Deadline: February 1, 2017
The NEA provides funding to educators through two programs: Learning & Leadership and Student Achievement. Learning & Leadership grants enable educators and educator groups to pursue high-quality professional development. Grants be used toward the cost of summer institutes, collegial study programs, and mentoring experiences, among other opportunities. Student Achievement grants support initiatives for improving academic performance in U.S. public schools. Funding is available in any subject area. This year, grants are only available to NEA members.
Deadline: January 11, 2017
Prize: Individual grants are available up to $2,000; group grants are available up to $5,000.
This program, offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services offers grants for digital projects that support humanities learning. Grants are available for projects in all stages -- from start-up to implementation -- and the focus is on projects that have the potential to scale and "enhance researcher, teaching, and public programming in the humanities."
Deadline: Jan. 20; March 31
Prize: Grants vary by project.
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: January 31, 2017
Prize: Grants range from $200 to $500.
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: April 1
Prize: Individual grants are available up to $5,000; teams can apply for up to $10,000.
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.
Prize: Grants range from $250 to $1,000.
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: February 1, 2017
This award, one of several available from the American Library Association, recognizes collaborative projects between librarians and teachers. Librarians and educators who have worked together on programs, units or events that support the curriculum and encourage students to use library resources. Eligible projects should seek to improve information literacy, independent learning, and social responsibility. More information is available online.
Deadline: January 6, 2017
Prize: One winner receives a $2,500 award grant.
Each year, the National Science Teachers Association and Shell team up to recognize an outstanding K-12 science teacher. Nominate an educator who has had a "positive impact on his or her students, school, and community" through effective science teaching. Webinars, past winners and other information regarding the award is available online.
Deadline: January 10, 2017
Prize: One K-12 educator wins a $10,000 prize and an expense-paid trip to the NSTA National Conference. Two finalists also receive an expense-paid trip to the conference.
The Learning Network is sponsoring a student writing content to ring in the New Year. Students are encouraged to write a rap that highlights the year's biggest news stories. Past winning entries and contest rules are available online.
Deadline: January 15, 2017
Prize: Winning entries are published on The Learning Network's website.
This year, the International Literacy Association is honoring K-6 educators who is "dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of reading and writing." Applicants must complete a personal state and proposal about their teaching program. Educators must be from schools that serve at least 60 percent of students on free and reduced lunch. br> Prize: One educator receives a $2,500 award.
Deadline: January 17, 2017
Have an idea for an education simulator that helps students develop academic, technical, or employability skills? If so, this competition is right for you. The Department of Education is calling on game and multimedia developers to submit concept papers for simulations that "pair engagement of commercial games with rigorous educational content." In particular, the DOE prefers games and simulations that include "clearly defined goals and build diverse skill sets."
Deadline: January 23, 2017
Prize: Five finalists receive $50,000 awards; 1 grand prize winner receives a $430,000 grant.
Since 2010, the Shell Science Lab Challenge Competition has offered grants to middle schools and high schools in the U.S. to make over their science labs. The awards highlight "exemplary approaches to science lab instruction" and boosts awareness among students about science careers.
Deadline: January 26, 2017
Prize: Several regional awards are available, as well as a $20,000 lab makeover grand prize.
The NEA Big Read program supports community reading initiatives that "encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences." A number of programs qualify for funding, including author readings, book discussions, lectures, and cultural events, and these activities should focus on a specific book from the NEA Big Read library.
Prize: Approximately 75 awards ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 will be available in 2017.
MORE: Get information about the latest contests and promotions for teachers in our Edutopia discussion group.
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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.
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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