2020-2021 Call for Proposals

The application period for this grant is now open.

The Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development’s Consortium Council is pleased to share its annual Educator Learning Grants Program Call for Proposals. The primary goal of the BU Consortium is to support the professional learning of district members. The BU Consortium Grants Program provides funding for projects that support the learning and growth of educators and their students.

Grant proposals must include a learning component for educators. Educators will identify an aspect of teaching/learning that they wish to investigate, and articulate the process they will engage in to explore that aspect of their practice. Educators will then design, implement, or evaluate some aspect of instruction or school activity with the ultimate goal of supporting educator and student learning and growth. Informal collaboration with BU Wheelock faculty is encouraged, but not required. The BU Consortium Grants Program is committed to promoting equitable, diverse, and inclusive learning environments. Possible grant projects may include:

  • Designing and/or implementing curriculum materials to address an aspect of student understanding
  • Investigating and/or implementing pedagogical strategies to increase student engagement and motivation
  • Developing equitable learning environments
  • Refining informative assessment practices
  • Designing effective professional development opportunities/programs

Funding

Selected proposals will receive funding from $500 up to $5,000 depending on the project scope and availability of funds. To support greater continuity and depth of work, successful projects may reapply to continue the project for the next academic year. The Consortium Council anticipates funding 10-12 proposals for the 2020-21 grant cycle. Grants will be awarded based on the merit of the proposal, available funding, and representation from member districts.

Eligibility

Educators from Consortium member districts are eligible to apply, and must be employed by the district during the implementation year. Should funded applicants need to withdraw, the district is responsible for ensuring that the project continues with fidelity and shall appoint a replacement Lead Contact.

The Consortium encourages applicants to collaborate with BU Wheelock faculty in the development of proposals, and in carrying out project activities. For information on faculty who may be interested in collaborating with educators on projects, please visit our faculty profiles page.

Application Timeline

Individual educators or schools interested in applying for funding must submit a completed grant application by March 6, 2020 for projects that will be implemented in the 2020-2021 school year. The full grant cycle timeline is as follows:

Application Available January 15, 2020
Applications Due March 20, 2020
Applicants Selected and Notified By April 20, 2020
Project Implementation July 1, 2020 to June 20, 2021
Project Progress Reports January 31 and June 1, 2021

Criteria

The Consortium Council will evaluate all proposals according to the following criteria:

  • Potential impact on educator learning and growth.
  • Potential impact on student learning and growth.
  • Plan/process for completing the project.
  • Plan/process for evaluating the success of the project.
  • Quality, clarity, and thoroughness of application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Grant Application Rubric

All grant applications will be reviewed using the following rubric: Download the rubric as a PDF.

We have provided two sample applications, Sample 1 and Sample 2, from prior years to help guide your proposal writing. We chose these samples because they did an excellent job of addressing each application question with the proper level of detail and clarity. We removed any identifiers from these samples to maintain privacy, which is why we left certain fields blank.

Submission Instructions

Completed applications must be received by the Boston University Consortium Council no later than 5pm on March 6, 2020 to be considered for funding.

  • All applications must be reviewed and approved by a district administrator (ex: principal, coordinator, director, superintendent, etc.) prior to submission. Administrator contact information must be included.
  • All applications must be submitted electronically via the BU Wheelock website.
  • Include any additional support materials (e.g., conference brochure, consultant resume, etc.) as uploads to the form.

All grant applications will be reviewed by the BU Consortium Council. Applicants and the district administrator named on the cover sheet will be notified by April 20, 2020. Upon accepting a grant award, applicants agree to comply with all reporting and budgetary requirements.