ATOMIM Grant Incentives for Teachers (GIFT) Program

Helpful Hints

Helpful Hints on Applying for an ATOMIM Growth Incentive for Teachers (GIFT)

The former ATOMIM Classroom Grant program funded a variety of projects. 

      Purchase of a stove to support the development of an early elementary mathematics unit built around cooking

      Purchase of books and other materials for use at home

      Launch of the Casco Bay Math Teachers’ Circle

      Computer software to develop interactive mathematical modeling problems for precalculus classes

      Funds for a Pi-Day celebration

      Purchase of a digital camera

      Materials for Annenberg mathematics courses for a PLC

      Funding of professional development needed to develop innovative programs in Maine.

The ATOMIM GIFT program has been developed to continue this tradition of giving to Maine teachers in support of our mission and vision: promote and support improved student learning of mathematics. ATOMIM provides and encourages participation in professional development for teachers that leads to equitable, effective, and quality mathematics instruction.

The words “develop” and “innovative” are important. GIFT funds are intended to provide funding for projects that promote improved mathematics learning across Maine, not just in a classroom or school. That means that something new should be developed that can be shared; materials, tools or methods should be evaluated; or the understanding of the mathematics education field should be expanded through the project.

The ATOMIM Board has high standards for the grant applications. They feel a responsibility to make sure that Association funds are used in ways that serve the broader membership rather than just going to support a few people.

When writing your grant application, consider the following questions:

1.    How will my project support mathematics education across Maine, not just in my classroom?

2.    What is new or innovative about my project or how will my newsletter article about what I do be of interest to others and help them improve learning in his/her school?

3.    Why is this something that should be supported by a grant rather than part of my regular school budget? That is, why is this more than just business as usual?

4.    If I read about another person in a similar teaching situation receiving funding for this project, would I want to read his/her newsletter article and would I feel that the results might help me in my own classroom?

5.    Make sure that all expenses are necessary to the plan and resources are sufficient for probable success. If there are matching funds, be sure to mention them.

6.    Have a neutral person edit your work to make sure you make your case to someone who does not already understand your plan. Make sure she or he uses the grant rubric to guide his/her review. Your target should be a 4.

Good luck. The ATOMIM Board hopes to support good GIFT proposals each year. 

Helpful Hints in Public Domain Format (pdf).

Need help? Email Shawn Towle, ATOMIM President.

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