Private Funder: Spencer Foundation; Opportunity: Foundation grants; Funding Focus: Education, youth and student achievement; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Schools, colleges and nonprofits; Funding: Multiple awards up to $50,000 each; Deadline: Aug. 20.
Summary: The foundation has launched a new Civics Initiative for projects looking at the links between a classroom civic education and its relationship to civic action. Research must advance the understanding about the civic action and learning-experience connections. Priority goes to projects that look at non-college-bound youth, less economically privileged youth, members of diverse racial and ethnic groups and immigrant youth.
The foundation also offers the Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources Grants, up to $50,000 each. Same deadline. The Foundation is particularly interested in studies of teaching and teacher development. Project should seek to understand what teachers need to know and do in order to enable all students to learn and what sorts of inquiry about teaching and learning are most important for professionals to be able to make to improve classroom achievement. That can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/cl4hv5l