The Edmond Sun

November 1, 2013

STEM grant applications available for teachers


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — Public school teachers in Canadian, Cleveland and Oklahoma counties can apply through Dec. 16 for professional development grants in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — sponsored by the Boeing Company.

The grants are made possible through a $25,000 gift from the Boeing Company and are administered by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a statewide, nonprofit organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools. The program is designed to enhance students’ learning by helping teachers attend top-quality regional, national and international conferences and institutes in their chosen fields. The grants help cover the costs of tuition, transportation, lodging and the expense of hiring a substitute teacher.

Applications and a list of eligible conferences are available on the Foundation for Excellence website at www.ofe.org. Applications must be postmarked on or before Dec. 16. Grants will be awarded in January for teacher conferences and institutes scheduled in 2014.

Applicants must currently be employed as an elementary or secondary teacher in Canadian, Cleveland or Oklahoma counties. They also must have at least two years of teaching experience in Oklahoma prior to the conference for which the grant will be used. Each application requires a statement of support from the applicant’s principal.

For more information, contact the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence at 236-0006.