Grant Proposal

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Michele Cook
and
Connie Boswell Robinson
Working Title of the project: Hand held technology                                                                                       
Funding resources:
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Classroom Grants are awarded to encourage excellence in educating students about math, science, technology, and engineering.
Eligibility: current AIAA Educator Associate or AIAA Professional members actively engaged as K-12 classroom educators.
Maximum Award: $200.
Deadline: N/A.
http://www.aiaa.org/content.cfm?pageid=244
The Best Buy te@ch program rewards schools for successful interactive programs they have launched with available technology. Winning te@ch programs focus on kids using technology to learn a standards-based curriculum, rather than on teaching students to use technology or educators using technology that children aren't able to use hands-on.
Maximum Award: $5,000.
Eligibility: Accredited K-12 public, private, parochial, and nonprofit charter schools in the United States.
Deadline: October 12, 2008.
https://bestbuyteach.scholarshipamerica.org
Toshiba's Grade 7-12 Grant Program - The Toshiba America Foundation encourages programs with the potential to improve classroom teaching and learning of science, mathematics, and the science and mathematics of technology. Projects and proposals from individual or groups of classroom teachers in grade schools (7-12) will be considered for funding. 
Deadline: Decisions about small grants are made monthly, except March and September.
http://www.toshiba.com/about/taf/grant.html
Share the Technology is a nonprofit organization that provides a free, public-service online database listing computer donation offers and equests for donations from public and private schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations.
http://sharetechnology.org/
Technology awards: The National Science Teachers Association and Vernier Software & Technology offer grants to teachers who demonstrate innovative uses of data-collection technology (computers, graphing calculators, or other hand-held devices) in their science classes. Vernier will provide up to seven awards, valued at $3,000 each. Awards will be given to one elementary teacher, two middle school teachers, three high school teachers and one college-level educator. Each will receive a $1,000 cash award, $1,000 in Vernier equipment, and $1,000 toward travel and expenses to attend NSTA’s National Convention in 2008. Full-time science teachers from elementary to college level can apply. DEADLINE: Oct. 15. CONTACT: NSTA, Vernier Technology Awards, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; phone: 1-703-243-7100; Web site: www.vernier.com.
Rationale for the Project: Due to the fact that standardized test such as the SAT require the students to be graphing calculator literate, it is imperative that the students be trained on the uses of the calculator prior to their junior year in high school. This grant will enable the students to be proficient in the many uses of the graphing calculator. The graphing calculator can also be used as a primary source of teaching the students beginning programming. 
1.Goals for the Project: The goals of the project are to have teacher training on the use of the graphing calculator (professional development), purchase 200 calculators for students to take home and 100 calculators as a classroom set, purchase a smart board, LCD projector, Lap top, Navigator system, Overhead calculator for each teacher, work books, create a elective class that is designed around the use of the graphing calculator (TI 84 Silver edition or later).
Non-technical Explanation of the project:  
Location of the project: New Media Technology Charter School, Philadelphia Pennsylvania.
Project Time Frame: Once funding is secured, the teacher training module should take three weeks for the initial training. This project is to begin in the 2009-2010 school year. The project once established should be able to be sustained for many years. Future funding to purchase calculator will be needed.
Planned Activities: Professional development for the teachers. Texas Instruments conducts training for teachers with the purchase of their calculators. Alignment of the use of the graphing calculator and the various math classes. Calculator curriculum designed for the calculator elective class.
Key Staff Names and Responsibilities: Michele Cook Grant writer and coordinator of the graphing calculator project, James Lenoir calculator alignment with the science classes.
Any Hires Needed: No new hires are needed for this project. Texas Instruments will provide training. Staff with knowledge of the use of the graphing calculator will also facilitate teacher training.
Leveraging/Cost-sharing Possibilities: New Media Technology Charter School will purchase 100 Calculators and provide time in the professional development schedule for teacher training on the graphing calculator.
Budget Elements: Purchase a total of 400 graphing calculators, LCD Projector and Curriculum work Books.
Evaluation Plan: The students will be evaluated by comparing past years standardized test scores (PSSA). The students SAT scores will also be analyzed to see if they are scoring in a certain percentile. Class room assessments by the teacher.
Outside Partners: Dwight Evans City Councilman. We will be soliciting the help of the parents in purchasing calculators for their child.
Plan for Sustainability: Once funding is secured, the teacher training module should take three weeks for the initial training. This project is to begin in the 2009-2010 school year. The project once established should be able to be sustained for many years. Future funding to purchase calculator will be needed.
Other Possible Sources for Funding: Dwight Evans city Councilman, business in the surrounding Community.
Kids in Need Foundation: The Kids in Need Foundation is seeking applications for its teacher grants program. Funds are designed for classroom teachers who have “innovative, meritorious ideas.” Teacher projects that make creative use of common teaching aids, approach the curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie non-traditional concepts together to illustrate similarities will be prime candidates to win money. The project should be a teacher’s or teaching team’s original creation. Funds range from $200 to $500. K–12 certified teachers working in the subject of the project can apply. DEADLINE: Sept. 30. CONTACT:www.kidsinneed.net/grants/guidelines.php.

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