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September 30, 2011 - Volume 31 Issue 22

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West Virginia students are invited to participate in the 17th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, the nation’s largest youth recognition program honoring outstanding community volunteers.

Winners of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and a trip to Washington, D.C. The awards are conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Two winners are chosen from each state and Washington, D.C.

Last school year, Lauren Lanier of Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School in Mason County and Kambria Price of C.W. Shipley Elementary School in Jefferson County were honored as West Virginia’s winners. The two were among more than 100 other top youth volunteers from across the county to be selected to receive the award.

To be considered for the award, students should submit completed applications by Nov. 1, 2011. State honorees will be selected in February and travel to Washington, D.C., in May with a parent for the recognition event.

For more information about the award or to download an application, visit www.spirit.prudential.com, or call 877-525-8491, or contact the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699

 

West Virginia child and adult day care providers seeking ways to serve nutritious, healthy meals could qualify for funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The program, which is administered through the West Virginia Department of Education, offers cash reimbursements for meals served to children. Some facilities may be eligible to receive USDA-donated foods as well.

Children enrolled at childcare centers or other facilities participating in the CACFP receive free meals. The reimbursement rate to providers varies, depending on the number of children eligible for free or reduced price school meals. Participants may be reimbursed for up to three meal types, including breakfast, lunch, morning or afternoon snacks, or supper.

Eligible childcare centers are licensed or approved public or private nonprofit facilities. For-profit child care centers also are eligible if they receive compensation under Title XX of the Social Security Act for at least 25 percent of the children enrolled, or if at least 25 percent of the children they serve are eligible for free or reduced price school meals. Licensed or registered family day care home providers also may participate in the program under the auspices of an approved family day care sponsoring organization.
 

ELIGIBLE FOR FREE MEALS OR FREE MILK

FAMILY SIZE YEARLY MONTHLY TWICE PER MONTH EVERY TWO WEEKS WEEKLY
ONE $14,157 $1,180 $590 $545 $273
TWO 19,123 1,594 797 736 368
THREE 24,089 2,008 1,004 927 464
FOUR 29,055 2,422 1,211 1,118 559
FIVE 34,021 2,836 1,418 1,309 655
SIX 38,987 3,249 1,625 1,500 750
SEVEN 43,953 3,663 1,832 1,691 846
EIGHT 48,919 4,077 2,039 1,882 941
FOR EACH ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBER, ADD 4,966 414 207 191 96

 

ELIGIBLE FOR REDUCED MEALS OR FREE MILK

FAMILY SIZE YEARLY MONTHLY TWICE PER MONTH EVERY TWO WEEKS WEEKLY
ONE $20,147 $1,679 $840 $775 $388
TWO 27,214 2,268 1,134 1,047 524
THREE 34,281 2,857 1,429 1,319 660
FOUR 41,348 3,446 1,723 1,591 796
FIVE 48,415 4,035 2,018 1,863 932
SIX 55,482 4,624 2,312 2,134 1,067
SEVEN 62,549 5,213 2,607 2,406 1,203
EIGHT 69,616 5,802 2,901 2,678 1,339
FOR EACH ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBER, ADD 7,067 589 295 272 136

 

There are 10 approved sponsors throughout West Virginia. Additionally, homeless shelters providing services for families and after-school programs located in low-income areas also can participate. Program sponsors provide meals at no extra charge to all enrolled participants at each participating facility.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

To file a complaint alleging discrimination, write to the USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call, toll free, (866) 632- 9992 (Voice). Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact the USDA through the Federal Relay at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

For more information, contact the Office of Child Nutrition at (304) 558-3396, or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

 

AGI: A World of Change in My Community
The American Geological Institute is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2011. The photography theme for this year is "A World of Change in My Community."
Maximum Award: $300, a copy of AGI's Faces of Earth DVD, and the winner's photograph on the Earth Science Week website.
Eligibility: interested residents of the United States of any age.
Deadline: October 14, 2011.


