Professional Development

Be a Catalyst for Change…Become a Green Schools National Network Member

The green schools movement is the most critical education reform initiative of our time. Through the Green Schools National Network (GSNN) membership program, you can show your support and become a catalyst for change for green schools everywhere.

GSNN’s membership program is designed for leaders (like you!) who use sustainability to drive innovation in their classrooms, schools, or school districts. As a member of the program, you will learn from and be inspired by the people who are transforming schools across the country.

Choose from 5 different levels of membership: Individual, Nonprofit, preK-12 School, School District, or Corporate. Each level comes with its own set of benefits and discounts, some of which include: professional publications, a subscription to Green Teacher Magazine, discounted Green Schools Conference and Expo registration, discounted and free professional development opportunities, networking opportunities, and discounted fees for GSNN school and district coaching.

Visit GSNN’s membership website to learn more and sign up.

 

2017 CELF Summer Institute: Education for Sustainability

The Annual CELF Summer Institute in Education for Sustainability (July 10 – 13, 2017, Manhattanville College, New York) is an intensive 4-day workshop that enables teachers to integrate the concepts of sustainability into their existing curricula. The Institute equips K-12 teachers with practices and teaching methods to address the core concepts of education for sustainability – the intersection of social, economic, and ecological systems – and how the balance of those three systems is vital to a sustainable future, and relevant to all subject areas.

Each Institute begins by building a learning community and a common vocabulary around sustainability, and progresses with hands-on activities, case studies, special guest presentations, and field work. The schedule includes supported planning time so that participants will have tangible materials to bring back to their classrooms.

Participating teachers will:

  • Gain a greater understanding of the science and economics behind global issues affecting our planet.
  • Create student-centered sustainability projects.
  • Apply concepts like systems thinking, interdependence, and community to instructional practice.
  • Engage in hands-on learning activities that can be used with students.
  • Develop new school change-making strategies.

 

Benefits and Resources:

  • Gain access to CELF’s online curriculum library.
  • Align curriculum projects with national education for sustainability standards and performance indicators.
  • Learn from and share best practices with Institute facilitators and peers from across the region and around the world.
  • Access post-Institute support for on-going education for sustainability implementation.

 

Registration is open for the 2017 Institute. The 4-day program costs $450 per teacher and discounts are available for school teams. Learn more about registration and credit options here.

 

2017 Get Out of the Classroom Conference

The 1st Annual Get Out of the Classroom Field Studies Conference is set to take place August 3 – 4, 2017 in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. The conference will take place at Northwest Passage High School, which has spent nearly 18 years planning and challenging students to learn beyond the classroom, from the local community to the global community. Join a talented group of educators, practitioners, and innovators who have explored learning environments with their students through field studies, urban travel, and wilderness expeditions. Learn more about registration and submitting a presentation proposal (proposals are due May 31, 2017).

 

Citizen Science Association 2017 Conference

The 2017 Citizen Science Association Conference will be held May 17 – 20 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The conference provides a venue for citizen science researchers, practitioners, community members, and theorists to come together and share knowledge and best practices in the interest of advancing the field of citizen science. Educators engaging in citizen science in their classroom are encouraged to attend and take advantage of the workshops, events, and networking opportunities offered during the conference. More information about registration, hotels, and travel can be found on the conference’s website.

 

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education works with schools and school districts to help them integrate Education for Sustainability (EfS) into their curriculum. Core services include consulting and leadership development (on-site and off-site); professional development and faculty coaching; curriculum design, assessment, mapping, and alignment; and school and community partnerships. The Cloud Institute holds an annual Summer Design Studio that enables educators, administrators, and program designers to learn how to design and embed EfS into curriculum, assessments, and programs.

 

Upcoming Programming

Sustainability Education Conference: A Regional Gathering for Educators and Community Leaders

August 4 – 6, 2017

Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York

This August, we invite you to join the Cloud Institute for an inaugural gathering of educators, administrators, business leaders, parents, students, and community-based organizations from the Hudson Valley and beyond to explore the potential for our schools and communities to learn and work together toward a shared and intentional future.

Through presentations, group discussions, and focused breakout sessions, we look at a whole-school approach to education—from curriculum and instruction to facilities and grounds—nested within whole communities, and how the two can be more deeply integrated and serve as resources for one another. Using the EfS framework, the successful Sustainable Jersey for Schools initiative, and other case studies, we explore the power of learning and the creative potential of our youth, and continue to identify how to best support our next generation of leaders.

Those from outside the Hudson Valley are welcome to join us to share insights and experiences and bring new understandings back home.

Visit the conference webpage for pricing and registration information.

 

Summer Curriculum Design Studio: Educating for a Sustainable Future

This year’s program will be held August 6 – 11 at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. In this 5-day design studio, educators, administrators, and program designers learn how to design and embed EfS into curriculum, assessments, and programs. Attendees get access to expertise, coaching, resources, and tools to design elegant curricula for classroom use, create protocols for professional development, or lay out action plans to implement EfS in schools and communities.

Through working sessions, learning circles, coaching, peer review, and optional workshops, participants are supported as they create and develop units and protocols that educate for sustainability.

Cost is $495, plus a $33 materials fee. Accommodation prices vary. Lean more about the summer design studio here.

 

Community Works Institute

Community Works Institute (CWI) supports and promotes exemplary teaching strategies and practices for K-16 educators and community programs that support students in becoming caring, responsible, and active members of their communities. CWI offers a variety of professional development opportunities for K-16 and community-based educators in the United States and internationally, including on-site training, retreats, coaching, and consulting. Their signature offering is a series of summer institutes that integrate field-tested service-learning best practices and principles of sustainability to engage K-16 students in academically based service that contributes to sustainable communities.

CWI is offering $100 off regular tuition rates through June 2nd for each of its 2017 summer institutes, if space remains. Special school team packages are available. The East Institute will be held in Burlington, Vermont from June 19-23, and the West Institute will be held in Los Angeles, California from July 24-28. Visit the website to learn more about these professional development opportunities and to register.

 

Connecticut School Garden Resource Center School Garden Coordinator Institute

The Connecticut School Garden Resource Center, a program of Common Ground High School in New Haven, supports the creation and long term sustainability of educational gardens and outdoor learning spaces through the facilitation of a network of educators, gardeners, community volunteers, nonprofit organizations, and others who create and share resources on gardening, curriculum, and community engagement strategies.

On June 27 – 28, the Center is holding its first summer institute for garden coordinators at Common Ground High School. This two day intensive covers all the details of building a school garden program and integrating it into school culture, including sharing resources on garden planning, building a school team, planting and garden care, curriculum, and long-term sustainability and community engagement. The institute also offers an opportunity to network with like-minded people who are engaged in this work at their own schools.

Tuition is $75 for both days or $50 to attend one day. Learn more and register here.

 

EcoRise

At EcoRise, we believe in the power of teachers to ignite innovation and the potential of students to design a sustainable future for all. Our school-based program empowers youth to tackle real-world challenges in their schools and communities by teaching sustainability, design innovation, and social entrepreneurship. Over 350 schools have implemented our full program and 1,800 teachers in 26 countries have accessed our educational materials. Our curriculum, classroom grants, ongoing training, and support engages educators and students in meaningful learning experiences. Our program empowers teachers to confidently champion sustainability and innovation in their classroom, while students cultivate 21st century skills and sustainable living practices.

We offer:

  • Online and in-person professional development, curriculum, and self-paced resources for green industry connections to K–12 educators, STEM educators, and Project-Based Learning teachers.
  • For U.S.-based schools, we award micro grants to student-designed sustainability projects.
  • Our committed partnership with like-minded institutions and corporate supporters to expand reach and impact.

 

Visit www.ecorise.org to learn more.

 

Green Schools Alliance

Green Schools Alliance is an international organization that advances student success and saves schools resources by fostering whole school sustainability. Originally developed as a network created by schools for schools, the Alliance has evolved to provide integrated and organized support to students, school professionals, schools, and districts to foster sustainability work.

All of the Alliance’s programs are scaled and developed from member ideas to make them more accessible for other member schools. The Alliance conducts work via its international coalition of schools, rooted in the idea that collaboration among schools brings the greatest change for sustainable learning environments and communities. They:

  • promote student success through leadership training, project-based learning, and a support system.
  • inspire school professionals through access to training, resources, and a community of fellow sustainability champions.
  • provide schools with tools to accelerate whole school sustainability efforts through collective purchasing power, access to resources, and reporting and recognition systems.
  • offer districts the programs to leverage high-volume purchasing power, foster collaborative communication, and gather system-wide information on school efforts.

