ACERS: www.ed.gov/free (correct address)
Invitation requesting proposal: www.ed.gov/free/980406.html
FEDERAL RESOURCES for EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE--LEARNING MODULES using FEDERAL
Please check out the middle column--for the $50,000 awards invitations to
federal agencies that partner with a teacher team over the summer. Teachers
and Agencies please use the contact information in the Invitation on the
Dept of Education's FREE site. Awards are designed for the teachers and the
Interested private organizations (businesses, nonprofits, associations et
al) who want to help can email: [log in to unmask]
We are working with the Dept of Education.
The DUE DATE for agencies to apply is May 19.
Help us spread the word to those great teachers with web-based teaching
experience and unleash this great information! -From the moon to the depths
of the ocean, from ART to health to the Peace Corps- It's all there and more.
ACE is working with the Dept of Education and the FREE Working Group on this
Glynis Long, [log in to unmask]
A NEW ONE-STOP WEB SITE for teaching & learning resources
was announced today by Secretary Riley.
The web site, "Federal Resources for Educational Excellence,"
* quick access to hundreds of teaching & learning
resources across the federal government.
* a place where teachers, federal agencies & other
organizations can begin forming partnerships to develop
new resources for teaching & learning.
* information about an effort to support partnerships of
federal agencies & teachers, as well as other
organizations, to develop Internet-based learning
resources & Internet-based learning communities.
We in the Department of Education have had the honor & good
fortune to work on this, during the past 9 months, with
dozens of talented, committed individuals in more than 35
federal agencies. They have given countless hours to help
develop this web site.
We want to thank these individuals, collectively known as
the FREE working group. And on behalf of the FREE working
group, we invite you to visit the site, explore it & tell us
what you think. Our hope is that this is just a first step!
The FREE web site is at:
A press release announcing the web site is below.
Kirk Winters, Peter Kickbush, Linda Roberts,
Keith Stubbs & Cindy Balmuth
U.S. Department of Education
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Riley Announces New One-Stop Web Site for
Teaching & Learning Resources (April 8, 1998)
Hundreds of federal resources for teaching & learning can now be
found at one web site, U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W.
Riley announced today.
"This new web site, *Federal Resources for Educational
Excellence* (FREE), offers one-stop shopping for a treasure trove
of historical documents, scientific experiments, mathematical
challenges, famous paintings, and other tools for teachers &
students," Riley said.
A search of the web site produces dozens of resources for
teaching & learning from more than 35 federal agencies.
Thousands of topics can be searched -- the Civil War, the
Constitution, photosynthesis, condensation, immigration, Picasso,
Jefferson, Henry David Thoreau, Mary Cassatt, Jackie Robinson,
the Amistad Case, the America Reads Challenge, famous FBI cases,
cartography, genealogy, the Renaissance, calculus simulations,
"today in history," the human genome project, epidemiology, "the
African American odyssey," the solar system, the microbe zoo, and
others. Resources can also be viewed in 12 subject areas.
"More than 35 federal agencies have collaborated for nearly a
year on this effort," Riley said. "Their work -- this web site -
- offers a glimpse of how government can use technology to serve
citizens in ways barely dreamed of a decade ago."
The FREE site was developed in response to a directive President
Clinton issued nearly a year ago. It can help make compelling
online resources available in every school, which is part of the
president's Technology Literacy Challenge. The four goals of
this challenge are:
* All teachers will be trained to help students learn through
computers & the information superhighway;
* All students & teachers will have access to modern
* All schools & classrooms will be linked to the information
* High-quality software & online resources will be part of the
curriculum in every school.
"FREE is just a first step," Riley said. "And it is more than
just another web site. It is a place where federal agencies &
teachers can begin forming partnerships to develop additional
high-quality, standards-based resources for teaching & learning."
To that end, the Education Department today announced support for
up to seven partnerships of federal agencies & teachers, as well
as other organizations. Each partnership will develop two
* A set of Internet-based learning resources organized around
a particular topic & tied to challenging academic standards.
A set of resources might include, for instance, student
activities, teaching ideas, primary documents, artifacts,
scientific tools, and data sets; and,
* An Internet-based learning community -- a community of
teachers, students & others who use & contribute to that set
Proposals must be submitted by federal agencies on behalf of each
partnership & must be received by May 19, 1998. The invitation
requesting proposals & the complete application are at:
Teachers & organizations interested in participating are invited
to post a message on the "Looking for Partners" area of the FREE
web site, at:
The FREE web site is at:
Attached is a list of federal agencies & federal organizations
that participated in the FREE Working Group, which developed the
FREE web site.
Federal agencies & organizations
contributing to the FREE web site:
1. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
2. Agency for International Development
3. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
4. Consumer Product Safety Commission
5. Corporation for National Service
6. Department of Agriculture
7. Department of Army
8. Department of Commerce
9. Department of Defense
10. Department of Education
11. Department of Energy
12. Department of Health & Human Services
13. Department of Housing & Urban Development
14. Department of Interior
15. Department of Justice
16. Department of Labor
17. Department of State
18. Department of Transportation
19. Department of the Treasury
20. Environmental Protection Agency
21. Federal Emergency Management Agency
22. Federal Maritime Commission
23. General Services Administration
24. High Performance Computing & Communication
25. Kennedy Center
26. Library of Congress
27. National Aeronautics & Space Administration
28. National Archives & Records Administration
29. National Endowment for the Arts
30. National Endowment for the Humanities
31. National Gallery of Art
32. National Park Service
33. National Science Foundation
34. National Security Agency
35. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
36. Office of Personnel Management
37. Peace Corps
38. Securities & Exchange Commission
39. Smithsonian Institution
40. Social Security Administration
41. U.S. Geological Survey
42. U.S. Information Agency
43. U.S. International Trade Commission
44. U.S. Postal Service
45. The White House
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