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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Holbrook Travel

As pioneers in the world of educational travel since 1974, Holbrook Travel knows that to travel is to learn. From professional development for educators to customizable academic expeditions for students, all of our programs are enhanced through a blend of expert lectures, authentic cultural exchange, informal discussions, adventure, and exciting hands-on activities. Curiosity, community, and self-reflection are encouraged during in-depth explorations of biodiversity and ecology, cultures and traditions, and conservation and sustainability issues. Travel has the ability to take simple lessons and transform them into moments so powerful they can define a worldview forever. Find out more about Holbrook Travel at www.holbrooktravel.com.