 

Learn more about upcoming events and training programs.

 

Green Strides Webinar Series Calendar

The Green Strides Webinar Series provides school communities with the tools they need to reduce their schools’ environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; and teach effective environmental education. It provides all schools access to the resources that help them move toward the Pillars of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition award. Sign up for Green Strides Webinar Series email updates to receive information on future webinars.

 

Green Teacher Webinar Series

Best Practices in School Gardens

Presenter: Mary Dudley

Wednesday, September 27th 2017, 7:30-8:30pm EST

To overcome the challenges and be successful, you need to keep a few basic principles in mind. Doing so will add to the overall sustainability of a garden and allow for the school community to participate in the project. Based on several years of research and experience with dozens of school gardens, Mary and her colleagues will share their list of basic steps and best practices for school gardens.

 

Nature Based Education Summer Institute 

The University of Maine – Farmington will be hosting a Nature Based Education Summer Institute from June 23 – 24, 2017. Sessions will be interactive and outdoors, and appeal to a range of educators working across age levels and settings. The Institute is designed for educators-in-training as well as those who have extensive experience in the field. Opportunities to connect with colleagues will foster shared learning and exploration.

Registration for the Institute is now open. Visit the conference website for pricing and updates.

 

Shelburne Farms 

Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit organization educating for a sustainable future. That means learning that links knowledge, inquiry, and action to help students build a healthy future for their communities and the planet. Its home campus is a 1,400-acre working farm, forest, and National Historic Landmark.

Shelburne Farms’ school programs staff support both student learning and professional development for educators. The ideas of place and sustainability are at the heart of its work. Shelburne Farms offers a variety of experiences that inspire deep connections to community, and a commitment to a healthy future.

 

Upcoming Programming

Project Seasons for Young Learners: Cultivating Joy & Wonder

July 11 – 14, 2017

Are you looking for new ways to connect your program to the community outside of your classroom? Join us at the Farm for hands-on, interdisciplinary activities and explore ways in which these can be adapted to your own learning community. Connect with other early childhood professionals to share best practices over these four days in a picturesque setting, leaving you energized and inspired to create even more meaningful opportunities and experiences within your program. Cost $460. Includes light breakfast and lunch, excludes accommodations and graduate credit. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Learn more and register here.

 

Education for Sustainability (EFS) Leadership Academy

A year-long, residential, leadership academy for those wishing to be part of a learning community exploring education for sustainability, systems thinking, and school transformation. ​Our hope is to support education leaders in creating healthier and more just communities.

The EFS Leadership Academy is designed for those in education who want to inspire change in partnership with a peer network committed to ecological integrity, economic vitality, and social justice. We will engage you with new ways of thinking, skills to create change and nurture yourself, and present you with innovative ideas and strategies to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of the future. At the heart of this work is educators and a sense of hope, love, and resilience. Please join us and your colleagues in making a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities.

Cost $1500. Includes meals and accommodations; excludes travel and graduate credit. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Limited to 16 participants. You can learn more about how to apply for the 2017 – 2018 cohort of the EFS Leadership Academy here. Applications must be submitted by June 9, 2017.

 

The Summer Institute on Education for Sustainability, 10th Anniversary

Join us in 2017 to celebrate our 10th Annual Summer Institute on Education for Sustainability. Spend five rich days with colleagues from around the country at an informative and restorative institute created to give you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of education for sustainability. This week is part conference, part workshop, part retreat. We develop the institute based on participants’ needs and assets; but we always ensure that you have an opportunity to develop connections between curriculum and community, work and dialogue together, and reflect in an inspiring setting that models sustainability and systems-thinking. Education for sustainability is at the heart of what we do at Shelburne Farms and with our PreK-12 schools, university, and community partners.

Cost $600. Includes light breakfast and lunch; excludes travel and graduate credit. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Learn more and register here.

 

Student Climate and Conservation Conference 2017

The Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3) is a week-long leadership training program held annually at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s National Conservation Training Center – the nation’s top environmental training facility. Participants, also known as Sc3 Fellows, spend a week studying and discussing environmental, social, and economic interconnections to address climate change and conservation challenges affecting their generation in an ever-changing world.

Applications are now being accepted!

