Efforts to improve the mathematical education of teachers, both undergraduate
and on-going professional development, are far more likely to be
successful and sustainable when all the parties involved are working with common
purpose. Recommendations 6 through 10 of the MET document address
this need for cooperative effort
departments and schools of education, between two- and four-year colleges,
between mathematics faculty and school mathematics teachers, and , more broadly,
among mathematicians, deans, school district administrators, and policy making
agencies at the state and local level. Indeed, a major
new thrust of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at NSF is
the formation of partnerships between institutions of higher education and state
agencies responsible for K-12 education.
In support of the belief that the mathematics community can lead the way in providing good models for building the kinds of cooperative efforts needed for long term improvement of teacher education, the ExxonMobil Foundation will offer 12 planning grants of $3,000 each to assist National Summit participants in developing plans for partnerships or other innovative cooperative efforts among groups involved in teacher education. Teacher education in this context includes both the preparation of future teachers and the on-going education of practicing teachers. These grants are intended to provide the participant teams with the resources needed to develop an action plan which will then be supported by the local institutions involved or which can be used to obtain external federal or private foundation funding.
A participant team may submit a proposal for such a planning grant either prior to the National Summit or within the four weeks following it. Approximately half of the awards (based on pre-Summit proposals) will be announced at the closing session of the National Summit with the other half (based on post-Summit proposals) to be announced about six weeks later. The awards will be made directly to the mathematics department of the participant team. (Participant teams which submit a proposal in the first round but do not receive an award may submit a new or revised proposal for the second round.)
Since proposals will be evaluated on how likely they are to provide a strong beginning to a fruitful collaboration to improve the mathematical education of teachers, the specific criteria the reviewers will use in evaluating proposals are the following:
Proposals should consist of three pages:
Proposals should be submitted electronically by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Plain ASCII text, RTF, Word Perfect, MS Word, PDF, and DVI formats are all acceptable.) The subject line of the email should be "ExxonMobil Grant - <name of your institution>."
The deadline for receipt of proposals to be considered in the first round is Friday, October 19. Announcement of awards will be made by ExxonMobil Foundation President Ed Ahnert at the closing session of the National Summit on November 3.
The deadline for receipt of proposals to be considered in the second round is Friday, November 30. Announcement of awards will be made on December 14. (Participant teams which submit a proposal in the first round but do not receive an award may submit a new or revised proposal for the second round.)