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Grant Writing, Part 1. An introduction to and
overview of grant writing and other ways to obtain resources
for technology in education at the level of your individual
classwork or your school. Note that one usually is
attempting to obtain resources to implement ideas that have
been developed in some sort of strategic planning process.
That is, Long-Range Strategic Planning and Needs Assessment
are both important aspects of grant writing.
Some Specific Objectives and Topics for Week # 3
We will spend two weeks on the topic of grant writing.
The Objectives and Topics listed below will be covered
during Week # 3 and Week # 5 of the term.
- To learn about how and why some teachers do grant
writing and fund raising as a significant component of
their professional careers.
- To learn about resources that can be obtained by
grant writing, fund raising, and other similar
- To learn how to write a good grant proposal.
- To learn how to evaluate grant proposals (especially
from the point of view of evaluating your own proposal or
a proposal written by your colleagues).
- Grant writing and fund raising are large and ongoing
endeavors in public and private education at both the
precollege and higher education levels. Many public and
private schools employ people to write proposals, do fund
raising, form partnerships with local businesses, and so
on. Many teachers are involved in such endeavors as part
of their professional work. Often they do this on a
volunteer basis, not getting extra pay for this extra
- There is a large amount of Web-based and hardcopy
materials available on how to write proposals and
possible sources of funding. Moursund's
book provides a good introduction to obtaining
resources for ICT in education.
- With a modest amount of training, an ordinary teacher
can learn to write proposals that have a good chance of
being funded. One gets better with practice.
- A proposal (indeed, any activity to obtain resources)
is driven by a problem to be solved (a task to be
accomplished). Often the proposal writer has a heartfelt
need and strong intrinsic motivation to obtain resources
and then make good use of the resources.
- There are a number of standard components to a good
proposal. We will examine and discuss these
- One can learn a lot about proposal writing by
learning to evaluate proposals and then practicing
evaluating some proposals. We will spend a full week of
class meeting time on this specific topic.