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Professional Organizations and Conferences

Math and Science Centers

Grants for Teachers

Many organizations provide small grants for teachers. Unfortunately many teachers don’t know about these opportunities and never apply for them. Check these sites to see the types of grant available to you:

  • Teacher Planet - Grant Finder K - 12 schools.
  • The NEA Founation - Provides grants for teachers ($2,000 - $5,000).
  • DonorsChoose.org - Teachers can apply for a wide variety of grants for the classroom.  Donors then pick which grants they want to fund. Grant request under $400 have the best chance to receive funding.
  • Teacher Network - Grants applied for based on subject area.  Maximum for grants $5,000.
  • The Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers program offers grants to K–12 science teachers for innovative projects that enhance science education in the school and/or school district.
  • Michigan Science Teachers Association Mini Grants
  • The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)-Small grants for teachers
  • Grants for environmental education
  • Grants for environmental education
  • "I'm a Teacher" then look at the right column for Grants.
  • The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program gives small monetary grants to schools, nature centers, or other non-profit educational organizations for the purpose of establishing outdoor learning centers. Funds will be provided only for the purchase of native plants and seed.
  • The Scholastic Lexus Environmental Challenge program is designed to educate and empower students to take action to improve the environment. The program encourages middle and high school students to develop and implement environmental programs that positively impact their communities.
  • Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) is currently accepting applications for grants to support innovative projects designed by math and science teachers to make their own classrooms more exciting and successful for students.
  • The DuPont Office of Education (OOE) supports programs and initiatives with the potential to demonstrate improved and sustainable outcomes, primarily in mathematics, science, and technology education. Amount: varies.
  • The Mickelson ExxonMobil 2010 Teachers Academy offers a five-day program designed to provide third through fifth grade teachers with knowledge and skills to motivate students to pursue careers in science and math.
    • Maximum award: all-expenses-paid, five-day program in July 2010 in Jersey City, NJ.
    • Eligibility: third through fifth grade teachers in the United States. Deadline: October 31st.
  • Live Monarch - offers free milkweed seeds to classes, groups, and individuals in the migration path of the Monarch butterfly to help rehabilitate the natural habitat of the Monarch in North America.
    • Maximum award: 15+ butterfly garden seeds, including milkweed seeds.
    • Eligibility: anyone in the Monarch migration path who will plant seeds
  • Togethergreen.org - Helps young people get involved with conservation by taking part in local conservation action projects, and by collecting, saving, and sending in pennies for national and worldwide conservation projects.
    • Maximum award: National Audubon Society staff will visit prize-winning school to create a program about wildlife and wild places.
    • Eligibility: kids working in classrooms, clubs, Scout troops, other groups, and on their own.
  • Dell Education Grants Grant Calendar
  • The SMARTer Kids Foundation is a private organization that provides opportunities for students and teachers to learn new skills and grow in self-confidence by placing technology, Grants and programs at their service. The Foundation helps equip classrooms with technology products and generates practical research on the impact and effectiveness of technology in the classroom.

Classroom Resources

Lesson Plans, Activities and More

These websites contain a large number of resources for teachers. When you have time, begin downloading, lessons, activities and other resources that you feel will be useful to you next year. Organize resources by topics so that when you begin teaching you already have a variety of ideas.

Math/Science Activities (and other content areas)
Teaching Resources- varied subject disciplines
  • Teachers Network - This is a wonderful site for teachers with lesson plans, grants, and many other resources. Become familiar with its potential and use it as needed.
  • Lesson Planet has many lessons plans that can be searchable by subject. It also has a link to standards that can be searchable by state.
  • teAchnology - This site offers a variety of lesson plans, worksheets, rubrics and tools that are adaptable to an assortment of topics in the classroom.
  • Apples4TheTeacher - Science
  • Apples 4TheTeacher - Math with lots of resources for teachers including lesson plans
  • Google for Educators
  • Scholastic - Many different lessons plans that tie in with different books.  Many other Website resources within the site.
  • Harvard.edu - Inquiry-based curriculum.
  • Concept to Classroom - How to involve students in Inquiry based lessons...includes video demonstrations.
  • American Meteorological Society - NSF, NOAA, and AMS sponsored materials to enhance studies of meteorology, includes teaching materials and coursework for educators.
  • MeL (Michigan on-line Library) program. Includes Common Core Standards and MI Science k-7 GLCEs, Curriculum Resources, Professional Development opportunities, and SBEceu record/connect to MDE.
  • GOORU - Free Technology for Teachers, written by Richard Byrne. Great Collections of science and math resources, free for teachers.
  • A World in Motion (AWIM) - Classroom STEM program sponsored by SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers).
  • Science House.org - Resources to improve the quality of teaching and learning in STEM education.
  • Just ASK - The Just ASK (Adapting Science for Kids) project is funded by the National Science Foundation offering free access to more then 100 teacher-written K-6 lesson plans and video clips for science lessons.  Each lesson plan and video illustrates how a teacher adapted a science lesson to incorporate other areas of the curriculum with inquiry science.  The website also offers access to free discussions (via Elluminate online or via PolyCom) with educators, including the teacher who adapted and taught the lesson.
Classroom Management