Mini Grants Available

Here is an opportunity to get a small grant for the 2017/18 school year.

Established by children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is accepting applications from public schools and public libraries anywhere in the United States and its territories for its mini-grants program.

The program is intended to support projects that foster creative expression, collaboration, and interaction with a diverse community. To that end, the  program will award grants of up to $500 to educators in support of special activities and events for their students outside the standard curriculum. Projects funded in the past include murals, pen pal groups, quilts, theater productions, newspapers and other publications, inter-generational activities, and programs that bring disparate communities together.

Public schools and public libraries are eligible to apply. Preschool head start programs also are eligible. Private and parochial schools and charter schools  are ineligible.


Application instructions


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“Kids In Need” Foundation Invites Applications For Teacher Grants

The Kids In Need Foundation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and underfunded teachers, is accepting applications from pre-K-12 teachers for grants in support of classroom projects.

Teacher grants of up to $500 will be awarded to educators in support of projects that strengthen creativity, critical thinking skills, and/or core knowledge by engaging students in the learning process. Grant awards are based on the creativity of the projects being proposed. Typically, three hundred to six hundred grants are awarded each year.

All certified pre-K-12 teachers in the United States are eligible to apply.

See the Kids in Need Foundation website for complete program information and application guidelines.

Link to Complete RFP

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5 Napa Students Take Action To Protect Their Watershed

We are five middle school girls from River Middle School in Napa who took action to help our local waterways and the environment that lives around it. What we did was have a bake sale in front of a car wash and restaurant in Napa Valley and sold cookies, brownies, and cupcakes. We ended up raising $50. We did a bake sale because we wanted to not only raise money but awareness too. Doing a bake sale was easy to get planned, and accomplished our action goals. Before we went out and did our bake sale, in our classroom we have been researching this topic. We raised trout and took observations, and even dissected a fish! We learned from CAEP that they really do help us learn more about this subject and that’s is why we wanted to raise money for this organization.


We also created this website –

Serena K., Maddie S., Ana B., Ava H., and Izzy M.

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Free Macroinvertabrate ID Cards

Did I mention they are free? No cost? Zippo? Well, you have to print them or use them on a screen with your students but these are a really good resource. Check them out.


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The Leaf Pack Experiment – A Free Workshop

The Leaf Pack Experiment is a fun, hands-on research and outreach tool for non-scientists which demonstrates how our actions on land impact life in streams and water quality. Leaf Pack promotes inquiry-based interdisciplinary watershed education and engages diverse audiences in conducting their own experiments, gathering relevant ecological data, exploring food webs, learning classification skills, using technology to share data, comparing data with those of other communities and applying that information to protect local watersheds.

Join us at this workshop and you learn how

Saturday, May 21, 2016

9 AM to 4:30 PM

Sacramento Waldorf School

student macro invertebrate




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Art Ideas From A Teacher

Lynn Nichelini teaches at the Santa Margarita Children’s Center in Marin. She found these very cool “little fish” and has shared the source and some ideas of how she uses them in her classroom.

She uses them in a variety of ways including…
– with blue playdough
– to make impressions in clay/playdough
– for sorting/measuring/weighing activities
– stream/lake provocation (blue material for water, wood pieces, rocks) for pretend play
– visual for drawing


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Keeping Invaders Out – Wardens and Biologists Make A Great Team

Hatching fish in your classroo helps instill a sense of stewardship within students. They learn to care about their local environments and work to protect and preserve these valuable resources. Some people grow up not caring about the environment or the impact they have on the world.

This article provides an inside look on how law enforcement wardens work to protect California from unscrupulous individuals who sell illegal animals and plants for profit.

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