Lowe's Toolbox for Education
Lowe's Toolbox for Education grants fund school improvement projects initiated by parents in recognition of the importance of parental involvement in education.
Maximum Award: $5,000.
Eligibility: K-12 schools (including charter, parochial, private, etc.) or parent groups (associated with a non-profit K-12 school).
Deadline: October 14, 2011.


NEA Foundation: Learning & Leadership Grants
NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of two purposes. Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.
Maximum Award: $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study.
Eligibility: public school teachers grades K-12; public school education support professionals; or faculty and staff at public higher education institutions.
Deadline: October 15, 2011.


NEA Foundation: Student Achievement Grants
The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants provide funds to improve the academic achievement of students by engaging in critical thinking and problem-solving that deepen knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students' habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.
Maximum Award: $5,000.
Eligibility: practicing U.S. public school teachers, public school education support professionals, or faculty or staff at public higher education institutions.
Deadline: October 15, 2011.


U.S. Government: Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program
The Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program provides opportunities for teachers to participate in direct exchanges of positions with colleagues from other countries for a semester or academic year. By living and working in the cultures of their host countries, Fulbright teachers gain an understanding and appreciation of the similarities and differences in national cultures and education systems.
Maximum Award: year-long or semester-long direct exchange of teaching positions with a counterpart in another country teaching the same subject(s) at the same level.
Eligibility: full-time U.S. teachers.
Deadline: October 15, 2011.


Clorox: Power a Bright Future Grants
Clorox Power a Bright Future Grants aim to provide necessary resources to help support school programs that enrich kids' lives.
Maximum Award: $50,000.
Eligibility: Anyone at least 18 years old at time of entry can nominate an accredited K-12 public or private school program.
Deadline: October 17, 2011.


American School Board/ Sodexo: Magna Awards
The American School Board/ Sodexo Magna Awards honor outstanding programs developed or supported by school boards that showcase school district leadership, creativity, and commitment to student achievement.
Maximum Award: $4,000.
Eligibility: local school boards.
Deadline: October 31, 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: Community Grants
State Farm is committed to meeting the needs of communities by giving in three areas: Safe Neighbors (safety), Strong Neighborhoods (community development), and Education Excellence (education).
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations; Canadian charitable organizations, educational institutions, and governmental entities.
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.


FFVF: Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education
The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education honor outstanding educators who excite a commitment in their students to the free enterprise system and unleash the entrepreneurial skills of their students at the elementary, junior high school, high school, and college level.
Maximum Award: $7,500.
Eligibility: teachers at schools (K-12), colleges, and universities.
Deadline: November 1, 2011.


Freedom Foundation: Leavey Awards
The Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education honor outstanding educators who excite a commitment in their students to the free enterprise system and unleash the entrepreneurial skills of their students at the elementary, junior high school, high school, and college level.
Maximum Award: $15,000.
Eligibility: U.S. citizens or permanent residents employed full-time as an educator at an accredited American school (grades K-12), college, or university.
Deadline: November 1, 2011.


IRA: Elva Knight Research Grant
The International Reading Association Elva Knight Research Grant provides funding for research in reading and literacy. Projects should be completed within two years and may be carried out using any research method or approach as long as the focus of the project is on research in reading or literacy. Activities such as developing new programs or instructional materials are not eligible for funding except to the extent that these activities are necessary procedures for the conduct of the research.
Maximum Award: $8,000.
Eligibility: International Reading Association members.
Deadline: November 1, 2011.


IRA: Teacher as Researcher Grant
International Reading Association Teacher as Researcher grants support classroom teachers who undertake action research inquiries about literacy and instruction.
Maximum Award: $4,000.
Eligibility: All applicants must be members of the International Reading Association (IRA) and practicing PreK-12 teachers with full time or permanent half time teaching responsibilities (includes librarians, Title I teachers, classroom teachers, and resource teachers). Classroom teachers will be given preference. Applicants may apply as a collaborative group or individually.
Deadline: November 1, 2011.


