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!
October 1-31: October is National Bullying Prevention Month. There are a ton of resources out there, but you can start off by checking out Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER)’s website.
October 1: Submission deadline for the Karma for Cara Foundation Youth Service Project Grants of up to $1,000, which will be awarded to youth age 18 and under for service projects within their communities.
October 8: Submission deadline for the $600,000 Rural Technology Project challenge to advance rural technology education and prepare students for today's and tomorrow's careers. The USDE invites high schools and local educational agencies to propose technology education programs that use competency-based distance learning.
October 14: Submission deadline for XPrize Connect's Code Games Challenge. Creating a better world starts with imagining one. Young innovators ages 10-18 across the globe are invited to create new fun games that envision and ultimately help build a better future for everyone.
October 15: Registration deadline for the Cyberpatriot XIII Security Competition. The Air Force Association created this competition to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.
October 19: Submission deadline for the Congressional App Challenge, an excellent opportunity for students to learn to code and be inspired to pursue computer science careers. Middle school and high school students can now register to participate and create original apps. Eligible students can register as an individual or as teams of up to four people.
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.
October 30: Nomination deadline for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Educators can submit information for an outstanding SENIOR student graduating between January and June 2021 who they believe will represent the Oklahoma well if selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholar. Scholars will be selected based on outstanding leadership in the areas of academic achievement, community involvement, and positive character.
November 1: Submission deadline for the Flight Night Science of Flight classroom grant. This grant must be used to purchase supplies to support STEM experiences in the classroom.
November 2: Submission deadline for Annie's Homegrown grants to school gardens for educational programs that connect children directly to gardening. The school garden must be an edible school garden (growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, etc.) and be located in the USA. Schools can purchase any equipment appropriate for the garden with the grant funds, such as plants, seeds, raised beds, fencing, wheelbarrows, greenhouses and drip irrigation systems.
November 9: Nomination deadline for the national I Love My Librarian Award. Nominees are encouraged to reflect on how their librarians’ creativity, passion and expertise have made an impact during these unprecedented times. Ten librarians will each receive $5,000 in recognition of their outstanding achievements.
November 10: Application deadline for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, which recognize students for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.
November 19: Submission deadline for the Shape America Impact Schools grant. This program will provide much needed funds and professional development opportunities to schools to enhance health and physical education programs in high-need areas across the nation, while helping teachers continue their studies and build expertise that improves student outcomes.
November 20: Submission deadline for the 2020-21 U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program, which awards 2 student leaders from each state and the District of Columbia a week in Washington, D.C. to experience their national government in action. Delegates will also participate in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Each delegate is awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies. The competition is limited to juniors and seniors who are currently serving in various student government offices.
December 1: Registration deadline to participate in the state-level Poetry Out Loud contest. This free poetry recitation contest is for high-school students (grades 9-12) in both public and private schools. Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about literary history and contemporary life.
December 15: Submission deadline for the ALDI Smart Kids Program. They are dedicated to supporting the health and wellness of the children in ALDI communities. They do this by supporting local community organizations that encourage kids to be active in the areas of education, physical activity, nutrition, socializing and the arts. Their support ranges from monetary donations to ALDI gift cards.
December 15: Application deadline for the Power of Hope Awards, which recognize school districts that engage school counselors in leadership roles that effectively organize and implement college and career postsecondary enrollment strategies in grades 6-12.
Teaching tends to be a solitary endeavor. Sure, we deal with people everyday but the average teacher goes into a classroom and teaches on their own, seldom getting to see another teacher actually teach and receiving relatively little feedback.
This is an extension of a post I included in a recent members-only Friday News Brief. However, I feel the topic is worth repeating, as the methods you choose for communicating with your staff, board and the public at large are critical to ensuring all interested parties stay informed of important school and district information.
The Oklahoma Supplemental Online Course Program (OSOCP) is a state program that provides online learning opportunities for K-12 students attending any public school in Oklahoma. One purpose of the OSOCP is to broaden curriculum access and provide advancement opportunities.
A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.