$350,000 to enhance mathematics education
Toyota’s Investment In Mathematics Excellence (TIME) program towards teachers up to $10,000 for innovative projects that enhance math education within a school. It is sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. through its partnership with the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics. Any K-12 classroom teacher with three years of experience teaching math within the United States or its territories may apply. The focus is on individual students and classrooms rather than on districtwide projects. Up to 35 two-year grants, totaling up to $350,000, will be awarded. Grants will be awarded at three levels: elementary, middle, and high school.
Deadline: January 7
Contact: (888) 573-TIME, toyotatime@nctm.org

Up to $35,000 in software to improve school-to-home communications
Believing that two-way communication between schools and homes results in greater student success, the No Parent Left Behind Parent-Communication grant program from Reliance Communications Inc. aims to foster parent involvement, increase attendance, and raise student achievement. Two public schools will be selected to receive the SchoolMessenger Desktop Calling System and two years of support from Reliance Communications, worth $5,000 per award. In addition to the fully funded grants, 10 partial-assistance matching grants, worth $2,500 per award, also will be made. Special consideration will be given to schools with attendance and performance levels that are historically below district, county, and/or state averages.
Deadline: January 9
Contact: Jonathan Crow, (831) 477-0293 ext. 103, nplb-grants@schoolmessenger.com

Up to $10,000 per award to foster girls’ math, science, and technology achievement
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation’s Community Action Grants provide seed money to individual women, AAUW branches, and community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs focused on girls’ achievement in math, science, and/or technology. Applicants must be women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Grant projects must have direct public impact, be nonpartisan, and take place within the United States or its territories.
Deadline: January 15
Contact: AAUW Educational Foundation, (319) 337-1716, ext. 60

$1,500 per award to buy technology products, training, and services
The EDS Technology Grant Program, from Electronic Data Systems Corp., helps teachers purchase technology products and services that will improve their students’ ability to learn. Each year, EDS offices worldwide sponsor $1,500 grants to teachers through a competitive application process. The grants are awarded to teachers through their schools, and schools applying for a grant must be located within 50 miles of where EDS does business. Grants must be used to pay for technology products, training, or services. EDS encourages teachers to propose innovative classroom projects or student exercises. Teachers are asked to explain the innovative nature of their project, how they or their students will use the requested technology, and how the technology will improve their students’ ability to achieve curriculum goals.
Deadline: January 23
Contact: Charlene Edwards, (972) 605-6557, charlene.edwards@eds.com

$22,500 in scholarships for integrating visual learning technologies
For the sixth year, Inspiration Software’s Inspired Teacher Scholarship program will support professional development activities for K-12 and higher-education instructors who champion the integration of visual learning and technology into the curriculum. Inspiration Software will award 30 scholarships worth $750 each to support K-12 educators as they use graphic organizers and other visual learning tools to help students develop strong thinking and organizational skills and improve their academic performance. Educators from K-12 schools, colleges, and universities are eligible to apply. A minimum of one year of service is required, and applicants must demonstrate that they have direct contact with students.
Deadline: January 28

$540,000 in SMART boards, projectors, and more for teacher-recognition programs
The Teaching Excellence Awards, from SMART Technologies’ SMARTer Kids Foundation, sponsor existing teacher-recognition programs through the donation of educational technologies. Developed to ensure that top educational technologies are made available to outstanding teachers, the program will donate more than $540,000 worth of educational technology to teachers this year. The technology includes SMART boards, AlphaSmart’s Dana Palm OS laptop alternative, NEC projectors, and more. Programs that are likely to be supported include Teacher of the Year and Technology Teaching Excellence Awards at state, national, and international levels.
Deadline: January 31
Contact: info@smarterkids.org,
(403) 228-8565


$27,000 to create the ‘perfect’ middle school science classroom
The NEC Perfect Classroom Competition, from the NEC Foundation of America, is a national competition that will give three middle-school science teachers in the United States up to $9,000 each to improve their classrooms and to enhance the learning experience for their students. Teachers are encouraged to submit video essays describing their vision for the perfect classroom. Winners will be selected and announced in conjunction with National Teacher Appreciation Week in May.
Deadline: February 9

$400 plus software for innovative, tech-based literacy instruction
The Technology in Literacy Education Grant Competition 2004 aims to inspire and foster the creative use of computer technologies in classrooms to “connect” students with literacy learning in a variety of ways. Eligible projects should use the unique capabilities of computer hardware and software applications to enhance the literacy curriculum, extend the communication capabilities of students, provide interventions, or offer students opportunities to assemble and express knowledge in authentic contexts. The grant recipient will receive up to $400 from the Technology in Literacy Education Special Interest Group (TILE SIG), plus literacy software from Don Johnston Inc. Applicants must be members of the International Reading Association and TILE SIG.
Deadline: February 9

Student scholarships to NASA space camp
PLATO Learning is offering a new scholarship program for middle and high school students to celebrate the launch of its newest science courseware, PLATO Life Science, and to help spur interest in science education. The PLATO Science Academy will provide a one-week, all-expenses-paid scholarship for 40 students to participate in a special customized science program at the NASA Space Center in Houston that will include working with astronauts and other NASA scientists. Schools that purchase more than $50,000 in PLATO science software automatically will qualify for one student scholarship; however, no purchase is necessary to nominate your school to receive a scholarship.
Deadline: February 28
Contact: (800) 44-PLATO


$12.5 million to improve literacy through school libraries
Schools and districts in which 20 percent of the families have incomes below the poverty line can apply for their share of an estimated $12.5 million offered through the U.S. Department of Education’s Improving Literacy through School Libraries program. Schools can use these funds to purchase technology that increases information literacy, information retrieval, and critical thinking skills.
Deadline: March 29 (estimated)
Contact: Margaret McNeely, (202) 260-1335, Margaret.Mcneely@ed.gov

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