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LSTA Professional Development Grant

LSTA is awarding 40 professional development reimbursement grants of $100 each to pay registration expenses for participating in the NSTA Engage:  FALL20 virtual conference on November 13-15.  Reimbursement will be made once documentation is submitted following the professional development.  Awardees are expected to attend a minimum of six conference sessions and to submit a review of their three favorite sessions along with their registration receipt in order to receive reimbursement.  Participants will be given access to recorded sessions.

Applications must be submitted no later than 12 midnight on November 1, 2020.  The LSTA Awards Coordinator will select a committee of science leaders from throughout the state to score the applications.  Order of receipt or geographic location will not necessarily be considered in the awarding of grants.  Awardees should register for the conference by entering their current NSTA membership login or by selecting the free membership option.  LSTA_ENGAGE should be entered in the promo code box during checkout to receive the LSTA conference rate of $97.  

Qualifications and regulations for grant eligibility are as follows:

  1.  Applicants must be LSTA members on or before August 1, 2020.
  2.  Awardees are expected to attend a minimum of six sessions and to submit a review of their three favorite sessions.  This must be completed   by November 30, 2020.
  3.  Awardees are expected to use information and skills gained at the conference to improve classroom instruction (virtual and/or face to face).
  4.  Awardees who decline to attend the NSTA Engage:  FALL20 virtual conference cannot apply the money to other conferences or transfer it to   another individual. 
  5.  Awardees who decline to attend the NSTA Engage:  FALL20 virtual conference and who do not give a minimum notice of one week to the LSTA   Awards Coordinator are not eligible to apply for LSTA professional development grants for the next three years.
  6.  LSTA Officers, Board Members, or Professional Development Grant Committee Members are not eligible for the grant.
  7.  Awardees cannot submit expenses that will be paid by other funding sources.

Entries that do not meet the requirements will be disqualified.

All entry components must be electronically submitted no later than 12 midnight on November 1, 2020.

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Submit application documents (preferably in one file) to Jan Graff (jlgraff@bellsouth.net).  The subject line should include the name of the applicant and LSTA Professional Development Grant.

Questions can be e-mailed to Jan Graff jlgraff@bellsouth.net.

QSM Grant Fall 2020 Submissions Info

Submissions Now Being Accepted!

Looking for a way to purchase instructional materials for your math, science, or STEM class? Then consider applying for a Quality Science & Mathematics (QSM) grant! The QSM Grant Program was established for the purpose of providing public school teachers with non-consumable instructional materials and equipment to regular classroom teachers of mathematics, science, and STEM courses.

Grants of up to $1000 for approved materials and equipment will be awarded on a competitive basis to individual Louisiana public school teachers to use in providing standards-based classroom instruction. Applicants must show that their proposals will enhance the quality of instruction for regular education students who are enrolled in mathematics, science, or STEM classes.

Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm

To apply directly, please go to the QSM Grant Program websitehttps://my.reviewr.com/s1/site/QSMGrantProgram_2020

For more information about the program and to apply, please visit lsu.edu/qsm or email qsminfo@lsu.edu

Quick Notes:

  • Full-time classroom teachers assigned to teach science, mathematics, or STEM courses in a K-12 public school regular education programs are eligible
  • The maximum award granted by QSM is $1,000
  • Consumable supplies and fixed asset items such as furniture and large appliances will not be funded
  • Charter schools are public schools
  • Requested materials must be for student use during classroom instruction
  • Plagiarism of materials from other proposals, website presentations, and other resources will result in automatic disqualification

Register for upcoming QSM Grant Writing Workshop:

Sign up to attend the QSM Grant Writing Workshop: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050b4faeac23aaf85-qsmgrant
Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020
Time: 8:30am - 11:30am CDT


CYBER.ORG's technology grant program is designed to support teachers and qualified extracurricular programs to provide cyber education to K-12 students in the United States. Grants are awarded based on the availability of funds, geographic representation, and demonstrated need, with preference for applicants who intend to use CYBER.ORG curriculum materials. Applications will be received continuously, and awards will be made during the first two weeks of September, December, March, and June.  Technology offerings include: Science+ Classroom Kits, Boe-Bots, Shield-Bots with Arduino, cyber:bots, micro:bits, US Cyber Range Licenses, Raspberry Pis


COVID-19 Remote Learning Emergency Fund for Educators


The National Geographic Society recognizes that educators, who are among the many dedicated individuals on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, are pioneering new ways of teaching so that students can continue learning.

As educators, you are doing much more than simply adapting your approach in a socially distant and remote learning world. You are pushing boundaries, testing new skills, and advancing learning in profoundly new ways. You’re discovering new solutions to enrich your teaching and help students understand the significance of the moments they are currently living through.

For 132 years, National Geographic has supported innovators and changemakers who have pushed the limits of what is to what could be. The Society has launched an emergency fund for innovative educators who are designing instructional resources — whether in the classroom, teaching remotely, or a combination of the two.

The fund will distribute support ranging from US $1,000–$8,000 to individual educators (or to an individual educator working in collaboration with other educators or National Geographic Explorers) to design instructional resources that help educators effectively teach in remote or hybrid learning environments. Priority for this opportunity will be given to educators working in communities that have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, and who have not previously received National Geographic funding.

The resources developed via this funding must be scalable across different schools and communities and will be made accessible to all educators through the National Geographic Society website.

This call for proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications may be submitted until further notice. 

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