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Summer Mathematics Study Grants for Grades 6-8 Teachers

Supported by NCTM 

"Thank you very much for awarding this wonderful grant to me. I enjoyed the courses very much and worked very hard this summer. Each course was very intense."

~ Ann Tarascio, 2011–12 Awardee 

Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (NCTM 2014) suggests that creating effective classrooms and learning environments in every school and district will take leaders committed to support sustained professional development that engages teachers in continual growth of their mathematical knowledge for teaching, pedagogical content knowledge, and knowledge of students as learners of mathematics (p. 114).

The purpose of this grant is to provide financial support for teachers seeking to improve their understanding of mathematics by completing course work in mathematics content. For 2015–2016, grants with a maximum of $6,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching at the grades 6-8 level. Primary emphasis is placed on enrollment and completion of appropriate courses on mathematics content and the relevance of the course content to enhancing the teaching of mathematics in Grades 6-8.  Proposals must address the following: rationale for the coursework, anticipated instructional improvements, and the expected impact on student learning. The grant will advance funds to cover tuition, and books. The balance of the funds will be issued as a stipend upon receipt of an official transcript that demonstrates completion of the proposed mathematics course work with a grade of C or better.

The applicant must be a current (on or before October 15, 2014) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or must teach at a school with a current (on or before October 15, 2014) NCTM PreK–8 school membership. The applicant must be presently teaching mathematics in grades 6-8 and intend to continue teaching in the next school year. 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. Coursework is to be completed between May 1, 2015, and September 30, 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)  

 Provide a detailed rationale of the relevance of the mathematics content to be studied as it relates to the teaching of mathematics in Grades 6-8.

 Describe how completing the proposed courses will help improve your teaching and impact your students’ learning.

 Describe the course(s) you plan to take to address that need. Include institution name, institution location, full course title and catalogue description and number of credits for each course.

 Include an unofficial transcript(s) of the undergraduate and graduate mathematics course work that you have already completed.  Also include the catalogue description for each of these mathematics courses.

 Include an itemized budget (presented by line item in a table format). Funds may be used for tuition, books, supplies, and other expenses related to achieving the goals of the proposal. The balance of the grant (limit of 50% of total request) can be used as a stipend to cover other expenses. 

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)

 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).

 One-half of the approved budget, not to exceed $3,000, will be paid at the beginning of the project. The remainder of the grant will be paid on receipt of a final report, official transcript(s) indicating successful completion of the approved courses each with a grade of C or better, 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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