Alan Shephard Technology in Education Awards
Educators who demonstrate the effective use 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. The honoree’s name also will go onto a master trophy to be housed at the NAETS home office. A school principal must nominate a candidate from a school, and an associate superintendent or superintendent must nominate all district-level personnel. Nominations for the award 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
Robert H. Michel Civic Education Grants
The Dirksen Congressional Center is giving $50,000 in new grants to help teachers, curriculum developers, and others improve the quality of civics instruction, with emphasis on the role of Congress in the federal government. Areas of interest include designing lesson plans, creating student activities, and applying instructional technology in the classroom. Examples of some eligible projects include lesson plans or student activities based on civics education web sites, or projects about the history of Congress using technology. Expenses eligible for support include faculty release time, software purchases, project-related incidentals such as photocopying, and professional development activities with specific relevance to the subject area. The intense competition for these grants means that requests for funds to purchase off-the-shelf resources such as textbooks, projects that lack innovation, and projects that benefit small numbers of students are not likely to be funded. Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate matching support.
Deadline: May 1
Transition to Teaching Program
Transition to Teaching, available through the U.S. Department of Education (ED), provides grants to recruit, train, and place talented individuals from other fieldssuch as business or technologyinto teaching positions in K-12 classrooms and support them during their first years in the classroom. In particular, the program targets mid-career professionals from various fields who possess strong academic backgrounds and work experience to become teachers in relevant subject fields, particularly in high-need areas such as bilingual education, foreign languages, mathematics, reading, science, technology, and special education. It also supports recent college graduates with outstanding academic records and a baccalaureate degree in a field other than teaching. By regulation, $3,000,000 is the maximum award for national or regional projects; $1,500,000 is the maximum award for state projects; and $1,125,000 is the maximum award for local projects. The 2002 competition is expected to be announced in early April.
Deadline: May 20 (estimated)
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Women’s Educational Equity Act Program
The Women’s Educational Equity Act Program, another ED initiative, provides funds to implement equity programs and policies in schools, including programs that encourage girls to succeed in technology-related programs and careers. The program targets most funds toward local implementation of gender-equity policies and practices. Research, development, and dissemination activities also are funded. Projects may be funded for up to four years. Examples of allowable activities include training for teachers and other school personnel to encourage gender equity in the classroom; innovative strategies and model training programs in gender equity for teachers and other school personnel; school-to-work transition programs; and guidance and counseling activities to increase opportunities for women in technologically demanding workplaces. ED generally awards six to nine grants for about $150,000 each. The 2002 competition was expected to be announced April 1.
Deadline: May 22 (estimated)
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Help Us Help Foundation Grants
Oracle Corp.’s Help Us Help Foundation is a nonprofit organization that assists K-12 public schools and youth organizations in economically challenged communities through grants of computer equipment and software. Funding comes from Oracle Corp., as well as from other charitable donations. Grant recipients will receive internet appliances from the New Internet Computer Co. and Kyocera Mita laser printers to outfit 10, six, or five classrooms with five computers and one printer each. Applicants must document that their school is designated low-income and must provide test scores that show their students are struggling to meet achievement standards. In addition, the school already must have in place a technology infrastructure to support the internet appliances.
Deadline: May 31
Public Charter Schools Program
The Public Charter Schools Program, offered through ED, provides financial assistance for the planning, design, initial implementation, and dissemination of information on charter schools created by teachers, parents, and other members of local communities. Grants are available on a competitive basis to state education agencies (SEAs) in states that have charter school laws, and SEAs in turn make subgrants to authorized public chartering agencies in partnership with developers of charter schools. If an eligible SEA elects not to participate or if its application for funding is not approved, grants can be made directly to eligible local partnerships. Grants to SEAs average $3 million and others average $150,000. The 2002 competition was expected to be announced April 1.
Deadline: June 1 (estimated)
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Teaching American History Grants
Teaching American History, another ED program, aims to raise student achievement by improving teachers’ knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of U.S. history. These grants are intended to help school districtsin collaboration with universities, museums, or historical societiesdevelop, document, evaluate, and disseminate innovative, cohesive models of professional development, such as web-based professional development programs for history teachers. Congress has appropriated $100 million for Teaching American History grants for fiscal year 2002. Grant awards will range between $350,000 and $1 million. The 2002 competition was expected to be announced April 1.
Deadline: June 3 (estimated)
Philips TechOver Sweepstakes
Philips Consumer Electronics is giving away two complete multimedia systems valued at $5,000 each as part of its TechOver Sweepstakes. Two classrooms will win Philips’ products, which will include a projector, monitor, VCR and DVD player, PC speaker sound system, portable audio system, soundcard, and CD-RW drive. A school administrator must register on behalf of an accredited school on the Philips web site by June 30, and only one entry per school is permitted. Two winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries on July 10. No purchase is necessary.
Deadline: June 30
Arts in Education Grants
ED’s Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grants Program aims to strengthening arts instruction and improve students’ academic performance, including their skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts. Funds must be used to improve or expand the integration of arts education in elementary or middle school classrooms, and using technology-based methods of teaching arts education is one possible approach. Grant applications must describe an existing set of strategies for integrating the arts into the regular elementary and middle school curriculum that could be implemented, expanded, documented, evaluated, and disseminated successfully. Awards usually range between $350,000 and $1,000,000. The 2002 competition is expected to be announced in mid-May.
Deadline: July 15 (estimated)
Sponsored by cell phone manufacturer Nokia and a consortium of cell phone service providers (organized by the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association), this program gives cell phones and free calling time to classroom instructors. The program is designed to create additional in-class learning opportunities by enabling students to call subject matter experts during school time, and also to provide instructors with emergency access to telephones to ensure their safety and the safety of their students. To date, more than 30,000 cell phones and 12 million hours of free phone time have been donated. Among the innovative uses of the system has been a project in a private school in Florida that allows each teacher to place his or her homework assignment on wireless voice mail daily, so that parents can call in and confirm their children’s homework assignments. Grants are made by individual local wireless providers; to find out if your provider is participating in the program, go to the ClassLink web site.
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, Premio, 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, 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 2001.
MarcoPolo Professional Development Grants
The MCI WorldCom Foundation provides states and school districts with on-site professional development for K-12 teacher trainers on how to incorporate internet content into the classroom. The training sessions use print and online materials developed by the MarcoPolo Partnership, a consortium of leading educational organizations dedicated to creating high-quality internet content for the classroom. The training sessions are led by professionally trained internet education specialists, and all attendees receive copies of the MarcoPolo Teacher Training Kit.
MathSoft Educational Grants
MathSoft, a provider of math, science, and engineering software, has two grant programs available: the StudyWorks Innovative Teaching Grant Program and the Conference Presenter Grant Program. Through the former, educators and schools can receive a lab grant for 25 StudyWorks for Schools licenses, as well as additional licenses for the school’s media center. Interested applicants must submit a detailed proposal explaining how they would incorporate StudyWorks software into their curriculum. MathSoft also awards Conference Grants to provide stipends for educators attending math, science, or technology conferences who will be presenting a session or workshop using StudyWorks, Mathcad, or Axum. Educators interested in the program should submit a proposal of their conference session or workshop. Grant recipients will receive a grant of $100 or $200. Prospective applicants should consult the Mathsoft web site for program information and application details.
Contact: MathSoft Inc., Studyworks Grant Program, 101 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142; fax (617) 577-8829.
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.