"In fourth grade, I decided to start playing the saxophone. My teacher was Mrs. Emily James, and she was a fantastic teacher."--Nicholas, Grade 8
"In the fifth grade, my school Tyler Heights had a program called S.E.L.F which still continues now. This program helps young girls to gain determination, and self-confidence. I learned a lot from that program, and go there almost every Friday to see the new S.E.L.F girls."--Ariyanna
“As a parent of two students that have benefited from the incredibly supportive school community at Nantucket Elementary, I wanted to take a few minutes to recognize the school… Throughout the course of my children's time at Nantucket, I could not have hoped for a better experience for them.“--Jennifer Young, Parent.
Matthew started his journey to the Olympics as a Broadneck Bruin. With the support of a his coach, who fostered and encouraged Matt’s natural potential while at Broadneck, Matt has been able to follow his passion as a professional athlete. Hear his incredible journey to bring home a gold medal in 2016 and break the American record and the family that was behind him every step of the way.
"[Community building circles are] now part of our morning routine and our staff looks forward to giving 'shout outs,' learning about new students coming to our school, and having courageous conversations!"--Tiffany Stewart Kline, Assistant Principal, Mary Moss @ J. Albert Adams
"How long has it been, since I left Hillsmere Elementary School? I am not really too sure of the names of my classmates, but I know three teachers who, played a fantastic roll in my development and interest in self-improvement that has followed me to this day."--Tracy Lee
Pupil Personnel Workers (PPWs) serve as facilitators between families and schools. Working collaboratively, PPWs help identify, address, and alleviate issues impacting a student’s education, especially those related to attendance, residency, custody, and personal hardship. Part school counselor, part social worker, PPWs get to know families across the county and connect them to the resources they need to help their children be successful in school.
After a negative experience in one of her high school classes, Iris Crankfield turned to the support of her principal and other teachers to share her ideas and help change the culture of her school. This experience fueled a passion for writing and teaching that has allowed her to inspire a new generations of change makers. Now, as an English teacher at South River High School, Iris helps her students see that they, too, have a voice and it deserves to be heard.
"We will always look back with gratitude and fondness about our first meeting with the administrative staff who went above and beyond to ensure us that Southgate Elementary was the best choice for our family."-–Linda Hamm
"Restorative Questions provide a framework that helps adults as they guide students through a reflection of their actions, what harm they caused, and how they can repair that harm. This helps them be part of creating an honorable pathway back to the classroom – and to learning!"--Kathy Rockefeller
As a new "Guest Performer/Artist" with the Performing and Visual Arts program in Anne Arundel County Public Schools, I look forward to exploring digital storytelling as a way to combine multiple disciplines and enhance learning experiences.
Deadline: TBA in 2017
Funds: The winner receives:
- $5,000 to use for the purpose of expanding professional interests (for example, study with a master mentor, travel, research, develop learning tools).
- $1,000 to the honoree’s school to enhance the high school theater or drama program.
- Two distinctive trophies, one for the honoree and one for the honoree’s school.
- Transportation expenses up to $700 for the recipient to travel to the CTFA Medallion Awards Event.
Eligibility: Public secondary school theater or drama teachers.
Description: The Children’s Theatre Foundation of America’s Reba R. Robertson Award recognizes an outstanding teacher of public secondary school theater or drama.
Deadline: June 9th, 2017
Funds: Grants range from $90,000-$200,000.
Eligibility: Independent school districts, institutions of higher education, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, public housing authorities, individuals, and city, state, township, county, and special district governments.
Description: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services supports organizations that provide street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youths who have been subjected to or are at risk of being subjected to sexual abuse, prostitution, sexual exploitation, and severe forms of trafficking in persons.
Deadline: April 12th, 2017
Funds: Awards range from $1,000-$5,000.
Eligibility: K-12 schools.
Description: Evergreen Packaging and KidsGardening.org request entries for the third annual Carton 2 Garden Contest.
The contest awards schools for their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons.