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        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
AGENCY CONTENT.

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
agencies.

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
project.

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,"
      (FREE) offers...

        *  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:
                               http://www.ed.gov/free

      A press release announcing the web site is below.

      Kirk Winters, Peter Kickbush, Linda Roberts,
      Keith Stubbs & Cindy Balmuth
      U.S. Department of Education
      [log in to unmask]


 *********************************************
 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
      computers;

  *   All schools & classrooms will be linked to the information
      superhighway; and,

  *   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
products:

  *   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
      of resources.

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:
      http://www.ed.gov/free/980406.html

Teachers & organizations interested in participating are invited
to post a message on the "Looking for Partners" area of the FREE
web site, at:
      http://www.ed.gov/free/partner.html

The FREE web site is at:
      http://www.ed.gov/free

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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