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: 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 5: The date set for World Read Aloud Day. It has become an opportunity for people all around the globe to celebrate the joy of reading aloud, and advocate for literacy as a fundamental human right that belongs to everyone. Over the last ten years, World Read Aloud Day has evolved into a global movement of millions of readers, writers, and listeners from communities all across the world coming together to honor the joy and power of reading and sharing stories, and continue expanding the definition and scope of global literacy. Learn more about it here and register to participate today!
February 7: Date set for the 2020 Oklahoma Environmental Education Expo at the OKC Zoo.
February 11-12: Dates set for the FREE DigCitCommit Coalition's Virtual Congress. When you and your students join the DigCitCommit community for this free online event, you’ll be connected to the global movement that’s redefining digital citizenship and spotlighting the do’s of digital engagement.
February 12: Submission deadline for the Davidson Fellows Scholarship, which awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work.
February 13: Submission deadline for the National Book Foundation's Innovations in Reading $10K prize. Applicants will be accepted from individuals and institutions that demonstrate a commitment to literature and the promotion of reading for its own sake. Key criteria include creativity, risk-taking, and a visionary quality, as well as a novel way of presenting books and literature. Priority will be given to applicants who have developed interdisciplinary approaches and incorporate innovative thinking with respect to design, technology, social change, social entrepreneurship or other fields into their approach.
February 14: Application deadline for a drone research experience through the University of Tulsa. Teachers will be guided by TU faculty and students to use science, math and engineering concepts inherent in the design, construction and applications of unmanned aerial systems.
February 16: Submission deadline for the Snapdragon Book Foundation Grant. Grant funds can range from $2,500 to $10,000 and may be used to purchase books that will be used repeatedly by school-aged children through classroom or school libraries, for processing or cataloguing fees from book vendors, reference materials for use by students and magazine or newspaper subscriptions.
February 23: Submission deadline for the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum 19th annual student essay contest. Cash prizes are given to those who place 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The topics and more details are available on the essay contest website.
February 24: Date set for History is Relevant teacher workshop at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. Teachers will learn skills to help students process tragedies, give them the tools to speak about these events in a healing way and learn new ways to practice difficult conversations in the classroom. This event is free but limited to 1 teacher per school.
March 1: Nomination deadline for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching. This year's awards will honor science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science teachers working in grades K-6.
March 1: Submission deadline for the Scholastic Scope Write-a-Story contest. Famous author Jennifer A. Nielsen wrote three first lines to stories that don’t exist. Have your students choose their favorite line and turn it into a fantastic work of fiction. The winner, the winner's teacher and the winner's class will all receive a prize!
March 1: Submission deadline for the Association of American Educators (AAE) classroom grants. Grants of up to $500 can help Oklahoma educators purchase art supplies and more for their classrooms.
March 2: Submission deadline for the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards. Through this program, Penguin Random House will award college scholarships of up to $10,000 each to five U.S. high school seniors, nationwide. NOTE: They will only accept the first 900 applications.
March 2: Submission deadline for the State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence. This special recognition is given to high school juniors and seniors who meet certain criteria. In addition, we recognize fine arts educators, school administrators, and school boards who exhibit leadership, support quality arts education and demand academic excellence in Oklahoma schools.
March 2: Submission deadline for the 30th Annual State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence. This special recognition is given to high school juniors and seniors who meet certain criteria.
March 3: Application deadline for the Student, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Grant Program. This grant is designed to improve school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to and help prevent acts of violence.
March 11: Application deadline for the OK Writing Project Summer Institute. Twelve outstanding teachers will be selected to attend the Institute to be held at the Moore-Norman Technology Center in Norman.
March 12: Application deadline for Lockheed Martin's STEM scholarships. They award scholarships of $10,000 per student – renewable each year. The program will continue to add up to 200 new recipients each year and will be open to individuals studying engineering or computer science who demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or underserved communities.
March 15: Application deadline for the Book Love Foundation's classroom library grant. The Foundation provides classroom libraries comprised of hundreds of books carefully chosen to meet teenagers where they are and lead them to the deep rewards of reading. They put those books into the hands of teachers who demonstrate a commitment to rich reading lives for all students.
March 24: End of the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. They're inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then — with the help of a teacher — compete for a chance to win the grand prize and have your work appear on NPR.
May 1: Application deadline for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching. Any K-6 science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science teacher in grades K-6 can apply.
If you’re spending any of your summer time to learn and develop new skills, I have some excellent news for you! We have a new free course available courtesy of Odysseyware. I had the pleasure of being part of the Odysseyware Advisory Council this past year. It was a great experience, and I was so happy to be able to share feedback from our member schools with their team.
A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.
I recently participated in a webinar for school attorneys on the topic of how we can better serve and protect our immigrant student population in light of policy changes under the current presidential administration.