Resources

February 3, 2012 - Volume 32 Issue 7

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By Eric Ruf

Every child has potential—to learn, develop and excel into a successful student and ultimately adult.

Helping every child realize his or her potential isn’t easy, and it isn’t getting easier. Ever-increasing challenges face both students and educators, as budgets tighten and schools are asked to do much more with far less.

Nearly 20 years ago, West Virginia was one of a few states that recognized the need to alleviate health-related barriers to learning by making more health services available where the kids are—in school.  

School-based health centers (SBHCs) are like a doctor’s office located in schools or on school grounds.  With parents’ permission, SBHCs provide basic-quality services such as immunizations, asthma and diabetes management, nutrition counseling, and sometimes oral and mental health services.  Children receive these services regardless of their families’ ability to pay. 

With a SBHC on campus, students don’t have to leave school to see a primary care provider, and their parents or guardians don’t have to leave work to take them.  Clinical services are the responsibility of a qualified health provider, not the school, and the clinics are staffed by a multidisciplinary team including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical social workers, psychologists, and nutritionists.  Working in collaboration with the school nurse, the staff and services provided depend on the needs of the school, as well as the community.  School staff are allowed and encouraged to take advantage of their SBHC’s services. 

Considering the health challenges that face West Virginia’s students, SBHCs make good sense.  According to the 2011 Kids Count Data Book, our state ranks 44th in the nation in overall child well-being, dropping from 43rd in 2010.  Our youth and adolescents are above the national averages in obesity, diabetes, asthma, depression and oral health disparities. Nearly one in four children lives in poverty; many lack access to adequate health care.

The impact of poor health outcomes on academic achievement is well-documented.  It can lead to missed school days and a number of other issues—such as truancy, behavioral problems and at risk behavior—and lead to poor school performance.
 
SBHCs and school-health services sit at the intersection of public health and education and are well positioned to address the multiple health problems that are affecting West Virginia’s youth and adolescents. The well-documented strengths of the school-based health model improves quality of care, increasing access to care, and can provide early prevention education to vulnerable populations.  SBHCs are an important, research-based strategy that are an essential part of public health solutions that assure equal opportunities for all children to access needed health services, regardless of their families’ socioeconomic status.

Since piloting 14 SBHCs in 1994, West Virginia now has over 65 centers.  More are planned to open before the end of this school year. 
 
As the president of the West Virginia School-Based Health Assembly (WVSBHA), I strongly encourage you to consider the benefits that an SBHC can bring to your school, staff, students and community.  The mission of our organization is to advance comprehensive health care in the school setting, and we routinely visit with boards of education, school staff, and sponsoring organizations to help them open centers in their schools and communities.  It is a good idea that, with a little work, can help children overcome barriers and realize their full potential.

To learn more about school-based health centers, or the West Virginia School-Based Health Assembly, visit www.wvsbha.org or email Kelli Caseman at wvsbha@gmail.com.

Eric Ruf is president of the West Virginia School-Based Health Assembly. 

 


Recognizing the importance of celebrating student creativity, the West Virginia Department of Education is seeking original student work to be featured on the main stage performance at the 2012 Arts Alive! Showcase.

The annual event, scheduled for April 20 in Charleston, features student artists in dance, music, theatre and visual art at public schools across West Virginia.

“This is such a wonderful opportunity for any student of the arts, and I encourage students from around the state to apply to participate in this learning experience,” state Supt. Jorea Marple said. “The arts encourage students to think creatively, adopt fresh approaches and help bridge language and other barriers among diverse cultures in today’s global society.”

Public school students in kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to submit original compositions, choreography, improvisations, digital works, film, original scenes, or other works that would be suitable for the main stage performance. Work such as a musical improvisation based an existing melody also will be considered. Submissions must be submitted electronically by 4 p.m., Feb. 1, at http://wvde.state.wv.us/forms/2012-arts-alive-entr. Submissions must be less than five minutes long to be considered for the program. Submissions will be evaluated by the Arts Alive planning committee on creativity, expression, technique and presentation. More details and rules are posted at http://wvde.state.wv.us/arts-alive.

In addition to the main stage performances, the Department of Education also has added a new category about integrating science and the arts. The Science in the Arts competition was created to encourage high school students to consider, research, and present information about relationships between the two subjects.

