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Mt. Diablo Unified School District

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JANUARY ISSUE                                                                                      2021

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to the schools and/or individuals for applying and receiving the grants and awards on behalf of Mt. Diablo students! Please email me at robertss@mdusd.org to share your success!

 

A detailed chart of current grants across the district is available at www.mdusd.org/DEPARTMENTS/GRANTS/Pages/default.aspx

 

Time Sensitive Due Dates:

 

 

*Blue: Academic Support/Professional Development Grants, Purple: Technology, Pink: School Climate and Safety, Red: Arts and Enrichment Grants, Orange: Nutrition and Physical Fitness, and Green: Youth Development and Community Service Grants.

 

 

Academic Support/Professional Development Grants

 

American Honda Foundation Grants 

Purpose:  To support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment, job training and literacy.

Funder: The American Honda Foundation.

Applicant:  Qualified nonprofit charitable organizations classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, with a program focused on youth and scientific education.  The foundation’s aim is to seek out those programs and organizations with a well-defined sense of purpose, demonstrated commitment to making the best use of available resources and a reputation for accomplishing their objectives. 

Amount: Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000.  The average size grant is $45,000.

Deadline(returning organizations)      Board Review             Grants Awarded        

May 1                                                  July                              August 1

Deadline(for new organizations)         Board Review             Grants Awarded        

August 1                                              October                        November 1

February 1                                          April                            May1

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2020-2021 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching  NEW! 

Purpose: To honor science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teachers.  There are two award categories:  science and mathematics.  Science includes science and engineering and mathematics includes mathematics and computer science/technology.

Funder:  The National Science Foundation. (NSF)

Applicant:  Teachers working in grades 7-12 from public, charter and private schools are eligible for nomination. They may be nominated by students, parents, colleagues, or supervisors. Self nominations are also accepted. Nominees must: hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; be full-time employees of the school or school district as determined by state & district policies, with responsibilities for teaching students no less than 50 percent of the school’s allotted instructional time; have at least five years of full-time employment as a K-12 teacher prior to the 2020-2021 school year, with science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching duties prior during each of the past five years; teach in one of the 50 states; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; and have not received the PAEMST award at the national level in any prior competition or category.

Amount:  Awardees receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, a certificate signed by the president, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and an opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.

Deadline:  March 1, 2021, for nominations.  April 1, 2020 for applications.


 

Teacher Development Grants  OPENS JAN 15, 2021! 

Purpose: To promote best practices through cooperative and sustained commitment to increased efficacy, improved teaching and active learning.  The Foundation values proposals aimed at concurrently boosting student understanding and proficiency and instilling a passion for lifelong learning.  This grant supports small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking K-12 classroom instruction.  Consider applying if you and/or a small group of your colleagues:

  • Are eager to improve your classroom instruction.
  • Are willing to document your new approach in detail.
  • Have an imaginative and well-considered plan for enriching classroom instruction.   

Funder: The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation.

Applicant: Educators who are licensed K-12 teachers employed in public or private schools; have the background and experience to complete the project successfully; and are willing to work in collaboration with the Foundation.

Amount: Grants up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of $30,000 over three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met.

Deadline: April 15, 2021.  Apply early!  The application system closes when they reach 350 submissions.

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Academic Enrichment Grants  OPENS JAN 15, 2021!    

Purpose: To provide funding for programs that nurtures the intellectual, artistic and creative abilities of children from low-income households.  Consider applying for a grant if:

  • You have a unique idea for a project that will supplement your regular classroom curriculum or after-school activity.
  • Your students have ideas for enrichment activities or a need for strengthening their academic experiences.
  • You have facilities, expertise and community endorsement, but need additional resources for materials, time and transportation.

Funder: The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation.

Applicant: Educators who are employed by school or non-profit organizations; Have the background and experience to complete the project successfully; Have direct and regular contact with students in grades Pre-K to 12; Work with students from low-income households; Be willing to work in collaboration with the Foundation.

Amount: Grants up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of $30,000 over three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met.

Deadline: April 15, 2021.  Apply early!  The application system closes when they reach 350 submissions.

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Toshiba American Foundation (TAF) Grants for Grades 6-12 

Purpose: To provide teachers with additional funds to support classroom projects.  After-school, summer projects, and independent study projects are not eligible.  The Foundation strongly encourages projects planned and led by individual teachers or teams of teachers for their own

classrooms.  Many successful grantees have designed projects that tap into the natural curiosity of their students, enable students to frame their own scientific questions, and incorporate the expertise of community partners.  Grants are to support classroom science and math education.  Endorsement from a school official is required.  Applications must be for project based learning.  Toshiba does not consider requests for computers, laptops or tablets.

Funder: The Toshiba America Foundation.

Applicant: Science and math teachers in public or private schools in grades 6-12.

Amount: Grants requests of more than $5,000.

Deadline:  May 1st and November 1st annually.

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Strengthening Career & Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V)  NEW!   

Purpose: To provide funding for the improvement of secondary and postsecondary career and technical education programs. 

Funder: California Department of Education.

Applicant: Local educational agencies.  Funding is provided to (1) state institutions, including the Dept. of Corrections & Rehabilitation; and State Special Schools; (2) secondary education programs; and (3) postsecondary education programs.

Amount: Total available:  $60,000,000.  Recipient amount unavailable.

Deadline:  May 15, 2021. 

