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Literacy Language and Reading School Grants

Help America's K-12 teachers and schools find the funding they need to educate our children. We research, identify and share information on available grants for K-12 teachers and schools. Programs that directly or indirectly benefit our schools will also find funding opportunities here.

Intensive Summer Language Institutes

American Councils for International Education is pleased to announce the Intensive Summer Language Institutes Program taking place next summer in Alexandria, Egypt and Changchun, China. The Intensive Summer Language Institutes provide fully funded fellowships for U.S. classroom teachers to spend six weeks overseas studying intermediate and advanced-level Arabic and Mandarin Chinese. The program targets current K-12 teachers and community college instructors of Arabic and Chinese, as well as students enrolled in education programs preparing them to teach these languages. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and non-native speakers of Arabic and Chinese in order to qualify. This U.S. Government language program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and administered by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS.

Participants in the Intensive Summer Language Institutes receive ten hours of graduate credit through Bryn Mawr College. Previous program participants have thrived on the Summer Language Institutes' many opportunities for curriculum building and professional development. The sites in China (Northeast Normal University) and Egypt (Alexandria University), highly conducive to language learning, provide a myriad of activities to encourage language acquisition through cultural immersion. In addition to daily intensive language training, participants enjoy cultural activities and excursions designed to reinforce classroom material. Returned alumni are eligible for additional funding for relevant follow-on activities that promote program goals.

The program application, benefits, and detailed application instructions are located online at In addition to the online form, applicants are asked to provide official transcripts, two reference letters, and a medical form. All materials are due on March 4, 2011. Please do not hesitate to contact Alena Palevitz, whose contact info is provided below if you have additional questions about the application process.
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Resources for Grants, Scholarships, Financial Aid and School Loans

The grants are the first to be awarded under the new Reading Excellence Act (REA), described by Riley as "the most significant law on child literacy passed by Congress in more than 30 years." The grants will enable states to create programs that use scientifically based reading research to improve the reading skills of up to 500,000 elementary school students, particularly at-risk students who need additional help during the critical primary grades of K-3. Sample Proposals and contact info for grant writers