“We know that students learn best when they are able to connect different subjects and integrate their learning,” Marple said. “Science and art are everywhere, and the interdependence of the subjects is undeniable.”

West Virginia high school students may submit an entry for a visual arts product which they have created to represent Science in the Arts. The submitted piece must be an example of a student using science to create an artwork or a student demonstrating an understanding the science of the materials used to create the artwork. Students must create a two- to three-minute video presentation explaining why the piece was selected to represent Science in the Arts, what the piece means to the student personally, and the science used to create the art or the science of the materials used to create the artwork. Examples of acceptable entries include but are not limited to:

  • A piece of welded artwork with an explanation of the science of the welding process or the physics of balance which keeps the piece from falling over.
  • A photograph with an explanation of the science of developing photographs or how the science of light affects photography.
  • A piece of pottery with a demonstration of the science behind earthenware, stoneware, or porcelain, the geology of the material’s place of origin, or the science of the glazing process.
  • A painting with an explanation of the science behind the materials used to create the painting or the canvas or material on which it is painted.

Submissions for the science competition also must be submitted electronically by 4 p.m., Feb. 1, at http://wvde.state.wv.us/forms/2012-science-in-the-.

For more information, contact John Deskins, arts coordinator for the state Department of Education, at (304) 558-5325 or jdeskins@access.k12.wv.us, or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

 

 

Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation: Christopher Columbus Awards
The Christopher Columbus Awards Program combines science and technology with community problem-solving. Students work in teams with the help of an adult coach to identify an issue they care about and, using science and technology, work with experts, conduct research, and put their ideas to the test to develop an innovative solution.
Maximum Award: $25,000 Foundation Community Grant and an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World to attend the program's National Championship Week, plus a U.S. Savings Bond of $2,000 for each student team member.
Eligibility: middle-school-age (sixth, seventh, and eighth grade) children; teams do not need to be affiliated with a school to enter.
Deadline: February 6, 2012.
 

New Leaders for New Schools: Aspiring Principals Program
New Leaders for New Schools is currently accepting applications for candidates who meet their 10 selection criteria (see website) and want to lead change for children in low-income communities by becoming urban public school principals. Candidates should have a record of success in leading adults, an expertise in K-12 teaching and learning, a relentless drive to lead an excellent urban school, and most importantly, an unyielding belief in the potential of every child to achieve academically at high levels.
Eligibility: a minimum of 2-3 years of successful K-12 instruction experience; a teaching certificate preferred. This application is for candidates who are not currently in a school-based instructional or instructional leadership role and do not work in a district, charter management organization (CMO), or city that is offering the Emerging Leaders Program. Mini-deadlines: October 13 and December 1, 2011. Final
Deadline: February 7, 2012.
 

National Summer Learning Association: Excellence in Summer Learning Award
The Excellence in Summer Learning Award recognizes an outstanding summer program that demonstrates excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting positive development for young people between kindergarten and twelfth grade. Award: national recognition, increased press opportunities, conference presentations and complimentary registrations, professional development opportunities for staff, and increased publishing opportunities.
Eligibility: public or private organization or agency (schools, community-based organizations, libraries, universities, faith-based organizations, etc.) serving young people between the ages of kindergarten and twelfth grade over the summer months.
Deadline: February 10, 2012.
 

Ellie Goldberg for Healthy Kids: Healthy Schools Hero Award
The Healthy Kids Healthy Schools Hero Award is part of the campaign to promote citizen awareness and responsible leadership for chemical security by eliminating explosives and other hazards in today's schools. Help move safety from the margins of school activity to the core of school culture and curriculum in science education, vocational education, occupational health and safety, community service, comprehensive school health and injury prevention, school security, emergency preparedness, environmental education, civic education, school maintenance and operations.
Maximum award: recognition.
Deadline: February 15, 2012.
 

Humane Society of the United States: National KIND Teacher Award
National Association for Humane and Environmental Education KIND Teacher Award recognizes an outstanding teacher who consistently incorporates humane and environmental education into his or her curriculum.
Maximum Award: recognition and a packet of grade-appropriate humane education materials.
Eligibility: teachers K-6.
Deadline: February 15, 2012.
 

Intel Foundation: Schools of Distinction Program
The Intel Foundation Schools of Distinction Program honors U.S. schools that have demonstrated excellence in math and science education. In order to be considered as an Intel School of Distinction, schools must develop an environment and curricula that meet or exceed benchmarks, including national mathematics and science content standards.
Maximum Award: $25,000.
Eligibility: middle and high schools.
Deadline: February 15, 2012.
 

