January 17, 2001 3 min read

From Federal Sources

U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20024

U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley recently announced a total of $21 million in grants to six research organizations to study the success of comprehensive school reform models. The studies aim to provide a better understanding of school improvement by examining the large-scale implementation of such research-based models. The organizations and their grant amounts are as follows:

American Institutes for Research/Pelavin Research Center: $7,517,910 over five years. The Education Alliance at Brown University: $1,049,608 over three years. Policy Studies Associates Inc.: $943,822 over five years. RAND Corp.: $4,631,892 over five years. Success for All Foundation: $6,085,659 over five years. University of Arizona College of Education: $1,042,690 over three years.

From Private Sources

National Education Association
1201 16th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

The National Education Association recently awarded $5,000 in grants to each of 25 NEA local associations. The Urban Grants Program supports grassroots initiatives that school staff members develop in underserved urban schools. Projects focus on improving teacher quality and retention, assisting children after school, recruiting minority teachers, helping special-needs children, and increasing parental and community support for schools and students. The recipients, listed by state, are:

Alabama. Birmingham Education Association. Arizona. Glendale Union Education Association; Paradise Valley Education Association; Sunnyside Education Association and Sunnyside Classified Employees Association; Tucson Education Association; Washington District Education Association and the Arizona Education Association. California. Chula Vista Educators; Teachers Association of Long Beach. Colorado. Denver Classroom Teachers Association; Jefferson County Education Association. Georgia. Organization of DeKalb Educators. Illinois. Springfield Education Association. Kentucky. Jefferson County Teachers Association; Fayette County Education Association. Louisiana. Caddo Association of Educators. Minnesota. Mounds View Education Association. Missouri. Rockwood NEA. Oregon. Hillsboro Education Association. Tennessee. Blount County Education Association. Utah. Granite Education Association; Ogden Education Association; Salt Lake Teachers Association. Virginia. Fairfax Education Association; Hampton Education Association.

The Bush Foundation
East 900 First National Bank Building
332 Minnesota St.
St. Paul, MN 55101

Assessment. To develop faculty skills in assessing teaching, student learning, and academic programs: $450,000 to University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.

Curriculum. To help faculty members incorporate workplace skills into the curriculum: $150,000 to Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn.

Faculty development. To plan a faculty development program to improve instruction in Lakota culture and mathematics: $15,000 to Oglala Lokota College, Kyle, S.D.

Teachers. For preparation for teachers of American Indian students to promote participation in science fairs: $150,000 to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Albuquerque, N.M.

Teaching. To develop faculty skills in instructional technology, training at-risk students, and teaching Dakota culture: $90,000 to Little Hoop Community College, Fort Totten, N.D.

From Corporate Sources

Hearlihy & Co.
714 W. Columbia St.
Springfield, OH 45504

Hearlihy and Co. has announced that Alan G. Horowitz of Felix V. Festa Middle School, West Nyack, N.Y., was awarded the Hearlihy/ Foundation of Technology Education Grant for his science, math, and rotorcraft-technology project, in which his students are building a helicopter. The $2,000 grant is presented to an educator whose technology education program reflects successful integration with traditional subjects.

Reader’s Digest Foundation
Reader’s Digest Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570

After-school activities. To promote the Fox Lane After-School Project: $10,000 to the Mental Health Association, Westchester County, N.Y.

At-risk students. To establish Upward Bound, an academic-enrichment program for teenagers at risk of school failure, in New York City’s Bronx borough and Yonkers, N.Y.: $200,000 per year over the next four years to Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, N.Y.

Libraries. To help schools and libraries work together to prepare local children for the information age: $727,000 to the Tall Tree Library Initiative, Westchester County, N.Y.

A version of this article appeared in the January 17, 2001 edition of Education Week