A way to encourage reading
Teachers and librarians interested in receiving small posters of TV stars, famous athletes, authors and beloved book characters reading a book can submit inquires to the Every Child a Reader, Get Caught Reading initiative. The first new poster for 2019 features Olympic gold medalist and author Laurie Hernandez and is available now for free.
CONTACT: Get Caught Reading
Handwashing kits available
Essity is launching its hand hygiene education program, Hand-washing Works! The program provides resources for pre-K–2nd-grade educators to use when delivering hand-washing education in their schools. Educators can order a free instruction kit, which includes a lesson plan and materials for in-class activities. Educators can also request a free ultraviolet flashlight and glow-in-the-dark lotion (representing germs) which, when held under the light, reveals pretend germs.
CONTACT: Handwashing Works
Seeking an outstanding young educator
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) presents this award to an outstanding young educator (35 or younger) who demonstrates vision, innovation, action and transformation using technology to improve learning and teaching. The work of the selected educator will reflect the ISTE mission and purpose and can be used to model best practices in the field. Our Outstanding Young Educator has made an impact on the educational community, actively shares ideas and uses his or her professional learning network to improve his or her professional work. The winner will receive recognition at the ISTE Conference and Expo, complimentary registration to the conference, up to a $1,000 travel stipend to attend the conference, a $1,500 cash prize, a one-year ISTE membership, an engraved plaque recognizing the recipient’s outstanding achievement and recognition in ISTE publications, press releases provided to local media and on its website.
DEADLINE: Feb. 18.
Honoring an exceptional digital-age teacher
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) presents an award for outstanding educator. This award recognizes and honors one teacher who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in and understanding of educational technology implementation, who is passionate about teaching and who has examples of successful lessons. The annual ISTE awards recognize exceptional educators and leaders who are paving the way for connected learning and seek those whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching, learning and leading in the digital age. The winner will receive recognition at the ISTE Conference and Expo, complimentary registration to the conference, up to a $1,000 travel stipend to attend the conference, a $1,500 cash prize, a one-year ISTE membership, an engraved plaque recognizing the recipient’s outstanding achievement and recognition in ISTE publications, press releases provided to local media and on its website.
DEADLINE: Feb. 18.
Summer in the classroom
National Endowment for the Humanities offers tuition-free opportunities for K–12 educators and higher-education faculty to study a variety of humanities topics during the summer. Eligibility: Full-time or part-time teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home-schooling parents. Other K–12 school-system personnel such as administrators, substitute teachers and curriculum developers are also eligible to participate. Award stipends of $1,200–$3,300 help cover expenses for these one- to four-week programs.
DEADLINE: March 1.
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.
DEADLINE: Feb. 1.
CONTACT: Air and Space Museum