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Mt. Diablo Unified School District

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OCTOBER  ISSUE                                                                                            2018

 

 

Congratulations to the schools and/or individuals for applying and receiving the grants and awards on behalf of Mt. Diablo students! Please email me at robertss@mdusd.org to share your success!

A detailed chart of current grants across the district is available at www.mdusd.org/DEPARTMENTS/GRANTS/Pages/default.aspx

 

Time Sensitive Due Dates
 

*Blue: Academic Support/Professional Development Grants, Purple: Technology, Pink: School Climate and Safety, Red: Arts and Enrichment Grants, Orange: Nutrition and Physical Fitness, and Green: Youth Development and Community Service Grants.

 

Academic Support/Professional Development Grants

Scholastic’s Lexus Eco Challenge  NEW!  

Purpose: This is a national STEM competition that asks teams of students to tackle an environmental issue related to land, water, air, and climate, and create practical solutions while competing for amazing prizes.  This challenge gets students involved in project-based learning, teamwork and skill building as they identify an environmental issue that affects their community, use their critical-thinking and research skills to come up with a solution, and report on the results by way of an Action Plan.

Funder: Scholastic, Inc. and Toyota Motor Sales.

Applicant: Students in grades 6-12.

Amount: Sixteen (16) prize winning teams will each get $10,000.  Two grand prizes of $30,000 will be awarded after the final challenge.

Deadline: The contest is broken into three main parts:

The Land & Water Challenge:  8/14/18 – 10/15/18

The Air & Climate Challenge:  10/17/18 – 12/10/18

The Final Challenge (by invitation only, open to winners of the previous two challenges):  1/30/19 – 3/13/19.

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/sponsored-content/lexus/home/

 

 

Student Support & Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Competitive Grant Program

Purpose: To encourage and support eligible districts and public charter schools to increase the capacity of LEAs to provide all students with access to well-rounded educational opportunities; support safe and healthy students; and/or support the effective use of technology.  The process will prioritize applications that enhance visual and performing arts education or utilize funds as part of a comprehensive strategy to expand access to physical and mental health.

Funder: California Department of Education.

Applicant: Local educational agencies.  In order to be eligible to be awarded a subgrant under SSAE program, applicants must be an LEA, or a consortium of LEAs, that received a grant under Title I, Part A of ESEA in the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Amount: The total available is $44,080,000 and the recipient amount will be between $500,000 and $4,000.000.

Deadline: October 17, 2018.

https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/profile.asp?id=5231

 

Career Technical Education (CTE) Facilities Program 

Purpose: To provide matching funds for the purposes of CTE specific new construction, modernization, and/or equipment.

Funder: California Department of Education.

Applicant: Local educational agencies (LEAs) and Joint Powers Authorities (JPAs).  An LEA must contribute an amount equal to the state-awarded grant.  This local contribution may be provided by private industry groups, the LEA, or a JPA and may be paid over time per the State Allocation Board (SAB) approved payment schedule.

Amount: Up to $3 million per project/school site for new construction projects and $1.5 million per modernization projects.

Deadline: October 19, 2018.

https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/fa/sf/documents/cteapplication2018.pdf

 

2018-2019 Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) Grant  NEW!

Purpose: To provide start-up funds for the establishment of new specialized programs in grades nine through twelve in California high schools.  The programs are expected to develop new standards-based model curriculum that promote an in-depth study of a targeted content area.  The Legislature intends for SSP to benefit the state economy by having schools located in close proximity to related industries.  Funding is available for planning and implementing new programs.

Funder: California Department of Education.

Applicant: Local educational agencies (LEAs).  Eligible grade levels:  9-12.

Amount: Up to $100,000 per recipient. 

Deadline: November 7, 2018.

https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/profile.asp?id=5188

 

 

21st Century Community Learning Centers(CCLC) & 21st Century High School After School Safety & Enrichment for Teens Program(ASSETs) 

Purpose: The purpose of the CCLC program is to support community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities for students who attend high poverty and low-performing schools.  The purpose of the ASSETs program is to support community learning centers for students in grades nine through twelve with academic enrichment opportunities and activities designed to complement students’ regular academic program.

Funder: California Department of Education.

Applicant: Institutions of high educations, local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations, other organizations or agencies.  These entities must serve Title I schools that have schoolwide programs, or a Title I school with at least 40% of the students eligible for Free or Reduced Price meals and the school is 1) either in Program Improvement or 2) been determined by the LEA to be in need of intervention and support, and all programs must serve the families of students at these schools.

Amount: Recipient amount for 21st CCLC $50,000 - $112,500 and ASSETs $50,000 - $250,000.

Deadline: November 13, 2018.

https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/profile.asp?id=5174

 

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program  NEW!

Purpose: This scholarship rewards excellence by supporting high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Funder: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

Applicant: High-achieving high school seniors with financial need.  At a minimum applicants must:  plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2019; intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college or university beginning in fall 2019; earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above; SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 or above and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above; demonstrate significant unmet financial need. Applicants with family income up to $95,000 will be considered; however, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant

Amount: Up to $40,000 per year for four years of study, as well as opportunities for internships, study aboard, and graduate school funding.

Deadline: November 20, 2018.

https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/college-scholarship-program/

 

 

2019 Knowles Teaching Fellows Program 

Purpose: To support early-career high school mathematics and science teachers in their efforts to develop teaching expertise and lead from the classroom.

Funder:  The Knowles Teacher Initiative. (formerly the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation.)

Applicant:  Early-career, secondary science and mathematics teachers.

Amount: Fellows receive access to a comprehensive suite of benefits that are valued at approximately $150,000, including stipends, grants for professional development, classroom materials and National Board Certification, mentoring from veteran teachers and teacher educators, support for teacher-led initiatives, and membership in a nationwide community of more than 300 science and math teachers.

Deadline: November 25, 2018.

https://knowlesteachers.org/teaching-fellowship/teaching-fellows-program

 

 

Shell Science Teaching Award 

Purpose: To recognize one outstanding classroom teacher who has had a positive impact on his students, school and the community through exemplary science teaching.  Special projects may be mentioned, but should not be the main focus of the candidate’s application.  The judging panel will review the nomination packets and select 10 finalists.  These individuals will then be asked to provide a YouTube video of no longer than 30 minutes that features classroom activities with students that clearly reflect the candidate’s teaching philosophy and application submission.  The classroom is defined as indoor or outdoor – wherever the candidate teaches science.  The video will be due in mid-January.