Prudential: Spirit of Community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor young people in grades 5 through 12 who have demonstrated exemplary voluntary service to their communities.
Maximum Award: $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C.
Eligibility: students grades 5-12 who have conducted a volunteer service activity within the past year.
Deadline: November 1, 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.
Deadline: November 11, 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: 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: Professional Development Grants for Grades PreK-5 Teachers
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Professional Development Grants for Grades PreK-5 Teachers support professional development to improve the competence in the teaching of mathematics of one or more classroom teachers.
Maximum Award: $3,000.
Eligibility: current (as of October 14, 2011) Full Individual or E-Members of NCTM or teachers at a school with a current (as of October 14, 2011) NCTM PreK-8 school membership currently teaching at the grades PreK-5 level and with three or more years teaching experience.
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.


IRA: Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Award
The International Reading Association Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Award honors an outstanding elementary teacher of reading and language arts dedicated to improving teaching and learning through reflective writing about his or her teaching and learning process.
Maximum Award: $2,500.
Eligibility: regular classroom elementary teachers of reading and language arts grades K-6 in a school in which at least 60 percent of the school's students are eligible for free or reduced lunch; must be IRA members.
Deadline: November 15, 2011.


State Farm/NYLC: Project Ignition
State Farm and the National Youth Leadership Council are sponsoring Project Ignition, which funds programs that give high school students and their teachers the chance to work together to address the issue of teen driver safety.
Maximum Award: $2,000.
Eligibility: students grades 9-12.
Deadline: November 15, 2011.


NGA/Home Depot: Youth Garden Grants
National Gardening Association Youth Garden Grants provide support to schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs. In evaluating grant applications, priority will be given to programs that emphasize one or more of these elements: educational focus or curricular/program integration; nutrition or plant-to-food connections; environmental awareness/education; entrepreneurship; and social aspects of gardening such as leadership development, team building, community support, or service-learning.
Maximum Award: a $500 gift card to The Home Depot and a $500 gift card to the Gardening with Kids catalog and educational materials from NGA.
Eligibility: schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and intergenerational groups throughout the United States.
Deadline: November 28, 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.


NSTA: Distinguished Fellow Award
The National Science Teachers Association Distinguished Fellow Award recognizes NSTA members who have made extraordinary contributions to science education through personal commitment to education, specifically science teaching or science; educational endeavors and original work that position recipients as exemplary leaders in their field; or significant contributions to the profession that reflect dedication to the NSTA as well the entire educational community.
Maximum Award: recognition at the NSTA Awards Banquet in conjunction with the NSTA National Conference.
Eligibility: longstanding (at least 10 years) NSTA members.
Deadline: November 30, 2010.


NSTA: Farraday Science Communicator Award
The National Science Teachers Association Faraday Science Communicator Award will recognize and reward an individual or organization that has inspired and elevated the public's interest in and appreciation of science.
Maximum Award: recognition at the Awards Banquet during the NSTA National Conference on Science Education; an all-expense-paid trip (up to $2,500) to attend the conference; recognition in NSTA publications and the opportunity to participate in a poster session during the conference.
Eligibility: individual -- The individual will not be a classroom teacher, but will work in, or have developed, a compatible setting for science communication: e.g., museum, nature center, zoo, state park, aquarium, radio, television, internet, or other science-rich institutions or media. The individual may also be connected to a science setting through his or her involvement with civic organizations and child-education facilities: e.g., PreK child-development centers, 4-H clubs, Girl and Boy Scouts, Girls and Boys Clubs of America, and so on. Organizational -- The organization will facilitate and provide exemplary opportunities for science communication to the public at the local, state, and national levels.
Deadline: November 30, 2011.


NSTA: Wendell G. Mohling Outstanding Aerospace Educator Award
The Wendell G. Mohling Outstanding Aerospace Educator Award recognizes excellence in the field of aerospace education. The recipient of the award will be honored during the Awards Banquet and the Aerospace Educators Luncheon at the annual NSTA Conference.
Maximum Award: $3,000, and $2,000 in expenses to attend NSTA's National Conference March 29 - April 1, 2012 in Indianapolis.
Eligibility: K-12 teachers of science in formal education settings (e.g., elementary, middle, high school); Individuals must be nominated for this award and have a minimum of three years teaching experience. Self-nominations will be accepted.
Deadline: November 30, 2011.


