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GRANTS AWARDED

FROM PRIVATE SOURCES

THE STUPSKI FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Stupski Family Foundation, a Mill Valley, Calif.-based private foundation that supports school district education innovations, awarded more than $3.2 million in grants to six school districts last month. The grants are designed to build connections between leadership, teacher quality, and student achievement to narrow persistent achievement gaps between different racial groups.

The improvements supported by the grants form the basis of the District Alliance Program, a new initiative by the foundation to strengthen school districts. About $12 million could be awarded over three years to the districts if they improve under the new program. The six recipients and the amount each was awarded are:

Bellingham Public Schools, Bellingham, Wash., $364,000; Elk Grove Unified School District, Elk Grove, Calif., $300,000; Gilroy Unified School District, Gilroy, Calif., $820,000; Oak Grove School District, San Jose, Calif., $427,000; West Contra Costa Unified School District, Richmond, Calif., $580,000; and Yakima School District, Yakima, Wash., $733,000.

THE EDNA McCONNELL CLARK FOUNDATION

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation—a New York City-based foundation dedicated to improving programs for poor people, children, the elderly, and the developing world—recently awarded $10.25 million in grants to three youth organizations in New York City and Boston. The grants will be distributed over four to six years.

The Rheedlen Center for Children and Families in New York City will receive $5.75 million, the Boston-based Citizen Schools will receive $2.75 million, and ROCA Inc., also based in Boston, will receive $1.75 million.

FROM CORPORATE SOURCES

THE NEW YORK LIFE FOUNDATION

The New York Life Foundation, the philanthropic branch of the New York City-based New York Life Company, and New Visions for Public Schools, a reform organization dedicated to improving schools in the city, identified the 12 public schools that won grants from the New York Life Tech Power Program.

Over two years, the program will award $20,000 to each of 24 New York City public schools to help teachers create customized school technology projects.

The first 12 schools to win the grants were: PS 7/The Kingsbridge School, District 10, Bronx; PS 321/William Penn School and the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies, District 15, Brooklyn; PS 372/The Children's School, District 15/75, Brooklyn; MS 385, District 16, Brooklyn; PS 197, District 22, Brooklyn; PS 87, District 24, Queens; PS 56 and PS 197, District 27, Queens; PS 141, District 75, Brooklyn; Robert F. Wagner Jr. Secondary School for Arts and Technology, District 79, Queens; and Reisenbach Charter School, Manhattan.

GRANTS AVAILABLE

FROM PRIVATE SOURCES

SPACE EDUCATION GRANTS

Applications are due Oct. 26 for grants from the Inititative to Develop Education Through Astronomy and Space Science, sponsored by the Space Telescope Science Institute Office of Public Outreach. Grants are to start programs that promote collaboration between scientists and K-14 educators to enhance students' learning. About 15 grants of up to $20,000 for one-year programs or from $21,000 to $50,000 for two-year programs are available. Contact: STSIOPO, (410) 338-4848; e-mail: ideas@stsci.edu; Web site: http://ideas.stsci.edu

EDUCATION RESEARCH GRANTS

Applications are due Dec. 15 for grants from the American Educational Research Association Grant Program, sponsored by the National Center for Educational Statistics and the Office of Educational Research and Improvement. Grants are available for educational research projects. About 10 grants of up to $15,000 for one-year projects and up to $25,000 for two-year projects are available. Contact: Jeanie Murdock, AERA Grants Program, 5662 Calle Real, Suite 254, Goleta, CA 93117-2317; (805) 964-5264; e-mail: jmurdock@aera.net; Web site: www.aera.net/grantsprogram.

* READING RESEARCH GRANTS

Applications are due Jan. 15, 2002, for various research grants, sponsored by the International Reading Association. Grants support literacy and reading research and are available to educators, researchers, graduate students, and others involved with reading research. Seven grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 will be awarded at the association's annual convention in San Francisco in the spring of 2002. Contact: Marcella Moore, Division of Research and Policy, IRA, 800 Barksdale Road, PO Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 423; fax: (302) 731-1057; e-mail: research@reading.org; Web site: www.reading.org.