Funder:  The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Shell Oil Company.

Applicant:  K-12 classroom science teachers.  Nominees must be classroom teachers who responsibilities include teaching science, and they must have a minimum of eight years of experience (not including the current school year) as a teacher of science and must teach in a private or public school.

Amount: Winner receives $10,000.  In addition, the recipient and the two finalists each receive an all-expense-paid trip to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education.  Ten semifinalists will receive certificates of distinction.

Deadline: December 17, 2018.

http://statics.nsta.org/pdfs/awards/Shell.pdf

 

Toshiba American Foundation (TAF) Grants for Grades 6-12 

Purpose: To provide teachers with additional funds to support classroom projects.  After-school, summer projects, and independent study projects are not eligible.  The Foundation strongly encourages projects planned and led by individual teachers or teams of teachers for their own

classrooms.  Many successful grantees have designed projects that tap into the natural curiosity of their students, enable students to frame their own scientific questions, and incorporate the expertise of community partners.  Grants are to support classroom science and math education.  Endorsement from a school official is required.

Funder: The Toshiba America Foundation.

Applicant: Science and math teachers in public or private schools.

Amount: Grants requests of more than $5,000.

Deadline:   February 1st and August 1st annually.

http://www.toshiba.com/taf/612_apply.jsp

 

 

Technology Grants

 

After School Education and Safety (ASES) Kids Code Grant Pilot Program 

Purpose: To expand access to coding for students participating in existing ASES programs. 

Funder:  California Department of Education.

Applicant:  Currently funded ASES grantees in grades K-9.  School must have verifiable Free and Reduced Price Meal data for 2016-17 through the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System to be considered in the funding determination.

Amount:  $15,000,000 total available.  Recipient amount varies based on enrollment.  Enrollment up to 600 students - $50,000 over three years; Enrollment 601-899 students - $65,000 over three years; Enrollment 900+ students - $80,000 over three years.

Deadline: November 5, 2018.

https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/profile.asp?id=5247

 

 

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Gateway Grant 

Purpose: To bring computer science education to middle school students with the implementation of PLTW Gateway computer science units:  PLTW App Creators and PLTW Computer Science for Innovators and Makers. 

Funder:  Project Lead the Way in partnership with Verizon Innovative Learning.

Applicant:  Public or charter middle schools that have a Free and Reduced Lunch Program eligible student population of 70% or greater.

Amount:  $15,000 over two years.  $10,000 for the 2019-2020 school year and $5,000 for the 2020–2021 school year.

Deadline: November 16, 2018.

https://www.pltw.org/experience-pltw/funding-and-grant-opportunities

 

 

School Climate and Safety Grants

 

 

Arts and Enrichment Grants

 

 

 

Youth and Community Development Grants

 

 

 

Nutrition and Physical Fitness Grants

 

 

Mini-Grants

 

Annie’s Grants for Gardens Program  NEW!

Purpose:   To provide funds to schools interested in starting and sustaining a school garden.  The garden must be an edible school garden growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, etc. 

Funder: Annie’s Homegrown, Inc.

Applicant: K-12 public, private or charter schools in the United States.  A school administrator must approve of the plans for the garden.  A plan must be developed to utilize the full grant and sustain funding for the garden.  At least 75 students must be involved with the garden.  No more than 30% of the grant can go toward a garden coordinator salary.

Amount: Grants up to $3,000 for new applicants and up to $5,000 for returning ones.

Deadline: November 1, 2018.

http://www.annies.com/giving-back/grants

 

Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grants (PreK-5)

Purpose: To increase the breadth and depth of the mathematics content knowledge of one elementary school teacher who has a demonstrated commitment to mathematics teaching and learning.  The applicant must have the support of the school principal in becoming a mathematics teacher-leader within her or his school or district.  The desired outcome of the funded project is the development of an elementary school mathematics teacher with mathematics content expertise.  The grant recipient will be expected to provide ongoing professional development to teachers within the school or district to strengthen their mathematical understandings and instructional practices.  

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) with support from the Irene Etkowicz Eizen Fund.                                                                                                                                      

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 12, 2018) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 12, 2018) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership.  The applicant must be a classroom elementary school teacher with at least three years of experience and have mathematics as a regular teaching responsibility. 

Amount: Award maximum is $6,000.

Deadline: November 2, 2018.

http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Emerging-Teacher-Leaders-in-Elementary-School-Mathematics-Grants/

 

 

Improving Students’ Understanding of Geometry Grants (PreK-5, 6-8) 

Purpose: To develop activities that will enable students to better appreciate and understand some aspect of geometry that is consistent with adopted standards.  The project should include applications of geometry to, for example, art, literature, music, architecture, nature, or some other relevant area and may integrate the use of technology into the teaching of geometry.  Proposals must address the following:  geometry content, the appropriateness of the application, the link between the Geometry Standard and the project’s activities, and the anticipated impact of students’ learning. 

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) with support from the John and Stacey Wahl Fund.

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 12, 2018) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 12, 2018) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership.  

Amount: Award maximum is $4,000.

Deadline: November 2, 2018.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Improving-Students_-Understanding-of-Geometry-Grants/

 

Designing Innovative Lessons and Activities for Mathematics Teaching (K-8) 

Purpose: To encourage teams of mathematics educators to engage in the process of writing and editing materials for mathematics teachers.  This grant encourages the time-honored tradition of writing and supports the research showing that collaboration with educators on new ideas can increase the breadth and depth of the mathematics content knowledge of mathematics teaching and learning. 

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation.

Applicant: The applicant is encouraged but not required to be a Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership.  Each grant is for a team of mathematics educators representing the following:  Two (2) of more K-8 schools; Involving two (2) or more classroom teachers; and A mathematics educator from a community college, college or university.

Amount: Award maximum is $5,000.

