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.
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!
September 14: Entry deadline for the I, Too, Am the Dream contest, which asks students to create an inclusive and evolving vision of opportunity and access and to drive a bold national conversation about how to advance and grow the American dream--now and into the future. They'll have a shot at winning $5,000.
September 15: Submission deadline for the Oklahoma Arts Council's classroom supply grants of up to $500 per site per school year. This funding can go toward the purchase of supplies and materials for visual and performing arts instruction that takes place during the school day. Who is eligible? PreK-12 public, public charter and non-religious private schools can apply. UPDATE: There will be a webinar THURSDAY, SEPT. 3 to learn more about what can and cannot be purchased and how to better leverage this grant for learning. Register here.
September 15: Submission deadline for the National Ag in the Classroom grants. These grants are awarded to kindergarten through grade 12 core education teachers whose innovative classroom projects use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, nutrition, science and/or social studies.
September 26: Nomination deadline for the Staples Thank a Teacher contest. Say thank you for everything they’ve done by nominating them for our #ThankATeacher contest! This year, the contest will award 20 standout teachers $5,000 in Staples® Gift Cards to help stock up their classroom.
September 30: Submission deadline for the Tina B. Carver Fund. Grants are available for funding the purchase of student classroom learning materials and/or teacher-related materials (e.g., ancillary materials that can be used in conjunction with textbooks or other instruction materials) to support adult ESL education programs in the United States.
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 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.
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.
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.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued a memorandum to all U.S. Attorneys directing that the Department of Justice's new policy is that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect employees from discrimination based on transgender status.
I recently had a conversation with a teacher on professional development, and she commented that the training was good but "There was no food--not even a candy mint.” This might seem trivial to some, but in her mind, it meant she was not appreciated. Not that food really adds to a PD, but as we all know, it IS the little things that matter.
We all wish we had more opportunities for it. Whether you're facing time constraints or distance, OPSRC wants to help! Every year in August, we get many requests to travel to individual sites for professional development, and we want to continue meeting all your needs.
A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.