Earthwatch Institute: Fellowships
The Earthwatch Institute offers educators fully-funded fellowships for hands-on learning with leading scientists doing field research and conservation on one of over 100 projects around the world.
Maximum Award: fully-funded fellowship.
Eligibility: elementary, middle, and high school educators and administrators of any discipline.
Deadline: February 13, 2012.
 

Intel Foundation: Schools of Distinction
The Intel Foundation Schools of Distinction Program honors U.S. schools that have demonstrated excellence in math and science education. In order to be considered as an Intel School of Distinction, schools must develop an environment and curricula that meet or exceed benchmarks, including national mathematics and science content standards.
Maximum Award: $25,000.
Eligibility: middle and high schools in the U.S.
Deadline: February 23, 2012.
 

Pulse of the Planet: Kid's Science Challenge
The Kid's Science Challenge is a chance for students to submit an idea, question, or problem for a participating scientist to solve.
Maximum Award: roundtrip airfare for the winner and his/her parent or legal guardian from a major airport nearest the winner home, hotel accommodations, and select events/sightseeing and meals, to visit the scientist who participated in his or her winning entry.
Eligibility: all legal U.S. residents who are students enrolled in 3rd through 6th grade at a public, private, parochial, or home school located in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or any of the U.S. territories and commonwealths, except in Puerto Rico.
Deadline: February 28, 2012.
 

Caring Institute: 2012 Caring Awards
The Caring Institute is now accepting nominations for its annual Caring Awards. Nominees should exemplify caring and serve as worthy role models for others. Award criteria include length of service, scope and impact of work, challenges overcome, and imagination and innovation.
Maximum Award: All winners are honored at a special ceremony, and young adult winners receive funds for college.
Eligibility: individuals from nine to 99 years old.
Deadline: March 1, 2012.
 

NGA/Mantis: Mantis Award
The National Gardening Association Mantis Awards charitable and educational support garden projects that enhance the quality of life in their host communities.
Maximum Award: NGA selects 25 outstanding applicants to receive Mantis tiller/cultivators.
Eligibility: Applicants must operate a charitable or educational program that is not-for-profit in the United States.
Deadline: March 1, 2012.
 

NABT: BioClub Student Award
The National Association of Biology Teachers BioClub Student Award recognizes outstanding student members of a NABT BioClub. The award is a great way to recognize that exceptional student who inspires you to be an even better biology teacher.
Maximum Award: a textbook scholarship from Carolina Biological Supply Company and an award plaque.
Eligibility: any graduating senior who is a member of an NABT BioClub chapter and has been accepted to a two- or four-year college/university.
Deadline: March 15, 2012.
 

NABT/ Vernier Software & Technology: Ecology/Environmental Science Teaching Award
The Ecology/Environmental Teaching Award will be given to a secondary school teacher who has successfully developed and demonstrated an innovative approach in the teaching of ecology/environmental science and has carried his/her commitment to the environment into the community.
Maximum Award: $1,000 toward travel to the Professional Development Conference, and $500 of Vernier equipment. The recipient also receives a recognition plaque to be presented at the NABT Professional Development Conference, and a one-year complimentary NABT membership.
Deadline: March 15, 2012.

 

Pathways Within Roads to Reading
The Pathways Within Roads to Reading Initiative donates books to literacy programs in small and rural low-income communities.
Maximum Award: 200 books appropriate for readers age 0 to young adult; English only.
Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations that run school, after-school, summer, community, day-care, and library reading and literacy programs; must have an annual operating budget of less than $95,000 (schools and libraries are exempt from this budget requirement) and be located in an underserved community with a population of less than 50,000.
Deadline: March 30, 2012.
 

McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation: Academic Enrichment Grants
The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. The foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students' knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them.
Maximum Award: $10,000 per year for three years.
Eligibility: educators employed by schools or non-profit organizations with the background and experience to complete the project successfully and who have direct and regular contact with students in grades pre-k to 12 from low-income households.
Deadline: April 15, 2012.
 

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 30, 2012.
 

