Experts now say that when it comes to crafting successful plans for STEM funding, short-term and piecemeal are out, while long-term and strategic are in.
The Investing in Innovation (i3) grant program for schools has received a major facelift. Based on "substantial feedback from prior applicants and other stakeholders," the United States Department of Education has revamped the rules and made it easier for schools to obtain matching funds.
Ed tech may be more of a rallying point for the community than some would expect, as one K-12 district in Florida learned. The district tried once and failed to get support for a tax increase for capital projects. The second time around, though, technology was added to the referendum. The result? Funds aplenty to pay for IT initiatives across 39 campuses and for rigorous teacher training to support those initiatives.
- By Bridget McCrea
Austin Hall, a fifth-grader at Blissfield Elementary School in Michigan, has won the Samsung Techwin America Winter Superhero Competition.
The Turning Foundation, NBC Learn, and Turning Technologies have chosen 10 recipients for the Spring 2011 Classroom Improvement Technology Grant.
A new grant is allowing Texas schools to create connections between multiple rural institutions. Through videoconferencing technologies and in-class tools, students from 14 districts will be able to participate in dual-enrollment programs and to collaborate with their peers from around the world.
- By Bridget McCrea
The Obama administration today revealed a new federal funding program designed to bolster early learning programs with $500 million in federal Race to the Top grants.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will award $250,000 in cash and prizes as part of its Global Education Challenge.
A new reform bill is aiming for the "permanent" elimination of state education technology grants, along with 42 other "wasteful" national education programs.
University of Phoenix and NBC News will provide free NBC Learn licenses to all middle schools and high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.