Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes
The Library of Congress is accepting applications for its five week-long summer programs for K-12 educators. Held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., this professional development opportunity provides tools and resources to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classroom teaching, with an emphasis on student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge. Tuition and materials are provided at no cost. Applications are due March 24.
Qatar Foundation The WISE Prize for Education
The WISE Prize for Education recognizes an individual or a team of up to six people for an outstanding contribution to education. The achievements of the nominated individual or team should have had a significant and lasting impact upon education at any level and should demonstrate an inspiring and visionary approach. Maximum award: gold medal and US $500,000. Eligibility: individuals or institutions—including schools, international organizations, and private companies—from anywhere in the world. Deadline: March 31, 2015.
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Minigrants
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers Minigrants to public and school libraries for programs that encourage literacy and creativity in children. Programs relating to the work of Ezra Jack Keats are welcome, but not required. Maximum award: $500. Eligibility: public and school libraries. Deadline: March 31, 2015.
Library of Congress Center for the Book
The Library of Congress Center for the Book is accepting applications for the 2015 Library of Congress Literacy Awards. These awards are given to outstanding organizations working to promote literacy, both in the United States and worldwide. The awards seek to recognize organizations doing exemplary, innovative and replicable work over a sustained period of time and to encourage new groups, organizations and individuals to become involved. All groups that work to promote literacy are encouraged to apply. The application rules and a downloadable application form may be accessed at www.read.gov/literacyawards/ . Applications must be received no later than midnight on March 31, 2015.
McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation Teacher Development Grants
Teacher Development Grants from the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation support the development of new K-12 learning programs. Small teams of teachers are encouraged to apply for funding to help integrate fresh strategies that encourage critical inquiry and to observe their effects on students. Prize: Grants are available up to $10,000 for a maximum of three years. Deadline: April 15, 2015.
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors outstanding young leaders who have focused on helping their communities and fellow beings and/or on protecting the health and sustainability of the environment. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: youth 8-18. Deadline: April 15, 2015.
World Hunger Leadership Challenge
The World Hunger Leadership Challenge was created by the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation and the Lift a Life Foundation, with assistance from the Yum! Foundation, to encourage middle and high school students to hone leadership skills by completing a service-learning project that solves hunger issues. Teams of students from public, private, and charter middle schools and high schools are invited to enter. Each team must create and execute a service-learning project that attempts to solve a local, statewide, or national hunger-related issue; develop an action plan to achieve the goal; and demonstrate leadership. Each entry must include a written summary or video overview of the project and quantifiable results. Submissions will be accepted through April 17, 2015.
Beacon Society's Jan Stauber Grant
The Beacon Society's Jan Stauber Grant provides up to $500 to fund the development of a project that will introduce young people to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories about his famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. U.S. and Canadian teachers, librarians, Sherlockian literary societies, and others are invited to apply for the Beacon Society's major funding project.The deadline for applications is May 1.
Google Science Fair
Google has launched its fifth annual global science fair, in which students between ages 13 and 18 are invited to submit projects that break new ground in science and solve real-world problems. The winner will receive a $50,000 scholarship from Google, among other prizes. Deadline for applications is May 19.
Teacher Grants from the NEA Foundation
Currently, the NEA offers grants in two categories, including “Student Achievement” and “Learning & Leadership." Both programs have a Feb. 1 deadline. Student Achievement grants are designed to help teachers engage students in critical thinking and problem solving in standards-based subject matter. Winning programs should also improve students' inquiry, self-paced learning, and critical reflection skills. The Learning & Leadership grants fund professional development experiences and collegiate study for educators. Prize: Grants range from $2,000 to $5,000. Deadline: June 1 and Oct. 15.