NCTM: PreK-8 Pre-service Teacher Action Research Grants
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics PreK-8 Pre-service Teacher Action Research Grants provide financial support for action research conducted as a collaborative by university faculty, pre-service teacher(s), and classroom teacher(s) seeking to improve their understanding of mathematics in PreK-8 classroom(s). Primary emphasis will be placed on collaboration by a team of researchers consisting of university, elementary/middle school teachers, and pre-service teachers from the undergraduate ranks. The action research should be designed, implemented, and completed with a focus on enhancing the teaching and/or learning of mathematics in grades PreK-8. Proposals must address the following: rationale for the research project, the expected impact on teaching/learning in the school setting, and anticipated improvements in pre-service student learning. Grant funds should be used to support project expenses to plan and carry out the action research.
Maximum Award: $3,000.
Eligibility: current (as of April 27, 2012) full individual or e-members of NCTM or those teaching at a school with a current (as of April 27, 2012) NCTM PreK-8 school membership. The participating pre-service teacher(s) must be in an initial licensure/certification program at the undergraduate level and, at some point during the term of the grant, must be engaged in some form of practicum experience or student teaching.
Deadline: May 4, 2012.
 

Access for Educators to C-SPAN Archival Footage
The C-SPAN Archives Grants awardees are granted the videotapes of their choice from the extensive collection in the C-SPAN Archives for creative proposals for using the network's programming in the classroom or in research projects.
Eligibility: middle and high school teachers, college/university professors.
Maximum Award: N/A.
Deadline: N/A.
 

Actuarial Foundation: Advancing Student Achievement Grants
The Actuarial Foundation Advancing Student Achievement grant program brings together actuaries and educators in local classrooms with the belief that interaction with real-world mentors will boost student interest and achievement in math. The Actuarial Foundation can provide a local network of actuaries ready to participate, as well as suggestions on how to integrate math concepts from the workplace into the classroom. Schools applying for grants will be given wide latitude in designing programs that enhance learning and create a "love of math" in each student.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: All schools willing to undertake a math-mentoring program involving local actuaries as volunteers are eligible. However, in order for a program to be viable, there must be a sufficient population of volunteer actuaries within easy traveling distance to make a regular program possible.
Deadline: None, but applications should be received at least one or two months prior to proposed start date.
 

AIAA Foundation: Grants for Excellence in Math, Science, Technology and Engineering
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Classroom Grants encourage excellence in educating students about math, science, technology, and engineering.
Eligibility: current AIAA Educator Associate or AIAA Professional members actively engaged as K-12 classroom educators.
Maximum Award: $200.
Deadline: rolling.
 

Allstate: Grants for National and Local Programs
The Allstate Foundation supports national and local programs for new partnerships that fit within its current focus areas of Teen Safe Driving and Economic Empowerment for Domestic Violence Survivors.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations.
Deadline: rolling.
 

American Councils for Education: Seeking Fellowship Placements
The American Councils for Education, in association with the U.S. Department of State, is seeking to place five young professionals in non-governmental internships across the country during the fall 2009 intern season (September-December). Prospective interns will be arriving in the United States in mid-August under the auspices of the federally funded Legislative Education and Practice program (LEAP) and will be ready to report to work in early September. LEAP Fellows are dedicated public servants between 23 and 33 years of age from Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey. They are college -educated (many have advanced degrees in law or international studies), speak fluent English, have had previous U.S.-based experience, and are eager to learn how Americans address rule of law, civil society, work in advocacy, infrastructure, energy, human rights, and related topics, so that they may better their own societies. Interns will be available to work a full-time schedule and will be fully supported by American Councils and the U.S. Department of States in terms of compensation, health insurance, etc. To learn more, please contact RaeJean Stokes at 202-833-7522 or via email at: leap@americancouncils.org
 

Barnes and Noble Grants
Barnes and Noble booksellers is considering requests for grants from nonprofit organizations that focus on art, literacy, or education (K-12). Applicants must have a plan for promoting the grants program with Barnes and Noble and must be willing to work with the local stores on in-store programming.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: nonprofits that focus on art, literacy, or education (K-12).
Deadline: rolling.
 

Awards for Excellence in Educating Students About Math, Science, Technology & Engineering
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Classroom Grants are awarded to encourage excellence in educating students about math, science, technology, and engineering. Eligibility: current AIAA Educator Associate or AIAA Professional members actively engaged as K-12 classroom educators.
Maximum Award: $200.
Deadline: N/A.
 

