The “Be Cool to Your School” contest, sponsored by The Horace Mann Companies, will donate $10,000 on behalf of one lucky educator to the school or nonprofit school organization of his or her choice. Five second-place winners each will have $1,000 donated to the school of their choice. To enter, educators must meet with a Horace Mann licensed sales representative to complete the entry form. No purchase is necessary. Entries also may be submitted by mail. See the programs web site for details.
The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) provides funding to help migrant and seasonal farm workers and their children obtain a general-education diploma (GED) that meets the guidelines for high school equivalency established by the state in which the HEP project is conducted. It also aims to allow migrant and seasonal farm workers and their children to gain employment or be placed in an institution of higher education or other postsecondary education or training. ED expects to make 15 awards, each ranging in value from $150,000 to $475,000.
The College Assistance Migrant Program provides the academic and financial support necessary to help migrant and seasonal farm workers and their children successfully complete their first year of college. ED expects to make 14 awards, each ranging in value from $150,000 to $425,000.
The William F. Goodling Even Start Family Literacy Programs, known as Even Start, intend to help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy by improving the educational opportunities of low-income families by integrating early childhood education, adult literacy or adult basic education, and parenting education into a unified family literacy program for federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal organizations. Activities funded under this program build on high-quality existing community resources to create a new range of educational services for most-in-need families; promote the academic achievement of children and adults; assist children from low-income families to meet challenging state content and student achievement standards; and use instructional programs based on scientifically based reading research and on the prevention of reading difficulties for children and adults, to the extent that such research is available.
NSF invites proposals for research projects that will investigate the effectiveness of interventions designed to improve student learning and achievement in preK-12 science and/or mathematics, with an emphasis on middle and high school. Technology should be a part of the intervention or used in an essential manner of the analysis of the intervention. An estimated $22 million is available in Fiscal Year 2004. NSF expects to make one scaling award of up to $5 million for five years, and 10 to 12 contextual awards of up to $2 million over five years. Letters of intent are required and are due April 1.
In its third year, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program has expanded to honor principals as well as teachers, with almost $500,000 in cash and school grants available to educators throughout Texas. Anyone can nominate his or her favorite teacher or principal, and educators may nominate themselves. Forty-five finalists will be selected, but only nine will win between $5,000 and $10,000 in cash and $25,000 for their school.
The Elementary & Secondary School Counseling program provides funding to local educational agencies for the purpose of establishing or expanding elementary and secondary school counseling programs. ED expects to make 35 awards ranging from $250,000 to $400,000 each.
The Magnet Schools Assistance Program provides grants to eligible LEAs and consortia of LEAs to support magnet schools that are part of an approved desegregation plan. Magnet schools funding helps applicants expand their capacity to provide public school choice to students who attend schools identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring under Title I, part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. ED expects to make 50 awards ranging between $250,000 and $3.5 million per year.
The Minority Science & Engineering Improvement program is designed to affect long-range improvement in science and engineering education at predominantly minority institutions and to increase the flow of underrepresented ethnic minorities, particularly minority women, into scientific and technological careers. There are three types of projects, each with a different set of eligible applicants. Check the program’s web site for details.
The National Professional Development Program is intended to provide for professional development activities that will improve classroom instruction for limited English proficient (LEP) children and assist educational personnel working with such children to meet high professional standards, including standards for certification and licensure as teachers who work in language instruction education programs or serve LEP children. The deadline to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply is Feb. 19; full proposals are due March 5. ED expects to make 25 awards, each worth between $100,000 and $150,000.