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									Creating Successful Proposals for
 Educational Technology Projects

            Educational Technology Integration
Heather Hurley
Jeff Sun
Goals for this Session

What does it take to create a successful
 educational technology grant proposal?
What are some general rules for grant and
 proposal writing?
Where can one find proposal-writing
 resources and funding information?
Key Items for a Successful
Grant Proposal
A technology plan with clear curriculum-based
 goals and objectives is the #1 key to a
 successful funding request.
The plan ties your funding request into the big
 picture of what technology means in your
 school or district.
What do you know about your school’s
 educational technology plan??
Technology Grants

There are no easy answers to finding
 funds for technology...
  The majority funding is for curriculum and
   staff development
  Most funders expect you to have your
   infrastructure in place
  “Computers” are routine whereas good use
   of that hardware is innovative
  Funders support innovation
What is Innovative?

Curriculum mappings
Staff development models
Innovative technologies
Combinations of all of the above
Hallmarks of a Well-Written
Technology Proposal
Clear and documented links to a strategic
 technology plan
Clearly defined teaching and learning goals
 which build upon proven practice
The project involves more than one teacher
 and/or classroom (although focus on one is fine)
The project has matching funds and support
 from other sources
A strong evaluation component
Bottom Line?

Over the long run, the best source for
 funding is the local initiative
  Your community must come to believe in the
   value of technology tools
  No amount of grant funds will continually
   and constantly support the use and
   integration of technology tools
Tips for Proposal-Writers

 10 Tips for Proposal-Writers
 Read the Request for Proposals!!
   It’s surprising how many people miss this
    basic point
   The RFP should serve as your proposal’s
    blueprint and virtually the table of contents
   Organize the proposal in the same order
    as the sections of the RFP
Follow the rules, regulations, and/or
  Adhere to page limits, budget limitations, IRS
   rules, deadlines, etc..
Be concise, but don’t leave out important
  Obviously, this is the key to “good writing”
Working a Sample Proposal

In groups, read the sample RFP
Discuss and outline
  What are they asking for?
  What are the criteria for funding?
Read the sample proposals
Discuss and Score
Report Out

What are the proposal’s strong points?
What are the proposal’s weak points?
Should this be funded?
  Why or why not
Frame your responses along the line of
 the review questions and the RFP
Things to Think About...

 Involve other people in your search for
  funders and in the proposal-writing
 Don’t overlook local funding sources
 Think broadly! Do not limit yourself to
  seeking a particular type of grant or to a
  particular funding source
 Ground your proposal in relevant
Does Your Proposal
Answer These Questions?
How will this project positively impact
 student learning?
How will the funds we are requesting create a
 ultimately self-sustaining project?
How does this request fit into our local
 educational technology plan?
How does this proposal address particular
 funding priorities?
  e.g.., areas of poverty, empowerment
    zones, gender equity, etc.
Common Proposal
 Proposals not written to the guidelines
   too long, requests for non-allowed expenses, etc.
 Proposals that attempt to do too much
   No singular grant will cover all your technology
 Proposals that are written by only one person
   A good proposal needs the ideas and contributions of
     several people. Proposal writing is a collaborative
Proposals that do not directly address
 student outcomes
  Funders want to fund technology for children,
   not teachers (as hard as this may be to
  Funders want to know that that their funds
   have had some impact.
  How will your project demonstrate this

All proposals should have an evaluation
 component…even if the RFP does not
 mandate one!
Formative vs. Summative
Allocating sufficient resources for
Developing evaluation

Evaluation questions must tie back to
 project goals and objectives
Ideally, your actual proposal will define…
  Evaluation questions
  Data collection and analysis methodologies
Stonger proposals will detail this
 information even if an outside evaluator
 will conduct the actual evaluation
Internet Resources for
Funding Information
   The US Department of Education’s on-line grant
     information resource
   The Foundation Center. An excellent source for
     information on foundation and private grants
   eSchool News is an electronic newsletter with
     information on a wide variety of funding opportunities
and a few more...

  Tips for proposal-writers, example proposals,
For more information...

Heather Hurley

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