Grants, awards & freebies

Grants, awards and freebies — Nov. 1, 2012

Do you use digital media? PBS Teacher Innovator Awards recognize innovative pre-K–12 classroom educators, media specialists, technology coordinators and home-school educators who use digital media to enhance student learning. Entrants must submit a short video or PDF with text and images that showcases their work. Entries can be a demonstration of a unique teaching technique or the outcome of influence on a student work. Maximum award: paid, week-long “Innovation Immersion Experience” at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mich., in August 2013; free professional development from PBS TeacherLine. Eligibility: pre-K–12 classroom educators (public, private or charter school), library media specialists, technology specialists/coordinators, home-school educators and Head Start or licensed day care teachers.

Deadline: Dec. 12. Contact:

STEM competition: The Christopher Columbus Awards is a national, community-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics competition for middle school students and teachers looking to make a difference in their community. Working in teams, students identify a problem in the community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution. Maximum award: $25,000 grant. Eligibility: schools (grades 6–8) and community groups.

Deadline: Feb. 4. Contact:

Supporting literacy: City National Bank is accepting applications for grants to support literacy-based projects at public and private elementary, middle and high schools in California, Nevada and New York. Recipients can create, augment, or expand literacy projects that are judged to be creative and engaging, and that may help improve student achievement. Awards can be used for books, videos, CDs, DVDs, computer software or hardware, or in other ways as long as the recipient shows that the project for which funds are sought will support literacy. Maximum award: $500. Eligibility: any full-time teacher, librarian or administrator at schools in counties where City National has offices.

Deadline: Nov. 30. Contact:

Free books: Reading Is Fundamental announced that it will award more than 600 book collections to RIF programs serving children in low-income communities throughout the U.S. The collections consist of 40 children’s books for grades K–5. Each book will also have an accompanying set of activities developed in accordance with the new Common Core Learning Standards.

Contact: For further information, visit the Reading Is Fundamental website.

Free online resources: The Learning Games Network announced a series of free online resources to help teachers integrate game design across the curriculum. The network offers educators the Game Design Tool Kit, which consists of a lesson plan guide, research and design prompts, and step-by-step instructions and discussion guides that enable teachers to coach students through four phases of game design: Explore, Discover, Create and Share. The tool kit can be downloaded for free from the Learning Games Network website.

Have a salad: The Let’s Move! Campaign solicits applications for the Salad Bars to Schools program. The program seeks to significantly increase salad bars in schools across the country until every child has the choice of healthy fruits and vegetables every day at school. Each grant consists of a portable 72-inch, five-well insulated salad bar with two tray slides; divider bars; two four-inch-deep full pans with covers; four four-inch-deep half pans with covers; and 12 four-inch-deep quarter pans with covers; five buffet chilling pads; and 16 serving tongs. Eligibility: K–12 school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program.

Deadline: Dec. 1. Contact: email or go to

Free ebooks with app download: Scholastic offers free ebooks from Storia. Teachers and parents can download the Storia app free to PC, iPad or Android tablets. The app comes with five free books, including a special “Clifford the Big Red Dog” ebook. Teachers who download Storia for their classroom will receive an additional five free ebooks specifically selected for their students’ grade level.

Contact: For further information, visit

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