Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning
This 2-year-old program, sponsored by Inspiration Software Inc., offers scholarships to educators who champion visual learning and the meaningful use of technology in the classroom. Ten awards in the amount of $500 each will be awarded to K-12 teachers in support of ongoing professional development in educational technology. The program hopes to give teachers the money they need to receive higher-level technology training to bring back to their classrooms from workshops, conferences, or technology institutes. All award recipients will be notified by March 31.
Deadline: Feb. 15
Technology Opportunities Program
This year, about $13 million will be awarded through this program from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Formerly known as TIIAP, the Technology Opportunities Program is a highly competitive program that awards matching grants for innovative projects using advanced telecommunications and information technology, and is especially interested in projects developed by smaller, locally based organizations that represent technologically underserved communities across the United States. The average award is $350,000 and lasts two or three years. For more information, contact Stephen J. Downs, Director, or eMail firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: March 16
Excellence in Teaching Cabinet Awards
Sponsored by Curriculum Associates, the Excellence in Teaching Cabinet Award is in its third year and is seeking proposals that demonstrate a desire to make classrooms better learning environments through the use of innovative tools, including technology. Projects should last from three months to one year. The three K-8 teachers who win this award will receive cash grants of $1,000, plus $500 in materials from Curriculum Associates. Winning teachers will also serve on the Excellence in Teaching Cabinet. Winners will be notified by May 31, and projects must be implemented in the 2000-2001 school year.
Deadline: March 15
21st Century Community Learning Centers
This U.S. Department of Education program is open to rural and inner-city public schools and consortia to help them plan, implement, or expand after-hours in-school projects that benefit the educational, social, cultural, and recreational needs of the community. Approximately $185 million is available during this round of grants, which are expected to support about 2,000 new centers. The average award is expected to be $375,000 for a grant to support three centers, or $125,000 for a grant to support a single center. Funds can be used to purchase technology, since technology-based learning is among the list of supported activities. For further information, contact Amanda Clyburn or Carol J. Mitchell at (202) 219-2180.
Deadline: March 20
Scholastic’s Ms. Frizzle Award 2000
Scholastic Inc., a global publisher and media company targeting children, has announced the third year of the Ms. Frizzle Award, presented by Microsoft Corp. The program honors proposals from elementary school teachers (K-6) who present creative science education projects that inspire imagination and inquiry-based learning for the new millennium. Eligible teachers must submit a proposal for a project that encourages kids to learn science through hands-on discovery and problem solving. The application must include a description of the classroom environment, a letter of recommendation from a principal or school official, a budget, a timeline, and an implementation plan for the project. Grand-prize winners receive $2,000 cash, $2,000 in educational software from Microsoft, and $2,000 in Scholastic books and educational materials.
Deadline: April 10
Teaching with Technology Grants
Compaq’s Teaching with Technology program provides educators with national recognition for their work, the opportunity to share best practices with other teachers, and a chance to win Compaq products for their schools. The grant program is open to all K-12 educators and 52 winnersone from each state as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Defense Department schoolswill be selected based on their innovative, effective, and replicable use of technology in the classroom. Winners receive a Compaq desktop PC for their school and get to vie for nine Best of Region spots and three National Model spots. Regional winners receive a Compaq server for their school as well as the desktop PC, and national winners receive a server and PC, as well as an all-expense-paid trip to the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in Atlanta from June 26 to 28. Applications, as well as rules and regulations, can be downloaded from the program’s web site.
Deadline: March 15
Building Effective Roadmaps for the Information Superhighway
To promote effective internet research skills and media literacy in K-12 education, N2H2 Inc. has introduced a Curriculum Contest in conjunction with the nonprofit Computer Learning Foundation. The contest requires entrants to submit an original curriculum for teaching students 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. Entries should include lesson plans, handouts for students, worksheets, and other information that would enable teachers to replicate the curriculum in their own classrooms. They will be judged on originality, quality of the pedagogy and written communication, and potential effectiveness. 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.
Deadline: April 1