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NAESP Foundation & MetLife Foundation Announce 2013-2014 Sharing the Dream Grant Winners

15 school principals win grants of $5,000 each for community and global engagement projects

Alexandria, VA—October 24, 2013—The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and MetLife Foundation today announced the winners of the 2013-2014 Sharing the Dream grant program. Ten past recipients of Sharing the Dream grants have been awarded $5,000 each to expand projects that were funded between 2003—2012. An additional five grants of $5,000 have been awarded to schools for new projects that build community through global engagement.

Since 2004, with generous funding from MetLife Foundation, Sharing the Dream has awarded more than $2,000,000 in grants for projects that have impacted—and continue to impact—children, families and communities across the country and around the world.

“We are privileged to have partnered with MetLife Foundation over the past decade to support principals’ bold efforts to bring children and families from different nations and cultures together to learn from one another,” said NAESP Deputy Executive Director and NAESP Foundation CEO Ernest J. Mannino. “In this final, capstone year of the Sharing the Dream grant program, we are excited to celebrate and extend the legacy of the more than 300 awardees whose vision, innovation and leadership have positively impacted school communities the world over, and whose pioneering projects will continue to serve as models—and inspiration—for years to come.”

Unique to this final year of the Sharing the Dream program, ten “Keeping the Dream Going” grants of $5,000 each were awarded to principals who received grants in the past to take their Sharing the Dream projects to the next level of excellence. Sharing the Dream also continues its focus on global awareness by awarding five grants of $5,000 each for new projects that that promote peace and collaboration, community-building, respect for cultural and other differences and family involvement in school.

In all, fifteen Sharing the Dream grants are being awarded this school year to largely underserved urban and rural elementary and middle schools in fourteen states.

“MetLife Foundation has been pleased to partner with NAESP to support and encourage the important leadership roles principals play in their schools and communities,” said Dennis White, president and CEO. “We applaud the creative and effective ways schools have used Sharing the Dream grants to engage parents and the community, and build global awareness.”

2013-2014 Winners:

Sharing the Dream Grant Winners

Centreville Elementary
Centreville, VA
Project: The World Within Our Walls

Florence Middle School
Florence, AL
Project: Adventures Through Global Weather

Lowell Community Charter
Lowell, MA
Project: The LCCPS Global Lowell Program

Lincoln Elementary
Ponca City, OK
Project: Building Bridges Multicultural Festivals

Mellon Elementary
Palatka, FL
Project: Connecting Globally for Our Future

Keeping the Dream Going Grant Winners

Cambridge School of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Project: International Passport for All

Christel House Academy
Indianapolis, IN
Project: Young Voices in Conflict

C.T. Sewell Elementary
Henderson, NV
Project: Empowered Parents and Families

Emily G. Wetherbee School
Lawrence, MA
Project: Tribute Talks

Harris Elementary
Woonsocket, RI
Project: Harris Community Dream Garden

Monitor Elementary
Springdale, AR
Project: Monitor Family Digital Library

Southwest Academy Magnet School for Science and Engineering
Baltimore, MD
Project: Get Global!

St. Stephen Elementary
St. Stephen, SC
Project: Global Science Made Fun

Storm Lake Elementary
Storm Lake, IA
Project: Reaching More Corners of the World Through Technology

Stetser Elementary
Chester, PA
Project: Exploring Our Global Community-A Continuation

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Established in 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) serves elementary and middle school principals in the United States, Canada, and overseas. NAESP supports principals as the primary catalysts for creating lasting foundations for learning through policy development, advocacy, and resources for effective instructional leadership. NAESP seeks to advance the principalship and address issues in pre-K–3 alignment, principal preparation and evaluation, and building the capacity of new principals. For more information about NAESP, please visit www.naesp.org

MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Today, the Foundation is dedicated to advancing financial inclusion, committing $200 million over the next five years to help build a secure future for individuals and communities around the world. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, visit www.metlife.org

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2013-2014 Sharing the Dream grant cycle now closed

The 2013-2014 Sharing the Dream grant cycle is now closed. Thank you and good luck to all the schools that submitted proposals this year.

