2000 GROWTH INITIATIVES FOR TEACHERS (GIFT) Program

Applications for the 2000 GROWTH INITIATIVES FOR TEACHERS (GIFT) Program, a $12,000 Grant for Secondary Science and Math Teachers -- are now available. Through the GIFT Grant Program, the GTE Foundation Promotes Excellence in Math and Science Education. GIFT is a grant program for public and private school math and science teachers, grades 7 to 12, in 35 eligible states and the District of Columbia.

* The GIFT grant program was established by the GTE Foundation to promote the integration of math and science in the classroom, to encourage the innovative use of technology in education, and to provide recognition and new opportunities for outstanding teachers.

* Each year, GTE awards GIFT grants to 60 teams of one math and one science teacher from the same secondary school who have developed school enrichment projects that integrate math and science and use technology in an creative way. Each winning team shares a $12,000 GIFT grant -- $7,000 to implement the school enrichment project and $5,000 ($2,500 each) for the participating teachers to pursue professional development activities. * This year, 120 educators will join more than 1,700 of their colleagues across the country who have benefited from the $10 million in GIFT grants GTE has awarded since 1983.

* Interested teachers who would like to receive an application by mail are encouraged to call 800-315-5010 or send e-mail to gift@gte.com. Applications are also available online at www.gte.com/AboutGTE/community/gte_foundation/opportunities/gift.html. Deadline for submissions is January 14, 2000.

 

How to Apply

* To apply for the 2000 GIFT grant, team members jointly submit a proposal and budget for a school enrichment project that must be based in theteam's classrooms or school and directly involve both math and science students for the 2000-2001 school year.

* Also as part of the application, team members submit proposals and budgets for individual professional development activities that directly support implementation of the school enrichment project and address their own needs for professional growth, especially regarding technology in education.

* Grant recipients (known as GIFT Fellows) are selected by a panel of mathematics and science educators under the guidance of the Educational Testing Service and the GTE Foundation, GTE's philanthropic arm, which administers and funds the program.

Gift Seminar Kicks off Year-Long Program

* GIFT Fellows participate in a year-long program designed to inspire their teaching efforts through opportunities for professional growth.

* The year begins with the GIFT seminar, held in June, for which the GIFT Fellows travel to Boston, Mass., and Washington, D.C.

* During the week-long seminar, the teachers attend presentations bynoted scientists and educators, tour GTE Labs, and interact with GTE employees and government officials.

* The seminar also enables teachers to get a closer look at some real-world applications of math and science, discuss educational policy, and learn about valuable classroom resources. All expenses are underwritten by GTE.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the GIFT grant, applicants must:

* Hold a bachelor's degree and state certification (where applicable).

* Have completed at least one year of full-time paid teaching in the same school district by July 1, 1999.

* Teach grades 7 to 12 (grade 6 only if in a middle or junior high school) at a regionally or state-accredited non-profit school (public or private).

* Carry a full teaching load, with more than half of the teaching schedule in math and/or science, both in the current year and the year in which the grant will be applied.

* Teach in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, or Wisconsin.

The GTE Foundation ranks among the largest corporate foundations in the U.S. The Foundation provides financial assistance to educational and charitable institutions on behalf of GTE Corporation, one of the world's largest telecommunications companies and a leading provider of integrated telecommunications services. In 1999, the GTE Foundation will award more than $30 million to causes throughout the U.S.

Contact: Melissa Amour, 215-579-8590, gift@gte.com


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