The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has been awarded a three-year $86,000 grant by the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, the charitable arm of the Atlanta-based paper-products company. The grant will pay for scholarships of up to $2,000 for teachers in the Atlanta public schools who are seeking board certification.
METLIFE FOUNDATION GRANT
The New York City-based MetLife Foundation and theAfter-School Corp.have awarded MetLife Discovering Community Initiative grants to nine community-based organizations and schools. The grants will be used to develop after-school programs that help middle school students explore their communities.
The recipients are listed by city:
Baltimore: Community Law in Action and William H. Lemmel Middle School; Baltimore Clayworks, the YMCA of Maryland, and Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School.
Boston: Friends of Young Achievers, the Boston Nature Center, and Thomas Payzant Middle School; the Hyde Square Task Force and Mary Curley Middle School.
Clearwater, Fla.: The YMCA of the Suncoast and R’Club Child Care.
Pawtucket, R.I.: The Rhode Island Youth Guidence Center and Samuel Slater Junior High School.
New York City:Forest Hills Community House and Junior High School 190; the Sports and Arts Foundation and Intermediate School 238.
Utica, N.Y.: The Utica Boys & Girls Club and Donovan Middle School.
NEW YORK LIFE FOUNDATION GRANT
The New York Life Foundation, based in New York City, has awarded the Harlem Educational Activities Fund, a youth-development organization based in New York City, a two-year, $291,000 grant.
The grant will be used to establish a scholars’ program that will help prepare students for college courses.
CHARTER SCHOOL GRANT
The Skillman Foundation, a Detroit-based grantmaking foundation, recently awarded the National Charter Schools Institute a three-year, $532,750 grant to establish an administrator-leadership program in Michigan.
The program will assist charter school leaders in maintaining positive learning environments for students.
MUSIC RESEARCH GRANT
The International Foundation for Music Research, located in Carlsbad, Calif, has awarded three two-year grants, totaling $155,000, to research organizations in Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Texas to help study the role of music in learning and cognitive development.
The recipients are listed below alphabetically.
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Harvard Medical School and Project Zero, at Harvard University’s graduate school of education, Cambridge, Mass.
Research Imaging Center at the University of Texas Health Center, San Antonio.
Applications are due April 21 for Urban Challenge grants from 3Com, a national provider of Internet protocol service platforms and networking products, based in Santa Clara, Calif.
Grants support schools and municipal organizations interested in utilizing technology to improve communication and education. Five grants of $100,000 worth of 3Com products and services are available. Contact: Web site: www.3Com.com/urbanchallenge.
Applications are due May 1 for Educational Partnership grants from the Dominion Foundation, the charitable arm of the Richmond, Va.-based energy company. Grants support the development of K-12 mathematics and science programs.
K-12 schools and teachers in North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginiaare eligible to apply. Applications are accepted online only at www.dom.com/about/e ducation/grants/grants.jsp.
Applications are accepted at any time for small grants for programs that improve classroom teaching and learning of mathematics, science, and technology for students in grades 7-12, sponsored by the Toshiba America Foundation. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.toshiba.com/about/taf.html
Applications are due April 22 for the 2003 SBC Excelerator technology grants from the SBC Foundation, the philanthropic arm of SBC Communications, an international data, voice, and Internet provider.
Grants support projects that enable the expansion of technology infrastructure and resources among nonprofit organizations. One- year grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 are available. The foundationwill also consider collaborative grants of up to $50,000. Contact: (800) 591-9663; Web site: www.sbc.com/foundation.
Applications are due April 24 for Centers for Learning and Teaching grants from the National Science Foundation. Grants support the education and professional development of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics educators.
School districts, research laboratories, colleges, state and local education agencies, and businesses involved in collaborative partnerships are eligible to apply. About two to three five-year grants are available. All proposals must be submitted via FastLane at www.fasrlane.nsf.gov/a1/newst an.htm. Contact: NSF, Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230; (703) 292-5111; Web site: www.nsf.gov.
Applications are due May 19 for Teacher Professional Continuum grants from the National Science Foundation. Grants support research studies and development programs for K-12 science, technology,and mathematics education.
School districts, universities, research laboratories, science education centers, and local education agencies are eligible to apply. Contact: NSF, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230; (703) 292-5111; Web site: www.nsf.org.
