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Deadline Approaching for Teachers to Apply for $30,000 Grants

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Teachers in Riverside, Orange, San Diego and Imperial counties have less than three weeks to apply for two-year $30,000 professional development grants being administered by UC Riverside Extension.

Groups of three to five elementary, middle and high school teachers at public, private and charter schools teaching in all subject areas are eligible for the grants. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1.

Possible uses for the money include paying for conferences, instructional materials and classes, such as the more than 800 offered at UCR Extension Education Department.

The application for teachers is available at www.extension.ucr.edu/SCRIBES.

For more information contact: Laura DuPont at ldupont@ucx.ucr.edu or Annette Webb at awebb@ucx.ucr.edu or 951-827-1653.

UCR Extension will name this year’s winners by April 15.

Last year, UCR Extension received the $1,010,000 grant, cal led South Count ies Reform Initiative Benefiting Educators and Students (SCRIBES Project) from the California Postsecondary Education Commission.

For professional development to be successful it needs to be sustained, not a one-shot deal, said Sue Teele, associate dean and director of education programs at UCR Extension, who wrote the grant and will serve as the principal investigator on it. That’s increasingly difficult when a California Department of Education survey in April and May found 30 percent of school districts have cut professional development budgets.

Grants will be awarded to 24 groups of teachers. They wi l l receive up to $30,000 over the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years.

During the final year of the grant, the 2013-14 school year, results will be analyzed. Anne Jones, director of teacher education at the UCR Graduate School of Education, will lead that process.

UCR Extension is one of two sites in the state to receive the grant this year. California State University, Chico received the other grant. Groups of teachers in San Bernardino County and 32 other counties can apply for funding through California State University, Chico.

Proposals from teachers must address school-based reform and English-language learners and/or special needs children. Teachers will need to outline a timeline, action plan and budget and will need letters of support from their principal and district office. Also, the lead teacher in each group must have at least three years of teaching experience.

There are a couple restrictions. The money cannot be used to get a master’s degree or to travel internationally.

UCR Extension is the continuing education and professional studies branch of UCR. It operates independently as a nonprofit division of UCR.

UCR Extension Education Department offers 800 courses in 28 certificate programs, and 22 state-approved credent ial programs, to nearly 10,000 educators annually.

The certificate programs include: Advanced Placement ; Aut ism Spectrum Disorders; Response to Intervention (RTI); Multiple Intelligences; Early Childhood; and Gifted and Talented Education Programs (GATE).

The state-approved credential programs include: Reading Certificate; Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential; Education Specialist, Level II Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe; Clear Credential for Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credentials; and Authorizations in Mathematics, Science, English, Autism and Computer Concepts and Applications.

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