Funding

There are many ways to receive funding and grants for Studies Weekly

Community Opportunities

The Elks

The Elks will provide dictionaries for your students. Ask about obtaining a grant. The Elks have essay contests for patriotism, what better way to prepare your students than with Studies Weekly materials?

The Elks

Handassah

Jewish Women’s Group – they will help in the education of Jewish children – private schools.

Handassah

Kiwanis Club

Kiwanis International is a global organization of members of every age who are dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.

Kiwanis Club

The Knights of Columbus

Catholic service organization – they will support low to middle income students including Catholic private schools.

The Knights of Columbus

Lions Club International

Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. That’s because we help where help is needed—in our own communities and around the world—with unmatched integrity and energy.

Lions Club International

Parent Teacher Association

We have thousands of classroom subscriptions nationwide that are funded by PTA/PTO.

PTA

The Rotary Club

*LOVE educational causes, will “adopt” classrooms and might even provide dictionaries for all of the students on your grade level!

The Rotary Club

US Chamber of Commerce

Go to the website and type your town/village/city’s name in the search box located in the upper right side of the page. You will be given a list of all the local Chambers of Commerce.

US Chamber of Commerce

Local Retirement Villas/Clubs

Most communities have retirement villages or neighborhoods that have regular meetings. Grandparents are generally very patriotic and very much in favor of children learning history, geography, civics, economics, culture, and character education. Ask them if you can come to their next meeting with an education proposal. “Pass the hat” and ask them to make out their checks payable to your local school or to “American Legacy Publishing.” We don’t mind receiving several checks for one order. Raising $150 for a class set of Studies Weekly should be no problem when you explain that it will help you teach these concepts effectively. You can order samples from our website if you think that will help you show them the value.

Sample Phone Call

Pick up the phone and call the local chapter of an organization. What do you say when you make contact with an organization?

Hi! My name is Name and I’m an elementary school teacher at Such and School here in town. The reason I’m calling you today is to ask for your help with either fully or partially funding an educational opportunity for my number of students. I want to provide my students with the absolute best, innovative curriculum available today — it’s called Studies Weekly. I need financial assistance in order to purchase this curriculum for my students. The total cost is $number dollars. It includes hard copies, 100% digital format, virtual field trips, innovative lesson plans, informational reading opportunities and best of all the kids LOVE this program. Studies Weekly is the perfect curriculum for my students. The textbooks I currently have are out of date, not exciting or innovative and in my professional opinion, not going to meet my students’ unique individual needs.

I would be happy to present at one of your local chapter meetings, and my students will be writing letters and/or making cards to show their appreciation for the assistance you have provided this school year. Thank you so much for your consideration! Together we’re going to make this an unforgettable educational experience for these students.

Creative Fundraising Ideas

The Entertainment Books

Selling coupon savings books is a great way to earn money. The Entertainment books are large and offer thousands of dollars in savings. Check the link we’ve provided to learn more and they even have a free information packet they will send you if you are interested.

Entertainment Fundraising

Funding Factory

Earn cash and rewards with fundraising by recycling items such as cell phones, cameras, iPods, ink cartridges, etc. Visit the Funding Factory web page to learn more about this fundraising opportunity.

Funding Factory

General Mills Box Tops for Education

General Mills Box Tops for Education is a great way to earn cash for your school. Visit the Box Tops webpage to learn more about the program. There are several videos, flyers, handouts, tools to help you spread the word and earn tens of thousands of dollars through this program.

Box Tops Education

SilverGraphics

Your children’s relatives will line up to buy personalized products with your child’s artwork on it. Some items include t-shirts, tote bags, magnets and mugs.