NSTA/Vernier Software & Technology: Vernier Technology Awards
National Science Teachers Association Vernier Technology Awards recognize the innovative use of data collection technology using a computer, graphing calculator, or handheld in the science classroom.
Maximum Award: $1,000 toward expenses to attend the NSTA National Conference, $1,000 in cash for the teacher, and $1,000 in Vernier products.
Eligibility: Teachers of science grades K-College.
Deadline: November 30, 2011.


AAPT: High School Physics Teachers Grants
American Association of Physics Teachers High School Physics Teachers Grants enable high school physics teachers to compete for small grants that will support innovative physics programs or activities that seek to increase student enrollment or to enhance student achievement in physics.
Maximum Award: $500.
Eligibility: high school physics teachers who are AAPT members.
Deadline: December 1, 2011.


Character Education Partnership: National Schools of Character Awards
The National Schools of Character Awards program has a twofold purpose: to identify exemplary schools and districts to serve as models for others; and to help schools and districts improve their efforts in effective character education.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: schools that have been engaged in character education for a minimum of three full years, starting no later than December 2008. Districts need to have been engaged in character education for a minimum of four full years, starting no later than December 2007.
Deadline: December 1, 2011.


AMA/Leader to Leader Institute: AMA Scholarship
The American Management Association and Leader to Leader Institute scholarship program is intended to assist social-sector nonprofit organizations in developing strong leadership. The AMA Scholarship is designed to provide nonprofit leaders with an opportunity to step out of the day-to-day, interact with peers across the sectors, and develop practical skills they can apply immediately within their organizations.
Maximum Award: one-year scholarship.
Eligibility: employees of 501(c)3 organizations with a minimum of three years of work experience in the social sector.
Deadline: December 15, 2011.


Libri Foundation: Books for Children
The Libri Foundation Books for Children Grants donate new, quality, hardcover children's books for small, rural, public libraries across the country.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: Libraries should be in a rural area, have a limited operating budget, and an active children's department. The average total operating budget of a Books for Children grant recipient must be less than $40,000.
Deadline: January 23, 2011.


New Leaders for New Schools: Aspiring Principals Program
New Leaders for New Schools is currently accepting applications for candidates who meet their 10 selection criteria (see website) and want to lead change for children in low-income communities by becoming urban public school principals. Candidates should have a record of success in leading adults, an expertise in K-12 teaching and learning, a relentless drive to lead an excellent urban school, and most importantly, an unyielding belief in the potential of every child to achieve academically at high levels.
Eligibility: a minimum of 2-3 years of successful K-12 instruction experience; a teaching certificate preferred. This application is for candidates who are not currently in a school-based instructional or instructional leadership role and do not work in a district, charter management organization (CMO), or city that is offering the Emerging Leaders Program. Mini-deadlines: October 13 and December 1, 2011. Final
Deadline: February 7, 2012.


NGA/Mantis: Mantis Award
The National Gardening Association Mantis Awards charitable and educational support garden projects that enhance the quality of life in their host communities.
Maximum Award: NGA selects 25 outstanding applicants to receive Mantis tiller/cultivators.
Eligibility: Applicants must operate a charitable or educational program that is not-for-profit in the United States.
Deadline: March 1, 2012.


NCTM: PreK-8 Pre-service Teacher Action Research Grants
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics PreK-8 Pre-service Teacher Action Research Grants provide financial support for action research conducted as a collaborative by university faculty, pre-service teacher(s), and classroom teacher(s) seeking to improve their understanding of mathematics in PreK-8 classroom(s). Primary emphasis will be placed on collaboration by a team of researchers consisting of university, elementary/middle school teachers, and pre-service teachers from the undergraduate ranks. The action research should be designed, implemented, and completed with a focus on enhancing the teaching and/or learning of mathematics in grades PreK-8. Proposals must address the following: rationale for the research project, the expected impact on teaching/learning in the school setting, and anticipated improvements in pre-service student learning. Grant funds should be used to support project expenses to plan and carry out the action research.
Maximum Award: $3,000.
Eligibility: current (as of April 27, 2012) full individual or e-members of NCTM or those teaching at a school with a current (as of April 27, 2012) NCTM PreK-8 school membership. The participating pre-service teacher(s) must be in an initial licensure/certification program at the undergraduate level and, at some point during the term of the grant, must be engaged in some form of practicum experience or student teaching.
Deadline: May 4, 2012.