Apply Now

 

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Program  NEW! 

Purpose: To excite high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention. The program asks teams, which are comprised of high school students, educators, and industry mentors, to identify a problem to be solved, conduct research on the problem, and develop a prototype invention. InvenTeam projects span many fields, such as assistive devices, environmental technologies, consumer goods and wearable technology.

Funder: The Lemelson Foundation and the program are administered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) School of Engineering.

Applicant: STEM educators at high schools and nonprofit educational organizations who have not received an InvenTeam grant within the past three years. The optimal size of an InvenTeam is 10 to 15 high school youth. Interested applicants must first submit an initial application online. Finalists will then be invited to submit a full application.

Amount: Grants up to $10,000.

Deadline: June 4, 2021.

Apply Now

 

 

Technology Grants

 

 

School Climate and Safety Grants

 

 

 

Arts and Enrichment Grants

 

2022 GRAMMY Music Educator Award  NEW!  

Purpose: To bring attention to the excellent and impactful work being done by thousands of music teachers across the United States. 

Funder: This award is supported by the NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants) and the National Association for Music Education.

Applicant: Current, full-time educators in the United States who teach music in public or private schools – Kindergarten through college.  Teachers in after-school, private studios or other educational settings are not eligible.  Teachers who are planning to retire at the end of the current school year are not eligible.  Music educator applicants will be evaluated based on the demonstrated evidence that they:  have made a measurable difference in the lives of students; have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education; are exemplars of the best in the field; have shown commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools; and have made a significant impact on his or her school or community. 

Amount: The winner receives a custom award, a $10,000 honorarium, and will be flown to Los Angeles to attend the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards in early 2022.  Finalists receive a $1,000 honorarium, while semifinalists receive a $500 honorarium.

Deadline:  Nominations are due March 15, 2021.  Teachers must submit their applications by March 31, 2021.

 

 

Youth and Community Development Grants

 

Education for Homeless Children and Youth  NEW!     

Purpose: To facilitate the enrollment, attendance, and success in school of homeless children and youth and to ensure homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate, public education as provided to all other students.  Services provided cannot replace the regular academic program and must be designed to expand or improve services that are part of the school’s regular academic program. 

Funder: California Department of Education.

Applicant: Local educational agencies.  This includes school districts, county offices of education and direct-funded charter schools.

Amount: Total available:  $10,674,000.  Recipient Amount:  Maximum up to $250,000.

Deadline:  February 4, 2021.

Apply Now

 

The Brave of Heart Fund  NEW!     

Purpose: To provide monetary grants to eligible family members of frontline healthcare workers and healthcare volunteers who lose their lives because of COVID-19. 

Funder: New York Life and Cigna.

Applicant: Family members of healthcare workers and healthcare volunteers who lost their lives because of COVID-19.

Amount: There are two forms of grants that may be available.  There is an initial grant of $15,000 to alleviate the cost of immediate needs related to funeral costs and other essential household expenses.  A second grant may also be available for continuing needs and longer-term expenses for up to six months, subject to income eligibility and documentation of financial need.  The second grant is intended to help defray expenses such as housing, utilities, educational expenses of dependents currently in school, childcare, clothing, food transportation, counseling, and medical expenses.  These grants may range up to $60,000.  The exact amount depends on a variety of factors including the applicant’s demonstration of financial need and availability of funds.  The final determination of grant eligibility and amounts will be made by E4E Relief.  Once verified, the eligible family member will be invited to apply directly to E4E Relief for available grants.

Deadline:  Applications accepts through May 15, 2021.

Apply Now

 

 

Nutrition and Physical Fitness Grants

 

 

Mini-Grants

 

American Chemical Society (ACS)-Hach Professional Development Grant  NEW!   

Purpose: To support high school chemistry teachers as they identify and pursue opportunities that advance their professional development and enhance the teaching and learning of chemistry in their classrooms.  The grant may be used for:  conference or workshop registration fees, travel expenses, tuition and educational expenses for new/upcoming courses, books and online instructional resources and/or substitute teacher pay.

Funder: The American Chemical Society.

Applicant: Must be a high school chemistry educator teaching in a United States or United States territory school.

Amount: Grants up to $1,500.

Deadline:  January 4, 2021.

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Kinder Morgan Foundation Grants   

Purpose: To help today’s science, math and music students become the engineers, educators and musicians who will support our diverse communities for many years to come.  To accomplish this goal, we fund programs that promote the academic and artistic interests of young people in the many cities and towns across North America where Kinder Morgan operates.  This grant is for program support only.  The focus areas are:  academic programs, including tutoring and arts education programs.

Funder:  The Kinder Morgan Foundation.

Applicant:  K-12 public and private schools and nonprofit organizations in the United States with a 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service.  Schools must be in an area where Kinder Morgan has operations and they do have a facility in Concord. 

Amount: Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Deadline: January 10, 2021.  The deadlines are the 10th of every other month beginning in January.  Applications postmarked on or before a deadline will be accepted.  You will be notified of the board’s decision 60 to 90 days after it is received.

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AIAA Foundation Classroom Grant Program  NEW!   

Purpose: To fund grants to meet the unmet and unfunded educational needs of students.

Funder: The American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA).

Applicant: Must be a K-12 classroom teacher; Must be current AIAA Educator Associate members prior to receiving this grant (To join, please visit www.aiaa.org/educator); Grant proposal must show a clear connection to science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) with an emphasis on Aerospace; Funds must be spent on the items proposed in the original application; and, each school is limited to up to 2 grants per calendar year.