Best Buy: Teach@15 Award
The Teach@15 Award program improves classroom learning by helping schools (grades 7-12) meet technology needs. A teen member (age 13-18) who is a registered member on www.at15.com can nominate his/her school to win a Teach@15 Award.
Maximum Award: $1,500 in the form of Best Buy Gift Cards.
Eligibility: accredited, nonprofit junior or senior public, private, parochial, magnet, and charter high schools in the U.S. serving any grades 7-12.
Deadline: ongoing.
 

Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest: Insight/Foresight Grants
Brown Rudnick will fund specific, one-time future education-related needs or ideas that promise to improve inner-city education within one year of the grant award in one of the cities eligible for foundation grants.
Maximum Award: $2,000.
Eligibility: small, concrete projects that will improve inner-city education in Boston, Hartford, Providence, New York, or Washington, D.C. within the coming year.
Deadline: N/A.
 

Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation: Grants to Help Inner-City Educators
The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corporation's Limited GEO: Grants to Help Inner-City Educators will fund specific, one-time future education-related needs or ideas that promise to improve inner city education within one year of the grant award in one of the cities eligible for foundation grants.
Maximum Award: $2,000.
Eligibility: small, concrete projects that will improve inner-city education in Boston, Hartford, Providence, New York or Washington, D.C. within the coming year.
Deadline: None.
 

Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation: Grants to Help Inner-City Educators
The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corporation's Limited GEO: Grants to Help Inner-City Educators will fund specific, one-time future education-related needs or ideas that promise to improve inner city education within one year of the grant award in one of the cities eligible for foundation grants.
Maximum Award: $2,000.
Eligibility: small, concrete projects that will improve inner-city education in Boston, Hartford, Providence, New York or Washington, D.C. within the coming year.
Deadline: None.
 

Campell's: Labels for Education
The Campell's, Inc. Labels for Education Program gives schools free educational equipment in exchange for labels from Campbell products.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: Schools or parents coordinate label drives to raise resources for schools.
Deadline: N/A.
 

C-SPAN: Video Archive Grants
C-SPAN Archives Grants give teachers videotapes from the extensive collection in the C-SPAN Archives for creative proposals that use the network's programming in the classroom or in research projects.
Eligibility: middle and high school teachers and college/university professors.
Maximum Award: use of archive tapes.
Deadline: N/A.
 

Charles Lafitte Foundation: Grants Program
The Charles Lafitte Foundation Grants Program gives funds to groups and individuals to foster lasting improvement on the human condition by providing support to education, children's advocacy, medical research, and the arts.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: 501(c)3 institutions.
Deadline: rolling.
 

Comcast Grants for Diversity-Oriented Programs
The Comcast Foundation is awarding grants to maximize the impact of community investments so they yield tangible, measurable benefits to the neighborhoods Comcast serves and the people who live there. The Foundation's primary focus is in funding diversity-oriented programs that address literacy, volunteerism, and youth leadership development.
Maximum Award: $500,000.
Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations operating within communities that Comcast serves.
Deadline: N/A.
For more information: http://www.comcast.com/foundation
 

Critical Exposure: Through Your Lens
The 21st Century School Fund, Critical Exposure, and Healthy Schools Campaign are inviting students, teachers, and everyone with a view of our nation's school buildings to show the world what you see every day at school: the good parts, the troubling parts, the things to be proud of, and the things to change. Contest launches February 1, 2011.
 

Do Something: Seed Grants
Do Something Seed Grants can be used towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started, or to jump-start programs and realize ideas for the first time. These grants can also be used towards projects that are already developed and sustainable, towards the next steps of the project and organization to help as the project expands.
Maximum Award: $500.
Eligibility: U.S. or Canadian citizens aged 25 or under.
Deadline: rolling.
 

Driver's Edge: Driving Instruction for Teens
Driver's Edge empowers young drivers through a combination of classroom discussions and behind-the-wheel defensive driving instruction to erase the "Fast and the Furious" and video-game mentality that many of today's young drivers have and that has skyrocketed automobile fatalities. The program is free.
Eligibility: students between the ages of 15 and 21 who have a learner's permit or driver's license.
Deadline: see tour schedule for relevant dates.
 

