ICONnect Collaboration through Technology

The American Library Association/American Association of School Librarians (ALA/AASL) is taking applications for its 2000 ICPrize for Collaboration through Technology competition. The program will award five $1,000 ICPrizes to collaborative teams of library media specialists and classroom teachers who have demonstrated a meaningful and effective use of internet resources in a completed curriculum unit. Applications must be submitted by an ALA/AASL member and must successfully demonstrate a collaboration between the library media specialist and classroom teacher(s). Applications and specific evaluation criteria are available online.

Deadline: Nov. 1

(800) 545-2433


Growth Initiatives for Teachers (GIFT)

This year, another 120 public and private school math and science teachers, grades 7 to 12, in 35 eligible states and the District of Columbia, will receive grants through this program from the GTE Foundation. GIFT was established to promote the integration of math and science in the classroom, encourage innovative uses of technology in education, and provide recognition and new opportunities for outstanding teachers. Each year, GTE awards GIFT grants to 60 teams consisting of one math and one science teacher from the same secondary school who have developed school enrichment projects that integrate math and science and use technology in a creative way. Each winning team shares a $12,000 grant—$7,000 to implement the project and $5,000 ($2,500 each) for the participating teachers to pursue professional development activities.

Deadline: Jan. 14

(800) 315-5010

Toyota TAPESTRY Grants

Fifty of the nation’s best and brightest K-12 teachers will be awarded up to $10,000 each to implement innovative science projects through this program, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales and administered by the National Science Teachers Association. Successful grant-winning projects, such as a mobile observatory to study light pollution and an interactive paleontology laboratory, often include the use of technology. Individual science teachers or a team of up to five teachers can submit proposals in two categories: environmental education and physical science applications (applied physics, chemistry, and technology). A judging panel of distinguished science educators will evaluate and select the award-winning projects, based on their innovative approaches in teaching science, ability to create a stimulating and hands-on learning environment, interdisciplinary approach, and ability to increase student participation and interest in science. To obtain Toyota TAPESTRY guidelines and entry forms, write to Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Teachers, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000, call the number listed below, or eMail

Deadline: Jan. 20

(800) 807-9852

Connections to the Internet

This National Science Foundation (NSF) program helps fund internet connections at K-12 schools, public libraries, and museums. This is a highly competitive, cost-sharing grant that will reward “only highly innovative approaches,” such as microwave or wireless laser technologies. Project costs may include the acquisition and maintenance of hardware and software to establish institutional access to the internet, as well as the installation and recurring charges for a communication channel. Conversely, funds may also be used to acquire internet connections and services from an external service provider. NSF typically awards $15,000 during a two-year period to successful applicants. Consortia may apply for larger awards.

Deadline: Jan. 31 (for preliminary applications)

(703) 306-1636


Community Development Grants

Concept papers are being accepted for this Sun Microsystems program, which provides grants for projects in the southern San Francisco Bay area, Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts, and Front Range, Colo. The goal of this grant program is to increase education and employment opportunities for people who live and work in or near Sun’s major employment centers. In education, the program supports projects that seek to help reverse unsatisfactory school performance. Proposals should incorporate the target population’s needs and interests, engage students in activities that enable them to make experimental connections between learning and real life, foster motivation and improve academic skills, and improve college readiness. The deadline noted is for concept papers, with invitations for full proposals set for Dec. 15 and full applications due Jan. 15. Concept papers, which should be no more than three pages in length, should include the applicant’s mission or goals, a brief description of the target population and project, an explanation of how the project will be evaluated, the roles and responsibilities of participants, and qualifications of key staff. Proof of nonprofit status should also be included.

Deadline: Nov. 15

(650) 336-0487 corpaffairs/grants.html


Building Effective Roadmaps for the Information Superhighway

To promote effective internet research skills and media literacy in K-12 education, N2H2 Inc. has introduced two contests in conjunction with the nonprofit Computer Learning Foundation. The Lesson Plan Contest (deadline Nov. 30) requires participants to submit a lesson plan that teaches children an aspect of internet research or helps them develop information literacy skills. The Curriculum Contest (deadline April 1) requires entrants to submit an original curriculum for teaching students internet research skills, which should include lesson plans, handouts for students, worksheets, and other information that would enable teachers to implement the curriculum in their classrooms. Both entries will be judged on originality, quality of the pedagogy and written communication, and potential effectiveness. N2H2 hopes to encourage educators to teach important internet research and literacy skills, such as how to organize a search for information, how to use internet search tools, how to narrow a search, and how to assess the quality of the information found. N2H2 will award 12 grand prizes of Windows-compatible computers, 12 second prizes of CD-ROM recorders, and 12 third prizes of $100 software gift certificates to winners.

Deadlines: Nov. 30, 1999 and April 1, 2000

(800) 971-2622

Microsoft Curriculum Grant Program

Microsoft Corp. sponsors the Curriculum Grant Program for middle schools, high schools, and secondary-level vocational and technical schools to encourage the development of computer science, programming, web development, and information systems curricula. Schools can receive free software licenses for Microsoft Visual Development Tools and operating systems—such as Visual Basic, Visual C++, Office 2000 Developer Edition, Windows 98, and NT Workstation—in exchange for posting and sharing current curricula on Microsoft’s Academic Cooperative web site. Each department within a school is eligible to apply for a grant. Applications will be accepted online only, beginning Nov. 1.

Deadline: Dec. 31