Amount: Grants up to $500.  Funding will be considered for the following materials:  classroom STEM demonstration kits, classroom STEM supplies, K-12 STEM software, math manipulative materials, parts and supplies for making flying objects, and part and supplies for robotics programs.

Deadline:  January 15, 2021.

Apply Now

 

 

Justin J. Watt Foundation Grants   

Purpose: To provide afterschool opportunities for middle school-aged children in the community to become involved in athletics, so that they may learn the character traits of accountability, teamwork, leadership, work ethic, and perseverance, while in a safe and supervised environmental with their peers.

Funder: The Justin J. Watt Foundation.

Applicant: Sixth- through eighth-grade afterschool athletic program at schools with over 60% of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program.

Amount: Varies by school budget.  Funds may be used to purchase:  game jerseys and one set of game pants with school name, numbers and JJWF logo.  These cannot be personalized with student names; safety equipment like helmets, pads, and wrestling or cheerleading mats; balls, bats, nets and other equipment vital to the sport; reasonable storage equipment.  For example, the foundation would not fund ball carts, as mesh bags would serve an equal purpose. 

Deadline:  Winter sports (basketball, wrestling, and volleyball):   Aug 15, Sept 15, and Oct 15.

Spring sports (baseball, softball, and track):   Jan 15, Feb 15 and Nov 15.

Fall sports (football, soccer, cheer):  March 15, April 15 and May 15.

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Les Paul Music Grants 

Purpose: To support music-focused activities.   The foundation makes grants for music, music engineering, and sound programs for youth; medical research; programs related to hearing impairment; and public exhibits.  Previous grants were used to fund music camps, music and hearing programs and classroom projects.

Funder:  The Les Paul Foundation.

Applicant: Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations.   

Amount: Awards vary.

Deadline:  January 15 and September 15 annually.

Apply Now

 

Fund for Teachers Grants  NEW!   

Purpose: To strengthen instruction by investing in outstanding teachers' self-determined professional growth and development in order to support student success, enrich their own practice, and strengthen their schools and communities.  Fund for Teachers encourages application to focus on topics and issues most directly facing our nation at this time.    

Funder: Fund for Teachers.

Applicant: Must be a full-time preK-12th grade teacher who spends at least 50% of time directly providing instruction to students; Returning to the classroom in the consecutive school year; and have at least three years’ experience as a preK-12th grade teacher at the end of the school year.  Open to teachers who live and work in the continental United States and Hawaii.

Amount: Grants up to $5,000 for individuals and up to $10,000 for a team of two or more (teams do not have to be in the same school, district or state).

Deadline:  5pm Central Standard Time (CST) January 21, 2021.

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Innovative Reading Grant  NEW!   

Purpose: To support the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children which motivates and encourage reading, especially with struggling readers.

Funder: The American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

Applicant: Applicant must be a personal member of AASL and the reading program must be specifically designed for children (grades K-9) in the school library setting.

Amount: $2,500 grant.

Deadline:  February 1, 2021.

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Inspire Special Event Grant  NEW!   

Purpose: To support a special event so that an existing public middle or high school library can create new or enhance its extracurricular activities in order to increase student academic achievement at their school.  The goal is to provide direct assistance funding to middle or high school libraries for special short-term projects or events that would create new or enhance educational activities in order to engage students with and in the library and to promote reading, books, literacy and authors.

Funder: The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) with a generous donation from Marina “Marney” Welmers, an AASL member and retired middle school librarian.

Applicant: Applicant must be a publicly funded middle school or high school, grades 5-12, and have an existing campus library.  The grant is awarded to individual schools, not to districts.  The school and/or certified school librarian do not have to be a member of AASL or any other American Library Association (ALA) to apply.

Amount: $2,000 per grant.

Deadline:  February 1, 2021.

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International Society for Optics & Photonics(SPIE) Education Outreach Grants  NEW!   

Purpose: To increase optics and photonics awareness among students or the larger community by supporting optics and photonics education outreach activities.  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) should have an optics or photonics component.

Funder: The International Society for Optics & Photonics (SPIE).

Applicant: Qualifying not-for-profit organizations such as universities, optics centers, science centers, primary and secondary schools, youth clubs, industry associations and international optical societies.

Amount: Grants up to $5,000.  The award process is very competitive and some proposals may receive partial funding.

Deadline:  February 28, 2021.

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National Education Association (NEA) Learning & Leadership Grants 

Purpose:  To support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes:  Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.  All professional development must improve practice, curriculum and student achievement. The foundation gives preference to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global competence in their projects.

Funder: The NEA Foundation

Applicant:  Grants are available to current members of the National Education Association who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. We especially encourage education support professionals to apply.  Education support professionals can be classified as: para-educators, school bus drivers, maintenance and custodial staff, food services staff, school nurses and student services workers, clerical and office assistants, school security officers, and technicians.

Amount: Grant amount are $2,000 and $5,000.  The $2,000 grant amount is for individuals and $5,000 is for groups engaged in collegial study.  Grant funds can be used for travel, room, meals, registration fees, materials, etc. for individual grants. For group grants, funds can be used for educator stipends, substitute fees, materials, travel, meals, etc.  Grant funds cannot be used to pay indirect costs, grant administration fees, salaries, conference fees for more than one person, or lobbying or religious purposes.

