Grants, awards & freebies

Grants, Awards & Freebies — Feb. 14, 2013

The Great American Teach-Off Contest: Students, parents and teachers nominate one high school or middle school teacher who is making a difference — and America will decide which teacher should receive the $10,000 classroom grant sponsored by GOOD and the University of Phoenix. Educators are nominated through a 200-word essay on GOOD’s website. Ten finalists will be chosen by a panel of partner organizations. Finalists will then submit short videos answering questions posed by the contest organizers. Over the course of five weeks, finalists are paired against one another and America will decide who should move on to the next round of competition. Ultimately, one will be named The Greatest American Teacher.


Arts program grants: American Girl is seeking applications for its Elevate the Arts program. The program aims to support art in the classroom. Public, private, charter and home-schooled elementary schools can apply for grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. Entries should include an essay on why art matters to the school and the impact it has on the students; and a piece of artwork developed by the school’s elementary art class(es). Only one submission per school is permitted.

Deadline: May 31. Contact: American Girl, P.O. Box 620497, Middleton, WI 53562-0497; 1-800-360-1861;

Medieval studies lesson plans: TEAMS is seeking submissions for its third annual teaching prize for K–12 teachers. Teachers are encouraged to submit their original, unpublished lesson plans dealing with medieval studies topics for consideration. Teachers of winning submissions will receive cash prizes and publication of their lessons in the “Once and Future Classroom.” Lessons might have been designed as part of a medieval unit, a component of a survey course, or be drawn from a class designed around a specific text or topic, (e.g., “Beowulf” or “Robin Hood”). The purpose of the grant is to recognize excellence in designing and teaching lessons in medieval studies, including but not limited to such areas as history, literature and art history in K–12 schools. The first-prize recipient will receive a cash award of $1,000, and the second-prize recipient will receive $500. Additionally, the first-prize recipient will be provided with a subsidy to attend the following year’s International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Mich., to formally accept his or her award.

Deadline: April 15. Contact: Submissions and inquiries should be sent electronically to Laura Wangerin at

Changing students’ lives: The Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Awards Program Grant honors teachers who have demonstrated their capacity to change the outcome of students’ lives and the communities where they teach with a $5,000 grant. Nominees must be licensed and active elementary or secondary (K–12) classroom teachers, have at least five years of teaching experience and have instructed students the equivalent of 20 hours per week during a nine-month academic calendar year for at least five of the prior seven years.

Deadline: May 1. Contact:

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