How to Finance Your Professional Development

How to Finance PD

Grants aren’t only for schools or classrooms in need. They also support professional development of individual educators. Professional development increases educators’ educational practices and in turn, improves student performance. Educators can receive grants for research, continuing education, curriculum development, or workshops or conferences. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

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Successful Funding: Interactive Learning

Suzanne Costner received a Nickelodeon Big Help Grant from the NEA Foundation to fund materials supplemental to Promethean Boards recently installed in her elementary school classroom. The grant supported the purchase of two sets of ActivExpressions voting pods, a Classroom Jeopardy set, and DVDs with interactive content.

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Six Questions to Ask Before Seeking Funding

6 Qs to Ask Before Seeking Funding

It can be tempting to jump into the search for funding, but taking the time to ensure you have a clear vision, the right support, and the resources necessary to apply for grants can save you from a fruitless search. Before you begin your funding search, consider these questions.

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It’s a Collaboration Nation

In 2015, CDW-G, with eSchool News, launched the Collaboration Nation awards program to highlight the nation’s finest examples of collaboration and successful educational technology projects. The inaugural $50,000 grand prize winner was Napa County Office of Education for its dedication to cross-department collaboration and innovative use of technology to enhance student learning.

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Why You Should Think Big But Start Small

When searching for funding, many people start their research with well-known national foundations. While national foundations typically have abundant resources and grants to distribute, they are also inundated with a large number of grant proposals, which makes it difficult for a proposal to compete.

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Anatomy of a Grant Proposal

Anatomy of a Grant Proposal

So you’ve found a grant that could provide the funding for your project. Now it’s time to write a fundable grant proposal, but where do you start? Grant writing can be intimidating, but here’s a short break down of the key pieces of a grant proposal and articles to get you started.

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