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May Opportunities & Events

May Opportunities & Events

A list of scholarships, contests, grants, events and other important opportunities for educators.

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.

: 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: Date set for INSTA Expo, which gives high school students the opportunity to interact with hands-on activities and engage with Skilled Trades industry experts. This event is open to high school students in central Oklahoma.

May 29: The submission deadline has been extended for Education First's teacher-led and district-wide projects that foster social and emotional (SEL) skills in students in grades PK-12. Proposals may be submitted by individual teachers, teams of educators and district leaders seeking to improve students’ social-emotional skills in fresh, inventive or innovative ways. Examples can include novel interventions or instructional practices focused on improving competencies such as resilience, academic tenacity, learning mindsets, self-management, sense of belonging and other social and emotional skills.

May 31: Submission deadline for the Penguin Random House & NCTE Teacher Award for Lifelong Readers and the Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry. Are you a teacher who fosters a passion and love of reading in students? Are you taking risks in presenting books and literature or poetry to students in a unique way? Are you committed to reluctant readers and visionary in your methods of reaching them? Have you created a distinctive program that supports and promotes a community of readers beyond the classroom? Then apply today!

May 31: Submission deadline for the 2020 Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund Banned Books Week event grants, sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation. Libraries, schools, and universities are eligible for these grants, which raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship issues during the annual Banned Books Week celebration (September 27 - October 3, 2020) and support a wide variety of engaging, provocative, fun events celebrating the freedom to read.

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 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 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.

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.

Sarah Julian

Director, Communications

Sarah serves as the Director of Communications for the OPSRC. In this role, she provides support, consultation and training on a variety of critical tools and PR functions, including communication plans, social media policies, crisis communications, media relations and website content.

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