What Is the Flipped-Classroom Model, and What Does It Look Like in K–12 Schools Today?

Armed with more educational technology and the professional development to meaningfully use it, more educators in K–12 are considering the flipped-classroom approach.

At the onset of the pandemic, schools found ways to make virtual learning work. They rolled out one-to-one device programs and made investments in educational technology. Educators learned to use new tools and found new ways of bringing content to students.

With the technology barrier broken down, some educators took the opportunity to shift their methodology to a flipped-classroom approach. Others, who already employed this model, found that it made the transition to and from remote learning easier on students.

Read more about how technology and teaching techniques brought about by the pandemic pave a natural path to flipped classrooms in school districts.

Most Popular Funding Opportunities Last Month

In the previous month, educators were looking for funding opportunities in the areas of robotics, wellness, STEM, and civic engagement. Check out which grants GetEdFunding educators viewed the most in the month of January.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

The US Department of the Navy seeks proposals to improve education and training in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM) for middle school students through to the current workforce. Expectations are to establish, build, or maintain research-informed educational pathways, outreach, and workforce opportunities aligned with Naval priorities in science and technology. 

Deadline: Applications are accepted through March 30, 2022.

Improving Pandemic Recovery Efforts in Education

The US Department of Education invites proposals to establish research networks examining COVID-19 pandemic recovery activities in prekindergarten through grade 12 and in community colleges.

Deadline: Applications are due March 10, 2022.

Garden Grant Program

Through the Whole Kids Foundation’s School Garden Grant Program, schools and organizations turn outdoor spaces into powerful hands-on learning gardens that connect kids with food, spark their curiosity, and support classroom curriculum. Grants support new or existing edible educational gardens

Deadline: Applications are accepted February 14 through March 11, 2022.

Saxena Family Foundation Grants

The Saxena Family Foundation has a particular focus on initiatives that promote US science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and the empowerment of girls, female children, and young women so that they have equal rights later in life.

Deadline: Applications are accepted year-round.

Education Grants, The Charles Lafitte Foundation

The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) supports innovative and effective ways of helping people help themselves and others around them to achieve healthy, satisfying, and enriched lives. The foundation supports organizations working in four main areas: education, children’s advocacy, medical research and initiatives, and the arts.

Deadline: Applications are accepted year-round.



Districts Partner with Businesses to Train Tomorrow’s IT Workforce

By 2025, an estimated 80 percent of living-wage jobs in Tennessee’s Hamilton County will require a degree or technical credential, according to the report “Chattanooga 2.0: Helping To Shape The Future Of The Workforce.”

Partly in response to this need, several years ago Hamilton County Schools launched what officials call Future Ready Institutes, designed to give students hands-on experience in fast-growing fields.

Six high schools in the county now feature an IT career cluster with classes on topics such as cybersecurity, coding, or networking.

Read more about how districts are integrating technology training into their curriculum.

Most Poplular Funding Opportunities for March 2021

Most Popular Funding Opportunities Last Month

In the previous month, educators were looking for funding opportunities in the areas of learning disability innovation, STEM, and community investment. Check out which grants GetEdFunding educators viewed the most in the month of November.

Educational Grants, Kroger Company Foundation

The Kroger Company Foundation makes grants in the areas of hunger relief, diversity and inclusion, health and nutrition, and stronger communities. The foundation awards millions of dollars in grants each year to local organizations that have been recommended by the company’s retail operating divisions.

Deadline: January 4, 2022.

Broadening Participation in Computing

The purpose of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Broadening Participation in Computing program is to significantly increase the number of US citizens and permanent residents receiving postsecondary degrees, and to encourage participation of underrepresented groups in the computing disciplines from kindergarten through grade 12 schools through to the computing workforce.

Deadline: Applications are due December 1, 2021.

AmeriCorps State and National Grants

The AmeriCorps State and National Grants seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in the following areas: efforts for Covid-19 relief, educational opportunity and economic mobility for underserved communities, civic engagement, evidence-based interventions, veterans and military families, environmental stewardship, and rural intermediaries. Education grants provide support for economically disadvantaged students, improved school readiness, and preparation for success in postsecondary educational institutions.

Deadline: January 4, 2022.

National Robotics Initiative 3.0: Innovations in Integration of Robotics

The National Robotics Initiative 3.0 builds upon preceding programs to support fundamental and cross-disciplinary research projects focused on the innovative integration of robotics systems and technologies in the United States. Proposals are accepted in a variety of content areas relevant to the sponsoring agencies as listed in the program solicitation.

Deadline: Applications are accepted February 8 through February 22, 2022

Academic Enrichment Grants

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop classroom and extracurricular programs that improve student learning. The foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students’ knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them.

Deadline: Online applications are accepted January 15 through April 15, annually.



Understand How Network Monitoring Works to Conserve Resources

Dr. Joel Snyder, a senior IT consultant with more than 30 years of practice, outlines how network monitoring can conserve resources in this article from EdTech Focus on K–12.

