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!
November 5: Submission deadline for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. These go to the top youth volunteers of the year. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months.
November 5: Submission deadline for the Rightfully Yours Youth Art Competition. As the National Archives celebrates the centennial of women’s suffrage through its Rightfully Hers exhibit, this competition for students in grades 4-6 will honor the milestone achievement while encouraging young people to think about what the 19th Amendment and the path to Universal Suffrage means to them.
November 12: Submission deadline for Seed Money grant. SeedMoney is offering 255 garden grants totaling $40,000 to diverse food garden projects through a 30-day crowdfunding challenge running from November 15 to December 15. Grants are open to all types of public food garden project (youth gardens, community gardens, food bank gardens, etc.) regardless of their location.
November 15: Submission deadline for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association: Teacher of the Year award. This award recognizes the national high school journalism teacher of the year based on his/her work during the 2018-2019 academic year.
November 16: Date for the Oklahoma Teen Book Con. This event is an bi-annual one-day free event for teens and YA-lit fans, aimed at connecting Oklahoma teens to YA authors and books. The mission of the Oklahoma Teen Book Convention is to provide an opportunity for teens to celebrate a love of reading through a multi-faceted experience of diverse activities in an inclusive and accepting environment.
December 1: Submission deadline for the Team America Rocketry Challenge. Teams of three to ten students design, build, and fly a model rocket that reaches a specific altitude and duration determined by a set of rules developed each year. The contest is designed to encourage students to study math and science and pursue careers in aerospace. The top 100 teams go to the national finals in May. Top placing teams split more than $100,000 in cash and scholarships and the overall winning team will travel to the United Kingdom to complete in the International Rocketry Challenge.
December 3: Submission deadline for all Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence 2020 Academic All-State Scholarships and Medal for Excellence awards. Scholarships and educator awards totaling $125,000 will be presented at the foundation’s 34th annual Academic Awards Banquet on May 16, 2020, at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman. The event, which has been described as the “Academy Awards for public education in Oklahoma,” is attended by nearly 1,000 guests and is broadcast statewide on public television.
December 12: Submission deadline for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. One of the oldest competitions in the United States, the Scholastic Awards were founded in 1923. Students’ submissions are blindly judged by leaders in the visual and literary arts. Over $250,000 in scholarships are awarded each year. These are open to grades 7 – 12, age 13 years or older.
December 31: Submission deadline for Walmart's 2019 local community grants, which range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $5,000.
December 31: Entry deadline for 2020 Ag in the Classroom student contest.
January 10: Submission deadline for the Book Creator competition for schools. Schools can win 5 Chromebook tablets and a whole slew of other prizes in this creative competition!
March 1: Nomination deadline for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching. This year's awards will honor science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science teachers working in grades K-6.
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.
How will you have some of those tough conversations? How will they sound?
Well, it's back to school time again, and I know everyone has a million things to prepare before the kiddos come back. One thing you should definitely be thinking about, though, is how to better engage your parents over the course of the school year.
Get ready, people: Google has something new headed your way! They have recently announced that they’re going to release an Enterprise version of G Suite for Education. Some schools may never have any interest in this offering, but I'll explain what it is and why you may want to give it a look.