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July 29, 2011 - Volume 31 Issue 20

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Former West Virginians John Corbett, Sam Trammell and Jennifer Garner are joining West Virginia’s Teacher of the Year to promote reading in the Mountain State.

The celebrities are appearing in radio and television advertisements that ask, “What are you reading West Virginia?” The campaign is part of Read WV, a long-term collaborative project of the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), Read Aloud West Virginia, the West Virginia Library Commission and the Imagination Library.

Corbett, who is best-known for playing Chris Stevens on Northern Exposure and Carrie Bradshaw’s boyfriend Aidan on “Sex and the City,” currently stars in “United States of Tara” as Max Gregson and on “Parenthood” as Seth Holt. In the ads, he tells the tale of a teacher in Wheeling who helped him become a better reader. “When I was a kid in West Virginia reading didn’t come easy to me,” Corbett says. “Yet I know I wouldn’t be the actor I am today if I didn’t learn to read well.”

Read WV is designed to encourage children and their parents and grandparents to make reading a priority early in life and to involve all West Virginians in the critical task of ensuring that children read every day. The project includes a web page of resources, a video contest, and social media options on the WVDE website at www.readwv.com. The commercials also are posted on the website. In addition, children and adults alike can share what they are reading on Twitter using #ReadWV in their Tweets.

“Reading well is one of the most important skills children need to learn,” said state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. “When children become good readers in the early grades, they are more likely to do well in other subjects and develop a love of learning that will last a lifetime.”

Trammell, who graduated from Charleston’s George Washington High School, currently plays a shape-shifter on HBO’s vampire series, “True Blood.” Garner, also a graduate of George Washington High School, is scheduled to join the project in June. Also appearing in the spots is West Virginia’s 2011 Teacher of the Year Drema McNeal, a National Board Certified sixth grade language arts teacher at Park Middle School in Raleigh County.

“Reading sparked my creativity and imagination and it can do the same for you and your kids,” Trammell says. “So what are you reading West Virginia?”

In recent years, the state Board of Education recognized that too many West Virginia children come to school from homes where reading is not commonplace. The board refined its education goals by reaffirming the importance of “teaching all children to read.” While progress has been made, Read WV acknowledges more can be done. By encouraging parents to read with their children, Read WV strives to increase the literacy of all West Virginians.

“It sounds so simple yet too many people don’t read at home with their children even when research tells us doing so makes a big difference,” Marple said. “Read WV reminds us how important it is for all of us – children and adults -- to read every day.”
For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

 

NAIS: Challenge 20/20 Partnership
The National Association of Independent Schools invites schools to participate in Challenge 20/20, a program that brings together one school from the United States and one school from outside of the United States. Teacher-student teams from both schools work together throughout the fall 2011 school semester to come up with a solution to a global problem. Challenge 20/20 is based on Jean Francois Rischard's book, High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them.
Maximum Award: international cooperation and collaboration between youth.
Eligibility: all U.S. schools, elementary and secondary, public or private.
Deadline: August 15, 2011.


Open Meadows Foundation: Grants for Women and Girls
The Open Meadows Foundation is a grant-making organization for projects that are led by and benefit women and girls. It funds projects that reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization; that build community power; that promote racial, social, economic, and environmental justice; and that have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding.
Maximum Award: $2,000.
Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations with an organizational budget no larger than $150,000. Projects must be designed and implemented by women and girls.
Deadline: August 15, 2011.


Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation: Melody Program
Mr. Holland's Opus Melody Program provides musical instruments and instrument repairs to existing K-12 school music programs that have no other source of financing to purchase additional musical instruments and materials.
Eligibility: music programs that take place during the regular school day. Schools must have an established instrumental music program (i.e. concert band, marching band, jazz band and/or orchestra) that is at least three years old.
Maximum Award: $8,000. Deadline for Pre-Qualification: September 29, 2011.


P. Buckley Moss Foundation: Grants for Teachers of Children Who Learn Differently
P. Buckley Moss Foundation Education Grants aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children with learning disabilities and other special needs.
Maximum Award: $1,000.
Eligibility: new or evolving programs that integrate the arts into educational programming.
Deadline: September 30, 2011.


Siemens/College Board: 2011 Siemens Competition
The Siemens Competition seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. It fosters intensive research that improves students' understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines.
Maximum Award: $100,000.
Eligibility: high school students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Deadline: October 3, 2011.


