Category Archives: Funding

Good Idea Grant

With today’s budget constraints, teachers are getting more creative in finding ways to support innovation in their classrooms. A Hawaii teacher we work with was awarded a Good Idea Grant last year and used the funds to integrate technology into her middle school math classroom. We were inspired by her dedication and creativity, and excited about the impact her “good idea” had upon her students.

If you have an exciting curriculum idea that involves your IAAK supported software or hardware solution(s), we want to hear about it! Consider applying for a Good Idea Grant and use our team as a resource to help brainstorm ideas, assist in the application process, and if you achieve success, to support the implementation of your idea!

As stated in the application, “Good Idea Grants are designed to support K-12 teachers and schools in their efforts to encourage a curriculum that is driven by problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning, and requires students to actively engage a situation in order to find its solution. Students, therefore, become creative, innovative, and critical thinkers”.

Grants up to $3,000 each will be awarded to support innovative programs that strive to increase student interest and academic achievement.

Grants up to $7,500 each will be awarded for the development, improvement or expansion of innovative instructional programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as well as programs that integrate and apply STEM learning across other disciplines.

Have a good idea? Go for it and let us know how we can help!


The Time Is Now to Innovate!

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein

It is clear that Arne Duncan and his team at the U.S. Department of Education are looking for new ways to innovate education as we know it.  This is clear as you look over the criteria and expectations set forth in many of the education stimulus funds available.  Toward the end of last year, Lia Woo, provided some great references and starting points on how to locate these funding sources in her blog, “Show Me The Money!”

As a follow-up, and since it ‘tis the season for grant writing, I thought I would point out a few finds of my own that pertain to any public school in Hawaii, especially those serving our rural students and those partnering with It’s All About Kids’ education programs.

U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) – According to the press release on March 8, 2010, the U.S. Secretary of Education states $650 million is allocated for these i3 grants.  Applicants may include school districts or groups of districts as well as non-profit partnerships with these school districts.  Secretary Duncan is asking potential applicants to “address one of the four areas that are driving the Obama administration’s school reform agenda: supporting effective teachers and principals; improving the use of data to accelerate student achievement; complementing the implementation of standards and assessments that prepare students for success in college and careers; and turning around persistently low-performing schools.”

W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Rural School and Community Trust – Michele McNeil, an Education Week Reporter, blogs on April 2, 2010 that the “Competition Will Be Fierce for ‘i3’ Grants,” but also notes that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is here to help.  This Foundation has just allocated $1.4 million to assist with technical assistance, including grant writing, to assist rural school districts to become competitive i3 applicants through their Rural School and Community Trust. Continue reading →

Show me the money!

With funding a continual hurdle for teachers and administrators, I thought I’d share a few good funding resources:

  1. DOE-maintained database that lists a variety of grant opportunities, including pertinent information such as timelines, key requirements, and links to more information.  The goal of the resource is to increase awareness of funding sources and provide teachers and administrators with a convenient starting point.  The website just added a keyword search functionality which makes the resource more usable.  Perhaps in the future, the DOE will add the ability for users to register to receive automatic updates when information is added and/or revised.
  2. IAAK Funding Matrix – this simple, quick reference matrix aligns IAAK’s educational technology products with major funding sources.  It provides an easy way for teachers/administrators to determine which funding buckets can be used to purchase IAAK products.  Another excellent starting point in the pursuit of funds.
  3. eSchool News Grant and Funding Alerts – this monthly email newsletter (subscription-based, $35/year) provides succinct information on national funding opportunities.  I particularly appreciate the organization of this resource – the “New Grants this Issue” section highlights new opportunities, which enables you to do a quick scan rather than spend time reviewing older information.