Deadline: November 2, 2018.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Designing-Innovative-Lessons-and-Activities-for-Mathematics-Teaching-(K%e2%80%938)/

 

 

Engaging Students in Learning Mathematics Grant (6-8) 

Purpose: To incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that actively engage students in tasks and experience to deepen and connect their content knowledge.  Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate medium.  Materials may not be calculators, computers, or related equipment.   Although such equipment is essential in today’s classroom, this award is not intended to purchase such equipment.  The focus of these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields or to the world around us.  Proposals must address the following:  one more of the Content Standards:  number and operations, geometry, measurement, algebra; plan for developing and evaluating materials; and the anticipated impact on students’ learning.

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) with support from the Veryl Schult-Ellen Hocking Fund.

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 12, 2018) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 12, 2018) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership and currently teach mathematics in grades 6-8 at least 50% of the school day.

Amount: Award maximum is $3,000.

Deadline: November 2, 2018.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Engaging-Students-in-Learning-Mathematics-Grant-(6-8)/

 

Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Areas Grants (Grades 9-12) 

Purpose: To create senior high classroom materials or lessons connecting mathematics to other fields.  Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, computer programs or displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate medium.  The focus of these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields or to the world around us.  Proposals must address the following:  the plan for developing and evaluating materials, the connectivity to other fields or disciplines, and anticipated impact on students’ learning.

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) with support from the Theoni Pappas Fund.

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 12, 2018) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM and currently teach mathematics in grades 9-12 at least 50% of the school day. 

Amount: Award maximum is $4,000.

Deadline: November 2, 2018.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Connecting-Mathematics-to-Other-Subject-Areas-Grants-(9-12)/

 

Future Leader Initial NCTM Annual Meeting Attendance Awards 

Purpose: To provide financial assistance to a first-time attendee at an NCTM annual meeting and exposition. 

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) with support from the Edwin I. Stein Fund.

Applicant:  Must have a full-time teaching position for the 2018-19 school year; secondary school teacher must be teaching mathematics for at least 50% of his/her 2019-20 schedule; have earned at least a bachelor’s degree; be teaching at the time of the application and anticipate teaching during the following school year.

Amount:  The award will fund travel, subsistence expenses, and substitute teacher costs of up to $1,500 + meeting registration to attend the San Diego, California annual meeting and exposition.

Deadline: November 2, 2018.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Future-Leader-Initial-NCTM-Annual-Meeting-Attendance-Awards/

 

 

Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants (PreK-5) 

Purpose: To incorporate music into the elementary school classroom to help young students learn mathematics.   Proposals must address the following:  the combining of mathematics and music; the plan for improving students’ learning of mathematics; and the anticipated impact on students’ achievement.  Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant.

Funder: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Esther Mendlesohn Fund.

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 12, 2018) Full Individual or

E-Member of NCTM or teach in a school with a current (on or before October 12, 2018) NCTM PreK-8 school membership and currently teach mathematics or collaborate with teachers of mathematics in grades PreK-2.

Amount: Grants up to a maximum of $3,000.

Deadline: November 2, 2018.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Using-Music-to-Teach-Mathematics-Grants/

 

Teacher Professional Development Grants (PreK-5)

Purpose: To support professional development to improve the competence in the teaching of mathematics of one or more classroom teachers.  The proposal must delineate the professional development plan and address how the proposed project will improve the teacher(s)’ competence and affect students’ learning.  While this grant does not fund the purchase of technology, proposals including professional development involving the use of technology to enhance student learning are encouraged.   Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not the primary focus of the grant.  Proposals must address the following:  the professional development plan, how it will enhance the applicant(s)’ mathematical knowledge, and the anticipated impact on students’ learning. 

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) with support from the John Van de Walle Fund.

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 12, 2018) Full Individual or

E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 12, 2018) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership.  Recipients must have three or more years of teaching experience in grades Pre-K-5.

Amount: Award maximum is $3,000.

Deadline: November 2, 2018.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Teacher-Professional-Development-Grants/

 

 

Teacher Professional Development Grants (6-8) 

Purpose: To support professional development to improve the competence in the teaching of mathematics of one or more classroom teachers.  The proposal must delineate the teacher(s)’ professional development plan and address how the proposed project will improve the teacher(s)’ competence and affect students’ learning.  While this grant does not fund the purchase of technology, proposals including professional development involving the use of technology to enhance student learning are encouraged.   Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not the primary focus of the grant.  Proposals must address the following:  the professional development plan, how it will enhance the applicant(s)’ mathematical knowledge, and the anticipated impact on students’ learning. 

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) with support from the Mary Dolciani Fund.

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 12, 2018) Full Individual or

E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 12, 2018) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership and currently teach mathematics in grades 6-8 at least 50% of the school day.

Amount: Award maximum is $3,000.

Deadline: November 2, 2018.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Teacher-Professional-Development-Grants-(6-8)/

 

 

Teacher Professional Development Grants (9-12) 

Purpose: To support professional development to improve the competence in the teaching of mathematics of one or more classroom teachers.  The proposal must delineate the teacher(s)’ professional development plan and address how the proposed project will improve the teacher(s)’ competence and affect students’ learning in accordance with adopted standards.  While this grant does not fund the purchase of technology, proposals including professional development involving the use of technology to enhance student learning are encouraged.   Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not the primary focus of the grant.  Proposals must address the following:  the professional development plan, how it will enhance the applicant(s)’ mathematical knowledge, and the anticipated impact on students’ learning. 

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) with support from the Mary Dolciani Fund.

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 12, 2018) Full Individual or

E-Member of NCTM and currently teach mathematics in grades 9-12 at least 50% of the school day.

Amount: Award maximum is $3,000.

Deadline: November 2, 2018.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Teacher-Professional-Development-Grants-(9-12)/

 

 

Mathematics Course Work Scholarships for Grades Pre-K-5 Teachers

Purpose: To provide financial support for improving teachers’ understanding of mathematics by completing course work in mathematics.   Primary emphasis is placed on appropriate mathematics content courses.  Mathematics education courses may also qualify if a suitable rationale is furnished by the applicant.  Proposals must address the following:  rationale for the coursework, anticipated instructional improvements and expected impact on student learning outcomes

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) with support from the Dale Seymour Fund.

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 12, 2018) Full Individual or

E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 12, 2018) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership.  Recipients must have taught school mathematics for at least three years and intend to remain in teaching. 

Amount: Award maximum is $3,200.

