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+ AT&T Foundation Wireless Technology Grant Program
+ YouthLearn's Basic Tips for Teaching Drawing
+ T-Mobile Huddle Up Survey
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September 25, 2007

AAUW Accepting Applications for Community Action Grants

"The American Association of University Women Community Action Grants provide seed money to individual women, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations, as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The program offers one-year grants ($2,000-$7,000 each over one year) to provide seed money for new projects. Topic areas are unrestricted but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equity for women and girls." Deadline: January 15.

Referred by: Foundation Center
Posted by wrivenburgh on September 25, 2007 | Funding

AT&T Foundation Wireless Technology Grant Program

"The AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc., has announced a $1.5 million competitive grant program to help nonprofits integrate wireless communications technology into educational outreach projects. Open to 501(c)(3) public charities and government instrumentalities across the United States, the program will help nonprofits deliver educational content and enhance learning opportunities in the communities they serve.

The AT&T Foundation will award one-time, education-focused, wireless technology grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 each for wireless applications and hardware." Deadline: October 19, 2007

Referred by: Foundation Center
Posted by wrivenburgh on September 25, 2007 | Funding

YouthLearn's Basic Tips for Teaching Drawing

Just like writing, drawing is a tool for expression, and we owe it to kids to help them become better at it. By teaching drawing you'll also build your own artistic confidence. Teaching drawing has another advantage: Doing it the right way helps kids learn about math, symmetry and geometry in a conceptual way and without the academic words. We don't mean just focusing on computer drawing, either. Focus on and practice drawing in the real world long before you get to the computers. The secret to drawing is to overcome a natural inclination that most people have to draw the whole object they see. If we train ourselves to observe carefully, however, we see that a few basic shapes called compositional forms make up every object in the world.

Posted by wrivenburgh on September 25, 2007 | Activities

T-Mobile Huddle Up Survey

"The first-ever national T-Mobile Huddle Up Afterschool Survey finds that 90 percent of parents say having a safe, positive place for their child after school will keep their child safe and away from criminal activity. The national study of 603 parents, launched in partnership with the Afterschool Alliance, finds that nearly one in four parents would be willing to start paying to keep their afterschool programs open, and some parents who already pay are willing to spend more. Nearly half of parents say they would rally to encourage federal, state and local officials to invest in safe, positive afterschool places."

Referred by: Afterschool Advocate
Posted by wrivenburgh on September 25, 2007 | News

The Untapped Power of Summer to Advance Student Achievement

"Now that the fall school year is underway, many students are catching up from what is now defined as 'summer learning loss.' A report by Dr. Beth M. Miller, released by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, reveals that summer enrichment opportunities have a much more profound impact than previously believed on the academic achievement of young people. The Learning Season: The Untapped Power of Summer to Advance Student Achievement reports that children experience learning loss over the summer months, and these losses are much greater for children from low-income families than they are for other children."

Posted by wrivenburgh on September 25, 2007 | Research

Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards Program

"The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards Program is calling young scientists to enter its 2008 challenge. Now in its 16th season, ExploraVision will award up to $240,000 in Savings Bonds this year, along with a host of other prizes, to student team members for the most innovative ideas that project technology 20 years into the future. Entries in all K-12 grade levels are being accepted now through January 29, 2008. Visit now to download your Awards entry kit and competition rules and gain access to participation tips and other resources!"

Posted by wrivenburgh on September 25, 2007 | Funding

September 11, 2007

Rights of the Child - Youth Essay Contest

"The Campaign Youth Outreach Committee is pleased to launch its first nationwide CRC Essay Contest which will run from now until October 1. The purpose of the contest is: to raise awareness of the Convention on the Rights of the Child among youth; to engage youth in thoughtful reflection on the possible benefits of U.S. Ratification of the CRC; and to provide youth with the opportunity to express and share their thoughts on the CRC and possible benefits of U.S. ratification." For more information on the contest and to download the Essay Contest Guidelines and Application, see the website.

