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Brief Summary of Contents of Week # 3

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Grant Writing, Part 1. An introduction to and overview of grant writing and other ways to obtain resources for technology in education at the level of your individual classwork or your school. Note that one usually is attempting to obtain resources to implement ideas that have been developed in some sort of strategic planning process. That is, Long-Range Strategic Planning and Needs Assessment are both important aspects of grant writing.

Some Specific Objectives and Topics for Week # 3

We will spend two weeks on the topic of grant writing. The Objectives and Topics listed below will be covered during Week # 3 and Week # 5 of the term.

Objectives

  1. To learn about how and why some teachers do grant writing and fund raising as a significant component of their professional careers.
  2. To learn about resources that can be obtained by grant writing, fund raising, and other similar activities.
  3. To learn how to write a good grant proposal.
  4. To learn how to evaluate grant proposals (especially from the point of view of evaluating your own proposal or a proposal written by your colleagues).

Topics

  1. Grant writing and fund raising are large and ongoing endeavors in public and private education at both the precollege and higher education levels. Many public and private schools employ people to write proposals, do fund raising, form partnerships with local businesses, and so on. Many teachers are involved in such endeavors as part of their professional work. Often they do this on a volunteer basis, not getting extra pay for this extra work.
  2. There is a large amount of Web-based and hardcopy materials available on how to write proposals and possible sources of funding. Moursund's book provides a good introduction to obtaining resources for ICT in education.
  3. With a modest amount of training, an ordinary teacher can learn to write proposals that have a good chance of being funded. One gets better with practice.
  4. A proposal (indeed, any activity to obtain resources) is driven by a problem to be solved (a task to be accomplished). Often the proposal writer has a heartfelt need and strong intrinsic motivation to obtain resources and then make good use of the resources.
  5. There are a number of standard components to a good proposal. We will examine and discuss these components.
  6. One can learn a lot about proposal writing by learning to evaluate proposals and then practicing evaluating some proposals. We will spend a full week of class meeting time on this specific topic.

 

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