Compaq Lesson Plan Contest

K-12 educators are eligible to compete for the latest giveaway of a Compaq computer and a library of software titles from Knowledge Adventure by submitting their best lesson plan to Educational Resources’ Educast. Judges are seeking creativity and originality in the presentation of content, according to a description of the contest. Lesson plans can pertain to the following subject areas: mathematics, language arts, social studies, science, or problem solving. One grand-prize winner will receive a new Compaq computer with an approximate retail value of $2,000. Three first-prize winners each will receive a library of five teacher’s-edition software titles selected from Knowledge Adventure’s school catalog (approximate retail value: $300).

Deadline: June 2

Contact: Julie Gates at (800) 545-7677 or julie.gates@education.com



Macromedia eLearning Innovation Awards

Web software publisher Macromedia has created the eLearning Innovation Awards program to honor “outstanding instructional content” developed using Macromedia products, such as Authorware, Director, and Flash. Four times per year, Macromedia will announce one winner in the “Web-Based Instructional Product” category and one winner in the “Best Student-Developed Content” category. Winners will receive any two Macromedia products, a Palm Pilot, and free registration to the next Macromedia User Conference event.

Deadlines: June 30, Sept. 30, Dec. 30, and March 31

Contact: John Osborne at (650) 622-2945

http://www.macromedia.com/learning/ innovation


Connections to the Internet

This National Science Foundation 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” of connecting to the internet. 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 communications 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, though consortia may apply for larger awards.

Deadline: July 31

Contact: (703) 306-1636

http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/ getpub?nsf98102



American Honda Foundation Grants

Four times per year, the American Honda Foundation funds youth-oriented programs that provide support for job training and/or education in math, science, and the environment. The program’s stated mission is to encourage “innovative curriculum development for K-12 youth.” Schools, school districts, and other education-related institutions are eligible to apply. For guidelines, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the American Honda Foundation, PO Box 2205, Torrance, CA 90509. If the foundation receives a preliminary proposal a month before the next deadline, its staff can provide comments in time for you to make changes to your proposal and still meet that deadline.

Deadlines: Aug. 1, Nov. 1, Feb. 1, and

May 1

Contact: Kathy Carey at (310) 781-4090



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 typically have 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.

Deadlines: Sept. 1 and March 1

Contact: (516) 753-7021


Distance Learning and Telemedicine Loans

This program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers loans or combination loans and grants to rural districts and other nonprofit entities for the implementation of distance-learning or telemedicine projects in rural areas. Applications may be submitted any time up to Sept. 30 and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For 2000, $130 million for loans and $77 million for combination grants and loans are available.

Deadline: Sept. 30


Dow Chemical Co. Foundation Grants

Dow supports K-12 programs in the areas of math and science, teacher training, and parental involvement. Grants may include cash, products, in-kind services, and volunteered time. Dow will not give a grant to an individual school. Instead, the company targets its giving toward school districts; national, state, or local programs; and programs to encourage women and minorities in math and science.

Deadline: Sept. 30

http://www.dow.com/about/corp/social/ social.htm



Leadership Grants

The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education’s Leadership Grants underwrite professional development opportunities for public school teachers and education-support personnel to prepare them for collegial leadership. Sponsored by the National Education Association, these grants enable teachers to lead the educational process from the classroom, rather than having school administrators direct curricula. Up to 50 grants of $1,000 each are awarded each year in two rounds of competitions. Grant candidates should demonstrate a specific need for the knowledge or training that will be supported. Eligibility is limited to employees of public school systems. Although technology training is not the focus of the grant program, a list of recent winners’ proposals included online education courses, attendance at SchoolTech 2000, and the creation of an online “teacher community” to address how to meet new state education standards.

Deadlines: Oct. 15 and March 1




Target Teacher Scholarships

This year, Target Stores Inc. will award $1 million to teachers and administrators for continuing education and staff development. Technology training has been the focus of many scholarship winners in recent years. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000. More information will be made available at Target’s web site.

Deadline: Nov. 1

Contact: (800) 316-6142