Applications are accepted at any time for Space Education Initiatives that provide 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: www.space- explorers.com/grantinfo; www.moonlink.com; www.near.space-explorers.com; www.marslink.com; www.orbitallaboratory.com.
Applications are accepted at any time for ongoing grants from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, which are available to Maryland schools. Grants support programs and projects that engage students in the preservation of the environment, including the water quality of the bay, wildlife-habitat restoration and protection, and other Chesapeake Bay initiatives. One-year grants of $2,000 are available. Contact: CBT, 60 West St., Suite 200A, Annapolis, MD 21401; (410) 974-294; Web site: www.chesapeakebaytrust.org.
Applications are accepted at any time for grants from the Teaching Tolerance project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit group that fights discrimination. Grants of up to $2,000 to K-12 teachers 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.
Applications are due April 18 for Teacher Quality Research grants from the U.S Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. Grants support research on teacher quality.
Educational researchers, K-20 educational institutions, and public and private agencies are eligible to apply. Between five and 15 four-year grants of approximately $300,000 eachare available. Contact: Harold Himmelfarb, IES, 555 New Jersey Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20208; (202) 219-2031; fax: (202) 219-2135; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: https://ies.asciences.com.
Applications are due April 18 for Effective Mathematics Education Research grants from the U.S Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. Grants support research that seeks to identify interventions in mathematics education that can improve achievement for all students, particularly students in middle school.
Educational researchers, K-20 educational institutions, and public and private agencies are eligible to apply. About 15 two to four-year grants of $350,000 each are available. Contact: Heidi Schweingruber, IES, 555 New Jersey Ave. N.W., Rm. 602-C, Washington, DC 20208; (202) 219-2040; fax: (202) 219-1402; e-mail: Heidi.Schweingruber@ed.gov; Web site: https://ies.asciences.com/.
Applications are due April 25 for Social and Character Development Research grants from the U.S Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. Grants support research to evaluate interventions designed to promote positive social and character development among elementary school children.
Educational researchers, K-20 educational institutions, and public and private agencies are eligible to apply. About eight two- to four-year grants of $450,000 each are available. Contact: Tamara Haegerich, IES, 555 New Jersey Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20208; (202) 219-1201; fax: (202) 219-1402; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: https://ies.asciences.com/.
Applications are due April 25 for English Language Acquisition Evaluation grants from the U.S Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. Grants support research to implement studies that review alternative instruction options for English proficiency and reading achievement among early elementary school children.
Educational researchers, K-20 educational institutions, and public and private agencies are eligible to apply. About three five-year grants of $1.3 million each are available. Contact: Susan Sanchez, IES, National Center for Education Evaluation, 80 F St. N.W., Rm. 208, Washington, DC 20208; (202) 208-7061; fax: (202) 219-1725; e-mail: Susan.Sanchez@ed.gov; Web site: https://ies.asciences.com/.
Applications are due April 28 for Public Charter Schools Program grants from the U.S. Department of Education’s office of innovation and improvement. Grants support the expansion of high-quality charter schools nationwide.
State educational agencies in states with statutes authorizing the establishment of charter schools are eligible to apply. Six one-year grants ranging from $500,000 to $8 million are available. Contact: OII, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, DC 20202; (202) 205-4500; Web site: www.ed.gov/offices/OII/.
Applications are due May 16 for Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program grants from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants support programs that improve the knowledge and skills of early- childhoodteachers working in low-income communities where a majority of children are living in poverty.
Local and state educational agencies working in partnership with public or private universities and colleges or organizations that provide proven teacher training are eligible to apply. Between five and 12 grants ranging from $1.2 million to $2.8 million are available. Contact: U.S Department of Education, PO Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794- 1398; (877) 433-7827; fax: (301) 470-1244.
Applications are due May 19 for Smaller Learning Communities Program grants from the U.S. Department of Education’s office of vocational and adult education. Grants support the development and expansion of small, safe, and academically successful learning programs in large public high schools.
Local educational agencies are eligible to apply for planning and implementation grants on behalf of high schools that enroll at least 1,000 students in grades 9-12. Approximately 100 three-year implementation grants ranging from $250,000 to $2.5 million are available. In addition, 100 one-year planning grants ranging from $250,000 to $2.5 million are available.
Contact: OVAE, Karen Stratman Clark, 330 C St. S.W., Rm. 5523, Washington, DC 20202; (202) 205- 3779; fax: (202) 401-4079; Web site: www.ed.gov/offices/OVAE/HS/SLCP a>.