CVS: Caremark Community Grants
The CVS Caremark Community Grants Program is currently accepting proposals for programs targeting children with disabilities that address: health and rehabilitation services; a greater level of inclusion in student activities and extracurricular programs; opportunities or facilities that give greater access to physical movement and play; provision to uninsured individuals with needed care, in particular programs where the care received is of higher quality and delivered by providers who participate in accountable community health care programs.
Maximum Award: $5,000.
Eligibility: nonprofit organizations.
Deadline: October 31, 2011.


State Farm Foundation: Grants
State Farm is committed to meeting the needs of our communities by focusing our giving in three areas: Safe Neighbors (safety), Strong Neighborhoods (community development), and Education Excellence (education).
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, Canadian charitable organizations, educational institutions, and governmental entities.
Deadline: October 31, 2011.


NCTM: Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grants increase the breadth and depth of the mathematics content knowledge of elementary school teachers who have a demonstrated commitment to mathematics teaching and learning. Applicants must have the support of the school principal in becoming a mathematics teacher-leader within her or his school or district. The grant recipient will be expected to provide ongoing professional development to teachers within the school or district to strengthen their mathematical understandings and instructional practices. The professional development must include sustained in-service programs focusing on improving the content knowledge of elementary teachers within the school or district and working with teachers in their classrooms through demonstration teaching or co-teaching.
Maximum Award: $6,000.
Eligibility: current (as of October 14, 2011) full individual or e-members of NCTM.
Deadline: November 11, 2011.


NCTM: Improving Students' Understanding of Geometry Grants
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Improving Students' Understanding of Geometry grant is to develop activities that will enable students to better appreciate and understand some aspect of geometry that is consistent with the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics of NCTM. The project should include applications of geometry to, for example, art, literature, music, architecture, nature, or some other relevant area, and may integrate the use of technology into the teaching of geometry. Proposals must address the following: geometry content, the appropriateness of the application, the link between the Geometry Standard and the project's activities, and the anticipated impact on students' learning.
Maximum Award: $4,000.
Eligibility: teachers preK-8 who are NCTM members as of October 14, 2011 or teach at a school with a preK-8 NCTM school membership as of October 14, 2011.

NCTM: Engaging Students in Learning Mathematics Grants for Grades 6-8 Teachers
The National Council of the Teachers of Mathematics Engaging Students in Learning Grants are given to incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that actively engage students in tasks and experiences to deepen and connect their content knowledge. Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate media. The focus of these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields or to the world around us. Materials may not be calculators, computers, or related equipment. Proposals must address one or more of the Content Standards: number and operations, geometry, measurement, algebra; plan for developing and evaluating materials; and the anticipated impact on students' learning.
Maximum Award: $3,000.
Eligibility: current (as of October 14, 2011) Full Individual or E-Members of NCTM or those teaching at a school with a current (as of October 14, 2011) NCTM PreK-8 school membership who teach mathematics in grades 6-8 at least 50 percent of the school day.
Deadline: November 11, 2011.


NCTM: Improving Students' Understanding of Geometry Grants
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Improving Students' Understanding of Geometry grant is to develop activities that will enable students to better appreciate and understand some aspect of geometry that is consistent with the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics of NCTM. The project should include applications of geometry to, for example, art, literature, music, architecture, nature, or some other relevant area, and may integrate the use of technology into the teaching of geometry. Proposals must address the following: geometry content, the appropriateness of the application, the link between the Geometry Standard and the project's activities, and the anticipated impact on students' learning.
Maximum Award: $4,000.
Eligibility: teachers preK-8 who are NCTM members as of October 14, 2011 or teach at a school with a preK-8 NCTM school membership as of October 14, 2011.
Deadline: November 11, 2011.


NCTM: Mathematics Course Work Scholarships for Grades PreK-5 Teachers
The National Council for the Teachers of Mathematics Course Work Scholarships for Grades PreK-5 Teachers provides financial support for improving teachers' understanding of mathematics by completing course work.
Maximum Award: $2,000.
Eligibility: individual classroom teachers or small groups of teachers currently teaching mathematics in grades PreK-5 level who are also (as of October 14, 2011) Full Individual or e-Members of NCTM, or teach in a school with a current (as of October 14, 2011) NCTM PreK-8 school membership.
Deadline: November 11, 2011.


