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Generally going to post at the beginning of the month, but since we’re halfway through September, jump on these while you can if you can crunch the time.

NOTE: Always check the guidelines.  Some of these might be restricted to certain geographical areas.  Some might have to go through a non-profit, so you might have to buddy up as a school or a teacher, though most of what I post here will be accessible to schools.

Deadline September 16th (IT’S JUST A NOMINATION GO GO GO!): The Great American Teach-Off

Nominate an outstanding K-6 teacher (yourself included) for a chance at a $10,000 classroom grant — 7-12 teachers get a chance come Winter.

From the site:

GOOD and University of Phoenix are proud to announce the launch of The Great American Teach-Off, a nationwide competition to celebrate teachers who are making a positive impact in America’s classrooms.

Here’s how it works: Click here to nominate an outstanding teacher for kindergarten through sixth grade*—it can be one you’ve had, your child’s, or even yourself—by September 16. We’ll select the finalists based on how he or she makes a positive difference for students; how creativity and innovation is fostered in the classroom; and what impact he or she has made on the greater school community.

Deadline September 19th: Make Your Mark Grant

Youth-led hands-on service mini-grant, $200

From the site:  

GenerationOn Make Your Mark Week (formerly Kids Care Week) is celebrated during the third week of October, this year October 16-22, 2011. The week inspires and mobilizes youth to use their energy, ingenuity and compassion to “make their mark on the world” through hands-on service to help others in their local and global communities. During the week, young people focus on issues that matter most to them by doing small acts or service projects that add up to making a big difference. Make Your Mark Week ends on Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of service.

Thanks to our founding partner, Hasbro, generationOn will award 200 mini-grants in the amount of $250 each to support service projects that enable youth to “make their mark” on one of the following issues: Animals, the Environment, Homelessness, Hunger and Literacy. We’re looking for projects that engage youth and other community members in creative solutions that make a positive impact on the Make Your Mark Week issues in local and global communities.”

Deadline September 30th: P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education Grant

For teachers integrating the arts into instruction, $1000

From the site:

The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education has grants available up to $1,000 to be awarded in 2011 to educators who need assistance to further their program goals.


Applications may be made for a grant up to $1,000 to support a new or evolving program that integrates the arts into educational programming.  The purpose is to aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children who learn differently.

Deadline September 30th: Let’s Play! Playground Construction Grants

$15,000 construction grants to schools, communities, and organizations with a community ready to build a playground but lacking funds to do it.

From the site:

Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! are excited to offer $15,000 Let’s Play Playground Construction Grants to qualifying organizations using the KaBOOM!community-build model. Grantees will plan their project, and share best practices and challenges through the KaBOOM! website.

Deadline September 30th: Classics for Kids Foundation Stringed Instrument Grants 

Bridges a funding gap: Amount variable depending on needs, must match some percentage of funds; quarterly deadlines (so don’t panic if you miss this one).

From the site:

 Classics for Kids Foundation aims to bridge the funding gap and enhance school music programs by providing matching grants for beautiful new stringed instruments.

If your school or non-profit organization believes in the role of fine instruments in your program, and can show evidence of need and commitment to raising matching funds, you are a strong candidate for the Classics for Kids matching grant program.

That’s all I’ve got for now.  Please let me know if you apply so I know what to keep posting.  And if you GET one of these?  Drop me a line and I’ll send you a congratulations card!

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Today’s Presentations in Lit. Acq.: Highlights!

  • Prospective phys ed teacher walked us through what a gym class looks like, and did an excellent activity with Jack Prelusky’s poem “My Snake” where students used jump ropes (in our case, string) to make the letters of the alphabet.  Great idea for learners who need that tactile reinforcement.
  • Prospective social studies teacher did a very interesting activity in which students would read summaries of each decade in American history, then try to match famous photos with the decade they thought they came from.  Afterwards, the idea is to go over the symbolism of each photo and why they thought to match them with the decade.  The overall theme, she said, was to help students grasp the idea that people tend to have images and events burned into their mind for certain times in their own history.  Loved it.  (I do hope someone warns her, however — even just for her own sanity — that there will definitely be students in her classes, even at the high school level, that don’t know the meaning of “systematic persecution” right off the bat.)
  • Learned a little more about baseball with a fun compound word activity that left most of us floundering.  Are all those baseball terms really compound words?  I think that sport is going a little overboard.

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