Since 1999, basketball legend Michael Jordan’s Jordan Fundamentals program, a division of Nike Inc., has donated up to 400 grants of $2,500 each year. The grants fund resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, or other costs related to field trips, software, and other items required to implement and assess the proposed lesson or thematic unit. Teachers or paraprofessionals who work with students in grades six through 12 in a United States public school-and who also demonstrate instructional creativity and exemplify high learning expectations for economically disadvantaged students-are eligible to apply. Applicants must develop an original lesson plan or thematic unit. Unique teaching methods and projects are encouraged. At least 40 percent of the school’s student population must be eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program.

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