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!
May 6-10: OPSRC's annual Teacher Appreciation Week contests. Like our Facebook page, and follow us all week for a chance to win some stellar prizes!
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 1: Submission deadline for the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association scholarship for students with a parent who is an Oklahoma casino industry employee.
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 7-8: Date scheduled for the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association's annual conference. This year's theme is Teach Outside the Box: Building Community Partnerships.
June 10-14 & June 24-28: Dates set for the OSU Sustainable Bioenergy workshops. Attend one of these events to learn about making biofuels from invasive plants, visit the Nobel Research Institute and leave with more than $1,000 in supplies for classroom experiments!
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).
Sometimes that is easier said than done, especially in education. My analogy for this is Chocolate Cake--and why not? Everyone (or 99.2% of the folks I know) likes chocolate cake!
Given the expected budget shortfall during the 2016 legislative session and the fact that Oklahoma schools are likely to face a budget decrease,
January is the month of reflections, resolutions and change. Company executives are currently meeting, outlining plans for 2018, hoping their decisions improve the future direction of the company.
The whole summer--yes, the ENTIRE summer--sounds like a lot of time for planning and reflection. But as we all know, before you can turn around it’s the night before you return to your pre-school professional development days.