Inspiring Educators Who Inspire Future Leaders
Attention teachers – I came across a great list of educational resources on Edutopia today; and the best part is every resource is just for you! It is a list of grants, contests and awards, as well as classroom resources. You can find the comprehensive list here; however, I am including a few of my favorites from the list to get you started. Enjoy! tlb
Deadline: July 24, 2014
These yearly grants from the NEA support arts education in three areas. Grants are available for projects that support direct learning experiences for students, professional development for teachers, and that increase arts equity. Projects should provide enhanced learning opportunities for students in grades preK through 12.
Prize: Awards range from $10,000 to $100,000 depending on organization size.
Deadline: June 30, 2014; October 30, 2014
State Farm is offering a huge pool of grants to thank teachers. Through the website ThankAMillionTeachers.com, thousands of students and parents have logged on to show their support for an inspiring educator. In turn, these educators become eligible to apply for a grant through the program. Teachers can elect to receive funding to purchase supplies through AdoptAClassroom.org or they can pursue a teaching certification offered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Prize: Grants are available up to $2,500
Throughout the year, the American Honda Foundation accepts grant proposals for K-12 education. Recently, the foundation has focused their efforts on STEM projects and environmental education. A variety of projects are eligible, as long as they can be characterized as “imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative.”
Prize: Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000
Contests and Awards
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2014
The Green Education Foundation and Gardener’s Supply Company are sponsoring this challenge for K-12 schools across the country. The challenge is calling for K-12 schools, classrooms and groups to document their existing student-run garden, through video, photos and/or artwork. The most inspiring gardens then receive funding for continued sustainability.
Prize: Several $500 grants are available to benefit the country’s most inspiring K-12 gardens.
Are you looking for a summer activity for your kids? Well, you might consider Barnes & Noble’s summer reading program. To participate, kids can download a free PDF Reading Journal online. Then, throughout they must read at least eight books and record them in their logs. After reading eight books, students can them return completed logs to a local B&N store and receive a free book.
Deadline: Ongoing; Monthly Through August
Half Price Books is asking kids 14 and under to “feed their brains,” and participate in the HPB free summer reading program. Here’s the task: Kids 14 and under are encouraged to read 15 minutes per day for a month. Once a student has reached 300 minutes, they can turn in their downloadable reading log to receive a $5 Bookworms Buck HPB gift certificate. The top reader each month, in each age group, will also receive a $20 Top Reader Prize to use at any HPB location. The program is free to join.
Deadline: October 5, 2014
This year, educators the world over can vie for the recently established Global Teacher Prize, or the Nobel Prize of teaching. Educators in any country can nominate themselves. Students and parents can nominate inspiring educators as well. Nominees will be judged by a panel of global education experts based on a variety of criteria, including dedication to the professional, achievements and recognitions and ability to positively influence students. One teacher will be honored next spring with a $1 million cash prize.
EdSurge has culled a list of articles, resources, and videos to help educators incorporate gaming into the classroom. The guide covers the latest research, as well as strategies and tips from practitioners, and there are plenty of useful reviews of ideal classroom games that support learning. This is a great primer for educators looking to incorporate gaming in the classroom, as well as for teachers who have already embraced the trend.
The National Park Service recently released new Back-to-School resources for educators across the U.S. There are curriculum resources, which allow students to explore parks from the comfort of the classroom, information about in-person field trips and online professional development resources for teachers. Currently, there are 53 free curriculum packets for almost every grade, and they explore topics like immigration at Ellis Island and the Civil War at Fort Scott.
Students and teachers: Interact with experts from the Smithsonian once a month during their hour-long online conferences, held on topics ranging from civil rights to astrophotography. The conference series includes special “virtual teachers’ lounge” sessions for teachers to engage with each other and discuss other Smithsonian learning resources.
STEM–Works is a resource for teachers, parents, mentors, and anyone else wanting to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and math. The site offers links to virtual field trips, interactive lesson plans, and fun activities for all grade levels.
EarthCam has compiled live webcam footage from around the world, giving students the opportunity to travel the globe from their desks. The live streams include Times Square in New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and they offer instant video from hundreds of interesting locations. Also, peer into the lives of exotic animals with live video feeds from zoos all over the world!
Bank of America has partnered with Sal Khan and the Khan Academy to provide a free online financial learning experience that’s self-paced, fact-based, and conversational. Resources include videos and features that can be customized.