Deadlines:  February 28, 2021 and December 1, 2021.

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National Education Association (NEA) Student Success Grants 

Purpose:  To help educators take the lead on a wide range of projects to improve student learning.  Funding may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence.  The foundation gives preference to projects that incorporate STEM and/or global learning.  It also strongly encourages education support professionals to apply for funding in any area.

Funder: The NEA Foundation

Applicant: Any practicing United States teacher, counselor, or education support professional employed by a public school, including public higher education institutions.  Applicants must be current members of the NEA.

Amount: Grants are awarded in amounts of $2,000 and $5,000. 

Deadlines:  February 28, 2021 and December 1, 2021.

Apply Now

 

Science Without Borders Challenge  NEW!

Purpose: The contest goal is to get students and teachers more involved and interested in ocean conservation through art.  The theme of this year’s contest is “The Magic of Mangroves.”  Mangroves are extremely important ecosystems providing many benefits. For this year’s theme, create a piece of art that illustrates how mangroves are important. This contest inspires students to be creative while promoting public awareness of the need to preserve, protect and restore the world’s oceans and aquatic resources, contributing to the overarching goals of the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation.

Funder:  Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation.

Applicant: Open to all students 11-19 years old.  Students must be enrolled in primary or secondary school, or the home school equivalent.  College and university students are not eligible.  The artwork will be evaluated on the quality of the artwork, originality, and adherence to the theme.

Amount: 1st Place: $500; 2nd Place: $350; 3rd Place: $200.

Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021.

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Toshiba American Foundation (TAF) Grants for Grades 6-12      

Purpose: To provide teachers with additional funds to support classroom projects.  After-school, summer projects, and independent study projects are not eligible.  The Foundation strongly encourages projects planned and led by individual teachers or teams of teachers for their own

classrooms.  Many successful grantees have designed projects that tap into the natural curiosity of their students, enable students to frame their own scientific questions, and incorporate the expertise of community partners.  Grants are to support classroom science and math education.  Endorsement from a school official is required.   Applications must be for project based learning.  Toshiba does not consider requests for computers, laptops or tablets.

Funder: The Toshiba America Foundation.

Applicant: Science and math teachers in public or private schools in grades 6-12. 

Amount: Grants requests of less than $5,000.

Deadline:  March, June, September and December 1st annually.

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Association of American Educators (AAE) Classroom Grants 

Purpose:  Classroom grants can be used for a variety of projects and materials, including, but not limited to books, software, calculators, math manipulatives, art supplies, audio-visual equipment, and lab materials.  Funds must be used within one year of the application deadline.

Funder: Association of American Educators. (AAE)

Applicant: Grants are available to full-time educators at public, private, other (homeschool, 501(c)(3) organizations) who have not received a scholarship or grant from AAE in the previous three grant cycles. Grants are competitive and AAE members receive additional weight in the scoring rubric.

Amount: Up to $500.

Deadline:  March 1 and October 1, annually.

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Assistance League of Diablo Valley High School Scholarships  NEW! 

Purpose: To aid students with college expenses based upon their need, school/community activities and their grade point average.  Applicants must be residents of Contra Costa County.

Funder: Assistance League of Diablo Valley.

Applicant: Requirements:

  • Graduating high school senior, with a minimum 3.0 GPA, enrolling in an accredited four-year college.
  • Resident of Contra Costa County, California.
  • All parts of the application including a personal statement, as well one school and one community recommendation, official transcript, SAT/ACT scores, FAFSA report, parent letter and financial form must be completed and submitted.
  • May not be a chapter member, the relative of a chapter member, an Assisteens member or an employee of Assistance League of Diablo Valley.

Amount: Maximum amount is $6,000.

Deadline: March 15, 2021.  Incomplete or late applications will NOT be considered.

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Assistance League of  Diablo Valley Foster Youth Scholarships  NEW!     

Purpose: To aid students with college expenses based upon their need, school/community activities and their grade point average.  Applicants must be residents of Contra Costa County.

Funder: Assistance League of Diablo Valley.

Applicant: Current or former dependents of the court in the foster care program (1) of Contra Costa County and living in that county or elsewhere, or (2) a current or former dependent of the court in the foster care program of another county, but living in Contra Costa County; Students enrolling in an accredited four-year college, community college or vocational school or community college graduates transferring to an accredited four-year college or university.  Applicant must not be an Assistance League chapter member, an Assisteens member, the relative of a chapter member or an employee of Assistance League of Diablo Valley.

Amount: Awards range from $500 to $4,000.

Deadline: March 31, 2021.

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Office Depot Foundation Give Back to Schools Program 

Purpose:  To support schools by helping stretch their budget and allow them to provide the best education possible.  This program is available at Office Depot and OfficeMax store locations, by phone at 1-800-GO-DEPOT and online at OfficeDepot.com.

Funder: The Office Depot Foundation.

Applicant: Pre-K – 12th grades schools only. 

Amount: Five percent of qualifying school and office supply purchases made during each program period will be tallied under the name of each school designated by our customers.  At the end of each program period, the total credits tallied per school will be offered to that school in the form of an Office Depot OfficeMax Merchandise Certificate for the school’s use toward the purchase of any products or services from any Office Depot or OfficeMax store, by phone or online.

Deadline: There are four program periods:  Jan 1 thru March 31, 2021; April 1 thru June 30; July 1 thru Sept 30; and Oct 1 thru Dec 31.

