Because its been a week where we need to see the beauty in humanity - PS 22 Chorus - Rihanna - Stay
PS 22 Chorus - Wonderwall (Oasis cover)
I think it is about that time that I should starting some of these again.
Love Mr. B.
Obviously, I need to calm down. So here’s P.S. 22 Chorus covering Nicki Manaj’s Marilyn Monroe.
Mr. B. and the kids soothe my soul.
Here’s another P.S. 22 Chorus video, just because.
Cover of Somebody I Used to Know by Gotye.
One day, I will be bff with Mr. B.
I just found out this existed.
P.S. 22 Chorus and V.V. Brown - Shark in the Water
One of my favorite songs, favorite teacher crush, and favorite chorus.
Adele + P.S. 22 Chorus + Mr. B = SWOON
NOTE: Always check the guidelines. Some of these might be restricted to certain geographical areas. Some might have to go through a non-profit, so you might have to buddy up as a school or a teacher, though most of what I post here will be accessible to schools.
Deadline September 16th (IT’S JUST A NOMINATION GO GO GO!): The Great American Teach-Off
Nominate an outstanding K-6 teacher (yourself included) for a chance at a $10,000 classroom grant — 7-12 teachers get a chance come Winter.
From the site:
GOOD and University of Phoenix are proud to announce the launch of The Great American Teach-Off, a nationwide competition to celebrate teachers who are making a positive impact in America’s classrooms.
Here’s how it works: Click here to nominate an outstanding teacher for kindergarten through sixth grade*—it can be one you’ve had, your child’s, or even yourself—by September 16. We’ll select the finalists based on how he or she makes a positive difference for students; how creativity and innovation is fostered in the classroom; and what impact he or she has made on the greater school community.
Deadline September 19th: Make Your Mark Grant
Youth-led hands-on service mini-grant, $200
From the site:
“GenerationOn Make Your Mark Week (formerly Kids Care Week) is celebrated during the third week of October, this year October 16-22, 2011. The week inspires and mobilizes youth to use their energy, ingenuity and compassion to “make their mark on the world” through hands-on service to help others in their local and global communities. During the week, young people focus on issues that matter most to them by doing small acts or service projects that add up to making a big difference. Make Your Mark Week ends on Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of service.
Thanks to our founding partner, Hasbro, generationOn will award 200 mini-grants in the amount of $250 each to support service projects that enable youth to “make their mark” on one of the following issues: Animals, the Environment, Homelessness, Hunger and Literacy. We’re looking for projects that engage youth and other community members in creative solutions that make a positive impact on the Make Your Mark Week issues in local and global communities.”
Deadline September 30th: P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education Grant
For teachers integrating the arts into instruction, $1000
From the site:
The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education has grants available up to $1,000 to be awarded in 2011 to educators who need assistance to further their program goals.
Applications may be made for a grant up to $1,000 to support a new or evolving program that integrates the arts into educational programming. The purpose is to aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children who learn differently.
Deadline September 30th: Let’s Play! Playground Construction Grants
$15,000 construction grants to schools, communities, and organizations with a community ready to build a playground but lacking funds to do it.
From the site:
Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! are excited to offer $15,000 Let’s Play Playground Construction Grants to qualifying organizations using the KaBOOM!community-build model. Grantees will plan their project, and share best practices and challenges through the KaBOOM! website.
Deadline September 30th: Classics for Kids Foundation Stringed Instrument Grants
Bridges a funding gap: Amount variable depending on needs, must match some percentage of funds; quarterly deadlines (so don’t panic if you miss this one).
From the site:
Classics for Kids Foundation aims to bridge the funding gap and enhance school music programs by providing matching grants for beautiful new stringed instruments.
If your school or non-profit organization believes in the role of fine instruments in your program, and can show evidence of need and commitment to raising matching funds, you are a strong candidate for the Classics for Kids matching grant program.
That’s all I’ve got for now. Please let me know if you apply so I know what to keep posting. And if you GET one of these? Drop me a line and I’ll send you a congratulations card!
Sociability: Playing a musical instrument encourages a child to reach out towards new friendships and to grasp opportunities for social interaction.
Poise: Music is the perfect balance between education and fun. Lessons help a child develop the ability to cope appropriately in difficult…
The summer book club book, Teaching with Poverty in Mind, also discusses the positive effects of music education on the brain and success in school particularly among students who come from low-SES backgrounds.
Because I need some P.S. 22 Chorus and Tori Amos in my life tonight.
1,000 Oceans by Tori Amos cover
From 2009 — Mr. B.’s program proves to be successful year after year.
P.S. 22 Chorus - Pictures of You (originally done by The Cure)
P.S. 22 Chorus “Rolling in the Deep” Cover (originally done by Adele)
Have I mentioned I love them and want to be teacher best friends with Mr. B.?
I think I’ve said several times on here, and in life — that I am a huge fan of the P.S. 22 Chorus. Many of you have probably heard of them since they were on the Oscars and were noticed by Perez Hilton, Tori Amos, and Oprah.
However, there is something to be said about this teacher Mr.B. He is able to create bigger and bigger successes with his students each year, although new students come in each year while older ones leave. He never seems to brag about himself — he is always singing the kids’ praises. However, his excitement and passion for music and teacher are very evident in his body language and expression. The kids respond so well to him. While I do not have any form of musical talent anywhere in me, he is a “Teacher Role-model” of mine. It is evident throughout his blog and the videos posted from the choir that he loves teaching and his students are absolutely inspired by him.
Here Mr. B. and his students discuss the importance of music education, creativity, and the confidence this program have given these middle school students.