blended and online learning settings. In particular, the 2016 grants are available to support blended and online learning initiatives in specifics areas, including remedial math, literacy intervention, ELL, and Special Education.
Deadline: June 1, 2016
Prize: Grants are available up to $10,000.
The National Education Association's Learning and Leadership grants help support individuals and groups of educators in their pursuit of professional development. The grants can be used for high-quality professional development, i.e. summer institutes or conferences, or collegial study like mentoring or lesson plan development.
Deadline: June 1, 2016
Prize: Grants are available for individuals up to $2,000; groups can apply for grants up to $5,000.
Do you have an idea to promote reading among ESL teens? The Young Adult Library Services Association, in partnership with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, have the perfect grant for you. This year, the association is providing grants to libraries for "innovative reading or literacies programs aimed at the "22 percent of the nation's young who speak a language other than English at home." Programs or activities should align with the theme of this year's October Teen Read Week, "Read for the fun of it!" Plus, the activities should incorporate YALSA's best practices for teaching literacy.
Deadline: June 3, 2016
Prize: Ten $1,000 grants are available.
The Sol Hirsch Education Fund, from the National Weather Association, was created to support the teaching of meteorology in K-12 classrooms. The awards are intended to support meteorology programs in a number of ways, including the purchase of materials, to expand current meteorology programs, for public outreach, and for educator PD experiences.
Deadline: June 16, 2016
Prize: Grants are available up to $750.
The Fab School Labs grant program, from the Northrop Grumman Foundation, is offering awards to help make over public middle school science labs. To participate, educators develop a plan for their makeover and create a video of their current lab spaces. Submissions should demonstrate need, what makes your school unique and why it should be chosen, as well as the impact a lab makeover would have.
Deadline: Interest Forms Available Now
Prize: Five awards of up to $100,000 are available.
The Teach Earth program is a travel and expeditionary learning program for U.S.-based educators. Each year, the Earthwatch Institute selects teachers in a variety of subject areas to "work side by side with world-class scientists on field research expeditions around the world." The program is open to all educators, even educators without scientific backgrounds.
Prize: Funding for travel and lodging are included.
Classroom pets make wonderful learning companions! Educators interested in funding a classroom pet should consider a Pets in the Classroom grant. They are available for K-8 teachers in public and private schools. Grants are "intended to support pets or aquariums in the classroom" and facilitate learning projects centered on caring for pets responsibly.
Prize: A variety of small one-time grants are available, including awards for supplies.
>> MORE: Get information on how to find grants.
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Contests and Awards
Deadline: June 30, 2016
The Council for Economic Education is honoring three U.S. educators who have promoted K-12 economic education throughout their careers. The awards are designed to honor "inspiration teachers whose innovative teaching concepts improve and stimulate economic understanding." Educators can self-nominate, or one may be nominated by colleagues, principals, department chairs or superintendents.
Deadline: Nominations open in June
Prize: Three educators are recognized, one at each the elementary, middle school and high school levels. All winners receive a $1,00 cash prize and an all-expense paid scholarship to attend the Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference.
Each year, the American Library Association recognizes the country's best librarians with the I Love My Librarian Awards. People are encouraged to nominate a librarian that is making a positive impact in your community or school; nominators must write brief statements about the librarian and why they are perfect for the award.
Deadline: June 1, 2016
Prize: Ten awards of $5,000 are available for librarians across the U.S., as well as a plaque and a travel stipend to an awards ceremony in New York City.
This prize -- sponsored by the Lola Stein Institute and THINK magazine -- honors educators who use heritage, culture, or religion "to inspire social responsibility and reach for social justice" with students. To apply, educators must submit an example of original curriculum, in-class projects, or a school-wide initiative that incorporates culture, religion, and heritage and inspires social responsibility in students.
Deadline: June 13, 2016
Prize: The top prize is a $1,500 award; second place receives $750.
The 2016 Ocean Awareness Contest encourages students to create art projects related to this year's theme: Making Meaning out of Ocean Pollution. To participate, students must research and explore one type of ocean pollution, and then create an project that "says something meaningful" about our impact on the health of our oceans. All variety of mediums are welcome including art, film, prose, and poetry.
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Prize: Awards range from $250 to $1,500.
Teachers, do you have an innovative idea for helping children and their families in your school community? Yes! The Big Dream Teacher Challenge, from the Farmers Insurance Thank America's Teachers program, is offering support to get your dreams off the ground. A wide range of projects won in 2015, including outdoor education programs, an accessible playground for child with special need, and much more. Submission guidelines and additional information about example projects is available online.
Deadline: June 30, 2016 (extended)
Prize: Six winners will receive $100,000 grants to fund their "education visions for their schools and communities."
The Education Commission was created last year to help the world develop a plan for achieving the Sustainable Development Goal on Education, which calls for inclusive, equitable and lifelong learning for all. The organization is encouraging young people to offer their ideas by submitting short, 30-second videos that answer one or both of the following questions: How can education best prepared you for the future? What would your ideal school of the future look like?
Deadline: August 15, 2016
Prize: Grand Prize (must be over 18 years old): an invitation to New York to see your video screened at the UN in September; Second Prize: iPad mini; Third Prize: HP Chromebook; People’s Choice Award: GoPro Hero4 Session waterproof video camera.
Here's one for the aspiring video game designers in your classrooms. The STEM Video Game Challenge, which was inspired by the President's Educate to Innovate Campaign, encourages middle and high school students "to work as individuals or in teams to design and make original, playable games or written game design documents about any subject." Judges evaluate games based on three game design criteria, and individuals or participating teams can design and build games, or just submit design documents in the design category. A variety of resources, including lesson plans to help teach game design concepts, are available online.
Deadline: Ongoing until August 31, 2016
Prize: Many prizes are available for students, including a cash award, mentoring opportunities, and lifetime access to Game Mechanic, among other prizes.
This summer, fourth graders and their families have free access to any national parks, waters, and lands through the National Park Service Foundation's Every Kid in a Park program. To participate, students download a summer pass that is good until August 31. Plus, for fun end-of-year activities, the Activity Guides for teachers are designed to teach students about the parks, land conservation, and more.
Prize: Students receive a pass to all National Park Service lands and areas that's good until August 31.
>> MORE: Get information about the latest contests and promotions for teachers in our Edutopia discussion group.
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MathScienceMusic.org, a new website from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the NYU MusEDLab, features free resources to help teachers incorporate music in science and math lessons. The activities and apps are designed for all students, kindergarten through college. Subjects covered include geometry and physics, among many others, and all lessons teach students about the strong relationship between music and STEM learning.
Finding Your Seat on the Bus is one of 57 resources, created by the USC Shoah Foundation, included in the IWitness collection. These resources explore a number of topics, including tolerance, justice, family and standing up for others, and they feature primary source materials like text, video, poems, photos and more. Each activity is built around a video clip of testimony, and they complement a number of subjects, including English, history, and social studies.
Created by the Exploratorium, Science Snacks "are tabletop exhibits or explorations of natural phenomena that teachers or students can make using common, inexpensive, readily available materials." There are hundreds of hands-on activities in the collection, and they're created to be easily digested with a short photo/video intro, a materials list, helpful hints, and advice.
Produced by National History Day, Understanding Sacrifice is a "collection of videos, primary source, secondary sources, and lesson plans" that covers soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II.
How does math relate to Pixar animation? Khan Academy and Pixar recently released a fun, interactive lesson series called Pixar in a Box. Each lesson “demonstrates how a concept introduced in school is used for creative benefit at Pixar,” and there are lessons for all different grade levels. Teachers looking for more information should check out the Educator’s Guide, which provides examples and ideas for implementation.
Unlocking Life's Code is a new tool, created by the National Human Genome Research Institute, that enables students to explore "ethical and social questions surrounding genomic sequencing." The resource includes an online exhibit covering genomic sequencing technology, as well as discussion starters and information about the "growing involvement of genetics" in many areas of our lives.
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