• Access for Educators to C-SPAN Archival Footage:
    C-SPAN Classroom provides free primary source materials for middle and high school social studies teachers. Visit the C-SPAN website to learn more.

    The Kennedy Center's free digital resource for teaching and learning in, through and about the arts. 
     
    In one location teachers can organize resources, access measurements, and track student progress.  Teachers can use Blendspace to flip their classrooms, offer differentiated instruction, and have project based learning.  Free to join.
     
    Burpee’s ‘I Can Grow’ Guide
    Burpee's 'I Can Grow' initiative focuses on education, in addition to eating better, environmental stewardship and making economical choices. As we launch a hands-on school/community gardens program this year, we're also helping educators across the country nurture their own programs.  In partnership with the National Gardening Association, we've developed the Burpee Home Gardens 'I Can Grow' Guide. Perfect for teachers, the 55-page guide provides everything for starting, maintaining and sustaining an edible garden for youth. 
     
    The General Services Administration (GSA) of the Federal government is a proud sponsor of the Computers for Learning (CFL) program.  The CFL website allows eligible recipients, such as school districts, to view and select the computer equipment that federal agencies have reported as excess.  Visit the website to find out more information.
     
    In June 2013, President Obama announced the ConnectED initiative, designed to enrich K-12 education for every student in America. ConnectED empowers teachers with the best technology and the training to make the most of it, and empowers students through individualized learning and rich, digital content. Visit the ConnectEd website to learn more. Please inform the Grants Office of any items received through this program.
     
    Creativity at the Core (an initiative of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), offers free online professional art training and learning modules for educators.  These modules support 21st Century learning for California's diverse students through a focus on teaching and learning the visual and performing arts.  These modules build on and support the arts with free materials including presentations, handouts, research, and information on relevant standards.
     
    Young people can learn the fundamentals of digital citizenship through animated, choose-your-own-adventure interactive experiences, designed for grades 6-9. Invite students to explore digital dilemmas, make good (and not-so-good) decisions, and try out possible solutions through stories and mini-games – all without risking their real-world reputations. Discover how Common Sense Education’s award-winning digital literacy and citizenship curriculum seamlessly integrates into blended-learning environments. 
     
    Digital Wish is a non-profit on a mission to help teachers find funding for technology for their classrooms. Visit the Digital Wish website to learn more. Please inform the Grants Office of any items received through this program.    
     
    Donors Choose allows K-12 teachers to share their classroom needs with a thriving community eager to help. Donors Choose is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Visit the Donors Choose website to learn more. Please inform the Grants Office of any items received through this program.
     
    DoSomething.org                
    DoSomething.org, one of the largest organizations for young people and social change with 2.5 million members ages 13 to 25. Members tackle campaigns that impact every cause, from poverty to violence to the environment to literally everything else. Also, members are eligible for scholarships. Visit the DoSomething website to learn more. 
     
    Driver's Edge empowers young drivers through a combination of classroom discussions and behind-the-wheel defensive driving instruction to erase the "Fast and Furious" and video-game mentality that many of today's young drivers have and that has skyrocketed automobile fatalities.  The program is free.  Students between the ages of 15 and 21 who have a learner's permit or driver's license are eligible.  Go to the Driver's Edge website to see tour schedule for relevant dates.
     
    The George Lucas Educational foundation is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process through Edutopia.  The website provides informational topics, blogs, and videos on educational issues.  Visit the Edutopia website to learn more.
     
    The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI) promotes American history instruction through the Affiliate School Program. Affiliate schools join a nationwide network of schools connecting teachers and students to valuable resources designed to bring American history to life in the classroom. Free classroom materials, discounted books and multimedia kits, among other resources, are available. For more information visit the GLI website. 
     
    Microsoft gives software donations through their Software Donation partnership with TechSoup Global.  Microsoft offers many free software programs that are available for download online.  For a full list of the software that you can download instantly with no cost, use the "free software" filter on the full software list at Microsoft.com
     
    The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning was developed to answer the question of how video games can aid learning.  This is a downloadable PDF guide intended to be a starting point for educators interested in game-based learning.  It "explains key ideas in game-based learning, pedagogy, implementation, and assessment."
     
    Visit the Audubon website for: Tips for Bringing Nature to the Classroom, Pennies for the Planet, Video and Live Web Cams, and more.
    EdSurge has put together a list of articles, resources and videos to help educators incorporate gaming into the classroom.  The website covers the latest research, strategies, tips, and reviews of classroom games.
     
    PBS LearningMedia is a free digital media content library that’s the destination for current, relevant and hard-to-find educational resources supporting PreK-12 educators. Teachers can also apply to become Digital Innovators at PBS LearningMedia.
     
    Possible Worlds: Free Science Learning Games uses games to help teach difficult concepts ("Playing to Learn").  Possible Worlds digital games are designed to help improve student understanding of "phenomena that are often the subject of scientific misconceptions."  There are four games available that focus on scientific misconceptions, covering photosynthesis, electricity, heredity, and heat transfer.  Classroom activities that go with with games are also available.
     
    Many apps, websites and digital tools are available to educators.  This website, Graphite.org by Common Sense Media, offers teachers ways to weed through the available resources and find the best ones out there.  Graphite.org helps integrate teaching with digital learning technology by providing reviews and ratings of digital learning products so that teachers are informed about the best choices available to them.
     
    Interactive lesson plans and online activities to aid teachers in teaching students in grades K-12 about subjects such as making healthy food choices, the innovation behind food production and becoming entrepreneurs in the food industry.  
     
    The Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium (SECC) offers the SEVA Training Series provides resources, techniques and inspiration to teachers and students interested in video production. The evening sessions are videotaped and shown on the cable channels and in the Video Gallery. These events help participants join interactive conversations, network with other teachers using media and find new resources to incorporate into classroom video production. Additionally, SECC has a SEVA Studio Lab Grant. Contact Doug Niva for more information.
     
    A planning guide for creating schoolyard habitat and outdoor classroom projects, the Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide is a tool that takes teachers and administrators through the process and outlines the steps to creating a successful project where students go outside to experience nature. The guide has everything you need to go from concept to completion, and with a successful result: creating a natural space on school grounds where students will observe, draw, write, think, question and learn.
     
    The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) offers numerous awards and recognitions annually, as well as providing an online learning resource center.  Visit the NSTA website to learn more. 
     
    STEM-Works is a resource for teachers, parents, mentors and students who want to learn more about STEM: science, technology, engineering and math.  There are links to virtual field trips, interactive lesson plans and a wide variety of activities for grades K-12.
     
    Show Me the Money: Tips & Resources for Successful Grant Writing. Many Educators have found that outside funding, in the form of grants, allows them to provide their students with educational experiences and materials their own districts can't afford. Learn how they get those grants -- and how you can get one too.
Last Modified on March 7, 2016