Recognition of Teachers Who Have Inspired Student Success
Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program, sponsored by Voya Financial, provides grants to K–12 educators using new methods and techniques that improve learning. Each year 100 educators are selected to receive a grant to help fund their innovative class projects. The top three projects are chosen to receive additional funding. All awards must be used to further projects within the school or school system. Applicants must be full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff with effective projects that improve student learning, and must work in an accredited K–12 public or private school located in the US. Each of the 100 finalists will receive an award of $2,000. At least one award will be granted in each of the 50 United States, provided one or more qualified applications are received from each state. Of the 100 finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards. The first-place winner will receive a bonus of $25,000; second-place, a bonus of $10,000; and third-place, a bonus of $5,000.
International Women’s Day has provided us with an excellent opportunity to highlight organizations that promote education for women. There are many groups that strive to provide girls and women around the world with important resources, which they may not otherwise have access to. Here is a list of five organizations helping women in their educational pursuits.
NWEA offers Educators for Equity Grants to foster academic growth among underserved students, including those who are economically disadvantaged and Englishlearners. Proposed programs should be equity-focused, evidence-based, culturally relevant to students served, and explicitly designed to improve academic opportunities and outcomes.
The Purple Comet! Math Meet is an online mathematics competition designed for middle school and high school students. This free competition is run by AwesomeMath, which provides enriching experiences in mathematics for intellectually curious learners.