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reading and literacy programs, have an annual operating budget of less than $95,000 (schools and libraries are exempt from this budget re- quirement), and are located in an underserved community with a population of less than 50,000 are eligible for this award of 200 books appropriate for readers age 0 to young adult; English only. The deadline is March 30, 2012. Apply online at tion_prog.html. Geeo SuMMer traVeL ProGraMS for eduCatorS Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a non-profit organiza- tion that runs summer professional develop- ment travel programs designed for teachers. GEEO is offering 16 different travel programs for the summer of 2012: India/Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand/Laos/Cambodia, China, Russia/ Mongolia/China, Egypt, Turkey 8 day, Turkey 15 day, South Africa/Mozambique/Zimbabwe/ Botswana, Morocco, Argentina/Uruguay/Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, The Galapagos Islands, and Costa Rica. Educators have the option to earn gradu- ate school credit (3 credits through Indiana University) and professional development credit while seeing the world. The trips are 8 to 24 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. GEEO provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their expe- riences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators and administrators, as well as retired educators. Educators are also permitted to bring along a non-educator guest. Detailed information about each trip, includ- ing itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll free at 877-600- 0105 between 9AM-9PM EST. eartHwatCH inStitute feLLowSHiPS The Earthwatch Institute offers educators fully-funded fellowships for hands-on learn- ing with leading scientists doing field research and conservation on one of over 100 projects around the world. Elementary, middle, and high school educators and administrators of any discipline are eligible to apply. The deadline is February 13, 2012. For more information, visit nGa/MantiS: MantiS award The National Gardening Association and Mantis present awards to charitable and educa- tional support garden projects that enhance the quality of life in their host communities. NGA selects 25 outstanding applicants to receive Mantis tiller/cultivators. Applicants must operate a charitable or educational program that is not for profit in the United States. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2012. For more information, visit tis-awards-community-and-youth-gardens. nCtM: PreK-8 Pre-SerViCe teaCHer aCtion reSearCH GrantS National Council of Teachers of Mathematics PreK-8 Pre-service Teacher Action Research Grants provide financial support for ac- tion research conducted as a collaborative by university faculty, pre-service teacher(s), and classroom teacher(s) seeking to improve their understanding of mathematics in PreK-8 classroom(s). Primary emphasis will be placed on collaboration by a team of researchers con- sisting of university, elementary/middle school teachers, and pre-service teachers from the un- dergraduate ranks. The action research should be designed, implemented, and completed with a focus on enhancing the teaching and/ or learning of mathematics in grades PreK-8. Proposals must address the following: rationale for the research project, the expected impact on teaching/learning in the school setting, and anticipated improvements in pre-service student learning. Grant funds should be used to sup- port project expenses to plan and carry out the action research. Current (as of April 27, 2012) full individual or e-members of NCTM or those teaching at a school with a current (as of April 27, 2012) NCTM PreK-8 school membership are eligible for this $3,000 grant. The participating pre- service teacher(s) must be in an initial licensure/ certification program at the undergraduate level and, at some point during the term of the grant, must be engaged in some form of practicum experience or student teaching. The deadline is May 4, 2012. Apply online at resources/content.aspx?id=15479. RESOURCES AEA Advocate x Spring 2012 35

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