Keep up-to-date on Sharing the Dream news; be the first to know when this year’s winners are announced; and receive weekly global-focused articles, resources and lesson plans by following our blog.

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Deadline extended for 2013-2014 Sharing the Dream Grants — Proposals Due September 20, 2013

The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2013-2014 Sharing the Dream Grant program has been extended to September 20, 2013.

Applications must be received or postmarked by 11:59 EST on Friday, September 20, 2013.

NAESP Foundation and MetLife Foundation are awarding 15 elementary and middle schools with grants in two categories:

Sharing the Dream Grants

Five grants of $5,000 will be awarded for new projects that create globally oriented schools and international learning communities, and that engage children in transformative, multidisciplinary experiences and service learning projects that will help them succeed in the interconnected world of the 21st century

Keep the Dream Going Grants

Ten grants of $5,000 will be awarded to past recipients of Sharing the Dream grants to grow and extend the reach of projects funded between 2003—2012.

For full details and applications click here.

Questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us!

Good luck!

2013-2014 Sharing the Dream Grant Proposals Now Being Accepted

2013-2014 Sharing the Dream Grant Proposals Are Now Being Accepted

Deadline: September 11, 2013

The National Association of Elementary School Principals and MetLife Foundation announce that proposals are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 Sharing the Dream grant program.

For 2013-2014, NAESP Foundation and MetLife Foundation are awarding 15 elementary and middle school principals with grants in two categories:

Sharing the Dream Grants

Five grants of $5,000 will be awarded for new projects that create globally oriented schools and international learning communities, and that engage children in transformative, multidisciplinary experiences and service learning projects that will help them succeed in the interconnected world of the 21st century

Keep the Dream Going Grants

Ten grants of $5,000 will be awarded to past recipients of Sharing the Dream grants to grow and extend the reach of projects funded between 2003—2012.

The deadline for submitting proposals is September 11, 2013. Grants will be awarded late-October. For full details and applications click here.

Register now for NAESP’s National Convention and Exposition, July 11-13, 2013, Baltimore, MD

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This summer, join some of the smartest thinkers in elementary school education and stay ahead of the dynamic changes taking place at the national level. With more than 100 sessions to choose from, this is where you’ll find engaging speakers and like-minded colleagues eager to share solutions on areas such as:

  • Teacher recruitment and retention
  • Integration of the new Common Core Standards
  • Leading school change and improving student learning
  • Running the best possible building – from the cafeteria to the parking lot

Join an interactive panel discussion of current 2012-2013 Sharing the Dream grant recipients to learn first-hand how to transform your school into an international learning community. Hear about grantees’ pioneering global-focused projects, and take home strategies for integrating international content across the curriculum, linking with schools overseas, using technology to expand students’ worldview, and engaging diverse learners and parents in the school community.

For more information and to register click here.

School Leadership is More Complex, Challenging, and Stressful, Survey Shows

MetLife Survey of the American TeacherMetLife has released findings from The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Challenges for School Leadership, the 29th in an annual series conducted by Harris Interactive. See press release here

The report examines the views of teachers and principals on the responsibilities and challenges facing school leaders, including the changing roles of principals and teachers, budget and resources, professional satisfaction, and implementation of the Common Core State Standards for college and career readiness.

The Alliance for Excellent Education will host a webinar presenting and discussing the findings on Monday, March 4 at 1 pm. Click here for details and to register.

Start planning your 2013-2014 Sharing the Dream project now!

Interested in applying for a 2013-2014 Sharing the Dream grant? Now’s the time to plan your project! Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions to get started on your proposal and view last year’s application package as an example.

Keep up-to-date on Sharing the Dream news; be notified when grant applications for 2013-2014 are being accepted; and receive weekly global-focused articles, resources and lesson plans by following our blog.

Simply enter your email address and click the Follow the Sharing the Dream blog button on the right side of this page, and all our posts and news alerts will be sent to you via email.

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