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New York Life Foundation Grant

The New York Life Foundation recently awarded the Public Education Network a two-year $860,000 grant to improve adolescent literacy. The grant will be used to help struggling readers as well as at-risk and bilingual students by improving high school libraries. PEN has awarded funding to school districts in Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Tampa, Fla. to strengthen the role of librarians, provide teacher training, and improve media collections and environments.


Broad Foundation Grant

The Los Angeles-based Broad Foundation has awarded a $6 million grant to Michigan State University and the Detroit Public Schools. The grant will be used help the 165,000-student school system recruit and train urban teachers.

Public school students in Detroit who major in education will receive financial support for tuition at MSU. After they complete a five-year teacher-preparation program, the graduates will teach in the Detroit public schools.

Carnegie Corporation Grants

The New York-based Carnegie Corporation has awarded a two-year $504,000 grant to the Center for Applied Special Technology, an educational research and development organization based in Wakefield, Mass.

The grant will be used to improve student reading comprehension and teacher instruction by piloting Web-based software that will provide literary supports for students.

The corporation also awarded a $49,000 grant to the Washington-based Council for Basic Education, which will use the money to study the effects of the No Child Left Behind law on academic subjects that are currently exempt from the federal provisions.


School Choice Grant

The U.S Department of Education recently awarded a joint three-year $600,000 grant to the Center for School Change at the University of Minnesota's Hubert Humphrey Institute and the National Governors Association's Center for Best Practices.

The two organizations will use the grant to study school choice programs and help states develop and administer school choice efforts.

No Child Left Behind Technology Grants

Nine states have been awarded Enhancing Education through Technology grants from the U.S Department of Education. The three-year grants, which range from $1.3 million to $1.9 million, will be used to conduct research on the impact of technology on student achievement.

The winners are listed below alphabetically.

Arkansas Dept. of Education, Evaluation of the EAST Initiative; Iowa Dept. of Education, Using Technology to Support the Scaling-Up of the Iowa Professional Development Model; Maine Dept. of Education, The Impact of Teachers' Professional Development on Mathematics Achievement of Low-Performing Rural Students in Technology-Rich Classrooms; North Carolina Dept. of Education, LANCET: Looking at North Carolina Educational Technology; Pennsylvania Dept. of Education Evaluation of Student and Parent Access Through Recycled Computers; Tennessee Dept. of Education, The Tennessee EdTech Accountability Model; Texas Education Agency, Evaluation of the Texas Technology Immersion Pilot; West Virginia Dept. of Education, ED PACE: Educational Development for Planning and Conducting Evaluations; Wisconsin Dept. of Education, A Study of the Effectiveness of Three Models of Implementing Educational Technology.



Applications are due December 15 for Student Tech Corps grants from Tech Corps and Dell Computer, Inc. Grants provide middle schools with technology training, software, and equipment to set up student-run computer help desks at schools. Eligible middle schools must be within the 50 states and have some Dell computers in their schools.

Two one-year training grants are available. Contact: TC, Two Clock Tower Place, Suite 340, Maynard, MA 01754; e-mail:; Web site:

Applications are due December 19 for McDonald's Together in Education grants. Grants support programs in public and private schools that engage parents in their child's education. K-12 educators and PTA/PTO members in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $500 to $2,000.

Contact: MWW Group, One Meadowlands Plaza, East Rutherford, NJ 07073; (201) 964-2447; Web site:

Applications are due December 31 for Teach program grants from the Best Buy Children's Foundation. Grants support K-12 schools that effectively integrate technology into school curricula.

Grants of $2,500 each will be awarded to 1,200 K-12 schools nationwide. Public and private schools located within 25 miles of a Best Buy store that have an existing program are eligible to apply.

Contact: BBCF, PO Box 9448, Minneapolis, MN 55440-9448; Web site: Teach_GrantApp.pdf

Applications are due January 7 for Toyota TIME grants from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and Toyota Motor Sales USA. Grants are awarded to teachers who develop and implement programs that help improve mathematics education in K-12 schools.

Mathematics teachers in the United States with at least three years of teaching experience are eligible to apply. Thirty-five two-year grants of up to $10,000 each are available.

Contact: Toyota TIME Grants, NCTM, 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1502; (703) 620-9840; Web site:

Applications are due January 9 for No Parent Left Behind Parent- Communication grants from Reliance Communications, a Calif.-based communications company that provides education software. Two grants of $5,000 each will be awarded to schools that foster parental involvement to improve student achievement. Recipients will receive SchoolMessenger Desktop Calling systems and two years of software support. Ten assistance grants of $2,500 each will also be awarded.

School and parent leaders in public schools and community-based organizations recognized by a public school district are eligible to apply. Contact: Jonathan Crow, RC, 5274 Scots Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066; (831) 477-0293 ext. 103; e-mail:; Web site:

Applications are due January 15 for StudyWorks Innovative Teaching grants from MathSoft Engineering and Education, Inc., a Cambridge-Mass-based education software provider. Grants provide StudyWorks software and support to schools to improve mathematics and science achievement. Teachers and schools in the United States are eligible to apply.

Contact: MS, 101 Main St., Cambridge, MA 02142; fax: (617) 577-8829; e-mail:; Web site:

Applications are due January 16 for Toyota TAPESTRY grants from the National Science Teachers Association and Toyota Motor Sales USA. Grants provide funding for teacher projects that emphasize the sciences in three categories: Environmental Science, Physical Science Applications, and Literacy and Science Education. K-12 science teachers in the United States are eligible to apply. Fifty grants of $10,000 each and 20 mini-grants of $2,500 each are available.

