IBM Reinventing Education 3: Teacher Education Grants

IBM first launched its Reinventing Education program in 1994, and the company recently announced a new phase of the program. Reinventing Education 3 consists of three separate but related components, totaling $25 million, bringing the value of IBM’s entire Reinventing Education investment to $70 million. In the first component of Reinventing Education 3, IBM is seeking to develop five to seven partnerships, totaling $15 million over a three-year period, that focus on creating enhanced teacher education and professional development programs that prepare teachers to be successful in standards-based classrooms; focus on districts—predominantly urban and rural—where quality instruction is an ongoing challenge; represent collaborations between public school districts or state departments of education and colleges of education; and demonstrate innovative applications of IBM Learning Village technology to magnify their efforts. Grants will consist of research, technology, technical assistance, and limited amounts of cash. To apply, submit a letter of interest of no more than 3 pages, following the guidelines at the web site below.

Deadline: February 20


Oracle’s “Help Us Help” Foundation Awards

In its frst year of operation, Oracle Corp.’s new “Help Us Help” Foundation plans to provide $6 million in grants to increase access to the internet for disadvantaged youth in the United States and abroad. The majority of grantees will be schools, and the grant packages are structured to outfit 10, six, or five classrooms with five thin-client computers and one printer each. Public K-12 schools are eligible for support if 50 percent or more of the student body qualify for the subsidized lunch program or can otherwise be documented as low-income. K-12 schools also might qualify if their most recent test scores indicate that students are struggling to meet achievement standards.

Deadline: February 28


SMARTer Kids Connections

The SMARTer Kids Foundation, the philanthropic branch of SMART Technologies Inc., is accepting applications for its 2002-2004 Connections program, a collaborative learning program for students in grades five and six in the United States and Canada. Connections equips upper-elementary classes with leading-edge technology, provides teacher training, and promotes collaborative learning projects between schools. The program culminates with teachers and selected students meeting in Calgary for a week of friendship and learning. All Connections schools will receive a SMART Board 580 interactive whiteboard, floor stand, software, and digital projector. These products will be integrated into the curriculum to support the Connections program, and they become the property of the Connections schools to keep upon completion of the program.

Deadline: February 28

Contact: (403) 802-2549



Coca-Cola Foundation Grants

The Coca-Cola Foundation focuses on three areas for its philanthropic giving, one of which is support of innovative classroom teaching and learning in K-12 schools. In total, the foundation has contributed more than $100 million to education since 1990. The foundation looks favorably upon programs that are small and well-targeted, i.e., those that help elementary and secondary students with a particular issue, such as civil rights or the environment. Funds also can be applied toward tuition for training that will result in new instructional techniques in the classroom. Public and private schools serving children of all ages may apply for these grants. Although the monetary size of awards varies, a quick review of successful applicants from the past few years indicates that grants of $5,000 to $25,000 are typical.

Deadline: Quarterly; next deadline is March 1


GLOBE Awards

The GLOBE, or Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, program focuses on the advancement of environmental education. It was formed through a partnership among several organizations, including the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Environmental Protection Agency. The program provides funding for K-12 programs that teach students how to research environmental topics while encouraging them to share their findings via the web. Its goal is to develop learning skills in the fields of math, science, and computer technology. Specifically, the program provides resources for students to monitor the environment through the use of soil samples, atmospheric readings, land cover, and phenology. Teachers also benefit from this award through free training at GLOBE workshops, complementary educational videos, and continuous access to a teacher’s help desk. Approximately 15 to 40 awards will be granted from a $2 million pool. Successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate how their proposed projects will lead to a better understanding of the environment.

Deadline: March 1


Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning

Inspiration Software’s fourth annual Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning are designed to encourage educators in their ongoing technology professional development. On March 29, Inspiration Software will grant 20 scholarships in the amount of $500 each to educators who champion visual learning and the meaningful use of technology in the classroom. Grant recipients are compensated for attendance at a technology conference, graduate course, or training event where visual learning is highlighted.

Deadline: March 1


Thin Client@School Contest

Sponsored by National Semiconductor, Wyse Technology, and Citrix Systems, this program will award a thin-client technology package valued at up to $104,000 and teacher training valued at $8,000 to the winning school or district. The award consists of 30 Wyse Winterm 3730LE Windows-based terminals with integrated monitors, Citrix Systems MetaFrame XPe application server software to support up to 70 clients, National Semiconductor’s Global Connections internet training for teachers, plus servers, operating system software, installation, and technical training from sponsor certified integrators. Entries are accepted online at the web site address below. The winning school will be announced at the National Educational Computing Conference in June.

