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Grant Roundup 9/28-10/2

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Grant Roundup 9/28-10/2 1. National Education Association Student Success Grant  The NEA Foundation provides support for ongoing response efforts to needs that emerged or worsened due to the pandemic, as well as for racial equity work. However, they will also consider applications that do not fall into either of these categories. Requirements: Current National Education Association member and educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education.  Funding: $2,000 or $5,000  Deadline: 12/01/20 Learn More Here 2. Association of American Educators Foundation Classroom Grant Classroom grants can be used for a variety of projects and materials, including but not limited to books, software, calculators, math manipulatives, art supplies, audio-visual equipment, and lab materials. Requirements: Full-time educators  Funding: $500 Deadline: October 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021. Learn More Here…
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Grant Roundup 9/21-9/25

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Grant Roundup 9/21-9/25 1. PNC Grow Up Great Early Childhood Grant  The PNC Foundation supports educational programs for children and youth, particularly early education initiatives that serve low-and moderate-income children (birth through age five), their teachers, and families. Priority is given to programs that focus on the areas of math, science, the arts, or financial education. Requirements: The proposed activity must occur in a community where PNC has a significant presence. (Find more details about locations on their website.) Funding: Varies  Deadline: Ongoing  Learn More Here2. The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp. Community Grant  Funding is intended to assist with small, concrete projects or needs that will make an improvement in inner-city education in Boston, Hartford, New York City, Providence, and Washington, D.C. within a year of the grant award. …
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5 Grant Opportunities This Fall

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Calling all educators! Are you looking for some new grants for you and your school? Check out these grants our grant team has found for you! #1 - Toshiba Funding is intended to increase student success-rates by introducing creative project-based learning ideas that will make STEM learning fun. Requirements: K-12 Educators Funding: $1000 (K-5 Educators), $5000+ (6-12 Educators) Deadlines: 10/01/2020 ($1000 grants) 11/01/2020 ($5000+ grants) 12/01/2020 ($5000 grants) Learn more: K-5 grants; 6-12 grade grants #2 - Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) Community Grants Grants may be awarded to individual teachers or groups of teachers who demonstrate creative teaching methods to students of Cooperative member-owners. Requirements: K-12 Teachers Funding: REC will award two $5000 grants and four $2000 grants Deadline: 10/15/2020 Learn more #3 - Diane and Ben Lee Design Education Fund Grants may…
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DIY: How to Find Local Grants

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How to Find Local Grants for Teachers The beginning of any large project can be a daunting task, especially a project that could ultimately earn your school a large amount of money - if done correctly. Even the initial stages of the grant application process can be overwhelming! This early anxiety about the research stage can be summed up by one all too common question among teachers interested in grant writing: Where can I find a grantor who would want to support my students? For many teachers nationwide, this question can usually be answered locally! It is most often the case that your school district or city has an education foundation or community foundation of some sort.  What is a Local Education Foundation? It is always surprising to me as…
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Kinesthetic Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

Kinesthetic Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

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Kinesthetic Engagement in the Virtual Classroom The coronavirus pandemic has forced many students out of school and required educators to create virtual classrooms. Now that the school year is starting up again, many school districts have opted for a virtual or hybrid model in favor of in-person schooling. While virtual or hybrid options are the best for stopping the spread of COVID-19, they present new challenges for supporting students' social and academic success. The classroom environment should be set up to promote students' physical and intellectual development. Especially in elementary classrooms, students have the opportunity for daily exercise and play. Play helps children develop their creativity, physical strength, cooperation with others, and emotional strength. These areas all key for brain development! Consequences of Virtual Learning Now, imagine taking all of…
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BDNF on the Brain: Movement-Based Learning

BDNF on the Brain: Movement-Based Learning

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BDNF on the Brain: Movement-Based Learning In our last post, we talked about the effects of ACEs on the ability to learn. This post focuses on how movement impacts the brain in several ways that are important for children with ACEs. First, movement increases levels of glutamate in the brain through brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). This messenger neurotransmitter is responsible for starting and maintaining the communication between nerve cells. Communication is crucial for smooth brain functioning and complex thought (Maddock, 2016). What is BDNF? Exercise increases the release of small proteins called “growth factors.” These growth factors promote the growth, maintenance, and repair of neurons which can be disrupted as a consequence of ACEs. Growth factors are key in maintaining plasticity in the brain through adulthood. The specific growth factor…
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ACEs and Learning

ACEs and Learning

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The Effects of ACEs on Learning What are ACEs? Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are any instances of abuse, neglect, or trauma experienced by a minor (Center for Disease Control 2019). Examples of ACEs are health problems, divorce, sexual and physical abuse, and emotional and physical neglect (Jarvis, 2018). A study of 17,000 participants found that 64% of people had one ACE and 12.4% had four or more (The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2013). Furthermore, children with at least one confirmed ACE probably have more than one ACE(Mersky, Topitzes, & Reynolds, 2013).  ACEs can have a major impact on a student's ability to learn. Research shows that higher dropout rates, low academic achievement, and lower school engagement are more common with students with ACEs. Shockingly, students with three or more ACEs…
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A Week With Math & Movement

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A Week With Math & Movement Got some antsy kids running around with too much energy and not enough to keep them busy? Our next challenge, #aweekwithmathandmovement, might be just the thing for you to do with them! Why not practice math skills and get some of that endless energy out? Download our printable calendar here that your kids can check off each day once they complete the activity posted here on our account! This calendar also features a sneak peek of each day’s activity. 😉 Click the image to download the calendar PDF! We will start posting the movement on Sunday, June 28th, so make sure to follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date! Teachers, feel free to send this out to parents! If you take any pictures or…
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Shopping Activity For The Hundred Number Grid

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Shopping Activity for the Hundred Number Grid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FOD3jXGkcE&feature=youtu.be This is Suzy Koontz’s Add/Subtract Mat, a giant hundred number grid perfect for elementary student activities. This mat features large and colorful numbers where students visualize and make sense of number patterns.  In this video, students played a shopping game to practice working with prices. First, the students wrote down some of the things they wanted to buy. They also guessed how much they thought those objects would cost. When trying this activity at home, have your students write down this information (object and price) to practice writing skills. Next, the students threw the bean bag on the mat. The number where it landed acts as the 'actual price' of the item in the store. Then, they added or subtracted, finding the difference…
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Famous Black Mathematicians and Their Contributions

Famous Black Mathematicians and Their Contributions

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8 Famous Black Mathematicians and Their Contributions Happy Juneteenth! On June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans in Galveston Bay, TX were notified that they, along with the more than 250,000 other enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. The contributions of African Americans throughout our nation’s history are numerous and significant. Today, we want to highlight and celebrate the Black mathematicians who have greatly impacted our nation and the future of mathematics. Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806) Benjamin Banneker was a primarily self-educated mathematician and astronomer. He is best known for building America's first clock at the age of 24 - a wooden device that struck hourly. He also was able to accurately forecast lunar and solar eclipses. Banner's deep curiosity and understanding of mathematics greatly paved the way years before…
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