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Funding Educational Innovation


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Funding for Educational innovation is widely discussed topic among K-12 administrators, curriculum directors, Title 1 and IDEA coordinators, grant writers, and universities. In spite of their potential to transform the educational landscape for students, innovative projects can be risky and expensive – not something the district voters will always support. Join Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock and special guests from Cisco for strategies to leverage outside funding and bring cutting edge educational approaches to your school community, as well as some examples of technologies that have demonstrated impact in a variety of educational settings.

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Funding Educational Innovation

  1. 1. Welcome to Funding Educational Innovation– Sponsored by Cisco Listen Hands-free! You may listen over your computer speakers or headphones There is no dialing-in required! Please note: You may ask questions at any time using the Q&A interface This session will be recorded and available for download at The Session will begin shortly
  2. 2. Funding Educational Innovation Sponsored by: Follow us on Twitter @grantsoffice
  3. 3. Cisco Grants Strategy Team Overview• Team of Regional Grant Managers for direct support• Grant education/training and funding research services• Feedback on applicant eligibility and project competitiveness• Provide targeted grant application and writing support• Consult on post-funding project implementation Follow us on Twitter @grantsoffice
  4. 4. Cisco GST Resources Podcasts  .Info websites  Grants Office Funded Newsletter 
  5. 5. Today’s AgendaToday we will discuss • Why innovation? • Potential roadblocks to innovation • Top Educational Innovation Funders • Investing in Innovation • GEAR UP Partnership Grants • Race to the Top District Grants • Strategies for implementing innovative programs • Technologies that have made an impact Follow us on Twitter @grantsoffice
  6. 6. Why Innovation?• Improved student achievement• Improved teacher effectiveness• Greater parent involvement• More authentic learning• “Personalized” education• Maximized resources in the classroom• Expanded educational opportunities• Morale boost/Impress the school board Follow us on Twitter @grantsoffice
  7. 7. Potential Roadblocks to Innovation• Infrastructure doesn’t support it• Community “wouldn’t use it”• Other priorities take precedence• “We’re doing fine and don’t need anything new”• Teachers don’t want it• No money for it Follow us on Twitter @grantsoffice
  8. 8. Investing in Innovation• Purpose: Experiment, launch, expand new ideas and initiatives in K-12 education• Funding: $150 million (est.)• Award Categories: Scale-Up, Validation, and Development Scale Up Awards: Up to $25 million Validation Awards: Up to $15 million Development Awards: Up to $3 million Follow us on Twitter @grantsoffice
  9. 9. GEAR UP Partnership Grants Purpose: To increase college attendance and success and raise the expectations of low- income students Funding: $158 million total for partnership grants (est.) Grant Period: 6 years Deadline: Summer 2013 Follow us on Twitter @grantsoffice
  10. 10. Race to the Top: District CompetitionPurpose: To personalize education for all studentsFunding: $383 million available for 15-25 grants of $5-40 million (est.)Deadline: Late fall 2013 Follow us on Twitter @grantsoffice
  11. 11. Technologies That Have Made An Impact TelePresence Endpoints TelePresence Infrastructure MXE / Show and Share In Some Cases:  WebEx  WebEx Social  Core Infrastructure
  12. 12. Education: Teaching and LearningBlended & Distance Learning  TelePresence  TelePresence Synch  Digital Media SuiteStudent-Teacher Collaboration  TelePresence  WebEx  Digital Media System  Unified Communications  Mobility & Wireless  Cisco Lecture Vision  Cisco Show and ShareProfessional Development  WebEx – Common Core Standards Training  TelePresence – District Meeting (Travel Prohibitive)  Digital Media Systems – School Safety Focus  Cisco UCS – Data Storage – Green – Cost Efficiency  Desktop Virtualization – Cost effective alternative  Cisco Network Infrastructure – Optimal Application performance
  13. 13. Education: Administration and ManagementServer Proliferation and Cost  Virtual DesktopEnergy Expenses  Virtual Desktop  Unified CommunicationsInfrastructure and IT Operations  Unified Communications  Mobility & Wireless  Virtual Desktop
  14. 14. Strategies for Implementing Innovative ProgramsDraft a mission Get others Get executive statement invested buy-inPresent the plan(with funding) to Get the project Develop a written the wider funded plan community Follow us on Twitter @grantsoffice
  15. 15. Cisco Technology in Education Immersive Multipurpose Personal Solution PlatformsMost realistic Transform any Connect students, TelePresenceface-to-face, virtual classroom into a faculty, and components andcommunications for TelePresence administrators with complete systems fordedicated collaboration center each other and customized educationclassrooms and any classroom deployments andauditoriums applications Expanding student experiences
  16. 16. Education Grants Webcast Series – Sponsored by Ciscowww.SchoolITGrants.infoClick “Recent Webcasts” Follow us on Twitter @grantsoffice
  17. 17. Good Sources of Information• Dept. of Education (• Federal Electronic Grants Clearinghouse (• Grants Office (• Realizing the Potential of Promise Neighborhoods in Your Community ( Webcast: June 11, 2013 Follow us on Twitter @grantsoffice
  18. 18. Budget Considerations• Some things to consider in your budget: – Training time for yourself and others – Planning facilitation – Testing the technology – Modular build-out – Reporting and evaluation – Communications tools – Grant administration Follow us on Twitter @grantsoffice
  19. 19. Ten Tips for Getting More Grants1. Learn as much as possible about each program to which you intend to apply.2. Involve others in your project, but be judicious; have a purpose for their involvement.3. Customize each proposal to the requirements of the funder.4. Get reviewers comments for non-winning proposals and use their feedback in future proposals ( Include only support letters that demonstrate a real commitment on the part of the sender. Follow us on Twitter @grantsoffice
  20. 20. Ten Tips for Getting More Grants6. Make grantseeking part of your agency’s strategy; don’t put all your eggs in one basket.7. Be specific in your budget; most funders have generous allowances for budget length.8. Don’t include materials other than those specifically requested by the funder.9. Have an outsider edit your proposal before you submit it.10.Follow directions. Follow us on Twitter @grantsoffice
  21. 21. ResourcesRecommended Next Steps:Contact Cisco for Technology Solutions and how they fit into grantsReplay the weekly web cast series on stimulus activities Stephanie Jones 219-766-0821 Follow us on Twitter @grantsoffice Follow us on Twitter @grantsoffice
  22. 22. Contact Grants Office For Grants Development: Dan Casion Manager of Grants Development Services (585) 473-1430 ext. 113 For other inquiries: Michael Paddock CEO (585) 473-1430 ext. 175 Follow us on Twitter @grantsoffice