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Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Areas Grants for Grades 9–12 Teachers

Supported by the Theoni Pappas Fund 

"Field-testing the projects prior to compiling a manual to share with other teachers proved to be invaluable. Feedback from my own students and those teachers who used the projects enabled me to tweak the directions and provide a list of tips that would allow even a beginning teacher to find the projects usable and meaningful."

~ Luajean Bryan, 2009–10 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 (pp. 114-5).  One way to do that is to create lessons across the disciplines.

 The purpose of this grant is to create senior high classroom materials or lessons connecting mathematics to other fields. For 2015–2016, grants with a maximum of $4,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades 9–12. Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, computer programs or displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate medium. The focus of these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields or to the world around us. Any acquisition of equipment or payment of personal stipends must be critical to the grant proposal and may not be a major portion of the proposed budget. Any published sources must be documented. Proposals must address the following: the plan for developing and evaluating materials, the connectivity to other fields or disciplines, and anticipated impact on students’ learning.

The applicant must be a current (on or before October 15, 2014) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM  and currently teach mathematics in grades 9–12 at least 50 percent of the school day. Activities are to be completed between June 1, 2015, and May 31, 2016. 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.

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. Describe your classroom experiences on which the materials will be based and include an outline of materials to be developed, any initial work done on the project, a detailed description of one of the components, and its connection to other fields or to the world around us.

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

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. Letters of Support (One page maximum each)

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

  Teaching colleague’s letter of support

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. 

  Seventy-five percent (75%) of the approved budget, not to exceed $3,000, 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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