Deadline: November 2, 2018.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Mathematics-Course-Work-Scholarships-for-Grades-Pre-K-5-Teachers/

 

 

Equity in Mathematics Grants (6-12) 

Purpose: To incorporate classroom materials or lessons that will improve the achievement of student groups that have previous records of underachievement, sometime identified by race, gender, region, or culture.  This award is for individual classroom teachers or small groups of teachers collaborating in one grade or across grade levels.  Proposals must address the following:  the mathematics content as defined in the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics of NCTM; the plan for improving achievement of the targeted students; and the anticipated impact on their achievement.   

Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) with support from the Iris Carl Fund.

Applicant: The applicant must be a current (on or before October 12, 2018) Full Individual or

E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 12, 2018) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership and currently teach mathematics in grades 6-8 at least 50% of the school day.

Amount: Award maximum is $8,000.

Deadline: November 2, 2018.

https://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Equity-in-Mathematics-Grants-(6-12)/

 

2018 PTA (Parent Teacher Association) Connected Be Internet Awesome Grant  NEW!

Purpose: To increase awareness of online safety tools for families, teacher families about digital citizenship and how to better navigate the internet, and inspire families to Be Internet Awesome together by growing their understanding of digital well-being.

Funder:  Parent Teacher Association with sponsorship from Google.

Applicant:  Must be a PTA in good standing, as determined by your State PTA; Commit to hosting an event that engages at least 50 attendees in learning activities centered on digital safety, security and wellness; Have at least 10 volunteers to assist with event; and Submit evaluation results to National PTA after the event.

Amount:  $1,000 to 200 PTAs to host a Be Internet Awesome Family Workshop.  In addition, all grantees will receive a Be Internet Awesome Kit. The kit will help find resources for promoting, planning, hosting and evaluating the success of your event.

Deadline: November 4, 2018.

https://www.pta.org/home/programs/connected/be-internet-awesome

 

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Grants  NEW!

Purpose: To provide support to museums, culture and performing arts programs, schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, and programs for youth, seniors, and the handicapped.  Environmental and wildlife protection activities and other community-based organizations and their programs are also supported.

Funder:  The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation.

Applicant: Community-based non-profit organizations.  Organizations seeking support may submit a letter of request, not exceeding three pages in length, which includes a brief description of the purpose of the organization.  The request should also include a 200-word synopsis of the proposal.  Please include an itemized budget for the program or project, along with the total operating budget for the organization.  A copy of the IRS letter stating your Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt/not a private foundation status, must be included with the application. 

Amount: Grants range from $1,000 - $20,000.

Deadline: November 10, 2018 and May 10, 2019. 

https://www.mvdreyfusfoundation.org/

 

Kinder Morgan Foundation Grants   

Purpose: To help today’s science, math and music students become the engineers, educators and musicians who will support our diverse communities for many years to come.  To accomplish this goal, we fund programs that promote the academic and artistic interests of young people in the many cities and towns across North America where Kinder Morgan operates.  This grant is for program support only.  The focus areas are:  academic programs, including tutoring and arts education programs.

Funder:  The Kinder Morgan Foundation.

Applicant:  K-12 public and private schools and nonprofit organizations in the United States with a 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service.  Schools must be in an area where Kinder Morgan has operations and they do have a facility in Concord. 

Amount: Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Deadline: November 10, 2018.  The deadlines are the 10th of every other month beginning in January.  Applications postmarked on or before a deadline will be accepted.  You will be notified of the board’s decision 60 to 90 days after it is received.

http://www.kindermorgan.com/pages/community/km_foundation_guidelines.aspx

 

 

2019 Budding Botanist Grant 

Purpose:   To support programs to teach respect for the environment and protect nature through the preservation of plant species and biodiversity.  This grant will help our youngest citizens learn about plants, explore their world and inspire them to take care of the life they discover in their local ecosystems.

Funder: Kids Gardening and Klorane Botanical Foundation.

Applicant: Any Title I public or charter school in the United States.  Applicants must be planning a new or expanding an existing school garden designed to teach student about environmental sustainability and the importance of biodiversity.

Amount: Each grant recipient will receive a package of tools and educational materials valued at $500 along with a check for $2,500 to spend on the materials needed to install a new or expand an existing school garden.  In addition to the award packages, grant recipients will become members of the KidsGardening Fellows Program receiving opportunities to promote their programs, network with other grant winners, and seek personalized guidance from KidsGardening education specialists.  Grant winners must be willing to host a garden celebration planned with the help of KidsGardening and the Klorane Foundation between March and June of 2019.  Winners must be open to hosting guest from local media outlets at these events.  They must also distribute and collect media release forms for all participating students.

Deadline: November 19, 2018.

https://kidsgardeninggrants.limequery.org/696572?lang=en

 

2018-19 Sixt Rent a Car Scholars Program  NEW!  

Purpose: To assist high school students who plan to continue their education in college.  Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.  Winners to be chosen based on merit, extracurricular activities, and financial need. Funder: Sixt Rent a Car.

Applicant: High school seniors graduating in 2019.  Must have a minimum 3.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale and plan to enroll in a full time 2 or 4 year university.

Amount: Five $5,000 scholarships will be awarded and the first 500 valid applicants will be considered.  This is program is available nationwide.

Deadline: November 30, 2018.

https://www.sixt.com/sixt-scholars/

 

Happy Hands Contest  NEW!

Purpose: To give schools the tools to make hand hygiene fun and to educate students about the importance of hand washing, while also allowing them to express their artistic sides through the creation of an original design for a hand soap or sanitizer dispenser. 

Funder: SC Johnson Company (formerly Deb Group, Inc.)

Applicant: Students in grades K-12. 

Amount: This year the first 50 teachers to submit 15 or more student’s designs will receive a bounty of SC Johnson professional products.  The grand prize is a $300 gift card for each winning student, a $750 donation to the school and up to 500 dispensers with the winning design.

Deadline: Student designs need to be submitted by November 30, 2018.  Finalists are chosen and open voting to the public starts February 2, 2019.  The official announcement of all grand prize winners will be made in April 2019.

https://www.debgroup.com/us/happy-hands

 

 

Our American Story Student Contest 

Purpose: To foster creativity, cooperative learning, critical examination, and discussion among the country’s next generation of leaders.  Students are encouraged to submit entries that respond to one of three video prompts and explore 2019 commemoration themes of Democracy, Diversity and Opportunity.

