Inspired Teacher Scholarships for
This two-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
NEC Foundation Grants
The NEC Foundation of America makes cash grants to nonprofit organizations for programs with national reach and impact in one or both of the following areas: science and technology education (principally at the secondary level), and/or the application of technology to assist high school students with disabilities. These are not grants for the purchase of specific computer equipment for a specific individual, nor does the foundation broker the donation of NEC equipment. Winning projects have typically focused on disseminating products and information to target groups or expanding the scope of an existing program with national impact. The grants, which range from $1,500 to $70,000 each (with a median of $28,000), are awarded twice per year.
Deadline: March 1 and Sept. 1
Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), this large program is now in its second year. Last year, 225 grants were awarded, each over $200,000 per year (usually for three years). Total federal funding for the program exceeds $75 million per year. There are two types of grants: Implementation Grants and Catalyst Grants. The approximately 80 Implementation Grants made this year will support consortia that are ready to implement significant program innovations. The approximately 15 Catalyst Grants made this year will target organizations assisting those who are building improved teacher preparation programs. Given the size of these grants, expectations are that programs will be innovative, extensive, and measurable. For more information on this program, see our “Grantmaker Profile” section on page 4 of this issue.
Deadline: March 7
Excellence in Teaching Cabinet Awards
Sponsored by Curriculum Associates, the Excellence in Teaching Cabinet Awards is now in its third year and currently seeks 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 also will 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
Technology Opportunities Program
(formerly known as the
Telecommunications and Information
Infrastructure Assistance Program)
The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration will award $12.5 million in matching grants for innovative projects using advanced telecommunications and information technology. The Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) is especially interested in projects developed by smaller, locally-based organizations that represent technologically underserved communities across the U.S. The average award is $350,000 and lasts 2-3 years.
Deadline: March 16
21st Century Community
This ED 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
Urban Systemic Program in Science, Math, and Technology
This National Science Foundation grant (listed as NSF 00-34, which replaces NSF 99-52) is a program for K-12 schools in urban areas. NSF seeks to reform the teaching of technology, science, and mathematics to students in large urban districts. For the purposes of this program, urban school districts are defined as those serving a central city and enrolling at least 20,000 students. The program will award 10-15 cooperative grants, in which the winners are expected to contribute at least 20 percent of the total program costs. Partnerships between schools and two- or four-year colleges and universities should be part of any program proposal, both to eventually increase enrollment in institutions of higher education by urban youth and to develop education research that will enable systemic changes in technology, math, and science education for students across the United States.
Deadline: March 31
Contact: Celeste Pea, Program Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scholastic’s Ms. Frizzle Award 2000
Scholastic Inc., a global children’s publisher and media company, 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
Cisco Foundation Grants
Although not specifically targeted toward educational technology, the Cisco Foundation’s semiannual awards program has supported a number of community-based programs to bring the benefits of technology to youth. The foundation does not fund individual schools, but funds organizations that provide programs and services to schoolsfor example, Big Brother/Big Sister and the Digital Clubhouse Network. Average grants are $10,000.
Deadline: April 30 and Nov. 30
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 both a server and PC, as well as an all-expense paid trip to the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), to be held in Atlanta, Ga., June 26-28. Applications, as well as rules and
regulations, can be downloaded from the program’s web site.
Deadline: March 15
SMARTer Kids Foundation’s
The Connections Project is one of several projects sponsored by SMART Technologies’ SMARTer Kids Foundation. Connections, which is now completing its pilot-year cycle, seeks to bring together sixth-grade students and teachers from schools across North America to work collaboratively on research projects and other activities over the internet. Connections provides technology and training to selected schools, oversees project work during the year, and then brings together the teachers and six of the students from each class in an exchange program at the end of the school year. Thirteen schools participated in this year’s pilot program. Successful applicants, who must be sixth-grade teachers, will be notified by May 1.
Deadline: March 31
Sony Symphony Learning System
For the second consecutive year, Sony Electronics Inc. will award one eligible school or college with a 10-station Symphony Learning System, considered a top-of-the-line language learning tool. The system allows teachers to more closely monitor each student’s progress in language acquisition and offers each student more time to speak in class than he or she would normally have. The grant winner also will be able to choose either audio active student panels or Soloist virtual digital audio recorders for ten student stations. Installation of the system will be arranged and paid for by Sony and handled by a local authorized Sony reseller of Sony’s choosing. The grant is open to all United States public and private K-12 state-certified schools, schools for the disabled, and both public and private state-certified colleges with foreign language or ESL programs. Sony will announce the grant recipient in May.
Deadline: March 31
(800) 686 SONY ext. 2000 GRANT
Building Effective Roadmaps for the
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
Sponsored by the SMARTer Kids Foundation, this program provides researchers with innovative technology-based learning materials in return for permission by the researchers to publish their study results on the web. The foundation will loan Roomware products from SMART Technologies Inc. to participants for a period of up to six months. The use of the SMART products must be a component of the project; however, it is up to each participant to define the project’s overall goals and intended outcomeseither studying how students use the equipment, for example, or perhaps trying to develop software to enhance the learning process. At the end of the research projects, all equipment will be offered to participants at a nominal price. To date, 15 projects have been completed under the program, and 16 are ongoing. The foundation will select approximately 15 more projects at each of its semiannual deadlines.
Deadlines: May 31 and October 31
Computers for Learning
Computers for Learning is an equipment grant program that allows schools and educational nonprofits to request surplus federal computer equipment. The computers available through this program are primarily IBM-compatible PCs, the majority of which are 386s and 286s. The program also donates peripheral equipment such as printers, modems, routers, servers, telecommunications equipment, and research equipment. Applicants must submit information about their organization and its needs, as well as the name and eMail address of a point of contact. Donations are all given based on need, including
whether a school is within an empowerment zone or enterprise community.
Since its inception in 1991, the Detwiler Foundation’s Computers for Schools Program has solicited retired corporate equipment,
refurbished it at prisons and vocational centers, and placed more than 55,000 computers in schools and nonprofit organizations.
Refurbishment and/or distribution of computers now occurs in 22 states, and more states are added each year. Schools and nonprofits may access the Application for Refurbished Computers on the web site, print, fill out and mail to the Detwiler Foundation. Applications are accepted nationwide.
Global Schoolhouse CD-ROMs
Global Schoolhouse, which recently was acquired by The Lightspan Partnership, offers its members free CD-ROMs through the Global
Schoolhouse web site. New CD-ROM selections are available each month; the Dec. 1999 selections included Knowledge Adventure’s JumpStart Kindergarten, New Millennium Home Reference Library, and American Heritage’s The History of the United States. Schools pay only the $4.95 cost of shipping and handling, and there are no limits on quantities. Becoming a member of the Global Schoolhouse is free.
Schools Online Internet Access
Schools without classroom internet access are eligible to apply for Schools Online equipment grants. The Schools Online grant program
offers schools simple, cost-effective internet access, together with local support and training in its use. Participating schools are asked to designate a committed person to manage the equipment and participate in training. Schools are also asked to provide either a telephone line along with an internet service provider (ISP) account
for dial-up access, or a network connection to the world wide web. Schools Online has helped more than 5,000 classrooms get internet
access in just over two years. The program is supported by corporate, educational, and individual partners.