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Grants, Awards & Freebies — March 27, 2014

Order in the court: The Justice Resource Center is offering educators an introductory professional development session on The Constitution Works program. The Constitution Works is a law-related/civics program fostering skills and dispositions for 21st century learners. The program is appropriate for grades 5-12. The Justice Resource Center provides teacher professional development sessions, age-appropriate case materials aligned with the Common Core and an opportunity for students to role-play their case in a federal court. The session will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 1–3:30 p.m., at the Justice Resource Center, 122 Amsterdam Ave., Room 504, New York, NY 10023.

CONTACT: Justice Resource Center. Educators who would like to attend should RSVP to Carolyn Morway at by April 28.

Free bullying curriculum: PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center offers a free peer-to-peer curriculum that will provide students with the tools they need to speak up on behalf of their peers and prevent bullying in their schools, the community and online. PACER seeks schools interested in piloting the curriculum. Pilots will be provided with assistance including webinars, staff availability for questions, evaluations, and other resources.


Elementary, my dear Watson: The Beacon Society, a not-for-profit scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars that supports and recognizes exemplary educational experiences that introduce young people to the Sherlock Holmes stories, is offering grants of up to $500 to fund the development of such programs. The grants honor the memory of Jan Stauber, a New Jersey middle school teacher who for 10 years visited classes in the guise of Sherlock Holmes to encourage students to discover the joys of reading. Jan Stauber Grants have been awarded to creative teachers and librarians in the U.S. since 2004 and in Canada since 2012. Previous awardees have used Sherlock Holmes to teach English, literature, history, mathematics, forensics, deductive reasoning and critical thinking to students in elementary school through high school.

CONTACT: Beacon Society

Growth in the garden: Each year The City Gardens Club of New York City pays program fees for a limited number of New York City public school teachers to attend activity-oriented summer workshops at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Queens Botanical Garden, The Horticultural Society of New York, and a residential program on Hog Island, Maine, offered by the National Audubon Society. Scholarships cover the costs of tuition, “P” in-service credit where available, course materials, and room and board when applicable. Elementary, middle, and high school teachers who teach science in the classroom are eligible.

CONTACT: City Gardens Club

Go to bat for a teacher: Major League Baseball, PEOPLE and Target invite you to nominate a current or retired teacher who is a classroom all star; someone who has made a difference in the lives of students as well as the community. Thirty teachers will attend and be honored at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota.

CONTACT: All-Star Teachers

Serving communities: IBM requests proposals for its Impact Grants program. The program provides consulting expertise and software specifically designed to support educational and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to serve communities. Funds: In-kind donation of services and software. Eligibility: Schools and nonprofit organizations.

CONTACT:; IBM Impact Grants

Listen to the music: The Sharon Gewirtz Kids to Concerts Fund seeks to support music education by providing children with the opportunity to experience classical music firsthand at live performances. Funds: Grants up to $500. Eligibility: Public and charter schools and nonprofit music programs. Areas: Priority is given to music education program initiatives that directly support the purchase of tickets for music education students for live classical music performances.

CONTACT:; Sharon Gewirtz Kids to Concerts Fund

Inspire young engineers: WGBH Radio in Boston and the Raytheon Company announced the launch of a new collection of media-rich resources for K-12 educators that teach to the next-generation science standards. The collection, Teaching NGSS Engineering Design Through Media, is available on PBS LearningMedia and features a wide range of tools to engage and inspire young engineers in K-12 classrooms. Materials are available for free to K-12 educators.

CONTACT: PBS Learning Media