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.
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 1: Start date for submissions for the 2021 Sutton Art Award, which recognizes students who demonstrate the ability to communicate current conservation topics in compelling ways. The award is comprised of up to $20,000 in cash which will be distributed to winning student submissions and their instructors as determined by the selection committee.
February 3, 10, 17, 24: Dates set for OPSRC's free, virtual Code.org computer science fundamentals course for K-5 teachers. We'll give you fun and easy strategies to introduce computer science to your students.
February 5: Application deadline for TSET's Healthy Incentive Grants for communities and schools.
February 15: Date set for the OSDE's Awareness to Action: Creating Trauma-Informed Schools Through Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, a one-day, all-virtual summit. This free professional development event will expand upon OSDE's previous trauma summits by offering educators a framework for action.
February 20: Date set for A+ Schools Institute's Teachers Learning Creatively (TLC) event, a new workshop series for Oklahoma educators through the 2020-21 school year via Zoom!
February 21: Submission deadline for the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum's 20th annual student essay contest. Students in grades 5-12 are eligible to participate, and winners will be recognized at a ceremony in March 2021. A list of the winners and their essays will also be posted on the Memorial’s website.
February 26: Entry deadline for the Doodle4Google contest. Students in grades k-12 can participate.
March 1: Application deadline for Oklahoma Farm to School's "Let's Get Growing a School Garden" project, which promotes healthier eating through experiential learning by providing the supplies & tools needed to build & maintain a learning garden.
March 2: Application deadline for the Penguin Random House Writing Awards. This program will award college scholarships of up to $10,000 each to five U.S. high school seniors nationwide.
March 15: Submission deadline for the NPR Student Podcast Challenge for students in grades 5-12. Students can compete for a chance to win NPR's grand prize and have their work appear on NPR. The winning podcast submissions will be featured in segments on Morning Edition or All Things Considered.
April 1: Application deadline for the OKC Zoo's Living Classroom Grant Program, which helps schools create a monarch butterfly garden. Open to all schools in the OKC metro area.
Learn the latest on how oil is affecting gross production taxes.
The Oklahoma school finance picture is still cloudy with a continuing possibility of issues going forward. It is important to remember that as we move into the new fiscal year, we need to remember the lessons of the past year.
I'm talking severe weather season, my friends! We here in Oklahoma know all too well the fear this time of year brings and the devastation that can occur.