WHO: Current 8th – 11th Grade Students

WHEN: June 25 – July 1, 2017

WHERE: National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV

COST: $1250 if you apply by May 15 – Application Deadline

6 nights, all-inclusive (except transportation to DC)
Financial aid & scholarships are available.

 

Resources

Cornell Garden-Based Learning

Cornell Garden-Based Learning provides educators with inspiring, research-based gardening resources and professional development to support engaging, empowering, and relevant learning experiences for children, youth, adults, and communities. Their site offers tools and resources for starting a gardening program as well as lessons, activities, and curricula to support garden-based learning.

 

Experiential Tools: Resources for Teaching and Group Facilitation

Experiential Tools was founded by author and educator Jennifer Stanchfield to provide educators with quality, unique, and user-friendly methods to enhance learning, increase engagement, build community, facilitate group development, and engage learners in meaningful reflection and dialogue.  Resources offered include consulting, professional development programs, workshops, books, and teaching and facilitation tools.  Visit the website for a list of upcoming workshops.

 

Facing the Future 

Facing the Future is an international program, based out of Western Washington University, creating tools for educators that equip and motivate students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable future. The curriculum is organized around eight sustainability big ideas:

  • Connecting with Nature
  • Equity and Justice
  • Health and Resiliency
  • Interconnectedness
  • Local to Global
  • Peace and Collaboration
  • Respect for Limits
  • Universal Responsibility

 

Facing the Future curriculum materials and resources are available for K-12 teachers, teachers in colleges of education, and for some community college and undergraduate classes. All materials are developed for teachers, by teachers, with best teaching and learning practices in mind and are aligned with Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and most state standards frameworks.

 

Grades of Green

Grades of Green was founded in 2008 by four California moms who wanted a better world for their children. This nonprofit provides schools with free and easy access to over 40 activities that aim to instill environmental values in students. Activities are broken out into categories, including air, energy, toxins, waste, water, and earth. The organization also has a Youth Corps Eco Leadership Program that mentors 60 selected second through twelfth grade students to become eco-leaders. Participation in the program is free, though students must submit an application to be considered.

 

Green Bronx Machine

Green Bronx Machine is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building healthy, equitable, and resilient communities through inspired education, local food systems, and 21st Century workforce development. Their school-based model uses urban agriculture, aligned with key school performance indicators, to grow healthy students and healthy schools. The Green Bronx Machine has developed a classroom curriculum (online purchasing is coming soon!) that turns any school or community gardening program into an academic and standards-based learning experience. With technology-enabled lesson plans that use food and plant life cycles to teach multiple subjects, students learn critical thinking and problem solving as they explore, discover, and create their own ecosystem.

Visit their website to learn more about the curriculum and the organization’s many projects.

 

Learning Lab

A product of the U.S. Green Building Council’s The Center for Green Schools, Learning Lab provides K-12 teachers and school leaders with comprehensive, project- and STEM-based curriculum that encourages student leadership, environmental literacy, and real-world action.

Discover best-in-class content, training, and tools. Access their curated catalogue of lesson plans, interactive projects, assessment opportunities, and other multimedia resources in English and Spanish. Lessons are mapped to meet current educational standards, and were created by educators, for educators.

 

Life Lab

Life Lab is a national leader in the garden-based learning movement, with over 35 years of experience working with young people in gardens. Through workshops and consultations, Life Lab provides educators across the country with the inspiration and information necessary to engage young people in gardens and on farms. Their workshops and award-winning publications are go-to resources for educators and families. Life Lab’s Garden Classroom educational center in Santa Cruz, California and its Blooming Classroom garden in Watsonville, California promote experiential learning for people of all ages through field trips, children’s camps, and teacher workshops.

Learn more about Life Lab’s educator resources, including curriculum and activity guides, professional development opportunities, and school garden resources.

 

Living Schoolyard Activity Guides

Green Schoolyard America’s Living Schoolyard Activity Guides were created in honor of Living Schoolyard Month and International School Grounds Month. Developed in collaboration with organizations from across the U.S. and the globe, these guides include hands-on activities for PreK-12th grade students and cover a range of themes including: Art, Recreation, Health, Wildlife Habitat, Watershed Stewardship, Schoolyard Agriculture, Energy and Climate, Thoughtful Use of Materials, and Place-Based Understanding.

 

NCF-Envirothon

The NCF-Envirothon is an annual competition where teams from participating states and Canadian provinces compete for recognition and scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management.  The competition is centered on four universal testing categories (i.e., soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, and wildlife) and a current environmental issue.

