What would the grant cover? The grant funds INNOVATIVE and EMERGING technologies for classroom curricular support and Common Core standards-based projects. Could you take your students even further if you had new equipment or additional technical support? You tell us! Successful grant proposals will demonstrate creative approaches to using new technology and research, exploration, creative thinking and more. The grant committee is looking for projects with quantifiable or qualifiable results that can be replicated -- in other words, if another teacher got the same stuff, could s/he do the same thing? The grants fund a maximum of $2,000 per project for individual grants, more for classroom and school grants.
Need some ideas? Here are real examples from previous Innovation Grant recipients:
What doesn’t the grant cover? This grant is not meant to cover classroom basics such as computers, document cameras, or projectors.
How is the grant funded by the District? The District uses a combination of restricted non-personnel dollars from a construction rebate from the state of Oregon, eRate savings, and Title II-A dollars to fund the requests. No dollars from the general fund nor dollars that could be spent on personnel are used to support the grant.
How do I get the grant? Fill out a Technology Innovation Grant Application form. All sections of the application must be completed to be considered.
When is it due? Grant proposals are due to Joe Morelock through the Google form completion, and the supporting narrative via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
What happens then? Grant proposals will be reviewed by a committee and evaluated for eligibility to be funded through the available grant dollars. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application via email during the summer.
Is there anything else I have to do? Yes, as a recipient of the Innovation Grant, you agree to:
Some of the questions on the application require thought and essay-type answers. The application "form" will be a Google Form, but this year you should be able to review your answers (and make changes) once you've submitted the application, if you select to have Google send you a copy of your answers (that is the default setting on the form). Please use a word processing application program to answer the questions first, then transfer your answers to the Google form linked below. A copy of your responses will be sent to you via email if you leave that box checked on the Google application page.
What's the form going to cover?
Basic information, like school, grade levels, your school's instructional focus and other short items. Also, you will be asked to write a short (approx. 200 words) paragraph describing the project. You will also be asked about the instructional goals for your students using the technology, how it relates to your school's instructional focus, target group(s) of students, and links to Common Core state standards (CCSS).
For 2014-15, the grants are broken out in this way:
For 2014-15, we are unable to allow teachers to apply for a portion of their grant to include sub or release time. Since the funds are coming from an equipment rebate, they must be spent on hardware items.
Common Core State Standards
As we did for 2013-14, the 2014-15 grants require a connection and alignment to Common Core State Standards. Here are the information pages for Common Core that are part of this year's grant requirements:
What's this digital citizenship business? As students continue to grow up in an all-digital world, much different than most adults who are their teachers, understanding how to stay safe and make good choices online is becoming an increasingly essential part of their education. The District is considering Common Sense Media as our foundational curriculum for next year and beyond.
What else is required? Part of the form will be checkboxes stating that you agree to take the class and do a final presentation of your findings. Also, separately from the Google Form, you will be asked to submit a 1-2 page document describing in more detail the scope and the goals of the project. That must be done via email attachment, sent to email@example.com.
What's the narrative supposed to be like? The narrative is meant to give you a forum through which you can describe more fully your vision of the project you are proposing for the grant. Use it as a free-form way of telling us your goals and your dreams of how you hope your project looks. The narrative helps the grant committee to better understand what you're trying to accomplish.
Okay, so what are the questions already?!?
Here are the questions that you will find (mostly in this order) on the linked Google form: