The Foundation offers grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education in any subject area(s). Proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepens their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve studentsí habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Preference is given to programs that result in success by low-income and minority students as defined by honors, advanced placement, and other challenging curricula. Funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence. Although some funds may be used to support the professional development necessary for project implementation, the majority of grant funds must be spent on materials or educational experiences for students. Funds may not be used to support after-school, weekend, or summer programs; pay indirect costs, grant administration fees, or salaries; pay stipends to the applicants; or support conference fees for more than one person. Applicants must be practicing U.S. public school teachers in grades PreK-12; public school education support professionals, or faculty and staff at public higher education institutions. Applications may be submitted at any time. The listed deadline notes when the applications are reviewed. Additional information can be found on the Web site.
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