Magazine article Technology & Learning

Grants, Contests, Etc

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Grants, Contests, Etc

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With shrinking school budgets and a growing awareness of the value of technology in the classroom, we've all wondered: Where will the money come from? How will innovative teachers receive the recognition and support they deserve? In this department, we bring you up to date on resources to help you stretch your school budget and find the support necessary to fund and implement four technology dreams.

* The Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program honors students in grades 3-8 for the creative invention of a tool or the modification of an existing tool. Two national winners will each receive a $10,000 savings bond. The deadline for submissions is March 16. For guidelines and entry form, visit www.nsta.org/programs/ craftsman.shtml or call (888) 494-4994; or write younginventors@nsta.org.

* Grants ranging from $500,000-$2,000,000 are being offered through Technology Innovation Challenge Grants, available to consortia that are working to improve and expand new applications of technology to strengthen school reform efforts, improve student achievement, and provide for sustained professional development of teachers, administrators, and school library media personnel. A consortium must include at least one local educational agency (LEA) with a high percentage or number of children living below the poverty line. A consortium may also include other LEAs, private schools, state educational agencies, institutions of higher education, businesses, academic content experts, software designers, museums, libraries, and other appropriate entities. Twenty-two grants are expected to be awarded. Deadline for receipt of applications: March 12. For applications, call (800) 872-5327, fax requests to (202) 208-4042, or visit www.ed.gov/ Technology/chalgrnt.html.

* The goal of the Women's Educational Equity Act (WEEA) program is to promote equity in education for women and girls who suffer from multiple forms of discrimination based on sex and race, ethnic origin, limited English proficiency, disability or age; and to provide financial assistance to enable educational agencies to meet the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Eligible applicants: public agencies, private nonprofit agencies, organizations, institutions, student groups, community groups, and individuals. Deadline for transmittal of applications: February 19. Four to six implementation grants (range: $90,000-$200,000) and one research and development grant (range: $15,000-$38,000) are expected to be awarded. For information, go to www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/ announcements/1998-4/122298c.html.

* BET on Learning 1999 Teacher Grant Competition is open to educators in grades 6-12 who develop creative lessons or projects based on BET on Learning programs or Black History Month specials aired between November 28, 1998, and March 15, 1999. …

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