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: 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: 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 3: Application deadline for Science Museum Oklahoma's TinkerFest. Tinkerfest is a gathering of people who love to learn through exploration and discovery. Makers, artists, crafters, engineers, and educators are invited to come together and showcase their diverse hobbies, projects, skills, and trades. There is no application fee and no fee to host a booth.
September 12: Application deadline for the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance's Science of Flight Scholarship for STEM Profession Development. This grant can be used to fund professional development opportunities in any STEM subject area. The award amount varies but will not exceed $1,500.
September 13: Application deadline for the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Classroom Grants. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to eligible PK-12 public school classrooms and libraries for enhancement projects in the arts & humanities, science and literacy.
September 15: Application deadline for the Oklahoma Arts Council offers Classroom Supply Grants of up to $500 per site per school year. Teachers can use this funding to purchase supplies and materials for visual and performing arts instruction that takes place during the school day.
September 24: Date of the one-day seminar, "Lincoln and Reconstruction." Participants will examine the evolution, implementation, and challenges presented by Reconstruction - before, during, and after the Civil War. All attendees of this free seminar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southmoore High School will receive a free lunch and a certificate for continuing education.
September 27: Nomination deadline for this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Ten amazing librarians from public, school and college/university libraries will win $5,000 each in recognition of their outstanding service to their communities.
September 30: The application deadline for the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE)'s $10,000 scholarship award. Aspiring superintendents who are currently enrolled in or have been accepted into an advanced education degree program in a college or university may apply for this award!
October 1: Application deadline for the 60th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). USSYP is limited to juniors and seniors who are currently serving in one of the specified student government offices. Each delegate (2 selected from each state) is awarded a $10,000 College Scholarship for undergraduate studies.
October 14-15: Date set for Oklahoma Science Museum's Fall Break Camps. Registration is open for Early Explorer (pre-K and kindergarten) animal lovers; Explorers (grades 1-3) who are ready for a quest using code-breaking, engineering and more; and Innovators (grades 4-6) who are interested in taking a deep dive into learning how to use creativity and science to spark innovation!
October 15: Application deadline for Wild Ones' project grants, designed to strengthen an appreciation for nature in young people each year. Through the Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Fund, grants of up to $500 will be awarded for projects that emphasize the involvement of students and volunteers in all phases of development. Examples of appropriate projects include the establishment of a native plant community in an educational setting such as an outdoor classroom, developing and maintaining an interpretive trail landscaped with native plant communities, and/or developing a wetland area to study the effect of native vegetation on water-quality improvement.
October 15: Application window opens for My Favorite Book student contest. Readers in grades 4–12 are invited to write a letter to the author of a favorite book, expressing how the book affected them personally. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place entries in three grade levels (4-6, 7-8, and 9-12). The winner of the first place entries will select their school library or public library to receive a cash prize of $1,000!
October 31: Nomination deadline for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) annually recognition of the nation’s top classroom elementary, junior high, and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics regularly and promote America’s history and traditions effectively. Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette, and patriotism are prime candidates for this award. Based on the nominees submitted, VFW local chapters, called Posts, will recognize one outstanding teacher in kindergarten through grade 5, grades 6 through 8, and grades 9 through 12.
November 1: Submission deadline for the 2021 Congressional App Challenge. This challenge is transforming how Congress views computer science and STEM. Since the challenge was first announced, Congress’ mentions of computer science and coding have increased 2,000%!
November 15: Submission deadline for the You(th) Matter contest. Students 14-18 years old are invited to express their views on the relationship between policing and democracy in this national competition to win cash prizes. The contest will showcase youth writing, film and artwork from communities nationwide.
December 15: Application deadline for the ALDI Smart Kids Program. These grants range from $100 to $5,000, and ALDI gift cards are provided to local community organizations that encourage kids to be active in the areas of education, physical activity, nutrition, socializing, and the arts.
February 6: Deadline to nominate a K-6 math, science or computer science teacher for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. PAEMST awardees receive $10,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. If you have been teaching K-6 math, science or computer science at least five years, you can apply directly.
Now that the session is over, we can finally finish sifting through all the new and changed laws that will affect our schools. I’ve compiled a spreadsheet of bills that passed, with a brief summary of each.