Contests

1 | Imagination Highway
What would your dream car look like? The Toyota Dream Car Contest invites students around the world to submit original art answering this question. Thirty winners will make a trip to Japan to attend an awards ceremony.
DEADLINE: January 31

2 | Teacher Poets
Stretch your own creative muscles with Poetry Nation’s contest for adults! Cash prizes from $100 to $2,000, wall plaques, and $25 gift certificates will be awarded. All semi-finalists’ poems will be published in a poetry anthology.
DEADLINE: December 31

3 | Right on the Money
The Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Contest invites elementary school teachers and families to take a pledge to teach kids how to “earn, save, spend and donate.” Individuals may take the pledge once a day for the duration of the contest, and the school with the most pledges will win $10,000 and a fun financial literacy event for their students.
DEADLINE: December 13

4 | Starring Your Story
Mrs. P’s “Be-A-Famous-Writer” contest is here to bring your K–4 students’ stories to life. Classrooms are invited to submit a story inspired by the word heroes for the chance to have it made into a professional video! Other prizes include books and supplies from Mackin, Powells Books, and Flipgrid.
DEADLINE: December 15

5 | Lexus Eco Challenge
Encourage your grades 6–12 STEM stars to enter the Lexus Eco Challenge by developing a solution to an air and climate issue impacting your community. This national STEM competition awards a total of $500,000 in annual grants and scholarships to eligible teachers, students, and schools.
DEADLINE: December 10

Grants

6 | Curriculum Cultivators
The International Literacy Associa­tion’s Regie Routman Teacher Recog­nition Grant honors an outstanding K–8 classroom teacher. A $2,500 grant will be awarded to a teacher who has advocated for purposeful reading and writing across the curriculum.
DEADLINE: March 15

7 | Special Guests
There’s nothing like spending a special day with a children’s author or illustrator to inspire kids’ creativity! The Amber Brown Grant, awarded annually by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, provides one winning school with an all-expenses-paid visit by a children’s author or illustrator, a $250 stipend to help create a special day, and $250 worth of books.
DEADLINE: April 15

8 | Tech Refresh
Need an upgrade on your classroom tech? Fresh Films Tech Grants provides $300 for teachers and principals to purchase classroom technology supplies. Awardees can spend grant money on hardware or software—including 3D printers, tablets, programs, or even green screens.
DEADLINE: Rolling

9 | Science Rock Star
If you’ve been teaching science for eight-plus years, the National Science Teachers Association and Shell Oil Company want to honor you. One exemplary K–12 science teacher whose impact extends beyond the classroom will receive $10,000 and an all-­expenses-paid trip to attend NSTA’s National Conference.
DEADLINE: December 17

10 | Year-Round Learning
Already thinking about next summer? Lands’ End is partnering with the National Summer Learning Association to grant a $10,000 Love Learning Award for summer programming. The winning educator, school, or organization can use the award for a non-enrollment-based program that brings STEAM to life in informal learning spaces and supports families in meaningful ways.
DEADLINE: November 30

Freebies

11 | All Are Welcome
Katherine Applegate’s novel Wishtree tells the tale of a tree and the animals who live in it—and is also a story of a community coming together to welcome newcomers and celebrate differences. Become a certified “All Are Welcome Here” classroom with a downloadable pledge, discussion guide, and template for creating your own class “wishtree.”

12 | Need for Speed
Use the STEM connections in NASCAR racing to introduce your grades 5–7 students to the science of speed! The hands-on activities include aerodynamics and energy lessons, plus printable racecar templates.

13 | WWI Museum Resources
November 11 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, ending World War I. The National WWI Museum and Memorial’s Education Database is the perfect resource for teaching about the Great War at any grade level. It contains primary-source documents, lesson plans, and videos for students—plus professional development opportunities for teachers! 

14 | Strong Schools
Generate classroom discussions about how to support those living with cancer with LiveStrong at School. The award-winning program includes leveled lessons, worksheets, and resources to share with families.

15 | Journalism 101
Boost media literacy lessons with resources from NewseumED. The free programs include primary sources and standards-aligned activities on history, media literacy, civics, and the First Amendment. Virtual classes are available for students and educators on topics such as “Photo Ethics” and “How to Outsmart Trolls and Troublemakers.”

 

 

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