Access for Educators to C-SPAN Archival Footage
The C-SPAN Archives Grants awardees are granted the videotapes of their choice from the extensive collection in the C-SPAN Archives for creative proposals for using the network's programming in the classroom or in research projects.
Eligibility: middle and high school teachers, college/university professors.
Maximum Award: N/A.
Deadline: N/A.


Actuarial Foundation: Advancing Student Achievement Grants
The Actuarial Foundation Advancing Student Achievement grant program brings together actuaries and educators in local classrooms with the belief that interaction with real-world mentors will boost student interest and achievement in math. The Actuarial Foundation can provide a local network of actuaries ready to participate, as well as suggestions on how to integrate math concepts from the workplace into the classroom. Schools applying for grants will be given wide latitude in designing programs that enhance learning and create a "love of math" in each student.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: All schools willing to undertake a math-mentoring program involving local actuaries as volunteers are eligible. However, in order for a program to be viable, there must be a sufficient population of volunteer actuaries within easy traveling distance to make a regular program possible.
Deadline: None, but applications should be received at least one or two months prior to proposed start date.


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.


Allstate: Grants for National and Local Programs
The Allstate Foundation supports national and local programs for new partnerships that fit within its current focus areas of Teen Safe Driving and Economic Empowerment for Domestic Violence Survivors.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations.
Deadline: rolling.


American Councils for Education: Seeking Fellowship Placements
The American Councils for Education, in association with the U.S. Department of State, is seeking to place five young professionals in non-governmental internships across the country during the fall 2009 intern season (September-December). Prospective interns will be arriving in the United States in mid-August under the auspices of the federally funded Legislative Education and Practice program (LEAP) and will be ready to report to work in early September. LEAP Fellows are dedicated public servants between 23 and 33 years of age from Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey. They are college -educated (many have advanced degrees in law or international studies), speak fluent English, have had previous U.S.-based experience, and are eager to learn how Americans address rule of law, civil society, work in advocacy, infrastructure, energy, human rights, and related topics, so that they may better their own societies. Interns will be available to work a full-time schedule and will be fully supported by American Councils and the U.S. Department of States in terms of compensation, health insurance, etc. To learn more, please contact RaeJean Stokes at 202-833-7522 or via email at: leap@americancouncils.org


Barnes and Noble Grants
Barnes and Noble booksellers is considering requests for grants from nonprofit organizations that focus on art, literacy, or education (K-12). Applicants must have a plan for promoting the grants program with Barnes and Noble and must be willing to work with the local stores on in-store programming.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: nonprofits that focus on art, literacy, or education (K-12).
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.


Best Buy: Teach@15 Award
The Teach@15 Award program improves classroom learning by helping schools (grades 7-12) meet technology needs. A teen member (age 13-18) who is a registered member on www.at15.com can nominate his/her school to win a Teach@15 Award.
Maximum Award: $1,500 in the form of Best Buy Gift Cards.
Eligibility: accredited, nonprofit junior or senior public, private, parochial, magnet, and charter high schools in the U.S. serving any grades 7-12.
Deadline: ongoing.


.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.
DEADLINE:N/A.


C-SPAN: Video Archive Grants
C-SPAN Archives Grants give teachers videotapes from the extensive collection in the C-SPAN Archives for creative proposals that use the network's programming in the classroom or in research projects.
Eligibility: middle and high school teachers and college/university professors.
Maximum Award: use of archive tapes.
Deadline: N/A.


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


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.


Do Something: Seed Grants
Do Something Seed Grants can be used towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started, or to jump-start programs and realize ideas for the first time. These grants can also be used towards projects that are already developed and sustainable, towards the next steps of the project and organization to help as the project expands.
Maximum Award: $500.
Eligibility: U.S. or Canadian citizens aged 25 or under.
Deadline: rolling.


