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Los Angeles School Reform Grants

The Los Angeles-based Broad Foundation, the philanthropy foundation run by financial services tycoon Eli Broad, awarded a $10 million grant to the Los Angeles Unified School District’s reform efforts. The grant will support improvements in three areas of concern to urban schools: management and leadership, governance, and labor relations.

School Leadership Improvement

The National Governor’s Association recently announced 15 states as recipients of school leadership improvement grants of $50,000 each. The grants will help state policy leaders analyze and redesign legislative and administrative practices to attract and support more school leaders. Once designs are completed, the states may apply for implementation grants of $250,000 next year.

The winning states are: Connecticut; Delaware; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kentucky; Massachusetts; Missouri; Montana; New Jersey; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; and Virginia.

Teacher Networking Expansion

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation recently awarded $750,000 over three years to the New York City-based Teachers Network, developers of the IMPACT teacher-to-teacher networking model. The grant will go to replicate the IMPACT program in seven other cities: West Palm Beach, Tallahassee, and the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area in Florida; Akron, Ohio; Lexington, Kentucky; Charlotte, North Carolina; and San Jose, California.

Washington State Schools Grants

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently awarded a total of $3.2 million in grants to 14 schools in Washington state in recognition of their excellence and commitment to helping all students achieve. To be eligible for the program, schools must have fewer than 600 students, use research-based practices, and have at least two teachers trained in using technology for learning. Schools must also provide a budget match of at least 20 percent of the grant.

The winning schools are: Emerald Park Elementary, Kent; Emerson Elementary, Everett; Grand Mound Elementary, Rochester; Horizon Middle School, Ferndale; Kenroy Elementary, East Wenatchee; Kettle Falls Elementary, Kettle Falls; Madison Elementary, Mount Vernon; Monument Elementary, Quincy; Mountlake Terrace High School, Mountlake Terrace; Mullenix Ridge Elementary, Port Orchard; Talbot Hill Elementary, Renton; Vaughn Elementary, Vaughn; Whitstran Elementary, Prosser; and West Valley City Middle School, Spokane.


International Relations Curriculum

The U. S. Department of Education recently awarded $300,000 over 3 years to the University of Denver’s Center for Teaching International Relations, to develop instructional materials. The center will create lessons and units for K-12 classrooms that emphasize international relations curriculum that is linked to national standards.



Japanese Instruction Grants

Applications are dueJune 15 for grants to improve K-12 instruction on Japan, sponsored by the United States-Japan Foundation. The grants fund new or existing programs with some of the following components: leadership development, information on U.S.-Japan relations and contemporary issues in both countries, training to use international issues in the classroom, and multimedia teaching tools. One year grants may be renewed by the foundation. Letters of inquiry must be received by June 15; full grant proposals are due July 31. Contact: David Janes, Program Officer, Precollege Education Programs, USJF, 145 E. 32nd St., 12th Floor, New York, NY 10016; (212) 481-8757; fax: (212) 481-8762; e-mail:; Web site:

*Computing Software Grants

Applications are due June 30 for grants to develop computer-based classroom materials, sponsored by Wolfram Research Inc., makers of Mathematica, a technical computing software system. The High School Grant Program supports K-12 teachers worldwide who use Mathmatica to develop curriculum materials. Recipients get copies of Mathematica software for their schools, other course materials, and technical support. The number of grant recipients varies. Applications are available online. Contact: WRI, 100 Trade Center Drive, Champaign, IL 61820- 7273; (800) 441-6284, ext. 703, or (217) 398-0700, ext. 703; e-mail:; Web site: www.wolfra

*Math and Software Grants

Applications are due June 30 for Digital Age Math and Science Teaching Grants, sponsored by MathSoft Engineering and Education Inc., an education software developer. Grants are for educators and schools to use its StudyWorks software and materials. Applicants submit a proposal of at least 1,000 words detailing how they would use StudyWorks in grades 7-12. Schools sponsoring winning teachers receive 25 copies of StudyWorks Mathematics Deluxe and a stipend toward the cost of attending math, science, or technology conferences. The number of recipients varies. Contact: MathSoft EEI, 101 Main St., Cambridge, MA 02142; (617) 577-1017; fax: (617) 577- 8829; e-mail:; Web site:

