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Grants, Awards & Freebies — May 2, 2019

Lifetime achievement in math

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is seeking nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Awards. The awards honor living essential, premium or emeritus members of NCTM who have exhibited a lifetime (minimum of 25 years) of achievement in mathematics education at the national level. Funds: Recognition award. Only individuals are eligible, not teams.

CONTACT:; Lifetime Achievement Award.

By the book

The National Council of Teachers of English, in partnership with Penguin Random House, is seeking applications for National Teacher Award for Lifelong Readers. The award honors a teacher who inspires his or her students to read all genres of writing. The organization is also seeking entries to be considered for the Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry, which recognizes a teacher who inspires students to love poetry. Winners receive $10,000 awards to enhance their programs, $2,500 in Penguin Random House titles for their schools and transportation, lodging and conference registration to attend the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention (if they aren’t already attending) in Baltimore, Nov. 21–24. Honorable mentions will also receive book donations for their classrooms from Penguin Random House. Eligibility: Full- and part-time K–12 teachers in public schools.


Making a statement against hate

The USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education are seeking entrants for the Teaching with Testimony Stronger Than Hate Challenge. To enter the challenge, students will listen to eyewitness testimonies that explore historical and modern-day stories of hate, investigate whether these are occurring in their school or community, develop insight into the opportunities for change and build a video essay telling the story of how they made their community and the world a better place. Student scholarships range from $500 to $5,000. The winner’s teacher receives $1,000 and winner’s school receives $2,500. Eligibility: 6–12 grade students.

CONTACT: Teaching with Testimony

Cultural exchange

The United States-Japan Foundation is requesting applications for its Pre-College Education grants program. The program supports innovative education projects that help young Americans and Japanese learn about each other’s society, culture and country, as well as learn to work together on issues of common concern. Eligibility: K–12 schools. Funds: Vary by request. The foundation focuses on K–12 education and throughout its history has been at the forefront of supporting teacher professional development projects that train U.S. teachers to teach about Japan and Japanese teachers to teach about the U.S.

DEADLINE: July 15 for letters of inquiry; Aug. 31 for full, invited proposals.
CONTACT: US-Japan Foundation

Physics teaching methods

The American Association of Physics Teachers’ Frederick and Florence Bauder Endowment for the Support of Physics Teaching was established to support special activities in the area of physics teaching. Activities can include — but are not limited to — the development and distribution of innovative apparatuses for physics teaching, traveling exhibits of apparatuses and local workshops. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: AAPT members.