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Awards, Grants, Scholarships

  • The Sprint 1Million Project

    The Sprint 1Million Project

    WHAT: Sprint is teaming up with high schools across the country to provide students who don’t have internet access at home with free smartphones or tablets, and four years of free high-speed internet. Their goal is to help bridge the achievement gap for low-income students by giving the gift of connectivity to one million high school students within five years. 
    WHO: High school educators and administrators — applications must be submitted on behalf of an entire school or district. 
    WHEN: Applications will be accepted until early Spring 2018. 
    HOW: For more information and to access the application, please visit http://goodworks.sprint.com/1m...

  • The Beacon Technology Teacher Grants

    The Beacon Technology Teacher Grants

    WHAT: Win up to $1,000 for your classroom to implement a tech-focused lesson plan. Funds can be used for classroom supplies, subscriptions, or applications that help teach students the role of technology in their world.
    WHO: K-8 Educators with technology-focused curriculum.
    WHEN: Online applications will be accepted until December 9, 2017. 
    HOW: To read the guidelines and submit your application, visit www.fios.verizon.com/beacon/te...

  • P. Buckley Moss Foundation Teacher Art Grants

    P. Buckley Moss Foundation Teacher Art Grants

    WHAT:  Grants of up to $1,000 are available for the 2018-2019 school year 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.
    WHO: Open to all K-12 teachers.
    WHEN: Deadline to apply is September 30, 2017, to be awarded for the 2018-2019 school year.
    HOW: For more information and to download the application, please visit http://mossfoundation.org/teac... 

  • Kids in Need Foundation Teacher Grants

    Kids in Need Foundation Teacher Grants

    WHAT: Teacher Grant awards range from $100 to $500 and are intended to be used to finance creative classroom projects. The purpose of the grant is to provide funds for classroom teachers who have innovative, meritorious ideas or who want to replicate a project previously funded.
    WHO: Applicant must be a PK-12 certified teacher working at a public, private, charter, or parochial school.
    WHEN: Online applications are accepted beginning July 15, and closing September 30. 
    HOW: To read the guidelines and download an application, visit https://www.kinf.org/programs/...

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Opportunities

  • 2017 Early Learning Conference Pre-K-3

    2017 Early Learning Conference Pre-K-3

    WHAT: A comprehensive, two-day conference which offers a variety of learning opportunities geared toward educators of early elementary students. With over 30 different learning sessions to choose from, participants will be able to tailor their experience to their own professional development needs. 
    WHEN: November 16-17, 2017
    WHO: Pre-Kindergarten-3rd grade educators.
    WHERE: Sheraton Portland Airport, Portland, Oregon
    HOW: To learn more or to register for this event, visit https://www.cosa.k12.or.us/eve...

  • Engaging Diverse Student Writers K-6: Learn Classroom-Ready Strategies from Author Ruth Culham

    Engaging Diverse Student Writers K-6: Learn Classroom-Ready Strategies from Author Ruth Culham

    WHAT: This hands-on Summer Institute includes practical strategies to organize writing workshop, traits, modes, and the writing process. Learn innovative ideas from Ruth Culham's new book Dream Wakers: Mentor Texts that Celebrate Latino Culture. PDU certificates provided and PSU graduate credit available. Questions? Contact pennyplavala@gmail.com
    WHEN: August 23, 2017
    WHERE: Monarch Hotel, Clackamas, OR
    HOW: For more information and registration, visit http://www.portlandreadingcoun...

  • Social Skills for School Success

    Social Skills for School Success

    WHAT: A program evaluation of a social skills curriculum. Iris Educational Media, in conjunction with Oregon Research Institute, has funding from the Department of Education to evaluate We Have Skills, a multimedia social skills program for elementary students. Participating first grade teachers receive the We Have Skills curriculum, 90-minute training, classroom materials and remuneration for completing two study surveys. 
    WHEN: Deadline to join is August 1, 2017.
    WHO: First Grade Teachers in general education not currently using We Have Skills as their social skills curriculum.
    HOW: For more information or to join, visit www.irised.com/skills

  • SuperQuest Workshops

    SuperQuest Workshops

    WHAT: SuperQuest is a highly collaborative technology training series designed specifically for K-12 teachers by K-12 and Community College teachers. Our goal is to empower educators with the skills and classroom tools to build hands-on technology learning directly into their classrooms and/or after-school activities. 
    WHEN: June 27-29, 2017
    WHERE: Clackamas Community College, Wilsonville Campus
    HOW: SuperQuest Workshops are free! Other dates and locations available. For more information and to register, visit http://oregoncsta.org/

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Websites

  • 17 Books for Teachers’ Summer Reading Lists

    17 Books for Teachers’ Summer Reading Lists

    WHAT: A well-rounded group of books on pedagogy, professional development, personal wellness, and education-inspired light reads to keep your mind stimulated during all that “time off”!
    HOW: To view the list, and links to each book, visit http://teacherpop.org/2015/06/...

  • National Geographic One-Page MapMaker

    National Geographic One-Page MapMaker

    WHAT: A tool that allows you to create custom, single-sheet maps of any continent, country, or state. Labels can be added or removed to allow for knowledge testing, and maps can be emailed, printed, or shared on all major social media platforms. Requires Adobe Flash Player. 
    HOW: To use the tool, visit https://www.nationalgeographic...

  • “Social Media Made Simple”

    “Social Media Made Simple”

    WHAT: This article from the NEA website tells the story of one physics teacher who has been able to reach her students more effectively outside of school so that they can spend more class time putting their learning to practice. It also contains free tech resources to engage with students using various social media outlets so you can make your classroom more exciting and increase participation!
    HOW: To learn more, visit http://www.nea.org/tools/53459...

