National Geographic makes grants to middle school educators in the United States, Mexico, and Canada for projects that help prepare middle school students to become stewards of the planet. The focus is on building geographic competency in middle school students and educators by fostering an explorer mindset and building understanding, appreciation, and value for the natural and social sciences at local, regional, and global levels. Proposed projects may be carried out at various scales, including a collection of classrooms or groups, in an after-school program, or in an entire school. Proposals should focus on the following:
• Developing a particular attitude or skill of the Learning Framework (curiosity, responsibility, empowerment, observation, communication, collaboration, problem solving) or a cluster of these attitudes and skills.
• Using the Geo-Inquiry Process to identify a local, regional, or global problem and taking action to address it.
• Providing learning experiences that will increase students’ understanding of the interconnections between natural and human systems at local, regional, or global levels.
• Incorporating citizen science activities in student learning to get them involved in their physical environment.
• Incorporating civic action activities in students’ learning to get them involved in their civic and cultural environment.
Eligible applicants are middle school educators with citizenship in the United States, Mexico, or Canada. Applications are submitted online.
Eligibility: Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award: Grants up to $15,000 are awarded.
Deadline: Applications are due July 10 and October 9, 2019.
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