Teachers: Do you have a classroom project or expedition that you’re currently working on or want to create with your students? If you need any supplies or funding for it, we invite you to apply for resources through Think It Up, a first-of-its-kind platform to fund student-powered, teacher-led learning projects in partnership with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and DonorsChoose.org, the popular teacher crowdfunding charity. General submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and the deadline for projects to be considered for an Innovation Award is March 31, 2016.
Projects submitted to Think It Up have a high likelihood of being funded - in fact, most are fully funded in an average of 16 days. Everything posted on Think It Up has match funding from donors so if $2,000 of supplies is requested, crowdfunding is only needed for half that amount.
Large, innovative projects will also be considered for an additional Innovation Award. Each of the 15 winners will receive $10,000 for their classroom and will be highlighted in a national media campaign to celebrate the best of innovative teaching and learning.
Would you like more information on Think It Up and how you can design and submit a project? EL Education Project Manager Jessica Wood will host Think It Up Webinars on Thursday, February 11th at 6 p.m. ET and Friday, February 12th at 4 p.m. ET. Jessica will be joined by Melissa Authement and Molly Brady from Polaris Charter Academy in Chicago who will discuss their experiences in submitting and receiving Think It Up funding for their project.
Register in advance for either the February 11th or February 12th here: Webinar Registration
Access the webinar on the day of the event here: Webinar Link
To learn more about Think It Up, here are some additional resources:
The January Think It Up newsletter featuring comments by Oscar winner JK Simmons and an update on Think It Up’s recent Denver sign up event.
A video by actor and rapper Common shows you the ropes on how to submit a project.
Last fall, the Think It Up initiative launched nationally in a broadcast on four television networks (ABC, NBC, Fox and CBS), hosted by Entertainment luminaries including Kristen Bell, Stephen Colbert, Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Renner, Ryan Seacrest.
As a national leader in project-based learning, EL Education was recruited to be an educational advisor over the next three years to the Think It Up campaign and the DonorsChoose.org funding platform.
For more information, email Jessica Wood at jawood@ELeducation.org.