SilverGraphics

More Creative Fundraising Ideas

  • Host a spaghetti dinner/pancake breakfast to raise funds.
  • Sell special pencils at the school store or in the hallways before school starts.
  • Ask to borrow a popcorn machine, sell popcorn during lunch or recess.
  • Sell ice pops or hot chocolate during lunch/recess.
  • Have students create beautiful works of art, invite their parents to the “art gallery” (your classroom) and ask parents to purchase these beautiful works of art – all $ donated to curriculum purchases.
  • Host a car wash – organize the students & parents to work shifts.
  • Sell lemonade – organize the students & parents to work shifts.
  • Host a Penny War Day/Week/Month (each classroom places a large jar in their doorways – pennies dropped in the jar are positive points, any other coins are negative points, but you still get to keep the coins; students add/subtract points each day – the class with the most points wins a treat like double recess day or a free homework pass – something that doesn’t cost money).
  • Laminate parent pick up passes/student I.D.s etc. for a small fee.
  • Sell tickets for a raffle to “Be Teacher for a Day” or “Eat Lunch with a Teacher”.
  • Instead of a Bake Sale, host a Health Fair and sell smoothies, cold water, fresh fruits & veggies, invite local businesses to set up a table (charge the businesses a cheap “table fee”).
  • Host a Jump rope-A- Thon; have students collect pledges.
  • Teach each class a song, have the students perform the songs on stage one evening, charge $1/person at the door then sell popcorn, lemonade, smoothies and bottled water! (Ask your PTA/PTO to help you – maybe have the kids perform and hold the PTA/PTO meeting at the same time – I bet more parents would attend the meeting, too!).
  • Basket Raffle, every class or just your class would pick a theme for the baskets — Themes ideas include candy, holiday, gardening, sports, home spa, or restaurant gift certificates. The items in your basket are donated, and you would sell raffle tickets for each basket.

Educational grants

Classroom Grant Funding Options

Classroom grants can be used for a variety of projects and materials, including purchasing Studies Weekly, but not limited to books, software, calculators, math manipulatives, art supplies, audio-visual equipment, and lab materials. Funds must be used within one year of the application deadline.

The American Immigration Council Awards

The American Immigration Council will award grants nationwide, in the amount of $100 to $500. The Center awards bi-annual grants for immigration-themed classroom and community-based projects. The Council seeks to fund projects that are innovative and supportive of The Council’s mission of promoting the benefits of immigrants to our nation. This year’s focus will be emphasized on proposals that relate to the following categories:

Innovative use of technology

Underrepresented minorities

Community outreach and partnerships with community based organizations

Math, science, and the arts

Grants focused on the teaching and learning of fundamental constitutional rights (due process) and/or border issues

Deadlines vary each year.

Apply

American Honda Foundation Grants

The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. We support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. Open to public school districts, private/public elementary and secondary schools. Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000.

Submission deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1, each year.

Apply

ASM International Teacher Grants

The ASM Materials Education Foundation sponsors 20 annual grants for teachers. Each grant has a value of $500. The purpose of these grants is to enhance awareness of materials science and the role that materials scientists play in society. With a network of local Chapters across North America, ASM members are willing to work closely with local teachers to develop and implement these lessons.

The application deadline is May 25, 2016

Apply

Association of American Educators Foundation Classroom Grant Application

Available awards. The number of classroom grants awarded will depend on the total number of applicants. Grants are available for up to $500. Change 3 grant cycles or 18 months to two years.

Deadlines are October 1 and March 1, each year.

Apply

The Awesome Foundation

Have a crazy brilliant idea that needs funding? We award $1,000 grants every month. It couldn’t be simpler! Your idea is yours alone. We don’t want a stake in it. We just want to help you make it happen!

Apply

Captain Planet Foundation Grants

Captain Planet Foundation will accept small grant requests for amounts between $500 – $2,500.

Deadlines are January 31 and September 30.

Apply

Donors Choose

Currently Studies Weekly is not a Donors Choose vendor, however, you can request our curriculum as an “outside vendor” once you have accumulated 6 points.

Apply

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County

Multiple grant opportunities.

Deadlines vary each year.

Apply

Fund for Teachers

Award amounts and deadlines vary by state.

Apply

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

The annual ISTE awards recognize exceptional educators and leaders who are paving the way for connected learning. We seek those whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching, learning and leading in the digital age.

Award amounts and deadlines vary.

Apply

Kellogg Foundation

There are no submission deadlines and grant applications are accepted throughout the year.

Apply

McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation Academic Enrichment Grants

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation awards grants to teachers who submit proposals that foster understanding, deepen student’s knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them. Teachers must work with students from low-income households.

Awards may be up to $10,000 per year. Applications are accepted from January 15 to April 15.

Apply

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Grants

Many Different Kinds of Grants Available. Apply for NCTM’s Mathematics Education Trust grants, scholarships, and awards. Funding ranges from $1,200 to $24,000 and is available to help math teachers, prospective teachers, and other math educators improve the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Deadlines vary.

Apply

National Endowment for the Humanities

Multiple educational grants available.

Grant amounts and deadlines vary.

