Grant for Geographic Literacy

The NCSS Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy was created to promote geography education in the schools; to enhance the geographic literacy of students at the classroom, district, or statewide level; and to encourage the integration of geography into the social studies curriculum/classroom. Award winners receive $2,500, a commemorative award, and present a session on their work at the NCSS Annual Conference

Application Deadline Extended Until: June 20, 2014

Criteria

Applications are judged on the following:

  • Sound rationale and appropriate methods for incorporating the study of geography into the social studies curricula.
  • Specific plans for enhancing geographic literacy.
  • Feasibility of program implementation.
  • Number of teachers and students served.
  • Potential for program continuation or its effects after initial implementation.
  • Incorporation of the National Geography Standards as identified in Geography for Life, the “Fundamental Themes in Geography”, and appropriate sections of Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies.

Eligibility:

  • Programs, not individuals, individual lessons or units, which will enhance the geographic literacy of students at the classroom, district, or statewide levels.
  • Recipients may be individuals or groups in school districts, public institutions, or universities.
  • Proposals from individuals having already received this grant may be considered after three-years from the last time they received this grant.
  • Nominees must agree to be available to present their work at the NCSS Annual Conference and via webinar or other outreach means if selected as the recipient of the grant.

Proposal Guidelines:

After clicking the Application Form link below, complete all the requested information and upload your proposal in a zip file or a single pdf document with subject headers that identify materials according to the list of nomination requirements:

The proposal should be five (5) pages, double spaced (maximum), and include:

  • Concise rationale statement.
  • Complete program description that highlights specific geography skills and knowledge that will be introduced or reinforced.
  • Number of teachers and students served.
  • Specific criteria for and means of evaluating program effectiveness.
  • Statement of potential program impact after the first year.
  • Specific line-item budget for $2,500 program grant. Grant funds may not be used for indirect costs.
  • Vitae or professional resume for each key person involved in the implementation of the grant.

Application Form

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