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National School and Business Partnerships Awards
The Council for Corporate & School Partnerships is accepting applications for its 2005 National School and Business Partnerships Awards, which recognize outstanding examples of collaboration between businesses and schools to improve the student educational experience. The Council presents six awards per year. Those selected for the award receive national recognition, and the schools or districts receive $10,000 to support their partnership efforts.

AASL Collaborative School Library Media Award
This award recognizes and hopes to encourage collaboration and partnerships between school library media specialists and teachers in meeting educational goals outlined in Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning through joint planning of a program, unit, or event in support of the curriculum and using media center resources.

AASL Innovative Reading Grant
Established in 2006, the $2,500 AASL Innovative Reading Grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children which motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.

Adopt-A-Classroom Grants
Teachers who register at the Adopt-a-Classroom web site can be adopted by an individual, a business, or a foundation. Once adopted, teachers will receive $500 worth of credit to purchase items that enrich the learning environment, including classroom technology. Teachers help solicit their own sponsors by downloading and distributing fliers within their community or by sending out a personalized, pre-written eMail from the Adopt-a-Classroom web site. Every donor receives information about the classroom it has adopted, including an itemized list of what teachers bought so donors can see the impact of their donation.

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program
Selected applicants spend up to one year working in a Congressional or federal agency office offering their expertise in education and personal insights on various projects including the development of education-related legislation, educational programs, and the like. Online applications will be available in October 2004 at: www.scied.science.doe.gov.

Books for Children
The Libri Foundation is a nationwide nonprofit organization that donates new, high-quality, hardcover children\'s books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its Books for Children program. The books donated through the Books for Children program are used for storytelling; toddler, preschool, and after-school programs; summer reading programs; \"book buddy\" programs, ; and to just provide children with a \"good read.\"

Braitmayer Foundation Grants
The Braitmayer Foundation supports programs that enhance the education of K-12 students through curricular and school reform initiatives, professional development for teachers, and local community efforts. Its grants, which range in size up to $35,000, are to be used as seed money, challenge grants, or to match other grants to the recipient organization.

Cable's Leaders in Learning Awards
To honor innovative individuals who have made major contributions to transform K-12 learning in and out of the classroom, the cable industry\'s education foundation has launched the Cable\'s Leaders in Learning Awards. The competition is open to any individual working in U.S. communities who can demonstrate innovative practices or policies that have had an impact on K-12 education. Twelve winners will be selected in four categories. The nomination period opens Oct. 1.

Computers for Learning
Through its Computers for Learning program, the federal government has placed hundreds of thousands of surplus computers in schools across the country on a needs-first basis. Schools register and request equipment on the Computers for Learning web site, and federal agencies match their surplus equipment to schools with those needs. Most, but not all, of the available computers are Windows-based PCs rather than computers made by Apple. Most of the donated machines are older models, but as the government continues to upgrade its computer systems, the number of surplus Pentium computers will sharply increase.

Congressional Research Award
The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress.

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