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Funding Your Dreams: Grant Writing in the Information Age

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Tuesday, December 1, 1:30–2:15 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Dr. Sheryl Abshire  
Find out what funders look for in technology grant proposals and gain the fundraising insight needed to help you capture part of the billion dollar funding pie. We'll explore government, corporate and foundation funding opportunities for students, teachers, institutions and companies related to education, technology and professional development.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Funding & accountability
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
Systems Designer
  • Ensure that resources for supporting the effective use of technology for learning are sufficient and scalable to meet future demand.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The overall goal of this session is to provide participants with the skills necessary to find funding for projects that provide hardware, technology embedded professional development, or the means to implement a technology program in their organizations, districts, schools, or classrooms. Grants are an excellent vehicle for this, and the objectives include: 1) participants learn about the keys to great grants; 2) participants will discuss the top ten questions reviewers ask when funding proposals; and 3) participants will visit a web site designed for funding technology initiatives and identify potential funding sources


The objectives will be achieved by initially discussing what are the specific elements that make a grant fundable and great (20 minutes). The session will then focus on the various components normally requested by funding organizations and how grant reviewers evaluate the components (20 minutes). Each participant will be provided with a listing of Internet resources and access to a Web site specifically designed for this session (10 minutes). Finally, participants will be engaged in discussing potential funding sources and ample time will be provided for questions (10 minutes).

Supporting research

Grant writing is not really a researched topic, but all of us agree that increased and sustained funding to improve access to technology is essential and critical to school improvement.

The Evidence is Clear: More Money For Schools Means Better Student Outcomes

How School Funding Impacts Technology in Your Classroom

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Dr. Sheryl Abshire, Formerly with Calcasieu Parish Sch Bd
ISTE Certified Educator

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