Published September 4, 2019
By Pat Forbes, Education Liaison
Presidents throughout our history have stressed the vital nature of proper
educational balance. James Garfield stated, “Next in importance to freedom and
justice is popular education. . . .” He further stated that without that education,
“neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.” Later, John F.
Kennedy observed that “A child miseducated is a child lost.”
These statements of past chief executives are an example of the very demands
facing our nation today. We face an increasingly complicated world with the
development of new science and technology. Robotics and coding are avenues
that must be presented to all levels on the education landscape. Pitsco is a primary
source of educational tools to attain that balance and avoid miseducation. There
are a variety of potential sources to assist in achieving these objectives.
At the federal level, monies are prescribed by formula to the states to use for a variety
of their needs. To ensure all are being given the proper opportunities, there are grants
such as English Language Acquisition State Grants and Title I. In addition, the McKinney
Vento Homeless Assistance Act is designed to offer educational and related services to
homeless children and to see that they have the services necessary for their success.
These are but a few of the attempts by the government to guarantee all students
are given the most advanced and comprehensive resources and provided with the
best technical assistance regardless of economic and language concerns.
That concern is also felt by corporate grant makers who open their largesse to
those in significant need.
- The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation’s mission is to “help people
and places move out of poverty and achieve greater social and economic
justice” while addressing school segregation, welfare and voter rights, and
current educational practices. (Mrbf.org)
- Following that felt need is the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which
encourages equitable communities with thriving children and working
families, citing these as a way to provide lasting change. (Wkkf.org)
- The Louis Calder Foundation supports analysis and advocacy for school
reform by supporting “high-performing alternate education models” such
as those used in charter and parochial schools. (Instrumentl.com/grants/louis-calder-foundation-grant)
- Not all disadvantaged groups are eligible to receive assistance, but grant
makers are eager to provide aide when necessary. The Annie Casey
Foundation is yet another source of possible help for educational
resources. Youth engagement and leadership are part of the criteria
for receiving their grant-making services. (Aecf.org/about)
These are the beneficial examples of the vital interest in the equity that exists in
the changing educational world. Pitsco is eager to assist in leading the vanguard of
attempts to create that equity.
Grant Application Deadlines
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
A variety of uses including libraries (application period opens in September)
Supports programs that promote STEM
Toshiba Small Grants (Grades K-5)
Grants for project-based learning in science and mathematics
Digital Wish Foundation
Submit lesson plan for a subject and see if it is funded