DonorsChoose: Double Your Impact on PD Projects

Starting October 18, 2017, your professional development project can come to life at half the cost thanks to matched donations from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation! Recognizing that teachers need access to continuing education so that they can be effective educators, the Gates Foundation is thrilled to support professional development opportunities and looks forward to hearing about teachers’ experiences. When teachers invest in their development, they help to create student-ready schools.

Here’s how to qualify:

  • You’re a full-time public school educator who spends at least 75% of the day directly working with students.
  • Create a professional development project by clicking Professional Development on the HI screen.
  • Request the resources or experiences you need to develop your craft as an educator.
  • Everything you request in this project should directly benefit you as an educator, rather than be used in the classroom instructionally.
  • Keep your total project goal under $1200, including all taxes, fees, shipping, and the suggested donation to support DonorsChoose.org.

Learn more at DonorsChoose.org.

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.

Lists, lists and more lists

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.

 

Limitless Horizons – Ixil

Embark on an exciting summer travel and immersion opportunity that combines learning, service, and exploration with Limitless Horizons Ixil (LHI), which focuses on the education of Mayan indigenous youth in Guatemala. This is a unique opportunity to observe classrooms, engage in dialogue with teachers and school directors, and learn first-hand about the educational experiences of youth — all in the beautiful, remote community of Chajul, Guatemala. You can work with our students and teachers, improve our school and library buildings, play soccer or Uno with youth, hike the beautiful mountains of the Ixil region, learn to make tortillas from local women, hear from an ex-guerrilla from the Guatemalan civil war, take a boat tour of Lake Atitlan, visit a sacred Mayan site, shop at the world famous market of Chichicastenango, and much more.

LHI serves Mayan youth and their families through a youth development program and runs a community library serving 1,500 members. Co-Founder, Executive Director, and Trip Leader Katie Morrow has led more than 30 trips in Central and South America over the past nine years. Trips are customized to your group’s interests and range from $900 to $1500 per person (covering all in-country costs) for 7-14 days. Visit http://limitlesshorizonsixil.org/visit-chajul/ for more information.

NG Xpeditions

National Geographic Xpeditions is home to the U.S. National Geography Standards—and to thousands of ideas, tools, and interactive adventures that bring them to life. Learn more: www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions.