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: 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.
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 5: Application deadline for the Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award recognizes excellence in humanities programming in libraries that serve children in grades K-8. The award comes with a $5,000 prize.
May 5 or 6: Dates set for info sessions on the benefits of membership with the OK A+ Schools Network. This statewide network provides transformative, arts-integrated PD for all school staff.
May 14: Application deadline for OSDE's new Oklahoma Art Tech Grant will provide fine arts education in PK-5 schools that currently have limited or no arts programs.
May 15: Application deadline for the Tractor Supply Company's “Grants for Growing” program. The program allows for local FFA chapters to help better the community. Funds can be used for activities like buying vegetation, trees, seed, chickens, feed, mulch or tools to help start or expand an FFA project that will continue for years to come.
May 20: Application deadline for Dollar General's Youth Literacy Grant. Schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations who help students that are below grade level or having trouble reading are eligible to apply.
May 20: Date set for the Lou Frey Institute's webinar on teaching the legislative process. During this webinar you will learn how to engage your students in a hands-on collaborative board game activity focused on the process of how a bill becomes a law. Throughout the activity, students analyze historic, congressional documents illustrating each step of the legislative process. Free lessons and resources will be shared!
May 21: Application deadline for the Harbor Freight's competition for teaching excellence, which celebrates outstanding skilled trades teachers and programs in public high schools in the United States. Teachers who apply have a chance to win cash prizes.
May 31: Application deadline for the Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood grants, which support innovative, creative projects, and programs designed to significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, and/or quality of life of children from infancy through five years of age.
May 31: Application deadline for the OKC Arts Council's Youth Art Sale, a one-day juried art sale for children ages 8-18 held during Festival of the Arts.
June 2: Application deadline for the Misha Brahmbhatt Help Your Community Scholarship. This money will support one student in any field of study who is actively seeking to make the world a better place.
June 4: Submission deadline for New School Venture Fund's Racial Equity funding opportunity. Through this new effort, they will invest up to $1.5 million in innovators of color with bold ideas to advance racial equity in education.
A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.
Too often, schools adopt an all or nothing philosophy surrounding technology. Either we don't use it at all, or we adopt it and run full steam ahead. I think this is where most schools end up struggling with technology.
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