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!
March 6: Submission deadline for Operation Prevention's video contest. High school students have the power to send a message to their peers about the dangers of prescription opioid misuse by creating a 30-60 second original Public Service Announcement. Grab your camera, recruit your friends and submit your video for a chance to win $10,000 and other great prizes.
March 8: Submission deadline for the Library of Congress Literacy Awards. These awards honor nonprofit organizations (including public schools) that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in the United States or abroad. Many cash prizes are awarded.
March 8: Submission deadline for the American Society of Human Genetics' (ASHG) 14th Annual DNA Day essay contest. This contest is open to students in grades 9-12 worldwide and asks students to examine, question and reflect on important concepts in genetics.
March 13: We will hold #oklaed Personalized Learning: Lessons Learned here at our OKC offices. If you are curious to learn more about personalized learning and how it can benefit your students, register today! Free for members and non-members alike.
March 14: Application deadline for the Cooke Young Scholars Program, a selective 5-year, pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need. It provides comprehensive academic and college advising, as well as financial support for school, Cooke-sponsored summer programs, internships, and other learning enrichment opportunities.
March 15: Submission deadlines for the Oklahoma Forestry Services' Forest Heritage Center scholarships and teacher stipends. To reach out to the young men and women who are the future of forestry, the Forest Heritage Center Museum offers scholarships to college students and graduating high school seniors, as well as stipends for forestry program educators.
March 15: Application deadline for the International Literacy Association (ILA) Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant. This is a $2,500 annual grant that honors an outstanding K–8 classroom teacher dedicated to improving and enriching the teaching and learning of purposeful reading and writing across the curriculum.
March 25: Submission deadline for the Dr. Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest. This year’s theme, “A Future for Pollinators”, challenges Oklahoma students to share their creativity and love of nature to show a future safe for butterflies, bees and other species that perform the critical role of pollinating plants in nature.
March 30: Date scheduled for the Brain Architecture Workshop. This free event is directed at early childhood and elementary school teachers and staff. It will provide information on brain development, the impact of trauma & toxic stress on the brain and how teachers and other caregivers can provide opportunities for healthy brain development. Interested teachers need to register by March 22.
March 31: Application deadline for the Power of Youth Challenge. This project invites students to bring positive change to communities by leading a local service project. Students will receive coaching and support for their project. Every team that signs up will have access to financial support in the form of mini grants of up to $250 based on project needs. Those who apply and complete their projects will be eligible for an accelerator grant of up to $5,000 to grow their project over the next year.
April 15: Submission deadline for the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation's teacher development grants. These grants support small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking k-12 classroom instruction. The Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of $30,000 over three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met.
April 15: Application deadline for the Barron Prize for Young Heroes award, which celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. In addition to various honors, recipients will receive $10K toward their higher education or service project.
April 30: Submission deadline for the Western Governors' Association's (WGA) "Celebrate the West" high school art competition, which gives students in Oklahoma and select other states the chance to earn up to $1,200 in cash prizes and have their work exhibited for governors, U.S. Cabinet members and others at the WGA Governors' Annual Meeting in Colorado in June.
May 15: Submission deadline for the 2020-2021 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year program.
May 16: Submission deadline for Dollar General Literacy Foundation's youth literacy grants.
June 2-6: Dates for the East Central University's (Ada) Oklahoma Business Week, a one-of-a-kind summer program that offers students in high school first hand experience in the world of business.
June 21: Deadline submission for Crayola's Creative Leadership grants, which provide funding for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. Submit your application for the opportunity to receive a grant to help build your school's creative capacity. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000 (Note: principal must be a member of NAESP).
As I write this today, we are exactly three hours and twenty eight minutes from the official deadline for the legislature to gavel session closed.
A discussion of self-reflection courses and tools to improve yourself professionally
What are the ISTE Student Standards, and how can they benefit our students and their learning?
Now that the session is over, we can finally finish sifting through all the new and changed laws that will affect our schools.