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Grant for Geographic Literacy

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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, present a session on their work at the NCSS Annual Conference or via webinar/webcast at a later date, and up to $800 in travel reimbursement when presenting their work at the NCSS Conference.

Application/Proposal Deadline Extended: June 5, 2017

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.

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 (2012), the "The Five Themes of Geography", appropriate sections of NCSS, National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: A Framework for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (2010), and appropriate sections of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework

Proposal Guidelines:

Documents
Applicants must complete the online application and be prepared to upload the following documents within the application. Links to external websites are not acceptable, and will be disregarded by the selection committee. Max. file size to be uploaded for each non-text box item is 1MB. File types accepted are: pdf, doc, docx.

You will have five days to access and update your form after your initial submission.

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

  • Concise / sound rationale statement and appropriate methods for incorporating the study of geography into the social studies curricula.
  • Complete program description that highlights specific geography skills and knowledge that will be introduced or reinforced; i.e., incorporation of the National Geography Standards as identified in Geography for Life (2012), the "The Five Themes of Geography", appropriate sections of NCSS, National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: A Framework for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (2010), and appropriate sections of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework
  • Number of teachers and students served.
  • Specific plans for enhancing geographic literacy.
  • Specific criteria for and means of evaluating program effectiveness.
  • Feasibility of program implementation.
  • 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 key persons involved in the implementation of the grant (**Max. upload, 6 vitae or resumes: not part of the 5 pages).

Biographical Sketch:

Please prepare to submit a 200 word biographical sketch in a narrative format that includes both personal and professional information about key members of your team. Please include what motivated you and your team to develop this project and what you hope to accomplish in light of needs in geography education. In addition, list any professional leadership activities and memberships and what you feel support or strengthen your work as an educator. If you are selected as the award winner, this statement will be published in publicity materials (200 word limit). For questions, contact Victoria Nayiga at Victoria@ncss.org.

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