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$500,000 + Awarded in Round Two of Governor's NextDay Teacher Innovation Grants

Thursday, June 10, 1999

John Truscott
(517) 335-6397

74 Teams Have Cutting-Edge IdeasGovernor John Engler sent an e-mail today congratulating 74 teams that will receive more than $500,000 as recipients of the Governor's NextDay Teacher Innovation Grants. These grants will support the teams' cutting-edge ideas and allow the ideas, and the necessary technology to support them, to be dispersed throughout the school district."The NextDay grant program impacts thousands of Michigan students," Engler said. "These creative teams of educators, community members and others who have novel approaches to using technology are great resources for Michigan schools. We need to integrate technology, and the methods of teaching that complement it, into every curriculum."This initiative is part of Governor Engler's $30 million plan to advance the use of technology in Michigan's schools. The outline of the plan was first announced in a cyberspeech last year. The amount of the grants range from $1,500 to $10,000 and provide resources directly to K-12 classrooms so that information technology can impact students promptly."With the need for a technologically savvy workforce to handle the demands of Michigan's future industries, the program gives educators the needed funding to disseminate their high-tech ideas," Engler said. "This is the way to bring the best of Michigan's educators ideas to fruition and enhance student learning at the same time."Grants were submitted and scored online for the second year in a row. It is the first grant program in the nation to be managed solely via the Internet. This year, the Michigan Association for Computer-related technology Users in Learning (MACUL), the state's 7,000 member-plus education technology professional organization, managed the teacher grant program with support from Trico Associates. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation oversees this program in an effort to improve technology-based learning.Over 1,400 team members submitted approximately 300 e-mailed proposals in this year's program. This is a dramatic increase over the more than 400 educators who submitted grant applications last year. The $4 million, three-year grant program is expected to fund more than 600 teacher innovation grants.Winners will attend the Michigan Educational Technology Leadership Institute at Michigan State University in August. The Institute will train the NextDay grant winners at MSU's College of Education on the best methods to implement the grant programs. For a list of the Governor's NextDay Teacher Innovation Grant winners, please visit the NextDay web site at the address below: