Innovation Planning Grants 2014

Posted: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 11:13am Updated: Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:22pm

The intent of the Innovation Planning Grant is to incentivize the thoughtful planning in small districts interested in creating or increasing the potential of digital learning in their classrooms. School districts that are awarded this grant are ready to embark in the complex process of implementing digital learning in a 1:1 setting. Funds from this grant support partnership with an outside evaluator to complete infrastructure and instructional audits, 1:1 school visits, and development of a 1:1 implementation plan. 

You may need resources to further investigate and assess models that embrace the new vision. You are poised to move into the planning stage of implementation and develop a foundation for that vision being realized. The work is not solitary. You will need to engage with all stakeholders, partner with outside evaluators to complete infrastructure and instructional audits, and work as a team toward capacity building. At the end of the process, your district will be prepared to implement the plan you develop.

Grant Focus

The development of a Comprehensive Plan to Implement a One-to-One Program with Digital Curriculum.

Narrative/Clarification

Applying for this grant signals that you are ready to embark in the complex process of implementing digital learning in a 1:1 setting. It is likely that your leadership team has already researched and envisioned a range of new potentials for learning in your schools. You may need resources to further investigate and assess models that embrace the new vision. You are poised to move into the planning stage of implementation and develop a foundation for that vision being realized. The work is not solitary. You will need to engage with all stakeholders, partner with outside evaluators to complete infrastructure and instructional audits, and work as a team toward capacity building. At the end of the process, your district will be prepared to implement the plan you develop.

Eligibility

We anticipate awarding a maximum of 11 grants up to $30,000 each to districts. This is a beginning grant for planning and exploration, not a grant for continuing or expanding existing 1:1 implementations or pilots. Any district that already received an Innovation Planning Grant may not apply for this grant. Funding from this grant comes from David C. Ford monies. Private schools are not eligible.

Budget Considerations

    • Your budget should reflect what your proposal indicates.

    • Funds cannot be used to supplant. Funds can be used for substitute teachers if teachers are needed outside of the classroom, but funds cannot be used to pay for work on the grant during normal contracted hours.

    • As this grant is funded with State dollars, all travel will be subject to Indiana State travel policy.

    • No food/beverage items can be billed to the grant.

    • Devices for exploratory purposes can be purchased, but devices to support a pilot cannot be purchased.

    • A technology infrastructure audit and subsequent consulting can be billed to this grant, but network upgrades (i.e., wireless access points, etc.) can not be paid for with this grant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are we still eligible for this grant if we are already 1:1 at our high school?  We are planning on doing something different for our K-8 students. 
A: Essentially, if you have already begun 1:1 work at any level and would like to use this grant to continue, improve or expand that work, this is not the right grant. The Innovation Planning Grant is for beginning the process of planning and exploration.
Q: It said corporations that received the Innovation Planning Grant may not apply. Does that include all Innovation grants?
A: Innovation had found its way into several grant titles so that causes some confusion. If you received other Innovation funds to support implementation of 1:1 then you are beyond the initial stages intended for this grant. For example, if you received a Classroom Innovation Grant from our office in the past, you are further down the road in 1:1 and are not eligible for this grant.

Rubric

Metric 1: Does the corporation/school system propose a vision for going 1:1 that is aligned with their district vision and mission for learning? (25 points)
Metric 2: Has the corporation/school system invested in development of staff capacity in order to support pedagogical change towards building an innovative ecosystem for digital age learning? (25 points)
Metric 3: Does the corporation/school system identify a leadership team representing a balance of roles/perspectives? (10 points)
Metric 4: Does the corporation/school system show evidence that they would be able to develop a useful planning document?  (15 points)
Metric 5: Does the application indicate that all stakeholders are invested and willing to support the movement of their school or school system as they create a plan to increase the integration of digital tools and curriculum? (25 points)

Posted: September 8, 2014

Closed: September 29, 2014 (6:00 P.M., EDT)

Notifications: October 14, 2014

For questions about the application or the grant, please email Michelle Green.