RALEIGH –Wake County public school teachers and other full-time support personnel are invited to apply for a Food for Thought grant from Wake Education Partnership. Teachers can apply for the grants, which will be awarded in amounts up to $2,000, through March 28 on the Partnership’s website at www.WakeEd.org.

Since 1983, Wake Education Partnership has awarded more than $1 million in grants to Wake County public school teachers and support personnel through the Food for Thought program. The grants provide opportunities for teachers to challenge themselves and their students in new and exciting ways.

For 2007, we will offer instructional enhancement grants that focus on more rigorous approaches to enhancing student success through collaboration. Instructional enhancement grants are designed to allow four or more teachers time to plan and reflect with colleagues in order to implement changes in teaching behavior that will positively affect student success and engagement in the classroom.

The new application timeline for 2007 includes the following important dates:

• Apply by March 28, 2007

• Receive notification of grant status in May 2007

• Receive funds at beginning of 2007-08 school year

• Implement project from July 2007 – June 2008

• Participate in poster presentation in Spring 2008

For more information about Food for Thought or to complete an application, visit us online at http://www.wakeedpartnership.org/programs/teaching_quality/food_for_thought.htm.

About Wake Education Partnership

Wake Ed is an advocacy organization dedicated to making world-class schools possible in Wake County through business and community involvement. We play a critical role in bringing people together, raising the level of discussion through capacity building, and brokering information and relationships around key issues in public education. Programs for 2006-07 focus on retaining effective teachers, developing effective education leaders, and ensuring healthy schools for all students. For more information, please visit www.WakeEd.org.

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