Action items

Principals: Identify EDL site leaders by Sept. 9
Extended Day for Learning (EDL) will be offered at elementary and middle schools beginning Monday, October 12. Elementary and middle school programs are offered two days a week (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday), or four days a week (Monday-Thursday). Most middle schools will have programming four days a week.

Credit recovery and online opportunities will be offered through Evening High School and the Eastside Learning Hub at Harding Senior High School. The EDL schedule by school is available at http://extendedday.spps.org.

Setting up your program:
Identify a site leader by Monday, September 9. Site leaders should have the organizational and leadership skills necessary to run an effective learning environment for students. Assistance in selecting a site leader is available from the Department of Alternative Education grade-level Teacher On Special Assignment (TOSA). Additional information will be forwarded to lead clerks and site leaders. Key contacts for the EDL Program are:

Elizabeth (Beth) Putnam – 651-744-8010 (elementary TOSA for grades K-5)
Chris Ederer – 651-744-8005 (secondary TOSA for grades 6-12)
Leslie Snow – 651-744-8013 (Program Manager, Credit Recovery using online resources)

Teachers: Is this your first year as a teacher?
AdoptAClassroom.org is making a special push to generate support for first-year teachers and their classroom supply needs. Visit AdoptAClassroom.org to register for the supplies you need to equip your classroom. It only takes about 10 minutes to complete some basic information, a description of your classroom and its particular needs, and upload an image. When your classroom is funded via donations to the site, you’ll be notified by email that you have funds available to spend. Then you can shop on the site and the products are shipped to your attention directly to your school. AdoptAClassroom hopes to make available at least $100 per first-year teacher for use on its site. All teachers are invited to register their classroom needs at AdoptAClassroom.org.

Teachers: Apply for fall grants now
Click the links below to go directly to the funder’s website. Before you apply, visit the SPPS teacher grants webpage. Here you will find basic grants How-To, an important School Grant Pre-Approval Form and a helpful School Grant Checklist. Questions? Call or email Lisa van der Steur, 651-767-8108, lisa.vandersteur@spps.org.

It is vital for grant seekers to send grant applications to the Office of Communications, Marketing and Development (CMD) before submitting them to the funder. If you wait until the grant is awarded, it could take up to four weeks or more to receive the funds. CMD wants you to (1) get the funding you need, and (2) use it as soon as it comes in. Call or email Lisa van der Steur, 651-767-8108, lisa.vandersteur@spps.org, with questions. 

Due September 30:

Target Field Trips
Target stores award Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued up to $700.

Project Learning Tree
School/community native plant gardens, forest improvement projects, streamside restoration plans, recycling programs, or energy conservation projects. Grants up to $500.

Captain Planet Foundation
Environment-based education in schools; inspiring youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship. Prefers requests seeking seed funding of $500 or less and applicants who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects.

P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children
Grants of $1,000 for new or evolving programs within preK-12 schools that integrate the arts into educational programs and serve all children (including students who learn differently).

Due October 1:

Toshiba America Foundation
K-5 grade teachers are invited to apply on-line for a $1,000 Toshiba America Foundation grant to help bring an innovative hands-on project into their own classroom.

Due October 6:

Inspired Educator Grants
The Inspired Educator Grant program of Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation supports and recognizes excellence in teaching and learning. These grants are intended to enhance and enrich the educational experience of students in SPPS through projects that (1) engage students in critical thinking and problem-solving, and (2) deepen students' knowledge of standards-based subject matter. Applicants must be educators working for SPPS (preK-12). Educators can apply as individuals or as a team. The project must be directed by the applicant(s). Awards range from $500 to a maximum of $3,000. In 2013, the Foundation awarded $26,347.44 for 12 projects.

Due October 15:

Lowe's Toolbox for Education
The Fall 2014 cycle is now open. If 1500 applications are received before the application deadline, the application process will close.

No deadline:

Save Our Schools
Have an idea to help your students? Want to build rapport with your students and community? Save Our Schools (SOS) is a Twin Cities-based nonprofit organization that helps fund programs and projects that champion collaboration between students and staff. SOS wants to hear ideas that will help you empower your students, build their self-esteem, and improve student attendance and performance. A simple online application will be available in the next two weeks; if this is approved, you’ll also need to provide photos or video, which will be posted on the SOS crowdfunding platform. Crowdfunding is the funding of a project or program through many donations, via many different vehicles (internet, mail, fundraising, competitions, various partnerships etc.). It’s like Kickstarter for schools! Email lisa.vandersteur@spps.org with your idea or questions and she’ll make sure you get the latest information.

Teachers: Schedule a free science field trip
The 3M Foundation has once again generously funded a science experience for every student in 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades at SPPS.

New this year, 8th grade students at SPPS also will receive a funded science experience as part of the Strategic Science and Engineering Initiative (SSEI). These experiences have been aligned with the state science standards at each grade level. The 3M grant covers both admission and transportation costs. It is expected that every student in the above grades will have the opportunity to participate in an SSEI experience.

SSEI 3M funded trips for 2014-2015:
1st grade - Como Planetarium
3rd grade - Como Planetarium
4th grade - Bakken (this is two visits to your school)
5th grade - Belwin Outdoor Science
8th grade - Como Planetarium (new this year)

Please schedule a trip for your students as soon as possible. Contact information and details about each trip can be found on the Office of Teaching and Learning's website. Be sure to specify that you are planning an SSEI field trip when contacting the sites and arranging transportation. You will need to schedule transportation for your trip at least two weeks in advance.

Teachers of split grade level classes should coordinate with their building staff and administration to select a single trip to attend. Please contact Jaime Dery at jaime.dery@spps.org or 651-744-7394 with questions.

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