National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowships (March 1)

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Each year, the NEH’s Division of Education Programs offers teachers opportunities to study a variety of humanities topics in NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes. NEH Summer Scholars are awarded fixed stipends to help cover travel costs, books, and other research expenses as well as living expenses. Stipend amounts are based on the length of the NEH Summer Seminar or Institute: $2,100 (2 weeks), $2,700 (3 weeks), $3,300 (4 weeks), $3,900 (5 weeks), or $4,500 (6 weeks).


Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (March 28)

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This program helps LEAs improve reading achievement by providing students with increased access to up-to-date school library materials; well-equipped, technologically advanced school library media centers; and professionally certified school library media specialists.  Districts may use funds for the following activities:

  • Purchase up-to-date school library media resources, including books;
  • Acquire and use advanced technology that is integrated into the curricula to develop and enhance the information literacy, information retrieval, and critical-thinking skills of students;
  • Facilitate Internet links and other resource-sharing networks;
  • Provide professional development for school library media specialists of PK-3 students and provide activities that foster increased collaboration among library specialists, teachers, and administrators of PK-12 students; and
  • Provide students with access to school libraries during nonschool hours, weekends, and summer vacations.

Teaching American History Program (April 4)

The program is designed to raise student achievement by improving teachers’ knowledge and understanding of and appreciation for traditional U.S. history. Grant awards will assist LEAs, in partnership with entities that have content expertise, to develop, document, evaluate, and disseminate innovative and cohesive models of professional development. By helping teachers to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of U.S. history as a separate subject matter within the core curriculum, these programs will improve instruction and raise student achievement.  In order to receive a grant, a local educational agency must agree to carry out the proposed activities in partnership with one or more of the following: institutions of higher education, nonprofit history or humanities organizations, libraries, or museums.

Shade Structure Grant Program (April 22)

The American Academy of Dermatology‘s Shade Structure Program awards grants of up to $8,000 to nonprofit organizations working to provide permanent shade structures designed to provide ultraviolet ray protection for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun. AAD receives support for the program from Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company. To be considered for a grant, applicants must be a nonprofit organization or public school that primarily serves children age 18 and younger, demonstrates an ongoing commitment by having a sun safety/skin cancer awareness program in place for at least one year prior to application, and is sponsored by an AAD member dermatologist.

Pre-College Psychological Sciences Grant Program (May 1)

The American Psychological Foundation’s 2011 Pre-College Grant Program, which awards grants to individuals or institutions to advance psychological science education in U.S. high schools, is accepting applications. The program provides a total of up to $20,000 annually for efforts aimed at improving the quality of education in psychological science and its application in secondary schools. Proposals must focus on supplying education for talented high school students.