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  1. Grant Writing for Ed Tech Dreams Dr. Rita Oates 305 788 4302 cell @ritaoates Feb. 5, 2014 TCEA14

  2. Description • Bring your ed tech dreams to this workshop. Learn where to find grants, strategies to prepare winning proposals, recycling ideas, and how to survive after you get a grant. • Dr. Oates has won grants exceeding $10 million and has taught a graduate class, Grant Writing for Ed Tech, at Barry University. • Preferred device: Android tablet, iPad, Mac or PC laptop

  3. Have you ever written a grant? Have you received a grant? $$$ Respond:

  4. Grant Writing Experience $5.8+ Million from my last group (5 !)

  5. Prep Your Grant Writing Tool Kit • Dream • Write down what you want to do in a paragraph • Find research to guide and support your ideas • Make a shopping list and develop a budget • Check in with district office now or after step #3 • Find a partner/team to work with you as appropriate • Demographics on your school (or program) • Know your numbers; funders will check them! • Resume, biography or curriculum vita

  6. Prep Your Grant Writing Tool Kit • 4. Finding funding sources • Check in with district office! • Go local first • 5. Funding dos and don’ts • Know what can/cannot do from funding source • Do you need matching funds? Letter of support? • Keep trying; recycle idea into new grant competitions • After you get a grant – say thank you • Collect data for analysis, evaluation • Prepare for criticism • Disseminate results • What would happen with more funding?

  7. 1. Dream • Write down what you want to do in a paragraph (or a few) • Your elevator pitch and a few details • How would you tell your mom about what you want to do?

  8. NEA Foundation Grant Winner • Therese M. Jilek, Glendale, WI • Instructional Technology Coordinator, North Shore Middle School • Through an action research project, Ms. Jilek investigates the effect of authentic and relevant experiences on student learning and the effect of interaction with children around the world on students' attitudes toward other cultures and each other. Students in Ms. Jilek's increasingly diverse class establish e-mail correspondence with students in other countries and participate in a global classroom project to exchange information and reexamine cultural stereotypes. Ms. Jilek shares the results of her study through district staff meetings and an online teacher exchange. (83 words) • Deadlines: 2/1, 6/1, 10/15

  9. Language used in successful FIPSE grant application, school district and university partnership

  10. Draft your “dream” in a few sentences.

  11. 1. Dream • Find a partner/team to work with you • “Critical friend” to comment , help write • External organizations to write support letters, share in the costs, help with the work

  12. Who’s on your team? • Who in your school can be a critical friend? • What organizations might provide some support? • PTA: $50-100 toward matching funds • Grocery store: $100 certificate toward deli items, platters • McDonald’s: drink mix (punch) • Businesses in your area that parents own/work for • Chamber of Commerce

  13. Support letters and more • Draft the letter for each supporter, provide electronically, and ask them to revise and print (or publish) on their letterhead • Build relationships over time

  14. 1. Dream • Find research to support your dream • Professional publications, books • • Publications in your content area: IRA, NCTE, NSTE, NCTM, TESOL, etc. • • Does your library/school subscribe to • Have you done any action research or preliminary work in this area?

  15. Research on E-books, Picture Books, K-2 Reading • Heffernan, V. (2009) Click and Jane, New York Times Magazine, Jan. 30, 2009, p. MM13. Retrieved Sept. 25, 2013 from • Schugar, H. R., Smith, C. A., & Schugar, J. T. (2013). Teaching With Interactive Picture E‐Books in Grades K-6. The Reading Teacher, 66(8), 615-624.

  16. 1. Dream • Make a shopping list • hardware, books, digital materials, software licenses, training, electrical upgrade, security upgrade, furniture, toner, paper, travel, clerical assistance, release time for project leader, custodian to open school on Saturday, buses for field trips • Develop a rough budget from this list • Check in with district office

  17. 2. Demographics • Characteristics • Student population • Racial %, gender % • ESOL student % • Free/reduced lunch % • Data showing need for this project • Local, state, national as appropriate • Photos of reality that needs to be revised can be helpful in some proposals • Other unique information about your program, ideas • First generation finishing HS %

  18. Sample demographics • Funders may check public sources, such as NCES or your own district website • If you are seeking funding, make sure your school website is in sync with your request!


