A philanthropic project of the Jordan Brand, a division of Nike, Inc., the Jordan Fundamentals Grant Program awards a total of $1 million annually to teachers across the United States who motivate and inspire students (grades one through 12) to achieve excellence. The grant program is designed to recognize outstanding teaching and instructional creativity in public schools that serve economically disadvantaged students.
To be eligible, schools must be public schools with at least 50 percent of their student population eligible for free and reduced-fee lunch. All public schools (regular, district, regional, charter, pilot, special, and alternative) in the fifty states and the District of Columbia are eligible to apply for a grant. Private schools are not eligible.
Any activity that a teacher proposes is eligible for funding if it impacts student success. Applicants must develop an educational approach that supports improved student academic achievement and social/emotional/behavioral interventions through student engagement, student teacher relationships, and/or building the capacity of teachers. Applicants are encouraged to involve students in the development of this plan or unit.
Date due: April 30, 2010
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