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Grants Awarded | Grants Available

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The America Association of University Women

The Washington-based AAUW recently awarded 19 Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowships to women K-12 public school educators for professional-development programs in math, science, technology, and gender equity, or that promote girls’ interest in math, science, and technology. The teachers received grants ranging from $1,000 to $9,000 to implement their programs. The recipients are:

Tracy Alley, Lucasville, Ohio; Amy Bethke, Michigan City, Ind.; Jennifer Bliss, Tenino, Wash.; Sunshine Coble, Surprise, Ariz.; Lisa Fuller, Roscoe, Ill.; Mary Gish, Michigan City, Ind.; Linda Goeller, Jay, Okla.; Mary Horan, Pleasant Valley, N.Y.; Suzanna Johnson, Auburn, Calif.; Soon Young Kim, Honolulu; Debra McCord, Portland, Ore.; Sandra Nall, Owensboro, Ky.; Judith Paolucci, Saunderstown, R.I.; Darlene Quayle, Port Townsend, Wash.; Chantelle Rose, St. Paris, Ohio; Mary Ann Sanders, Salem, Ore.; Jane Schrenzel, Lake Forest, Calif.; Cassie Soeffing, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Shirley Willingham, Spring, Texas.

The AAUW also awarded four Community Action Grants of $5,000 to $10,000 each to educators for planning and implementing programs to promote girls’ achievement in science and technology. The recipients were:

Lavonda Forbes and Mary Jane Galer, Columbus, Ga.; Michelle Mabry and Brian Moudry, Elkins, W.V.; Marie Reyes, Tucson, Ariz.; Elizabeth Vandenburg and Laura Jones, Reston, Va.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Blandin Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Blandin Foundation recently awarded grants to the Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning to conduct professional-development courses for new superintendents and principals in the state. The grants will be used to train 1,600 school leaders in community leadership, technology, and data-based decision making.

The Seattle-based Gates Foundation has awarded $2.4 million to the department as a part of its State Challenge Grants to develop school leadership and technology in all states. The Blandin Foundation, based in Grand Rapids, Minn., works to strengthen rural Minnesota communities, and contributed a $346,000 grant to the leadership-development project.


Curriculum Associates Inc.

Curriculum Associates Inc., an education publisher of print, video, and multimedia materials, based in North Billerica, Mass., awarded grants to three educators last month. The grants will further develop existing projects that use technology to communicate with the community and expand learning outside the classroom.

Elizabeth Rexford, Longfellow School, Oak Park, Ill., won a grant for her project, the Virtual Museum of Musical Inventions, which encourages students in 14 schools to invent musical instruments and post photos of them on a Web site for the museum.

Gail McGoogan, Narcoossee Community School, St. Cloud, Fla., won for As the Earth Turns, a project that teaches students about geography, time zones, and environmental studies. Throughout the school year, students use e-mail and teleconferencing to collaborate with students in other countries while researching the geography of those countries.

Kay Johnson, Dolby Elementary School, Lake Charles, La., created Lights, Camera, Understanding, in which students create infomercials about health and safety topics and air them on the school’s closed- circuit television network. They also produce brochures for distribution in the school, and interview field professionals for their productions.

The educators each will receive $1,000 to improve the projects they have created, and up to $500 in Curriculum Associates teaching materials. They also will be honored with seats on the Curriculum Associates Excellence in Teaching Cabinet, and descriptions of their projects will appear on the company’s Web site.


National Endowment For The Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded $242,000 to the Community College Humanities Association to improve humanities education for future teachers in community colleges.

The ccha will use the money to create a nationwide, multidisciplinary mentoring project for teacher preparation, and to encourage collaboration between education and humanities college faculty. Grants will go to 14 community colleges to institute the mentoring program.

The neh is an independent federal agency based in Washington that promotes humanities education and preservation through grant programs. The Newark, N.J.-based ccha works to strengthen humanities education in community colleges.



