Innovation Planning Grants

Posted: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 11:13am Updated: Tue, 10/14/2014 - 12:20pm

The intent of the Innovation Planning Grant is to incentivize the thoughtful planning in districts, which have not yet established or are in the initial stage of developing a systemic culture of digital teaching and  learning in their schools. School districts that are awarded this grant are ready to embark on the complex process toward implementing digital learning. Funds from this grant support partnership with an outside evaluator to complete infrastructure and instructional audits, 1:1 school visits, and development of an implementation plan focused on digital teaching and learning. 

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 implementation plan focused on digital teaching and learning.

Narrative/Clarification

The purpose of this grant is to support districts in forming a leadership team, researching implementation options, and forming a plan for digital learning, including professional development for staff.

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

This grant is particularly designed to close the digital divide that exists between districts that have already made digital learning a priority, and those districts that have yet to focus on this need. Any district that already received an Innovation Planning Grant may not apply for this grant.

We anticipate awarding a maximum of 11 grants up to $30,000 each to districts. 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.

Rubric

Metric 1: Does the corporation/school system propose a vision for the integration of technology into teaching and learning 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.