Wednesday, May 13, 2009

NEW RELEASE DATE: Computer Assisted Writing RFP - for High Needs Districts

Well, it’s not all I had hoped for, but using Title IID funds, we have been able to somewhat resurrect the Computer Assisted Writing grant program that lost state funds earlier this year. Unfortunately, the use of these funds is restricted to high-needs districts so only those districts are eligible to apply. (The list will be included in the RFP, and will likely include those previously eligible for Title IID grants.) A total of $450,000 is available, with individual awards of up to $60,000.

There are two significant changes to the new RFP: The first is that at least 25% of funds must be devoted to professional development activities. This is a requirement of all Title IID activities. The second change is that you must implement and run your program during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years. Different students may be involved in each year.

UPDATE: The RFP should be posted on the CSDE Website on June 19, 2009, with a due date of July 30, 2009.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Discovery Education's Young Scientist Challenge

Does one of your students have what it takes to be America's Top Young Scientist? Discovery Education and 3M are looking for a few great students to inspire them with their enthusiasm for science! Students create a short (1-2 min.) video about one of this year's scientific topics. Finalists win a trip to New York City to compete in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge finals. More Details: