Deadline: January 21, 2021 at 5:00PM CST
Part Two: Proposal & Budget
Part II: Proposal
The Fund for Teachers grant proposal consists of five sections and should articulate creative, thoughtful activities or projects that demonstrate potential for learning.
- Create and save your proposal using a word processor, avoiding any formatting.
- 25,000 characters, including spaces, (approx. five and a half typed pages) cumulative for all seven sections.
- Avoid identifying references.
- Answer all of the questions under each section.
- Insert your answers for each section separately into corresponding text boxes.
- Avoid using hyperlinks and web addresses.
- Refer to the Scoring Rubric when addressing each of the seven proposal sections.
- Proposals should reflect collaboration and demonstrate your ability to work successfully as a team. Team members should be active participants in the writing process. They should also understand that they are financially responsible for their portion of the grant if awarded.
- Only the team lead is responsible for entering the proposal online.
Fellowship Purpose: What is your genuine problem of practice? Why is it important to address that problem of practice?
- Describe what you know about your students, their backgrounds, and their learning challenges.
- Describe the gaps that exist in your own practice, curriculum, or school culture.
- Articulate your learning goals in a way that connects them to the opportunities and gaps identified.
Fellowship Learning Plan: What is your plan to address your problem of practice?
- Outline the details of your summer learning experience.
- Describe how you plan to implement change in your classroom/school (eg. revised units, changes in pedagogy)
- Lay out how the proposed activities relate to your learning goals and the needs of your students.
- Describe how you will collaborate with others to support your learning (e.g. experts in the field, your students, other teachers).
Teacher Growth and Learning: What key actions will you take to make sure that you can maximize your fellowship learning and implementation in the classroom?
- Describe how this fellowship represents risk taking for you.
- Name strategies you will use to ensure you are prepared to learn, meet your fellowship goals, and solve your problem of practice.
- Explain how the school or your classroom conditions make it possible for you to innovate.
Student Growth and Learning: How will students benefit from your proposed fellowship, both in their content knowledge AND in the way they learn?
- Describe the impacts you expect your fellowship to have on students (eg. New content knowledge, changes to the way students learn)
- Describe possible impacts you expect your fellowship to have on your community (eg. other students, teachers, stakeholders)
- Describe any opportunities for students to take leadership and be changemakers as a result of your fellowship
- The narrative should explain your rationale for the project's expenses.
- Stipulate a time frame and approximate costs as closely as possible.
- Team budgets should include both costs broken down by individual and totals for the whole team.
Budget Narrative: Provide a brief narrative showing evidence of thoughtful planning and research supporting your specific itinerary.
Food costs should reflect actual destination rates and cannot exceed $50 per day/per person.
- Application Learning Center
- Grant Writing Tips
- Scoring Criteria
- Non-Allowable Expenses
- Calendar of Events
- Project Search
- Printable version of the guidelines
Chicago Foundation for Education
Sarah Hoppe Knight