Grants and Opportunities

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NPR Student Podcast Challenge


Last spring, NPR’s education team held a student podcast challenge. 55,000 students entered, of which, they announced two winners. Well, they’re bringing the contest back!

NPR is launching the 2nd annual student podcast challenge.

Students are invited to create a podcast – with the help of a teacher – and enter for a chance to win a grand prize and have their work showcased on NPR’s Morning Edition or All Things Considered. The contest is for students between grades 5 and 12. Each podcast should be between 3 and 12 minutes long, and it can be about ANYTHING.

For complete information on the contest, how it works, the rules, FAQ’s, and submission info see: https://www.npr.org/2018/11/15/650500116/npr-student-podcast-challenge-home

Listen to last year’s winners:

Murderous Mary & The RISE Of Erwin by four high school students in Elizabethton, TN

Marshmallow – by 8th grade Bronx Prep Middle School students

After you’ve entered your podcast into the NPR Student Podcast Challenge, enter it into the Digies as well.

2020 School Librarian of the Year

The search is on for the 2020 School Librarian of the Year!

This award honors a K-12 library professional for outstanding achievement in school library services. To be considered, applicants must be certified school librarians – as recognized by the state of NY – and be working in a public or private school. (Directors, supervisors and managers of library programs are not eligible).

Winners will receive a cash award of $2,500, plus $2,500 in-kind digital or print products for their library. The winner will also receive a bunch of books from John Schumacher, Ambassador of School Libraries, Scholastic. Travel to participate in a 2020 Scholastic Book Fairs Summer Reading Summit (airfare, one night hotel stay and registration) is also included.

Winners will be judged based on their service to fulfill the needs of students and the community, creativity in programming, integration of library services within the curricula, technology integration and other criteria.

Nominations close on December 2nd. Winners will be announced in March.

For more information on how to apply go to www.slj.com.

Monroe One BOCES SLS Need-to-Know News

The SLS MiniGrant deadline is this Friday, October 4th!

Each applicant may request up to $1,200 in grant funds. The awards will be announced on October 15th and must be completed by March 23rd, 2020.

Allowable mini-grant projects include:

  • Collection Development
  • Innovative Projects
  • Professional Development Programs

For more information about the grant application and process, please visit our website: www.monroe.edu/sls

 

The Re-imagined ESIFC

There is still room to register for the Re-Imagining Information Fluency and Standards Alignment for our Students.

As school librarians, we know we must teach our students the skills they need to succeed in the ever-changing and complex information environment. The Empire State Information Fluency Continuum (ESIFC) has been re-imagined to provide a guide for that teaching; it is a comprehensive PD-12 continuum of the skills, responsibilities, and dispositions that will enable our students to flourish, both personally and academically. The skills of the ESIFC will align with the expectations of various national and New York State standards documents, including NextGen science standards, New York’s Social Studies and ELA standards, and AASL and ISTE standards.

In this workshop, we will explore the new ESIFC and translate it into action. You will discover essential skills of inquiry, multiple literacies, design thinking, social responsibility, and even student agency. Most importantly, you will be able to collaborate with colleagues to develop personalized approaches, lessons, formative assessments, and strategies to transform teaching and learning in your school.

The event will be held on October 10th, 2019.

 

***Reminder: Our SLS Council meeting will be held on Thursday, October 3rd from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm.

 

Apply for these Library Grants Before it’s Too Late!

#1 Harold Hacker Fund – Applications Due Monday, September 30th, 2019

It’s time for the annual grant opportunity created to honor Harold Hacker, founder of NY library systems, of the Pioneer Library System, the Monroe County Library System, and the Rochester Regional Library Council.

Harold believed in collaboration and innovation. The Harold Hacker Fund for the Advancement of Libraries, offered through the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library (FFRPL) and the Rochester Regional Library Council, is looking for proposals that measure up to those ideals.

For the 2019-20 grant cycle, funding is available for projects that meet the stated funding areas:

  1. To further education and professional development for librarians and library staff throughout the five-county region served by Rochester Regional Library Council.
  2. To further innovative library projects and programs at RRLC member libraries and the Monroe County Library and Pioneer Library Systems and their member libraries.

All RRLC member libraries and library systems, all PLS libraries and all MCLS libraries are eligible. Click the link above to open the application page.

 

#2 Monroe One BOCES SLS MiniGrants – Applications Due Friday, October 4th, 2019

The Monroe One BOCES School Library System Council has approved funding to provide mini-grants to member school librarians*. Available funding for 2019-20 mini-grants is $20,000.  Each applicant may request up to $1,200 in grant funds for use in a collection development initiative, an innovative instructional or extracurricular project, or professional development.

Allowable mini-grant projects include:

·       Collection Development

·       Innovative Projects

·       Professional Development Programs

*All grant applicants must be certified NYS School Library Media Specialists

Click the link above to open the application page.

Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award Application

The New York State Regents Advisory Council is sponsoring the The Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award, which is given annually to recognize the achievements of small, medium and large libraries and library consortia in New York State. This $1000 award honors libraries or library consortia that have improved the quality of library service to users within the past two years.

Applications must be sent in by August 1, 2019.

Click here for details and application.

Travel Grants for AASL Conference

If you have never attended the AASL conference, you may be eligible to win a travel grant. AASL is offering 30 travel grants to first time attendees for its 2019 National Conference and Exhibition, taking place November 14-16 in Louisville, Kentucky.

To find out more about the conference, see: https://national.aasl.org/

Travel grant applications are due February 1st. (https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/5Ru6p7Jmtb0qI)

The $750 grants are sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books.

Doodle4Google Contest

Have you seen today’s Google Doodle? It’s the winner of last year’s Doodle 4 Google contest. Today marks the opening of the 2019 Doodle 4 Google contest, where one lucky student doodler will win a $30,000 college scholarship, and a $50,000 technology package for their school. Four National Finalists will win a $5,000 college scholarship.

Go to doodles.google.com/d4g for more information about the contest. The contest closes March 18th so get doodling!

Media Literacy Project Grant Announcement

The New York State Educational Media Technology Association (EMTA) has announced the opening of the application process for its annual Media Literacy Project Grant. Each year, the EMTA provides up to two awards in the amount of $1,250 for certified educators in NYS who are working with PreK-12 students on media literacy.

The grant supports educators who provide resources and services that correlate to state and national learning standards for instructional excellence promoting media literacy, and provides funds for research projects or demonstration projects that can be replicated in other areas across the state and nation.

Examples of eligible projects include a film literacy course after school, using video effectively in your lesson plans, and learning about the effective creation and use of media in student work. Descriptions of last years grant awards are listed on the EMTA website.

More information and the application can also be found on the EMTA website at: www.edmediatech.org

Media Literacy Project Grant

The New York State Educational Media Technology Association (EMTA) offers an annual grant for educators who want to incorporate media literacy into their teaching. The goal of the grant is to provide funds (an award of $1,250) for research projects or demonstration projects that promote media literacy and can be replicated in other areas across the state and nation.

Applications are due on or before May 11, 2018. A committee will select the recipients by June 14th, and projects are to be completed between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. For more information and grant application, see the EMTA website at: www.edmediatech.org