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Professional development opportunities

Grants and awards

SaveOnEnergy.com offers teacher grants for lesson plans that provide education and awareness around the environment and energy. Previous winners’ lesson plans, additional teaching resources, and upcoming teacher grant information can be found at https://www.saveonenergy.com/kids-learning-center.

Enhancing Student Mathematics Learning through the Use of Tools and Technology Grants 

Kids in Need Foundation 

KaBOOM! Grants for Outdoor Play  

Technology Grants for Educators: 17 Resources for Future-Proof Kids  

Math Hero Award  

The Captain Planet Foundation  

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation  

20 Grants for Science Teachers  

Target Field Trip Grants  

Higher education tools

Affordable Colleges Online, an organization dedicated to providing free higher education tools for current and future college students and their families, recently published research on all the not-for-profit universities and colleges in Texas that offer online college programs. Access their Texas college guide here: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/texas. In 2015, they updated their guidebook to accredited online degree programs to better help new and returning students understand the online academic landscape and how best to succeed in an online degree program. This resource can be found here: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees.

EarthCam and National Park Service Provide Live Views from Highest Point in D.C.

WHAT: Once again the National Park Service has partnered with EarthCam to bring live views of iconic U.S. monuments to the world.  EarthCam engineered a live streaming webcam to fit inside a pre-existing hole in the Washington Monument’s pyramidion, creating a unique way for the public to see Washington, D.C.  Experience majestic views from 500 feet over the nation’s capital.

WHY: In addition to one-of-a-kind views of the WWII Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool, the webcam was installed in time to view Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada’s facescape, “Out of Many, One.” This month-long National Portrait Gallery exhibit required 2,000 tons of sand and 800 tons of soil to create.  The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association helped make the project viewable to the public with EarthCam.  

HOW: For an exclusive view from the highest point in Washington, D.C., visit http://www.earthcam.com/usa/dc/washingtonmonument/.

To download and share a 24 hour time-lapse video clip, click here: https://youtu.be/w0UACgAuoNE.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/earthcaminc

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/earthcam

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/earthcam

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/earthcam

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/earthcaminc

BuzzFeed: http://www.buzzfeed.com/earthcam

National Teachers Hall of Fame


Project Share

Project Share, the Texas Education Agency’s online learning community, provides student resources, professional development courses, academic networking, and professional learning communities to Texas educators and students. read more

Khan Academy

Learn almost anything for free using the Khan Academy's 3,400 free videos. http://www.khanacademy.org/

College for Texans website

Looking for one place to find all there is to know about going to college or technical school in Texas? Admissions, financial aid and free test prep are here. read more

Academic Earth

Academic Earth aims to provide everyone with the opportunity to earn a world-class education by offering free online classes and online learning tools. Whether you’re looking to advance your career or take classes that interest you, Academic Earth can connect you to the world’s top universities and scholars. http://www.academicearth.org/


Curriki is a K-12 global community for teachers, students, and parents to create, share, and find open learning resources that improve teacher effectiveness and student outcomes. http://welcome.curriki.org


FREE, or Federal Resources for Educational Excellence, compiles teaching and learning resources from federal agencies. http://free.ed.gov/index.cfm

Own Your Own Future

Own Your Own Future is a student outreach campaign to encourage Texas youth to stay in school, graduate and pursue their passion. read more

Response to Intervention: what it is, how it works

TSTA's Teaching & Learning staff has information for you. read more 

Learn money management

Visa's free financial literacy program, Practical Money Skills for Life, offers useful financial literacy information for ages kindergarten through adult, including free lesson plans and other classroom materials. read more 

Innovation in education

For inspiration, check out teachers' entries, in all subjects and at all grade levels, for the PBS Teachers Innovation Award.  http://www.pbs.org/teachers  

The Abused Child

TSTA offers a booklet on identifying and helping students you may suspect of abuse. The Abused Child 

Information for students with disabilities

TSTA's parental involvement booklet

Learning to be smart consumers

In this virtual mall, students can play games, design ads and chat with customers and store owners. They’ll learn key consumer concepts, such as how advertising affects them, how consumers benefit when businesses compete, how (and why) to protect information, and how to spot scams. read more 

'Autism Speaks' toolkit

NEA partnered with Autism Speaks on a free online School and Community Toolkit. It's packed with information and ideas for creating a welcoming and accepting community for children with autism. There are resources for the entire school community: teachers, administrators, paraeducators, office staff, bus drivers, nurses, custodians, peers, and parents. read more 

Pennies for the planet

This program helps young people get involved with conservation. read more

Smithsonian's online cultural heritage tours

The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies offers a series of free, online cultural heritage tours that invite educators, families and students to explore the Smithsonian’s rich array of heritage-related treasures. read more

Hip Hop news makes learning fun

Rappers summarize the weekly news. read more

Fulbright teacher exchange programs

The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides opportunities for overseas experience. It's open to educators and administrators responsible for curriculum development in humanities, languages and area studies. read more

Thinkfinity resources and free professional development

Thinkfinity from Verizon offers "endless possibilities for learning," a comprehensive collection of resources, and free professional development. read more

Presidential treasure trove

This is an interactive Presidential Timeline filled with digitized artifacts and historical archives from all of the U.S. presidential libraries. read more

Physicians' tobacco education program

Tar Wars is a tobacco-free education program for fourth- and fifth-grade students that is owned and operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians. read more

TEACH: a documentary

Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim 's half-hour documentary follows the challenging and rewarding first year experiences of four public school teachers. read more 

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Since 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded more than 61,000 scholarships in excess of $115 million to Hispanic students from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. read more 

Want to be a summer park ranger?

The Teacher to Ranger to Teacher Program links National Park units with teachers from low income school districts. Under this program, selected teachers spend the summer working as park rangers, often living in the park. read more