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Story Share $50K Writing Contest for Teen and Adult Beginning Readers
NCLD, CAST, Benetech and Orca Book Publishersí Story Share Contest is a writing contest for stories for teen and adult beginning readers. The Story Share $50K Writing Contest was created to support the millions of teen and adult beginning readers who have been limited with stories written for young children, and who need access to age appropriate, high interest/low literacy stories that inspire a love of reading. Prizes will total $50,000, with a Grand Prize of $10,000, and $40,000 divided among 10 other winners will receive walk away with thousands of dollars in cash prizes. Deadline for submission: December 7, 2013.

National Art Education Foundation Seeks Applications for 2013 Art Educator Grants
The National Art Education Foundation (NAEF), the charitable arm of the National Art Education Association (NAEA), supports efforts to represent the teachers of art in America; improve conditions for and promote the teaching of art; encourage research and experimentation in art education; sponsor institutes, conferences, and programs on art education; and publish articles, reports, and surveys about art. NAEF is offering several funding opportunities through its Fall 2013 grant cycle. NAEF annually invites applications for the Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Grants to qualified art educators with proposals to support the improvement of the teaching of art; Mary McMullan Grants to projects that promote arts education as an integral part of the curriculum; NAEF Research Grants in support of research that advances knowledge in the arts education field; SHIP Grants to arts educators seeking equipment and/or instructional resources needed to advance student learning related to the National Visual Arts Standards; and Teacher Incentive Grants to individual art educators to attend training and education programs that for improving the teaching of art. Grants range from $500 to $10,000 depending on the grant category. Grants are made only to NAEA members (including student and retired members), state/province associations, and recognized NAEA affiliates. Deadline: October 1, 2013.

NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants and Student Achievement 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 school teachers grades K-12; public school education support professionals; or faculty and staff at public higher education institutions. 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 studentsí 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 for both Learning & Leadership and Student Achievement applications: October 15, 2013.

Right Turn
Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative (Right Turn), a project of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), provides individualized education, training, and workforce development opportunities to juvenile offenders, ages 14 and up, who are returning to or currently residing in high-poverty, high-crime communities. Funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Laborís Employment and Training Administration, Right Turn is currently seeking applicants to implement this initiative. Right Turn engages youth in a three-phase career development process that includes self-exploration, career exploration, and career planning and management. Sites will be awarded $290,000 per year for the two years of youth programming. In addition, site's staff time and administrative costs will be paid at a pro-rated amount for the 3-month planning and 9-month follow-up periods. Deadline for both applications: September 23, 2013.

Target Field Trip Grants
Target Field Trip Grants fund scholastic outings for visits to art, science, and cultural museums, community service or civic projects, career enrichment opportunities, and other events or activities away from a school facility. Funds can cover field trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies. Maximum award: $700. Eligibility: teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff in K-12 public, private, or charter school in the U.S. Deadline: October 1, 2013.

William T. Grant Foundation Invites Applications for Youth Social Setting Research Projects
The William T. Grant Foundation invites applications for Youth Social Setting Research Projects. Grants ranging from $100,000 to $600,000 will be awarded to support research designed to understand and improve the everyday settings of youth between the ages of 8 and 25 in the United States. Social settings are defined as the social environments in which youth experience daily life. These include environments with clear boundaries such as classrooms, schools, and youth-serving organizations, and those with less prescribed boundaries such as neighborhoods or other settings in which youth interact with peers, family members, and other adults. Deadline for Letters of Inquiry: January 8, 2014.

Discover: Pathway to Financial Success Grant
Discover is investing up to $10 million in financial education, and any high school can apply for a grant toward a financial education curriculum. Applying schools must have implemented or be looking to implement a financial education curriculum; have a measurement tool planned or in place to assess participation in and comprehension of the financial education curriculum; and agree to share overall results of the measurement toolís pre- and post-curriculum testing with Discover upon the programís completion to assess what worked and what didnít. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: high schools in the United States. Deadline: none.

Kids in Need Foundation Invites Applications for 2013 Teacher Grants Program
The Kids In Need Foundationís, Kids In Need program offers Teacher Grants of up to $500 to provide K-12 educators for projects that strengthen creativity, critical thinking skills, and/or core knowledge by engaging students in the learning process. The awards are intended to be used to finance creative classroom projects. The number of grants awarded varies from year to year, depending on the total amount of funds requested. Typically, 300-600 grants are awarded annually. The criteria for applications emphasize innovativeness and merit, clarity of objectives, replication feasibility, suitability of evaluation methods, and cost effectiveness. All certified K-12 teachers in the United States are eligible. Deadline: September 30, 2013.

Kids in Need Foundation: Teacher Grants
Kids in Need Foundation Teacher grants provide funds for classroom teachers with innovative, worthy ideas. Projects may qualify for funding if they make creative use of common teaching aids, approach curricula from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities. The program is designed to be the sole funding agent for a project, and a budget must be included with the application. Maximum award: $500. Eligibility: K-12 certified teachers working at a public, private, charter, or parochial schools in the subject of the project. Deadline: September 30, 2013.

Lexus and Scholastic Launch Seventh Annual Environmental Contest for Middle and High School Students
The Lexus Eco Challenge will award a total of $500,000 in grants and scholarships to inspire and empower middle and high school students in the United States to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. The program is designed to inspire and empower middle and high school students to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. Eligibility: middle and high school teams comprised of 5-10 students and one teacher advisor. Deadline: Challenge One (Land/Water) Ė October 7, 2013; Challenge Two (Air/Climate) Ė November 11, 2013. The 32 finalist teams will be eligible to submit entries for Challenge Three (Final Challenge), with a deadline of January 17, 2014.

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