Deadline: Applications open October 1; close January 31, 2016
Each year, Fund for Teachers offers summer fellowship grants for preK-12 teachers. These awards enable educators to develop self-directed professional learning experiences, and their odysseys take them all over the world. For ideas, check out the list of past winners. In the past, educators have roved the Mississippi River, developing an ecology unit along the way, and many other unique experiences.
Deadline: September 29, 2016
Prize: Individual grants are available up to $5,000; teams can apply for up to $10,000.
Did you receive a thank-you note though the Farmers Insurance Thank America's Teacher program? If so, you're eligible to apply for one of 180 classroom supplies grants from Farmers. The grants are designed to support day-to-day classroom needs. Following the deadline, anyone can vote for their favorite proposals through October, and proposals with high vote totals are more likely to win.
Deadline: September 30, 2016
Prize: There are 180 $2,500 awards available for classroom materials.
Disney Friends for Change, through Youth Service America, is offering $500 awards to young people aged 5-18 for service learning projects. Funding is available for a variety of projects that may help to make communities healthier, greener, and/or stronger. To participate, young changemakers submit their a proposal online for their service learning project. For inspiration, students can check out past winners and training guides for ideas.
Deadline: September 30, 2016
Prize: Winners receive one-time $500 grants to jump-start their service-learning projects.
The Kids in Need Foundation, along with a variety of partner organizations, is offering a range of grants to fund creative projects in the classroom. There are more than 8 grant programs available, with focuses student creativity and creative writing, as well as projects that encourage creative use of a common teaching aid. These are one-time grants that can be used to bolster or start a new project.
Deadline: Sept 30; Nov 11; Jan 20; March 31
Prize: Many grants ranging from $100 to $500 are available.
Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program encourages students in the U.S. to launch or grow community-based service learning campaigns. The Roots & Shoots grants are available to help support these projects. To apply, participants must sign up for a free Roots & Shoots membership, and participants must reside in the U.S. Funding is available for many different types of projects, from environmental clean-up, to community education initiatives. Students submit their projects, and then can apply for funding. More information, as well as learning guides and project guidelines is available online.
Deadline: October 1, Jan. 1 and April 1
Prize: Grants range from $200 to $500.
Know a student who's looking to get a volunteerism project off the ground? The Karma for Cara Foundation can help. Launched in 2014, the foundation's minigrant program offers small, one-time grants to students to help jump-start or sustain community service projects. A range of projects qualify for funding, including examples like rebuilding a school playground, or helping senior citizens prepare their homes for winter.
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Prize: Grants range from $250 to $1,000.
Each year, the Toshiba America Foundation provides small, one-time grants to public and private school K-5 teachers in the U.S. The grants are available to support science and math classroom projects, and individuals and teams can apply for funding. Grants are available for project learning materials.
Deadline: October 14, 2016
Prize: Grants are available up to $1,000.
The New Schools Venture Fund is offering a trio of grants designed to expand the reach of innovative educational models and empower educators and students. Currently, grant funding is available to support preK-12 public schools that will launch in the next 1-3 years. Application deadlines have already passed for two other programs. More information about each individual program is available online.
Deadline: Interest forms available now; final applications due December 17, 2016
Prize: Up to $7 million will be made available across the three grant initiatives.
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: Eighteen grants are available: 15 $1,000 grant packages, 2 $2,500 grant packages, and 1 $5,000 grant package for the grand prize winner.
Since 1999, IGT has provided grants that support after-school programs for economically disadvantaged students. In particular, IGT focuses on digital initiatives, designed to close the digital divide, as well as technology for students. During their grant-giving history, IGT has donated more than 270 computer labs across the U.S. and in several other countries.
Prize: Funding for classroom materials and technology for after-school programs is available.
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: October 9, 2016 (Registration)
ICNC is offering awards to high school educators to develop civil resistance curriculum for students. Up to eight awards are available, and the grants are designed to enable educators to develop and integrate 6 lesson plans related to nonviolent civil resistance into their existing social sciences coursework.
Deadline: October 1, 2016 (Registration)
Prize: Eight awards of up to $1,000 are available for U.S. educators.
Sponsored by Google for Education, iEARN-USA and VIF International Education, the Great Global Project Challenge is calling on educators to design and share collaborative projects that are "globally connected." Submitted projects appear on the project website, and can be accessed by educators around the world. Throughout the 2016-2017 school year , educators around the world will utilize these submitted projects in their classrooms, helping to engage teachers and students in globally connected learning opportunities.
Deadline: Recommended start date is October 4; Videos due October 24
In this nationwide competition, student teams create their own political parties, including a unique name, logo, platform. Then, "primary" elections at held within local schools with the winners going on to compete in a national election. A multi-week curriculum is available to help students explore the election, politics and other aspects of democracy. Once the platform has been finalized, students then must create 30-second ads for their political parties.
Deadline: October 14, 2016
The annual Global Teacher Prize was created to honor one outstanding educator who has made a significant contribution to their profession. The prize was first awarded in 2015, and it was created to bring awareness and recognition to the world's very best educators. Educators across the world can apply or be nominated. Applicants are judged on a variety of criteria, including impact in the classroom, contributions to the community, use of innovative teaching methods, and work with mentoring and coaching fellow educators.
Deadline: November 1, 2016
Prize: One educator receives a $1 million award; finalists also receive prizes and recognition
Calling all student artists, musicians, photographers, and videographers. The Get to Know Student Art Contest is asking for entries, and the guidelines are simple. U.S. students under 19 years old are encouraged to submit original works that are inspired by the natural world around us. Students are encouraged to get outside and "get to know" the wild neighbors and environs in their areas. For ideas, check out winners from previous years.
Deadline: November 18, 2016
Prize: A variety of prizes are available.
The app challenge, an initiative of Verizon Innovative Learning, a nationwide competition for middle and high school students. To participate, students must design and conceptualize mobile apps that solve a problem in their communities. Teams of five to seven students plus an advisor can participate, and students must be in grades 6 through 12. Learning resources, competition rules, and app ideas are available online.
Deadline: December 15, 2016
Prize: Teams that submit winning app designs earn prizes and other awards.
This challenge from Lockheed Martin and Discovery Education asks individuals or teams of middle school students to create 1-2 minute videos explaining how they would design a living module on Mars. Accompanying curriculum and lesson plans are available online, as well as FAQs, competition rules, and other information.
Prize: One grand prize winning team or individual will win a $10,000 prize. Second place receives $5,000, and third place receives $2,500.
MORE: Get information about the latest contests and promotions for teachers in our Edutopia discussion group.
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During the week of September 18, classrooms around the world will participate in the World's Largest Lesson. With 17 modules following the United Nation's Global Goals for Sustainable Development, students will explore a variety of subjects, including ending hunger and poverty and climate action. Free curricula is available online and it's designed for students aged 8 to 14 years old. More information as well as ideas for implementing lessons is available in the educator's guide.
Lockheed Martin is committed to advancing STEM curriculum in the classroom. The organization supports a variety of STEM outreach programs, offering free curricula, student STEM contests, and mentoring opportunities for high school students. From Generation Beyond, a free aerospace classroom resource, to Code Quest, a coding contest for young students, Lockheed Martin funds a number of diverse initiatives that empower young learners.
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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