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:;

**Teaching Innovation Grants

Applications are due Sept. 28 for grants from the Kids In Need Teacher Grants program, sponsored by the School, Home, and Office Products Association Foundation for Educational Excellence and some association member retail chains. Grants go to certified K-12 public or private educators who create original teaching programs for which no other funding is available. About 130 grants that range from $250 to $1,000, are available. Contact: Penny Hawk, Program Manager, SHOPAFEE, (937) 297-2250; e-mail:; Web site:

**Space Education Grants

Applications are due Oct. 26 for grants from the Inititative to Develop Education Through Astronomy and Space Science, sponsored by the Space Telescope Science Institute office of public outreach. Grants are to start programs that promote collaboration between scientists and K-14 educators to enhance students’ learning. About 15 grants of up to $20,000 for one-year programs or from $21,000 to $50,000 for two-year programs are available. Contact: STSIOPO, (410) 338-4848; e-mail:; Web site:

**Education Research Grants

Applications are due Dec. 15 for grants from the American Educational Research Association Grant Program, sponsored by the National Center for Educational Statistics and the Office of Educational Research and Improvement. Grants are available for educational research projects. About 10 grants of up to $15,000 for one-year projects and up to $25,000 for two-year projects are available. Contact: Jeanie Murdock, AERA Grants Program, 5662 Calle Real, Suite 254, Goleta, CA 93117-2317; (805) 964- 5264; e-mail:; Web site:

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 sites:;;;;

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. The grants are awarded 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 at any time for grants for programs that improve classroom teaching and learning of math, science, and technology for K-12 students, sponsored by the Toshiba America Foundation. Public and private schools, local educational 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:


**Disability Education Grants

Applications are due Aug. 24 for grants from the Research and Innovation to Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Grants support research that improves services under the idea and practices that support special education programs and educators. One award for $700,000 is available. Contact: Grants and Contracts Services Team, USDE, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3317, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-2550; (202) 260- 9812.

**Native Hawaiian Teaching Programs

Applications are due Aug. 24 from the Native Hawaiian Curriculum Development, Teacher Training and Recruitment Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Grants support curricula development, pre-teacher training, professional development, and recruitment programs for native Hawaiians. Three grants of $300,000 and one grant of $500,000 are available. Contact: Lynn Thomas, USDE , 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., FOB6, Room 3C124, Mail Stop 6140, Washington, DC 20202; (202) 260-1541; e-mail:

**Tech-Prep Education Programs

Applications are due Sept. 17 for Tech-Prep Demonstration Program Grants, sponsored by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education. Grants are for secondary school tech-prep education projects. Projects must have voluntary student participation, be located at a community college, and involve a business. Approximately 10 grants of $400,000 to $600,000 are available. Contact: Chris Lyons, OVAE, USDE, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, DC 20202-7100; (202) 260-7744; fax: (202) 255-5522; e-mail:

**Post secondary Access Centers

Applications are due Sept. 28 for Educational Opportunity Centers Grants, sponsored by the federal TRIO programs. Grants support the establishment of centers to provide assistance to anyone interested in attending postsecondary education. Approximately 90 grants of $420,000 are available. Contact: Margaret A. Wingfield, Federal TRIO Programs, USDE, 1990 K St. N.W., Suite 7000, Washington, DC 20006-8510; (202) 502-7600; e-mail: or

**Talent Search Program

Applications are due Oct. 19 for grants from the Talent Search Program, sponsored by the federal TRIO programs. Grants are to support programs that identify students who show potential for success in postsecondary schooling and provide them with assistance and encouragement. Approximately 395 grants of $320,000 are available. Contact: Clinton Black, Federal TRIO Programs, USDE, 1990 K St. N.W., Suite 7000, Washington, DC 20006- 8510; (202) 502-7600; e-mail: or

A version of this article appeared in the August 08, 2001 edition of Education Week


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