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!
March 2: Submission deadline for the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards. Through this program, Penguin Random House will award college scholarships of up to $10,000 each to five U.S. high school seniors, nationwide. NOTE: They will only accept the first 900 applications.
March 2: Submission deadline for the State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence. This special recognition is given to high school juniors and seniors who meet certain criteria. In addition, we recognize fine arts educators, school administrators, and school boards who exhibit leadership, support quality arts education and demand academic excellence in Oklahoma schools.
March 2: Submission deadline for the 30th Annual State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence. This special recognition is given to high school juniors and seniors who meet certain criteria.
March 3: Application deadline for the Student, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Grant Program. This grant is designed to improve school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to and help prevent acts of violence.
March 6: Application deadline for the 2020 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge. High school students across the country who are passionate about writing songs for musical theater production can submit applications.
March 11: Application deadline for the OK Writing Project Summer Institute. Twelve outstanding teachers will be selected to attend the Institute to be held at the Moore-Norman Technology Center in Norman.
March 12: Application deadline for the Amazon Future Engineer program. The company will be granting prize bundles worth $25,000 to seven teachers who currently participate in the program.
March 12: Application deadline for Lockheed Martin's STEM scholarships. They award scholarships of $10,000 per student – renewable each year. The program will continue to add up to 200 new recipients each year and will be open to individuals studying engineering or computer science who demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or underserved communities.
March 13: Application deadline for the OK Schools of Character Promising Practices school designation in character development.
March 15: Application deadline for the Braitmayer Foundation's innovative K12 practices grant. Of particular interest are curricular and school reform initiatives and preparation of and professional development opportunities for teachers, particularly those which encourage people of high ability and diverse background to enter and remain in K-12 teaching.
March 15: Application deadline for the Book Love Foundation's classroom library grant. The Foundation provides classroom libraries comprised of hundreds of books carefully chosen to meet teenagers where they are and lead them to the deep rewards of reading. They put those books into the hands of teachers who demonstrate a commitment to rich reading lives for all students.
March 24: End of the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. They're inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then — with the help of a teacher — compete for a chance to win the grand prize and have your work appear on NPR.
March 24-25: Dates set for the NGPF FinCamps in McAlester and Oklahoma City, respectively. These free 1-day camps provide resources and curriculum assistance for those who teach any sort of financial classes.
March 31: Submission deadline for the OKC Zoo Pepsi Vending Machine Art Contest. Students in grades K-12 can enter. The popularity of the Oklahoma City Zoo’s annual contest continues to raise awareness for issues facing wildlife and wild places. Contest participants are eligible to win wild prizes and the chance to have their original art designed on a vending machine at the Zoo.
April 30: Submission deadline for the "Celebrate the West" high school art competition. Oklahoma students can earn up to $1,200 in cash prizes and receive the opportunity to have their artwork exhibited for governors, U.S. Cabinet members and others at the WGA's annual meeting in summer 2020.
May 1: Application deadline for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching. Any K-6 science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science teacher in grades K-6 can apply.
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 9: Date set for the Oklahoma A+ Schools Creativity 2020: Not Your Average Conference at the University of Central Oklahoma. This event will consist of unique keynotes, arts-based breakout experiences and networking opportunities.
It never ceases to amaze me when I attend professional educational conferences or professional development sessions how the attire of some teachers and even administrators can be questionable at best. Yet everyone from the Oklahoma state superintendent down is working desperately to elevate the teaching profession’s credibility.
Important actions to take regarding mid-term adjustments and prepping for state testing.
I know June can be crazy as you close out your year, but I hope you’ve found time here and there to relax and get some rest. We’ve got some great things happening here at the OPSRC, and we’re looking forward to working with you this next school year.
A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.