Funder: American Evolution.

Applicant: Students in grades 8-12.  To enter, students are asked to work in teams to develop and submit entries in a variety of formats, including theatrical interpretations, musical performances, dance pieces, fiction or non-fiction videos, documentaries, visual arts, performance arts, animation, spoken word, multimedia projects, podcasts, and social media campaigns.  Prompts and discussion themes are provided.

Amount: A grand prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the winning team’s affiliated school or association, and 10 iPad minis will be distributed to members of the winning student team.  Category theme winners will receive $2,000 for their affiliated school or association, and $50 Amazon gift cards will be awarded to student team members.

Deadline: November 30, 2018.

www.americanevolution2019.com/education/ouramericanstory

 

2019 Jane Ortner Education Award 

Purpose: To celebrate K-12 educators who integrate music into English language arts, social studies, science, math and/or a foreign language. 

Funder:  The Grammy Museum.

Applicant: K-12 educators who teach English, Language Arts, social studies, science, math, and/or a foreign language.

Amount: The winner receives a $3,000 honorarium, a $1,000 grant awarded to their school and two tickets to the annual Grammy awards, plus travel and accommodations. 

Deadline: December 1, 2018.

https://www.grammymuseum.org/janeortnereducationaward

 

Social Media in the Classroom Grant  NEW!

Purpose: To learn how teachers use social media to enhance the learning experiences of their students.  There are two ways to enter:  1.) Write a 3-page, 800 to 1000 word essay or 2.)  Create a 2-3 minute video in English. 

Funder:  Frontier Communications.

Applicant:  All applicants must be actively employed full-time as a K-12 teacher at an elementary, middle or high school in the United States.  The school must appear in the National Center for Education Statistics database.

Amount:  Two winners will be chosen and receive a prize of $1,000 each to use in their classrooms. 

Deadline: December 3, 2018 by 11:50pm eastern standard time. (EST)

https://internet.frontier.com/resources/grantsscholarships/social-media-in-the-classroom-grant/

 

2018-19 Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program  NEW!

Purpose:   To honor student-athletes who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills in sports, in their schools, and within their communities. 

Funder: Foot Locker Foundation.

Applicant: The applicant must:  be a current high school senior entering a four-year, accredited U.S.  college or university in the fall of 2019;  be currently a member (in good standing) of a high school sports team or be involved in after-school sports. (e.g. intramurals, martial arts, etc.); have maintained an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher from 9th grade to the first semester of 12th grade; and be a United States citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident.  The applicant must embody good sportsmanship and strong moral character; Be passionate and committed to empowering the community in which he/she lives; Be confident and enthusiastic about being a leader; Display academic excellence; Be diverse; and Be Foot Locker Scholar Athletes material. (proactive and highly motivated, inspiring and charismatic, honest and trustworthy, genuine; strong and courageous)

Amount: Twenty (20) Foot Locker Scholar Athletes will each receive $20,000 in college scholarships.

Deadline: December 14, 2018.

https://footlockerscholarathletes.com/about#eligibility

 

 

2019 Youth Garden Grant 

Purpose:   To support school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities.

Funder: Kids Gardening.org with various sponsors.

Applicant: Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or U.S. Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18.  The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability. 

Amount: A total of 25 programs will be awarded.  The top 5 programs will receive award packages valued at $2,100 that include a $1,000 case prize and a variety of gardening tools and supplies.  20 programs will receive award packages valued at $500 that include a variety of gardening tools and supplies.

Deadline: December 17, 2018.

https://kidsgardening.org/2019-youth-garden-grant/

 

 

Shell Science Lab Challenge 

Purpose: To recognize outstanding middle and high school programs for their exemplary approaches to science lab instruction utilizing limited school and laboratory resources, and raise awareness and exposure of the outstanding work being done in the science education field.  The challenge will showcase the work of teachers, representing their schools, who submit innovative, replicable strategies to deliver quality lab experiences with limited equipment/resources, and award teachers/schools with additional tools, resources, and rich professional development opportunities needed to support high-quality science teaching and strengthen their existing capabilities.

Funder:  Shell Oil Company and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Applicant:  Individual teachers or teams of teachers of science in grades 6-12, in the United States and Canada, representing their schools.  A teacher is limited to one application per year whether submitting as an individual or team applicant.  A school may submit an unlimited number of applications.

Amount: One grand prize winning school will receive a lab makeover support package valued at $20,000.  Four national finalist schools will each receive a lab makeover support package valued at $8,500.  18 district winner schools will each receive a lab makeover support package valued at $3,000.  Prizes include Shell cash grants, NSTA memberships, NSTA Learning Center subscriptions, support to attend NSTA Conferences on Science Education, and donated science lab equipment.

Deadline: December 21, 2018.

http://static.nsta.org/pdfs/ShellLabChallenge.pdf

 

Classics for Kids Foundation Matching Grants for Stringed Instruments 

Purpose: To enhance school and community youth music programs in need by providing matching grants for new, high-quality stringed instruments such as violins, violas, and cellos.  Funder: Classics for Kids Foundation

Applicant: Public, private, or charter schools serving grades K-12.

Amount: Grants vary based on the number of instruments requested.  A proposed grant of $5,750 (to be matched dollar for dollar) would purchase 20 stringed instruments.  (12 violins and 8 cellos)

Deadline: Applications are accepted quarterly, with deadlines December 31, March 31, June 30 September 30, annually.

http://classicsforkids.org/apply-for-a-grant/

 

American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Shade Structure Grant Program 

Purpose: To provide funding for the installation of permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces.

Funder: The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

Applicant: Must be a nonprofit organization or a public school that provides services, programs, and curricula to children and teenagers who are 18 and younger.  Must be recommended by an AAD member.

Amount: Up to $8,000.  This can include the cost of the structure and its installation.

Deadline: December 31, 2018.

www.aad.org/members/volunteer/shade-structure-program

 

 

The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grant Program 

Purpose:  To support volunteer efforts that improve the physical health of your neighborhood and community by creating a healthier, more stable environment where families can thrive.  Repairs, refurbishments and modifications to specific to ADA compliance or safety regulations to low-income and/or transitional housing, or community facilities (schools, community centers, senior centers, etc.) will be considered.  Grants must support work completed by community volunteers.  The focus is on serving veterans within local communities.  If your focus is not veterans then is your organization providing support for diverse and underserved communities?

