Examples for the LSTA Laptop Grant by malj


									                          Tips for Writing LSTA Grants


The LSTA Info Literacy grant allows for an abstract of up to 500 characters. It
should succinctly and clearly identify the following. These elements should be
blended together in no particular order as long as the paragraph is clear to
someone who knows nothing about your school or grant idea.
    Who? - School requesting the grant and the ―target audience‖ (those who
      will participate or benefit from the project); include number of (estimated)
      participants or number impacted by grant
    Where? - school or district, school location, or where project will take
      place, if different that school location
    What? – proposed use of funds (include amount being requested);
      summarize goals and objectives
    Because? – Summarize needs or problems it will solve or address
    How? – design methodology/summarized activities/ techniques to be used
      or completed
    Why? – Expected impact or outcomes of proposed plan; how will it benefit
      the target audience? May include improved attitudes, resources, or
      learning, etc.

Abstract Example

The XYZ school requests $30,000 to purchase a mobile lab of 24 laptops and an
LCD projector to improve students’ abilities to locate, evaluate, and summarize
information. To facilitate this goal, the librarian and teaching staff of 50 will
collaborate to design instruction integrating the new AASL Standards for the 21st
Century Learner. Faculty will be in-serviced on appropriate POWER Library
databases and the district’s information literacy curriculum. To evaluate the
grant, the librarian will maintain records of use of the laptops, the number of
integrated units completed by teacher, and compare POWER Library database
statistics with last year’s figures. It is anticipated that all 1,000 students will use
the laptops during the year. (750 characters with spaces; 114 words)

TIP: Keep it short and sweet and tell exactly what you plan to do. Tie to
information literacy and classroom curriculum.

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Collaboration/Integration of Information Literacy Skills with Content Curriculum

It is not enough to say ―The librarian collaborates with 61% of the classroom
teachers.” You need to have documentation. For example:

 “According to the librarian’s schedule book, classroom teachers met with the
librarian to schedule 52 visits to the library. During these visits, the teacher and
the librarian co-taught lessons that met both classroom curricular objectives and
addressed skills in the written information literacy curriculum. The 52 visits
included 9 of the 15 elementary classroom teachers or 67%.”

You can also provide one attachment and can include one –two page charts
showing your documentation. See attached two charts—one for elementary, one
for high school. You can design your own charts to illustrate the level of
integration. Be sure to describe your Information Literacy curriculum and how it
is imbedded in the school’s educational program.

Evaluation Plan tied to Student Outcomes

Student outcome statements that you will fit into the chart provided in the
eGrants need to be SMART. Also, it is best to have around 3 to 5 outcomes, not
more. Keep it simple!

                               Your evaluation statements should be so clear that
                               an outsider who knows nothing about your grant
                               project can read the statement and be able to apply
                               it and evaluate your project. So, it must be specific
                               (which students? Which teachers?) It must be
                               measurable (what percent improvement? How
                               many?) It must be acceptable to those involved
                               and realistic. You must state when evaluation will
                               occur or how often (end of semester, end of year,
                               by October, etc.) and this goes under ―Interval‖.

Goal = Specific, measurable
Data sources = documents or records that will be kept to determine if the goal
was met
Who = the target group or the group impacted
Interval = when will the evaluation occur and how

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Example: High School

Outcome: Students will improve their presentation skills with the use of

    Library              Goal            Data Source                Who               Interval
XYX School         75 percent of the    Graded rubrics of    Approx. 80 ninth     A presentation
Library            students will have   students             graders in the       without a
                   improved scores      presentations--      English 9 classes    projected
                   on a public          one with and one     who participate in   medium will be
                   speaking rubric      without the use of   a library-           evaluated early in
                   with the aid of a    a projected          classroom            the school year
                   PowerPoint           PowerPoint           collaboratively      and compared to
                   presentation they                         instructed unit      the PowerPoint
                   create.                                                        presentation
                                                                                  completed in the

Example: Elementary School

Outcome: Students will be able to select and use information from an electronic

   Library               Goal            Data Source                Who                Interval
XYZ Elementary     90% of the           Information          Students in          At the end of
School Media       students will be     written on a note    grades 2 through     each scheduled
Center             able to locate and   sheets or note       5 who participate    collaborative unit
                   use information      cards and used in    in an integrated,
                   from one of the      end products         collaborative unit
                   age-appropriate      created by the
                   POWER Library        LMS and teacher
                   databases using
                   a laptop.

Example of Evaluation Chart in eGrants

 Library               Goal               Data Source                 Who             Intervals
XYZ        The average age of the        Collection age      The LMS will conduct Analysis to be
Elementary science collections (500s     from Follett        the analysis with    conducted by
School     and 600s) will improve by     Circulation Plus    science teachers     May.
           5 years by aggressive         reports (2006-07    helping with weeding
           weeding and adding of         and 2007-08)        and selection of new
           new titles.                                       titles.

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2010 LSTA Grant Applications


        (in both Word and pdf formats)

PA Academic Standards

Go to http://www.pde.state.pa.us/stateboard_ed/site/default.asp
Click on “Academic Standards”

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner

Pennsylvania Guidelines for School Library Programs (c2005)

PDE/Commonwealth Libraries Staff

         Lynn Moses, School Library Advisor
              717-783-9547 or lmoses@state.pa.us
        Connie Cardillo, LSTA Administrator
              717-783-5746 or ccardillo@state.pa.us

Free Online Collection Development & Analysis Tools

        Follett’s Titlewise http://www.titlewave.com
          Create a free login, then select the TitleWise tab

        Mackin Collection Development

        Weeding guidelines by Dewey areas at Sunlink Weed of the Month
        Archive at http://www.sunlink.ucf.edu/weed/archive/archiveD.html

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