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!
July 9: Application deadline for the Oklahoma FFA Foundation's STEM After School Grants. Chapters can get individual grants ranging between $1,000 and $2,500.
July 9: Application deadline for the Oklahoma FFA Foundation's Technology and Innovation Grants. Central andNorthwest Oklahoma chapters can request up to $5,000 for equipment like hydroponic systems, incubators, drones, ultrasound machines and more!
July 9: Application deadline for the Youth Service America (YSA) funding. This funding (max amount of $5K) is available to support K-12 educators to engage their students in semester-long service-learning activities within their classrooms or afterschool programs. Grants are offered on a competitive application basis and open to any public, private, or charter K-12 school that meets the requirements set forth by YSA.
July 19: Proposal deadline for Oklahoma Arts Council's Oklahoma Online Fine Arts Curriculum resources. Those whose proposals are selected will be compensated.
August 1: Application deadline for the American Honda Foundation’s Youth Education Grants, which fund youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.
August 6: Application deadline for Science Museum Oklahoma's apprentice program for students in grades 7-12. Students will experience the behind-the-scenes workings of a science museum while increasing science literacy, confidence and honing job skills. The program also helps students develop the soft skills they will need to succeed in the workplace, like problem-solving, leadership, working in teams and good communication in a fun, professional science museum environment.
August 13: Application deadline for the FFC's Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). This $7.17 billion program will help schools and libraries provide the tools and services their communities need for remote/hybrid learning. ECF will help provide relief to millions of students, school staff & library patrons and will help close the homework gap for students who currently lack necessary Internet access or the devices they need to connect to classrooms. For those eligible, the ECF program will cover reasonable costs of laptop and tablet computers, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers & broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students, school staff & library patrons.
August 23: Nomination deadline for the School Library Journal's Librarian/Teacher Collaboration Award to raise up and celebrate librarians and teachers teaming up to enhance learning.
August 31: Submission deadline for the AIAA Foundation Classroom Grant Program. Each application must have a clear STEAM connection with an emphasis on aerospace. Applicants must be a K-12 classroom teacher with funds that will be paid to the school, and applicants must be current AIAA Educator Associate members prior to receiving this grant (To join, please visit www.aiaa.org/educator/).
August 31: Application deadline for the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year program. To ensure every exceptional Oklahoma educator is eligible for this prestigious award, one teacher of the year winner from every school site in Oklahoma can submit an application for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.
December 15: Application deadline for the ALDI Smart Kids Program. These grants range from $100 to $5,000, and ALDI gift cards are provided to local community organizations that encourage kids to be active in the areas of education, physical activity, nutrition, socializing, and the arts.
Why it's important for the clerk to remain at board meetings through executive session.
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.
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.
A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.