Funder: The Home Depot Foundation

Applicant: Public schools, registered 501(c)(3)nonprofit organizations or tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S.  If you are a school, please use the link for “Government Funded Organizations.” 

Amount: Grants up to $5,000.  Grants are given in the form of Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services and are required to be complete within six months of approval date.

Deadline: December 31, 2018.  You will receive a decision via email 4-6 weeks after submission. 

https://corporate.homedepot.com/grants/community-impact-grants

 

Walmart Community Grant Program       

Purpose: To provide support in the areas of:  hunger relief and healthy eating, health and human service, quality of  life, education, community and economic development, diversity and inclusion, public safety and environmental sustainability.

Funder: Walmart Foundation.

Applicant: Nonprofit organizations and K-12 public and private schools, charter schools, community and junior colleges, state/private colleges, and universities.  Funds must benefit the facility’s service area.  Potential grantees should have programs that benefit communities within the service area of the Walmart store, Sam’s Club or Logistics facility from which they are requesting funds.

Amount:  Grants range from $250 - $2,500. 

Deadline: December 31, 2018.

http://giving.walmart.com/walmart-foundation/community-grant-program

 

Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) Grants 

Purpose:   To promote and enhance youth participation in baseball and softball and to address the unique needs of each community.  Grants are intended to provide funding for incremental programming and facilities for youth baseball and softball programs, not for normal operating expenses or as a substitute for existing funding or fundraising activities.  The funds may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or necessary equipment.

Funder: Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Applicant: Tax-exempt organizations (i.e. municipalities, school districts) and 501(c)(3) organizations involved in youth baseball and/or softball.

Amount: The amount varies by project, but the average grant amount is approximately $40,000.  BTF carefully considers the case and in-kind funding that has been secured and committed toward a project.  Generally, at least 50% of the total cost of the project should be committed by other sources of funding; however, the higher the ratio of matching funds, the better chance the application will be successful.

Deadline:  January 2, 2019.

http://www.mlbcommunity.org/programs/baseball_tomorrow_fund.jsp?content=about

 

The Michael Davis Music is Revolution Mini-Grant   

Purpose: To implement, support and/or improve teachers’ abilities to provide quality education for their students.  Funds may be used for supplies, materials, equipment, transportation for a field trip and/or to bring a performer or musical group to the school. 

Funder: The Music is Revolution Foundation

Applicant: Public school teachers of children in grades K-12.  Students and/or parents may participate in the writing of the application.

Amount: Up to $500.

Deadline:  January 15, April 15 and October 15, annually.

http://www.musicisrevolution.com/teachers

 

 

Les Paul Music Grants 

Purpose: To support music-focused activities.   The foundation makes grants for music, music engineering, and sound programs for youth; medical research; programs related to hearing impairment; and public exhibits.  Previous grants were used to fund music camps, music and hearing programs and classroom projects.

Funder:  The Les Paul Foundation.

Applicant: Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations.   

Amount: Awards vary.

Deadline:  January 15 and September 15 annually.

https://www.lespaulfoundation.org/programs/

 

Junior ROTC Program Grants 

Purpose: To promote aerospace education throughout classrooms and units.  This is an opportunity to enhance your students’ ideas on how aerospace plays a prominent role in today’s and tomorrow’s society.

Funder: Air Force Association.

Applicant: Aerospace science instructors in K-12 classrooms.

Amount: Grants up to $250.

Deadline: Grants are issued Air Force twice a year.  February 10 and October 10.

http://www.afa.org/informationfor/teachers/k12grants/airforcejuniorrotcgrant

 

 

Association of American Educators (AAE) Classroom Grants 

Purpose:  Classroom grants can be used for a variety of projects and materials, including, but not limited to books, software, calculators, math manipulatives, art supplies, audio-visual equipment, and lab materials.  Funds must be used within one year of the application deadline.

Funder: Association of American Educators. (AAE)

Applicant: Grants are available to full-time educators at public, private, other (homeschool, 501(c)(3) organizations) who have not received a scholarship or grant from AAE in the previous three grant cycles. Grants are competitive and AAE members receive additional weight in the scoring rubric.

Amount: Up to $500.

Deadline:  March 1and October 1, annually.

http://www.aaeteachers.org/index.php/classroom-grant-application

 

Carton 2 Garden Contest 

Purpose:   To show us your students’ creativity by re-purposing milk and juice cartons from your school cafeteria to either build or enhance your school garden.  Educators can engage students in a hands-on experience creating teachable moments on environmental stewardship, sustainable packaging and healthy living.  All carton creations will be judged on the best use of cartons in the garden.  This contest provides the opportunity for collaboration and partnership within your school and throughout your community, and your entry will be given extra points for these efforts.  Examples:  Coordinating a field trip with your dairy processor, delivering educational materials from your juice processor, partnering on your project with your Food Service personnel, collaborating with local farmers, etc.

Funder: Kidsgardening.org and Evergreen Packaging.

Applicant: Any school (public, private, or charter) grades PreK-12.  Your school does not need a garden to participate.

Amount: Fifteen (15) schools with the most unique carton creation will be selected.  One grand prize winner will receive a grand prize, valued at $5,000.  Four winners will win specialty prizes (Carton Art in the Garden, Environmental Stewardship, Health & Nutrition, and STEM), valued at $2,000.  Ten (10) schools – five (5) elementary and five (5) middle/high – will win prizes valued at $1,000.

Deadline: March 25, 2019.

http://carton2garden.com/

 

National Education Association (NEA) Student Achievement Grants 

Purpose:  To help educators take the lead on a wide range of projects to improve student learning.  Funding may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence.  The foundation gives preference to projects that incorporate STEM and/or global learning.  It also strongly encourages education support professionals to apply for funding in any area.

Funder: The NEA Foundation

Applicant: Any practicing United States teacher, counselor, or education support professional employed by a public school, including public higher education institutions.  Applicants must be current members of the NEA.

Amount: Grants are awarded in amounts of $2,000 and $5,000.  

