Ongoing: Students aged 13-19 have the opportunity to submit their creative writing, art and photos to TeenInk Magazine. Click here for the full list of guidelines.
Ongoing: We are Teachers compiles a list of various grants and contests. Check back regularly!
Ongoing: The Sony Corporation focuses the majority of its charitable giving on arts, culture, technology and the environment, with a particular emphasis on education in each of those areas. While support in other areas may also be considered, the company seeks to apply its financial, technological and human resources to the encouragement of the creative, artistic, technical and scientific skills required of tomorrow's workforce. If your school has a program for which you would like to ask for financial assistance, click here for details on requirements.
Ongoing: SparkFun welcomes makers of all ages & skill levels to apply to become a SparkFun Community Partner. Starting January 2017, SparkFun will award selected applicants on a monthly basis with a sponsorship package that meets the need of their club or organization. In exchange for support through the donation of hardware, expertise, or money, SparkFun’s community partners provide content for SparkFun’s channels to share their stories with the maker community at large.
Various: The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has a host of scholarship opportunities for high school students. Visit their Opportunities page to find ones that might be applicable to your students!
Various: Newspapers in Education has created a variety of student-focused contests. Students who enter into any of the contests will automatically be entered to receive a $250.00 Visa gift card.
Various: The Oklahoma State Dept. of Education has compiled a list of writing contests--state, national and international.
Ongoing: Check out the Oklahoma Education Needs/Donations Facebook group where teachers post their classroom needs, and a donor will ship the teacher's request straight to his or her school. Over the past two years, at least 500 teachers from all over Oklahoma have received donations, and there are now almost 30,000 group members!
August 23: Application deadline for the Flight Night Science of Flight scholarship for STEM professional development. This grant must be used to fund STEM-related professional development opportunities. Each applicant must demonstrate excellence in STEM education through curriculum development, student work and a letter of support from an administrator.
August 23: Application deadline for Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance's grant funding opportunity to provide free after-school programs in the Tulsa metro area that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math.
August 30: Submission deadline for the Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood grant, which supports innovative, creative projects and programs designed to significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education and/or quality of life of children from infancy through 5 years. The foundation provides funding in the areas of early childhood welfare, early childhood education and play and parenting education.
August 31: Application deadline for the 2021 Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year recognition. The OSDE will name the selected teacher in February 2021.
September 14: Entry deadline for the I, Too, Am the Dream contest, which asks students to create an inclusive and evolving vision of opportunity and access and to drive a bold national conversation about how to advance and grow the American dream--now and into the future. They'll have a shot at winning $5,000.
September 30: Submission deadline for the Tina B. Carver Fund. Grants are available for funding the purchase of student classroom learning materials and/or teacher-related materials (e.g., ancillary materials that can be used in conjunction with textbooks or other instruction materials) to support adult ESL education programs in the United States.
October 1: Submission deadline for the Karma for Cara Foundation Youth Service Project Grants of up to $1,000, which will be awarded to youth age 18 and under for service projects within their communities.
October 8: Submission deadline for the $600,000 Rural Technology Project challenge to advance rural technology education and prepare students for today's and tomorrow's careers. The USDE invites high schools and local educational agencies to propose technology education programs that use competency-based distance learning.
October 26: Due to COVID-19, the application deadline for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching has been extended. Any K-6 science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science teacher in grades K-6 can apply.
November 1: Submission deadline for the Flight Night Science of Flight classroom grant. This grant must be used to purchase supplies to support STEM experiences in the classroom.
December 15: Submission deadline for the ALDI Smart Kids Program. They are dedicated to supporting the health and wellness of the children in ALDI communities. They do this by supporting local community organizations that encourage kids to be active in the areas of education, physical activity, nutrition, socializing and the arts. Their support ranges from monetary donations to ALDI gift cards.
The crew here at OPSRC is always searching for ways to help schools save on their expenses, an especially critical need right now.
When I talk to school leaders about how powerful a tool social media can be for engaging parents and their communities at large, common responses I hear are that they don’t want to open themselves up for even more criticism and that social media is more trouble than it’s worth.
January is the month of reflections, resolutions and change. Company executives are currently meeting, outlining plans for 2018, hoping their decisions improve the future direction of the company.
We all have those people who say, ‘Well, back in my day…’ and then begin to tell you how it was in the good old days or the bad old days. We are working in a unique time and place in Oklahoma history; I believe we have probably seen more changes to budget allocations in the past three years than probably in any three-year period of history. This has truly been a wild ride and not in a fun way.