Tyler recognizes how invaluable good resources are to its teachers.  The Teacher’s Treasure Trove is a listing of grant opportunities, discount programs, and free resources or supplies that teachers can use to supplement their classroom instructional materials.

GRANTS

  • Target Field Trip Grants: Every school year, Target awards 5,000 grants of up to $800 each so that students can explore the world outside the classroom with a field trip.   So put on your thinking caps and complete an application online.  Click here for current year’s guidelines.  Only one submission per applicant.  Apply Now.  Already Registered? Sign in
  • Target Early Childhood Reading Grants are awarded to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations, supporting programs such as weekend book clubs and after-school reading programs that foster a love of reading and encourage children, from birth through age 9, to read together with their families.  Guidelines are posted annually on the 1st of March and include the upcoming year’s application dates.  If you have applied for a grant, you will be notified of a decision by September 30th of that year.  Most grants average between $1,000 and $3,000.
  • The Capitol Hill Community Foundation awards grants to teachers in support of programs and projects that benefit Tyler students.  Grants are made in the following areas: Children’s education – programs in school as well as after-school tutoring and mentoring; Social Services; Arts, culture and recreation; and Enhancement of the physical environment.  Tyler is proud to have been the recipient of several grants from CHCF over the years to support various parent and teacher initiatives! The Foundation awards 3 kinds of grants: Mini-grants of up to $350 which are usually given for one-time or emergency needs and are awarded any time throughout the year, Fall and Spring grants of up to $2,500 are awarded each Nov and May, and the Arnold Keller, Jr. award of $10,000.  Click here to print the Grant Application Worksheet. 
  • DonorsChoose.org: Here’s how it works: Tyler teachers can post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests can range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class.  Then, donors can browse project requests and give any amount to the one of their choice. Once a project reaches its funding goal, they deliver the materials to the school.  The donor gets photos of the project taking place, a thank-you letter from the teacher, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. If donors give over $100, they also receive hand-written thank-you letters from the students.  Donors can give as little as $1, so we hope all Tyler parents can give to Tyler teacher project requests!!
  • The NEA Foundation provides $5000 Student Achievement Grants to improve the academic achievement of U.S. public school students in any subject area(s). The work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepens their knowledge of standards-based subject matter and improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Priority is given to proposals that focus on low-income and minority student success with honors, AP, or other challenging curricula. Applications are especially encouraged from teachers with less than 7 years experience and education support professionals (para-educators, bus drivers, maintenance & custodial staff, food services staff, school nurses & student services workers, clerical & office assistants, security officers, and technicians). Click here for current year’s guidelines.  Apply Now.
  • Nickelodeon Big Green Help Public Education Grants are available from the NEA Foundation in the form of Student Achievement grants to K-8 public school educators. The program is dedicated to the development and implementation of environmental education- ideas, techniques, and approaches for teaching green concepts to elementary & middle school students. $5,000 grants awarded. Apply Now.
  • The NEA Foundation Staples Foundation Green Grants to Public School Educators are available to K-12 public school educators to support projects that integrate green-related topics with various standards-based content areas to increase student engagement and improve academic achievement. Individual Learning & Leadership grants awarded are $2000 and Student Achievement and group Learning & Leadership grants awarded are $5000. Apply Now.
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation makes grants to organizations that embrace a mission of creating communities, systems, and nations in which all children have an equitable and promising future – one in which all children thrive. The grants fund programs and projects that support children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.  The proposal should implement practical solutions, discover new approaches, and hold promise for wider application in the areas of  Education and Learning, Food, Health and Well-Being, and Family Economic Security.  
  • Fund for Teachers’ grants are awarded to teachers working with students from pre-K-12th grade to support them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and on their school community. Teachers submit proposals detailing how their fellowship will make them a better teacher and how their improved skills are to be implemented in the classroom, benefiting students, curricula and school. Teachers are awarded based on application quality and merit as judged by a committee.  Apply Now. 

DISCOUNTS

  • Barnes & Nobles Educator Program allows teachers to save 20% off the publisher’s list price on all purchases for classroom use, get up to 25% off the publisher’s list price during Educator Appreciation Days, and receive valuable email offers and information on special Educator events.
  • Lakeshore Learning Store Teacher’s Club allows teachers to save 15% off of purchases and enjoy special offers every month. 

FREE RESOURCES

  • Reading Logs gives students a better way to track reading, create vocabulary cards and practice spelling. Learning
    material is uploaded by teachers and is accessed online by students in their class.     
  • Federal Resources for Educational Excellence(FREE) makes it easier to find teaching and learning resources from the federal government. More than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources are included from dozens of federal agencies. New sites are added regularly.