*Math and Science Teaching Grants

Applications are due Aug. 1 for the Large Grants Program, sponsored by the Toshiba America Foundation. Grants of more than $5,000 support classroom-based, teacher-led projects that improve middle and high school math, science, and technology education. Public and private schools, local educational agencies, and youth organizations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico are eligible. Contact: Program Office, TAF, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, 41st Floor, New York, NY 10020; (212) 588-0820; e-mail:; Web site:

*Music Education Grants

Applications are due Sept. 14 for grants from the American Music Education Initiative, sponsored by the National Music Foundation. Grants recognize K-12 teachers of any subject who use American music in their classrooms. Three finalists receive grants of $1,000 each, and five semifinalists receive grants of $500 each. The foundation publishes the winners’ lesson plans on its online database. Contact: Thomas Heany, Director of Programming, NMF, 2457A S. Hiawassee Road, Number 244, Orlando, FL 32835; (800) USA-MUSIC; e-mail:;

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 site:;

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 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 any time. The Toshiba America Foundation awards grants for programs that improve classroom teaching and learning of math, science, and technology for K-12 students. Public and private schools, local education 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:; Web site:


Family Literacy Grants

Applications are dueJune 11 for Even Start Statewide Family Literacy Initiative Grants, sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education, for state offices or agencies that have not received the grants previously. Grants are used to plan and implement statewide family literacy intiatives. Approximately 5 grants ranging from $75,000 to $250,000 are available. Contact: Tanielle Johnson, USDE, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20202-6132; (202) 205-9588; e-mail:; Web site: 2/041201a.html.

*Binlingual Education Grants

Applications are due June 15 for Bilingual Education Comprehensive School Grants, sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education. Grants are to implement schoolwide bilingual education programs or schoolwide alternative instruction programs that serve all LEP students. Contact: Margarita Ackley or Lorena Dickerson or Jessica Knight, USDE, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 5086, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-6510; Margarita Ackley (202) 205-0506, Lorena Dickerson (202) 205-9044, Jessica Knight (202) 205-0706; e-mail:,,

*Transition to Teaching Grants

Applications are due June 15 for Transition to Teaching Program grants, sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education. Grants support the recruitment, training and placement of talented individuals from other fields into teaching positions in K-12 classrooms. Contact: Frances Yvonne Hicks, USDE, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3E224, Washington, DC 20202-6140; (202) 260-0964; fax: (202) 205-5630; e-mail:

*Early Childhood Educator Grants

Applications are due June 25 for grants for professional development programs for early childhood educators, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Grants are to provide replicable professional development programs for early childhood educators who work in early childhood programs located in urban or rural high-poverty communities. Contact: Doris F. Sligh, Compensatory Education Programs, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, DC 20202-6132; (202) 260-0999; e- mail:

*International Exchange Programs

Applications are due July 9 for international exchange program grants, sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education. Grants support international education exchange activities between the United States and eligible countries in civics and government education and economic education. Contact: Dr. Ram N. Singh or Ms. Rita Foy, USDE, 555 New Jersey Ave. N.W., Room 510, Washington, DC 20208-5573; (202) 219-2079; email:

*IDEA Supervision Grants

Applications are due July 13 for IDEA General Supervision Enhancement Grants, sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education. Grants are to provide technical assistance and information that will support states and local entities in building capacity to improve early intervention, and educational and transitional services and results for children with disabilities and their families. Contact: Education Publications Center, PO Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398; 1-877-433-7827; fax: 301-470-1244; individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call (toll free) 1-877- 576-7734; e-mail:; Web site:

*Safe Schools Grants

Applications are due July 16 for grants for the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative, sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education. Grants fund the implementation and enhancement of comprehensive, community-wide strategies for creating safe and drug-free schools and promoting healthy childhood development. Contact: USDE, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program, (202) 260-3954; Web site: ; or U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, (800) 789-2647; Web site: http://www.samhsa.gov; or U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, (202) 307-5911; Web site:

A version of this article appeared in the May 30, 2001 edition of Education Week


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