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Classics for Kids Foundation Matching Grants for Stringed Instruments 

Purpose: To enhance school and community youth music programs in need by providing matching grants for new, high-quality stringed instruments such as violins, violas, and cellos.  Funder: Classics for Kids Foundation

Applicant: Public, private, or charter schools serving grades K-12.

Amount: Grants vary based on the number of instruments requested.  A proposed grant of $5,750 (to be matched dollar for dollar) would purchase 20 stringed instruments.  (12 violins and 8 cellos)

Deadline: Applications are accepted quarterly, with deadlines of March 31, 2021, June 30, September 30 and December 31st annually.

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Lisa Parker Hurst Memorial Scholarship Award  NEW! 

Purpose: To aid students with college expenses based upon their need, school/community activities and their grade point average.  Applicants must be residents of Contra Costa County.

Funder: Assistance League of Diablo Valley.

Applicant: Criteria – Graduating high school senior entering an accredited four-year college;  Financial need; Must attend College Park, Concord, Mt. Diablo, Pittsburg, or Ygnacio Valley High School in Contra Costa County, CA; Minimum GPA of 2.8 – maximum 3.5 grade point average on official transcript; Complete application, including one recommendation from school, community, or employer, financial report, transcript, parent letter and a person statement.

Deadline: April 1, 2021.

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Assistance League of Diablo Valley Spotlight on You Scholarships  NEW!     

Purpose: To aid students with vocational or career technology educational programs.  This is a renewable scholarship to help students complete their education.  This scholarship is based upon their need, school/community activities and their grade point average.  Applicants must be residents of Contra Costa County.

Funder: Assistance League of Diablo Valley.

Applicant: Students must be enrolled at a community college or attending an accredited vocational/technical school and planning to earn a certificate or an associate degree in a vocational/technical subject; Must be a resident of Contra Costa county; Must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average; May not be an Assistance League chapter member, an Assisteens member, the relative of a chapter member or an employee of Assistance League of Diablo Valley.

Amount: Awards up to $3,000.

Deadline: April 1, 2021.

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Amber Brown Grant Program 

Purpose:  To commemorate author and school speaker Paula Danziger by providing a school with an author or illustrator visit, and new books to continue Paula’s love of connecting children with creative influences.   

Funder: The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Applicant:  K-12 schools.

Amount:  One school will receive an all-expense-paid visit by a well-respected children’s author or illustrator.  The chosen school will also receive a $250 stipend to create a memorable day and $250 worth of books by the visiting author/illustrator.

Deadline:  Grants can be submitted from November 1 thru April 15 annually.

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“Celebrate the West” 2021 Regional Art Competition  NEW!

Purpose: To challenge high school students to create works inspired by their state.  The students are asked to create original two-dimensional artwork that conveys what your state means to you, how you are artistically inspired by your state, or the uniqueness of living in the West.  Students may draw ideas from a variety of sources, including state history, landmarks, natural resources, National Parks and Monuments, people, communities and culture. 

Funder:  Western Governors’ Association. (WGA)

Applicant: High School Students in the 19 Western states and three U.S. flag islands served by the nonpartisan policy association.

Amount: 1st Place: $1,500; 2nd Place: $750; 3rd Place: $500.  $200 will be awarded to each remaining State Finalists.  State Finalists will be displayed at the WGA Governors’ Summer Meeting to be held in Sunriver, Oregon, May 14-16, 2021.  Students may have the opportunity to have their artwork displayed in their home state’s capitol building and meet with their governor.  One participating teacher will be selected by the Western Governors’ Foundation Chairman’s Award for Outstanding High School Art Teacher, with a prize of $300 to be awarded to the winning teacher.

Deadlines: April 30, 2021.

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Mary Pope Osborne’s Gift of Books Grant Program 

Purpose:  To get books directly into the hands of children in a way that sparks their interest in reading and learning while simultaneously accomplishing classroom requirements in creative, meaningful and long lasting way. 

Funder: Magic Tree House Adventures.

Applicant: The books and Fact Trackers are most effective for K-5th as well as special education classrooms.  Applicant should be a Title I school or writing on behalf of a Title I school.  If not a Title I school, applicant must give an explanation of the school’s need for books, citing percentage of free and reduced lunch or other qualification for low income status.  After-school programs may submit proposals.  Schools will be eligible to receive books once every two years.  Schools may request books for multiple classrooms within the school.  Also, more than one teacher per Title I school may apply for a grant. 

Amount: In-kind donations of Magic Tree House books and Fact Trackers.

Deadline: Proposals are accepted between September 15, 2020 and April 30, 2021. Any proposals after April 30th will be reviewed in September.

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Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program 

Purpose:  To support full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff that have effective and innovative projects that improve student learning.

Funder:  Voya Corporation via Scholarship America.

Applicant: Applicants must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the United States.

Amount: Awards range from $2,000 - $25,000.  Each of the 50 finalists will receive an award of $2,000.  Of the 50 finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards.   First place will receive a bonus of $25,000; second place will receive a bonus of $10,000, and the third place winner will receive a bonus of $5,000.  All awards must be used to further the projects, as described in the submitted application, within the school or school system.

Deadline: April 30, 2021, by 3:00pm Central Time.