Apply

National Science Foundation Discovery Research K-12

The Discovery Research K-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of innovative resources, models and tools (RMTs). Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Teachers and students who participate in DRK-12 studies are expected to enhance their understanding and use of STEM content, practices and skills.

Deadlines are in December each year.

Apply

NCSS (National Council for the Social Studies)

Award winners receive $2,500, a commemorative award, and present a session on their work at the NCSS Annual Conference.

The deadline varies each year.

Apply

NEA Foundation

The NEA Foundation awards $2,000 and $5,000 grants. Grants may be used for purchasing Studies Weekly publications, resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence.

Deadlines for applications are due February 1, June 1, and October 15 each year.

Apply

Reiman Foundation Grants

Reiman Foundation Grants accepts proposals anytime for education-focused projects.

Grant amounts vary.

Apply

Target

Field trip, Arts, and Social Services Grants. Educational Field Trip Grants: Studies Weekly provides many Virtual Field Trips, but it cannot replace the “real thing.” Apply for a Target Field Trip Grant! Target awards Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide.

Applications are accepted between noon CST on August 1 and noon CST on September 30.

Apply

Toshiba America Foundation

Wanted: Classroom Innovators! Toshiba America Foundation accepts applications from teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students. Application deadline is October 1 (or the first business day in October).

The grants are for K-5 and must be for project based learning.

Apply

Voya Unsung Heroes

Grants are given to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning. Each year, educators submit applications for a Voya Unsung Heroes grant by describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue.

Each year, 100 finalists are selected to receive a $2,000 grant, payable to both the winning teacher and his or her school. At least one grant is awarded to each of the 50 states. In addition, three finalists are selected for additional financial awards: $25,000 for first place; $10,000 for second place; and $5,000 for third place.

Deadline for applications each year is April 30.

Apply

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo encourages non-profit organizations and educational programs to review Wells Fargo’s grant guidelines for the areas we serve. Go online and click on your state to review what opportunities are available for your area.

Grant amounts and deadlines vary by state.

Apply

Westinghouse Nuclear

Grants may be for up to $5,000.

Deadlines are August 10 and December 10 each year.

Apply

Eligibility

Grant applications usually want to know why you want this grant (besides the obvious, “Show me the money!”) and HOW this will impact your students. Here’s a generic response for both questions that you can re-tool to personalize in order to obtain funding for Studies Weekly subscriptions.

Why

My students would benefit from a subscription to Studies Weekly which is a rigorous, exciting social studies curriculum that aligns to the state standards and the national Common Core State Standards. Studies Weekly’s innovative instruction includes QR Codes, Virtual Field Trips, Differentiated Instruction for Gifted, ESE and ELL students, integrated arts activities, hundreds of primary sources and 2.0 digital products for students and teachers to utilize. Studies Weekly’s questions and activities have been analyzed using the Rigor & Relevance Framework and have weekly Learning Scales that make it possible for assessing student work on a standards-based evaluation system. That means that students can monitor their own learning at the same time the teacher is keeping track of which students need additional support or enrichment opportunities. The digital publication includes an Audio Reader, online assessments and a data analysis feature that makes grading and analyzing student work effortless and provides immediate results! Students will have the experience of digital testing, preparing them for 21st Century evaluations and receive immediate feedback. More class time can be spent engaging in meaningful lessons instead of testing!

Studies Weekly’s Lexile levels gradually increase over the course of the school year and meet the CCSS ELA mandate for increased rigor. Studies Weekly publications can be used to meet the CCSS requirement that 50% of reading instruction must be Reading Informational Text by teaching social studies content during the daily 90-minute Literacy Block. Studies Weekly includes writing prompts each week to assist teachers in meeting the new CCSS Writing requirements of drawing evidence from texts and citing sources in grades 3-5. Expository, Narrative, Opinion and Persuasive essay prompts are included along with Friendly Letter writing, list making and real-world writing opportunities in the K-5 program. Professional Development articles, the Studies Weekly blog, current events, special Presidential Election lessons and activities, contests and more are available in print or online to further support teachers and enhance classroom instructional practices. Studies Weekly also provides documentation of Access Points coverage for K-5 teachers with special needs students.

