Grants, awards & freebies

Grants, awards & freebies — Sept. 22, 2011

7Wonders Teacher Tour program

Wonder Bread is accepting nominations for its 7Wonders of the USA Teacher Tour program. The program honors American teachers who inspire a sense of wonder in their students by giving those teachers a chance to visit one of the seven wonders of the United States (Grand Canyon, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, New Orleans Jazz Park, Mt. Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and Mt. Kilauea in Hawaii) and to teach a class remotely. Seven teachers will each receive one trip to one of the sites. Each winning teacher’s school will receive 25 tablet computers. Nominees must submit an essay of no more than 100 words on how their teacher inspires students. Open to K-12 teachers.


IRA research grants

The International Reading Association (IRA) seeks applications for the Elva Knight Research Grant program. The grants support promising research that addresses significant questions for the discipline of reading/literacy research and practice. Grants of up to $8,000 are available. Individuals who are IRA members can apply. Grant studies may be carried out using any research method or approach as long as the focus of the project is on research in reading/writing or literacy or teacher preparation for reading/writing instruction. Tip: Do not include the applicant’s name, institutional affiliation or any other personal information that will identify the applicant on any part of the proposal other than the profile page. The grant competitions will be conducted as a blind review.

WEBSITE: IRA: Elva Knight Research Grant

'Making a Difference' award

This award will recognize and honor excellence in a science program developed and implemented by middle or high school level science teachers, grades 6-12. Entries must show innovative and effective teaching strategies combined with a science program that has influenced students to explore and investigate science and its application to global problems. Innovative middle or high school level science programs are eligible. The award of $2,500 must be used to enhance or expand the winning science program; the winning school’s lead science teacher and principal will be awarded coach airfare and two nights’ hotel accommodations to attend the National Science Teachers Association’s national conference.

WEBSITE: DCAT "Making a Difference" Award

Lawyer in the classroom

The New York County Lawyers’ Association Committee on Law-Related Education is once again offering classroom visits by lawyers to discuss recent court cases, mock trials and/or curriculum-related law topics. Attorneys are often available for parent-teacher meetings, school ceremonies, court visits and special programs.

CONTACT: Justice Richard Lee Price, chair, Committee on Law-Related Education, at 1-718-618-3646

‘Piracy Doesn’t Work in NYC’ contest

Teachers are asked to inform their students of the “Create the Next Spot” Student Contest. The contest is sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment with the support of the city’s creative industry to help fight digital piracy. The campaign aims to raise awareness that illegal downloads of movies, music and books threaten jobs in creative industries. NYC high school and college students are asked to create the next public service announcement video against content theft. The contest winner will produce the campaign with a professional production company in NYC. The spots will be distributed on TV, in NYC taxis, on bus shelters and online. It’s an exciting opportunity to get students involved in an important issue and have their ideas broadcast around the city.

WEBSITE: Visit for more information and entry guidelines.

Grants to fight childhood obesity

The United Healthcare HEROES program is a service-learning health literacy initiative developed by United Healthcare and Youth Service America. The program awards grants to help youth, ages 5-25, create and implement local hands-on programs to fight childhood obesity. Each grant engages participating youth in service-learning, an effective teaching and learning strategy that supports student learning, academic achievement and workplace readiness. The grants encourage semester-long projects that launch on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 16, 2012) and culminate on Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2012). Schools, service-learning coordinators, non-profits and students in the health professions located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible to apply for the $500-$1,000 grants.

WEBSITE: UnitedHealth HEROES Service-Learning Grants

‘This is My Math’ contest:

McGraw-Hill seeks entrants for the “This is My Math” contest. The contest asks students to submit works of art expressing what math means to them. This is a competition for teachers working with their students. Only teachers may enter the contest. Only students may create the artwork. Winning students will have their artwork featured on the next elementary math program from McGraw-Hill and displayed at the new Museum of Mathematics when it opens next year in New York City. Teachers have the chance to win nearly $15,000 (per teacher) in fun and functional classroom prizes. Teachers working with K-5 students can apply.

WEBSITE: "This is My Math"

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