Grant Awards:

$186 million from the U.S. Department of Education

President Clinton has announced the award of nearly $186 million in new grants to 1,500 schools in 48 states for the Education Department’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program.

The program enables schools to provide high-quality, after-school community learning centers. The school-based centers made possible by this latest round of grants will provide enriched learning opportunities to an additional 275,000 children outside of regular school hours and during the summer, ED said.

Technology education is one of eight types of activities supported by the grants. The others are youth tutoring and homework help; academic enrichment; college prep activities; enrichment through the arts, including chorus, band, drama and art; drug and violence prevention counseling; supervised recreational opportunities; and services for youth with disabilities.

ED particularly sought the participation of school districts, collaborating with

community-based organizations, that serve communities with conditions associated with high dropout rates—such as high poverty, weak economic and community infrastructures, large or growing numbers of limited English-proficient students and adults, and low levels of parental education. ED, the National Community Education Association, the National

Association for Bilingual Education, and the C.S. Mott Foundation hosted a series of 64 state and regional training sessions to assist applicants to plan their programs.

The average grant award is nearly $600,000 and supports three or four centers. New grantees, like their earlier counterparts, will receive training funded by the Mott Foundation, which is providing $115 million over six years to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, as well as other after-school activities.

The program is authorized under Title X, Part I, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. For fiscal 2001, President Clinton wants to double the program’s funding to $1 billion. Additional information, including the grant application package and supporting

materials, can be obtained via the internet, by telephone at (800) USA-LEARN, or by eMail at

$1.4 million from the 3M Foundation

The 3M Foundation, the charitable arm of 3M (Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing) Co., has announced $1,377,500 in grants for K-12 education. The grants include:

• A $1 million partnership with American Association of School Librarians, through which 3M will donate its Library Detection Systems to eligible schools across the country.

• $160,000 to Metropolitan State University for its Urban Teacher Education Program.

• $82,500 to 3M TWIST (Teachers Working in Science & Technology).

• $75,000 to Math Counts.

• $60,000 to 3M STEP (Science Training Encouragement Program).

For additional information, visit the foundation’s web site. index.html

$1.3 million in software

from Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft has announced that 48 middle and high school teachers nationwide will receive more than $1.3 million in software licenses as part of the company’s Curriculum Grant Program. The initiative is designed to help educators create leading-edge information technology curricula and courses to prepare students for college and a technology-driven work force.

The two-year competitive grants, which award from $10,380 to $41,575 in software licenses per school, include the latest technology tools used in the IT industry, including Visual Basic, Visual C++, and Visual J++ development systems; Office 2000 Developer Edition; the Visual InterDev web development system; and Windows 98 or 2000 Workstation operating systems, if needed.

For many teachers, the awards allow them to offer students advanced computer science, programming, and web development courses that otherwise might not have been possible. As part of the award, educators agree to post current curricula and course materials on the company’s MainFunction web site (http://www., so other educators can share the resources.

Computers and servers from

Compaq Computer Corp.

Compaq has announced four winners of this year’s national “Competition for Innovation in Classroom Computing.” The contest, which just completed its third year, is a part of the company’s Teaching with Technology Grant Program. It recognizes K-12 educators from U.S. public, private, and Department of Defense schools for their original uses of technology to create challenging and inspiring learning opportunities for students.

The four educators who created model programs each received a Compaq iPAQ and ProLiant 1600 server, as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to demonstrate their projects at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in Atlanta June 26-28. Compaq and NECC chose the winners based on “uniqueness and innovative teaching strategies,” said Compaq spokeswoman Sharon Jones.

The winners were:

• William Dunbar, Gunn High School, Palo Alto, Calif. Dunbar uses his knowledge as an engineer to guide high schoolers through the process of developing computer products for orthopedically challenged elementary school students.

• Jeffrey Skelton, Hedrick Middle School, Lewisville, Texas. Skelton integrated computer literacy into core subject areas through the development of a school web site. The site contains all lesson plans and instructions for the students and is built around the state’s education standards.

