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Engaging Students in Learning Mathematics Grants for Grades 6–8 Teachers

Supported by the Veryl Schult-Ellen Hocking Fund 

“The MET grant allowed me the opportunity to create new lessons and focus on Math in the Real World.

~ Betsy Shipper, 2013-2014 Awardee 


Principles to Actions Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (NCTM 2014) suggests that teachers evaluate curricular materials and resources, including textbooks, collections of activities, and software, to determine the extent to which these materials align with the standards, ensure coherent development of topics within and across grades, promote the mathematical practices, and support effective instruction (p. 115).

The purpose of this grant is to incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that actively engage students in tasks and experiences to deepen and connect their content knowledge. For 2015-2016, grants with a maximum of $3,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades 6–8. Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate medium. Materials may not be calculators, computers, or related equipment. Although such equipment is essential in today’s classroom, this award is not intended to purchase such equipment. The focus of these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields or to the world around us. Proposals must address the following: one or more of the Content Standards: number and operations, geometry, measurement, algebra; plan for developing and evaluating materials; and the anticipated impact on students’ learning.

The applicant must be a current (on or before October 15, 2014) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 15, 2014) NCTM Pre-K–8 school membership and currently teach mathematics in grades 6–8 at least 50 percent of the school day. Project activities are to be completed between June 1, 2015, and May 31, 2016. Past recipients of this grant are not eligible 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 the plan. Include an outline of materials to be incorporated. Describe your classroom experiences on which the materials will be based. Describe in detail the tasks and experiences to be used.

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

   Outcome. Explain how you plan to assess the impact of the proposed project on students’ learning.

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 supoort 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
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

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