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Resources for Classrooms Program

Resources for Classrooms Program

2014 Showcase Photos

*Applications will be accepted Oct. 1, 2014-March 20, 2015 *

Description of Program

The Resources for Classrooms Program is designed to support educators with materials for the classroom and provide opportunities for engaging instruction.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Be a current cooperating teacher hosting a student teacher from Teachers College (TC) or
  • Be a current student teacher in a teacher certification program at TC or
  • Be a current Peace Corps Fellows from TC
Types of Materials

The materials must be consumed by the students and used in a classroom setting. If a teacher leaves, the materials must remain in the school. Basic supplies such as science kits or class sets of books will be approved. Items such as photocopy machines, pedagogical books designed for teachers, etc. will not be approved since they will not be used directly inside of a classroom.  Note:  iPads and other Apple devices will not be approved.

How to Put in a Request

Complete a “Resource Request Form” and send it to or fax it to 212-678-3153, Attention: Julia Yu.

Resource Request Form-Link

Resource Request Form-PDF

Receiving Approval

Approval for a project will be granted within 5 days after the submission of the “Resource Request Form.”  If funding is approved, the teacher submitting the forms must purchase all the materials and send original itemized receipts to Julia Yu within 30 days or lose funding.

Mail receipts to:

Julia Yu
Associate Director, School-based Support Services
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120 Street, Box 97
New York, NY 10027

A reimbursement check will be mailed within 30 days after the office receives the receipts. Please keep a copy of all receipts for your own records.

  • Teacher submits a “Resource Request Form”
  • Teacher receives approval or notice of disapproval for the project within 5 days
  • If approved, teacher purchases all materials within30 days or loses funding
  • Teacher submits original itemized receipts to the Office of Teacher Education
  • Teacher receives a reimbursement check within 30 days of receipt submission
  • End of school year: All winners showcase their projects at Teachers College
Terms of Funding

A minimum of $40 and a maximum of $400 will be approved per classroom per semester. Funds must be used for materials inside the classroom.  Costs associated with field trips or after school activities are not eligible.

Evaluation Methods

A visit will be made on the day the project is taking place or sometime thereafter by a representative from the Office of Teacher Education (OTE). Photos will be taken upon permission to be used for the presentations at the end of the year. Participation at the end of the year showcase will be required of all winners; non-participation in the showcase will disqualify an individual from receiving future funding from the Office of Teacher Education through this program.

End of Year Showcase Participation

All winners will be invited to participate in a showcase at Teachers Collegeat the end of the school year. An overview of the project including the goals and objectives, process, and end results should be shared. Participation in the showcase is a requirement in order to be eligible for funding in the next academic year. In addition, this is a wonderful item to put on a resume!

Please contact Julia Yu at or at 212.678.8219 with any questions or concerns.

Good luck!