The Penguin Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy recognizes the nation’s most dynamic and resourceful K–12 public school teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in their students. Competitive applicants foster a love and passion for reading in students through innovative programs and curricula, take risks in presenting books and literature to students in a unique way, make a commitment to helping reluctant readers and are visionary in their methods of reaching them, and create distinctive programs and activities that support and promote a community of readers. The first-place winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize; $2,500 in Penguin Random House titles for his or her school; $250 in First Book Marketplace credits; and transportation, lodging, and conference registration to attend the National Council of Teachers of English conference in St. Louis, Missouri, from November 16–19, 2017. Interested applicants will find this grant opportunity on GetEdFunding, a free database sponsored by CDW•G of thousands of funding opportunities for educators.
Deadline: September 15, 2017, for nominations; teachers can self nominate
On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will occur in North America. Those in the path of totality-parts of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina—will see the moon completely eclipse the sun. Observers in the rest of the contiguous United States will see a partial solar eclipse. The solar eclipse is a perfect teachable moment for students. Whether you plan to watch live with your students or plan lessons around the eclipse, here are a few resources for teaching about the solar eclipse.
A free browser-based game called Factitious helps middle school and high school students distinguish between fake news and real journalism. Players indicate if they think an article is fake, or if they believe it is real.
Philosophy and Children’s Literature, a website created by the Center for Philosophy for Children at University of Washington, provides literature lesson plans for more than 100 children’s books geared toward elementary-school-aged students