Advanced Mathematics Education Course Work Scholarship for Grades 9–12 Teachers
Supported by Carol A. Edwards Fund and NCTM
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 supporting 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 professional learning support to improve competence in the teaching of mathematics by completing advanced course work in mathematics education. Advanced course work in mathematics education may include graduate courses or senior level undergraduate courses. For 2020-21, a scholarship with a maximum of $3,000 will be awarded to persons currently teaching at the grades 9-12 level. Primary emphasis is placed on the teaching of specific mathematics topic courses. Mathematics course work may also qualify if a suitable rationale is provided by the applicant. Proposal must address the following: the professional development plan, how it will enhance the applicant's knowledge and competence in teaching mathematics, and the anticipated impact on students' learning.
The applicant must (1) be a current (on or before October 12, 2019) Essential or Premium member of NCTM; (2) currently teaching mathematics in grades 9-12 at least 50 percent of the school year; and (3) have taught school mathematics at least three years. No person may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education Trust in the same academic year. Past recipients of this scholarship are not eligible to reapply. Activities are to be completed between June 1, 2020, and May 31, 2021.
Interested teachers are invited to submit a proposal. The 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 New Roman suggested), and width between characters should be normal (100 percent). The proposal (as one PDF document) is to be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline date. No mailed or faxed copies will be accepted. Duplicate or revised applications will not be considered. Lack of an applicant's signature will automatically disqualify the proposal. No indirect costs.
Note: This scholarship is awarded to an individual teacher. The Internal Revenue Service classifies scholarship payments in two ways: a non-taxable scholarship and a taxable scholarship. Awardees are responsible for reporting taxable scholarships and remitting any tax due with their personal income tax return. Additional information is available in IRS Publication 970, "Tax Benefits for Education," or from your tax professional.
Review the scoring rubric used to rate proposals in this category and determine which proposals will be selected for funding.
I. Proposal Cover Form (Microsoft Word)
❏ Complete all requested information.
❏ Must include NCTM member number.
❏ Must be signed.
II. Proposal (Three pages maximum)
❏ Describe your professional learning plan in detail, addressing how the proposed project will improve your competence in teaching a specific mathematical topic.
❏ Describe the course(s) you plan to take, including full course title and catalog description and number of credits for each course.
❏ Describe the anticipated impact on teaching and professional development.
❏ Explain the anticipated impact on student learning.
Budget (Two pages maximum; table format)
❏ No indirect costs.
❏ Include an itemized budget, presented in line-item table format.
❏ If the total budget for a proposed plan is greater than the grant maximum, indicate clearly what the grant funds will cover and what additional funding sources might be available to complete the total budget.
❏ Be specific and justify line items. (Funds may be used for tuition only.)
III. Background and Experience
❏ One-page maximum, outline format preferred.
❏ Formal education: institution, type of degree, major, minor, 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. Letter of Support from Principal
❏ One-page maximum.
❏ Must be on official school stationery and signed by the principal.
❏ The letter should confirm the teaching status of the applicant.
❏ The letter should indicate strong support for the proposal and for the applicant's ability to accomplish it.Final Report Requirements
❏ Awardees will be required to submit a brief report (two to three double-spaced pages) outlining the insights and knowledge gained through the course work experience(s) and an itemized report of expenses.
❏ Half of the approved budget, not to exceed $1,500, 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.