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February 2013, Volume 36, Issue 6
USDA Farm to School Grant
Every year, the United States Department of Agriculture awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. On Feb. 6, USDA announced its request for applications for the 2014 fiscal year. This year, USDA is soliciting applications for three types of grants:
- Planning grants are intended for school districts or schools just starting to incorporate farm to school program elements into their operations.
- Implementation grants are intended for school districts or schools to help scale or further develop existing farm to school initiatives.
- Support Service grants are intended for state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers, and non-profit entities working with school districts or schools to further develop existing farm to school initiatives and to provide broad reaching support services to farm to school initiatives.
Additionally, To assist eligible entities in preparing proposals, USDA will host a series of webinars related to the application process:
- March 5, 2013, 1:00 EST – Planning Grants
- March 6, 2013, 1:00 EST – Implementation Grants
- March 7, 2013, 1:00 EST – Support Service Grants
Proposals for the grant program are due April 24, 2013 (Midnight EST), and the funds will be awarded and announced October 2013. The applications along with more information such as frequently asked questions and sample proposals can be found on USDA’s Farm to School website.
Deadline: April 24
Teacher Tool Kit Grants
The Kids in Need Foundation, in partnership with Elmer’s, will be sponsoring approximately 300 grants for teachers who wish to conduct classroom projects selected from a catalog of more than 500 projects. The grants range from $100 to $500, and are meant to provide teachers with the tools to strengthen critical thinking skills, creativity, and core knowledge among students. The grants are awarded based on financial need, how the project meets the educational needs of the students and satisfies the state standards or curriculum requirements of the school, and the number of students who will benefit from the project.
Deadline: April 30
Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes
Are you ready to win a wireless lab for your school? With your support and enthusiastic participation, your school could be awarded one of two grand prizes, each worth $40,000. Each grand prize Wireless Lab includes A classroom technology bundle from CDW-G: 20 notebooks or tablets; three wireless access points; notebook cart; projector and stand; document camera; student response system and a printer—and a $5,000 digital media grant from Discovery Education.
Deadline: May 3
Champion Creatively Alive Children
NAESP and Crayola have teamed up to support arts-infused education. Each year we award 20 schools with grants valued at $3,500 to implement arts programming. Free training modules are also available online that include videos, handouts, and worksheets geared for your school's art programs. Early bird applicants will receive a Crayola product Classpack®.
Early Bird Deadline: June 10
Final Deadline: June 21
Run For Something Better School Awards Program
ING Run For Something Better (ING RFSB), in partnership with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), has developed a school-based running program. The awards program will provide a minimum of 50 grants up to $2,500 for each school that desire to establish a school based running program or expand an existing one.
Deadline: May 15
President's Environmental Youth Awards
The President’s Environmental Youth Award program promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people across the U.S. for protecting our nation's air, water, land, and ecology.
Deadline: December 31
United States Tennis Association Southern offers matching equipment grants to elementary schools that organize a kids’ tennis club. No tennis courts are required. Kids’ tennis clubs can be located in schools, parks, youth centers, or tennis facilities. This grant is available for schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Grant for Salad Bars in Schools
Seeking to increase children’s consumption of fruits and vegetables, the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools program plans to fund and grant 6,000 salad bars to schools across the nation by 2013. Any K-12 school or district participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply.
Books for Children in Need
First Book donates 35,000 books per day to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. Educators or program administrators at schools where at least 70 percent of the children come from low-income families are eligible to apply for the nonprofit’s book distribution programs.
Free Classroom Supplies
Teachers can use a helping hand when it comes to stocking up on school supplies. That is why The Clorox Company is launching the Canisters for Classrooms program to help teachers get Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes for their classrooms and get parents involved in donating, too! When teachers put Clorox Disinfecting Wipes on their back-to-school list, Clorox will automatically donate two canisters to their classroom (while supplies last)! Visit Clorox Classrooms to upload your back-to-school supply list or create your back-to-school supply list online.
Curricula and Teaching Tools
Financial Literacy Resources
Money as You Grow—20 Things Kids Need to Know to Live Financially Smart Lives, an online tool to help improve the financial capability of America’s youth, offers 20 essential, age-appropriate lessons kids need to learn about money. The President’s Council on Financial Capability developed the website.
Free Fitness Curriculum
The ACE Operation FitKids curriculum from the American Council on Exercise is designed for educators looking to integrate health and fitness into classroom learning. The 7-lesson curricula for grades 3 to 8 and teach students the dangers of being overweight and the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.
Free Pen Pal Club Subscription
Pen Pal Kids Club, a global social network for kids, is offering free classroom subscriptions to K-8 teachers across the United States. The website promotes cross-curricular collaboration by integrating nonfiction writing, geography, social studies, and technology while offering students a chance to discover different cultures and meet new friends from across the globe.
Powerful Free Tool for Data, Tutoring
School leaders know that every minute spent testing is a minute taken away from teaching. ASSISTments, a new, free web-based platform developed by Worcester Polytechnic Institute, aims to change that, offering teachers the ability to blend assessment questions and tutoring. Students receive real-time guidance, while teachers see instant reports on student progress. Plus schools and districts can build benchmarks right into the system. Contact NAESP@wpi.edu for training and more information.
Free Professional Development and Learning Resources
Green Strides - Webinar Series
This webinar series, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools initiative, features experts from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, Department of Agriculture, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and other federal programs. Topics include fitness, solar energy, life in space, and more.
Implementing Common Core Standards in Math - Webinar Series
This free webinar series and online professional learning community, sponsored by ETA/Cuisenaire, provides advice and support regarding the national math curriculum. The program provides free webinars, live chats, lesson plans and online discussions to assist teachers in connecting and collaborating with others in the same grade level.
Global Learning for Educators - Webinar Series
The Asia Society is providing a free, year-long webinar series, Global Learning for Educators, designed to help educators prepare students for college and the interconnected world beyond. Topics include project-based global learning, preparing your school for global learning initiatives, and more.
RTI in Early Childhood Settings - Webcast
“Implementing Response to Intervention in Early Childhood Settings: National, State, and Program Perspectives,” an 80-minute webcast from the RTI Action Network, features a panel of nationally recognized researchers and dynamic RTI implementers on RTI’s role RTI in early childhood. This unique blend of multiple perspectives targets matching high-quality instruction and interventions to meet learning needs during the early childhood years.
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