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Grants, Awards & Freebies — Jan. 5, 2017

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The International Literacy Association’s Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Award honors an outstanding elementary teacher of reading and language arts who is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of reading and writing across the curriculum in real world contexts in grades K–6 (ages 5–12). Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: regular classroom elementary teachers of reading and language arts grades K–6 in a school in which at least 60 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch; must be ILA members.

CONTACT: International Literacy Association

Make that library program a reality

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is requesting proposals for the Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants program. The program provides funds to help educators and librarians design and implement a creative program for their school or library. Funds: grants up to $500. Eligibility: public schools, public libraries and public preschool programs. Any program proposed by a school or library should support or extend the basic curriculum by providing an experience, activity or project not otherwise offered.

DEADLINE: March 31.
CONTACT: Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

Technology for your classroom

What could you do with $1,000 for classroom technology? The way we learn and experience things is ever changing. As technology rapidly introduces and expedites new ways of learning, classrooms often find it difficult to keep up. understands the importance of technology as a tool for learning and entertainment, and therefore wishes to present three teachers with a $1,000 grant each to spend on classroom technology. In an essay of 400–500 words, write about the impact new classroom technology could have for you and your students. The top three submissions featuring the most innovative and beneficial uses for classroom technology will win. Ideas for how technology will facilitate a more constructive learning environment will vary, but all submissions should include an observed learning challenge that is amplified by inadequate technology; the specific technology or technologies you plan to implement; how this technology will support your teaching efforts; and the anticipated impact improved technology will have on your students.

DEADLINE: Feb. 24.
CONTACT: Direct Packages

Win a playground makeover

Together Counts is seeking applications for the Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes seeks to help schools improve their wellness programs. Three winners will receive $30,000 in prizes for their schools’ wellness programs and new playgrounds from Playworld. Three runners-up will receive $5,000 grants for their schools’ wellness programs. Eligibility: Pre-K–5 schools.

DEADLINE: March 19.
CONTACT: Together Counts

That’s presidential

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Since 1983, more than 4,700 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals. This year’s awards will honor mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers working in grades 7–12. Award recipients will receive a certificate signed by the president of the United States; a paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities; a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation; and an opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation. Nominees must have at least five years of full-time K–12 math or science teaching experience prior to the 2016–17 school year.

DEADLINE: April 1 to nominate a teacher; applications are due May 1.
CONTACT: To nominate a teacher, visit PAEMST