Next Girls’ Geek Day: Saturday, Nov. 11, at Broadus Wood

Girls' Geek DayBroadus Wood Elementary School will host the next Girls’ Geek Day on Saturday, November 11, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Girls’ Geek Days are FREE, but registration is required and space is limited. Register for the Nov. 11 event »

Girls’ Geek Days are all about sparking elementary school-aged girls’ interest in technology and computing by providing a fun, collaborative, hands-on environment to learn new tech skills and helping them connect to other STEM programs in the community. Learn more and view the 2017-18 schedule »

Start Something Saturday Coming Up on November 11!

ReinventEDSaturday, November 11, 2017 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Murray High School

Do you know a high school student (or 8th grader) interested in starting or joining a passion project? Start Something Saturday is bringing together students in grades 8-12 from the Charlottesville-Albemarle area for a day of project brainstorming on November 11! Students are invited to bring their ideas or just their interest in creative projects, and by the end of the day, they’ll walk out with a project around something they care about. Open the event flyer »

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Strong Men & Women in Virginia History Student Writing Contest – Enter by Nov. 10

Strong Men & Women in Virginia History 2018The Library of Virginia, in collaboration with Dominion Energy, invites high schools students in Virginia to honor outstanding African Americans by participating in the 2018 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History student writing contest. Students should submit their 400-word essay online by midnight on Friday, November 10, 2017, for a chance to win an Apple MacBook Air and $1,000 for their school. Four winning essays will be chosen, one from each of the four regions in the state. View the essay prompt and judging criteria »

Design for Change Challenge – Submission Deadline: May 15

Design for Change USADesign for Change USA has launched their 2017-18 challenge! Design for Change is a global movement of young people who are changing the world!

How does it work? Any group of young people (K-12) with an adult mentor (teacher, parent, youth leader, or coach) dreams up and leads social change projects in their own schools or communities using the Design for Change methodology—Feel. Imagine. Do. Share. The deadline for teams to implement and submit their projects is May 15, 2018. Continue reading

Global Citizen Scholarship – Student Applications Due Nov. 1

Education FirstHigh School Teachers: The 2018 Global Citizen Scholarship is a competitive (and free!) scholarship opportunity open to any student in grades 9-12 (excluding previous participants). Recipients will earn a free trip to the technology-focused Global Leadership Summit in Berlin, Germany, next July, where they’ll collaborate with other young, passionate leaders to design solutions for the evolving technological landscape, and even compete to have those solutions featured in Stockholm’s Nobel Museum. Continue reading

2017 Student Art Contest: Imagine a Day Without Water – Enter by Oct. 16

Imagine a Day Without WaterWith rain levels lower than in past years, staff and students are encouraged to conserve water in our schools and at home by minimizing nonessential water use. To help students connect to the importance of water, students in grades 1-8 are invited to enter the 2017 “Imagine a Day Without Water” Student Art Contest. Poster entries will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Monday, October 16. (If you are a teacher with a large number of posters, you can arrange for a pick up at your school.) Contest flyer and entry form »

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Every Kid in a Park: Free Passes for 4th Graders!

Every Kid in a ParkAttention 4th-Grade Educators: Every Kid in a Park was created so fourth graders and their families could discover U.S. wildlife, resources, and history for free. As a fourth-grade educator, you can download an activity and print paper passes for each of your fourth-grade students. That pass gives them free access to all national parks, lands, and waters through August 31, 2018. Get started »

ReinventED Community Convening – April 25

ReinventEDTuesday, April 25, 2017 | 6 to 9 p.m. | i.Lab at UVA

Calling all students, educators, and innovators! The ReinventED Community Convening aims to bring everyone together to connect, catalyze and create change. Anyone interested in improving education is welcome to attend—students (kindergarten through college), entrepreneurs, educators, administrators, innovators, and more. Participants will learn from one another, pitch ideas for projects, and collaboratively design the future of education. Register now »

Pre-Law Institute for High School Students: June 26-30

Young Lawyers ConferenceNamed for legendary civil rights attorneys Oliver Hill and Samuel Tucker, the Oliver Hill/Samuel Tucker Pre-Law Institute reaches future lawyers at an early age to provide them with exposure and opportunity to explore the legal profession, at no cost to the participants. The Young Lawyers Conference invites current high school students to apply for this year’s Institute, which will be held June 26-30, 2017, at the University of Richmond. To be considered for admission, completed applications must be received by May 5, 2017. Continue reading

VA High School Student Voter Registration Week: April 23-29

Terry McAuliffeGovernor McAuliffe has issued a proclamation to officially recognize April 23-29, 2017, as Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week. During this week, high school students, teachers, and administrators across the Commonwealth are encouraged to conduct voter registration drives at their schools. As part of the Governor’s Challenge in High School Voter Registration, schools that succeed in registering at least 65 percent of their voting-age population will receive a congratulatory certificate. Read more in the Governor’s news release »