Posted: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 11:13am Updated: Thu, 05/02/2019 - 10:52am

Innovation Planning GrantsThe Innovation Planning Grant supports Indiana public school corporations in the formulation of a plan for the thoughtful integration of technology into teaching and learning. Since 2012, recipients of this grant have received up to $30,000 to support professional development, technology readiness assessments, and other resources. The Innovation Planning Grant is funded by the state through the David C. Ford Technology Fund. The following school districts are recipients of 2018-19 Innovation Planning Grants:

Blackford Schools
Herron Charter and Riverside Charter
Indianapolis Public Schools
Merrillville Community School Corporation
North Judson-San Pierre School Coporation
Pike County School Corporation
Southeast Neighborhood School of Excellence (SENSE)
Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation

Grant Focus

Awarded public school corporations will develop a Comprehensive Plan to implement a 1:1 program informed by:

External vendor support: The school corporation will need to contract a vendor(s) to complete two readiness assessments. Districts may have previously done preliminary self-assessments. The external audits must include:

  1. Infrastructure or tech readiness audit. You may have completed the Future Ready self-assessment for a Robust Infrastructure.

  2. Instructional audit to give an overview of your schools’ learning culture and areas of professional development needs. You may have completed the Future Ready self-assessments for Personalized Student Learning; Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Use of Space and Time; and Personalized Professional Learning. Multiple data points should be used for the audit, including class visits, focus groups, and surveys.

School visits: The leadership team visits at least two Indiana school corporations identified by the Office of eLearning as having already successfully launched/implemented a 1:1 initiative.  

Professional learning: The leadership team will participate in varied learning opportunities offered by the Office of eLearning and other organizations.


For questions about the grant, email

Previous grant recipients listed here.


For the 2018-2019 Innovation Planning Grant, the IDOE partnered with Future Ready to help districts that are struggling to vision and plan for moving digital teaching and learning ahead. This partnership provides teachers and students with an environment that nurtures the skills for today’s learning without being overwhelming, costly,or confusing. But, it is essential for what truly matters- creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, grit, etc. To get started, school/districts that were ready to commit to planning attended a free event on October 30, 2018. Details are below.

Here is what you need to do!

Pull together a district leadership team (up to 5 people) and register for the day! You can register here: Lunch will be provided.

More information:

Future Ready Schools (FRS) Leading District Change Through Future Ready Schools Planning workshop on Tuesday, October 30 from 8:30 am -3:00 pm ET at Project Lead The Way in Indianapolis. This is a free event. This event is sponsored by the Indiana DOE’s Office of eLearning in an effort to support districts in visioning for digital age teaching and learning.

The one-day Future Ready Schools workshop will jump-start your district’s planning efforts and demonstrate how FRS can support your district vision for teaching and learning. During the workshop, participants will:

  • dive into the FRS five-step planning process;
  • develop an engagement strategy for transforming and modernizing student learning;
  • explore FRS framework and FRS dashboard;
  • create a plan for completing the FRS district leadership;
  • and collaborate with peers to receive support for their district’s journey.

**Participation in the event means you are eligible for the Indiana DOE’s Innovation Planning Grant that will be awarded after this event.

Get registered today! Lunch will be provided.

For more information, please email Dr. Jason Bailey at