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Connecting P12 Educators to 3 Opportunities Per Month

December 2018: Opportunities in Place-Based Education

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Opp #1: National Weather Association Foundation

The National Weather Association Foundation hosts the annual Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grant Awards for K12 teachers/educators to help improve the education of their students, their school, and/or their community in the science of meteorology. What can you do with these funds? Here are some options - straight from the National Weather Association Foundation website (so many place-based education opportunities, here):



  • Purchase scientific materials and/or equipment for the classroom, school or community.
  • Begin new school and/or community science outreach and education programs.
  • Enhance and/or expand existing meteorology/science education programs.
  • Attend accredited courses, workshops, and/or conferences related to meteorology that will significantly enhance teaching activities.

Opp #2: Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont - "Educating for a Sustainable Future"

Anyone implementing place-based education initiatives in their classroom, school, or community should take a look at the programs offered by Shelburne Farms in Vermont. With the mission of "educating for a sustainable future" - their professional development opportunities have the potential to give teachers the tools necessary to provide students with authentic local learning that can be applied globally. For more information, start by checking out this list of professional learning for educators offered by Shelburne Farms.

Opp #3: What could you do with the Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant?

Although the Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant period is now closed for the fall - bookmark this page because a new grant-making cycle will begin in the spring of 2019! What classroom or school project could you fund through this grant? How about a project that inspires students to make local-to-global connections. School gardens, outdoor learning spaces, and school nature trails are all projects that have been funded in the past! For more ideas check out this link from the Lowe's Toolbox for Education website.

Jennifer Hesseltine

Jennifer Hesseltine is a National Geographic Certified Educator and TED-Ed Innovative Educator. Jen teaches social studies in northeastern New York state, and is passionate about inspiring a love of learning in students that goes well beyond any textbook or classroom. Jen occasionally writes on her blog, www.pitchthisedu.com, and is a guest contributor on the Teaching Channel blog and TED-Ed blog. Follow along @pitchthisedu @jenhesseltine.