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Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award Apply/Nominate Now!

From our friends at GrantStation

National Center for Families Learning: Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award
325 West Main Street
Suite 300
Louisville, KY
40202 -4237

Phone: 502-584-1133
Email: notify@familieslearning.org
Url: http://familieslearning.org/our-capabilities/2015-toyota-family-teacher-of-the-year.html

Primary Contact:
Mr. Joshua Cramer
Email: jcramer@familieslearning.org

Geographic Scope:
National

Type of Organization: Other Sources

Total Annual Giving:  $22,500

Eligibility Requirements:
Individuals

Application Deadlines:
December 31, 2014
(The deadline for the 2016 program will be available in late 2015.)

Areas of Interest:
The Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award, administered by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), recognizes the teachers in the nation who are best at engaging families in the educational process.

The winner receives a scholarship to NCFL’s annual summit and a $20,000 grant for his/her family engagement program. In addition, one runner-up will receive a $2,500 grant for his/her program and a scholarship to the summit.

School and community-based teachers who are exceptional at engaging families are eligible for nomination. Programs may nominate up to two family educators using separate nomination forms.

Application Procedures:
Nomination guidelines are available on the NCFL website when the nomination cycle is open. – See more at: http://www.grantstation.com/Public/spotlight/us_spotlight.asp#sthash.MWFkk6QO.dpuf

Keeping FACS Alive: Celebrating a New FACS Career in Wisconsin

promoting-facs-guideThis summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”!

Today’s story…

Hello! My name is Julie Martin and I am beginning my journey with my FCS career! I am fortunate enough to be a teaching intern for a quaint Wisconsin town this coming Fall. I will complete my student teaching internship in December 2014. I will be teaching exploratory seventh and eighth grade Family and Consumer Sciences courses for my internship. I will be covering aspects of Health, Career Exploration, Hospitality and Career Development, Human Growth and Development along with aspects of Food Preparation. I find it so important that these students have the opportunity to explore all of these areas of content at such a young age. I am excited to continue to grow this program and increase awareness and education in Family and Consumer Sciences!

Wishing you health & happiness this holiday season!

LZX holiday postOn behalf of everyone here at Learning ZoneXpress, Happy Holidays! The following are fun health tips we put together for you to forward to students, clients, friends, and family.

Healthy Eating for the Holidays
The holidays are a great time for celebrating. With a little thought and planning, you can still enjoy all the holidays have to offer while keeping nutrition and wellness in mind.

Focus on fun, not food.
Keep your focus on fun family activities and events like holiday decorating or caroling rather than food.

Bring a healthy dish to holiday gatherings.
The party host will be grateful for the help and guests will appreciate a healthier menu option.

Make fruits and vegetables the star.
Make fruits and vegetables the center of attention at holiday meals and fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables.

Choose indulgences wisely.
When you choose to indulge, choose foods that are unique and special to the season. Don’t waste calories on store-bought cookies or foods you can have any time of year.

Choose small portions.
Start with a small serving. You can have more later if you are still hungry.

Avoid sugary drinks.
Choose water and unsweetened drinks like tea instead of sugary drinks such as eggnog or cider. Sugary drinks are full of unnecessary extra calories.

Simple swaps.
You can reduce extra calories without sacrificing taste by swapping ingredients in your favorite family recipes.

  • Substitute applesauce, mashed bananas, or canned pumpkin for oil, margarine, or butter in muffins or quick breads.
  • Try low-fat yogurt in place of sour cream and low-fat cream cheese in place of regular cream cheese.
  • Use whole-wheat flour as a substitute for white flour when baking.
  • Use herbs and spices instead of salt and sugar.

Keeping FACS Alive: FACS Meets Ag Education in South Carolina

promoting-facs-guideThis summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”!

Today’s story…

FACS Classes are very involved in the school environment as they learn life skills and about the world we live in. Working closely with the Agriculture classes we study “from farm to table” all aspects to include harvest, cooking, storage, nutrition, and consumerism. A cultural study takes us through the year as we apply what we are learning to many cultures to include the family unit.

We also work closely with our special needs classes. We host them for cooking labs and classroom social events which allows all of us to learn etiquette and understanding others’ needs. The classes also learn to budget, plan, prepare and serve food for various diets. Family budgeting and housing plans are investigated. And of course, food safety and sanitation is taught and practiced at all times. The classes are all designed for students to be able to leave with a foundation for managing their own household and to keep themselves and others healthy.

Mary Ellen Mulikin

Support for Partnerships to Promote Healthy Living

From our friends at GrantStation

Support for Partnerships to Promote Healthy Living
The BUILD Health Challenge
The BUILD Health Challenge is a national program designed to support community collaborations that are working to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy. Specifically, the Challenge provides awards to strengthen partnerships among hospitals, nonprofit organizations, local health departments, and other community organizations to improve the health of low-income neighborhoods within cities with populations greater than 150,000. Awards will support up to 14 community-driven efforts addressing health-shaping factors that individuals can’t control. Of special concern are people whose circumstances have made them vulnerable to poor health, whether that’s because of limited access to healthy, affordable food, safe places to walk and play, job prospects, or safe, affordable housing. One-year planning grants of up to $75,000 and two-year implementation grants of up to $250,000 are available. The Round 1 application deadline is January 16, 2015; Round 2 applications are due April 10, 2015. Visit the BUILD Health Challenge website to download the call for applications.