Thursday, August 25, 2011

Funding for Field Trips

Look into this funding for field trips for yourself and/or forward to a colleague now.  Deadline is October 3, 2011.

Target Corporation is accepting applications from education professionals for the Target Field Trip Grants program to bring K-12 students in the United States to museums, historical sites, and cultural organizations.

Since launching the program in 2007, Target has awarded $9.76 million in grants -- providing 1.2 million students in all fifty states with the opportunity to enhance their studies in the arts, math, science, and social studies. Grants are intended to fund visits to art, science, and cultural museums; community service or civic projects; career enrichment opportunities; and other events or activities away from the school facility.

Over five thousand grants of up to $700 will be awarded in January 2012. Grants are available to applicants from the U.S. for trips to be taken between January 1, 2012, and the end of the 2011-12 academic year (May/June 2012). Funds may be used to cover field trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies.

Education professionals who are at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private, or charter school in the U.S. that maintains 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status are eligible to apply. Educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff at these institutions must be willing to plan and execute a field trip that will provide a demonstrable learning experience for students.

The Target Field Trip Grants program is managed and administered entirely by Scholarship America.

Visit the Target Web site for complete program guidelines and access to the application form.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Teaching Ramadan

If you're in session (and some of you are already), take some time to mention that we're in the middle of the month of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting and prayer. 

Very helpful background information about Ramadan here

And share these beautiful photos of Ramadan celebrated around the world.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Free Webinar on Teaching 9/11

Delighted to share news of this terrific program from our colleagues at Harvard.  I'm registering right now! 

Webinar: Responding to the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 in the Classroom

The Outreach Center of Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies is offering a free webinar for teachers featuring educator-created resources and lesson plans for teaching 9/11 in 5th through 12th grade classrooms. Read more about the webinar here.

The one-hour webinar is scheduled for August 25th and will begin at 7 pm EDT. Presentations and discussions will take place entirely online, in an elluminate virtual classroom. This platform runs through Java, and does not require any downloading of additional software.

Register for this webinar here. Once registered, you will be given a URL for the virtual classroom location.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Grants for Social Studies Teachers

This just in from NCCSS.  

If you're a North Carolina teacher, you can get a grant of up to $1,000 to support innovative teaching in social studies.

Deadline is December 31, 2011.  Check out the details and application here (scroll down). 

Make time to do this.  I'll bet you have a great idea simmering . . . .