RGK Foundation Grants

RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of education, community, and medicine/health. The foundation’s primary interests within education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education.

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Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers

Toyota TAPESTRY recognizes outstanding educators who are making a difference by demonstrating excellence and creativity in science teaching. Since 1991 the program has awarded more than $7 million to 826 teams of teachers for innovative science classroom projects. Thanks to these teachers’ tireless efforts to improve their skills and increase their effectiveness, students nationwide are gaining a better understanding of science principles and methodologies. Toyota and NSTA sincerely hope these grants continue to inspire teachers and serve as a catalyst for lifetime science learning.

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2006-2007 YES Competition for Students

The Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Competition for original student research is designed to inspire talented students to investigate the many behavioral, biological, environmental, and social factors that affect health and, based upon this knowledge, to identify ways to improve the health of the public. The YES Competition awards up to 120 college scholarships each year to high school juniors and seniors who conduct outstanding research projects that apply epidemiological methods of analysis to a health-related issue. Epidemiologists seek answers to why some people get sick and others don’t. In other words, epidemiology is the science of exploring patterns of disease, illness and injury within populations, with the goal of developing methods for prevention, control and treatment to improve health. The basic skills required by epidemiology – framing the right question, collecting relevant information and analyzing it to answer the question – are skills that will help students succeed in any area of future work.

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Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation awards mini-grants of up to $350 to public libraries and public school libraries to support programming that encourages literacy and creativity in children.

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Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants

The purpose of this grant is to incorporate music into the elementary school classroom to help young students learn mathematics. For 2007-2008, grants with a maximum of $3,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades K-2. This award is for individual classroom teachers or small groups of teachers collaborating in one grade or across grade levels. Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant. Proposals must address the following: the combining of mathematics and music; the plan for improving students’ learning of mathematics; and the anticipated impact on students’ achievement.

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Up to $2M to strengthen community colleges

The President’s Community-Based Job Training Grants program is designed to strengthen community colleges and their role in the U.S. workforce. Funds will be awarded to individual community and technical colleges, community college districts, state community college systems, One-Stop Career Centers, and other entities in areas without access to community colleges. Awardees will support or engage in activities for the purpose of building the capacity of community colleges to train for careers in high growth, high demand industries in regional economies.

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Mo. virtual school to provide online courses

The Missourian reports that starting next July, the new Missouri virtual school will allow students in all 524 school districts to take courses via the internet. The virtual school will target students with various access difficulties, specifically those students from rural areas or smaller school districts that don’t offer various electives. Curt Fuchs, Missouri’s new director of virtual education, believes that “taking online courses isn’t for every student.” However, the program will be available to all students, including home-schooled and private school students…

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Tech helps schools save energy

AZCentral.com reports that new energy control programs are helping the Tempe School District save money. Currently the law allows schools to recoup excess utility costs. However, this law expires in 2009 increasing the incentive for districts to become as energy efficient as possible. According to Steve Pomeroy, Tempe Elementary’s director of facilities management, the district has saved over $95,000 this fiscal year due to its conversion to time-of-use meters, which allow for different rates of utility usage between peak and off-peak hours. In addition, cooling control systems have had a big role. Temperatures are kept at 74 to 78 degrees when classes are in session, and gets increase to 83 to 85 when classes are out…

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Teacher Appreciation Sweepstakes

Big Lots is sponsoring a summer sweepstakes for teachers across the nation. Between July 7 and August 10, teachers can register online or in their local Big Lots store to win one of more than 120 prizes. The sweepstakes also kicks off one of Big Lots’ newest online communities, The Teachers’ Lounge. While registering online, teachers can join this new program and have a chance to preview upcoming promotions and receive special savings.

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