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.
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!
January 15: Teachers and school staff are invited to a free Teachers' Night Out set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Science Museum Oklahoma. Discover what SMO and other organizations have planned for the remainder of the school year! Museum educators and staff will be on hand to answer questions about field trips, free teacher resources, special events and other opportunities for schools and students. There is no cost to attend the event, but registration is required. NOTE: This event is exclusively for teachers and school staff. Children under 18 will not be admitted.
January 18: Submission deadline for the Profile in Courage essay contest. Students are asked to describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917. First place wins $10,000!
January 22: Submission deadline for the Oklahoma Writing Project's writing contest. Teachers and students can enter their original works for a chance to attend an upcoming writing conference and have their works published!
February 1: Deadline to apply for the Fleming Scholar Program. This program gives Oklahoma’s high school and college students “hands-on” biomedical research experience through an 8-week paid internship.
February 4: Deadline to submit your inquiry request for the Motorola Solutions Foundation's 2019 grant program. One category of the grant supports programs that advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to prepare the next generation of innovators. Grants will be awarded up to $50,000. They will be holding informational sessions for further information.
February 8, 2019: 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 15, 2019: 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.
The U.S. has already seen multiple school shootings this year. We're not talking over the course of the 2017-2018 school year. We're talking 2018. And it's only mid-February. The fact that as the year continues, this number will likely grow should concern every one of us.
February is a “Launch” month for the Teaching and Learning team as we distribute the 2017 Professional Development Course Catalog.
Take a moment and consider: when was the last time you reviewed the effectiveness of the communication outlets you use to relay information to your parents and greater community?
I want to extend my most sincere appreciation to all of you out there wrapping up the school year.