With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on educating technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation’s economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and employers to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary-school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary-school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. A secondary goal is articulation between two-year and four-year programs for K-12 prospective teachers that focus on technological education. Additionally, the program invites proposals focusing on applied research relating to technician education.
Schools from across the country are eligible to apply online for an opportunity to partner with NASA in a program designed to bring engaging mathematics, science, and technology learning to educators, students, and families. Each spring, a three-year partnership is established between NASA and 50 new NASA Explorer School teams, consisting of teachers and education administrators from diverse communities across the country. NASA invites the selected teams to work with education specialists from NASA Centers in an effort to spark innovative science and mathematics instruction for students in grades 4-9. While partnered with NASA, NASA Explorer School teams will acquire new teaching resources and technology tools using NASA’s unique content, experts, and other resourcesto provide exciting learning experiences science, mathematics, and technology for students.
Grants will be awarded to teachers and library media specialists through a competitive application process. The program challenges teachers and librarians to explore technology-related products and services and creatively apply these tools and resources in the classroom to enrich student learning. Grants must be used to pay for technology products, training, and services not provided to the teacher by the school or the school district. Examples include, but are not limited to, computer software and hardware, digital cameras, CD-ROM libraries, scanners, video boards, modems, internet access, wiring, and online access to networks and databases.
The Earthwatch Institute offers educators fully funded fellowships for what it calls “the ultimate hands-on learning experience.” Participants can join leading scientists doing field research and conservation on one of 130 projects around the world. Research might include tracking peccaries in Brazil’s enormous Pantanal wetland, following manatees aboard a small motorboat off the coast of Belize, or digging up ancient relics in sunny Spain.
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) seeks to increase the number of students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) receiving associate or baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Type 1 proposals are solicited that provide for full implementation efforts at academic institutions. Type 2 proposals are solicited that support educational research projects on associate or baccalaureate degree attainment in STEM.
The Leaders in Learning Awards program recognizes administrators, educators, community leaders, and policy makers who demonstrate vision, innovation, action, and transformation in education. The objective of the awards is to promote and encourage innovative learning practices by honoring individuals who have transformed an aspect of education on a large or small scale. Winners will receive a $3,000 grant and an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., where they will participate in a gala celebration and other activities.
The Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards annually recognize U.S. K-12 schools that demonstrate excellence in implementing innovative, replicable programs supporting positive educational outcomes. The awards showcase the effective use of technology, the benefits of strong teamwork, and the development of excellent classroom teachers. Winners, one each in elementary and secondary education, will be chosen in nine categories.
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