Following are application deadlines for grants and fellowships available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
CyberLearning Universe, a project of the nonprofit National Education Foundation, is offering 5,000 teachers free tuition for 12-month, unlimited access to more than 180 of its Internet-based online office and school computing courses, including PC Basics, Internet Basics, Web Design Basics, Microsoft Office, and e-mail, among others. Tuition is covered, but a $75 registration fee is required. To sign up, visit CyberLearning's Web site. Contact: National Education Foundation, CyberLearning, 4926-C Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304; (703) 823-9999; fax (703) 823-9990; e-mail [email protected]; www.cyberlearning.org/links/in d.asp.
*Open INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
The Edward E. Ford Foundation awards grants to U.S. secondary schools that are members of the National Association of Independent Schools and to NAIS- member state and regional associations for education-related proposals, especially those directly benefiting teaching faculty or relating to schools' ability to attract talented people to the profession. Grants of $20,000 to $100,000 are awarded; the average is $50,000, and all grants require a matching component. Contact: Robert W. Hallett, Executive Director, Edward E. Ford Foundation, 1122 Kenilworth Dr., Towson, MD 21204; (410) 823-2201; fax (410) 823-2203; e-mail [email protected]; www.eeford.org.
*Open MATH AND SCIENCE
The Toshiba America Foundation supports hands-on math and science education in schools and offers grants to science and mathematics teachers. Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded monthly for grades 7-12; proposals for larger grants are due February 1 and August 1. All projects should provide direct benefits to students and include teacher-led, classroom-based experiences. Public and private schools are eligible. Application guidelines are available online. For more information, contact: Toshiba America Foundation, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, 41st Floor, New York, NY 10020; (212) 596-0620; e-mail [email protected]; www.toshiba.com/taf.
Every week, Starlight Cameras gives a school a complimentary Merlin pinhole camera and its new kit, Print 1-2-3, which makes black-and-white photographs indoors or outdoors without need for a darkroom. Teachers should e-mail a description of their program, the keyword from the Starlight Web site, and their school address. For more information, contact: Jim Kosinski, Starlight Cameras, P.O. Box 540, 12 Lancaster St., Cherry Valley, NY 13320-0540; (607) 264-3480; e-mail [email protected]; www.paintcancamera.com.
Each year, the NEA Foundation awards more than 300 Innovation and Learning & Leadership grants of $1,000 to $3,000 each. Applications are peer reviewed and may be submitted at any time. Notification of award is sent within seven months of application. Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award. For more information, contact: NEA Foundation, (202) 822-7840; www.nfie.org/programs/howtoap ply.htm.
Virtual Ink Corp. is giving away one or more Mimios each month. Mimio Xi is a portable device that connects a whiteboard to a PC, electronically recording everything written or drawn. To be eligible, submit through the Web site an explanation of how the Mimio would be used to improve the educational setting. Winners are selected on the criteria of originality and creativity. Contact: Virtual Ink Corp., Brighton Landing E., 20 Guest St., Suite 520, Boston, MA 02135; (877) 696-4646; fax (617) 254-6616; www.mimio.com/education.
Grants of up to $2,000 are available to K-12 teachers from the Teaching Tolerance project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit group that fights discrimination. The grants are awarded for activities promoting diversity, peacemaking, community service, or other aspects of tolerance education. Requests should include a typed, 500-word description of the activity and its proposed budget. Contact: Annie Bolling, Teaching Tolerance Grants, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104; (334) 956-8381; www.tolerance.org/tea ch/expand/gra/guide.jsp.
*November 20 RESEARCH
The National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowships promote scholarship related to improving education. Applicants must have received a PhD, EdD, or equivalent research degree between January 1, 1998, and December 31, 2003. As many as 30 fellows are selected. Full-time fellows receive $50,000 for one year; part-time fellows receive $25,000 annually for two years. Applications are on the Web site. Contact: NAE, New York University, School of Education, 726 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003-9580; (212) 998-9035; e- mail [email protected]; www.nae.nyu.edu.