Earthwatch: Education Fellowships
The Earthwatch Institute offers educators fully funded fellowships for hands-on learning with leading scientists doing field research and conservation on one of 130 projects. Earthwatch's Education Fellowships are national in scope, and supported by a wide range of businesses, foundations, and individuals.
Maximum Award: full cost of expedition, including all research costs, meals, housing, on-site travel, etc.
Eligibility: K-12 classroom educators of any subject(s) from public or private schools nationwide.
Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the spring.
 

ePals, Inc.: free In2Books curriculum
In2Books, the curriculum-based e-mentoring program from ePals, Inc., will be offered for free to some Title I schools. Students participating in In2Books select and read age-appropriate, high-quality books from a list compiled by a team of children's literature experts. The students are matched with carefully screened adult pen pals who read the same books as the students. After reading each book, students and their pen pals exchange thoughts about the important issues in the book via online letters. Teachers reinforce these activities in the classroom with related lessons and discussion.
Maximum Award: the online program, books and professional development (valued at more than $500).
Eligibility: all 3rd-5th grade classrooms in Title I schools from any one district.
 

Fund for Teachers: Grants
The Fund for Teachers provides funds for direct grants to teachers to support summer learning opportunities of their own design.
Maximum Award: $5,000.
Eligibility: teachers who work with students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with a minimum of three years teaching experience, full-time, spending at least 50 percent of the time in the classroom at the time grants are approved and made.
Deadline: varies by state.
 

Fund for Teachers: Grants for Travel and Growth
The Fund for Teachers makes direct grants to teachers for summer learning opportunities of their own design.
Maximum Award: $5,000.
Eligibility: teachers K-12 with a minimum of three years teaching experience; teachers must be full-time and spend at least 50 percent of the time in the classroom when grants are approved and made.
Deadline: varies by state.
 

Funding for Teachers to Bring Monarch Butterflies Into the Classroom
The Live Monarch Foundation Educator Outreach Program provides funding for teachers throughout the United States to enroll in the National Campaign to bring Monarch Butterflies into the classroom. This program provides education and materials to strengthen the Monarch's 3,000 mile migratory route within North America by creating self-sustaining butterfly gardens and refuges. Current extreme weather has eliminated early milkweed growth... participation is critical. Materials will be provided for each participant to raise a virtual butterfly and start a real butterfly garden with professional instruction on each level of its maintenance and care, with insight into the shared responsibility of each person to protect our fragile environment one backyard at a time.
Maximum Award: n/a.
Eligibility: teachers and classrooms in areas on the monarch migratory route.
Deadline: rolling.
 

Grants for Math Mentoring Programs Using Actuaries
The Actuarial Foundation Advancing Student Achievement Mentoring Program awards grants to schools and groups to develop a viable mentoring program involving actuaries in the teaching of mathematics to children in private and public schools. Collaboration among school systems, local actuarial clubs, corporations and other stakeholders in education is encouraged in order to enhance the chances of success, particularly on a long-term basis.
Maximum Award: $30,000.
Eligibility: All schools and groups willing to undertake a math mentoring program that involves local actuaries as volunteers.
Deadline: N/A.
 

Grants for Nonprofit Music Programs
The Guitar Center Music Foundation's mission is to aid nonprofit music programs across America that offer music instruction so that more people can experience the joys of making music.
Maximum Award: $5000.
Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations. Qualifying applicants are established, ongoing and sustainable music programs across the United States that provide music instruction for people of any age who would not otherwise have the opportunity to make music.
Deadline: N/A.
 

Grants to Support Education, Child Advocacy, Medical Research & the Arts
The Charles Lafitte Foundation Grants Program awards funds to help groups and individuals foster lasting improvement on the human condition by providing support to education, children's advocacy, medical research and the arts.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: 501c-3 institutions.
Deadline: n/a.
 

Grants for Early Literary Professionals
RA & RR Reading Conference Grants are available to help fund expenses for selected early literacy professionals attending International Reading Association or Reading Recovery conferences.
Maximum Award: $200.
Eligibility: early literacy professionals (grades K-3).
Deadline: N/A.
 

Grants for Foreign Language Training and International Studies
The U.S. Department of Education's International Education Programs Service (IEPS) offers funding to promote expertise and competence in foreign languages and area and international studies. The Group Projects Abroad Program supports overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies by U.S. teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States and a faculty member in modern foreign languages or area studies; a teacher in an elementary or secondary school; or an experienced educator responsible for planning, conducting, or supervising programs in modern foreign languages or area studies at the elementary, secondary, or postsecondary levels.
Deadline: see website.
 