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).
Eligibility: all 3rd-5th grade classrooms in Title I schools from any one district.


Fund for Teachers: Grants for Travel and Growth
The Fund for Teachers makes direct grants to teachers for summer learning opportunities of their own design.
Maximum Award: $5,000.
Eligibility: teachers K-12 with a minimum of three years teaching experience; teachers must be full-time and spend at least 50 percent of the time in the classroom when grants are approved and made.
Deadline: varies by state.


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.


Grants for Nonprofit Music Programs
The Guitar Center Music Foundation's mission is to aid nonprofit music programs across America that offer music instruction so that more people can experience the joys of making music.
Maximum Award: $5000.
Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations. Qualifying applicants are established, ongoing and sustainable music programs across the United States that provide music instruction for people of any age who would not otherwise have the opportunity to make music.
Deadline: N/A.


Grants to Support Education, Child Advocacy, Medical Research & the Arts
The Charles Lafitte Foundation Grants Program awards funds to help groups and individuals foster lasting improvement on the human condition by providing support to education, children's advocacy, medical research and the arts.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: 501c-3 institutions.
Deadline: n/a.


Grants for Early Literary Professionals
RA & RR Reading Conference Grants are available to help fund expenses for selected early literacy professionals attending International Reading Association or Reading Recovery conferences.
Maximum Award: $200.
Eligibility: early literacy professionals (grades K-3).
Deadline: N/A.


Grants for Foreign Language Training and International Studies
The U.S. Department of Education's International Education Programs Service (IEPS) offers funding to promote expertise and competence in foreign languages and area and international studies. The Group Projects Abroad Program supports overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies by U.S. teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States and a faculty member in modern foreign languages or area studies; a teacher in an elementary or secondary school; or an experienced educator responsible for planning, conducting, or supervising programs in modern foreign languages or area studies at the elementary, secondary, or postsecondary levels.
Deadline: see website.


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.


Microsoft: DigiGirlz High Tech Camp
Microsoft DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls works to dispel stereotypes of the high-tech industry. During the camp session, girls listen to executive speakers, participate in technology tours and demonstrations, network, and learn through hands-on experience in workshops. This year camps will take place at various dates throughout the summer in Stonybrook, NY; Charlotte, NC; Fargo, ND; Redmond, WA; Las Colinas, TX; and St. Louis, MO.
Maximum Award: free attendance to camp.
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.


National Audubon Society: Pennies for the Planet
Pennies for the Planet helps young people get involved with conservation by taking part in local conservation action projects, and by collecting, saving, and sending in pennies for national and worldwide conservation projects. In this year's Pennies for the Planet campaign, students and their families can learn about three conservation projects around the U.S. that need help. Each Pennies project represents a conservation effort that will leave a legacy for future generations.
Maximum Award: National Audubon Society staff will visit prize-winning school to create a program about wildlife and wild places.
Eligibility: kids working in classrooms, clubs, Scout troops, other groups, and on their own.
Deadline: N/A.


Scholastic Lexus Environmental Challenge
The Scholastic Lexus Environmental Challenge program is designed to educate and empower students to take action to improve the environment. The program encourages middle and high school students to develop and implement environmental programs that positively impact their communities. Middle and high school teams comprised of 5 to 10 students and one teacher advisor are invited to participate in four initial challenges, each addressing a different environmental element -- land, water, air, and climate.
Maximum Award: $75,000.
Eligibility: students in grades 6-12 and their teachers.
Deadline: varies.


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.


USGA/Alliance: Grants for the Good of the Game
The National Alliance for Accessible Golf (Alliance) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) believe that golf should be open to everyone and supports a wide variety of programs that create opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in the sport. They especially encourage inclusive programming- opportunities that allow participants with disabilities and participants without disabilities to learn and play the game side by side.
Maximum Award: $20,000.
Eligibility: tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations as defined under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code or government entities such as public schools or municipalities.
Deadline: rolling.