Teachers’ Lounge-BIG Funding Opportunities!

This month, we’re launching two awesome new ways for you to fund your classrooms, and Farmers Insurance continues their support of teachers:

Highest-Needs Classroom Fund

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If you teach at a Title 1 school and are in need of classroom supplies and materials, you may be eligible to receive funds thanks to Kohl’s!

The grants range from $250 to $5,000. At AdoptAClassroom.org, we believe teachers know best what they need for their classroom and students to succeed. For that reason, when you apply for the Highest-Needs Classroom Fund we let you tell us how much funding you need to meet your specific needs. You are free to request funds for anything from providing basic essentials to funding innovative projects.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2017

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Special Education Classroom Grants

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Are you a special education teacher in need of classroom funds? Apply to the AdoptAClassroom.org Special Education Fund, sponsored by F.I.S.H. Foundation, for your chance at receiving a $600 classroom grant.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2017

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Farmers Insurance “Thank America’s Teachers” $100,000 Dream Big Grant Program

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Farmers will award 5 teachers with $100,000 grants each to support their big dreams in 2017. Finalists will be selected in the late summer and five grant recipients will be selected by public vote during the month of October.

Proposal Deadline: June 30, 2017

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Answer this question on Facebook for a chance to win $25


“Can any educator share ideas for students who struggle with letter recognition?” -Ja-Dee

Head over to our Facebook page to comment with your best advice for Ja-Dee. We’ll randomly select a winner to receive $25 in their AdoptAClassroom.org account.

Have a question you’d like to ask your peers? Comment on this post, or email Shelby, or social media coordinator.


4 Responses to “Teachers’ Lounge-BIG Funding Opportunities!”

  1. Suzanne Van Leer

    I play a version of Candyland with my scholars. I use a regular game, but to be able to pick a card, they must first roll a die with an alphabet letter on each side, and identify the letter that lands on top. If they can identify the letter, they get to pick a card and move their game piece to the space indicated. If they cannot identify the letter, I tell them the name of the letter, and they must write it on their paper. They don’t get to pick a card. They are usually motivated to learn the name of the letter so that they can pick a card and move their game piece. If they are struggling too much, I do a little scaffolding. For example, if the letter is c, I’ll ask “is the letter “c” or “z?” Narrowing down their choices makes it easier for them to be successful.

  2. Elsa Clark

    I had this problem with a 4th grader who started the year and he did not even know his sounds. I used Zoophonics. It took about 2 weeks to learn the letters and sounds. He started to blend by the third week. I had the actual training about 10 years ago, but did not have the materials. You can find the cards on line for free and video to learn the symbols on YouTube. You need to do it one on one everyday. It takes less than 5 minutes once you have introduced the animal friends and letters. It really works. Good luck.

  3. Sheri Kunrath

    Yes, I have had a student who has struggled since the beginning of the year. I have researched continually for ways to help him including sight word repetition, flash cards with Fry sentences, rereading, etc. Finally, the other day I stumbled upon an article about colored overlays. I tried several different colors and finally he exclaimed, “the words don’t look blurry anymore!” It is called Visual Stress and sometimes on black and white the words blur together. I was so ecstatic because now it made sense why he struggled to decode words and read slow and laboriously. He has made great success now that I copy his work on orange sheets. From the research that I have done, you will need to find out what color he/she prefers. This may not be the answer, but I am passing along my story just in case. Good luck and don’t ever give up!

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