• Gail Cross, Mary Hughes School, Piney Flats, Tenn. Cross created a curriculum that encouraged political awareness among her middle-school students by having them design their own web pages and bulletin boards. Her students evaluated the Iowa and New Hampshire presidential caucus candidates on teen issues, reviewed candidates’ web sites and campaign finance sources, and tracked their media appearances.

• Katherine Nell McNeil, Northwood Junior High School, Renton, Wash. Her winning curriculum incorporates the goals and objectives of multicultural education, special education, and technology for students with behavioral issues. To track the achievement of personal goals, each of McNeil’s students created personal portfolios that included digital pictures, written compositions, voice recordings, music, video, and downloaded sounds or pictures from the internet.

The contest will be offered again in 2001, but Compaq and NECC are discussing possible changes and enhancements to the program, Jones said. In addition, Compaq is working with NECC to develop a web site that will publicize next year’s event. For more information, check Compaq’s web site this fall.

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$24 million in Technology Innovation Challenge Grants

Three school districts were awarded $24 million over five years to enhance their training of teachers to use technology and to support greater student achievement in core subjects and the arts.

The grants come from the U.S. Department of Education’s Technology Innovative Challenge Grant program, which is designed to serve as a catalyst for change in schools by supporting educators, industry partners, communities, and parents to use new technologies to bring high-quality education to classrooms and neighborhoods.

The three winners are:

• The Rural Mountain Organization for Technological Enhancement

Mountain Valley School District, Saguache, Colo.

First-year grant: $830,261

Five years: $3,549,449

• Beacon Learning Centers

Bay District Schools, Panama City, Fla.

First-year grant: $2 million

Five years: $10 million

• Virtual Informal Education Web (VIEW) Project

Schenectady City School District, Schenectady, N.Y.

First-year grant: $2 million

Five years: $10 million

The three award winners have created partnerships that encompass more than 600 school districts and seven colleges and universities. The business and community partners have generated matching commitments valued at more than $160 million. About 800,000 students and more than 40,000 teachers will benefit.

$6.4 million from the Alabama Department of Education

Alabama school districts received $6.4 million in grants through the U.S. Department of Education’s annual Technology Literacy Challenge Fund. The fund is a five-year, $2 billion program that awards money to all 50 states to give to local school districts in the form of grants in order to meet the Clinton administration’s educational technology goals.

ED’s guidelines state that the grant money can be used to implement or complete a local area network with internet access, place at least one multimedia computer in each classroom, or acquire additional software and hardware for teacher training in technology. Since only about 60 percent of Alabama’s approximately 70,000 classrooms have computers with internet access today, state education officials say that most of the funds will be used to purchase computers and provide internet access to classrooms across the state.

Alabama has divided the awards based on economic factors about the student body in each school district, with two-thirds of the funds going to the districts at or above the state average in the number of students receiving free or reduced-priced lunches. The individual system awards ranged from $16,000 to $989,000.

For information on the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund, contact Pat Gore at (202) 401-0039.

$1 million in cash, equipment, and training from Dell Computer Corp.

Dell Computer Corp. has announced that it will donate $1 million to six elementary and middle schools in the Nashville, Tenn., area. The support will come in the form of computers, computer training, and direct funds for public schools in Nashville and Wilson County and a youth-focused nonprofit group.

Through this grant program, each of the institutions will receive six Dell Dimension computers. The recipients were selected based on their need for new computers, Dell officials said. The grant marks the first donation to schools in the Middle Tennessee area since Dell opened an assembly plant and technical support center in the region last year.

In the future, the Dell Foundation will make grants to teachers who propose innovative ways to include the internet in their curriculum. The foundation also may support nonprofit groups that want to develop youth literacy and youth technology access programs.

$100,000 in software from Corel Corp.

Corel Corp. has donated 2,000 copies of its Linux OS and WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux to the CAST (Connect a Student to Technology) program, created by the Dallas Independent School District. At retail, the software packages are worth more than $100,000.

“Linux has its roots in the academic community and … is ideally suited to serve the needs of students and educators,” said Michael Cowpland, Corel’s president and CEO. This is the first time Corel has made such a significant Linux contribution to the academic community, he added, but the company is considering other arrangements elsewhere in the country.

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