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Grants, Awards & Freebies — March 6, 2014

By the numbers: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics seeks proposals for the school in-service training grants for pre-K-5 teachers. The grants provide financial assistance to elementary schools for in-service education in mathematics. Proposals must address the following: need, mathematics content, scope of the plan, other contributing sources of funding, number of teachers and students affected, distribution of costs, urban-rural isolation, and multi-ethnic student body. Grants up to $4,000 are offered. Eligibility: Pre-K-5 schools. Applicants must have a current (on or before April 25) NCTM pre-K-8 school membership. Funding may be used for honoraria and expenses for consultants, materials, substitute time, and conference or workshop registrations. Funds may not be used for staff travel or equipment.

CONTACT: Mathematics Education Trust at NCTM, 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1502;;

Thanks a million: Farmers Insurance seeks to recognize educators who go beyond sentiment and have a genuinely positive impact on the lives of teachers and their students. Funds must be used to purchase school supplies through or applied toward a professional certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Eligibility: K-12 teachers. To submit a proposal, eligible teachers must first receive a thank-you post on Funds: $2,500 grants.

DEADLINE: Oct. 31.

Upping your game in math? The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is soliciting applications for the program of mathematics study and active professionalism grants for pre-K-6 teachers. The program seeks to provide financial support for teachers seeking to improve their understanding and appreciation of mathematics by completing course work in school mathematics content and pedagogy, working toward an advanced degree, and taking an active professional approach toward teaching mathematics. Award ranges up to $24,000. Eligibility: Individuals currently teaching mathematics for at least three years and teaching at least 50 percent of the time in classroom(s) at the pre-K-6 level.

CONTACT: Mathematics Education Trust at NCTM, 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1502;;

Math, science fellowships: The Math for America Master Teacher Fellowship is a four-year program that rewards outstanding experienced New York City public secondary school mathematics and science teachers. Candidates must teach math or science in grades 6-12 in New York City public or charter schools and have completed their fourth year of teaching by the start of the fellowship. Candidates must hold state teaching certification and spend at least 60 percent of their full-time school schedule in classroom math or science instruction. The fellowship will begin in September 2014. Sessions will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on most weeknights during the school year. There is no cost to the school. Master teachers receive a stipend of $60,000 over the four-year term of the fellowship. Funding for classroom materials and travel to conferences or workshops will be provided.

DEADLINE: April 27 (This is a priority deadline. To qualify for this deadline you must take the Praxis exam by April 19.) Regular deadline is July 20.

Summer Seminars at the library: The Cullman Center Institute for Teachers is accepting applications to its popular three-week-long Summer Seminars at the New York Public Library’s landmark building on Fifth Avenue. This summer’s topics include creative fiction writing, creative nonfiction writing and an American history seminar. Participants get a private office for the week, breakfast and lunch each day, and a $300 stipend. Space is limited. All educators are welcome to apply, but priority will be given to English teachers, history teachers, librarians and administrators from New York City public middle and high schools.

DEADLINE: April 21.

Win a wireless lab for your school: The CDW-G and Discovery Education are sponsoring the 2014 Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes. Anyone can enter this contest on behalf of their school. You can enter daily for a chance to win one of the two $45,000 wireless lab prizes up for grabs. There are other prizes available: A total of 16 weekly prizes will be awarded. Also, four Golden Ticket prizes will be awarded, each consisting of a Samsung Galaxy Note worth $550. Each prize will be awarded to the school from which the selected entrant is employed as noted on the entrant’s entry form.