October 2011


The Whole Kids Foundation  

The Whole Kids Foundation, in partnership with Whole Foods Market and FoodCorps, is offering $2,000 grants to support school garden projects in the United States. To be eligible for a grant, organizations must be developing or maintaining a school garden project that connects children with fresh fruits and vegetables. Garden projects may be at any stage of development, planning, construction or operation. There is a limit of one garden grant per school. 
  • Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and nonprofit K-12 schools (public, private, or charter)
  • Funding:
    $2,000 per grant
  • Deadline:
    December 31, 2011 

Green Connections Applications Open for the 2011/2012 School Year


Are you looking for a way to engage your students, build critical thinking skills and participate in hands-on activities while learning about the NYC water supply system? Then Green Connections is the program for you! Green Connections is an educational partnership program that creates relationships between upstate and downstate students in the New York City watershed. Over the course of the 16-week program, facilitated field trips, communication, and common curriculum teach students appreciation regarding their respective urban/rural environments. With this knowledge, students can make connections between healthy forests, clean drinking water, and watershed protection.

Any 4th through 12th grade classroom teacher who has attended the Watershed Forestry Institute for Teachers (WFIT) is eligible to apply for the Green Connections Program. Applications are due Friday, December 2.

Any questions? Call  Katie Palm at (845) 586-2611.   




Skype in the Classroom 

Skype officially launched a network dedicated to teachers, called Skype in the Classroom.

Teachers have been using Skype's free video conferencing software to bring experts to class, connect foreign-language students to native speakers, and hold virtual field trips since the service began in 2003. But it hasn't always been easy to connect with other teachers.

The new network allows users to post and search for projects to collaborate on and find other teachers by location on a map.

Skype in the Classroom began beta testing in December 2010 and the site shows that more than 17,000 teachers have since signed up.

To join the rank of online, interactive teachers and classrooms, sign up at http://education.skype.com.  


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