1 | All Set for a Pet?
Pets in the Classroom no-hassle grants are available for K–8 teachers looking to support and sustain small class pets. Whether they fly, crawl, hop, or swim, class pets provide a chance for students to bond with and care for animals responsibly. Grants are approved within 3–4 weeks of submission; apply beginning August 1. DEADLINE: Rolling
2 | TLC for PLCs
The Association of American Educators (AAE) Foundation provides grants of up to $500 for K–12 teachers seeking professional development opportunities and materials, including conferences, in-services, and information on PLCs. Grants are awarded in both fall and spring.
DEADLINE: October 1
3 | Summer Again
The year just started, but it’s already time to think about next summer! The Fund for Teachers awards summer grants to PreK–12 teachers to pursue self-designed learning projects. From cross-country conferences to research trips to South Africa, grant fellows pursue experiences that transform student learning. Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to individuals; up to $10,000 goes to teams. DEADLINE: January 31
4 | Cents for STEM
Toshiba America Foundation awards $1,000 grants to K–5 teachers who come up with innovative math and science curriculum ideas. Project-based learning initiatives tap into young students’ natural curiosity in a big way—think everything from forensic studies to robotic construction.
DEADLINE: October 1
5 | Green Thumbs
Educational and edible? In partnership with FoodCorps, the School Garden grant awards $2,000 to support the creation and maintenance of gardens on K–12 school grounds. Submit an application for your school, in conjunction with any local supporting organization or business.
DEADLINE: October 31
6 | Get Your Sea Legs
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Teacher at Sea Program sends K–12 teachers aboard research ships for up to one month. Working alongside scientists gives teachers firsthand insight into oceanic science. Successful candidates are awarded all travel costs and a per diem allowance. Trips are held year-round. Applications are available online November 1.
7 | Halloween Treat
For over 65 years, UNICEF’s Trick-or-Treat program has been helping children help other children. This year, don’t just send home collection boxes. Use inspiring PreK–6 lesson plans and materials to illustrate common needs across cultures, teach about child rights, and develop messages about the Trick-or-Treat campaign to share with others.
8 | The Storks Really Deliver
In the upcoming movie Storks, the long-billed delivery birds must build, invent, and engineer their way to delivering a baby home safely. Inspired by the birds’ STEM skills, Scholastic is teaming with Warner Bros. to create K–5 materials, including a teaching guide, lesson plans, interactive math and engineering activities, and more.
9 | Everything Election
The team behind Scholastic News has up-to-the-minute reporting for kids about the 2016 presidential election. Plus, get exclusive coverage from our team of kid reporters.
10 | Real-World Math
Math meets everyday life with this financial literacy program from Regions Bank. The Adventures in Math program is designed to help students practice math skills and apply them to real-world concepts like budgeting and saving money. This year, the popular program has been extended to reach K–8 students.
11 | Justice by the People
Constitution Day (September 16) is a great opportunity to teach students about voting, the U.S. Constitution, and the justice system. This civics, history, and language arts program features lesson plans, articles, student printables, and a courtroom simulation for grades 5–8 classrooms.
12 | Serious About Ceres
An exciting mission to discover more about the dwarf planet Ceres is underway. After imagining what Ceres looks like and how it formed, students of all ages are invited to submit original art, music, poetry, or video to answer those questions. Chosen submissions will be featured on the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) website. DEADLINE: Rolling
13 | Pen a Patriotic Piece
The VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest pairs perfectly with your social studies lessons. Students in grades 6–8 are invited to submit essays (300–400 words) on this year’s theme, “The America I Believe In.” The first-place winner will receive $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
DEADLINE: November 1
14 | Library Stories
K–4 classes can enter the Be-A-Famous-Writer Contest with an original story (fiction or nonfiction, 250–1,000 words) about the library. Collaborate as a class, or select one student’s piece to submit. Entries are accepted starting September 1, and prizes include a classroom license to the literary tool Tales2GO.
DEADLINE: November 15
15 | Conservation Close-Up
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) seeks photos from K–12 photographers that display their vision of conservation in America—on farms, in ponds, and everywhere in between. Awards include prizes of up to $100, and winning photos will be displayed at the NACD Annual Meeting.
DEADLINE: December 1
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