Don’t have a rich uncle? Then find a patron online. Adopt-a-Classroom lets people sponsor individual classrooms. “Adopted” teachers receive $500 worth of credit to purchase classroom resources. Solicit more sponsors through the site by downloading fliers or sending out a personalized, pre-written e-mail.
For More Information: Go to www.adoptaclassroom.com
Box Tops for Education
General Mills continues its popular Box Tops for Education program for K–8 schools, awarding up to $60,000 per year to participating schools. Earn cash by collecting box tops, purchasing items online at the Box Tops Marketplace, or using the Box Tops Visa card.
For More Information: Check out www.boxtops4education.com
Need More Books?
And live in the country? The Books for Children program helps to put new, hardcover children’s books on the shelves of rural school libraries. Grants of $700 are awarded three times a year.
Deadline: March 15, July 15, Dec. 15
For More Information: Start a book list and go to www.librifoundation.org
Money for Cool Programs
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has already awarded $150 million in new grants to innovative education programs. The requirements are broad: to support increased student achievement, improved access to exemplary educational content, and other goals as outlined on its Web site. Send a brief letter describing how your program is making a difference.
For More Information: Go to www.hewlett.org
Calling all budding poets! Get those creative juices flowing—it’s time for our 9th annual poetry contest! We can’t wait to read the work of your talented kids, so get going! Submit their best poems. Kids could win one of twelve prizes.
For More Information: Go to www.scholastic.com/instructor
Change your students' lives with an essay? Enter the Lenovo Racing Toward Innovation Teachers Essay Contest! The school with the winning entry will receive a visit from a torch-carrying Olympic champion and a Lenovo 21st Century Classroom, complete with Lenovo ThinkPad PCs, powered by Intel Centrino with vPro processor technology, and a portable LCD projector.You’ll also win a colorful new Lenovo IdeaPad® notebook to call your very own.
Enter now: www.lenovo.com/essaycontest
A wireless computer lab for your school could become a reality. CDW-G and Discovery Education will provide five K–12 schools with a lab valued at more than $50,000—with 20 laptop computers, a video projector, a printer, a document camera, an interactive whiteboard, a personal response system, and more. Plus, runners-up can win whiteboards, video projectors, notebook computers, or digital camcorders.
Deadline: May 1, 2008
For More Information: To enter, go to www.discoveryeducation.com/cdwg
Red Carpet Teachers
Who needs American Idol when there’s The American Stars of Teaching project? You don’t have to carry a tune, just be an exemplary teacher who raises student achievement, uses innovative classroom strategies, and makes a difference in students’ lives.
Deadline: March 31, 2008
For More Information: Go to www.ed.gov/teacherinitiative
Win an Author Visit
Do your students know the charming “Regarding” book series by sister authors Kate and Sarah Klise: Regarding the Sink, Regarding the Bees, Regarding the Trees, and Regarding the Bathroom? If you download a free discussion guide, you will be automatically entered to win a virtual author visit and free books.
Deadline: Drawing will be held on March 14, 2008.
For More Information: Visit www.harcourtbooks.com/regarding
To celebrate two new creative coloring books by Taro Gomi, Squiggles and Doodle All Year, Chronicle Books invites your students everywhere to send in their best scribbles. Download a prompt from the Web site, and let children’s imagination flow. Five grand prize winners will be awarded a deluxe set of art materials, a limited edition print autographed by Taro Gomi, and the Taro Gomi books.
Deadline: May 31, 2008
For More Information: Start doodling at www.chroniclebooks.com/doodles
Share Your Greenest Lessons
Your lesson on global warming can win you some green. Enter the Climate Change Lesson Plan Contest to win cash prizes and Scholastic Book Club Bonus Points! Your lesson plan can address climate change directly, or use it as a central theme.
Deadline: April 30, 2008
For more information: Send up to five lessons to www.teacherspayteachers.com/contest
The new SMART Technologies-Scholastic Web site is now adding standards-based lesson plans that are perfect for Earth Day learning. The site also includes plenty of other helpful links, articles, and how-tos for both new and experienced whiteboard users.
Here’s how: Click on www.scholastic.com/interactivewhiteboards (available in April).
Looking for a New Job?
School Jobs Now lists openings for teachers, administrators, librarians, and coaches. You can search for school- and district-level jobs by location, type, or salary, receive personalized job alerts, and get expert advice on everything from how to have a great interview to how to secure the best offer. Employers can post jobs and manage responses online. “Free Resume Match” makes finding a job so much easier.
Here’s how: Hunt for jobs or candidates on www.schooljobsnow.com
Free Word Swatter
Exclusive for Instructor readers. Visit the Learning Resources Web site for a free Word Swatter, a new device that isolates letters, words, and parts of speech on whiteboards, pocket charts, and more.
Here’s how: Check out this and other Teacher Appreciation Week promotions on www.learningresources.com/thanks
Join the Glue Crew
Help save the planet one orange cap at a time. Collect your empty Elmer’s glue bottles and glue sticks in a box. Package it as instructed on the Elmer’s Web site, and drop it off, along with your best recycling lesson, at your nearest Wal-Mart between Earth Day (April 22) and the end of the school year to qualify for prizes.
Here’s how: Go to www.elmersgluecrew.com to join.
The presidential race is heating up, so get your kids in on the action by reintroducing them to the Constitution. The Constitution Center Web site has lots of games, puzzles, lesson plans, and reproducibles. There is even an interactive Constitution that breaks down the document into easy-to-understand parts.
Here’s how: Go to www.constitutioncenter.org/education
Free Story Anthology
Rhinos & Raspberries: Tolerance Tales for the Early Grades showcases 12 stories from around the world and is designed to promote both character education and literacy in preK–6.
For more information: Go to www.teachingtolerance.org for an order form.