The Meemic Foundation Cares


For many students, schools are more than places of learning. They’re also a source of a hot meal or two every day. With schools closed, many organizations are partnering with school districts to make sure those students still have reliable meals. The Meemic Foundation will be donating to several groups across our four-state footprint to help with those efforts: Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Feeding America West Michigan, Feeding America – Eastern Wisconsin, Second Harvest – Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin, Greater Chicago Food Depository, U-46 Educational Foundation and Atlanta Community Food Bank.

In addition, the Foundation, in partnership with The Auto Club Group Foundation, donated $35,000 in support of the Connected Futures initiative for students in Detroit Public Schools District.

See below for more resources to help educators, students and parents weather the current situation.


'Inventing Tomorrow' - Free Virtual Teacher Workshop!



In this free webinar, educators will learn about the Peabody Award-winning PBS documentary Inventing Tomorrow, a film that follows teens from four different regions of the world who are competing in the Intel Science & Engineering Fair to solve environmental problems in their part of the globe. Their stories are not just inspiring others, but showing students how to get involved in citizen science in their own hometowns.

Educators participating in the webinar will be provided free educational resources, STEM lessons and citizen science opportunities available in partnership with the film and PBS LearningMedia. The documentary film will also be freely available on demand to educators to screen with their students.

Please RSVP by registering for this event.

2020 Virtual Community Conversation on Bullying

This conference welcomes experts, educators, administrators, social workers, counselors, parents, and other community members to have a conversation about Bullying, how it impacts our schools and communities, what causes it, what we need to know, and to have a conversation about what we need to do to address it.

While COVID19 is presenting new challenges for us, and forcing us into uncharted territory, one thing has remained the same: bullying.

“According to L1ght, an organization that monitors online harassment and hate speech, there has been a 70% increase in cyberbullying in just a matter of months. They also found a 40% increase in toxicity on online gaming platforms, a 900% increase in hate speech on Twitter directed toward China and the Chinese, and a 200% increase in traffic to hate sites.”

This year, we have heard from many of you, our previous attendees, as well as those of you that have wanted to attend in past, but due to time or geographic challenges you were facing, you were unable to attend, asking us to please find a way to host this incredibly important event. And we heard you. This online conference will be available at no cost to participants all over the United States.

Sign up today!

Learn More About the Ron Clark Academy



The Ron Clark Academy, an esteemed nonprofit middle school located in Atlanta, GA, embraces an engaging student learning experience that has inspired hundreds of thousands of educators to seek out best practices for academic and social success. Learn more here.

Funding Options for Your Classroom

Back-to-school time means back to “finding funding” time to support your classroom needs. Here are a few for your consideration.

The Meemic Foundation
This nonprofit organization offers monthly and quarterly grant opportunities exclusively to Foundation Club members.  In the last five years, more than 15,000 grants have been awarded, equating to millions of dollars for everything from Chromebooks and 3D printers to flexible furniture and classroom supplies. Educators in the states of Georgia, Illinois, Michigan or Wisconsin are invited to join the free Meemic Foundation Club today for immediate access to the year-round grant opportunities.  

Traditional Grant Database
So many traditional grant programs offered by federal, state, private Foundations and others. S & S Worldwide has built a tremendous grant finder database, with tools available to help you refine your search based on your state, type of education institution and subject matter.  

Association of American Educators
This association offers teacher scholarships and classroom grants, up to $500, to all educators, made available by the AAE Foundation.

Crowdsourcing
Adopt a Classroom and Donors Choose are two of the more popular funding platforms available for educators.

Box Tops?
Yes! Remember the days of collecting Box Tops for 10 cents each? You still can – and now transitioning to digital, where receipts can be scanned for eligible products to earn money for your school.

'Quaranteaching' with Maria and Tim Harris

Elementary teachers (and parents) Maria and Tim Harris share their insights, sometimes with a special guest, on remote learning in the age of the pandemic.



Episode 3: Kim Bearden, co-founder of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Ga., talks to Maria and Tim about the "learning process" behind remote teaching.



Episode 6: Maria and Tim chat about the importance of mindfulness with instructor Stephanie Harris of Lake Orion (Mich.) Community Schools.

See the whole series on our YouTube Channel.

Helpful Tools for Teachers

High school teacher and Meemic Family member Melissa Gordon shares tips and tricks for resources to help with online learning.



Learn how to use Jamboard, an interactive white board you can use with your students.



Learn how to use Google Meet, available for teachers through the G Suite for Education.



Two resources for teachers to help with online learning: “Print Friendly & PDF” and “Snap & Read.”

Mindfulness Videos for Students and Adults

Lake Orion Community Schools’ Mindfulness Instructor, Stephanie Harris, will be providing a community resource during the school closure period with thrice-weekly video sessions for adults and students. On Mondays, videos will be geared toward teens, Wednesdays for adults and Fridays for elementary students. Here’s one video, along with links to others.



