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Teach Every Kid to Code – Grant

Computer programmer kidComputer programming is an essential language, one that an Atlanta-based tech company chief believes every elementary student should get a head start on learning. And he’s launching a nationwide grant contest that would send a master coding instructor to train K-8 teachers in a high-poverty school district for up to a year.

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NACME Teacher Grants

NACME Teacher GrantNACME STEM Innovation Grants provide teachers in inner-city communities with funding (up to $1000) for projects that make students aware of opportunities to be found in engineering. The projects are aimed at turning classroom lessons into real-world applications that bring STEM concepts to life.

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Government Data Put to Good Use

NOAA Satellite Collecting Weather DataA Northern California program underwritten by an $11.96 million National Science Foundation grant is going to make masses of public domain scientific data readily available to middle schools. Students will be able to track hurricanes, weather patterns, and even earthquakes as they happen.

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Program: The STEM Academy

STEM AcademyThe STEM Academy is a national non-profit education program designed to improve STEM literacy for students. The curriculum prepares students through comprehensive student assessment including traditional tests, project-based learning presentations, and portfolios. The Academy also offers a grant fund for high schools.

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Resource: Math & Science Partnerships Grant Websites

Department of EducationThe Dept. of Education Math and Science Partnerships (MSP) program gives out grants that support partnerships between the mathematics, science, and/or engineering faculty of institutions of higher education and high-need K-12 school districts. The program’s goal is to increase student achievement through increasing teachers’ content knowledge and pedagogical skills. As a resource, the MSP program maintains a comprehensive archive of websites and programs created around the grants, search-able by location.

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10 Winners in Race to the Top

President Obama and DoE Secretary Arne Duncan Visit a ClassroomThe District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island have emerged as winners of the U.S. Department of Education’s $4.35 billion Race to the Top grant competition. The ten will divvy up $3.4 billion in education grants. Not surprisingly, the results were met with a wave of criticisms and finger-pointing.

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Race to the Top Loses Steam

Enthusiasm among states for the administration’s $4 billion Race to the Top education grant competition is waning. Some states like California, Colorado and Arizona are having second thoughts about reapplying for the second round. Critics say it’s easier to garner support for reform from 100 percent of school districts and teachers’ unions in smaller states like Delaware, one of only two first round winners, than it is in larger states like California.

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Delaware and Tennessee Win 1st Round of Race to the Top

Delaware and Tennessee won the first round of grants in the U.S. Department of Education’s $4 billion Race to the Top Fund competition. Delaware will get $100 million, and Tennessee $500 million. The competition is aimed at encouraging states to create conditions for education reform.

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79 Teachers Win Toyota TAPESTRY Grants

Toyota has announced nearly $550,000 in grants to 79 K-12 educators across the country as a part of its 2010 TAPESTRY program.

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