**NEW THIS MONTH**
Medtronic Foundation’s STAR Program
Now in its ninth year, the Medtronic Foundation’s Science and Technology Are Rewarding (STAR) Program encourages student interest in science and technology education. Three times per year, the foundation makes awards of $2,000 to $50,000 each, and public and private K-12 schools are eligible. The foundation bases its decisions on how projects adhere to nationally recognized standards for curriculum development, instructor involvement (and training), high expectations for students, interaction among students, and a post-completion assessment plan. Proposals should specify how the five standards will be met and how the program can be sustained after Medtronic’s funding is used. Eligibility is limited to schools near Metronic operations: Tempe, Ariz.; Santa Barbara, Santa Ana, and Santa Rosa, Calif.; Parker, Colo.; Danvers, Mass.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Milaca and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; Memphis, Tenn.; Redmond, Wash.; and Humacao and Villalba, Puerto Rico.
Deadline: Three times per year, with next deadline Oct. 15
Alliance for Minority Participation
The Alliance for Minority Participation program is part of the National Science Foundation’s effort to increase the participation and achievement of underrepresented groups and institutions in the sciences and mathematics. The Human Resource Development for Science, Mathematics, Engineering Education, and Research Grants Program, also known as NSF 98-19, offers “Comprehensive Partnerships for Mathematics and Science Achievement” to support educational systemic reform in city school districts. Districts must have at least 20,000 students and cannot be eligible to participate in the Urban Systemic Initiatives program, nor have received a Local Systemic Change award. Winning applicants are expected to demonstrate links with institutions of higher education, other educational organizations, and community groups in the design and implementation of a combination of in-school student and teacher enhancement activities. The solicitation states that “the integration of computer technology in classroom and laboratory settings in the context of mathematics and science standards is strongly encouraged.” Long-range programs that work throughout the secondary school pipeline are preferred. It is anticipated that five grants will be made and, typically, they are worth $200,000 per year for up to five years (with a maximum of $800,000).
Deadline: Oct. 15
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 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
**NEW THIS MONTH**
NSTA/Science Screen Report Award
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will make one award of $1,000 and travel expenses of up to $500 to a K-12 teacher who has “creatively used commercially available films or videotapes in the development of a unit or theme in science.” Applicants are to prepare a narrative explaining their project and its innovative aspects. They also should indicate how even teachers with minimal experience with media production could replicate the project in other schools. Science Screen Report Inc. is the sponsor of the award, although experts NSTA chooses select the winner.
Deadline: Nov. 15
**NEW THIS MONTH**
Verizon Foundation Grants
The newly formed Verizon Foundation (the charitable arm of Verizon Corp., which was created by the merger of GTE and Bell Atlantic) has started reviewing proposals for projects in numerous areas, including several with direct K-12 applications: literacy, digital divide, math/science education, and helping people with disabilities obtain job-relevant skills. Applications can be submitted immediately and will be considered as they arrive. Note that the foundation accepts only electronic proposals submitted through its web site.
Deadline: Nov. 30
The Coca-Cola Foundation has three focuses for its philanthropic giving, one of which is support of innovative classroom teaching and learning in K-12 schools. In total, the foundation gave nearly $11.5 million in 1999 and $12.5 million in 1998. The foundation looks especially favorably upon programs that are small and well-targetede.g., helping elementary and secondary students with a particular issue, such as civil rights or the environment. Funds can be applied toward tuition for training that will result in new instructional techniques in the classroom. Public and private school educators serving children of all ages may apply for these grants. Although the monetary size of grants varies considerably, a quick review of successful applicants from the past two years indicates that $5,000 to $25,000 is typical.
Deadline: Quarterly, with next deadline Dec. 1
**NEW THIS MONTH**
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics will award two grants of up to $2,000 each to math teachers who are seeking to improve their professional competence. Proposals can include requests for funds to take professional development courses or to work on projects to improve a mathematics curriculum. Equipment purchases are acceptable only if they directly support the proposed plan. There are two grant programsone for teachers in grades K-6 (in honor of Ernest Duncan) and one for teachers in grades 7-12 (in honor of Mary Doliciani). In each case, the grant is open to all public and private school math teachers with three or more years of experience in teaching a particular grade level. A similar program, the Leonard Pappas Incentive Grant, will make two $2,000 awards to support the development of mathematical enrichment materials or lessons detailing an innovative teaching unit; computer programs and videotapes are specifically cited in the grant announcement as eligible.
Deadline: Dec. 5
**NEW THIS MONTH**
Magnet School Assistance Program
This Department of Education (ED) program has a very specific purpose that substantially limits eligibility of applicants. It is open only to local educational agencies and consortia of such agencies to support magnet schools that are part of approved desegregation plans. These grants will support programs that enhance the ability of magnet schools to attract and retain minority students; magnet schools using technology as a draw have been successful applicants in the past. Grant recipients will receive substantial awards$200,000 to $3 million per year for up to three yearsfrom this program that is budgeted for FY 2001 at $92 million. As many as 60 awards will be made.
Deadline: Dec. 22