1 | Shapely Connections
Would you like to connect geometry lessons to music, literature, architecture, or nature? If you’re seeking to develop a collaborative geometry curriculum with real-world applications, NCTM may help fund it. PreK–8 math teachers are invited to apply for up to $4,000 in grants.
DEADLINE: November 2
2 | Planting Seeds
Wild Ones Seeds for Education provides grants under $500 for teachers to create a butterfly garden, a wildflower preserve, or some other educational nature project.
DEADLINE: October 15
3 | Trailblazing Teachers
We know you’re always looking for the best ways to improve student learning. Voya Unsung Heroes wants to hear about your most innovative methods. Showcase your unique teaching techniques for the chance to win between $2,000 and $25,000.
DEADLINE: April 30, 2019
4 | Memory Project
Educator and writer James Moffett was a champion of student-centered learning, cross-curricular writing, and uplifting teachers’ voices. In his memory, NCTE and the National Writing Project are teaming up to award one K–12 teacher $1,000 for a student-centered research project.
DEADLINE: September 19
5 | Projects With Purpose
Need funding for a field trip? Looking to purchase flexible seating? Whatever the cause, the Meemic Foundation can help with your one-time project needs. Grantees will receive up to $500 to fund their purposeful proposals.
6 | Snapshots for Science
How are you celebrating Earth Science Week this October? One idea: Have students take photos showing how the natural world inspires art for the American Geosciences Institute’s Inspired by Earth contest. The winner will receive $300 and a copy of AGI’s The Geoscience Handbook.
DEADLINE: October 19
7 | Let Freedom Draw
Teach kids how they benefit from the freedoms in the U.S. Constitution through an art project! Students in grades kindergarten and up can submit a design to the U.S. Constitution Day Poster Contest. The first 100 entrants will receive a free pocket constitution book, and contest winners will be awarded additional prizes.
DEADLINE: October 1
8 | What a Wondrous World
Foster a love of nature with the Rachel Carson Landmark Alliance’s Sense of Wonder Contest. Intergenerational teams will reflect on a positive nature-centered experience they have had together, and then write an essay or poem about it. Encourage students to consider teaming with older community members as well as parents or relatives. Winners will receive a certificate and recognition on the RCLA website.
DEADLINE: November 16
9 | Tech With Heart
Global Virtual Classroom is sponsoring a web design contest to promote collaborative learning and cross-cultural understanding while building tech skills. Classrooms in grades 1 and up apply in the fall, and chosen teams will have until March to build their websites. Past topics include health and the environment. The winning classrooms will receive $1,000 to be shared among them or donated.
DEADLINE: September 10
10 | The Places They’ll Go
Inspire young students to dream of their future travels by entering the U.S. Kids magazine cover contest. Kids up to age 12 can submit illustrations based on the theme “Going Places” for the chance to win up to $500 for their school’s art department. One winner’s artwork will be featured on the cover of Jack and Jill or Humpty Dumpty!
DEADLINE: February 12, 2019
11 | The Music of STEM
Explore the connection between music and STEM with the Math, Science & Music website for K–8 students. Resources include engaging lessons, interactive tools, and more to enhance students’ understanding of STEM concepts and their relationship with music.
12 | Lead On, Teachers!
Energize your teaching and boost your brilliant career with Concordia University’s professional learning resources. The top-notch resources include an on-demand webinar, as well as downloadable teacher guides on stress relief, leadership, online safety, and other topics.
13 | News Navigation
Extra, extra, read all about it! Teach your students how to navigate the media and discern fact from fiction with the News Literacy Project’s cross-curricular lessons and activities for students in grades 6 and up.
14 | A Novel Idea
Writers across the country know November as National Novel Writing Month. Introduce this thrilling month-long writing challenge to your students (as young as kindergarten age) with NaNoWriMo for Young Writers. Teachers can track kids’ writing progress on the website, as well as access free classroom kits, workbooks, and lesson plans.
15 | Tech Savvy
Microsoft Education’s Hacking STEM initiative is meant to create equitable access to high-quality science, technology, engineering, and math resources. Science teachers in grades 6 and up will love the scaffolded lesson plans and free Microsoft plug-ins—and students will love building robot hands and designing national parks!
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