Read here as Snyder shares

  • need-to-know facts and fallacies to make the most of a network monitoring system;
  • how improper configuration of network monitoring tools can overwhelm email, stress firewalls, and stymie sophisticated checks; and
  • the value of network monitoring tools as central alerting engines for multiple members of an organization.
Most Poplular Funding Opportunities for March 2021

Most Popular Funding Opportunities Last Month

In the previous month, educators were looking for funding opportunities in the areas of learning disability innovation, STEM, and community investment. Check out which grants GetEdFunding educators viewed the most in the month of October.

Education Grants, The J.W. Couch Foundation

The J.W. Couch Foundation awards Education Grants as part of the foundation’s mission to “plan for the future.” Funding priorities address three primary areas: early childhood education, twenty-first century education, and teachers.

Deadline: December 10, 2021.

Team America Rocketry Challenge

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) strives to inspire the next generation of engineers and technicians to join the aerospace industry. The challenge is an extracurricular, hands-on, project-based learning program incorporating aerospace-specific science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 

Deadline: Applications are due December 1, 2021.

Education Grants, Fluor Foundation

Fluor Foundation makes grants that support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in communities where the company operates. Priority is given to programs that inspire and prepare students to excel in STEM and are committed to developing the next generation workforce, improving teacher effectiveness with emphasis on STEM student proficiency and persistence, and cultivating leadership skills in youth.

Letters of Inquiry are accepted year-round.

Academic Enrichment Grants

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop classroom and extracurricular programs that improve student learning. The foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students’ knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them.

Deadline: Online applications are accepted January 15 through April 15, annually.

Education Grants, MAXIMUS Charitable Foundation

The goal of the MAXIMUS Charitable Foundation is to award grants to organizations and charities that help disadvantaged individuals and underserved communities. The foundation’s funding priorities are youth and child development, community development, and health care.

Deadline: Applications are due January 31, annually.



Bring STEM to students with mobile technology.

Bringing STEM to Students with Mobile Technology

Learn how mobile labs boost curiosity and STEM literacy in Rebecca Torchia’s article featured in EdTech Focus on K–12. From robotics to 3D printing and augmented reality, this article explores an array of mobile lab technologies and how they function.

Read here as Torchia shares how mobile labs

  • bring STEM activities to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to engage in meaningful lessons;
  • incorporate early technology introductions to spark excitement in learners; and
  • create curiosity and revigorated interest in STEM careers.
Most Poplular Funding Opportunities for March 2021

Most Popular Funding Opportunities Last Month

In the previous month, educators were looking for funding opportunities in the areas of learning disability innovation, STEM, and community investment. Check out which grants GetEdFunding educators viewed the most in the month of September.

Learning Disabilities Innovation Hubs 

Sponsored by United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

The National Institutes of Health support the development of Learning Disabilities Innovation Hubs to address the etiology, manifestation, prevention, and remediation of specific learning disorders in children and adolescents impacting reading, writing, and mathematics. Suggested areas of focus are outlined in the program solicitation.

Deadline: Optional Letters of Intent are due 30 days prior to the application receipt date. Applications are due November 30, 2021.

Education Grants, Fluor Foundation

Sponsored by Google

Fluor Foundation makes grants that support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in communities where the company operates. Priority is given to programs that inspire and prepare students to excel in STEM and are committed to developing the next generation workforce, improving teacher effectiveness with emphasis on STEM student proficiency and persistence, and cultivating leadership skills in youth.

Letters of Inquiry are accepted year-round.

SCA Grants

Sponsored by Sony Corporation of America

Sony Corporation of American and its operating companies offer funding to programs that support education and creative, artistic, technical, and scientific skills that are necessary for tomorrow’s workforce. 

Requests are accepted year-round.

Middle School Music Grants

Sponsored by Peter R. Marsh Foundation

The Peter R. Marsh Foundation awards Middle School Music Grants to support programs that develop students’ social and emotional intelligence through community service centered on music. Grants provide funds for enhancing middle school music education programs and require grant recipients to plan and present a minimum of three musical performances for senior audiences in their local community.

Deadline: Applications are accepted from September 1 through January 31, annually.

Literacy Grants

Sponsored by Nora Roberts Foundation

The Nora Roberts Foundation makes grants in the areas of literacy, children’s programs, arts, and humanitarian efforts. Literacy Grants are intended to empower people through literacy. Recent grants were used to fund literacy groups, theatre and arts education, new library projects, and humane education programs.

Deadline: Applications are due March 1, June 1, October 1, and December 1, annually.



Ed Tech Access and Competency Make Virtual Learning Options Equitable

In this article from EdTech Focus on K–12, Jason Trinh, an award-winning educator from Toronto, writes how giving students the opportunity to learn online is not enough—he challenges schools to provide devices, internet access, and an understanding of how to use the technologies.

Read here as Trinh shares how

  • digital equity relies on students’ access to online learning;
  • digital equity requires students’ competence using technology; and
  • educators’ competency with technology supports digital equity.

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