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Grants and Funding Opportunities
 
Nature Conservancy
Maximum Grant:  $2,000
Deadline:  October 31, 2016
The Nature Conservancy is working to promote environmental education through the creation of Nature Works Everywhere gardens. The core principle behind the program is that gardens model conservation science on a relatable scale. The program empowers students and teachers to work together to create and implement their own solutions to environmental challenges in their communities. 
Whether addressing issues surrounding food deserts, air quality, heat island effect, or storm water collection, youth are empowered as social innovators to model solutions in their school communities through garden design and implementation. Nature Works Everywhere gardens are designed to connect students to a global challenge - to protect the natural systems that produce our food, water, clean air, and energy.
 
Grants will be awarded to support the building, amendment, or revitalization of gardens on school campuses, with preference given to rain, pollinator, native habitat, and other natural infrastructure projects. Food gardens will also be funded. To be eligible, a school must be public or charter. Schools can be elementary, middle, or high schools.
 
Roller Skating Foundation 
Maximum Grant:  not specified
Deadline:  November 1, 2016
 
The Roller Skating Foundation makes grants, ranging from $250 and up, to schools, educators and volunteers to accomplish educational objectives and fitness-related goals. Priority will be given to projects directed towards roller skating, including field trips to roller skating centers, as well as innovative projects designed to improve physical fitness or education. Go directly to guidelines and application

STARS Residencies
The 2016-2017 STARS Residencies online application will open at 4:00 pm on Thursday, October 6, 2016.  Applications will be reviewed in the order received. STARS Residencies provide grants of $500-$5,000 to schools to support creative learning residencies of three days or more in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Read the guidelinesFAQs, and preview the application.
 
Big Yellow School Bus
The 2016-2017 Big Yellow School Bus online application will open at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Schools are eligible for one grant per school year. Big Yellow School Bus provides grants to help schools meet the transportation costs of student educational field trips to non-profit cultural institutions and events across the Commonwealth.
 
Local Cultural Council Program
Each of the Commonwealth’s 329 Local Cultural Councils are accepting applications by October 17, 2016. Individuals, schools, and cultural organizations are encouraged to apply for support. Find your LCC, read the guidelines, and access applications online. Online LCC applications are available on www.mass-culture.orgRead the online application FAQs for LCC applicants.

Lowes
Website:  www.toolboxforeducation.com
Program: Education
State:  National
Maximum Grant:  not specified
Deadline:  September 26, 2016
 
Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant program is open for the fall cycle. 
As with previous cycles, once 1500 applications are submitted, the application process closes so do not wait to submit an application. There is a preference for funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) as well as landscaping/clean up type projects. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit will be favored.
 
Examples of funded projects include:
* Vegetable gardens
* Reading gardens
* Physical fitness area
* School landscaping project
* School nature and walking trail
* Parent involvement center
* Peer tutoring center
 
Please note the grant money cannot be used to pay for memorials, stipends, salaries, artists in residence, field trips, scholarships, or third party funding. Only 10% of any award granted can be used toward outside resources such as labor, installation, consultation and delivery. Grant requests can range from $2,000 to $100,000. A large majority of grants will be given in the $2,000 to $5,000 range. Go directly to guidelines and application

Marathon Kids
Website:   marathonkids.org
Program:  Education
State:  National
Maximum Grant:  not specified
Deadline:  September 15, 2016
 
Marathon Kids is accepting applications for the Active Schools Grant. This evidence-based program uses the fun social environment of a running club to increase current physical activity levels while empowering participants to adopt lifelong healthy behaviors. 
The Marathon Kids program includes:
* Running club curriculum (Coach's Guide, Session Cards, Mileage Trackers, and more)
* Four exclusive Nike rewards for each participant
* Resources for up to five additional volunteers and/or assistant Coaches
* Access to Marathon Kids' Leadership Academy training and professional development
* Direct customer service and guidance from a dedicated Marathon Kids staff member
* Resources to involve parents, administrators, and community members
 
All K-12 schools in the United States are eligible to apply. School must be enrolled with Let's Move! Active Schools (LMAS) and have completed the LMAS school assessment by 9/18/16. Go directly to guidelines and application
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Family Volunteer Day Grants
Description: With generous support from Disney Friends for Change, generationOn is excited to offer 100 grants to support volunteer projects on Family Volunteer Day, November 19th, 2016. Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their communities and neighborhoods.
Eligibility: Non-profits, schools and generationOn Clubs within the U.S. can apply to receive $250, $500 or $1000 in grant funds.

