Pre-K-6 Classroom Research Grants

  • Deadline: Nov 02, 2018

    Pre-K-6 Classroom Research Grants

    Supported by the Edward G. Begle  Fund and NCTM 

     

    Grades: PreK-5, 6-8

    "This pilot project will partner a gifted coordinator for mathematics and three, 5th grade classroom teachers [each with three gifted and talented classroom students & a student teacher] to promote classroom instruction for gifted students that focuses on critical/creative thinking and problem solving and permit students to progress at their own rate."

    ~ Diane Smith, Mt. Blue Regional School District, Farmington, Maine, with Margaret Griswold, University of Maine, Farmington, Maine, 2013-14 Awardees

    Principles to Actions Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (NCTM 2014) suggests that teachers must identify what counts as evidence of student progress toward mathematics learning goals and reflect on evidence to inform the planning of future instruction (p. 56). Additionally, teachers should work collaboratively with colleagues, families, and community members to ensure that all students have the support they need to maximize success in the mathematics classroom (p. 69).

    The purpose of this grant is to support and encourage classroom-based research in precollege mathematics education in collaboration with college or university mathematics educators. For 2019-20, grants with a maximum of $6,000 each will be awarded to mathematics educators or classroom teachers* currently teaching mathematics at the grades Pre-K-6 level. The research must be a collaborative effort involving a college or university mathematics educator (a mathematics education researcher or a teacher of mathematics learning, teaching, or curriculum) and one or more grades Pre-K-6 classroom teachers. The proposal may include, but is not restricted to, research on the following topics:

    • Curriculum development and implementation 
    • Involvement of at-risk or minority students 
    • Students' thinking about a particular mathematics concept or set of concepts 
    • Connection of mathematics to other disciplines 
    • Focused learning and teaching of mathematics with embedded use of technology (any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant) 
    • Innovative assessment or evaluation strategies 

    (*The definition of a classroom teacher is an individual who spends half or more of his/her work time teaching in the classroom.)

    Involvement of preservice teachers is encouraged but not required. This research should lead to a draft article suitable for submission in the Mathematics Teacher Educator, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, or in one of the NCTM school journals. Proposals must address the following: research design, the plan for collecting and analyzing data, and the anticipated impact on students' learning.

    The primary applicant must be either (1) a college or university mathematics educator who is a  Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM (on or before October 12, 2018) or (2) a teacher (a) with a Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM (on or before October 12, 2018) or (b) who teaches at a school having a current (on or before October 12, 2018) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership . No person(s) may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education Trust in the same academic year. Past recipients of this grant are not eligible to reapply. All grant activities must be completed between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2021.

    Interested persons are invited to submit a proposal. The 2019-20 MET Proposal Cover Form must be completed and serve as the top page of each copy of the proposal. The proposal must be typewritten, double-spaced and single-sided (please organize as outlined below), with margins of at least one inch on 8.5" x 11" paper. Font size must be no smaller than 10-point (Times Roman suggested), and width between characters should be normal (100%). Five copies (one original and four copies) of the proposal should be included in a single packet addressed to the Mathematics Education Trust at NCTM, 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1502. The application packet must be postmarked by November 2, 2018. Faxed copies will not be accepted. Duplicate applications will not be considered. Lack of an applicant's signature will automatically disqualify the proposal. No indirect costs.

    Review the scoring rubric used to rate proposals in this category and determine which proposals will be selected for funding.

    Proposal Requirements 

    I. Proposal Cover Form (Microsoft Word)
    ❏ Complete all requested information.
    ❏ Must include NCTM member number or, for Pre-K-8, school's membership number.
    ❏ Must be signed.

    II. Proposal

    Project Overview
    ❏ Must be a collaboration college or university mathematics educator and one or more Pre-K-6 classroom teacher(s).
    ❏ Must include a draft article suitable for the Mathematics Teacher or other NCTM school journal as part of final report.

    Project Description (Four Pages or Less)
    ❏ Include project title
    ❏ Describe the research questions to be investigated, providing a clear picture of the project's objectives.
    ❏ Include a detailed plan for carrying out the work, a project timeline for completion of the project.
    ❏ Describe the data collection and analysis methods to be used.
    ❏ Include a summary of related research literature.

    Outcome
    ❏ Explain the hypotheses and how you expect to assess the project's outcomes.
    ❏ Address the anticipated impact on students' learning.

    III. Budget
    No Indirect Costs.
    ❏ Include itemized budget, presented in line-item table format including funds requested from the Mathematics Education Trust and other sources of funds, if applicable.
    ❏ Funds may be used for any reasonable project expenses, including stipends for participating researchers and collaborating teachers, is well justified.
    ❏ Acquisition of equipment and conference attendance must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant.  
    ❏ Major technology needs should be covered by funds from other sources.

    IV. Background and Experience
    ❏ One-page maximum, outline format preferred.
    ❏ One for each applicant.
    ❏ Formal education: institution, type of degree, major, minor, date each degree was granted.
    ❏ Teaching experience related to this grant proposal.  Indicate the school(s), teaching assignments, and other pertinent information, including continuing education and professional activities.

    V. Letter of Support from Principal
    ❏ One-page maximum.
    ❏ Must be on official school stationery and signed by the principal of cooperating school.
    ❏ Confirm the teaching status of the applicant.
    ❏ Indicate strong support for the proposal and the applicant's ability to accomplish it.

    VI. Letter of Support from Collaborating Partner
    ❏ One-page maximum.
    ❏ Must be on official school stationery and signed.
    ❏ Confirm collaborative commitment to the project.

    Final Report Requirements
    ❏ Awardees will be required to submit a brief report (not to exceed two double-spaced pages) and an itemized report of expenses. The final report detailing the results of the research and any anticipated follow-up activities must be filed within three months of the completion of the project.
    ❏ On acceptance of the grant, the grantee(s) will receive three-fourths of the approved budget, not to exceed $4,500. The remainder will be paid on receipt of the final report, draft article, and verified expenses (with receipts) related to the project.
    ❏ A draft article suitable for submission to Mathematics Teacher Educator, the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education or other NCTM school journal could be part of the final report.


     
    The Mathematics Education Trust was established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

    2017-18

    Patricia Ann Dickenson Teacher-Driven and Technology Mediated: Using Social Media to Support and Sustain Professional Learning Communities in Mathematics Professional Development Patricia Ann Dickenson, National University, San Jose, California collaborating with Judith L. Montgomery, University of Calif

    2016-2017

    Kim Van Duzer Exploring the Effects of Equity-based Public Teaching in Mathematics Not all students have access to mathematics teaching that promotes understanding and sense making. This is particularly true for students from historically marginalized communities.  At the same time, teachers of mathematic

    2015-16

    Maggie Lee McHugh Navigating Ratios and Proportions in a Project-Based Learning Environment Maggie Lee McHugh, La Crosse Design Institute, La Crosse, Wisconsin, collaborating with Jennifer J. Kosiak, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse This research study focuses on how students learn to apply ratio and p

    2014-15

    Haiping Hao Play with numbers from daily life: Number sense gaining progression of diverse young learners (3-5 years old) and facilitating strategies  Haiping Hao, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas collaborating with Mary Margaret Capraro, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; K

    2013-14

    Diane Smith Customizing Learning for Gifted and Talented Students in Mathematics: Pilot Project Grade 5 Diane Smith collaborating with Margaret Griswold, University of Maine, Farmington, Maine  This pilot project will partner a gifted coordinator for mathematics and three, 5th grade classroom teac

    2010-11

    Debbie J. Short Creating a Classroom of Future Problem Solvers with the Touch of the Promethean World Debbie J. Short collaborating  with Prisca R. Moore, Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of a technology-enhanced math problem-solving program a