ADE Director's Communication Memo Form


Memo Number : COM-07-052

Date Created : 10/31/2006

Attention:

Superintendents
Co-op Directors
Secondary Principals
Elementary Principals
Middle School Principals
High School Principals

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
   
Section:   Special Assistant - Dee Cox
Subject:
Weyerhaeuser Arkansas Mini-Grant Program

Regulatory Authority:
N/A

Contact Person:
Gloria Stephens

Phone Number:
501-682-5169

E-mail:
Gloria.Stephens@arkansas.gov

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is pleased to partner with the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation, in coordination with the Arkansas Community Foundation (ACF), to announce this year's Weyerhaeuser Arkansas Mini-Grant Program.

The purpose of the Weyerhaeuser Arkansas Mini-Grant Program is to help educators create innovative techniques for teaching science, math, and a balanced view of environmental issues. Students need skills in these areas to make knowledgeable and informed public-policy decisions, and to fit into the workforce of the future. This program is an excellent source of seed money for teachers with innovative teaching ideas.

Classroom teachers often have very creative ideas for teaching students; however, a school's budget may not cover the cost of implementing the ideas. The Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation and Arkansas Community Foundation have a program to help teachers turn creative ideas into classroom realities. Twenty (20), $500 mini-grants (10 for grades K-6 and 10 for grades 7-12) will be awarded to Arkansas educators during the 2006-2007 school year.

Applicants interested in the program are encouraged to visit Arkansas Community Foundation's website at: http://www.arcf.org/. Click on the link to the Weyerhaeuser Teacher mini-grant applications located on the right side of ACF's home page.

To be eligible to be considered for an award, an original application must be completed and postmarked by November 15, 2006, to:

Weyerhaeuser Arkansas Mini-Grant Program
Arkansas Community Foundation
700 S. Rock Street
Little Rock, AR 72202
Or via e-mail at: mbirdsong@arcf.org
Or via fax to: (501) 372-1166

For more information about the awards program, please contact: Margaret Birdsong, Arkansas Community Foundation, (501) 372-1116; Kathy Stacey, Weyerhaeuser Company, (870) 642-1388; or Becca Austin, Weyerhaeuser Company, (501) 624-8459.

Grants will be judged on the following criteria:

*Are the objectives clearly and concisely defined?
*Is the project hands-on oriented?
*Is the evaluation procedure clear and appropriate to the project?
*Does the project have the ability to be carried over from year to year and to be adapted by other educators?
*Does the project support the purpose as stated in this application?
*Is the project original? (Originality is encouraged.)

Adherence to the guidelines outlined in the entry process will be strictly followed. Please share this opportunity with teaching professionals and friends.

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