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Professional Development Grants for Educators

Many principals and teachers have been emailing us about our CCSS and Anti-Bullying Workshops.  However, many have asked us to help try to find grant funding sources for these given workshops, due to budget cuts.

We have conducted some initial research and here are a few grant sources that any school or teacher can apply for, to use to enrich the professional development for the teachers in your building or to enrich the student body environment with one of our Unlock the Teacher (UTT) student workshops.

Braitmayer Foundation Grant

This Massachusetts foundation provides seed money grants,  or matching grants to organizations striving to achieve its mission of preparing teachers and keeping teachers in K-12 education. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for these funds up to $35,000. The foundation encourages applicants to design projects that create professional development opportunities for teachers of high ability and diverse background.

Learning and Leadership Grants

The National Education Association (NEA) annually offers grants to both individuals and groups to participate in professional development and carry out study groups, research or mentoring experiences for new faculty. Eligible applicants include PreK-12 public school teachers, public school support professionals, and faculty and staff at public higher education institutions. NEA especially encourages applications from new teachers with less than seven years of experience and education support professionals. Grants are $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups. All professional development must have the goal of improving student education.

Toyota Tapestry Grants

For K-12 science teachers, Toyota Tapestry Grants provide large ($10,000 each) and mini-grants ($2500 each) to improve science education in a particular school or district. Proposals should develop innovative and new ways of teaching science to motivate students. Projects could include creative use of technology, involvement with industry or curriculum development and implementation. In partnership with the National Science Teachers Association, the goal of these grants is to assist teachers to inspire students for lifetime science learning.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt now has a “Find a Grant” Database.  Check it out and let us know your thoughts.

We will continue to research more funding sources and post here as we find them. It is only in the collaborative process that we will be able to make a difference for our students…our future!

 
May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,
 
Denise

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Great Educational Resources: Grants, Websites and A Few of Our Favorite Poems Too

The UTT Team in Virginia~Together We Can Make A Difference!

We have listened to your requests for more resources and we have added them to our Unlock the Teacher LLC website.  We like to think our website is like curriculum, living documents that are constantly changing to meet the needs of its audience.

 
Over the next couple of weeks, we will be processing all of the information coming in to our site (i.e. lesson plans and favorite websites) and uploading them as we get to them.  Thank you for all of the wonderful educators adding your blog to this blog and sending it to our website via comments section.  We just love that educators and parents are taking time out to share…and will be adding them all. 
 
If you have sent your blog or recommended an educational resource for us to share, and we forget to add, please send us a gentle reminder and we will happily add it.  UTT strongly believes that knowledge is meant to be shared and collaboration is an important component for the future success of our students.
 
 
 
 
Please check out the new resources and send us your comments.  We will be adding a photo gallery of bulletin boards too…if you send us a JPEG with detail information of school, teacher etc. we  love to share the good in all things.  Please send all information to us at teachme@unlocktheteacher.com 
*NO spam please.
 

Hope is the dream of a man awake.
~French Proverb

May we seek knowledge in all things!

The Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

Denise, Trisha and Sue

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Reading/Literacy Grant Sources Part II…Our Recommendation=Have a Grant Writing Party Once a Month

  1. A.     Target

Early Childhood Reading Grants

Reading is essential to a child’s learning process. That’s why Target awards grants to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations to support programs such as after-school reading events and weekend book clubs. Together we’re fostering a love of reading and encouraging children, preschool through third grade, to read together with their families.

Early childhood reading grants are $2,000. Grant applications are typically accepted between March 1 and April 30 each year, with grant notifications delivered in September.  Submit application online: www.target.com/grants    

  1. B.     AASL Collaborative School Library Media Award

This award recognizes and hopes to encourage collaboration and partnerships between school library media specialists and teachers in meeting educational goals outlined in Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning through joint planning of a program, unit, or event in support of the curriculum and using media center resources. www.ala.org

  1. C.    AASL Innovative Reading Grant

Established in 2006, the $2,500 AASL Innovative Reading Grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children which motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers. www.ala.org

  1. D.    Adopt-A-Classroom Grants

Teachers who register at the Adopt-a-Classroom web site can be adopted by an individual, a business, or a foundation. Once adopted, teachers will receive $500 worth of credit to purchase items that enrich the learning environment, including classroom technology. Teachers help solicit their own sponsors by downloading and distributing fliers within their community or by sending out a personalized, pre-written email from the Adopt-a-Classroom web site. Every donor receives information about the classroom it has adopted, including an itemized list of what teachers bought so donors can see the impact of their donation. (This sounds SO cool!) www.adoptaclassroom.org

  1. E.     Braitmayer Foundation Grants

The Braitmayer Foundation supports programs that enhance the education of K-12 students through curricular and school reform initiatives, professional development for teachers, and local community efforts. Its grants, which range in size up to $35,000, are to be used as seed money, challenge grants, or to match other grants to the recipient organization. www.braitmayerfoundation.org

  1. F.     Cable’s Leaders in Learning Awards

To honor innovative individuals who have made major contributions to transform K-12 learning in and out of the classroom, the cable industry\’s education foundation has launched the Cable\’s Leaders in Learning Awards. The competition is open to any individual working in U.S. communities who can demonstrate innovative practices or policies that have had an impact on K-12 education. Twelve winners will be selected in four categories. The nomination period opens Oct. 1. 2011  www.leadersinlearningawards.org (This organization is on break for 2010, but their site is a good resource to pick from when writing other grants.)

  1. G.    Computers for Learning

Through its Computers for Learning program, the federal government has placed hundreds of thousands of surplus computers in schools across the country on a needs-first basis. Schools register and request equipment on the Computers for Learning web site, and federal agencies match their surplus equipment to schools with those needs. Most, but not all, of the available computers are Windows-based PCs rather than computers made by Apple. Most of the donated machines are older models, but as the government continues to upgrade its computer systems, the number of surplus Pentium computers will sharply increase. www.computersforlearning.gov

Thank you for all you do in the life of a child!

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Grants that Promote Literacy…All it Takes is Effort to Apply

As an ELA teacher, I look for all avenues to promote reading.  If a child shows little interest in reading, then I want to offer one ray of hope, it only takes “one” book to hook a child on reading.  I have seen it over and over in the classroom.  However, the only catch is, it has to be the “right” book.  Ask your child questions, talk and find out what they like. One tool a parent or teacher can use is the Internet.  Utilize Google or another search engine, to find the favorite books for boys at age ten and so on.  It is truly amazing the sheer amount of information one can glean from utilizing a search engine.  There are many blogs solely dedicated to promoting literacy and posting favorite reads.

The following is a list of grants aimed at promoting literacy.  If you need any help or more suggestions for specific grants, ask and we will do our best to find the resources needed.

Read to a child today!

 

Grants for Reading…Promoting Literacy

Reading Companies who accept grants from non-profit organizations in regards to literacy:

  The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

The goal of the national grant program is to develop and expand family literacy efforts nationwide, and to support the development of literacy programs that build families of readers. A total of approximately $650,000 is awarded each year; no grant exceeds $65,000.

Family Literacy programs funded through the Foundation’s National Grant Program must include reading instruction for parents or primary caregivers, (pre-GED/GED/ESL etc.), literacy or pre-literacy instruction for children, intergenerational activities where the parents/primary caregivers and children come together to learn and to read. www.barbarabushfoundation.com

The International Reading Association

The Internal Reading Association, an organization dedicated to promoting literacy and improving the quality of reading instruction, provides nearly 40 awards and grants for literacy, children’s literature, research, and professional development projects.  www.greatsource.com

The Energy Charitable Foundation

The Energy Charitable Foundation is dedicated to creating and sustaining thriving communities where energy employees live and work. To do this, energy funds programs that aim to eliminate illiteracy by providing reading and writing skills. The Foundation staff reviews and evaluates funding requests before they are presented to the Board of Directors.

Generally, the Board evaluates applications three times per year. Applications must be postmarked by the following deadlines: Feb. 1, May 1, and Aug. 1.  Contact: (877) 285-2006

Verizon Foundation

The philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications is soliciting proposals that help address literacy, programs supporting English as a second language, and basic computer literacy skills in the communities the company serves. To qualify for funding, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a valid Internal Revenue Service tax ID.

School grant requests must benefit after-school programs and have a current National Center for Education Statistics school and district registration number to qualify. Proposals between $25,000 and $50,000 may be submitted through the Verizon Foundation website by May 5.

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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