Teacher Resources

2011 Toyota International Teacher Program
Full-time classroom teachers of all subjects, grades 7 – 12, are now invited to apply online for a fully funded, classroom altering experience in Costa Rica, Nov. 19 through Dec.  3, 2011. Visit www.iie.org/toyota for more information and application instructions. The deadline to apply is May 4, 2011. Funded by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., and administered by the Institute of International Education, the program advances environmental stewardship and global connectedness in U.S. schools and communities. The program to Costa Rica will explore environmental and cultural preservation, biodiversity, and sustainability through a variety of site visits, discussions, lectures, and hands-on activities.  Program participants will have an opportunity to meet with local experts, visit schools and museums, and experience the rainforest firsthand. The Toyota International Teacher Program values diversity and encourages educators of all backgrounds, subjects and school types to apply for this unique professional development opportunity. If you have any questions or would like more information, e-mail toyotateach@iie.org or call   877-832-2457.


Mantis Awards for Community and Youth Gardening Projects
Twenty-five nonprofit garden programs serving youth may apply to win a Mantis brand power tiller/cultivator. For more information visit The Philanthropy News Digest and kidsgardening.org.
Each year, Mantis, a maker of garden tools, and the National Gardening Association present the Mantis Awards to charitable and educational garden projects working to enhance the quality of life in their host communities. Any nonprofit garden program may apply. In the past, winners have included schools, churches, correctional facilities, parks departments, youth camps, community gardens and many others. To be eligible, applicants must operate a charitable or educational program that is not-for-profit in the United States. Twenty-five programs will be selected to receive a Mantis tiller/cultivator with border/edger and kickstand, as well as their choice of gas-powered two-cycle engine or electric motor.
The Deadline is March 1, 2011.

The Julio Garden Fund
This fund provides reimbursements for seeds, seedlings or approved garden frame materials up to the awarded amount. Typically awards are limited to between $50 and $100 dollars and are granted only to schools, non-profit groups and/or individuals working with community gardens.  Preference is given to projects committed to organic methods of growing edibles.  For further details click here.


School Gardens Project:  Bee Nature's Partner . . . Plants and Pollinators
The objectives of the School Gardens Project, "Bee Nature's Partner . . . Plants and Pollinators" are to educate school students by creating native gardens on school grounds.  By using the classroom as the laboratory, this project can engage students and teachers.  In planning for this project, clubs should emphasize using native plants that attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other native pollinators to the garden.  The gardens may be large or small, portable or stationary.  Clubs may also incorporate educational instruction or materials and the sustainability of the gardens.
The deadline is March 1, 2011.


The American Academy of Dermatology Shade Structure Program
The American Academy of Dermatology's Shade Structure Program awards grants in the amount of $8,000 each for the purchase of permanent shade structures designed to provide shade and ultraviolet (UV) ray protection for outdoor areas. Click here for the 2011 application. The deadline is April 22, 2011, at 4 p.m. CST.


New Farmers of America (NFA) Video
The NFA video that many of our teachers and advisors have requested is now available on SchoolTube. This video was produced about five years ago in celebration of 40 years since the merger of FFA and NFA.  It captures the history of the organization and will enhance instruction of FFA history.


Educational Social Networking
Edmodo is a social learning network for teachers, students, schools and districts, providing free classroom communication for teachers, students and administrators on a secure social network.
Post classroom materials, share links and videos, and access homework, grades and school notices, securely. Edmodo stores and shares all forms of digital content – blogs, links, pictures, video, documents, presentations and more. It can also be accessible on any mobile device, including Android and iPhones. Edmodo has special institutional features for schools and districts that can be accessed for free by administrators. To learn more visit http://www.edmodo.com/about and read a recent article at http://mashable.com/2008/09/18/edmodo/. ​​