Contests

1 | Choose Kind
Wonder author R. J. Palacio invites readers to enter the Certified Kind Classroom Challenge. Each time a child performs a kind deed, have her place a marble in a specially labeled jar. When the jar is full, register to receive your Certified Kind Certificate and be entered for a chance to win a pizza party and a video message from Palacio! DEADLINE: December 31

2 | Sharpen Up  
Need school supplies? Enter the Stanley Bostitch Smart Minds Sweepstakes for a chance to win up to $2,500 in Bostitch products, including electric pencil sharpeners, scissors, and more. Plus, find free printables for ELA lessons. DEADLINE: February 29

3 | Records of the Future  
Guinness World Records is challenging kids to think about the record they want to break in the next 20 years. From running the fastest mile to walking on Pluto, kids are invited to share their dream in a poster, essay, song, poem, rap, or video for a chance to win $750, be featured in the Guinness World Records 2017 book, and more. DEADLINE: December 1

4 | Stock Up for Success
Western Governors University is celebrating the new school year by hosting a Back-to-School Teacher Sweepstakes!  The grand prize winner will receive a Scholastic classroom library, a $2,500 school gift card, and a $500 classroom gift card. DEADLINE: November 11

5 | Student Politics     
The 2016 StudentCam Theme: “Road to the White House.” Encourage middle school students to submit a five- to seven-minute documentary outlining a topic they would like to see discussed during the presidential campaign. Winning journalists earn up to $5,000 (plus $750 for schools to purchase digital video equipment).
DEADLINE: January 20

Freebies

6 | Get Lost in Reading
Take students on the adventure of a lifetime by helping them realize the joy of a great book! Tied to this fall’s release of Pan, a live-action film on the classic Neverland story, Scholastic and Warner Bros. team up to provide resources to help you teach reading, from great graphic organizers to plot diagram mini-posters.

7 | Recycled Resources     
From the importance of conserving water to the process of recycling, Think Earth’s environmental curriculum has been instilling eco-awareness in elementary students since the 1990s. This year, Think Earth is making their resources available to teachers digitally—and absolutely free! Reboots of popular units, such as Bernie the School Bus, will align with current standards.

8 | Teach This Poem
The Academy of American Poets presents Teach This Poem, a program for K–12 educators. Sign up to receive one poem a week from Poets.org, along with activities and resources to help introduce poetry to your young bards.

9 | Mix It Up
For teachers incorporating blended learning, BlendSpace provides the tools you need to organize and share web resources, assess for understanding with built-in quizzes, and track progress in real time.

10 | Best Ghoul-friends
Inspired by Hotel Transylvania 2, the free program Meet Our Class helps kids develop storytelling and artistic skills while strengthening the class community. Resources include the Getting Along With Humans worksheet, a wacky collection of class rules that students can add to.

11 | Ready for Anything!
Duracell is partnering with the American Red Cross to promote emergency preparedness.To better prepare your classroom for emergencies and natural disasters, sign up to recieve your free readiness kit, a handy collection of emergency supplies, such as, a pack of batteries and a flashlight.

Grants

12 | Hot Idea     
Hot Planet/Cool Athletes works with professional athletes to inspire kids to take action to protect our planet. The organization has teamed up with The North Face to provide grants of $10,000 to schools that organize green programs, such as recycling initiatives. DEADLINE: January 15

13 | Forward Thinking
Like its namesake, The Henry Ford celebrates innovation—on the roads and in your classroom! The Teacher Innovator Awards recognize teachers who encourage their students to push boundaries. Winners receive a trip to the Henry Ford Museum for the Innovation Immersion Experience, a professional learning opportunity.
DEADLINE: February 5

14 | Amazing Educators  
Are you a public school teacher at a school where at least 40 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch? Apply for the 2016 Fishman Prize from TNTP (or nominate a colleague). The Fishman Prize awards $25,000 and the opportunity to share your ideas by publishing an original essay.
DEADLINE: January 5  

15 | Karma for Cara
Before Cara Becker died of leukemia at age 21, she and her family started the Karma for Cara foundation to inspire young people to help others as Cara did throughout her life. Encourage kids ages 18 and under to apply for micro-grants of $250 to $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities.
DEADLINE: Rolling  

16 | A Reason to Sing
Nominate yourself or your school’s music teacher for the 2017 Grammy Music Educator Award! Inspiring music teachers at any grade level will receive a $10,000 honorar­ium, a trip to Los Angeles to attend the Grammys, and more! DEADLINE: March 15

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