* FIRST AMENDMENT EDUCATION

Applications are due March 15, 2002, for grants from the First Amendment Schools project, sponsored by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the First Amendment Center. Grants are to help schools teach and model the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the principles of the First Amendment. Ten grants of $12,000 each will be awarded in May 2002 to K-12 public and private schools. Contact: Mike Wildasin, ASCD, (703) 575-5475, or Sam Chaltain, FAC, (703) 284-2808; Web site: www.firstamendmentschools.org.

SPACE EDUCATION GRANTS

Applications are accepted at any time. Space Education Initiatives provides funding for Internet-based K-12 space education programs. The four programs sponsored nationwide are Moonlink, NEARlink, Marslink, and Orbital Laboratory. The availability of grant money varies by state. Educators may apply for funding through Space Explorers, Inc. Contact: SEI, (800) 965-3763; Web sites: www.space- explorers.com/grantinfo; www.moonlink.com; near.space-explorers.com; www.marslink.com; www.orbitallaboratory.com.

TOLERANCE EDUCATION GRANTS

Applications are accepted at any time. The Teaching Tolerance project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit group that fights discrimination, offers grants of up to $2,000 to K-12 teachers. The grants are awarded for activities promoting diversity, peacemaking, community service, or other aspects of tolerance education. Applications should include a typed, 500-word description of the activity and the proposed budget. The number of grants awarded depends on available funding. Contact: Teaching Tolerance Grants, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104; (334) 264-0286, ext. 374.

MATH AND SCIENCE TEACHING GRANTS

Applications are accepted at any time for grants for programs that improve classroom teaching and learning of math, science, and technology for 7-12 students, sponsored by the Toshiba America Foundation. Public and private schools, local educational agencies, and youth organizations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico may apply. Projects should provide direct benefits to students and include teacher-led, classroom-based experiences. Grants of up to $5,000 are offered monthly throughout the year. Contact: TAF, Program Office, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, 41st Floor, New York, NY 10020; (212) 588-0820; e-mail: foundation@tai.toshiba.com; Web site: www.toshiba.com/about/taf.html.

FROM FEDERAL SOURCES

TALENT SEARCH PROGRAM

Applications are due Oct. 19 for grants from the Talent Search Program, sponsored by the Federal TRIO Programs. Grants are to support programs that identify students who show potential for success in postsecondary schooling and provide them with assistance and encouragement. Approximately 395 grants of $320,000 are available. Contact: Clinton Black, Federal TRIO Programs, USDE, 1990 K St. N.W., Suite 7000, Washington, DC 20006-8510; (202) 502-7600; e-mail: TRIO@ed.gov or Clinton.Black@ed.gov.

* FOREIGN- LANGUAGE PROJECTS

Applications are due Nov. 5 for grants from the Language Resource Centers Program, sponsored by the Office of Postsecondary Education, to establish and operate centers that improve the nation's capacity for teaching and learning foreign languages. About nine grants ranging in value from $200,000 to $400,000 are available. Contact: Jose L. Martinez or G. Edward McDermott, LRCP, U.S. Department of Education, International Education and Graduate Programs Service, 1990 K Street N.W., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006- 8521; (202) 502-7635 or (202) 502-7636; e-mail: Jose.Martinez@ed.gov or ed.Mcdermott@ed.gov.

* INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROGRAM

Applications are due Nov. 5 for grants from the International Research and Studies Program, sponsored by the Office of Postsecondary Education, to conduct research to improve instruction in foreign languages and other international fields. About 19 grants ranging in value from $50,000 to $150,000 are available. Contact: Jose L. Martinez, IRSP, U.S. Department of Education, International Education and Graduate Programs Service, 1990 K Street N.W., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006-8521; (202) 502-7635; e- mail: jose.martinez@ed.gov.

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