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Professional Development Grants for Science and Math Teachers

Posted by Vickie Garton-Gundling on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 @ 16:01 PM

teacherIt is well known that The United States ranks much lower in science and math education outcomes than many other countries (Pew Research Center, 2017). As a result, government entities, national organizations, businesses, and private foundations are investing in teacher professional development so today’s educators can better train tomorrow’s innovators in the fields of science and math. Below is just a sampling of the myriad of grants available for professional development for science and math teachers.

General STEM Professional Development Grants

The National Education Association (NEA) Foundation: Learning and Leadership Grants

Though the NEA Learning and Leadership Grants are offered to teachers in any field, at present the NEA states it will give preference to teachers who seek funds to travel to professional development events in the fields of STEM or “global competence” improvement. Applicants must be current NEA members working at a public institution, and either groups or individuals may apply. In additional to educational groups and teachers, other educational professionals—such as bus drivers, custodial staff, and food service staff—are also encouraged to apply. Awards are either $2,000 or $5,000, and there are three deadlines each year: February 1st, June 1st, and October 15th.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science: Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

This grant / fellowship provides funding for K-12 teachers to gain real-world professional development by working at a Federal agency or Congressional office for eleven months. Participants have the opportunity to affect national education policies while learning valuable information about the latest innovations in their educational fields. To be eligible, teachers must be U.S. citizens who are currently employed as a STEM educator at a U.S. public or private school. Additionally, all applicants must have at least five full years of STEM teaching experience. For the full eligibility requirements, see the Eligibility section of the FAQs.  The application period is typically mid-August to mid-November, and this year’s deadline for the 2019-2020 term is November 15th, 2018.

Science Professional Development Grants

The National Weather Association Foundation (NWAF): Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants

This grant supports K-12 educators who seek professional development to improve their knowledge and their school’s programming specifically related to meteorology. Funds may be used toward coursework, workshops, conference, or other professional development events that can help educators improve their teaching activities in the field of meteorology. Awards are in the amount of $750. The application period will open in Spring 2019.

The American Chemical Society (ACS): Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant
 
The ACS provides grants for anything that will enhance student learning and leadership in the field of chemistry. As the ACS recognizes that knowledgeable teachers are an essential first step to productive classroom learning, professional development is one of the areas this grant funds. Grants are for $1,500,
and the application period will open again on February 1st, 2019.

Math Professional Development Grants

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Grants

The NCTM offers more than 20 professional development grant programs annually for math teachers. There are grants available for teachers at all levels of math education, though this organization primarily offers funding to K-12 math teachers. Whether your school needs money for professional development in-service activities, innovative math education curriculum development, research, continuing teacher education, or conference funding, the NCTM has something for you.

Please review the eligibility requirements for the particular grant(s) to which you want to apply. All NCTM grant applications are due either at the start of November or the start of May each year.

The Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE): Elementary Mathematics Specialist Program

The AMTE program offers elementary educators currently teaching in non-math fields funding for professional development activities, such as college coursework or other learning opportunities, toward earning a credential in elementary mathematics. Applications must be credentialed teachers, teacher leaders, or coaches who have a formal elementary school certification or credential and who have taught at an elementary school for three or more full years. Awards are for $2,000, and applications are typically due June 15th of each year.

 

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Pew Research Center, “U.S. Students’ Academic Achievement Still Lags That Of Their Peers in Many Other Countries,” 2017.

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Grants for Technology in Schools

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 @ 17:11 PM

I have a good friend who teaches English, specifically literature, to high school students. Not being current in English teaching techniques, I mentioned to her techthat I thought it would prove difficult to bring technology into her classroom since the basis of her teaching is hard-bound books. I was wrong. Her school has received several grants for technology, one of which was used to purchase iPads for all sophomore students. No longer do students read the classics she is teaching only on a hard-bound book, but now also on an iPad. The students also use the iPad to write and submit homework assignments. And in her classroom, my friend uses a SMART Board for interactive teachings, another item that was purchased through a technology grant for schools.  

This is only one example of what your school could do with grants for technology. Below is a list of hand-picked grants for school technology as well as other resources that will aid in bringing technology to your school.

Association of American Educators Foundation
Grants up to $500 are available to full-time educators from the Association of American Educators Foundation. Classroom grants can be used for a variety of uses including software, iPads, SMART Boards, and other technology needs. Funds must be used within one year of the application deadline. Application deadlines are March 1 and Oct. 1 every year. Applicants must not have received a grant from this foundation in the previous three grant cycles. Members of the AAE receive weighted scoring on their application.  

National Education Association (NEA)

Student Achievement Grants from NEA can be used to fund technology needs in classrooms. Projects that engage students in critical thinking and problem solving will be favored.  K-12 public school teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty/staff at public colleges and universities are eligible to apply. Deadlines are Feb. 1, June 1, and Oct. 15 every year. Grant amounts are $2,000 and $5,000. The Foundation has awarded more than $7.1 million to fund nearly 4,500 grants to public school educators over the past 10 years.

GREER/FTEE GRANT

The Foundation for Technology and Engineering Educators (FTEE) wants to encourage technology and engineering teachers to participate in professional development. A $1,000 Greer/FTEE Grant is available to help offset the costs of attending the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Conference. Each applicant must be a member of the ITEEA and teach engineering or technology to students in grades 6-12. Applications are due Dec. 1.

Other Resources

DigitalWish.com is an online tool for educators to help solve technology shortages in their classrooms. This company provides online tools, tips, and resources to help ensure every student has access to technology. Since August 2009, Digital Wish has granted over 24,000 classroom technology wishes and delivered over $10 million in technology products to American classrooms. This website also offers small grants, usually software or programs, to teachers. For instance, DigitalWish.com is currently giving away one Clip Art Station Site License. Teachers should apply before Nov. 30 by submitting a curriculum-based lesson plan that incorporates the usage of digital images or audio.  

If your school is in need of computers, the Computers for Learning program could be helpful. This program encourages government agencies to transfer surplus computers and associated accessories to schools and educational non-profit organizations. As federal agencies upgrade their computer systems, the replaced equipment becomes available. All available equipment is entered into an online database from which school officials can search for items in their geographical area. A detailed registration form needs to be completed before a school can search for items. All private, public, and parochial schools serving Pre-K through 12th grade students are eligible. Day cares with a state-approved preschool curriculum and non-profit educational organizations are also eligible. Entities who choose to receive a computer or accessories need only pay for shipping and handling, not the equipment itself.  

STEM Mobile Labs is a FREE mobile app for students and educators alike. Developed by The Wireless Foundation and curriculum specialists Young Minds Inspired, this app is designed to give students in grades 8th-12th grades unique learning opportunities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  Students, or teachers, could use the app to conduct real-world or virtual experiments or t o do scientific research.

 

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