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The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Grants 

Purpose: To provide support to museums, culture and performing arts programs, schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, and programs for youth, seniors, and the handicapped.  Environmental and wildlife protection activities and other community-based organizations and their programs are also supported.

Funder:  The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation.

Applicant: Community-based non-profit organizations.  Organizations seeking support may submit a letter of request, not exceeding three pages in length, which includes a brief description of the purpose of the organization, and a brief outline of the program or project for which funding is requested.  Please include an itemized budget for the program or project, along with the total operating budget for the organization.  A copy of the IRS letter stating your Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt/not a private foundation status, must be included with the application. 

Amount: Grants range from $1,000 - $20,000.

Deadline: May 10 and November 10, 2021.

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The Rodger and Kate Graef Family Foundation Grants  

Purpose:  To provide funding for special projects that could not otherwise be realized.  The foundation makes grants in the areas of education, the arts, social welfare, and medical research.  Previous grants were used to fund international baccalaureate programs at charter schools, outreach programs for abused and neglected children and youth, projects for children on the autism spectrum, and housing projects for at-risk teenagers.

Funder: The Rodger and Kate Graef Family Foundation.

Applicant:   PreK through 12 grade schools.  Public, private, charter, and other (including homeschool, 501(c)(3) organizations. 

Amount:  Grants up to $20,000 are awarded.

Deadline:  May 31, 2021.

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Pets in the Classroom Grants  NEW!   

Purpose:  To provide financial support to teachers to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom to provide children with an opportunity to interact with pets – an experience that can help to shape their lives for years to come.

Funder:  The Pet Care Trust.

Applicant: PreK-9 grade public or private school teachers in the United States or Canada.  Only one grant per teacher is permitted.  Teachers may re-apply for grant money each fall.

Amount: There are three different types of grants:

Store Grants (choose one of 4 participating retailers)

Rebate Grants ($75 for small animal; $125 for fish/reptile/amphibian)

You can receive only one store or one rebate grant per lifetime, not per school year.

Sustaining Grants ($50 yearly for maintenance of current pet)

If you have received a store or rebate grant in any previous school year, you are only eligible for a sustaining grant. 

Deadline: You may apply any time between August 1, 2020 and June 1, 2021.

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Hunter Brooks Watson Grant 

Purpose: To provide financial assistance to young people enabling them to follow their dreams, to think outside the box and to pursue their visions.  Preference is given to applications in the areas of music, performing arts, computer science and entrepreneurship. 

Funder: Hunter Watson Fund.

Applicant: Applicants must be at least 16 years old and not more than 26 at the time of submission of application and a legal resident of the United States or St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 

Amount: Awards range from $500 - $5,000.

Deadline:  Grants are awarded twice a year.  Applications are due on and June 15th and November 15th annually.

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California Casualty Music & Arts Grants Program  NEW! 

Purpose: To provide support for schools whose music and arts programs are in jeopardy or in great need of funding.  Requests will also be considered for individual classrooms wishing to integrate music and/or arts projects within school curriculum. 

Funder:  California Casualty.

Applicant: K-12 public schools whose music and arts programs are in jeopardy or in great need of funding.  Requests will also be considered for individual classrooms wishing to integrate music and/or arts projects within school curriculum.

Amount: $250.

Deadline: June 30, 2021 for grant requests to be considered in the fall of the next school year.  All grants will be notified of their status by September 30.

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Frederick & Florence Bauder Endowment Fund for the Support of Physics Teaching

Purpose:  To support special activities in the area of physics teaching.  Applicants can apply for funding:  For the development and distribution of innovative apparatus for physics teaching; To obtain and or build and support traveling exhibits of apparatus; For local workshops for teachers who spread the use of demonstration and laboratory equipment.

Funder: The American Association of Physics Teachers. (AAPT)

Applicant:  AAPT members.

Amount:   Grants up to $2,500.

Deadline:  July 1, 2021 for consideration at the summer meeting and December 1, 2021 for consideration at the winter meeting.

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Gravely & Paige Grants for STEM Teachers  OPENS MAY 1ST 2021!

Purpose:  To promote innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education within classroom and outside, such as through robotics clubs.  Teachers working with student from economically disadvantaged backgrounds receive priority.  Grant requests are evaluated on teacher skill level, potential for funds to be used well, and school financial need.

Funder: The AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association) Educational Foundation.

Applicant:  Elementary and middle school STEM teachers in United States public and private schools.  A letter of recommendation from the school principal is required once an application is sent.  Required is detailed information on the proposed project or program, including goals and objectives, methods and procedures, timetable, number of students served, and budget.

Amount: Grants up to $1,000. 

Deadline:   July 31, 2021.

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The Air Force Association (AFA) 2021 Educator Grants      

Purpose: To promote aerospace education activities in classrooms from kindergarten through twelfth grades. The program encourages development of innovative aerospace activities within the prescribed curriculum.

Funder: Air Force Association.

Applicant: Aerospace science instructors in K-12 classrooms.

Amount: Grants up to $500.

Deadline: December 15, 2021.

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RESOURCES

 

Online Food Education Center 

Pilot Light announced the launch of the online Food Education Center.  The center is designed to provide food education lessons and resources to K-12th grade teachers and educators for use within classrooms.  Lesson plans are aligned with Common Core State Standards for education while integrating food education within the lesson.  New lesson plans will be added to the Food Education Center on a regular basis.

