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Proposals that win grants for K-12 education have many predictable information needs. Those for professional development projects or with professional development components are no exception! Applicants that have information ready at hand before responding to a grant opportunity greatly improve the likelihood of funding.


Although applicants may not need every item listed here for every proposal budget, among the elements it is prudent to anticipate are: salaries and fringe benefits, travel, consultants, and indirect costs.


Scientifically Based Research Rationale:

  1. Models of effective (or best) practices
  2. Educational theory of effective (or best) practices
  3. Evaluation studies of effective (or best) practices
  4. Team and interdisciplinary teaching
  5. Integrating technology and telecommunications in instruction
  6. Teaching to diverse learning styles
  7. Teaching in cooperative and multiage settings
  8. Teaching language minority students
  9. Educational methods (pedagogy)
  10. Effective content area instruction (all subjects)
  11. Technology integration and library/instructional media
  12. Effective teaching in inclusive settings


Educational Standards:

  1. State/national professional standards for teachers and administrators
  2. State content area and student academic performance standards



  1. List of areas/topics in need of professional development
  2. Locations and venues for all key professional development activities
  3. Local resources for technology-related activities
  4. Types of activity to be conducted (e.g., retreats, seminars, courses, institutes)
  5. Locations, dates, and costs for all conferences to attend (local, state, regional, national)
  6. Locations, types, and costs of available courses
  7. Description of plans to utilize internal resources
  8. Description of plans to utilize cost-free resources
  9. List of universities that can provide credit-awarding proposal-related courses
  10. Agreements with universities to provide proposal-related courses
  11. Letters of commitment from each source of professional development
  12. Sample credit-awarding course syllabi or course outlines and course schedules
  13. Arrangements covering tuition reimbursements and staff release time
  14. Locations and roles of proposal-related technical assistance providers


Later posts will cover information needs for other aspects of educational grant proposals.


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