Deadline: March 1


Excellence in Classroom Teaching Awards

Curriculum Associates is offering its fifth annual award for teachers who demonstrate excellence in classroom teaching. The company—a publisher of print, software, and internet-based learning programs—will make three awards in the form of appointments to its Excellence in Teaching Cabinet. Candidates must submit a 500- to 750-word proposal for a project that will create a unique, high-quality experience in the classroom. Applicants are encouraged to be creative in their submissions. New cabinet members receive a $1,000 grant toward the implementation of a proposed project and $500 to spend on related Curriculum Associates products. They’ll also have the ability to provide feedback to the company and field-test new products in the classroom. K-8 teachers from the United States and Canada may apply. Winners will be notified on or about May 31.

Deadline: March 15

Contact: Jackie Dawson, (978) 667-8000


NFIE Innovation Grants

The National Education Association’s National Foundation for the Improvement of Education (NFIE) will award up to 200 Innovation Grants of $2,000 each to teams of two or more public school teachers, education support professionals, and/or faculty in public institutions of higher education who collaborate to develop and implement innovative ideas that result in high student achievement. Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, software, and professional fees. Funds may also be used for professional development necessary to implement the innovative idea.

Deadline: March 15



Alan Shephard Technology in Education Awards

Educators who demonstrate the effective use of technology in the classroom are eligible to win a laptop computer through this brand-new program from the National Association of Education Technology Specialists (NAETS). The organization will grant its first annual Alan Shephard Technology in Education Award to an educator who has demonstrated innovation, commitment, and excellence in the teaching and development of technology programs in schools. The award is open to all educators and technology personnel at the school or district level who have demonstrated exemplary use of technology either to foster lifelong learners or to make the learning process easier. The winning nominee will be flown to an awards ceremony, where he or she will be presented with a commemorative trophy engraved with his or her name and a laptop computer. A school principal must nominate a school-level candidate, and an associate superintendent or superintendent must nominate all district-level personnel. Nominations are to be submitted to the NAETS office between February 1 and April 30. The selection committee will make a final choice by May 27.

Deadline: April 30



AOL Time Warner Foundation Grants

The AOL Time Warner Foundation supports technology-related projects in four major areas of priority: Equipping Kids for the 21st Century, Extending Internet Benefits to All, Engaging Communities in the Arts, and Empowering Citizens and Civic Participation. Rather than simply providing grant monies, the foundation prefers to enter into sustainable strategic partnerships with organizations that have a demonstrated commitment to pioneering innovative ways of meeting these priorities. As a general rule, the foundation does not fund unsolicited proposals except in very special circumstances. Proposals are reviewed throughout the year, and the foundation responds to requests within eight to 12 weeks.

Contact: (800) 818-1066 or AOLTWFoundation@aol.com


Intel Foundation Grants

Intel offers a wide range of support for many technology- and science-related initiatives. The company’s two main grant programs are the Intel Model School Program, which provides every school in the United States with the opportunity to apply for potential seeding of equipment and matches companies with schools to provide end-to-end solutions; and the Teach to the Future Program, which has pledged $100 million to train 400,000 teachers in the use of technology by 2003. Combined with software and equipment discounts from companies such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Toshiba, Teach to the Future represents approximately a half-billion dollars invested by leading U.S. computer firms in bringing technology to the classroom. Applications for each of these programs can be found on the web sites below.



Lightware Education Spotlight Program

Lightware, a producer of ultraportable, affordable projection technology, and PLUS Corp. of America, a leader in innovative projection solutions, have announced a new program called Education Spotlight. Through the program, Lightware and PLUS will donate three projectors and an electronic copyboard to a selected school each quarter, reflecting a commitment to increase the effective use of multimedia learning in K-12 education. Applicants are asked to give a unique example of how the projectors will be used when applying for the award. Recipients are chosen based on the creativity of their response, and PLUS and Lightware will share innovative applications with other educators on the Lightware web site. Oregon’s Ogden Middle School became the first recipient in November.


Teach America!

Through its Teach America! program, the Gateway Foundation has promised to provide free technology training to 75,000 educators in public and private schools. Successful applicants will receive one year of free access to an online database containing more than 400 technology training courses, which run the gamut from word processing, to web site design, to spreadsheets, to computer-aided drafting. Applicants can be individual teachers or school district media representatives. Applicants must file a short note indicating their reasons for wanting access to the online training program and their plans for using their knowledge in the classroom.

Contact: gateway.foundation@gateway.com