To help support National Constitution Day on Sept. 17, the Federal Resources for Education Excellence (FREE) web site has compiled a special section on the U.S. Constitution. Although Sept. 17 will have come and gone before readers see this review, the site can be used throughout the school year to enhance the teaching of constitutional themes. It contains links to web pages and resources from several government agencies and nonprofit organizations, including the National Archives’ “Constitution of the United States” page, the Library of Congress’s “Constitution Day Resources” page, the National Constitution Center’s “Interactive Constitution” page, and more. At this latter page, users can search the Constitution to find relevant passages and explanations, discovering in the process how the Constitution relates to more than 300 topics–from civil rights to school prayer. Other resources contain primary-source documents, biographies of the delegates who met in 1787 to rewrite the Articles of Confederation, essays urging ratification of their proposal, and a 200-year constitutional timeline.
Projects eligible for American Honda Foundation Grants are those that focus on youth and scientific education programs. Nonprofits, including K-12 schools and school districts, education institutions, nonprofit scientific and education organizations and national programs involved with curriculum development that encourage innovative education methods and techniques, are eligible to apply.
Awards are made to applicants who are trying new methods and techniques to improve student learning. Applications may be for projects that have been implemented or that the educator would like to implement. One hundred finalists each receive $2,000. Of these, three are selected for additional financial awards. First place receives an additional $25,000; second place an additional $10,000; and third place an additional $5,000.
High school students are challenged to put themselves 50 years into the future to describe how air transportation systems have evolved with vehicles flying at various speeds. College students are invited to propose solutions for complex technical problems in hypersonic and supersonic flight; subsonic fixed and rotary wing transports; or Mars entry, descent, and landing. High school entries are due by March 15, 2007, and college entries are due by April 27, 2007.
Ronald McDonald House Charities and its global network of local chapters have dedicated more than $430 million in grants and program services toward making an immediate, positive impact on those children who need help most. Through grants to other nonprofit organizations serving children, RMHC can extend its reach, improving the health and well-being of children around the world. By supporting global or national nonprofit organizations that help children read, provide nutritious after-school meals, offer life-changing surgeries, or help prevent life-threatening disease, Ronald McDonald House Charities reaches into communities around the world to address the most urgent needs of children.
Each year NEH offers teachers opportunities to study humanities topics in a variety of Summer Seminars and Institutes. The dates and duration of each project are listed under each title. All teachers selected to participate in a seminar or institute will be awarded a fixed stipend based on the length of the seminar or institute to help cover travel costs, books and other research expenses, and living expenses: $1,800 (2 weeks), $2,400 (3 weeks), $3,000 (4 weeks), $3,600 (5 weeks), or $4,200 (6 weeks).
Barnes and Noble grants are awarded to programs that support the arts, literacy, and K-12 education. Proposals must include a description of how the community will benefit and how the program will be promoted with Barnes & Noble.
The Goldman Sachs Foundation High School Prize will recognize a secondary school that engages all or most of its students in learning about Asia, Africa, Latin America or the Middle East, or about international affairs through its curriculum and through partnerships with other countries or local organizations.
Each year, the President of the United States recognizes outstanding mathematics and science teachers by bestowing upon them the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Awards are given to teachers in each state and four U.S. jurisdictions, including Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; Department of Defense Schools; and the U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). The PAEMST program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House. The 2007 PAEMST program will honor 7th thru 12th-grade mathematics and science teachers. Each awardee receives a $10,000 award from NSF and gifts from a broad range of donors. Awardees and their guests are honored during events that take place in Washington, D.C., over the course of a week-long celebration. These events include an awards ceremony, celebratory receptions and banquets, and professional development programs.
The STS Program provides a range of funding opportunities designed to support the full spectrum of research, educational, and scholarly activities undertaken by scholars within science and technology studies. Projects may include individual scholars, collaborative research, post-doctoral fellowships, professional development fellowships, dissertation research improvement, grants for training and research, support for conferences and workshops.