NOAA and NAAEE-21st CCLC Watershed STEM Education Partnership Grants
ED’s 21st CCLC program provides academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for students, particularly those who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local learning standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and STEM; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and provides literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. The NOAA-21st CCLC Watershed STEM Education Partnership grants will support access to academic enrichment experiences to program participants at 21st CCLC program sites. The total portfolio of funded projects will reach a minimum of sixty 21st CCLC sites each year, primarily in geographic areas served by the NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program, as well as a few new priority geographic areas [see RFP]. Grant activities will focus on delivering essential elements of NOAA B-WET’s Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences, or MWEEs, to the audiences served by the 21st CCLC program. The MWEE is the core B-WET program experience, based on research, evaluation results from past programs, and lessons learned over a decade of program implementation.
In managing a grant program focused on building partnerships, NAAEE is pleased to work with partners at the NOAA Office of Education and U.S. ED to support a wide range of opportunities in outreach and education through the Watershed STEM Education Partnership grant program. NAAEE is interested in leveraging NOAA and 21st CCLC resources to increase participants’ understanding and stewardship of local watersheds and related ecosystems by providing academic enrichment experiences for students and capacity building for educators at 21st CCLC sites during non-school hours. NAAEE is also interested in forging lasting collaborations between environmental education providers and 21st CCLC sites to achieve greater impacts at several levels, by bringing environmental education programming to 21st CCLC students, building the capacity of environmental education providers to offer high quality programming in out-of-school settings, and helping 21st CCLC sites build a culture that values investigation, exploration, and authentic place-based learning as a context for improving student learning and achievement. Funds will support organizations with experience working on NOAA related education projects or implementing projects that draw on NOAA assets such as data, curricula, or places. Applicants should demonstrate experience implementing STEM based environmental education using NOAA resources in partnership with NOAA in their proposal. The intention of this opportunity is to foster new out-of-school partnerships between 21st CCLC sites and environmental education providers based on existing NOAA science related programming.
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