For Educators

Professional Development

Free Webinars from The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress offers free, one-hour webinars for K-12 educators.  Browse the list of pre-recorded and upcoming webinars here:

MTA Professional Development

A link to the Massachusetts Teachers Association’s online catalog of the conferences, workshops, courses and other professional development opportunities offered by the association.

Project Zero Summer Institutes

Project Zero offers symposia and workshops, and annual summer institutes. Project Zero is an educational research group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Since 1967, Project Zero has examined the development of learning processes in children, adults, and organizations.

Student Resources

Smithsonian Online Education Conferences

With a wide range of topics, the 2014 Smithsonian Online Education Conference Series provides an online space for students to engage with Smithsonian experts–from historians, art educators, scientists, anthropologists and more—and make connections from textbooks to today’s world.


STEM Workshops and Resources


Welcome to STEM-Works, a resource for teachers, mentors, parents, STEM professionals, volunteers, and everyone passionate about getting children eager to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math.

Center for Engineering Education and Outreach

Professional development for educators is a priority of the CEEO. They offer week-long workshops during the summer as well as day-long workshops during the year. Most of the workshop is focused on hand-on activities and understanding how to present engineering to students. There is very little traditional lecture.


Resources for parents and educators, and interactive activities for students at the FOSS (Full Option Science System) website.

iCreate to Educate

While stop-motion animation is the core concept powering iCreate’s software and app, the true value lies in the hands-on creation, simple user-interface, and cross-curricular integration — three elements that make for a learning experience that’s meaningful and fun.

LEGO Engineering Online Community

Educators can check out LEGO lesson plans other teachers have shared and contribute your own lesson plans. Educators can also share photos, submit problems they are having, or provide tips to help others. Click here to learn more.

Online Community for Scratch Educators

Scratch is a programming language some schools are using to enable students to easily create interactive art, stories, simulations, and games — and share them online.

Tufts University STOMP

The main goal of STOMP at Tufts is to partner Tufts University students with K-12 teachers in the greater Boston area to create an engineering curriculum that reaches across all disciplines, piques the students’ interests in engineering, and improves the students’ problem-solving skills. The engineering curriculum also meets standards required by the Science, Technology, and Engineering component of the Massachusetts Frameworks.

Trends in Education


The George Lucas Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives. Through videos, blogs, articles, and classroom guides, shares innovations in teaching and learning with students, teachers, community leaders, and professionals.


Local Grant-Making Organizations

MVMMS PTO Educational enrichment programs, activities, supplemental resources $50-several thousand dollars Rolling deadline. Decisions made by the 15th of each month. All middle school staff
Melrose Education Foundation Professional development, project-based learning, guest speakers, other classroom programs that foster innovative practices that directly impact student learning Varies depending on available funding Fall and spring grant cycles. Visit web page for due dates each year. All Melrose Public School employees


Victoria McLaughlin Foundation MVMMS and MHS libraries, after-school programs in music, drama, fine arts, and academics. Varies Rolling deadline. Applications are reviewed during board meetings. MHS and MVMMS teachers who run after school clubs, librarians.
Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts Supplementing the budgets of local arts organizations and individual artists to encourage diversity in arts presentations in the city and to provide broad-based arts experiences to the citizens of Melrose. Varies depending on annual appropriation 3-4 times yearly, sometimes on an “as needed” basis Melrose artists and organizations, for arts activities that will take place in Melrose


Melrose Cultural Council Cultural activities in the community, including exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops, lectures, field trips $100-$1,000 Due October 15th, awards made in December Organizations, schools, individuals


Target Corporation Field Trips Up to $700 Apply betweenAug. 1-Sept. 30 Teachers, schools


Note: This list is intended for informational purposes only.  It does not represent an endorsement or a guarantee of grant funding.

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