eSN honors tech-savvy supes

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eSchool News recognized ten superintendents who are among the nation’s most successful in leading their schools into the 21st century in a Feb. 15 ceremony.

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Full-Service Community Schools Program

The Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) program encourages coordination of educational, developmental, family, health, and other services through partnerships between public elementary and secondary schools and community-based organizations and public or private entities. This collaboration will provide comprehensive educational, social, and health services for students, families, and communities.

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Carol M. White Physical Education Program

The Carol M. White Physical Education Program gives grants to local educational agencies and community-based organizations to initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs, including after-school programs, for K-12 students. Grant recipients must implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting state standards.

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Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Program

The purpose of the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers program is to provide grants for vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities who are migrant and seasonal farmworkers, as determined in accordance with rules prescribed by the Secretary of Labor, and to the family members who are residing with such individuals (whether or not such family members are individuals with disabilities).

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Adobe School Innovation Awards

The awards program honors the creative and innovative work of high school students. Within the theme “My Community — My Planet — My 21st Century,” students can submit entries in three categories: Web Design and Development, Film and Video, and Graphic and Print Design. Category award winners will be named, as well as one grand prize winner for best overall submission. Category winners will receive $1,500, a Lenovo laptop and a copy of Creative Suite 3 Master Collection. In addition, the grand prize winner will be invited to attend NECC (including round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations for two).

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Partnerships in Character Education

This program awards grants to design and implement character education programs that can be integrated into classroom instruction, and that are consistent with state academic content standards. Such programs may be carried out in conjunction with other educational reform efforts, and must take into consideration the views of parents, students, students with disabilities (including those with mental or physical disabilities), and other members of the community.

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The American Honda Foundation Grants Program

Organizations working in the areas of youth and scientific education may be eligible for grants from the American Honda Foundation. Our policy is to seek out those programs and organizations with a well-defined sense of purpose, demonstrated commitment to making the best use of available resources and a reputation for accomplishing their objectives.

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Informal Science Education

The ISE program invests in projects that develop and implement informal learning experiences designed to increase interest, engagement, and understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by individuals of all ages and backgrounds, as well as projects that advance knowledge and practice of informal science education. Projects may target either public audiences or professionals whose work directly affects informal STEM learning. ISE projects are expected to demonstrate strategic impact, innovation, and collaboration.

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AVerVision Lesson Plan Contest

Educators can enter to win one of six prize packages, including $1,000 for classroom technology and a new AVerVision Document Camera. Entrants should submit a full written lesson plan relating to one of the following subjects while integrating the use of a document camera into the lesson plan itself: mathematics, science, history/social studies, English/language arts, art/music, or another subject. Lesson plans must include a document camera as the primary demonstration tool in the lesson itself, and be directly related to the previously mentioned subjects. Integrating document cameras with other technologies may also be described (e.g. interactive whiteboards, automated response systems, computers, etc).

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