NCTM: PreK-6 Classroom Research Grants
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics PreK-6 Classroom Research Grants support and encourage classroom-based research in precollege mathematics education in collaboration with college or university mathematics educators. The research must be a significant collaborative effort involving a college or university mathematics educator (a mathematics education researcher or a teacher of mathematics learning, teaching, or curriculum) and one or more grades PreK-6 classroom teachers. The proposal may include, but is not restricted to, research on curriculum development and implementation, involvement of at-risk or minority students, students' thinking about a particular mathematics concept or set of concepts, connection of mathematics to other disciplines, focused learning and teaching of mathematics with embedded use of technology (any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant), and innovative assessment or evaluation strategies.
Maximum Award: $6,000.
Eligibility: classroom teachers currently teaching mathematics at the grades PreK-6 level who are current (as of October 14, 2011) NCTM members or who teach in a school that (as of October 14, 2011) has a NCTM PreK-8 school membership.
Deadline: November 11, 2011.


NCTM: Using Mathematics to Teach Music
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Using Mathematics to Teach Music grant encourages the incorporation of music into the elementary school classroom to help young students learn mathematics. Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant. Proposals must address the following: the combining of mathematics and music; the plan for improving students' learning of mathematics; and the anticipated impact on students' achievement.
Maximum Award: $3,000.
Eligibility: individual classroom teachers or small groups of teachers currently teaching mathematics in grades PreK-2 level who are also (as of October 14, 2011) Full Individual or e-Members of NCTM or teach in a school with a current (as of October 14, 2011) NCTM PreK-8 school membership.
Deadline: November 11, 2011.


NSTA: Angela Award
The National Science Teachers Association Angela award honors one female student in grades 5-8 who is involved in or has a strong connection to science.
Maximum Award: $1,000 US EE Savings Bond or Canadian Savings Bond; recognition at the Teacher Awards Banquet at NSTA's National Conference.
Eligibility: any female student in grades 5-8 who is a resident of the United States, U.S. Territories, or Canada, and is enrolled in full-time public, private, or home school.
Deadline: November 30, 2011.


NSTA: Awards for Excellence in Inquiry-based Science Teaching
The Delta Education/Frey-Neo/CPO Science Awards for Excellence in Inquiry-based Science Teaching recognize and honor full-time PreK-12 teachers of science who successfully use inquiry-based science to enhance teaching and learning in their classroom.
Maximum Award: $1,500 towards expenses to attend the NSTA National Conference, and $1,500 for the awardee.
Eligibility: PreK-12 teachers of science.
Deadline: November 30, 2011.


NSTA: DCAT Association "Making a Difference" Award
The Drug, Chemical & Associated Technologies Association "Making a Difference" Award recognizes excellence in a science program developed and implemented by middle-level science teachers, grades 6-8. Entries must show innovative and effective teaching strategies combined with a science program that has influenced students to explore and investigate science and its application to global problems.
Maximum Award: $2,500 to be used to enhance or expand the winning science program; the winning school's lead science teacher and principal will be awarded coach airfare and two nights' hotel accommodation to attend NSTA's National Conference March 29 - April 1, 2012 in Indianapolis.
Eligibility: innovative middle-level science programs.
Deadline: November 30, 2011.


AIAA Foundation: Grants for Excellence in Math, Science, Technology and Engineering
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Classroom Grants encourage excellence in educating students about math, science, technology, and engineering.
Eligibility: current AIAA Educator Associate or AIAA Professional members actively engaged as K-12 classroom educators.
Maximum Award: $200.
Deadline: rolling.


Awards for Excellence in Educating Students About Math, Science, Technology & Engineering
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Classroom Grants are awarded to encourage excellence in educating students about math, science, technology, and engineering. Eligibility: current AIAA Educator Associate or AIAA Professional members actively engaged as K-12 classroom educators.
Maximum Award: $200.
Deadline: N/A.


Campell's: Labels for Education
The Campell's, Inc. Labels for Education Program gives schools free educational equipment in exchange for labels from Campbell products.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: Schools or parents coordinate label drives to raise resources for schools.


Charles Lafitte Foundation: Grants Program
The Charles Lafitte Foundation Grants Program gives funds to groups and individuals to foster lasting improvement on the human condition by providing support to education, children's advocacy, medical research, and the arts.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: 501(c)3 institutions.
Deadline: rolling.


Comcast Grants for Diversity-Oriented Programs
The Comcast Foundation is awarding grants to maximize the impact of community investments so they yield tangible, measurable benefits to the neighborhoods Comcast serves and the people who live there. The Foundation's primary focus is in funding diversity-oriented programs that address literacy, volunteerism, and youth leadership development.
Maximum Award: $500,000.
Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations operating within communities that Comcast serves.
Deadline: N/A.
For more information: http://www.comcast.com/foundation
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Critical Exposure: Through Your Lens
The 21st Century School Fund, Critical Exposure, and Healthy Schools Campaign are inviting students, teachers, and everyone with a view of our nation's school buildings to show the world what you see every day at school: the good parts, the troubling parts, the things to be proud of, and the things to change. Contest launches February 1, 2011.


Driver's Edge: Driving Instruction for Teens
Driver's Edge empowers young drivers through a combination of classroom discussions and behind-the-wheel defensive driving instruction to erase the "Fast and the Furious" and video-game mentality that many of today's young drivers have and that has skyrocketed automobile fatalities. The program is free.
Eligibility: students between the ages of 15 and 21 who have a learner's permit or driver's license.
Deadline: see tour schedule for relevant dates.

 

Earthwatch: Education Fellowships
The Earthwatch Institute offers educators fully funded fellowships for hands-on learning with leading scientists doing field research and conservation on one of 130 projects. Earthwatch's Education Fellowships are national in scope, and supported by a wide range of businesses, foundations, and individuals.
Maximum Award: full cost of expedition, including all research costs, meals, housing, on-site travel, etc.
Eligibility: K-12 classroom educators of any subject(s) from public or private schools nationwide.
Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the spring.

 

ePals, Inc.: free In2Books curriculum
In2Books, the curriculum-based e-mentoring program from ePals, Inc., will be offered for free to some Title I schools. Students participating in In2Books select and read age-appropriate, high-quality books from a list compiled by a team of children's literature experts. The students are matched with carefully screened adult pen pals who read the same books as the students. After reading each book, students and their pen pals exchange thoughts about the important issues in the book via online letters. Teachers reinforce these activities in the classroom with related lessons and discussion.
Maximum Award: the online program, books and professional development (valued at more than $500).


Eli Funding for Teachers to Bring Monarch Butterflies Into the Classroom
The Live Monarch Foundation Educator Outreach Program provides funding for teachers throughout the United States to enroll in the National Campaign to bring Monarch Butterflies into the classroom. This program provides education and materials to strengthen the Monarch's 3,000 mile migratory route within North America by creating self-sustaining butterfly gardens and refuges. Current extreme weather has eliminated early milkweed growth... participation is critical. Materials will be provided for each participant to raise a virtual butterfly and start a real butterfly garden with professional instruction on each level of its maintenance and care, with insight into the shared responsibility of each person to protect our fragile environment one backyard at a time.
Maximum Award: n/a.
Eligibility: teachers and classrooms in areas on the monarch migratory route.
Deadline: rolling.


Grants for Math Mentoring Programs Using Actuaries
The Actuarial Foundation Advancing Student Achievement Mentoring Program awards grants to schools and groups to develop a viable mentoring program involving actuaries in the teaching of mathematics to children in private and public schools. Collaboration among school systems, local actuarial clubs, corporations and other stakeholders in education is encouraged in order to enhance the chances of success, particularly on a long-term basis.
Maximum Award: $30,000.
Eligibility: All schools and groups willing to undertake a math mentoring program that involves local actuaries as volunteers.
Deadline: N/A

 

High Tech Camp for Girls
Microsoft DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls works to dispel stereotypes of the high-tech industry and gives young people a chance to experience firsthand what it is like to develop cutting-edge technology. During the camp, girls are exposed to executive speakers, technology tours and demonstrations, networking and hands-on learning workshops.
Maximum Award: camp attendance.
Eligibility: girls grades 7-12; must be 13 at the time of attendance.
Deadline: varies; see website

 

VSP: Sight for Students
Sight for Students is a VSP charity that provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children. The program operates nationally through a network of community partners who identify children in need and VSP network doctors who provide the eyecare services. Parents and guardians interested in seeking assistance through the Sight for Students program must work through VSP's established network of community partners. VSP does not issue gift certificates directly to the public.
Eligibility: There are five basic qualifications a child must meet in order to receive a Sight for Students gift certificate: family income is no more than 200 percent of federal poverty level (see website for chart); child is not enrolled in Medicaid or other vision insurance; child is 18 years old or younger and has not graduated from high school; child or parent is a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant with a social security number; and child has not used the Sight for Students program during the past 12 months.
Deadline: N/A.



Eligibility: girls grades 9-11 in the 2010-2011 school year and at least age 13 at time of application, with the exception of the Fargo, ND and Las Colinas, TX locations, where eligibility is restricted to grades 7-10 and 8-11, respectively.
Deadline: varies by location.