NCTM Funding Available for You
Did you know as part of your NCTM membership you can apply for Mathematics Education Trust (MET) grants, scholarships, and awards to help you in your career in mathematics education? MET provides funds to support classroom teachers in the areas of improving classroom practices and increasing teachers' mathematical knowledge. MET also recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of mathematics and provides grant funding for NCTM Affiliates to initiate professional activities or programs. We encourage you to apply for a grant or scholarship that will advance your career and help you increase your effectiveness as an educator. Funding ranges from $1,200 to $24,000 and is available to help math teachers, prospective teachers, and other math educators improve the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Get EdFunding
This site offers a variety of funding opportunities. These include grants for all content areas and grade levels. Some grants highlighted recently include art, environmental education, multidisciplinary, and music.
 
CVS Grants (up to $5000) 
CVS grants support academic enrichment programs focused on wellness at public schools.  CVS also offers a Gift Card for a Fundraiser - $100  See this link.  
 
Toshiba Grants for K-5 Teachers 
Toshiba grants support projects that tap into the natural curiosity of their students, enable students to frame their own scientific questions, and incorporate the expertise of community partners.  The grants are due October 1st of each year.    

Toshiba Grants for 6-12 Teachers 
Toshiba grants for 6-12 teachers support science and math education.  Grants for projects that are less than $5000 are accepted anytime.

American Honda Foundation 
Honda grants support education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.  
 
Professional Learning Opportunities

Learn, Earn, & Win 

Online Courses on Foundations for Inclusive Practice:
The Department has sponsored the creation of two online courses to help educators meet the needs of all learners in inclusive settings. These courses are self-paced and free to Massachusetts educators. The courses are also one way for Massachusetts educators to earn the 15 professional development points in "effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles" that are required to renew a professional license
The courses are Foundations for Inclusive Practice: Administrator and Foundations for Inclusive Practice: Educator and present a rigorous and engaging sequence of professional development about meeting the needs of all students. Educators can register at the Guidebook for Inclusive Practice website. Districts who are interested in forming communities of practice as a supplement to these courses can fill out this short form.
DESE - How can educators find content-area professional development, especially educators who don’t teach core subjects (e.g., counselors, physical education teachers)?

The Department maintains an online, searchable registry of all organizations that are approved to provide Professional Development Points (PDPs) besides districts and collaboratives, which are automatic providers and can issue PDPs. Educators can search by content area, geographic location, and online availability, among other options. Keep in mind that course credits and Continuing Education Units from colleges and universities also convert into PDPs and can count toward the content-area requirement as long as the topic of the course aligns with the educator’s area of certification. This includes courses taken online. Educators can also earn PDPs for independent activities, such as writing a chapter for a book, and for school-based activities, such as organizing a school event. For more information on these activities and how many PDPs they can earn, see the Recertification Guidelines.

Teaching Channel Website has great resources:
https://www.teachingchannel.org/

NGSS final version released
The final set of Next Generation Science Standards has now been publicly released. Massachusetts will determine what level of adoption to take. View the standards. 

Central MA Readiness Center Offerings 
For more information, see this link

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Over 130 Model Curriculum Units Available   
In collaboration with Massachusetts educators and school districts, ESE developed over 130 model curriculum units (MCUs) through Race to the Top. These units are intended to help educators implement the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. The MCUs cover grades PK-12 and include English language arts and literacy; history and social science; mathematics; science, technology and engineering; and career/vocational technical education. All MCUs use the Understanding by Design process developed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe.
Massachusetts educators are encouraged to adopt the units as they are, adapt the units to meet their curriculum needs, and/or use the units as models for developing their own curriculum units. You can download the units and curriculum maps, view videos, and read about districts’ implementation on the MCU website.  You can also check out the summary of the Twitter chat ESE hosted in May and what educators said about using the MCUs.

Math Practice Software
Are you interested in trying free math software for next year with your students, created at WPI and UMass, that we know leads to improved MCAS scores? The math practice software can be found here. Contact Professor Ivon Arroyo at iarroyo@wpi.edu if you are interested.

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Master's Degrees for Educators
Apply Now or Register for a Class In Math and Physics
WPI offers degree programs designed specifically for educators in math or physics. It's not too late to register for the fall. Contact Katie Elmes for more information atkaelmes@wpi.edu

Graspable Math: Making Math Come Alive Through Motion
Do you want to make math come alive through motion? Graspable Math is a new online learning tool that uses gesture-based actions to solve problems and discover patterns in mathematics simply by dragging, manipulating, and transforming expressions. Interested in using GM in your classroom? We are actively recruiting K-12 math teachers to try out our tool in their classroom and participate in a variety of activities and online studies that explore how students use different strategies to transform and solve mathematics equations. For more information, contact Professor Erin Ottmar at erottmar@wpi.edu.

What's New with ASSISTments
No matter if you're familiar with ASSISTments or not, the team has been hard at work. They invite you to take a moment and find out the many ways to use ASSISTments. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date announcements. 
 
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