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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Optimize Your Search

GetEdFunding’s Custom Search offers a wide range of search options to help you find grant opportunities specific to your needs. Here are a few tips to optimize your search results.

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Are You the One?: Evaluating Potential Funders

Once you find a promising opportunity, it’s important to take the time to thoroughly evaluate the funder. Writing an application is hard work, and you want to be sure the opportunity is a good fit before you forge ahead.

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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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Top 5 Trending Funding Opportunities

February may be the shortest month, but GetEdFunding’s grant seekers made the most of it by uncovering the latest in education-related funding opportunities. Here are the grants GetEdFunding members enjoyed the most in the month of February.

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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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How to Leverage Social Media to Improve Your Grant-Writing

Social media is changing the funding landscape. With the ability to reach out to grant makers, connect with fellow grant writers, and share your own thoughts and ideas, social media can take your grant-writing to a whole new level.

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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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