COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 23

October 30, 2007

ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE/SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Linda M. Wallinger

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

2008 Inspiration Awards and the Bob Costas Grants for the Teaching of Writing

 

The College Board invites applications for the 2008 Inspiration Awards and the 2008 Bob Costas Grants for the Teaching of Writing. These awards allow the College Board to showcase the outstanding work that is being done in schools throughout the nation. The deadline for submission of applications is November 16, 2007. 

 

Each spring the College Board presents Inspiration Awards, including grants of $25,000 each, to three of America's most improved secondary schools. Award-winning schools are recognized for their outstanding college-preparation programs and partnerships among teachers, parents, and community organizations. Through their dedication and commitment, these school communities have opened doors to higher education for students facing economic, social, and cultural barriers.

 

The Bob Costas Grants recognize six exceptional teachers of grades 6 through 12 for the innovative methods they use to develop their students' writing skills. The College Board will award grants of $3,000 to each winner. Winning teachers receive grants to enhance successful projects currently under way. We encourage teachers from all academic disciplines to apply.

 

The award was named for Bob Costas, the Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and author, for his dedication to the craft of writing and his generous public service work on behalf of the National Commission on Writing.

 

Information and applications for the Inspiration Award can be found at: http://www.collegeboard.com/inspirationawards.

 

Information and applications for the Bob Costas Grants can be found at: http://www.collegeboard.com/costasgrants.

 

For additional information, please contact Tracy Fair Robertson, English coordinator, by e-mail at Tracy.Robertson@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 371-7585.

 

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