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McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation

Deadline: April 15, 2017

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation’s mission is to serve as a catalyst in maximizing the skills and creativity of educators at the K-12 levels and in cultivating pioneering approaches to teaching that result in dynamic student learning. The Foundation sponsors proposals that enhance student learning and educational quality, paying particular attention to those that best serve the at-risk and under-funded, including:

  • Curriculum that excites and challenges
  • Inquiry projects that promote reflection and growth
  • After-school programs that enrich and inspire

The Foundation partners with individuals to expand educational opportunities for America’s youth that inspire students by nurturing their curiosity about the world and their place in it. Grantmaking programs include:

  • Academic enrichment grants: Grants are designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. The Foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students’ knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them.
  • Teacher development grants: Grants support small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking K-12 classroom instruction. The grants provide opportunities for teachers to integrate fresh strategies that encourage critical inquiry and to observe their effects on students. Teachers have the opportunity to reflect and write about their projects, as well as to share their results with other teachers.
  • Student teaching scholarships: Available only at New Mexico State University, University of California, Santa Cruz, University of Texas at Austin, and West Virginia University.

Amount: Grants of up to $10,000 per year for up to three years are awarded. Two to five awards are made per program per year.

Eligibility: Academic enrichment grants are available to educators who: are employed by schools and nonprofit organizations (community centers, museums, etc.); have the background and experience to complete the project successfully; have direct and regular contact with students in grades pre-K through 12; work with students from low-income households; and are willing to work in collaboration with the Foundation. Teacher development grants are available to educators who: are licensed K-12 teachers employed in public or private schools; have the background and experience to complete the project successfully; and are willing to work in collaboration with the Foundation.

Link: http://mccartheydressman.org/

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