Deadlines:   June 1, 2019

https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/student-achievement-grants/

 

National Education Association (NEA) Learning & Leadership Grants 

Purpose:  To support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes:  Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.  All professional development must improve practice, curriculum and student achievement. The foundation gives preference to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global competence in their projects.

Funder: The NEA Foundation

Applicant:  Grants are available to current members of the National Education Association who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. We especially encourage education support professionals to apply.  Education support professionals can be classified as: para-educators, school bus drivers, maintenance and custodial staff, food services staff, school nurses and student services workers, clerical and office assistants, school security officers, and technicians.

Amount: Grant amount are $2,000 and $5,000.  The $2,000 grant amount is for individuals and $5,000 is for groups engaged in collegial study.  Grant funds can be used for travel, room, meals, registration fees, materials, etc. for individual grants. For group grants, funds can be used for educator stipends, substitute fees, materials, travel, meals, etc.  Grant funds cannot be used to pay indirect costs, grant administration fees, salaries, conference fees for more than one person, or lobbying or religious purposes.

Deadlines:  June 1, 2019.

https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/learning-and-leadership-grants/

 

 

The Rite Aid Foundation 

Purpose: To support and fund programs that focus on health and wellness in the communities in which Rite Aid operates.  To help people in the community Rite Aid serves lead happier, healthier lives.

Funder: The Rite Aid Foundation

Applicant: Nonprofit organizations.

Amount: Varies.

Deadline:  July 1 and October 1.  The committee reviews proposals as soon as possible after the deadline.  The goal is to review and respond to all correctly submitted applications within 60 to 90 days of arrival in their office.

http://www.riteaid.com/company/community/foundation.jsf

 

 

 

 

RESOURCES

 

National Gardening Association (NGA) Not-a-Raffle Raffle Program  

The program allows participants to earn acorns to trade in for raffle tickets.  Acorns are earned by posting on the NGA’s website.  Prizes include plants, seeds, gift cards, and other merchandise.  Raffles are held monthly.

https://garden.org/ideas/view/dave/2827/The-March-2018-Not-A-Raffle-Raffle

 

Interactive, On-Demand Algebra Tutorials 

Designed by Benciti Technology, the Algebra on Nudge app for iOS and Android presents interactive, on-demand algebra tutorials that include practice problems for students in grades 6–9 to attempt to solve on their mobile devices. The tutorials “nudge” students toward the solution to an algebra problem one step at a time. When they get stuck, students can ask for a hint or a demonstration of how to solve the problem. Nudge also shows students where they made mistakes in coming up with their solution. Students can practice, learn, and master linear equations using the Nudge algebra app. The app chooses interactions that best suit a topic and provides visual cues designed to reinforce concepts. With intuitive gestures and resulting visual transformations, Nudge provides a unique sensory learning experience for an abstract topic such as algebra. Solutions are worked out to look like handwritten answers. Teachers can view reports that provide comprehensive feedback, including ratings for each concept that is practiced and applied. Cost: Free

 

Course Hero 

Course Hero announced the release of over 200 literature study guides and infographics with detailed analyses on some of the most taught literature books in high school and college.  Each study guide includes an infographic, a character and plot diagram, a timeline highlighting key events, and more.  The guides also feature historical and literary context to help students recognize the complex themes and symbolism in each work.  The Course Hero literature guides and infographics are free for students and educators to browse, download and share.

www.coursehero.com/lit

 

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a new initiative to teach kids in grades 3-7 how to identify hazardous products and the way recalls work.  The outreach offers free materials and lesson plans to teachers and youth community leaders.  Once kids complete the program activities, they earn a Consumer Protection Safety All-Star certificate.

http://ymiclassroom.com/lesson-plans/cpsc

 

 

MassMutual Foundation 

The MassMutual Foundation, Inc. announced the launch of a new digital financial education curriculum as part of its FutureSmart program.  The curriculum, which is geared toward middle school students, is offered for free to schools.  It is offered in English and Spanish.

http://futuresmart.massmutual.com

 

Junior Achievement USA 

Junior Achievement USA announced the launch of a new interactive web experience called JA My Way.  The free experience is an online destination for teens to learn about careers, starting a business, and managing money.  It combines games, rewards, information, and social media to help teens explore these topics in a fun and exciting way.

www.jamyway.org

 

Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative 

The Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Program Office announced the launch of the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative.  The initiative is a new program designed for K-6 students to educate them on the importance of online safety and top equip them with skills to protect themselves on the internet.  The program includes several interactive modules designed to excite K-6 students about computers and teach them basic practices for staying safe online.  Participation in the initiative is free for schools and organizations utilizing the digital copy of the program.

http://uscyberpatriot.org/special-initiatives/elementary-school-cyber-education-initiative/escei-overview

 

Science Fair Central 

Scotch Brand Products and Discovery Education offer a website that supports educators, parents, and young scientists as they embrace one of the school year’s greatest opportunities for project-based learning:  the science fair.  Featuring comprehensive free resources, Scotch Science Fair Central provides clear guidance to teachers and science fair leaders on how to help students capture the spirit of innovation as they plan, complete and present a successful science fair project.

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral/

 

The U.S. Department of Education & the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards  

These two groups announced the launch of a new online community titled Commit to Lead.  The community invites educators to post quick ideas (under 300 words) that advance teacher leadership in their schools, districts, or states to address a pressing problem in education and improve student outcomes.  ED hopes that the community will allow the most talked about ideas to rise to the top so they can gain traction and prominence in the field.

www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/new-online-community-sees-crowdsource-teachers-leadership-improve-education.

