New York State Education Department (NYSED) - Office of Educational Design and Technology
Grants to New York public school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services for technology programs that will enhance the quality of education. The purpose of this program is to provide students with effective personalized learning methods. Applications are invited for the development and implementation of creative programs that use technology to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate learning environments.
Purpose of Grant:
To develop, implement, and share innovative programs that utilize learning technologies to personalize learning and/or increase access to high-quality, rigorous learning experiences (such as through online, distance, or blended learning), as well as professional development programs to assist teachers and educational leaders in effectively utilizing learning technology to enhance teaching and learning. These programs (and component activities, materials, courses, etc.) will focus on improving culturally- and linguistically-responsive learning environments, and will support the mission of the NYS Board of Regents, which is to ensure that every child has equitable access to the highest quality educational opportunities, services and supports in schools that provide effective instruction aligned to the state’s standards, as well as positive learning environments so that each child is prepared for success in college, career, and citizenship.
Application Guidance Purpose:
The Learning Technology Grant program promotes collaboration among public school districts, BOCES, and Religious and Independent Schools to develop, implement, and share programs, activities, and materials to facilitate the delivery of quality instruction, increase equitable access to high-quality learning experiences, and promote culturally- and linguistically-responsive learning environments for all students using educational technology.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) recognizes that technology is a powerful tool that provides opportunities to more efficiently and effectively personalize learning, including providing individualized support and resources. Personalized learning is centered on tailoring instruction and learning experiences to support individual learners’ strengths and needs, in turn promoting cultural and linguistic responsiveness for all students.
NYSED recognizes that technology can be utilized to provide opportunities, through online, blended, and distance learning, for increased equity in accessing high-quality courses and learning experiences that might not otherwise be available, such as in rural and high-needs schools, as well as in schools that serve a high percentage of students who are identified as ELL/MLL or students with disabilities.
In addition, NYSED recognizes that quality, ongoing teacher and administrator professional development on best practices and instructional methodologies related to educational technology is critical to successful implementation.
Therefore, the program goals of the Learning Technology Grant are as follows:
1. The creation of fully-developed programs that utilize learning technology (also referred to as educational technology) to enhance teaching and learning, improve culturally- and/or linguistically-responsive learning environments, and support the goals of the NYS Board of Regents. Programs must address on one (or a combination) of the following Focus Areas:
-Online, Blended, and/or Distance Learning
-Professional Development on Topics Related to Educational Technology
2. Implementation of programs with intended audiences of students, teachers, or administrators.
3. Evidence-based evaluation of programs to determine program strengths and weaknesses, adjustments to be made, additional areas for development, and next steps, with the goal of increasing effectiveness, efficiency, scope, and scale.
4. Publication of programs on district website(s), including any and all materials and artifacts (with the exception of PII and artifacts created by K-12 students, such as coursework) produced over the course of the grant, provided in downloadable formats and under Creative Commons License, so that other NYS districts can freely use, copy, adapt, and implement similar programs in their districts. (See Appendix B for List of Possible Artifacts to be Produced During Grant Period.)
GrantWatch ID#: 157928
Individual Community School Districts may receive one (1) maximum annual award of $100,000, and a Consortia of two (2) or more Community School Districts may receive one (1) maximum annual award of $200,000.
Individual Big 4 Districts may receive one annual grant of $200,000.
Individual District applicants in the Rest of State (ROS) may receive one (1) maximum annual award of $100,000. Consortia may receive one (1) maximum annual award of $200,000.
The grant period is three years, from September 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021. A budget for Year One only (9/1/18 to 6/30/19) must be submitted with the application, together with a three-year budget summary. Funding beyond Year One will be contingent upon the State Legislature appropriating funds, satisfactory performance in the previous year, and timely receipt of the annual report. No extension or carryover of funds from year to year is allowed.
Please note that the annual award level is the same for Year One, even though the period is only ten (10) months (September 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019.)
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
New York State Education Department
Office of Educational Design & Technology
89 Washington Avenue, Room 880 EBA
Albany, NY 12234
Attn: Joanne Shawhan, Learning Technology Grant Application
USA: New York City; New York
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