Books

  • Teaching for Promise: Transforming Dis/ability Through Multimodal Literacy

    Teaching for Promise: Transforming Dis/ability Through Multimodal Literacy

    By Kathleen M. Collins
    Teachers College Press, 2018, ISBN-13: 9780807756973, $44.95 (List Price), available at www.tcpress.com

    How can we create classrooms where children historically positioned as “struggling” or “deficient” are able to participate fully and successfully? In detailed case studies, the author demonstrates how teachers integrated multimodal literacies and a sociocultural understanding of disability to inform their teaching and help students meet or exceed expected academic standards.

  • Teaching Controversial Issues: The Case for Critical Thinking and Moral Commitment in the Classroom

    Teaching Controversial Issues: The Case for Critical Thinking and Moral Commitment in the Classroom

    By Nel Noddings and Laurie Brooks 
    Teachers College Press, 2016, ISBN-13: 9780807757802, $34.95 (List Price), available at www.tcpress.com

    This book offers specific, concrete strategies for addressing a variety of issues related to authority, religion, gender, race, media, sports, entertainment, class and poverty, capitalism and socialism, and equality and justice. The goal is to develop individuals who can examine their own beliefs, those of their own and other group with respect and understanding for others' values.

  • Trauma-Sensitive Schools for the Adolescent Years: Promoting Resiliency and Healing, Grades 6-12

    Trauma-Sensitive Schools for the Adolescent Years: Promoting Resiliency and Healing, Grades 6-12

    By Susan E. Craig
    Teachers College Press, 2017, ISBN-13: 9780807758250, $29.95 (List Price); available at www.tcpress.com

    The trauma-sensitive schools movement is the result of a confluence of forces that are changing how educators view students’ academic and social problems, including the failure of zero-tolerance policies to resolve issues of school safety, bullying, and academic failure, as well as a new understanding of adolescents’ disruptive behavior.

  • Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Learning Communities Transforming Children's Lives, K–5

    Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Learning Communities Transforming Children's Lives, K–5

    By Susan E. Craig
    Teachers College Press, 2015, ISBN-13: 9780807757451, $30.95 (List Price); available at www.tcpress.com

    Growing evidence supports the important relationship between trauma and academic failure. Along with the failure of “zero tolerance” policies to resolve issues of school safety and a new understanding of children’s disruptive behavior, educators are changing the way they view children’s academic and social problems.

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For Students

  • National Geographic Bee

    National Geographic Bee

    WHAT:  For 30 years, The National Geographic Society has inspired students to learn more about the world around them through the National Geographic Bee. Over 10,000 schools participate in the event annually, with students competing to win college scholarships and 
    WHO: Students in grades 4-8.
    WHEN: Register now to take advantage of the early-bird discount; registration closes January 26, 2018.  
    HOW: To learn more about the competition and key deadlines, or to register your school, visit www.nationalgeographic.org/bee

  • 2018 Profile in Courage Essay Contest

    2018 Profile in Courage Essay Contest

    WHAT: The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is offering cash prizes of up to $10,000 for essays that demonstrate an understanding of political courage, as described in John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage. Students must analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917.
    WHO: High school students, grades 9-12.
    WHEN: Mailed essays must be postmarked by January 4, 2018. 
    HOW: For essay guidelines, examples, and resources, visit https://www.jfklibrary.org/Edu...

  • STEM Academy Day Camps

    STEM Academy Day Camps

    WHAT: Week-long camps that allow children and teens to explore science and technology through a variety of different interactive courses. Camps are divided by grade levels, with courses designed for elementary, middle, and high school levels.  
    WHO: Children and teens in grades 3-12.
    WHEN: Dates vary for each level, beginning in July and ending in August. 
    WHERE: STEM Academy, OSU Corvallis Campus
    HOW: For more information and to register, visit http://stemacademy.oregonstate... 

  • NW Film Center Summer Camp for Kids + Teens

    NW Film Center Summer Camp for Kids + Teens

    WHAT: One-week sessions that allow children and teens to learn about and experiment with media arts and technology. Classes range from simple stop-motion animation films to digital filmmaking, with all equipment and training provided. 
    WHO: Children and teens in grades 2-12.
    WHEN: Camps begin June 19, the last session begins on August 14.
    WHERE: NW Film Center, Downtown Portland
    HOW: For more information and to register, visit https://nwfilm.org/class-categ... 

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For The Classroom

  • Kahoot!

    Kahoot!

    WHAT: Make your classroom awesome by creating your own learning games with Kahoot! Upload your own set of multiple choice questions, add images and videos, and get playing! Your students play from their own devices, keeping them engaged throughout the lesson. 
    HOW: https://kahoot.com/welcomeback...

  • Share My Lesson

    Share My Lesson

    WHAT: Thousands of free lesson plans for all grade levels and subjects! Join this learning community to get ideas from other educators, or share your own. 
    HOW: Get inspired here: https://sharemylesson.com/

  • Glogster

    Glogster

    WHAT: This website allows you and your students to create “glogs” — interactive multimedia posters that allows ideas to be expressed easily by combining images, graphics, video, audio, and text on one digital canvas! Gather inspiration from over 40,000 glogs from students and educators around the world, or create your own using the templates provided. 
    HOW: Start creating here: http://edu.glogster.com/

  • “ISIS and American Foreign Policy” Lesson

    “ISIS and American Foreign Policy” Lesson

    WHAT:
    This website offers tools that students can use to analyze what actions the U.S. has taken against ISIS and how those actions relate to our overall foreign policy. There are free lesson plans and educator resources.

    HOW:
    For more information, go to www.billofrightsinstitute.org/educate/educator- resources/lessons-plans/current-events/isis-american-foreign-policy/

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