The Envirothon program is an effective educational tool, capable of supplementing environmental education both inside and outside the classroom. Led by a volunteer advisor, teams usually meet from late autumn until spring. Teams work collaboratively to develop their knowledge of ecology and natural resource management and to practice their environmental problem-solving skills in preparation for Envirothon competitions.

Visit the website to learn more about past, current, and future competitions, as well as how to get your school involved.

 

The Power of the Plant: A Teacher’s Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools

From Amazon’s website:

In The Power of a Plant, globally acclaimed teacher and self-proclaimed CEO (Chief Eternal Optimist) Stephen Ritz shows you how, in one of the nation’s poorest communities, his students thrive in school and in life by growing, cooking, eating, and sharing the bounty of their green classroom.

What if we taught students that they have as much potential as a seed? That in the right conditions, they can grow into something great?

These are the questions that Stephen Ritz―who became a teacher more than 30 years ago―sought to answer in 2004 in a South Bronx high school plagued by rampant crime and a dismal graduation rate. After what can only be defined as a cosmic experience when a flower broke up a fight in his classroom, he saw a way to start tackling his school’s problems: plants. He flipped his curriculum to integrate gardening as an entry point for all learning and inadvertently created an international phenomenon. As Ritz likes to say, “Fifty thousand pounds of vegetables later, my favorite crop is organically grown citizens who are growing and eating themselves into good health and amazing opportunities.”

The Power of a Plant tells the story of a green teacher from the Bronx who let one idea germinate into a movement and changed his students’ lives by learning alongside them. Since greening his curriculum, Ritz has seen near-perfect attendance and graduation rates, dramatically increased passing rates on state exams, and behavioral incidents slashed in half. In the poorest congressional district in America, he has helped create 2,200 local jobs and built farms and gardens while changing landscapes and mindsets for residents, students, and colleagues. Along the way, Ritz lost more than 100 pounds by eating the food that he and his students grow in school. The Power of a Plant is his story of hope, resilience, regeneration, and optimism.

 

REAL School Gardens

REAL School Gardens creates learning gardens in low-income schools and trains teachers how to use their gardens to improve student engagement and academic achievement. This program unites teachers, parents, businesses, and students in designing and building learning gardens that are tailored to each school’s unique needs. Partner schools engage in a multi-year training program to learn how to use their new teaching tool to get REAL results. REAL School Gardens’ seasoned and certified educators provide on-site one-on-one training with teachers, sharing proven tips and techniques tailored to each teacher’s individual needs. Teachers also get ready-to-use lesson plans that are easy to implement and continue to receive new activities and garden materials to help them succeed.

Visit their website to learn more about the REAL School Gardens team, what they do, and how your school can benefit from their services.

 

Sustainable Tomorrow: A Teacher’s Guidebook for Applying Systems Thinking to Environmental Education Curricula

This guidebook, a project of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ North American Conservation Education Strategy, demonstrates how to use systems concepts and tools to apply systems thinking to environmental education curricula using lessons from Project WILD, Project WET, and Project Learning Tree for grades 9-12.

 

Teaching in Nature’s Classroom: Core Principles of Garden-Based Education

In Teaching in Nature’s Classroom: Core Principles of Garden-Based Education, Nathan Larson shares a philosophy of teaching in the garden. Rooted in years of experience and supported by research, Larson presents fifteen guiding principles of garden-based education. These principles and best practices are illustrated through engaging stories from the field. The book features vivid paintings by mural artist Becky Redelings and connections to the research literature provided by Alex Wells and Sam Dennis of the University of Wisconsin Environmental Design Lab. This publication was supported through a partnership between Community GroundWorks and the Environmental Design Lab at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  Funding for this project was provided by the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

 

USDA Team Nutrition School Garden Resources

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Team Nutrition has assembled a list of resources on school gardens, including general resources on planning, constructing, and maintaining a school garden as well as curricula and training.

 

Grants and Awards

Chef Ann Foundation Project Produce Grants

The Chef Ann Foundation has teamed up with Skoop, a performance nutrition brand, to launch Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools. These $2,500 grants help schools increase kids’ access to fresh fruits and veggies and nutrition education. Any district or independent school that participates in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply. Grants are determined on an ongoing basis depending on available funding. More information about grant requirements and submitting a proposal can be found on their website.

