Need an idea for a New Form, an authentic task, or just an upgrade to your current methodology?
Have your students write a grant!
If you've seen Heidi Hayes Jacobs speak recently, or read some of the things she's written online lately, you know that she is advocating for curriculum upgrades in the form of "out of the box" thinking. She's discussed what other teachers are doing, she's discussed writing screenplays, and she's discussed writing grants. Specifically, the STUDENTS writing grants.
What better way to write for an authentic purpose for an audience that students may have never considered before?
A couple of resources came across my network in the last couple of days that I wanted to share to help you develop this with your students.
- From the Today Show this morning, a resource was shared from the PEPSI company called THE PEPSI REFRESH PROJECT. They are funding ideas that will make a difference to our local or global communities.
- GRANT WRANGLER is a one stop resource for teachers writing grants. You can search by content area, or type a key word, such as TECHNOLOGY, into the search box for relevant results. I noticed there were several good technology grants available that have due dates in mid-May.
- Here's a resource from TEACHER TAP about the Grant Writing Process with resources and a getting started section.
From Education World on Grants: