Center for Inspired Teaching works in its community and schools to build a better life for our children and our world. I am excited (and hope you will be too!) about this week's opportunities that promote cross-cultural understanding and communication across international borders. This will surely add a multicultural richness to your classroom as you prepare your students for the future as informed and critical thinking global citizens.
In particular, please take advantage of Youth Connect Online and the Sudan Project.
Have a happy weekend!
Opportunities for Students
• Disney Minnie Grants Available to Support Youth Service Projects
Deadline: August 30, 2007
The Walt Disney Company and Youth Service America have announced grants of up to $500 each to support youth-led service projects.
These grants support youth (ages 5-14) in planning and implementing service projects in their community. Teachers, older youth (15-25), youth-leaders, and youth-serving organizations are also eligible to apply, provided that they engage younger youth (5-14) in planning and implementing the service. Service projects must take place between October 1 and November 26, 2007.
Projects can address themes such as the environment, disaster relief, public health and awareness, community education, hunger, literacy, or any issue that youth identify as a community need. Applications are welcome from all countries, though applications will only be accepted in English.
Grant information is available at the Youth Service America Web site in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Hindi, and Mandarin (although applications are in English and can only be accepted in English).
Opportunities for Teachers
• Educate globally with Youth Connect Online
If you would like to heighten your students' cultural awareness, consider getting involved with Youth Connect Online. This project connects schools in the United States with schools abroad through a series of web-based collaborative activities and exchanges. Students across borders discuss issues that matter to them and participate in joint activities that promote cultural understanding, tolerance, and a sense of belonging to the world. Youth Connect Online provides an internationally-minded curriculum which adapts easily to many classes, including history, civics, journalism, art, science, technology, and others.
The Youth Connect Worldwide project is co-sponsored by the Department of State and Relief International – Schools Online and connects classrooms in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Palestinian Territories, Tajikistan and the United States. For more information or to join this exciting program, contact Education Programs Officer Andreea Florescu at (202) 296-1616 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opportunities for Communities and Schools
• Introducing… the Sudan Project
Documentary filmmaker Karin Muller is looking for schools interested in making documentary films about Sudanese refugees. Next summer, Ms. Muller will spend 8-12 weeks in a Sudanese refugee camp, filming both the individual stories of the refugees and their broader physical and political context. This footage will then be made available to the US and European high school systems. Three to seven schools with both the video resources and technical expertise will take on the additional task of filming these students as they edit the footage. The ultimate goal of the Sudan Project is to document how a group of "typical" American teenagers are profoundly changed by the experience of trying to tell the story of the Sudanese refugees. At the end of the project, the documentaries will be submitted to film festivals.
If your school might like to get involved with this project, please email Karin Muller at email@example.com. If you receive an auto-reply, don't worry. Ms. Muller is traveling some this summer, but she will get back to you.
• Toshiba American Foundation Supports K-12 Math and Science Education
Eligiblity: Independent school districts, nonprofit organizations, and individuals.
Deadline: August 1, 2007
Funds: Awards up to $5,000
Toshiba America Foundation supports programs and activities that improve science and mathematics education for students in grades K-12. The Foundation's priorities are projects planned and led by a teacher or teams of teachers.
Visit the Toshiba American Foundation Web site for more details.
• Dollar General Offers Back-to-School Grants
Deadline: August 10, 2007
The Dollar General Back-to-School Grants provide funding to assist elementary, middle, and high schools in meeting some of the financial challenges they face in implementing new programs or purchasing new equipment, materials, or software for their school library or literacy program.
Funds requested must be used to enhance or expand the school's library, media center, or literacy programs. Submissions will be judged based on creativity, statement of need, and use of funds. Programs may address the needs of new readers, below-grade-level readers, readers with learning disabilities, or for general literacy.
Applicants must be located in Dollar General's 35-state operating territory and must be within twenty miles of a Dollar General Store. (A store locator is available at the Dollar General Web site.) Grants may be requested in amounts of up to $5,000 each.
The Back-to-School Grant application can be downloaded at the Dollar General Web site.