Budgets are tight. Districts, schools and teachers are
striving to do more with less. It’s a tough time to request funding — even for
the professional learning opportunity of a lifetime.
We hear from a lot of educators who would love to attend
the ISTE Conference &
Expo but just
don’t have the budget to swing it. If you’re one of them, here are
four ways to get financial support for your trip to ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia:
1. Enter our social media contest.
We can think of hundreds of reasons to attend ISTE 2015.
We want to know yours. We’re offering free conference registration and a
four-night hotel stay to one lucky educator who participates in our social media
contest. Just take a photo of yourself with a sign declaring why you want to
go to the conference, and post it to your favorite social network using the #ISTE2015
2. Join Project ReimaginED.
ReimaginED is a community of educators who are redesigning their
curricula for the digital age. When you and your colleagues join this passionate
community, you get the chance to collaborate on and publish new learning
activities aligned to the Common Core and ISTE Standards — and compete for a
free trip to ISTE 2015 for up to four members of your team. It’s a win-win for
both you and your students.
3. Become a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator.
Submit a short
video showing how you're using digital tools to drive student
achievement in your classroom, and you could be one of 30 applicants selected
for a three-day, all-expenses-paid trip to both ISTE 2015 and the PBS
LearningMedia Digital Summit. Apply by Feb. 11 to win.
4. Apply for a professional learning grant.
There are plenty of organizations that offer professional learning grants to
help educators attend conferences. Here are a few places to start:
Foundation. The NEA Foundation has awarded more than $7 million in grants
to help public school educators build their skills. Apply by Feb. 1 to receive
notification in time for ISTE 2015.
of American Educators Foundation. You don’t have to be an AAE
member to apply, but members do get extra consideration for these competitive
scholarships. Apply by March 1 to get reimbursed for up to $500 of your travel
for Teachers. Design your own professional learning experience this
summer with a Fund for Teachers grant. This flexible program offers up to $5,000
for individuals. Apply by Jan. 29.
This list is far from comprehensive. Many other organizations offer
professional learning scholarships for educators within specific subject areas
or geographic regions. Know of any others? Share the link in the comments
Need help from your school or district?
Securing a slice of your organization’s precious professional learning
dollars can sometimes be a simple matter of making a compelling argument to the
right person. To help you cut through your school or district’s red tape, we’ve
compiled a few
resources that demonstrate the incredible value you’ll receive at ISTE 2015,
including a helpful
infographic you can share with your administrator.
Sometimes all it takes to get what you want is to ask!