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 itsInternet-based online office and school computing courses, including PCBasics, 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/i nd.asp.
GreenTimes, an environmental newspaper written by and for kids, welcomes students' stories and ideas for publication. Contact: Elizabeth Gilmore, GreenTimes, 55 Reservoir St., Cambridge, MA 02138; (617) 868-5760; fax (617) 868-9725; e-mail [email protected]; www.greenscreen.org.
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. 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, Print1-2-3, which makes black-and-white photographs indoors or outdoors without a darkroom. Teachers shoulde-mail a description of their program, the keyword from the Starlight Web site, and their school address. 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. Contact: NEA Foundation, (202) 822-7840; www.nfie.org/programs/howtoa pply.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/te ach/expand/gra/guide.jsp.
*March 1 AMERICAN HISTORY
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation awards fellowships for graduate study of the U.S. Constitution. High school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies are eligible, as are college seniors and graduate students planning teaching careers in those subjects. Fellows from each state receive up to $24,000 to help pay for graduate study leading to a master's degree in history, political science, or education. Both full- and part-time fellowships are available. Contact: James Madison Fellowship Program, P.O. Box 4030, 2201 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52243- 4030; (800) 525-6928; www.jamesmadison.com.
*March 15 CURRICULUM
Curriculum Associates, a publisher of educational materials, announces a number of grants for outstanding K-8 teachers. Grants are awarded for proposals that make use of teaching tools such as technology and print materials. Three educators each receive $1,000, plus a $500 gift certificate for Curriculum Associates materials. Contact: Grant Program Committee Chair, Curriculum Associates Inc., 153 Rangeway Rd., P.O. Box 2001, North Billerica, MA 01862; (800) 225-0248, ext. 265; www.curriculumassociates.com.
*March 17 CABLE TELEVISION
C-SPAN, the cable television network that covers the U.S. Congress, seeks applicants for its Middle and High School Teacher Fellowship Program, also open to media specialists. Three fellows work at C-SPAN in Washington, D.C., for four weeks in the summer to develop middle and high school print, video, and online materials for the network. Fellows each receive a $3,500 stipend, $2,000 to cover housing expenses, and $500 toward videotape purchases. Round- trip airfare and other travel expenses also are included. Contact: C-SPAN Middle and High School Teacher Fellowship Program, C-SPAN in the Classroom, (800) 523-7586; e-mail [email protected]; www.c- span.org/classroom/fellowship.asp.
*March 21 GEOGRAPHY
The National Council for the Social Studies and the George F. Cram Company Inc. offer the Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy. Individuals and groups working in school districts, public institutions, or universities may submit a proposal for a program aimed at integrating the study of geography into social studies curricula. The winning individual or team receives $2,500, a commemorative gift, and national recognition. Contact: Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy, NCSS, 8555 16th St., Suite 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (301) 588-1800, ext. 106; e-mail [email protected]; www.ncss.org/awards.
The Metropolitan Opera Guild seeks applicants for Creating Original Opera, a weeklong summer training program that provides elementary and middle school teachers with information, tools, and experience to form a student production company. Participants are eligible for graduate and professional development credit. Schools are selected based on an application completed by the principal and two teachers. Selected schools, which are represented in the program by one music and one classroom teacher, receive a grant sponsored by the GE Foundation and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to cover training, housing, supplies, tuition, and a curriculum notebook for each teacher. Participating schools pay for transportation, a $225 registration fee, and $150 per teacher. The program is held at Princeton University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Deadlines vary by region. Contact: Juliet Berman, School Programs Administrator, Metropolitan Opera Guild, Education at the Met, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023; (212) 769-7026; e-mail [email protected]; www.operaed.org.
*April 6 HUMANITIES
The National Endowment for the Humanities invites groups of teachers to apply for faculty humanities workshops. The program supports local and regional professional development programs for K-12 teachers. Proposals must identify a coherent sequence of topics to be explored and provide a detailed list of texts and materials to be considered. Applications will be evaluated based on three general criteria: intellectual quality, design quality, and potential significance. Participating groups and individuals must show a commitment to their projects. Grant amounts range from $30,000 for single- institution projects to $75,000 for regional or multi-institutional programs. Contact: Division of Education Programs, NEH, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Room 302, Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8380; e-mail [email protected]; www.neh.gov/grants/grants.html .
*April 16 LINGUISTICS
The Center for Applied Linguistics invites applications for the 2004 G. Richard Tucker Fellowship. From June 2004 through May 2005, including a four- week residency at CAL in Washington, D.C., the fellow will interact with senior staff members on one of CAL's existing research projects or on a suitable project suggested by the fellow. The fellowship pays a stipend plus travel expenses. Priority will be given to proposals that focus on all types of language education and testing, or on language issues related to minorities in the United States or Canada. Master's or doctoral degree candidates in any field concerned with the study of language are eligible. Minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants must currently be enrolled in a degree program in the United States or Canada and must have completed the equivalent of at least one year of full-time graduate study. Contact: Grace S. Burkart, CAL, 4646 40th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 362-0700; e-mail [email protected].
*May 1 RURAL TEACHERS
The National Rural Education Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association announce the Mini-Grant program. Any K-12 rural teacher whose school or students' homes are served by a rural electric cooperative is eligible. Ten grants of $500 are offered for classroom-based projects that investigate the science of energy or electricity. Projects must demonstrate student-teacher cooperation and coordination with local electrical cooperatives; they must also focus on student learning and adhere to other specified guidelines. Contact: Rural Teacher Mini-Grants, Dr. Bob Mooneyham, Executive Director, NREA Headquarters, University of Oklahoma, 820 Van Vleet Oval, Room 227, Norman, OK 73019; (405) 325-7959;e-mail [email protected]; www.nrea.net.
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