Teacher Professional Development Grants (Pre-K-5)

  • Deadline: Nov 01, 2019

    Teacher Professional Development Grants (Pre-K-5)

    Supported by the John Van de Walle Fund
    Grades: PreK-5

    "It is always inspiring to see the classroom with fresh eyes and that is what this conference has given me."

    Crystal Steinmetz , 2014-15 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 support professional development to improve the competence in the teaching of mathematics of one or more classroom teachers. The definition of a classroom teacher is an individual who spends half or more of his/her work time teaching in the classroom. For 2020-21, grants of a maximum of $3,000 will be awarded to person(s) currently teaching at the grades Pre-K-5 level. The proposal must delineate the professional development plan and address how the proposed project will improve the teacher(s)' competence and affect students' learning. While this grant does not fund the purchase of technology, proposals including professional development involving the use of technology to enhance student learning are encouraged. Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant. Recipients must have three or more years of teaching experience in grades Pre-K-5. Proposals must address the following: the professional development plan, how it will enhance the applicant(s)' mathematical knowledge, and its anticipated impact on students' learning. 

    The applicant must be a current (on or before October 12, 2019) Essential or Premium member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current (on or before October 12, 2019) 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. Activities are to be completed between June 1, 2020, and May 31, 2021.

    Interested teachers are invited to submit a 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.  

    View the scoring rubric. This rubric is used by reviewers to rate proposals and determine which proposals will be selected for funding.

    Proposal Requirements: *Note that MET is launching a new online grant submission portal.    The Proposal Cover Form and application below is provided as an example of what will need to be completed for this grant.  The new portal will be available for Winter Grant Submissions after July 22, 2019 and all applications will be submitted via the online application. No indirect costs.

    I. * Proposal Cover Form (Microsoft Word)
    ❏ Complete all requested information.
    ❏ Must include NCTM member number or, for PreK-8, school's membership number.
    ❏ Must be signed.

    II. Proposal (Three pages maximum)

    ❏    Describe professional development plan in detail.
    ❏    Address how the proposed project will improve applicant's competence and mathematical knowledge.
    ❏    Address the intended outcome on student learning.

    ❏   Describe how applicant's professional growth will be assessed.
    ❏    Explain how the plan will affect students' learning.

    III. Budget (Two pages maximum; table format)
    No Indirect Costs.
    ❏ Include itemized budget, presented in line-item table format.
        ❏ If the total budget for a proposed project 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.  (Acquisition of equipment and conference attendance must support the proposed plan but not be the primary foci of the grant.  Note that this grant does not fund the purchase of technology.)

    IV. 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.
    ❏ Recipient must have three or more years of teaching experience in grades Pre-K-5.

    V. Letter of Support from Principal
    ❏ One-page maximum.
    ❏ Must be on official school stationery and signed by the principal.
    ❏ Confirm the teaching status of the applicant(s).
    ❏ Indicate strong support for the proposal and the applicant's ability to accomplish it.

    Final Report Requirements
    ❏ Awardee will be required to submit a brief report (two to three 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 the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.


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