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!
June 2: Deadline for the 2020 Stronger Than Hate Challenge. Students age 13 and over could win up to $10,000 in prizes in this challenge, which honors International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Students may submit videos, poems, songs, blogs or other media that demonstrate the power of storytelling to connect people and overcome hate.
June 10: Date scheduled for the Teaching About the Holocaust Workshop: Inspiring Upstanders. This Oklahoma Academic Standards-aligned workshop provides the necessary resources and tools for U.S. history, social studies, world geography/history and language arts educators to teach a unit on the Holocaust and inspire students to be Upstanders.
June 19: Submission deadline for the KaBOOM! playground equipment grant. Municipalities, schools, and child-serving nonprofit organizations without a playground or with existing equipment that is unsafe for children are eligible for this opportunity.
June 30: Through this date, OverDrive is offering Sora No-Cost Books, a collection of hundreds of premium simultaneous-use titles from publishers like Abrams, Britannica, Bellwether Media and Orca, in addition to required reading classics like Emma and Call of the Wild.
July 1: Submission deadline for the Karma for Cara Foundation Youth Service Project Grants. Students 18 years of age and under may apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities throughout the United States.
July 31: Submission deadline for the 2020 Scholastic Book Clubs & James Patterson Classroom Library Grant. 5,000 teachers will win $500 and 500 Scholastic Book Clubs bonus points to be used toward books for their classrooms.
August 1: Submission deadline for the American Honda Foundation’s Youth Education Grants, which support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period.
August 1: Submission deadline for The Kinder Morgan Foundation Grants, which support K-12 programs that promote the academic and artistic interests of young people. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for academic programs, including tutoring; and arts education programs.
August 3: Submission deadline for Internet.Frontier.com grants of $1,000 for K-12 teachers. To apply, submit a unique lesson plan explaining how you would use technology to teach social responsibility.
October 26: Due to COVID-19, the application deadline for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching has been extended. Any K-6 science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science teacher in grades K-6 can apply.
December 15: Submission deadline for the ALDI Smart Kids Program. They are dedicated to supporting the health and wellness of the children in ALDI communities. They do this by supporting local community organizations that encourage kids to be active in the areas of education, physical activity, nutrition, socializing and the arts. Their support ranges from monetary donations to ALDI gift cards.
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.
A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.
Earlier this month, the SDE put out its FAQ on medical marijuana. It’s a helpful resource, providing links to statutes and other pertinent information to assist schools in decision- and policy-making.
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