 

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Teacher Rewards Discount Card  

Teachers can sign up for a Rewards Discount Card.  The card can be used to receive 15% off purchases.  Eligibility is limited to current K-12 public, private, and parochial school teachers; higher education learning institution instructors; authorized home school teachers; and current credentialed, licensed or certified child care providers.

http://www.joann.com/teacherrewards/

 

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)  

Interested educators or school districts can sign up on the website for free and receive access to lesson plans to help equip students for ongoing paths of inquiry and engage them deeply in STEM subjects and “On Station” communication from CASIS, which includes the most up-to-date news about research on the International Space Station National Laboratory.

www.iss-casis.org/education.aspx

 

Disneynature   

Disneynature offers educators a free Bears Educator’s Guide that includes nearly 100 pages of lessons and activities targeted to grades 2-6.  The lessons are aligned to next generation science standards, National Science Standards, and Common Core language arts and math standards.  Educators can download the guide from the website.

http://nature.disney.com/bears/educators-guide

 

Discount Two-Way Radio 

Discount Two-Way Radio announced the release of the Emergency School Planning Guide.  The guide, which is offered free of use, seeks to help campus security administrators protect children during lockdowns, natural disasters, and violent crimes.  It offers 50 pages of guidelines and can be downloaded from their website.

www2.discounttwo-wayradio.com/l/7092/2011-06-08/5RZ9

 

Project Taste Test Initiative

The Project Taste Test Initiative was launched by The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to showcase career opportunities in the food service sector.  The initiative is an ongoing video series that features leading industry executives and give advice to ProStart students seeking a food service career.  In addition to the videos, educators have access to in-classroom discussion and activity guides.

www.restaurant.org/News-Research/News/ProStart-Project-Taste-Test-program-makes-debut

 

Elmer’s Products, Inc. 

Elmer’s announced the release of a new teaching resource to help teachers familiarize students with the properties of common adhesives and the science of polymers in a fun and creative way.  The resource, The World of Glue:  An Inquiry-Based Investigation of Adhesives is geared toward K-5 students.  The resource materials feature a 22-page plan, including activity instructions, discussion questions and handouts.

 

IBM 

IBM launched an array of programs and resources to help students and IT professionals develop new technology skills and prepare for jobs of the future.  The initiative includes new training courses and resource for IT professionals, technology and curriculum materials for educators, and expanded programs to directly engage students with real-world business challenges.

www-03.ibm.com/ibm/university/academic/pub/page/academic_initiative

 

Curiosity in the Classroom   

This is an interactive, educational tool from Discovery Education and the Intel Corporation which contains cutting-edge curriculum examining topics such as artificial intelligence, communications, computers, nanotechnology, and robotics.  The updated site now features new topics, integrated into multidisciplinary lesson plans and activities for English/Language Arts and World History to make real world connections to STEM topics, and help students gain essential problem-solving skills.

http://corporate.discovery.com/blog/tag/curiosity-in-the-classroom/

 

The Union Pacific Railroad New Teacher’s Resource Kit 

To help students learn the history of America’s first transcontinental railroad.  The free kit will help educators meet national standards for history and social studies course for grades 3-8.  www.uprr.com/software/survey/ssl/150teacherkits.cfm

 

Nature Works Everywhere   

The Nature Conservancy and Discovery Education launched Nature Works Everywhere, an online resource designed to help students learn the science behind how nature helps our everyday existence and the importance of environmental conversation.  The website provides middle school teachers, students, and families with free tools and resources to explore and understand nature, which include videos, interactive lesson plans, and an interactive game.

www.natureworkseverywhere.org

 

Teach STEMNow.com   

Tormach LLC announced the launch of TeachSTEMNow.com, an n online resource that promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics in education.  The website, which places emphasis on manufacturing technologies and real-world shop skills, offers lesson plans that can be readily implemented into classroom curriculum, and also contains STEM-related articles and editorials, and teaching tips and ideas.

www.teachstemnow.com

 

Thinkfinity 

Thinkfinity is Verizon’s keynote vehicle for delivering powerful education and literacy tools to teachers, librarians, students, parents and nonprofits.  It’s designed to improve learning and student achievement in traditional settings and beyond the classroom.

http://www.thinkfinity.org/welcome

 

California Coastal Commission 

The “For Educators” page has detailed information and links to many free resources.

http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/directory/educate.html

 

4imprint onebyone Donations

Provides promotional products to help organizations spread the word, recruit volunteers, thank donors, offer comfort to someone in need, or in some other turn one thing into something much more.  In-kind donations of $500 are awarded each business day.  Applications are due be two months before the proposed event.  See website for online contact form.

http://onebyone.4imprint.com/default.aspx

 

Stop Bullying Now 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) offers a website on bullying for kids.  The site defines bullying and describes ways in which kids can stop or prevent bullying from occurring.  The definition includes cyber-bullying, and describes specific ways in which some children use e-mail, social networking or texting to bully other children.  An adult page on the site provides in-depth information and resources on bullying for parents, teachers, coaches, and other adults in contact with youth.  For more information, visit http://www.stopbullying.gov/

 

Howtosmile.org 

Launched by the University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, Howtosmile.org, is an online collection of thousands of hands-on, interactive science and math activities dedicated to making learning exciting and engaging for everyone.  All the activities at the site are free and there is no subscription required.  The website brings together a consortium of science museums across the country to empower educators working with school-aged children in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

http://howtosmile.org/

 

www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/index.html 

The Educational Materials section at NASA’s website has available classroom activities, teacher guides, posters, and other educational materials. 

 

www.ebmud.com/for-teachers

Your resource for student workbooks and teacher guides, events, contests, grants, outdoor education program and community resources for teachers.  Printed copies of “Currents” and paper order forms will no longer be mailed to schools.  Order your EBMUD classroom materials online! 

 

VSP’s Sight for Students Program

This program offers free eye exams and glasses for students who are from low-income families and uninsured.  To find out more about whether there are VSP partners available and participating in this program near your school, visit their website at http://www.sightforstudents.org/

 

www.hp.com/hpinfo/grants/us/programs/techloop.html  Educational resources for grades 4 through 6 on technology and the environment.

 

www.digitalwish.com

 

https://www.healthiergeneration.org/

 

http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/

 

www.AdoptAClassroom.org

 

www.classroomwishlist.org

 

www.DonorsChoose.org

 

http://givv.org/recipients/i-love-schools-inc

 

www.healthinschools.org

 

http://www.afterschoolnetwork.org/

 

http://www.edweek.org

 

http://www.eschoolnews.com

 

Shopping Online Can Increase Your Classroom Funding

BuyToTeach.com exists to increase the resources available to education. It is a new, exciting and simple concept that partners with schools or classrooms to re-direct the commissions paid when shoppers make online purchases. This partnership will provide cash contributions to your school or classroom for every purchase made in your BuyToTeach Mall. For more information, go to www.buytoteach.com/BTTHome.aspx.

 

 

*Please email robertss@mdusd.org to share your success stories about any of the resources and/or grants you receive.