  20. What are your school’s demographics?What does NCES say?

  21. Faster than a grant…other $ sources • Let’s look at some options -- if you have done the first two steps!

  22. • Online charity • Connects K12 teachers who want classroom and other learning materials to corporations and • everyday people • Teachers • Make technology wish lists • Supporters • Make wishes come true – 70% are granted! • Matches from other groups • NEA Foundation matches up to $250 per request from NEA members • See Partner Funding for Texas matches

  23. Austin schools requesting funds

  24. Kindergarten Bilingual Classroom – Approved Budget

  25. Florida school features all requests on their school website

  26. DonorsChoose Partners in Texas

  27. • Non-profit • Provides discounted tech products • Teachers • Make technology wish lists • Supporters • Make those wishes come true • Fundraising ideas • Allows teachers to email and print their technology wish lists for contributions from parents and community members

  28. • Fundraising feature • Allows PTAs to start online fundraisers with a few mouse clicks • Discounted tech products • Sold on site also

  29. Florida teacher

  30. 3. Resume, Biography and Curriculum Vita (CV) • Key grant leaders info • Resume • 1 page • Biography • 100-150 words • Curriculum vitae • Detailed, multiple pages, up-to-date • Refocused to fit grant application • Shows pertinent experience • Conference presentations, articles • Share with colleagues and revise

  31. Sample bio (about 200 words) • Isabel OregónAcosta, Associate Isabel Oregón Acosta works with Gregory McGinity to manage the foundation’s public policy and advocacy work to sustain effective and innovative practices, policies, and institutions. Isabel began her career in public policy working for the Congressional Research Service in Washington, DC, focusing on education policy. During graduate school she focused on issues of equity in education as a legislative intern for the House Committee on Higher Education in Austin, and as a researcher at the Charles A. Dana Center. She was a graduate research assistant for the Texas speaker of the House of Representatives in Austin, a research team leader for Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, and a policy intern for The Education Trust-West, where she researched and co-authored briefs on teacher quality and a standard curriculum for all California high school students. Before joining The Broad Foundation, Isabel conducted research, policy and data analysis on school finance in California, for EdSource. In 2009, Isabel took a yearlong sabbatical from the foundation to work for the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.

  32. Microsoft Word templates for resume and CV

  33. Write your 100-word biography

  34. Time for a Check • Remember to • Check in with principal, district office • Need approvals? • Have a grant that needs a project? • Advice to help you refine ideas, direction, match, partnership, value of donations • Budgeting expertise • Provide information on steps 1-3 • Grants officer will adore you if you bring in materials developed to here and consider you a serious grant writer worth helping

  35. District Policies (sample) • AP: 1 pager, get approval to proceed in writing • Business office provide budget requirements: • Substitute pay $75 a day • Include 28% for fringe benefits • Per diem food: $42 a day • Other? • PD department: training needs meet contract? • Facilities: need more electrical? Security? Furniture? • Principal approval/refinement • Grants office review/fiscal analyst review/union?

  36. Travel expenses allowed in state grants • Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has changed the lodging reimbursement rate for out-of-state travel. Effective September 30, 2013, the standard rate is up to $83 per night for lodging for out-of-state travel, unless a higher rate for the travel destination is specified. • The lodging reimbursement rate of up to $85 a night for in-state travel remains unchanged. • Meal reimbursement rate of up to $46 per day • Automobile mileage reimbursement rate of 56 cents per mile (effective 1-1-14) • PLEASE check with your district grants officer!

  37. What is the URL for your district's grants office? Do they have links to sources for grants?

  38. 4. Survey Funding Sources • District Grants office • Professional groups • IRA grants for reading research, activities: • • Local groups: • Rotary International • Initiative with IRA • Find local club ( • Community Foundation • Smaller funding sources, may be pooled • In your community, for your community • Must clear with district grants office! • Foundations – find through Foundation Center, IRS 990 forms • National: Lilly Foundation, Kellogg Foundation • Local: by zip code (though can fund any location)

  39. Ohio Rotary Club->Picture Books $1,500 donation 20 volunteer hours in classrooms

  40. Total 2013 Competitive Grants: $1,336,392

  41. Proposal Format: (for one Austin Community Foundation funding source) Project Title Abstract (1-2 paragraphs, no citations) Introduction and Objective(s)Describe the conservation topic(s) the project would address and the potential benefits to the Barton Springs Salamander and/or its habitat. Provide a clear and detailed statement of the project objectives, relation to the present state of knowledge in the field, and hypotheses to be tested. (Educational projects need not include hypotheses to be tested.)  Approach/MethodsDescribe specific methods and/or materials that will be employed, the expected results, detailed description of educational materials if applicable, and time frame from initiation to completion of the project. Objectives and methods description are not to exceed 10 single-spaced pages. Literature Cited