Grants, awards & freebies

Grants, Awards & Freebies — Dec. 6, 2018

Picking up STEAM

Stanley Black & Decker, in partnership with Innovation Generation and Discovery Education, is seeking entrants for the Innovation Generation Contest. The contest seeks to cultivate student collaboration and STEAM learning acceleration in urban, rural, advanced and underserved learning communities. Contest applicants can enter for a chance to win funding for a Makerspace. Funds: $25,000 grants. Eligibility: K–12 schools. The two schools with the most votes will each win a $25,000 Makerspace. Educators and community adults are asked to vote daily for their favorite schools.

DEADLINE: March 5.
CONTACT: Discovery Education, One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; Innovation Generation.

Become nationally famous

Located in Emporia, Kansas, the National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF) has brought attention to the profession through an annual recognition program that honors five of the nation’s most outstanding teachers. Nominees must have a minimum of 20 years of full-time pre-K–12 teaching experience. Ceremonies take place in June of each year. All expenses are paid by the NTHF. Following the induction, members continue in their current endeavors and serve students and the field of education by becoming lifelong ambassadors. Being an ambassador of the NTHF includes participating in webinars, workshops and in a speaker’s bureau, as well as representing and marketing the NTHF through public appearances and educational endeavors.

CONTACT: National Teachers Hall of Fame

Changing lives pays off

This annual program recognizes and rewards K–12 educators and school employees nationwide. Nominees must be full-time educators, teachers, administrators or any member of a school’s staff who makes a positive difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. Each LifeChanger has a chance of being recognized as one of the LifeChangers of the Year, who can receive cash prizes for themselves and their school or district. There will be a grand prize of $10,000 and four grand-prize finalist awards of $5,000. Both will be divided in half, with one half going to the awardee and the other to the winner’s school or district. The top five grand-prize finalists will be flown to Hawaii in early May for some fun and relaxation, and to attend the national awards ceremony where the grand-prize winner will be announced. There will also be 10 LifeChanger Awards of $3,000 and one LifeChanger Spirit Award of $5,000. Those also will be split between the winner and the winner’s school or district. And 20–25 of the top LifeChangers who didn’t make the top 15 will make the honor roll and receive a $50 Visa gift card and some surprise goodies.

DEADLINE: Dec. 31.
CONTACT: LifeChanger of the Year

Visions of plum projects

Visions Federal Credit Union is accepting submissions for its Visions Loves Educators Classroom Program. Elementary, middle and high school educators from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania are invited to submit ideas for educational projects not covered by their school’s budget. Visions, which has dedicated $10,000 to the program, will then select one or more projects to fund in full.

DEADLINE: Dec. 31.
CONTACT: Visions Loves Classrooms

Seeking inspirational teachers

Did you have a teacher who inspired you? One who changed your life? Is there a teacher you credit with helping you become the person you are today? Do you remember a specific interaction with your teacher that proved to be a moment of inspiration and transformation? Share your story. The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., is seeking nominations for the Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards, which are presented to teachers and college or university instructors in the United States to recognize their outstanding impact on their students’ lives. Nominees must be legal residents of the United States. They also must teach or have taught in a K–12 school, college or university in the United States. Teachers of all grade levels and subject areas are eligible. The maximum award is $10,000. Awardees will also be showcased, along with the people they inspired, on the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards website.

DEADLINE: Dec. 31.
CONTACT: Kennedy Center

The Smithsonian wants you

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s immersive, STEM-focused program, the Teacher Innovator Institute, will teach educators how to bring the museum experience into their classrooms by exploring connections between informal STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and authentic learning. The two-week immersive program in Washington, D.C., will welcome 30 teachers from across the country on July 15–26. The program will include hands-on activities, museum tours, behind-the-scenes museum experiences, visits to other museums and group work. Teachers will benefit from the expertise of museum educators and content experts and be able to use aerospace science, history and technology to shape their ideas about authentic learning and bring informal education techniques to their classrooms. Educators in the program are asked to commit to two weeks each summer for three summers. During those two weeks, they will actively participate in sessions led by Smithsonian staff and guests and propose and complete an independent project. Teachers are provided with lodging, food and travel to and within Washington.

CONTACT: Smithsonian

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