Our Mission 3 Recognizing teachers as professionals Professional learning experiences of your own design Honoring teacher commitment to student success Awarding grants directly to teachers
Eligibility 4 Employed full-time as a PreK-12th grade teacher Spends at least 50% of their work week in direct instruction with students in a classroom or classroom like setting Intends to continue teaching in the consecutive school year; and Has at least three years teaching experience
Grant Writing Tips 5 Use the tools provided: Proposal Writing Tips and Excerpts Scoring Rubric Follow the Guidelines Proofread your proposal Have someone read and score your proposal
Proposal Scoring 6 Grants are scored using a rubric. Each section of the proposal is weighed equally: Fellowship Rationale and Purpose Project Description Teacher Growth and Learning Student Growth and Learning Benefits to School Community Plan for Implementation of Fellowship Learning Budget Narrative / Itemized Budget
Section I: Rationale and Purpose 7 Answer each of the following questions: When thinking about your teaching practice, what would you like to learn? What are the key questions or learning goals you want to explore? What challenge or passion inspires your proposed fellowship? What grade(s) and subject area(s) do you teach?
Section II: Project Description 8 Answer each of the following questions: Describe and outline in detail your proposed fellowship. What key activities will you pursue, and why are they important? What is the time frame for achieving the goals outlined in the Rationale and Purpose?
Section III: Teacher Growth and Learning 9 Answer each of the following questions: How will your fellowship help you address your key questions and/or learning goals? How will this fellowship help you grow as a teacher? How will the new proposed learning inform the content you currently teach?
Section IV: Student Growth and Learning 10 Answer each of the following questions: How will students benefit from your proposed fellowship? What meaningful additions or impact will this experience bring to your classroom?
Section V: Benefits to School Community 11 Answer each of the following questions: How will your fellowship experience contribute to your school community's efforts to engage students and improve learning? How will you share your fellowship learning with colleagues?
Section VI: Plan for Fellowship Implementation 12 Outline a plan for implementing learning from your proposed fellowship within your classroom or school. We realize that not all valuable learning and transfer can be predicted; however, planning for your fellowship contributes to a more focused and significant learning experience for teacher and student. Your implementation plan may be: 1.An outline of a newly created or enhanced curricular unit/project 2.An action plan for new classroom or school-wide structures that you hope to create
Section VII: Budget Narrative & Itemized Budget 13 Provide a brief narrative showing evidence of thoughtful planning and research into your specific itinerary It should explain the rationale for the projects expenses; stipulate a time frame and approximate costs as closely as possible Include the resources used to arrive at your final itinerary within the narrative If including a technology expense, specify: Why the item is necessary for the fellowship's success, why you have chosen the specific brand/type, and whether you have prior experience using the technology Food costs should reflect actual destination rates and cannot exceed $50 per day per person Itemized Budget: This form is generated by the online application
Navigating the Online Application 14 Create an Account Select if you are applying as an individual or as a team Team lead must initiate the application process and will not be allowed to print the cover sheet or advance past the coversheet until all other members have completed cover sheets and submitted Team members must submit before printing their cover sheet There are three parts to the application: Cover sheet Proposal Itemized Budget Sheet List expenses on the Itemized Budget
How to Apply 15 Apply online at: www.fundforteachers.orgwww.fundforteachers.org Tip: Compose your grant proposal in a word processing program; then cut and paste your proposal into the online application Applications available October 1 st, 2013 Application Deadline: January 30 th, 2014 Coversheets must be postmarked by January 30 th, 2014. Each team member must complete a cover sheet All applicants will be mailed notifications on April 4, 2014
Questions 16 Roxie Hentz Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Roxie.Hentz@dpi.wi.gov 608-264-9320 Shelley Simpson Fund for Teachers Shelley.Simpson@fundforteachers.org 713-296-7288 Jacqueline Jolly-Walton Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Jacqueline.Jolly-Walton@dpi.wi.gov 608-266-5184