How this will impact your students

Students who receive a subscription to Studies Weekly will receive all of the learning experiences mentioned above. Studies Weekly’s Teacher Editions recommend research-based strategies that have high-probability of success such as the Reciprocal Teaching Method, graphic organizers and purposeful instruction of domain-specific vocabulary. Another important aspect of the Studies Weekly curriculum is that it’s a consumable text with the “chapters” published separately as weekly magazines. It’s comprehensive with no sifting, filtering, or pulling together required. Studies Weekly covers 100 percent of the __________ State Standards. Typically there about 135 to 150 days of class time before state testing begins. Also, because of state testing it’s not unheard of for teachers to only have 15 or 20 minutes per day for social studies. Because of these factors most teachers end up using about half of a traditional program while the rest sits on a shelf. This causes the EFFECTIVE rate, or percentage of standards coverage to be much less than it would be if it were possible to utilize the whole program. Whereas, Studies Weekly is streamlined without the extra material that teachers don’t have time to cover. In 15 minutes per day teachers can cover one chapter per week in a fun magazine format that students love and cover 100 percent of the State Standards before spring. So the effective rate of coverage is always 100 percent. Studies Weekly is perfect for teaching social studies-content during the literacy block! Students will be taught social studies State Standards at an effective rate! Studies Weekly has the data to prove that it is an effective curriculum. Data gathered from 84,604 students that took the social studies state exam in South Carolina over a four year period shows students that utilized Studies Weekly curriculum had an average of 5.83% higher percentage points than non-users. For more information, you can contact the South Carolina Data Management and Analysis office to receive the South Carolina PACT scores. To access this study from Studies Weekly please email a request to StateScores@studiesweekly.com

Local business outreach

Title I, II, III, IDEA

Title I

Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.

Applicant Information

How the Funds Can be Used

The school must focus Title I services on children who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet state academic standards. Schools in which children from low-income families make up at least 40 percent of enrollment are eligible to use Title I funds for school wide programs that serve all children in the school. LEAs also must use Title I funds to provide academic enrichment services to eligible children enrolled in private schools.

Applicant Information

What Studies Weekly Products and/or Services We Recommend Studies Weekly Curricula K- 6 (Social Studies, Science, K-2 Math, Character Education, Health Education, Heritage Studies) Studies Weekly Professional Development Series (in-person or remote 1-hour, 2- to 3- hour and/or 5- to 6-hour workshops and trainings)

Title II

Title II, Part A provides funds intended to increase academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality. This program is carried out by: increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in classrooms; increasing the number of highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools; and increasing the effectiveness of teachers and principals by holding LEAs and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement.

Improving Teacher Quality

How the Funds Can Be Used

Funds may be used for professional development. In exchange for receiving funds, agencies are held accountable to the public for improvements in academic achievement. Title II, Part A provides these agencies the flexibility to use these funds creatively to address challenges to teacher quality, whether they concern teacher preparation and qualifications of new teachers, recruitment and hiring, induction, professional development, teacher retention, or the need for more capable principals and assistant principals to serve as effective school leaders.

Improving Teacher Quality

What Studies Weekly Products and/or Services We Recommend Studies Weekly Professional Development Series (in-person or remote 1-hour, 2- to 3- hour and/or 5- to 6-hour workshops and trainings)

Title III

Title III, Part A provides funds intended to assist schools with language instruction, specifically for Limited English Proficient students.

Language Instructions

How the Funds Can Be Used

Funds may be used for professional development and language instruction programs.

Professional Development Grants

What Studies Weekly Products and/or Services We Recommend Studies Weekly Professional Development Series (in-person or remote 1-hour, 2- to 3- hour and/or 5- to 6-hour workshops and trainings)

IDEA

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.

IDEA

How the Funds Can Be Used

IDEA Part B Sections 611 and 619 funds must be used only to pay the excess costs of providing special education and related services to children with disabilities, such as costs for special education teachers and administrators; related services providers (speech therapists, psychologists, etc.); materials and supplies for use with children with disabilities; professional development for special education personnel; professional development for regular education teachers who teach children with disabilities; and specialized equipment or devices to assist children with disabilities. Expenditures must benefit eligible students who are receiving special education services. IDEA Part B Section 611 funds may be used in the provision of service to all eligible students aged 3 through 21.

Sec. 611

What Studies Weekly Products and/or Services We Recommend Studies Weekly Curricula K- 6 (Social Studies, Science, K-2 Math, Character Education, Health Education, Heritage Studies) Studies Weekly Professional Development Series (in-person or remote 1-hour, 2- to 3- hour and/or 5- to 6-hour workshops and trainings)