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Teacher Incentive Grant Information

On-Line Incentive Grant Application Form

The MCTM Teacher Incentive Grant Task Force is authorized to award $1500 to Minnesota K –16 mathematics teachers to support educators desiring to implement projects in math.
Grant applicants to receive the funds must meet all of the following criteria.

  1. Be a member of MCTM on date when application is submitted.
  2. Obtain the approval of your supervisor and (if applicable) superintendent.
  3. Complete a MCTM Grant Application.
  4. Write a brief description of the project (250 words or less) addressing the following:
    a. statement of need
    b. purpose
    c. project activities
    d. plan of action
    e. ability to replicate
    f. ITEMIZED proposed budget
  5. Conduct the project and submit the results or progress of your results about their project at the fall or spring mathematics conference, and/or write an article describing your project for Math Bits within one year of completion.

Grant applications may be for almost any innovative purpose that involves students in a unique way. Eligible expenses include supplies, materials, equipment, printing, etc. These funds are not intended for student travel such as field trips or for the personal gain of the Project Director.

Grant awards will be based on the recommendation of the MCTM Teacher Incentive Grant task force, which is appointed by the Executive Board. Announcement of the grant recipients will be made by mid-March.

The committee will determine the recipients of the grants based on the following criteria:
a. Innovation/addresses Standards
b. establishment of needs
c. activities clearly stated
d. realistic plan of action
e. ability to replicate
f. proposed resources/expenditures appropriate

To apply, complete the online Application.

On-Line Incentive Grant Application Form

MCTM Teacher Incentive Grant FAQs

Q: What are the expectations if I receive the grant?
If you receive the grant, it is expected that you would complete the project and use the money as outlined in your application. It is also expected that you would write a report at the completion of the project. If possible, your report would be made available to other MCTM members so they could duplicate your ideas in their own classroom.

Q: What kinds of equipment can I request?
Any equipment is fair game. However, the project must have a plan for the equipment. Other educators must be able to replicate your project. The focus of the grant project is on the project, not just a piece of equipment. Equipment does not meet the standards or use best practices. In your application, portray your ideas and innovations which will use the equipment, but also meet at least one standard and use best practices.

Q: Do I need to be a member of MCTM?
Yes. This grant is for MCTM members.

Q: How do I share my results?
The preferred way is to give a presentation at a conference. The other option is a detailed article for Math Bits. With either option, we would ask that you write a detailed report describing what you did, activities, the successes, any documents that could be used by others, and pictures. We would allow other teachers to download these from the web unless there are copyright issues.

Q: If I present, who pays for conference expenses?
For each presentation at a conference, one conference fee is waived. If you have 2 people involved in the project, then do presentations with 2 different topics from your project. Presenters are required to pay for their own travel, motel, food, and supplies for their session. For further details, see the speaker proposal and guidelines for conferences.

Q: What kinds of things can I apply for?
There is no one requirement. The best applications incorporate or model best practices and meet the standards. The Teacher Incentive Grant Committee uses the following criteria when selecting recipients: Innovation/addresses Standards, establishment of needs, activities clearly stated, realistic plan of action, ability to replicate, and proposed resources/expenditures appropriate.

Q: Can I submit with a partner?
Yes, projects may be done by more than 1 teacher. Identify which person will be the project leader.

Q: Do I have to ask for all $1500?
No, you may ask for any amount up to $1500.

Q: When do I find out if I have been selected?
The Teacher Incentive Grant committee meets in February of each year. You will be notified by March 1st if you are selected or not.

Q: What standards should I address?
You may address any standards from the current Minnesota Mathematics Standards.

Q: What does it mean to replicate?
MCTM wants the grant money to foster new ideas and projects that can be shared with others. Other educators must be able to take your project and implement it in their own classroom. If you develop lesson plans, activities, student worksheets, etc, these need to be made available so that others don’t have to redevelop them.

Q: What is the timeline for to complete the project?
The project must be completed within the following school year. For example, if you receive the grant in March 2011, then the project must be completed in 2011-2012 school year. If it is completed by March 2012, then you should present at the 2012 spring conference or the 2012 fall conference.

February 15: Submit application
March 1: Recipient(s) notified
Sept – June: implement project
March 30: submit progress report and article if project is completed
Present at Spring Conference and/or Upcoming Fall Conference

Q: What kinds of projects have been funded in the past?
In the past 4 years, projects include: 1) a sewing machine for a geometry quilt project ; 2) supplies for an after school math club with a geometry focus for grades 3-6; 3) Projects for Geometry and Algebra involving Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic learning styles.

On-Line Incentive Grant Application Form