Mindfulness for Teens

Mindfulness for Adults

Free Online Resources for At-Home Learning

Be bored no more! Explore these sites for a variety of at-home activities to keep your young ones engaged.

EL Education – Projects at Home
Engaging and fun student projects from pre-school to high school. You’ll also enjoy seeing samples of completed projects done by students of all ages from around the world!

Healthy Teachers Program
The Whole Kids Foundation offers teachers a free online course covering healthy eating, shopping economically for healthy choices, and cooking tips and recipes.

I'm Not Just a Scribble
Learn more from Diane Alber, author and illustrator of the series of books that inspire art and creativity in children on her website which also contains free lesson plan downloads! She is also doing Facebook LIVE readings at 1 p.m. ET every weekday on her Facebook page, I'm NOT just a Scribble.
 
PBS Detroit
Access Daily Education Resources for Parents – for PK to 12th grade!
 
Teaching Tolerance
A variety of resources for educators and students to support distance learning
 
Scholastic
Day-by-day projects from Scholastics to keep kids reading, thinking and learning
 
GoNoodle
Time to get up and get moving!
 
Michigan eLibrary
Providing virtual literacy engagement
 
PBS Georgia
Sign up for GPB Education’s daily e-learning newsletter for free apps, activity ideas and lesson plans
 
"Salsa"
Watch episodes of "Salsa," Georgia PBS’s award-winning Spanish Language series from young learners in grade K-third grade
 
Lakeshore Learning
Access to over 1,000 resources to support home and classroom learning
 
Nasco Education
Ideas, Activities or a Smile to Share – on Nasco Education Facebook page
 
For Educators Only – Nasco Educate for free easy-to-deploy online classroom options
 
Code.org
Learn computer science at home!
 
Mystery Science
A variety of free science lessons for grades K-5
 
Teachers Discovery
Sign up for their At-Home Learning Resources Newsletter – Coming Soon!
 
Cincinnati Zoo
Home Safari Facebook Live events – every day at 3 p.m. ET!
 
Smithsonian Museums
Go on a virtual tour of Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
 
The Washington Post
12 historic sites you can virtually tour from the couch during your quarantine
 
Charter Communications
To support students without online capabilities, free access to Spectrum broadband and wi-fi for 60 days for new households
 
Sphero
A Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Sphero and littleBits Products
 
AAA Guide to Teen Driver Safety
Get the guidance you need to learn teen driving safety

Meemic Foundation Free Resource Library

The Meemic Foundation recognizes the importance of continuous professional educational growth and opportunity for our educators and administrators. That is why we offer free workshops conducted by teacher-leaders in topics that our Foundation Club Members deem important. Log into your account and view the Foundation Club Library today.


 

Free Education Degree Guide by TeachingDegree.org

Providing our current and aspiring teachers with what they need to stand above their peers is fundamental in securing the brightest future and strongest success for our students and communities. Superintendence of superior quality directly results in a student and youth population that is better prepared and actively committed to high achievement.

As a part of our goal to strengthen our communities through education, TeachingDegree.org has developed open-use guides to all degree levels in education. These resources contain information critical to choosing the right programs, understanding licensure, financing education and connecting with related organizations. With bachelor's degrees becoming more and more common, it's important that our teachers have access to the materials that can take their careers to higher levels. You can take a look at some of our guides linked below:

Education Degree Guide Series:
Associate's Degree – https://www.teachingdegree.org/online-degrees/associate/ 
Bachelor's Degree  – https://www.teachingdegree.org/online-degrees/bachelors/
Master's Degree – https://www.teachingdegree.org/online-degrees/masters/
Doctoral Degree – https://www.teachingdegree.org/online-degrees/doctorate/
Guide to a Teaching Programs in Michigan – https://www.teachingdegree.org/online-degrees/michigan/

Education Week Webinars

Education Week, an independent national news organization focused on pre-k-12 education policy and practices, offers a collection of free webinars on a variety of education topics. Not only can you register for upcoming webinars, but can also access their webinars after their original live streaming date for a limited time.
 
View their list of upcoming and on-demand webinars.

Quill Education Resource Center

Look no further than Quill’s Education Resource Center for projects and activities to drive engagement!  From fun classroom activities to teaching tips and holiday-oriented projects, you’ll want to regularly check out this resource to enrich your classroom!

Start exploring!
 

edWeb.net Free Webinars

edWeb.net is a professional social and learning network that makes it easy for anyone in the education community to connect with peers, share information and best practices, spread innovative ideas and obtain professional development. It’s easy to view their current and upcoming calendar of upcoming edWebinars – live and on-demand!

View/register for an upcoming webinar. Search their database of over 1,300 free on-demand webinars.
 

Lakeshore Learning Craft Ideas & Activities

With over 1,000 resources for the classroom, you’ll want to start now checking out the free resources available through Lakeshore Learning!

Visit Lakeshore to get started! 
 

Smithsonian American Art Museum

We’re sure you’ll enjoy the rich resources provided by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  From teacher guides to videos, you’re sure to find something to enrich the classroom learning experience.
 
Learn more here!