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Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants for Grades Pre-K–2 Teachers

Supported by the Esther Mendlesohn Fund and NCTM 

“Students wrote reflections after the project to evaluate how well they learning using music. One student wrote, “I liked learning fractions with instruments because it combines learning with two things I love. I learned about different fraction notes. We got to learn fractions but have fun with music. Now I know how to find equivalent fractions.” 

            ~ Deborah A. Pavolich, 2012-13 Awardee  

The purpose of this grant is to incorporate music into the elementary school classroom to help young students learn mathematics. For 2015–2016, grants with a maximum of $3,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades Pre-K–2 level. This award is for individual classroom teachers* or small groups of teachers collaborating in one grade or across grade levels. Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant. Proposals must address the following: the combining of mathematics and music; the plan for improving students’ learning of mathematics; and the anticipated impact on students’ achievement. (*The definition of a classroom teacher is an individual who spends half or more of his/her work time teaching in the classroom.)

The applicant must be a current (on or before October 15, 2014) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach in a school with a current (on or before October 15, 2014) NCTM PreK–8 school membership and currently teach mathematics or collaborate with teachers of mathematics in grades PreK–2. Activities are to be completed between June 1, 2015, and May 31, 2016. Past recipients of this grant are ineligible to reapply. No person(s) may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education Trust in the same academic year.

Interested teachers are invited to submit a proposal. The 2015–2016 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 the 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 7, 2014. Faxed copies will not be accepted. Duplicate applications will not be considered. Lack of an applicant's signature will automatically disqualify the proposal. 

Note: This grant is awarded to an individual teacher. The award must be reported to the Internal Revenue Service, and it is subject to federal income taxes. A Form 1099 will be sent to the grant recipient at the end of the calendar year. If you have any questions about your own income tax liability, you should contact the Internal Revenue Service or your tax counsel. These sources can advise a recipient on the proper way to report project expenses. 

Proposal Requirements

I.   Proposal Cover Form  (Microsoft Word 2000 or higher required)

II. Proposal (Three pages maximum)

 Plan. Describe the what, how, and why of your plan. Be as detailed as possible and clearly delineate the link between the mathematics to be learned and music. 

 Budget. Include an itemized budget (presented by line item in a table format). 

 Outcome. Explain how you expect to assess the project’s impact on students’ learning of mathematics content.

III. Background and Experience (One page maximum; outline format preferred)

 Formal education. Indicate the institution, type of degree, major, minor, and 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.

IV. Principal’s Letter of Support (One page maximum)

 The letter must be signed on school stationery, confirm the teaching status of the applicant, and indicate strong support for the proposal.

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.

  Two-thirds of the approved budget, not to exceed $2,000, will be paid at the beginning of the project; the remainder will be paid on receipt of a final product and verified expenses (with receipts) related to the proposal.

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

 


 

 

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