 

Crayola Creative Leadership Grants

The 2017 Creative Leadership Grants program provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary and middle schools. To apply:

  • Form a collaborative team to plan innovative ways of infusing creativity throughout the school.
  • Brainstorm a leadership program that will enrich the creative capabilities and confidence within the school community.
  • Plan how and who will lead this collaborative effort.
  • Complete the application.
  • Submit application by June 23, 2017 (the principal must be a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals).

 

Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.

 

EDspaces Educational Facility Improvement Grant Program

The Educational Facility Grant Program funds high-quality professional development for education-based facility planners, superintendents, purchasing officers, and related staff, introducing them to innovative solutions and best practices assisting effective decision-making about upcoming educational construction or renovation projects.

  • Experience innovative products that support the creation of effective learning environments
  • Participate in educational sessions led by nationally recognized speakers
  • Engage in conversations with peers in the educational facility planning environment
  • Learn more about innovative approaches in practice for planning, designing, and equipping facilities
  • Connect with the vendors that will support your next design project
  • Evaluate the latest in school equipment, fixtures, and furniture

 

The EDspaces Educational Facilities Grant includes hotel accommodations for up to three nights at an official EDspaces host hotel and full conference registration with enriching educational sessions, exhibits, and networking events. To apply, complete a brief application online, providing information about your facility and planned renovation or construction projects. Grant applications will be evaluated based on the projected number and value of potential building projects. Completed applications are due by May 24, 2017. Grant recipients will be notified in June and must accept by August 18, 2017; recipients will be reimbursed for registration fees if selected.

 

Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60

Funding opportunities are available for any qualified K‐12 school enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60. Sponsored by the National Dairy Council, state and regional Dairy Councils, and other supporting organizations, this competitive, nationwide funding program provides money— up to $4,000 per year, per school — to jump start healthy changes. Funds are used to help schools implement one Healthy Eating Play and one Physical Activity Play from the 2016‐2017 edition of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook.

To apply, schools must:

  • Enroll in Fuel Up to Play 60
  • Have a registered program advisor
  • Participate in the National School Lunch Program

 

Learn more and download an application from the website. The deadline to apply is June 14, 2017.

 

GetEdFunding

GetEdFunding is a curated collection of grants and awards created by education professionals for education professionals. Its database was designed to be easy-to-use and reliable, and all grant and funding opportunities are updated daily. Users can search by six criteria, including 43 areas of focus, 8 content areas, and 14 twenty-first century themes and skills, including environmental literacy. Once registered on the site, users can save grants of interest and return to them at any time.

 

The NEA Foundation Learning and Leadership Grants

The NEA Foundation Learning and Leadership Grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes:

  • Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes, conferences, or action research.
  • Grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.

 

Grant awards are $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study.  Applications may be submitted anytime throughout the year and are reviewed three times a year, every year.  Deadlines for applications are February 1, June 1, and October 15.

 

Toshiba America Foundation Grants

Do you teach in an elementary school classroom? Do you have an innovative idea for improving math or science instruction in your classroom? Is your idea project-based learning with measurable outcomes? What do you need to make learning math and science fun for your students?

K-5 teachers are invited to apply online for a $1,000 Toshiba America Foundation grant to help bring an innovative hands-on project into their own classroom. With a Toshiba America Foundation grant, elementary teachers can bring their best new teaching ideas to life.

Grant applications are due on OCTOBER 1st each year.

Grants are also available for teachers in grades 6-12 who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students. Applications for grants less than $5,000 are accepted at any time. For grant requests of more than $5,000 deadlines are February 1 and August 1 (or first business day of February and August).

 

Voya Foundation Grants

Voya Foundation grants are focused on Financial Resilience. We work to ensure that youth are equipped with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) expertise and the financial knowledge necessary to compete in the 21st century workforce and make smart financial decisions that lead to a secure retirement.

We accomplish this by accepting year-round grant applications from organizations that:

  1. Provide innovative and experiential K-8 STEM learning opportunities to promote an early interest in STEM career fields, and improve teachers’ capabilities in STEM; or
  2. Provide financial education curriculum to grade 9-12 students focused on navigating major financial milestones including student debt, credit, home ownership, financial products and services/financial capability, and family needs.

 

Learn more about applying for a Voya Foundation Grant.