Network members may be interested in these education grant opportunities. If your school has been a recipient of one of the grants announced in a past issue of the Network Monthly, please let your Network coach know so we may share your good news.

The Network, a not-for-profit organization, extends a special invitation to any school that would like to partner in seeking a grant to develop a wide variety of school improvement initiatives.

Energy, Environment, STEM

Sponsor: Westinghouse Electric Company

Schools and teachers who want their students to learn more about STEM through a hands-on project can apply to the Westinghouse N-Visioning a Brighter Future School Grant Program. Projects must be completed during the current school year. Projects that involve students directly and that incorporate community resources and utilize interdisciplinary or team-teaching strategies are preferred. Eligibility is any U.S. middle or high school. Maximum award is $3,000. (Three schools will be awarded $1,000 to complete their project by the end of the school year. Another $2,000 will be granted to each school’s science department for its needs.) Deadline: November 15, 2013.

Mathematics, Science

Sponsor: Toshiba American Foundation

K-5 teachers are invited to submit a set of lessons or a hands-on project they would like to introduce in their own classrooms for the Toshiba American Foundation Grades K-5 Grants. Eligibility is K-5 teachers. Maximum award is $1,000. Deadline: October 1, 2013.

Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Technology

Sponsor: Dr. C. Moorer & Associates, Inc.

Creative ideas are being sought for adopting and using “From Failure to Promise” in any curriculum as a means to motivate, energize, and catapult K-12 students/youth to reach their full promise in literacy, math, science, or technology. Eligibility is a community-based organization, library, or school. Maximum award is $1,000. Deadline: July 31, 2013.


Rigor and Relevance: Informational Text from Newspapers

With the 2013 baseball season here, a creative educator at High Technology High School in Lincroft, N.J., teaches her students about narrative, argumentative, and informative writing using baseball writing prompts based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). See an example at

Check out a wealth of CCSS teaching ideas and lesson plans by subject from The New York Times content at

Any local, state, or national newspaper can help you address reading standards for informational text at any grade level and in any CCSS sub-category: key ideas and details, craft and structure, integration of knowledge and ideas, and range of reading and level of text complexity.

Reserve your webinar seat now for our monthly webinar series devoted exclusively to the CCSS! Visit the Announcement section of the newsletter for more information and to register.

Stat of the Month

Of the more than 7,400 instructional staff who participated in the WE Teach™ Instructional Staff Survey, only 46% of the teachers reported that school administration implements change without undue stress.

Adapted from the Aggregate WE Teach™ Instructional Staff Survey, released in September 2011 by the Network.