More than $6 million USD in Technology Grants Available for Teacher Training Facilities Around the World
Jan 21, 2005 12:33 PM
The SMARTer Kids Foundation of Canada announces that more than $6 million USD in grants is available to help fund the purchase of technology products for teacher preparation and training centers in select countries around the world. PREP grants cover up to 80 percent of the suggested list price of qualifying SMART products and are available to all accredited, non-profit teacher training centers. SMART products include the family of award-winning SMART Board interactive whiteboards, as well as interactive pen displays and software. Since their inception in 1999, PREP grants have enabled hundreds of teacher training facilities worldwide to integrate SMART products into their teacher-preparation programs.
“Engaging students with interactive technology is crucial in today’s digital environment,” says Nancy Knowlton, executive director of the SMARTer Kids Foundation. “PREP grants help equip teacher preparation and training centers with the products necessary to provide both new and experienced teachers with hands-on experience in using technology in the classroom to enhance student achievement.”
The PREP grant is available to all accredited, not-for-profit universities, colleges, teacher training schools, institutes, and centers in select countries involved in pre-service or in-service teacher training or education leading to an education degree or professional teaching certification. The grant is also available to all local, district, or regional in-service teacher training centers that train a minimum of 100 teachers per year. For-profit institutions do not qualify for the PREP grant. Previous recipients of a PREP grant are not eligible.
Applications are available online at www.smarterkids.org/prep or by calling the foundation office at +1 403 228 8565. All applications must be received prior to midnight, Dec. 1, 2005. Only 500 grants per product class will be awarded, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. Grants must be used by Dec. 31, 2005. For a list of qualifying products, click here.