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November 09, 2007

College Board grants available for writing instruction, schools

Source: NYSUT News Wire

The College Board has extended to Nov. 30 the deadline for the Bob Costas Grants for the Teaching of Writing and the 2008 Inspiration Awards.

The Bob Costas Grants recognize six exceptional teachers of grades 6-12 for the innovative methods they use to develop their students' writing skills. Grants of $3,000 will be awarded to each winner.

Winning teachers are awarded grants to enhance successful projects currently underway. Projects can be carried out in school, through an after-school writing workshop, or during a summer program. Teachers from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply, as the grants are designed to support not only literature and language arts teachers, but also teachers who include writing instruction in the teaching of science, math, history and the arts.

The Inspiration Awards celebrate America's most improved high schools, awarding the three winning schools $25,000 each. The Inspiration Awards are open to all secondary schools in which 40 percent or more of the students receive free or reduced-price lunches.

Inspiration Award-winning schools improve the academic environment and help students achieve the promise of a higher education. Winning schools initiate unique programs and create partnerships among teachers, parents, community organizations and local businesses to help more students attend college.

For additional information or to download a Bob Costas Grants application, go to www.collegeboard.com/costasgrants or call (212) 713-8052. Grant winners will be announced January 2008.

For additional information or to download an Inspiration Awards application, go to www.collegeboard.com/inspirationawards, call (212) 713-8052, or e-mail InspirationAwards@collegeboard.org. Applicants will be notified of their status by late March 2008.

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 5,200 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations.