Deadline: August 8, 2017
Each year, the Conference on English Education offers grants through its Research Initiative program. These grants support research aligned with the NCTE's positions on English education. This year, the program has several guiding questions, including how ELA and literacy educators are responding to new content delivery systems, among others. View questions of interest, the NCTE's position statements, and application details online.
Deadline: July 1, 2017
Prize: Up to four projects will be awarded $2,500 grants.
Do you need funding for a physics teacher training program? The Frederick and Florence Bauder Endowment for the Support of Physics Teaching provides grants to educators for a number of unique physics-teaching and learning projects. Grants are available to support teacher training programs, development of teacher training materials, and funds to support physics teaching workshops and other professional development opportunities.
Deadline: July 13, 2017
Prize: Many grants are available; local workshop funding is available up to $2,500.
Each year, the National Endowment for the Arts provides grants to support innovative arts learning programs. Grants are available in three categories: Direct Learning, Professional Development, and Collective Impact grants. Direct Learning grants increase access to arts learning for preK-12; professional development support programs that teach educators how to better engage students in arts learning, and collective Impact grants support community- and school-wide systematic approaches to arts learn. A database of past winners, application criteria, and in-depth information about each category is available online.
Deadline: August 25, 2017
Prize: Many grants of varying sizes are available.
Do you need funding for a hands-on boat or car maintenance learning program? The RPM Foundation provides grants to organizations to support hands-on learning projects for high school and college-aged students. In the past, high schools, museums, and career learning centers have earned grants to offer hands-on restoration and maintenance projects. Check out the list of past recipients to see if your program fits.
Prize: Several grants are available; first-time grants average $10,000.
Want to get outdoors for a history lesson? The Civil War Trust's field trip grants allow K-12 educators to take students on learning trips at natural historic sites. In particular, The Trust provides grants to help educators plan field trips to Civil War, War of 1812, and Revolutionary War battlefields, as well as related historic sites.
Prize: Grants are available up to $1,500.
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.
MORE: Get information on how to find grants.
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Contests and Awards
Deadline: August 1, 2017
Do you teach Western history in your classroom? The Western History Association provides grants for innovative lesson plans that teach the history of the North American West. Grants of $500 are available for K-12 educators to fund travel to the association's annual conference.
Deadline: June 30, 2017
The Beckman Awards honor teachers who have "inspired their former students to make significant contributions to society." If a former student was inspired to create an organization that benefits the community, you should apply. Also, the grants support educators who have inspired students to create concepts, movements and procedures that benefit the community. See past winners online.
Deadline: July 1, 2017
The Hoenny Center's awards program provides recognize and support peer teaching classroom research projects. Awards can be used to fund projects that related to peer teaching and learning. To apply, educators submit proposals for research projects that can be completed in about six months,and the awards are available to educators in grades preK to 12. Five awards of up to $500 are available.
Deadline: July 1, 2017
For more than five decades, the Dow Jones News Fund has offered a Teacher of the Year award for an outstanding media high school media teacher or advisor. They're looking for educators who utilize innovative media techniques, mentor students to produce award-winning publications, and inspire students to pursue media careers.
Deadline: July 19, 2017
Each year, TESOL and National Geographic Learning honor an English language teacher with its Teacher of the Year award. Candidates are educators who have shown dedicated to teaching English, inspired students from all backgrounds to learn, and have used innovative methods to reach students. To apply, educators must submit a brief essay, a professional development overview, and a sample lesson plan, among other supporting materials. The Teacher of the Year receives a $1,000 prize, as well as other benefits.
MORE: Get information about the latest contests and promotions for teachers in our Edutopia discussion group.
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Google recently released Be Internet Awesome, a digital citizenship learning framework for designed for kids. The program features a curriculum, learning resources, and games that help younger students learn how to be safe online. Be sure to see Interland, a game that allows students to complete missions related to web safety.
The California Academy of Science's teaching resources offer something for every teacher: Online courses, interactives, toolkits, and much more. If you're looking for fun, engaging science resources, you're bound to find some useful ones here. Choose from lesson plans, as well as games, films and clips, and other interesting multimedia.
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.
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