5 grants to make a big difference at your school

Funding opportunities for any classroom

Whether your school is beefing up STEM programs, focused on improving literacy, or just looking to add a little more technology to classrooms a little grant funding can go a long way. We’ve gathered a list of grant and funding opportunities that any school — regarldess of geographic location — can apply for, as well as deadline and funding amount information.

Voya Unsung Heroes
Unsung Heroes Began In 1995 as way for Voya to demonstrate its commitment to the education community. Grants are given to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning. Each year, educators submit applications for a Voya Unsung Heroes Grant by describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each project is judged on its: Innovative method, creativity, ability to positively influence the students.
Funding amount: $2,000 & up
Deadline: April 30

Karma for Cara Community Service Youth Microgrant Program
As part of our efforts to support youth volunteerism, we started a microgrant program in fall 2014. We are encouraging kids 18 and under to apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Whether it is turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter, we want to hear what project you’re passionate about.
Funding amount: $250 – $1,000
Deadline: Rolling

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5 principles for rigorous technology evaluation

A new proposal offers a way to determine how effective different education technology tools are for teaching and learning

A new policy proposal notes that while education technology holds great promise to improve K-12 educational outcomes when correctly implemented, methods to rigorously evaluate education technology tools have not kept pace with the tools themselves.

This cycle makes it difficult for educators to find and select the best ed-tech tools, and it creates barriers to instruction, according to “Learning What Works in Educational Technology with a Case Study of EDUSTAR,” a policy proposal from The Hamilton Project that seeks to accelerate understand of what works in educational technology.

The proposal authors, Professors Aaron Chatterji (Duke University, Fuqua School of Business) and Benjamin Jones (Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management and Institute for Policy Research), discussed the new proposal at a recent Hamilton Project forum on “Strengthening Student Learning Through Innovation and Flexibility.”

Given the recent emergence of the large-scale market opportunity for entrepreneurs and innovators to develop education technology tools, due to the adoption of Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the timing is ideal for the types of technology evaluations outlined in the proposal.

Next page: Five principles to help evaluate ed-tech tools

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