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Intervention for Nicotine Dependence:  Education, Prevention, Tobacco, and Health 

The American Lung Association announced the launch of the Intervention for Nicotine Dependence:  Education, Prevention, Tobacco and Health (INDEPTHTM), which offers schools new resources to deal with the rise in youth vaping.  The interactive program teaches teens about nicotine dependence, establishing healthy alternatives, and how to beat tobacco addiction.

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Varsity Tutors Test Prep 4 All Initiative 

Varsity Tutors recently launched a new initiative to provide free live, online SAT and ACT test prep classes for all students in the United States.  The initiative is called Test Prep 4 All.  The classes will consist of 10 sessions, each 2.5 hours in length, and will be time to sync with major test dates throughout the year for a total of 25 hours of live instruction.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt K-12 Classroom Engagement Program 

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced the launch of a comprehensive K-12 classroom engagement program starring iconic globetrotting super sleuth Carmen Sandiego.  The program features original lesson plans, Google-powered field trips and games, and digital content.  The downloadable classroom activities are designed to support student learning around geography, history, culture and diversity.

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LG Electronics USA Launches its Life’s Good Experience Happiness Initiative 

The initiative brings together various resources to promote sustainable happiness for youths and raise awareness about the science of happiness.  As part of the initiative, K-12 classrooms have access to virtual field trips and audio-guided mindfulness practices.  In addition, LG is partnering with Project Happiness to launch High School Happiness Clubs.

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Free Toothbrush Kits Available 

Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures classroom kits are available for K-1 grade teachers.  The free kit includes classroom materials, plus Colgate toothpaste and toothbrush samples for 25 students.  Educators can apply for the kits via website link below.

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New Fundraising Platform Launched 

TeacherFunder, a new fundraising platform, seeks to help educators receive funding through public donations.  To utilize the site, teachers register, create a profile, and let donors know why they need funding and how it will be used.  TeacherFunder does not charge a platform fee.  A minimal 3.9% plus $1 is taken from each donation to process through merchants.  All remaining money goes directly to the teachers.

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Essity Handwashing Works! Hand Hygiene Education Program 

The program provides resources for preK-2nd grade educators to use when delivering handwashing 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).

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Interactive, On-Demand Algebra Tutorials 

Designed by Benciti Technology, the Algebra on Nudge app for iOS and Android presents interactive, on-demand algebra tutorials that include practice problems for students in grades 6–9 to attempt to solve on their mobile devices. The tutorials “nudge” students toward the solution to an algebra problem one step at a time. When they get stuck, students can ask for a hint or a demonstration of how to solve the problem. Nudge also shows students where they made mistakes in coming up with their solution. Students can practice, learn, and master linear equations using the Nudge algebra app. The app chooses interactions that best suit a topic and provides visual cues designed to reinforce concepts. With intuitive gestures and resulting visual transformations, Nudge provides a unique sensory learning experience for an abstract topic such as algebra. Solutions are worked out to look like handwritten answers. Teachers can view reports that provide comprehensive feedback, including ratings for each concept that is practiced and applied. Cost: Free

 

Course Hero 

Course Hero announced the release of over 200 literature study guides and infographics with detailed analyses on some of the most taught literature books in high school and college.  Each study guide includes an infographic, a character and plot diagram, a timeline highlighting key events, and more.  The guides also feature historical and literary context to help students recognize the complex themes and symbolism in each work.  The Course Hero literature guides and infographics are free for students and educators to browse, download and share.

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a new initiative to teach kids in grades 3-7 how to identify hazardous products and the way recalls work.  The outreach offers free materials and lesson plans to teachers and youth community leaders.  Once kids complete the program activities, they earn a Consumer Protection Safety All-Star certificate.

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MassMutual Foundation 

The MassMutual Foundation, Inc. announced the launch of a new digital financial education curriculum as part of its FutureSmart program.  The curriculum, which is geared toward middle school students, is offered for free to schools.  It is offered in English and Spanish.

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Junior Achievement USA 

Junior Achievement USA announced the launch of a new interactive web experience called JA My Way.  The free experience is an online destination for teens to learn about careers, starting a business, and managing money.  It combines games, rewards, information, and social media to help teens explore these topics in a fun and exciting way.

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Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative 

The Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Program Office announced the launch of the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative.  The initiative is a new program designed for K-6 students to educate them on the importance of online safety and top equip them with skills to protect themselves on the internet.  The program includes several interactive modules designed to excite K-6 students about computers and teach them basic practices for staying safe online.  Participation in the initiative is free for schools and organizations utilizing the digital copy of the program.

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Science Fair Central 

Scotch Brand Products and Discovery Education offer a website that supports educators, parents, and young scientists as they embrace one of the school year’s greatest opportunities for project-based learning:  the science fair.  Featuring comprehensive free resources, Scotch Science Fair Central provides clear guidance to teachers and science fair leaders on how to help students capture the spirit of innovation as they plan, complete and present a successful science fair project.

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The U.S. Department of Education & the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards  

These two groups announced the launch of a new online community titled Commit to Lead.  The community invites educators to post quick ideas (under 300 words) that advance teacher leadership in their schools, districts, or states to address a pressing problem in education and improve student outcomes.  ED hopes that the community will allow the most talked about ideas to rise to the top so they can gain traction and prominence in the field.

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Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Teacher Rewards Discount Card  

Teachers can sign up for a Rewards Discount Card.  The card can be used to receive 15% off purchases.  Eligibility is limited to current K-12 public, private, and parochial school teachers; higher education learning institution instructors; authorized home school teachers; and current credentialed, licensed or certified child care providers.

