A Teacher's Day

The day in the life of an inner city large urban school district teacher after the high stakes testing ends and there is still three more months left before summer vacation.

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

I have taught school for over thirty years always in the inner city and for the most part always upper grade students. I have two children and I have been married for twenty years.

Friday, February 16, 2007


What can I say? The NCLB Conference sponsored by the Illinois Resource Center (www.thecenterweb.org) I attended this year was great. My presentation was at 10:00 on Thursday morning (Everything Should Be Absolutely Free to Teachers--A Grant Writer's Workshop: Do you have a literacy project you want to fund? This session will introduce you to all of the steps needed to successfully write a grant to get your ideas funded. Michael H. Brownstein has written more than three hundred funded grants over the last three years.)

Every year I receive a great number of samples for my school and a few curriculum aids are very helpful. My presentation on grant writing didn't flow as well as I hoped, but maybe I'm being a bit too self critical. (On the spot I created for my audience two grants--one for classroom libraries and one to counter the negative impact of bullies.) Everyone who spoke to me only had compliments and a few of the vendors told me all of the good things they heard. I've been doing this convention for years and I have never seen any real feedback in writing, so I'm open to it. If you want to comment on how I did, feel free to use the comment button on this blog.

I am the chair for inclusion in my school so I attended the inclusion workshop--excellent job ladies. If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know how I have a difficult time with workshops, but in this one I learned a thing or five.

I will every now and then publish a successful grant on this site. If you want to read it, it will always have the word "grant" in its title. So I guess you'll have to check in every now and then.

Anyway, the conference was very good, I would like to thank Positive Action, Project Reality, Frog Press, Coach and others--including the Illinois Resource Center (thanks for inviting me)--and others for their assistance. Unfortunately, I had to get back to school to run the recreational part of the after school program, break up a few fights at dismissal, cross the children after the after school program ended, and break up another fight.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing what you have learned about grants with us at the NCLB conference. Hope to see you there again next year.

S Biggs

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Roberta Thomas said...

You did a great job. This was the first time I attended your session and I was impressed. I must admit that if it had not been for ISBE not showing I would have not been there.
I did not receive all the handouts that you had and I would love to have more.
I teach in a small rural district and there is never enough money. Thanks again and I hope to hear you again in the future.
(PS: I will be checking at least once a week for grants that you have submitted.)

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Michael Brownstein:

We wanted to let you know about an excellent opportunity to fund the
Positive Action program that is coming up soon!

RFA from: US Dept. of Ed., Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools
Grant: Grants to Reduce Alcohol Abuse
Deadline: March 26, 2007
Awards: $200,000-$400,000

"Funding supports the implementation of the innovative and effective
programs to reduce alcohol abuse in secondary schools. Up to 25% of funding
may be reserved for grants to low-income and rural LEAs."

For assistance in preparing this grant proposal, go to our website at
www.positiveaction.net and click on the "Services" button for more
information. We also have text and template information prepared to assist
you in writing a grant for Positive Action. If you want some individualized
assistance, call us toll-free at 800-345-2974 or email us at

We look forward to working with you.


Carol Gerber Allred, Ph.D.
President and Developer

Contact information:

1:08 PM  

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