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Resources for Classrooms Program

Resources for Classrooms Program

2015 Showcase Photos


*Application Deadlines: Fall: Oct. 1, 2015-Dec. 1, 2015 «» Spring: Feb. 1, 2016-Apr. 8, 2016

Description of Program

The Resources for Classrooms Program is designed to support cooperating teachers and student teachers 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
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-Online

Resource Request Form-Download

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 or student teacher submitting the forms must purchase all the materials and send original itemized receipts to Julia Yu for reimbursement.

Mail receipts to:

Julia Yu
Office of Teacher Education
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
  • 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.

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!