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1) mathematics teachers in grades 9-–12 – 2) full-time teacher, librarian, or administrator literacy-based projects

NCTM: Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Areas Grants for Grades 9–12 Teachers
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Areas Grants help create senior high classroom materials or lessons connecting mathematics to other fields. Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, computer programs or displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate media. 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.
Maximum award: $4,000.
Eligibility: current (as of October 15, 2012) Full Individual or E-Members of NCTM who currently teach mathematics in grades 9-–12 at least 50 percent of the school day.
Deadline: November 9, 2012.
City National Bank: Reading is the Way Up
City National Bank is now accepting applications for grants to support literacy-based projects at public and private elementary, middle, and high schools in California, Nevada, and New York. Recipients can create, augment, or expand literacy projects that are judged to be creative and engaging, and that may help improve student achievement. Awards can be used for books, videos, CDs, DVDs, computer software or hardware, or in other ways as long as the recipient shows that the project for which funds are sought will support literacy.
Maximum award: $500.
Eligibility: any full-time teacher, librarian, or administrator at schools in counties where City National has offices. Deadline: November 30, 2012.
National Geographic: International Photography Contest for Kids
The National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids invites children to enter their photographs in four categories: animals, people, scenery, and humor. Maximum award: 16.1-megapixel digital camera; an 8GB memory card; a copy of the books National Geographic Kids Almanac 2013, Weird But True 4, Everything Dogs, and Ultimate Weird But True.
Eligibility: legal residents of the United States between the ages of 6 and 14 on October 31, 2012.
Deadline: October 31, 2012.

Educational CyberPlayGround, Inc. K12 Newsletter and NetHappenings News Letter

Just one in four children in Kentucky is prepared for kindergarten, according to preliminary data presented to the Kentucky Board of Education.
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The Florida Board of Education has adopted a new strategic plan that envisions about 17 percent of one-time public school students attending either charters or using taxpayer-funded vouchers to attend private schools by the 2017-18 school year.
School officials have formally approved a one-year agreement for evaluating principals in the Los Angeles Unified School District, but the head of the administrators union also asserted that principals will be overburdened by a new teacher-evaluation system.
A San Francisco Unified School District administrator urged teachers to re-evaluate whether to offer summer school to special education students as a way to cut costs, a move that special education teachers and attorneys say violates federal regulations.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s hand-picked choice to head the Chicago public schools, Jean-Claude Brizard, has resigned just three weeks after the end of the city’s first teachers strike in a quarter century.
The State Educational Technology Directors Association has announced the launch of a new online database intended to help policymakers, researchers, corporate and philanthropic investors, and educators keep track of developments in state-level policy directly affecting the realm of educational technology.

National Center for Education Statistics POSTSECONDARY DATA

A new “First Look” report from the Department’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) presents some preliminary findings from the spring 2012 data collection of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).  For example:
·         In fall 2011, institutions enrolled 18.6 million undergraduate and 2.9 million graduate students.  Among the 18.6 million undergraduates, 57% were enrolled in four-year institutions, 41% in two-year institutions, and 2% in less-than-two-year institutions.
·         Approximately 59% of first-time, full-time students at four-year institutions in 2005 who were seeking a bachelor’s degree or equivalent completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent within six years at the institutions where they begin their studies.
·         During fiscal year 2011, public, four-year institutions and administrative offices received 19% of their revenues from tuition and fees, compared with 29% at private, non-profit institutions and 90% at private, for-profit institutions.  Moreover, 29% of expenses at public, four-year institutions were for instruction, versus 42% at private, non-profit schools and 54% at public, less-than-two-year schools.

Obama launched of the Equal Futures Partnership for Women in Science STEM

The Administration joined 12 international leaders for the launch of the Equal Futures Partnership, a new, multi-lateral initiative to break down barriers to women’s political participation and economic opportunity.  The U.S. contribution to Equal Futures includes a renewed commitment to opening more doors to high-quality education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for women and girls, who currently hold only one-quarter of all American jobs within these fields, despite making up nearly half of the total U.S. workforce.  These efforts build upon the President’s and First Lady’s calls for an “all-hands-on-deck” effort to break down barriers to attracting girls and retaining women in STEM fields.
Among the steps that the White House announced in support of Equal Futures are improving data collection and dissemination on women in science and technology, bolstering the available pool of skilled STEM mentors, encouraging research-based STEM teaching, and helping to connect women to online and mobile skills training.  Several leading businesses, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations have also made commitments to advance women and girls’ economic and political empowerment at home and abroad.  They are dedicating themselves to launching new and innovative programs to support women and girls in STEM fields, connecting women entrepreneurs to markets and supply chains, and supporting research to advance girls’ leadership.