Casita Institute

Want to travel to Guatemala and improve your Spanish? Spend three weeks at our partner language school taking one-on-one classes and stay with a local family! Don’t worry about planning your travels – our full itinerary includes all travel details and daily excursions to interesting and beautiful places. All expenses are included, apart from flights.

Casita Institute exposes educators to the realities of life in Latin America and builds their linguistic proficiency through travel, intensive language instruction, and total immersion to foster empathy, promote meaningful connections with students and their families, and ignite a desire to explore the world.

For more information, visit www.casitainstitute.org.

Teachers and Technology Grant Program

CenturyLink, Inc. is connecting teachers with technology for the classroom. The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program opened its application process Oct. 1 for teachers in CenturyLink’s local service areas who want to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms to increase student achievement.

Full-time PreK-12 classroom teachers in public or private schools in CenturyLink local service areas are eligible to apply. Visit www.fsrequests.com/CenturyLinkGrantto apply for a grant of up to $5,000. The deadline for applications is noon Central, Jan. 12, 2016.

The program, launched in 2008, has awarded more than $5 million in grants to bring technology to classrooms across the county.  The Foundation will continue its commitment to schools by awarding $1.4 million in grants to support technology in the classroom through its 2015-2016 Teachers and Technology program.

Grant winners will be announced between April 1 – May 15, 2016.

Global Competence Certificate

Applications for the January cohort of the Global Competence Certificate are being accepted through December 13, 2015. The 15-month, online, graduate-level certificate program in global competence education was created by Teachers College, Columbia University, World Savvy, and Asia Society to increase the number of K-12 teachers who are highly effective in teaching global competencies. Interested teachers can learn more about the Online Academic Coursework, Global Fieldwork and Capstone Project/Collaborative Practice Groups by contacting jen@worldsavvy.org.

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Looking for grants, awards or professional development opportunities?  Check out these comprehensive grant listings:

Grants Alert

Grant Wrangler 

Grants for Teachers

NEA Foundation

Teachers PD

Teachers for Global Classrooms

The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) , a fully-funded program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) & administered by IREX, is a year-long professional development program for elementary, middle, and high school teachers aimed at globalizing teaching and learning in U.S. classrooms. Participants are selected through a national, open competition. Fellows participate in an 8-week online course for U.S. teachers seeking to globalize their classrooms, a Global Education Symposium in Washington, D.C., and a 2-3 week International Travel Fellowship in one of six countries. Past countries of travel include Ghana, Morocco, India, Brazil, the Philippines, and Georgia. After fellows successfully complete the program, they are able to apply to grants for international and domestic projects. Eligible applicants are full-time elementary or secondary level teachers with 5 or more years of classroom experience, in disciplines including ESL, ELL, Social Studies, Mathematics, or Science, and are U.S. Citizens currently residing and teaching in the U.S. For more information regarding TGC, please visit www.irex.org/tgc.

Design Thinking for Educators

Design Thinking is the confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future, and a process to take action when faced with a difficult challenge. That kind of optimism is well needed in education.

Classrooms and schools across the world are facing design challenges every single day, from teacher feedback systems to daily schedules. Wherever they fall on the spectrum of scale—the challenges educators are confronted with are real, complex, and varied. And as such, they require new perspectives, new tools, and new approaches. Design Thinking is one of them.

Get the toolkit, here.

Smithsonian Education

Prepare, Plan, Teach

Smithsonian Education offers teaching materials, links to online resources and access to everything the world’s largest museum complex has to offer. For more information, visit smithsonianeducation.org.

 

Nobis Project

The Nobis Project is a non-profit organization that supports youth, educational and community leaders in building skills to analyze issues that impact our society and take actions towards initiating positive change. The Nobis Project creates life-long learners who are empowered to improve lives and communities, locally and abroad.

For educators, schools and administrators the Project provides programs designed to enhance their ability to nurture critical thinking in students and provide them with the skills, tools, and knowledge to be active and positive contributors in their communities, locally and abroad. Nobis Project believes in empowering youth through the process of participating in social action.

Learn more: www.nobisproject.org.