High Tech Camp for Girls
Microsoft DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls works to dispel stereotypes of the high-tech industry and gives young people a chance to experience firsthand what it is like to develop cutting-edge technology. During the camp, girls are exposed to executive speakers, technology tours and demonstrations, networking and hands-on learning workshops.
Maximum Award: camp attendance.
Eligibility: girls grades 7-12; must be 13 at the time of attendance.
Deadline: varies; see website.
 

Microsoft: DigiGirlz High Tech Camp
Microsoft DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls works to dispel stereotypes of the high-tech industry. During the camp session, girls listen to executive speakers, participate in technology tours and demonstrations, network, and learn through hands-on experience in workshops. This year camps will take place at various dates throughout the summer in Stonybrook, NY; Charlotte, NC; Fargo, ND; Redmond, WA; Las Colinas, TX; and St. Louis, MO.
Maximum Award: free attendance to camp.
Eligibility: girls grades 9-11 in the 2010-2011 school year and at least age 13 at time of application, with the exception of the Fargo, ND and Las Colinas, TX locations, where eligibility is restricted to grades 7-10 and 8-11, respectively.
Deadline: varies by location.
 

National Audubon Society: Pennies for the Planet
Pennies for the Planet helps young people get involved with conservation by taking part in local conservation action projects, and by collecting, saving, and sending in pennies for national and worldwide conservation projects. In this year's Pennies for the Planet campaign, students and their families can learn about three conservation projects around the U.S. that need help. Each Pennies project represents a conservation effort that will leave a legacy for future generations.
Maximum Award: National Audubon Society staff will visit prize-winning school to create a program about wildlife and wild places.
Eligibility: kids working in classrooms, clubs, Scout troops, other groups, and on their own.
Deadline: N/A.
 

Scholastic Lexus Environmental Challenge
The Scholastic Lexus Environmental Challenge program is designed to educate and empower students to take action to improve the environment. The program encourages middle and high school students to develop and implement environmental programs that positively impact their communities. Middle and high school teams comprised of 5 to 10 students and one teacher advisor are invited to participate in four initial challenges, each addressing a different environmental element -- land, water, air, and climate.
Maximum Award: $75,000.
Eligibility: students in grades 6-12 and their teachers.
Deadline: varies.
 

VSP: Sight for Students
Sight for Students is a VSP charity that provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children. The program operates nationally through a network of community partners who identify children in need and VSP network doctors who provide the eyecare services. Parents and guardians interested in seeking assistance through the Sight for Students program must work through VSP's established network of community partners. VSP does not issue gift certificates directly to the public.
Eligibility: There are five basic qualifications a child must meet in order to receive a Sight for Students gift certificate: family income is no more than 200 percent of federal poverty level (see website for chart); child is not enrolled in Medicaid or other vision insurance; child is 18 years old or younger and has not graduated from high school; child or parent is a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant with a social security number; and child has not used the Sight for Students program during the past 12 months.
Deadline: N/A.
 

USGA/Alliance: Grants for the Good of the Game
The National Alliance for Accessible Golf (Alliance) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) believe that golf should be open to everyone and supports a wide variety of programs that create opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in the sport. They especially encourage inclusive programming- opportunities that allow participants with disabilities and participants without disabilities to learn and play the game side by side.
Maximum Award: $20,000.
Eligibility: tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations as defined under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code or government entities such as public schools or municipalities.
Deadline: rolling.
 

Show Me the Money: Tips & Resources for Successful Grant Writing
Many educators have found that outside funding, in the form of grants, allows them to provide their students with educational experiences and materials their own districts can't afford. Learn how they get those grants -- and how you can get one too. Included: Practical tips to help first-time grant writers get the grants they need.
 

Department of Education Forecast of Funding
This document lists virtually all programs and competitions under which the Department of Education has invited or expects to invite applications for new awards for FY 2006 and provides actual or estimated deadline dates for the transmittal of applications under these programs. The lists are in the form of charts -- organized according to the Department's principal program offices -- and includes previously announced programs and competitions, as well as those planned for announcement at a later date. Note: This document is advisory only and is not an official application notice of the Department of Education. They expect to provide regular updates to this document.