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Michael Doig is a science teacher, web developer, and avid traveler who lives in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in Zoology and from Pace University with a Masters of Science in Teaching. He currently teaches Earth Science in a New York public high school.

Free Money For You and Your Students

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With all the budget cuts that have happened recently, it is time to find other places to get funding for your projects. Here is a list I have compiled with plenty of opportunity to get money for your classroom.

Apply, seriously.

You never know, you might just get one.

Lands’ End ‘Teachers Light The Way’ Contest

Lands’ End is announcing the Teachers Light The Way Contest. The company will recognize outstanding teachers that have made a difference in the life of a student, a school or a community. As a result, 45 teachers will receive the coveted Lands’ End Lighthouse Award — representing the company’s 45-year history — as well as the chance to win the grand prize of $5,000 for the winning teacher and $5,000 for the nominated teacher’s school.

Lands’ End will accept nominations at http://www.landsend.com/teachers beginning March 17 through midnight April 17, 2008. Those that would like to recognize an extraordinary teacher that has offered exemplary guidance can fill out the online entry form and submit an up to 500 word essay.

Teaching Ambassador Fellowship

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings recently announced the creation of Teaching Ambassador Fellowship positions at the U.S. Department of Education for the 2008-2009 school year. These positions will offer highly motivated, innovative teachers the opportunity to contribute their knowledge and experience to the national dialogue on public education. The Teaching Ambassador Fellowship offers two tracks:

-Classroom Fellows will serve their regular teaching contracts with their districts and will be paid to perform additional Fellowship duties for the Department of Education.

-Washington Fellows will serve as full-time federal employees in Washington, D.C. and will be placed in appropriate positions within the Department of Education to work on education program development and implementation.

Applications are due Monday, April 7, 2008

American Honda Foundation

The American Honda Foundation makes grants to K-12 schools, colleges, universities, trade schools, and other youth-focused non-profit organizations for programs that benefit youth and scientific education. Maximum Award: $100,000. Eligibility: Schools and youth-focused nonprofit organizations.

Deadline: May 1, 2008

2008 Peace and Cooperation “Water for All” School Award

Sponsored by the Peace and Cooperation NGO and Airline Ambassadors, this contest for your students is devoted to raising awareness about creating access to safe water for all people around the world. This contest breaks down into five categories by age group: drawing (up to eight-years-old), mural (9- to 12-years-old), poster and slogan (from 13- to 16-years-old), video (over 16-years-old), and school-wide projects. All entries will support the theme “Water for All”.

Deadline: July 1, 2008

Outstanding New Biology Achievement Award

The National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) recognizes outstanding teaching by educators in grades 7-12 who are just beginning their professional careers. Nominees must be within their first three years of teaching and already have developed an original program or technique for teaching biology/life science. Recipients will receive $500, a plaque, and a complimentary one-year NABT membership. Nominees must be NABT members.

Deadline: March 15, 2008

Jordan Fundamentals Grant Program for Teachers

The Jordan Fundamentals Grant Program awards $1,000,000 annually to teachers across the country who motivate and inspire students toward achieving excellence. These grants are given to support teachers and provide access to additional resources. The Fundamentals Grant Program was born out of Michael Jordan’s firm belief that education is a key to opportunity and helps build commitment to core values which foster personal excellence and achievement.

Deadline: March 30, 2008

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