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The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)  

Interested educators or school districts can sign up on the website for free and receive access to lesson plans to help equip students for ongoing paths of inquiry and engage them deeply in STEM subjects and “On Station” communication from CASIS, which includes the most up-to-date news about research on the International Space Station National Laboratory.

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Disneynature   

Disneynature offers educators a free Bears Educator’s Guide that includes nearly 100 pages of lessons and activities targeted to grades 2-6.  The lessons are aligned to next generation science standards, National Science Standards, and Common Core language arts and math standards.  Educators can download the guide from the website.

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Discount Two-Way Radio 

Discount Two-Way Radio announced the release of the Emergency School Planning Guide.  The guide, which is offered free of use, seeks to help campus security administrators protect children during lockdowns, natural disasters, and violent crimes.  It offers 50 pages of guidelines and can be downloaded from their website.

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Project Taste Test Initiative

The Project Taste Test Initiative was launched by The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to showcase career opportunities in the food service sector.  The initiative is an ongoing video series that features leading industry executives and give advice to ProStart students seeking a food service career.  In addition to the videos, educators have access to in-classroom discussion and activity guides.

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Elmer’s Products, Inc. 

Elmer’s announced the release of a new teaching resource to help teachers familiarize students with the properties of common adhesives and the science of polymers in a fun and creative way.  The resource, The World of Glue:  An Inquiry-Based Investigation of Adhesives is geared toward K-5 students.  The resource materials feature a 22-page plan, including activity instructions, discussion questions and handouts.

 

IBM 

IBM launched an array of programs and resources to help students and IT professionals develop new technology skills and prepare for jobs of the future.  The initiative includes new training courses and resource for IT professionals, technology and curriculum materials for educators, and expanded programs to directly engage students with real-world business challenges.

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Curiosity in the Classroom   

This is an interactive, educational tool from Discovery Education and the Intel Corporation which contains cutting-edge curriculum examining topics such as artificial intelligence, communications, computers, nanotechnology, and robotics.  The updated site now features new topics, integrated into multidisciplinary lesson plans and activities for English/Language Arts and World History to make real world connections to STEM topics, and help students gain essential problem-solving skills.

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The Union Pacific Railroad New Teacher’s Resource Kit 

To help students learn the history of America’s first transcontinental railroad.  The free kit will help educators meet national standards for history and social studies course for grades 3-8. 

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Nature Works Everywhere   

The Nature Conservancy and Discovery Education launched Nature Works Everywhere, an online resource designed to help students learn the science behind how nature helps our everyday existence and the importance of environmental conversation.  The website provides middle school teachers, students, and families with free tools and resources to explore and understand nature, which include videos, interactive lesson plans, and an interactive game.

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Teach STEMNow.com   

Tormach LLC announced the launch of TeachSTEMNow.com, an n online resource that promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics in education.  The website, which places emphasis on manufacturing technologies and real-world shop skills, offers lesson plans that can be readily implemented into classroom curriculum, and also contains STEM-related articles and editorials, and teaching tips and ideas.

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Thinkfinity 

Thinkfinity is Verizon’s keynote vehicle for delivering powerful education and literacy tools to teachers, librarians, students, parents and nonprofits.  It’s designed to improve learning and student achievement in traditional settings and beyond the classroom.

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California Coastal Commission 

The “For Educators” page has detailed information and links to many free resources.

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4imprint onebyone Donations

Provides promotional products to help organizations spread the word, recruit volunteers, thank donors, offer comfort to someone in need, or in some other turn one thing into something much more.  In-kind donations of $500 are awarded each business day.  Applications are due two months before the proposed event.  See website for online contact form.

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Stop Bullying Now 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) offers a website on bullying for kids.  The site defines bullying and describes ways in which kids can stop or prevent bullying from occurring.  The definition includes cyber-bullying, and describes specific ways in which some children use e-mail, social networking or texting to bully other children.  An adult page on the site provides in-depth information and resources on bullying for parents, teachers, coaches, and other adults in contact with youth. 

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Howtosmile.org 

Launched by the University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, Howtosmile.org, is an online collection of thousands of hands-on, interactive science and math activities dedicated to making learning exciting and engaging for everyone.  All the activities at the site are free and there is no subscription required.  The website brings together a consortium of science museums across the country to empower educators working with school-aged children in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

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NASA Educational Materials

The Educational Materials section at NASA’s website has available classroom activities, teacher guides, posters, and other educational materials. 

 

East Bay MUD Teacher Resources

Your resource for student workbooks and teacher guides, events, contests, grants, outdoor education program and community resources for teachers.  Printed copies of “Currents” and paper order forms will no longer be mailed to schools.  Order your EBMUD classroom materials online! 

 

VSP’s Sight for Students Program

This program offers free eye exams and glasses for students who are from low-income families and uninsured.  To find out more about whether there are VSP partners available and participating in this program near your school, visit their website

 

HP Educational Resources 

Educational resources for grades 4 through 6 on technology and the environment.

 

Digital Wish

 

Healthier Generation

 

Smithsonian Education

 

Adopt A Classroom

 

Classroom Wishlist

 

Donors Choose

 

I Love Schools

 

Health in Schools

 

After School Network

 

Ed Week

 

eschoolnews

 

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