The National Geographic Society (NGS) is offering education-focused grants to individual educators to support projects that teach students about the world and the way it works, empowering them to make it a better place. NGS is looking for projects that identify what works in education in the organization’s three focal areas: The Human Journey, Wildlife and Wild Places, Our Changing Planet. The projects can be new or existing initiatives with potential for replication or adaptation to other areas and audiences. NGS also supports projects that demonstrate how to improve teaching—new ideas for instructional strategies at any level, with any audience, and in any location. Additionally, NGS supports projects that measure what works in teaching and learning by conducting research and evaluating how learning takes place. This focus dovetails with National Geographic’s Learning Framework—the set of attitudes, skills, and knowledge that embody the explorer mindset. Interested applicants will find this grant opportunity on GetEdFunding, a free database sponsored by CDW•G of thousands of funding opportunities for educators.
Deadlines: Quarterly; applications due by July 1, 2017, for late November 2017 decision
The Paradigm Challenge is intended to inspire youth to use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills, as well as kindness, creativity, and collaboration to make a difference. Conceived by Project Paradigm in collaboration with the American Red Cross, the challenge encourages youth aged 4–18 to generate new ideas to reduce waste in homes, schools, communities, and around the world.