Funds for teacher education

Note: Deadline listed is for notice of intent to apply. The Transition to Teaching program encourages (1) the development and expansion of alternative routes to full State teacher certification, as well as (2) the recruitment and retention of highly qualified mid-career professionals, recent college graduates, and highly qualified paraprofessionals as teachers in high-need schools operated by high-need local educational agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that operate as high-need LEAs.


$5,000 for excellent communities

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$25,000 for community improvement

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More than $300K for postsecondary information centers

The purpose of the EOC Program is to provide information regarding financial and academic assistance available for individuals who desire to pursue a program of postsecondary education; to provide assistance to these individuals in applying for admission to institutions at which a program of postsecondary education is offered, including assistance in preparing necessary applications for use by admissions and financial aid officers; and to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants.


$550K awards for American Indians with disabilities

The purpose of this program is to provide vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near Federal or State reservations, consistent with their individual strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice, so that they may prepare for and engage in gainful employment, including self-employment, telecommuting, or business ownership.


New online service applies the ‘Netflix’ model to literacy


Students can monitor their own reading growth in myON, and educators can view and download reports.


Anyone who’s familiar with Netflix knows the online video streaming and rental service lets users rate the movies they watch, as well as their level of interest in various genres, and then delivers personalized recommendations based on this information.

Now, Capstone Digital—a division of Capstone Publishing—has launched a new online service that aims to do for literacy what Netflix has done for consumer entertainment, with the hope that this approach might spark students’ interest in reading.

The myON reader system is a personalized digital reading environment that functions like Netflix’s “Suggested For You” section. After screening the abilities and interests of K-8 students, myON suggests titles based on the students’ Lexile levels and the topics that most appeal to them—and this process is further refined each time a student rates a text he or she has read.

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“We actually have students take an interest inventory, similar to if you were going on to an eHarmony or a Netflix and saying, ‘I’m looking for a match,’” said Todd Brekhus, president of Capstone Digital.

The books that myON suggests, which also include audio that can be turned on or off as desired, are 50 Lexiles below to 100 Lexiles above students’ reading levels.


Ed-tech stakeholders protest budget cuts

Successful ed-tech programs might dwindle if EETT funding disappears, stakeholders fear.

Educational technology stakeholders are speaking out against federal efforts to eliminate the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program by releasing state profiles and information showing how important the program is for ed-tech implementation.

On April 13, the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) released “Profiles in Innovation: How the Enhancing Education Through Technology Program is Improving Teaching and Learning in America’s Schools.” The profiles of 10 schools illustrate how instrumental EETT funds have been in helping to create successful educational technology programs.

“For kids in America today, technology isn’t something separate from their day-to-day lives—it is their day-to-day lives,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who delivered remarks at the release of the NCTET report. “They wake up, they reach for their smart phone, and they start tweeting. They text their friends while they walk to school. They update their Facebook status on the bus.”

Murray said educational technology is essential to improving students’ learning experiences in several ways:

  • Technology lets educators and students customize and personalize learning.
  • Ed tech gives teachers, principals, and policy makers important data and information they need to know what’s working and what must be improved.
  • Ed tech has a powerful way of engaging students in the classroom.

“Twenty-first century jobs are going to require workers with 21st-century skills—and we need to make sure our students not only understand how technology connects to their future careers,  but that they are also leaving our schools and entering the workforce better at making that connection than students anywhere else in the world,” Murray said. “So that’s the first reason well-integrated technology education is so critical in our schools.”

tags awards computer lab to NYC teacher

Andrea Deak, from the H.S. 570 Satellite Academy in New York City, will be honored in a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate her status as the grand prize winner in Newegg’s Nominate Your Teacher Award program. Deak’s school will receive a new computer lab worth $25,000. H.S. 570 is dedicated to providing students who are at least 16 years old with an opportunity to earn their high school diploma in a smaller, student-centered learning community. The mission of the school is to help students improve their attendance, become active learners and graduate with full capability for future success.


Illinois students receive virtual field trip grants

Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller announced that more than $63,000 in Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grants will allow nearly 6,000 students to visit Illinois state parks, museums, and other natural resources sites to learn about nature and conservation. The Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grants are made possible by private donations to the Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF). The Independence Tube Corporation of Chicago and the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation of Skokie provided the majority of the funds for 2011. The 65 grant recipients are located throughout Illinois and represent students from pre-kindergarten through high school. Since its inception in 2001, the program has distributed more than $445,000 and reached more than 47,000 students. The competitive grant program lets Illinois teachers apply for funds to take students out of the classroom to study Illinois’ biodiversity. Learning activities must meet the Illinois Learning Standards from the Illinois State Board of Education. Funding is administered by the ICF and covers expenses such as transportation and substitute teachers.