Contact: NSTA, Toyota TAPESTRY, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3000; Web site:

Applications are due any time for education grants from the Allstate Foundation. Grants support school programs that focus on student safety and development, mentoring, conflict resolution, driver's education, and drunk driving prevention. K-12 public schools and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 are available.

Contact: AF, 2775 Sanders Road, Suite F3, Northbrook, IL 60063-6127; (847) 402-5502; e-mail:; Web site:

Applications are due any time for grants from the Goldman Sachs Foundation. Grants support programs that seek to improve academic achievement, business education, and educational partnerships at public and private schools.

Contact: GSF, 375 Park Avenue, Suite 1008,New York, NY 10152; (212) 888-9482; fax: (212) 902-3925; Web site: l.


Applications are due December 10 for Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program grants from the Institute of International Education. Grants provide primary and secondary school educators with all-expense paid trips to Japan where they study the Japanese culture and educational system.

This year, 600 grants are available. Eligible applicants must be full-time teachers in grades 1-12, U.S. citizens, and reside within the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

Contact: IIE, 1400 K St., N.W., Washington, DC 20005; (888) 527- 2636; Web site:

Applications are due January 1 for technology education grants from the International Technology Education Association and AutoDesk, Inc. Grants support technology educational technology programs in elementary schools.

K-6 schools with an ITEA membership are eligible to apply. Seven $1,000 grants are available.

Contact: ITEA; (703) 860-2100; e-mail:; Web site:

Applications are due January 12 for professional development grants from the Fund for Teachers. Grants provide financial support for K-12 professional development activities.

Public and private K-12 teachers, counselors, librarians, and other school staff members working in Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, St. Paul, New York City, Oakland, Calif., and Tulsa, Okla. are eligible to apply. Teachers must have a minimum of three years of teaching experience. Grants of up to $5,000 are available.

Contact: FT, 2000 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77056; (800) 681-2667; e-mail:; Web site:

Applications are due January 15 for Community Action grants from the American Association of University Women. The grants provide funding for projects that emphasize K-14 achievement for young women and girls in math, science, and technology.

Women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply. Two-year grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 are available.

Contact: AAUW Educational Foundation, Dept. 60, 2201 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; Web site:

Applications are due January 15 for Teacher as Researcher grants from the International Reading Association. Grants support teachers interested in conducting classroom research on literacy and instruction.

Full-time K-12 teachers who are members of IRA are eligible to apply. Grants of up to $5,000 are available. Study findings will be disseminated at the IRA convention or through research articles.

Contact: IRA, TRG, Division of Research and Policy, 800 Barksdale Road, PO Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600 ext. 423; fax: (302) 731-1057; Web site: trg.html.

Applications are due any time for Advancing Student Achievement grants from the Actuarial Foundation, a Schaumburg, Ill-based nonprofit that represents the actuarial profession. Grants provide support for mathematics students by pairing teachers and volunteer actuaries in classrooms. Volunteer actuaries help cover math topics such as budgeting, investment, and statistics.

K-12 schools in the United States and Canada interested in developing math mentoring programs that involve actuaries as volunteers are eligible to apply. Grants of up to $25,000 are available.

Contact: AF, 475 N. Martingale Road, Suite 600, Schaumburg, IL 60173-2226; (847) 706-3535: fax: (847) 706-3599; Web site:

Applications are due any time for Teaching Tolerance grants from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Grants of up to $2,000 are available to support programs that educate students and staff about tolerance and peacemaking. K-12 classroom teachers are eligible to apply.

Contact: TTG, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104; Web site:

Applications are due any time for music grants from Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. The foundation supports two types of programs. The Melody Program purchases and pays for the repair of musical instruments in existing K- 12 school music programs. The Special Projects Program provides instruments and repairs to community schools and after school programs. Non-cash grants ranging in value from $500 to $5,000 are available. K-12 public and community schools with programs that are at least three years old are eligible to apply.

Contact: MHOF, 15125 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 204, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403; (818) 784-6787; fax: (818) 784-6788; e-mail:; Web site:


Applications are due January 6 for Environmental Education grants from the Environmental Protection Agency. Grants support schools and nonprofit organizations interested in designing environmental education projects. K-12 school districts, tribal education agencies, colleges, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funding. Up to 15 one to two-year grants ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 are available.

Contact: Proposals over $25,000: EPA, Office of Environmental Education, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20004; (202) 564-0451. Proposals under $25,000: Contact a regional EPA office in your area. A list of contact offices is available online. Web site: .

Applications are due January 8 for education research grants from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. The grants will support research in the following areas: reading comprehension and reading scale-up, cognition and student learning, mathematics and science, and teacher quality. Applicants who can conduct scientifically-based research are eligible to apply. Four-year grants ranging from $6,000 to $500,000 are available.

Contact: Institute of Education Sciences, 555 New Jersey Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20208; Web site:

Applications are due January 15 for Agriculture Education Challenge grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Grants support public high school and higher education programs in agricultural science and business. Two-year grants of up to $25,000 are available. Public school districts and public and private colleges are eligible to apply.

Contact: Gregory P. Smith, USDA, STOP 2251, 1400 Independence Ave. S.W, Washington, DC 20250-2251; (202) 720-1973; fax: (202) 720-2030; e-mail:;Web site:

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