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EarthEcho International and NEA Foundation Invite Applications for Water Planet Challenge Grants
A collaborative effort between EarthEcho International and the NEA Foundation, the Water Planet Challenge grant program supports student service-learning programs designed to help improve the health of our water planet. Grants of $2,000 are available to middle and high school educators for programs using EarthEcho’s Water Planet Challenge Action Guides to involve their students in environmental awareness and conservation of water resources. The Water Planet Challenge Grants are available as NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants to middle and high school public educators. Interested applicants must cite specifically how they are using EarthEcho’s Water Planet Challenge Action Guides in the classroom with students. From conserving energy and improving the quality of drinking water to understanding the impact of the Gulf Oil spill, the Water Planet Challenge’s collection of action guides, videos, lesson plans, and service-learning materials is intended to help educators connect with students and jumpstart student awareness and involvement in effecting change. Deadline: October 15, 2012.

FirstEnergy Accepting STEM Grant Applications From Educators
FirstEnergy Corporation is offering education grants of up to $500 for creative classroom projects planned for the 2012-2013 school year. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Classroom Grants are awarded for creative, individual classroom projects for grades pre-kindergarten through 12 and are available to educators and youth group leaders located in communities served by FirstEnergy’s 10 electric operating companies, or in communities where the company has generating plants or does business. FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies comprise one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems. Deadline for STEM grant applications: submitted by September 17, 2012. Grants will be awarded based on the recommendations of the FirstEnergy Education.

Kids Count Infographic Challenge
The Kids Count Infographic Challenge is a crowd-sourced competition for young people and adults to use Kids Count data to illustrate the story of America’s children. To enter, an applicant should” visit the Kids Count Data Center and find national trends on topics like education, health, and economic security, or data that offer insight into the state or community; turn the data into a compelling infographic or image; upload the infographic (or video) to the Challenge platform; and share it with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, asking them to vote for the entry. The winners, chosen by their networks, will receive a new laptop with graphics suite. Deadline: September 30, 2012.

Lexus/Scholastic: Eco Challenge
The Lexus Eco Challenge is a program designed to inspire and empower middle and high school students to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. Maximum award: $30,000 in scholarships and grants. Eligibility: middle and high school teams comprised of 5-10 students and one teacher advisor. Deadline: Challenge One (Land/Water) – September 24, 2012; Challenge Two (Air/Climate) – October 29, 2012.

National Science Teachers Association Accepting Entries for Shell Science Lab Challenge
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), with support from Shell Oil Company, is accepting entries for the third annual Shell Science Lab Challenge. The challenge invites middle and high school science teachers (grades 6-12) in the United States and Canada (with special attention to urban and underrepresented groups) to illustrate replicable approaches to science lab instruction utilizing limited school and laboratory resources. Fifty-four regional finalists will be selected and asked to create a short video that displays the school’s current science laboratory facilities and explains how winning equipment and resources would make a difference in their science teaching and their students’ learning experience. The judging panel will select 18 regional winners, then five national finalists, and then a grand-prize winner. More than $90,000 in lab makeover prizes will be awarded to the 18 winning schools. Winners will receive science lab equipment, cash grants, membership in NSTA, and support to attend NSTA conferences on science education. Deadline: November 12, 2012.

National Science Teachers Association Invites Applications for Shell Science Teaching Award
A partnership between Shell Oil Company and the National Science Teachers Association, the Shell Science Teaching Award recognizes one outstanding classroom teacher (grades K-12) who has had an impact on his or her students, school, and the community through exemplary science teaching. Nominees must be classroom teachers whose responsibilities include teaching science, must have a minimum of eight years of experience (not including the current school year) as a teacher of science, and must teach in a private or public school in the United States, U.S. Territories, Department of Defense schools, or in Canada. The honoree will receive $10,000. The recipient and the two finalists will each receive an all-expense-paid trip to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education. Deadline: November 12, 2012.

NEA Foundation: Learning & Leadership Grants
NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education. Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. Maximum award: $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. Eligibility: public schoolteachers grades K-12; public school education support professionals; or faculty and staff at public higher education institutions. Deadline: October 15, 2012.

NEA Foundation: Student Achievement Grants
The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants provide funds to improve the academic achievement of students by engaging in critical thinking and problem-solving that deepen knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: practicing U.S. public school teachers, public school education support professionals, or faculty or staff at public higher education institutions. Deadline: October 15, 2012.

Nestlé Very Best in Youth Program Accepting Applications for 2013 Community Service Awards
The biennial Nestlé Very Best in Youth program was created to spotlight the best in youth leadership by identifying and honoring teenagers in the United States whose community service efforts are making a difference in the lives of others. Nestlé seeks to help these young people make a difference by donating $1,000 in the name of each winner to the charity of his or her choice. Nestlé also awards the winner a trip to Los Angeles, California, for the Very Best in Youth awards ceremony. Contestants must be between 14-18 years of age and be legal residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia. Contestants must demonstrate good citizenship, a strong academic record, and be able to demonstrate how they have made a special contribution to their school, church, or community. Deadline: November 8, 2012.

Target: Field Trip Grants
Target Field Trip Grants are available to fund scholastic outings in situations where monies are otherwise lacking. Maximum award: $700. Eligibility: teachers, principals, paraprofessionals and classified staff in K-12 public, private or charter school in the U.S. Deadline: September 30, 2012.

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