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Improving Students’ Understanding of Geometry Grants for Grades Pre-K–8 Teachers

Supported by the John and Stacey Wahl Fund 

“The ‘Geometry Through the Seasons’ garden has been a most powerful context for the children to further solidify
and internalize geometric concepts, while at the same time sensitizing them to view their natural world through the lenses of a mathematician.” 
         ~ Kathleen (Casey) Crane, 2012-13 Awardee 

Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (NCTM 2014) suggests that teachers plan and implement units and lessons that promote positive dispositions toward the study of mathematics, including curiosity, self-confidence, flexibility, and perseverance (p. 115).

To this end, the purpose of this grant is to develop activities that will enable students to better appreciate and understand some aspect of geometry that is consistent with the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics of NCTM. For 2015–2016, grants with a maximum of $4,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching at the grades Pre-K–8 level. The project should include applications of geometry to, for example, art, literature, music, architecture, nature, or some other relevant area and may integrate the use of technology into the teaching of geometry. The activities may use published materials. Any published sources must be documented. Any acquisition of equipment or payment of personal stipends must be critical to the grant proposal. Proposals must address the following: geometry content, the appropriateness of the application, the link between the Geometry Standard and the project’s activities, 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. 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. Project activities are to be completed between June 1, 2015, and May 31, 2016.

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 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 (Two pages maximum)

 Plan. Describe the what, how, and why of the plan. Be as detailed as possible; indicate any initial work on the project, and connect your project with the NCTM Principles and Standards.

 Budget. Include an itemized budget (presented by line item in a table format) including both funds requested from the Mathematics Education Trust and other sources of funds, if applicable.

 Outcome. Explain how you plan to assess the impact of the proposed project on the students’ appreciation and understanding of geometry.

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. Any local financial support must be confirmed in this letter.

Final Report Requirements

 Awardees will be required to share the results with colleagues by submitting a descriptive report, documenting the results of their project. The report should be at least two and not more than four double-spaced typewritten pages. The report must also contain an itemized report of expenses.
 

 Two-thirds of the approved budget, not to exceed $2,666.67, will be paid at the beginning of the project. The remainder will be paid on receipt of a final report 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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