The Mini-Grant program has been implemented to provide funding for creative teaching projects. Proposals will be judged anonymously, and grants will be awarded in any amount up to $300.00. Each winner should be willing to either write an article for Reflections, the GCTM publication, or participate on a panel with other Mini-Grant winners at the following Georgia Math Conference. The criteria upon which applications will be evaluated are:
Potential impact upon student achievement
Potential for replication by and dissemination to other teachers
Advancement of NCTM's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics
Unavailability of funding from local sources
GCTM is now offering its members an opportunity to apply for funds to support large projects that promote the improvement of mathematics teaching in Georgia. These projects can be focused on staff development activities, conferences, curriculum development, task forces, research projects, or other initiatives with similar impact.
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Other Grant Opportunities
Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grants for Grades PreK–5 Teachers
The purpose of these grants is to increase the breadth and depth of the mathematics content knowledge of one elementary school teacher who has a demonstrated commitment to mathematics teaching and learning. The applicant must have the support of the school principal in becoming a mathematics teacher-leader within her or his school or district. For the 2013–2014 school year, grants with a maximum of $6,000 each will be awarded. Only one teacher per school may receive the award. The desired outcome of the funded project is the development of an elementary school mathematics teacher with mathematics content expertise.
Teacher Professional Development Grants for Grades PreK–5 Teachers
The purpose of these grants is to support professional development to improve the competence in the teaching of mathematics of one or more classroom teachers*. For 2013–2014, grants of a maximum of $3,000 will be awarded to person(s) currently teaching at the grades PreK–5 level. The proposal must delineate the professional development plan and address how the proposed project will improve the teacher(s)’ competence and affect students’ learning. Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant. Recipients must have three or more years of teaching experience in grades PreK–5. Proposals must address the following: the professional development plan, how it will enhance the applicant(s)’ mathematical knowledge, and its anticipated impact on students’ learning. (*The definition of a classroom teacher is an individual who spends half or more of his/her work time teaching in the classroom.)
Improving Students’ Understanding of Geometry Grants for Grades PreK–8 Teachers
The purpose of these grants 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. For 2013–2014, grants with a maximum of $4,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching at the grades PreK–8 level. 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. The activities may use published materials. Any published sources must be documented. Any acquisition of equipment or payment of personal stipends must be critical to the grant proposal and may not be a major portion of the proposed budget. 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.
Summer Mathematics Study Grants for Grades 6-8 Teachers
The purpose of these grants is to provide financial support for teachers seeking to improve their understanding of mathematics by completing course work in mathematics content. For 2013–2014, grants with a maximum of $6,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching at the grades 6-8 level. Primary emphasis is placed on enrollment and completion of appropriate courses on mathematics content and the relevance of the course content to enhancing the teaching of mathematics in Grades 6-8. Proposals must address the following: rationale for the coursework, anticipated instructional improvements, and the expected impact on student learning. The grant will advance funds to cover tuition, and books. The balance of the funds will be issued as a stipend upon receipt of an official transcript that demonstrates completion of the proposed mathematics course work with a grade of C or better.
Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Areas Grants for Grades 9-12 Teachers
The purpose of this grant is to create senior high classroom materials or lessons connecting mathematics to other fields. For 2014–2015, grants with a maximum of $4,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades 9–12. Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, computer programs or displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate medium. The focus of these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields or to the world around us. Any acquisition of equipment or payment of personal stipends must be critical to the grant proposal and may not be a major portion of the proposed budget. Any published sources must be documented. Proposals must address the following: the plan for developing and evaluating materials, the connectivity to other fields or disciplines, and anticipated impact on students’ learning.
Grants and other Funding Opportunities compiled by Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments has collected a freely-available, and very long list of federal and private funding opportunities in math, science, and technology for grades K-12 and higher ed; teacher professional development; and university-level research and fellowship programs. They also offer guidelines and tips that will help you become a grant writing expert. The grant information is updated quarterly, so interested individuals may want to check their site frequently.
INQ Unsung Heroes Grants
The ING Unsung Heroes awards program annually recognizes K-12 educators in the United States for their innovative t! eaching methods, creative educational projects, and ability to positively influence the children they teach. Educators are invited to submit grant applications describing class projects they have initiated or would like to pursue.
Each year, one hundred educators are selected to receive awards of $\$$2,000 each to help fund their projects. At least one award will be granted in each of the fifty United States, provided one or more qualified applications are received from each state. Of the hundred finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards. First place will receive $\$$25,000; second place will receive $\$$10,000; and the third-place winner will receive $\$$5,000. All awards must be used to further the projects within the school or school system. All K-12 education professionals are eligible to apply. Applicants must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the U.S. and be a full-time educator, teacher, principal, paraprofessional, or classified staff member working on a project with demonstrated effectiveness in improving student learning. Previous recipients of ING Unsung Heroes awards are not eligible to apply for another award.
Advanced Technological Education (ATE)
With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and employers to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. Another goal is articulation between two-year and four-year programs for K-12 prospective teachers that focus on technological education. The program also invites proposals focusing on research to advance the knowledge base related to technician education.
The Toshiba American Foundation (TAF)
Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) grants fund the projects ideas and materials teachers need to innovate in their math and science classrooms. TAF is interested in funding projects designed by teachers or small teams of teachers for use in their own schools. Toshiba America Foundation believes science and mathematics are exciting fields in which all students can succeed with the proper tools and instruction. They offer grants up to $\$$1,000 to K-5 teachers with Application due on October 1st each year, and grants up to and beyond $\$$5,000 for teachers of grades 6-12. Grade 6-12 applications for $\$$5,000 or less are accepted on a rolling basis, throughout the calendar year. Grants requests of more than $\$$5,000 are reviewed twice a year. Applications for grants of more than $\$$5,000 are due August 1st and February 1st each year.
(last updated on 3/16/2012)
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