*November 28 PHOTOGRAPHY
The LaMotte Co., a provider of environmental-education equipment, offers teachers a chance to win free materials for their schools or other educational programs through its Environmental Education Photo Contest. Teachers submit photographs showing students working with current LaMotte testing equipment; entries must include a brief description of how students use the equipment. First-, second-, and third-prize winners are awarded $500, $250, and $100 merchandise certificates, respectively; each honorable mention receives a $50 certificate. Contact: LaMotte Co., P.O. Box 329, Chestertown, MD 21620; (800) 344-3100 or (410) 778-3100; e-mail [email protected]; www.lamotte.com.
*November 30 GIRLS SPORTS
The Women's Sports Foundation offers the GoGirlGo Project, an educational program designed for girls ages 10-14, to help coaches, teachers, athletic directors, and adult group leaders in the sports or physical environment educate and encourage young girls. GoGirlGo kits are available at no charge to any girls sports program interested in educating its members about health-risk behaviors. More than $400,000 in grants will also be awarded to organizations with sports programs that serve areas with high rates of health-risk behaviors, areas underserved by sports programs, or economically disadvantaged areas. Contact: Women's Sports Foundation, (800) 227-3988; www.gogirlgo.com.
*December 1 LIBRARY SERVICES
The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, offers a number of grants to its members. Baker and Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants, awarded to two librarians who work with young adults in either a public or school library, provide $1,000 to attend the ALA annual conference. Applicants must have at least one and fewer than 10 years of experience working with teenagers and have never attended the conference. Two $1,000 Book Wholesalers Inc./YALSA Collection Development Grants are available to members working with students ages 12 through 18 in a public library. The Frances Henne/YALSA/ Voice of Youth Advocates Research Grant provides $500 in seed money for small-scale projects that promote research relating to library services for young adults. Complete information can be found on the Web site. Contact: YALSA Office, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390; e-mail [email protected]; www.ala.org/yalsa.
*December 1 SERVICE LEARNING
The Boyer Center, a national education resource and research center, seeks applications from public and private elementary schools for its national Best Practices Awards. This year's theme is "Service Learning: Connecting Curriculum and Community." Three schools receive $10,000 each. Contact: Don Murk, Boyer Center, P.O. Box 3024, Messiah College, Grantham, PA 17027; (717) 796-5076 or (717) 766-2511, ext. 2960; [email protected]; www.boyercenter.org.
*December 5 MATHEMATICS
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Mathematics Education Trust supports the improvement of mathematics teaching and learning through grants, awards, and other projects. MET provides funds to support classroom teachers in improving classroom practices and increasing teachers' mathematical knowledge. MET also sponsors activities for prospective teachers and NCTM affiliates, as well as recognizing the lifetime achievement of leaders in mathematics education. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000; application requirements and judging criteria vary per grant. Contact: NCTM's MET, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1502; (703) 620-9840, ext. 2112; e-mail [email protected]; www.nctm.org/about/met.
*December 10 JAPAN STUDIES
The Institute of International Education announces the Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program 2004, which aims to increase understanding between Japan and the United States by exposing American teachers and administrators to the education system and culture of Japan. Funded by the Japanese government, the program sends 600 1st through 12th grade teachers and administrators to Japan for three weeks of study. Participants agree to share the experience with their students. Contact: Institute of International Education, 1400 K St. N.W., Suite 650, Washington, DC 20005-2403; (888) 527-2636; e-mail [email protected]; www.iie.org/fmf.
*December 19 PHYSICS FELLOWSHIP
Fermilab announces its Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Teacher Fellowship. The fellow works at Fermilab in Batavia, Ill., for up to 12 months and develops curriculum material while researching particle physics. Graduate credit of up to nine semester hours is available. Fellows are encouraged to obtain sabbatical leave from their schools with partial pay, as the stipend will not typically cover the teacher's full salary. Candidates must be full- time teachers of science or technology in grades 7-12 and must return to teaching for at least two years after the fellowship. Contact: Ron Ray, Fermilab Teacher Fellowship, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, MS 208, P.O. Box 500, Batavia, IL 60510-0500; (630) 840-8090; e-mail [email protected].
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