Referred by: GlobalEdNews
Posted by wrivenburgh on September 11, 2007 | Activities

September 09, 2007

In Which Direction is My Collection? - a YouthLearn Photo Editing and Webpage Project

A collection is more than simply a set of objects; the relationships among the objects tell a story. A story about a collection could be about things in your room, people in your community, hip-hop slang or ways to give directions. Because almost anything can fit into a collection, projects focusing on collections give you the flexibility to reinforce curriculum goals ranging from vocabulary, math, and science to art and technology. In this project, kids decide on a topic, create or assemble a collection of information or items related to that topic, and build a Web page to show off the collection. This example incorporates digital photography and photo editing to create a collection of imaginary road signs to reinforce vocabulary building and synonyms. Don't limit yourself to our topic, however. You can do the project with text alone, replace the photography module with one on computer drawing, or create a multimedia presentation as the end product instead of a Web page.

Posted by wrivenburgh on September 09, 2007 | Activities

Grants for Community, Health and Education Projects

"The RGK Foundation is offering grants up to $25,000 for community, education and health projects including youth development, community improvement, abuse prevention and educational enrichment programs." Letters of inquiry are accepted year-round.

Referred by: Connect for Kids
Posted by wrivenburgh on September 09, 2007 | Funding

Support Builds for Teaching New Skills

"Proponents of educational technology for years have been saying that schools need to focus more on teaching so-called '21st-century skills,' such as problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration. Now, it appears momentum is finally building on Capitol Hill to encourage such reforms: The chairman of the House education committee says he hopes to push legislation renewing the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) through Congress this fall, and one of the key changes to the law he plans to propose is incentives for states to develop more rigorous standards that reflect the needs of 21st-century learners."

Posted by wrivenburgh on September 09, 2007 | News

State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants

"With the generous support of the State Farm Companies Foundation, Youth Service America is offering the annual State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant for youth across the United States and Canada (select provinces). These grants of up to $1,000 support youth (ages 5-25), teachers, or school-based service-learning coordinators in implementing service-learning projects for Global Youth Service Day 2008." Deadline: October 16.

Posted by wrivenburgh on September 09, 2007 | Funding

Youth Interview Mentors that Matter

"Who are the significant adults in the lives of teenagers, beyond the home and classroom? How do they reach out to youth, and why? In the first six months of 2007, youth across the nation gave their answers, as they interviewed, photographed, and publicly honored 'Mentors That Matter' in four cities (Chicago, Providence, San Francisco, and Tampa). They nominated people from all walks of life—artists, coaches, public officials, even a school bus driver and a hair stylist—who show that they care about 'other people’s children.'" This What Kids Can Do initiative was sponsored by the MetLife Foundation.

Posted by wrivenburgh on September 09, 2007 | Resources

Lesson Plans that Build Racial Understanding

"A set of four lesson plans on race and diversity can now be downloaded by educators at no cost. Designed for high school teachers, and suitable for youth leaders in non-school settings, the lessons are designed to promote greater understanding of differences among high school students. The activities in the four lessons have been tested with high school students in Chicago and have been found to open up constructive dialogue among students... Each of the lessons is completely self-contained and can usually be completed during a 45-minute class period. One whole-class activity causes students to examine issues of identity and then commit to making personal changes in behavior. Another lesson utilizes personal stories to reflect on the Thanksgiving holiday and on Americans’ acceptance of difference."

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on September 09, 2007 | Activities

Teaching for Social Justice

"The new issue of Urban Education Journal, "Teaching for Social Justice," from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, asks: how can we, as educators, confront the social injustices entangled in a wide range of social tragedies including racism, classism, homophobia, sexism, ableism, and environmental injustice? The articles included tackle a wide range of issues and share a theme of searching, and struggling for re-engagement in the meanings, ways of teaching, learning, and speaking about social justice in education. The "searches" in this issue fall into two categories: investigations into how teachers become social justice practitioners, and analyses and arguments regarding the discourses surrounding teaching for social justice."

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on September 09, 2007 | Resources

LEGO Children's Fund

"The Foundation awards grants to qualified tax-exempt organizations... with specific, identifiable needs primarily in these areas of support: Early childhood education and development; Technology and communication projects that advance learning opportunities; Sport or athletic programs that concentrate on under-served youth.... There are no restrictions on grant amounts up to the quarterly allocation. Typical awards, however, are between USD $500 and USD $5,000." Next application deadline: November 1.

Posted by wrivenburgh on September 09, 2007 | Funding