Ongoing: Edutopia's Big List of Educational Grants and Resources. This list is also updated weekly, so make sure you check back regularly for new additions.
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!
February 8: Project entry deadline for the Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association's 27th annual ExploraVision program, which tasks students to use problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork to imagine solutions to real-life issues. Participants will have a chance to win a number of prizes, including $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds (at maturity).
February 8: Science Museum Oklahoma is hosting a special sensory-sensitive family night out. Their Late Nite Lab will feature all the fun of the museum with a quieter environment. Learn candle making, explore animation, or just enjoy an evening exploring the museum after dark. To make the evening enjoyable for people with sensory sensitivity, the museum is taking steps to minimize overstimulation. Lights in some areas will be dimmed, loud and potentially startling exhibits will be turned off or altered, atmospheric noises will be dampened or eliminated and live shows will be tailored to reduce noise and extreme motions.
February 15: Teachers have the opportunity to earn an $8,000 stipend and $2,000 in classroom materials as they work with University of Tulsa faculty's National Science Foundation Drone Research Experience to learn how to integrate drones in the classroom.
February 15: Submission deadline for the 2019 Vernier Engineering Contest, which recognizes one educator who innovatively uses Vernier sensors to introduce engineering concepts or engineering practices to his or her students. The award will consist of $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier technology, and $1,500 toward expenses to attend either the NSTA STEM conference or the ASEE conference. One award will be given to a middle school, high school, or college instructor.
February 28: Date set for the OU College of Pharmacy's Future Pharmacist Preview Day. Register early, as only the first 75 students (grades 6-12) will be accepted.
March 1: Deadline to nominate a deserving secondary teacher in your district to win $10,000 and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Anyone–principals, teachers, parents, students, business leaders or community members–can nominate exceptional mathematics or science teachers in grades 7-12. Teachers may also apply directly.
March 1: Deadline to nominate high school juniors and seniors who have achieved artistic and academic excellence for the 2019 State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence. Awards also recognize school board members, administrators and fine arts educators who have exhibited leadership and supported quality arts education in Oklahoma.
March 8: Submission deadline for the Library of Congress Literacy Awards. These awards honor nonprofit organizations (including public schools) that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in the United States or abroad. Many cash prizes are awarded.
June 21: Deadline submission for Crayola's Creative Leadership grants, which provide funding for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. Submit your application for the opportunity to receive a grant to help build your school's creative capacity. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000 (Note: principal must be a member of NAESP).
It’s news to no one that our public schools face enormous challenges in virtually every area of operations, including finances. Oklahoma education funding is one of the lowest in the nation and yet mandates remain, leaving schools without the proper resources to support them.
When we released the June finance report last week, we included a positive set of numbers and facts in it. We see continued recovery in the revenue streams for education, and it does look like we may actually get out of this year without a revenue inconvenience.
Happy 2016!! As I welcome in the new year, I always begin the “cleanse”–going through closets and chunking items I no longer want or that fit, ridding the kitchen cabinets of expired food and actually wiping off the refrigerator shelves (can finally see them after all of the holiday food is out). I know for many this is a time of the 21-day “diet-cleanse,” renewed gym memberships and even the 21-day “financial cleanse.”
As our political process recently played out on both national and state levels, there are even MORE questions surrounding the future of EDUCATION. And while I have to trust priority issues (currently low compensation for educators) will be addressed and effectively dealt with, I thought I would share a recently-posted article by Express Employment Professionals.