Posts Tagged "funding"

Funding Update: Siemens STEM Opportunities for Teachers, Summer 2014

Siemens STEM Academy is accepting applications for its Siemens STEM Institute and Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARS) programs through February 4, 2014.  Both programs are opportunities for middle school and high school STEM teachers to participate in all-expense-paid professional development activities in summer 2014.

The Siemens STEM Institute accepts fifty educators, or STEM Fellows, to attend a week-long institute hosted by Discovery Education, located outside of Washington, D.C.  According to Siemens, “The week will be filled with guest speakers, field trips to leading institutions where Fellows will observe real-world applications of STEM subject matter, and networking opportunities with like-minded peers from across the nation.”  For more information about Institute eligibility and application requirements, click here.

The STARS program selects two groups of 20 educators to participate in a two-week professional development program held at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.  Selected educators work in teams with scientists and researchers on short-term projects at the laboratory and participate in seminars, workshops, tours, and field trips.  Participating educators receive a $500 stipend and a $300 mini-grant for the purchase of classroom equipment and supplies. For information about STARS eligibility and application requirements, click here.

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Funding Update: Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants

Lowe’s is accepting online applications for its 2013-14 Toolbox for Education Grants through February 15, 2014.  However, once 1,500 applications have been received, no further applications will be accepted.  Toolbox grants provide between $2,000 and $5,000 to public K-12 schools to undertake projects that lead to permanent enhancement of school facilities and may be completed within one year. Examples of awarded grants include school gardens and playgrounds, as well as small building projects, such as renovations that create tutoring and parent involvement centers in schools.  Preference is given to projects that involve parents and foster community engagement.  Approximately 1,000 grants are awarded each year ($5 million total). Click here for more information about how to apply.


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The Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice

Early applications and nominations for The New Teacher Project’s (TNTP) Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice are due tomorrow (12/3/2014).  However, applications will be accepted through January 21, 2014.  The prize awards $25,000 to up to five full-time teachers in public schools that serve at least 40% low-income students.  Eligible teachers must demonstrate:

  • An extraordinary ability to lead students from all backgrounds to academic excellence;
  • A keen understanding of effective instructional practice and an ability to articulate it clearly; and
  • A passion for teaching and a deep commitment to advancing the teaching profession.

Click here for more information about the prize and how to nominate a teacher.


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Grants and Funding Update

As a means to support educators in identifying resources that will meet their students’ needs, Learning List provides periodic updates about grants and funding opportunities focused on improving education. Today’s post highlights some opportunities that are currently accepting applications and proposals.

Emerging Teacher Leaders

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is providing grants of up to $6,000 to support the development of emerging teacher leaders in PK-5 mathematics. Grant recipients must have the support of campus principals and are expected to provide ongoing professional development focused on improving instructional practice and the understanding of mathematics in the elementary school classroom. Grants are limited to one teacher per campus.  Application packets must be postmarked by November 8, 2013. More information is available here.

Improvements for At-Risk Youth

The Interactive Intelligence Foundation is providing grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 for projects that foster life improvements for at-risk youth up to age 18.  Greater weight is given to projects that address STEM (i.e., science, technology, engineering, and math), as well as projects with clearly defined implementation periods and measurable outcomes.  Grant requests are due November 15, 2013. More information about the Foundation’s program is available here.

California Gardening

The California Fertilizer Foundation is providing 24 grants of $1,200 to support garden-related projects in public and private schools in California.  Grant applications are due January 15, 2014.  Application materials are available here.


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Grants and Funding Update: “Family Engagement”- Deadline Approaching

Parental engagement is a well-documented contributor to student success. So much so, that the Texas legislature just added a requirement to the state accountability system that districts make public a self-evaluation of, among other factors, the level of community and parental involvement.

Here’s a carrot….the application deadline for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Family Engagement Grants is September 23, 2013. WKKF awards grants of up to $500,000 to organizations, including public schools, that are developing promising models of family engagement in low-income communities. Grants will be awarded for one to three years. WKKF defines family engagement as “a shared responsibility of families, schools and communities for student learning and achievement.” WKKF seeks to fund “on the ground” efforts, including those focused on program design and implementation, policy design and implementation, and service delivery. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal in October 2013. Selected grantees will be notified of grant awards in December 2013.

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