Due to the hardships of starting a new school year amidst the COVID pandemic, we have received a number of requests to extend the deadline of our matching grant in order to allow education organizations to address the immediate issues of getting classes started while not missing out on the incredible value of providing the much needed PD support available through the matching grant program. In order to best support educators and meet their needs, we have decided to extend the grant deadline and will continue to accept applications through midnight Monday, September 28th, EDT.
BetterLesson is sponsoring a Matching Grant Program. The purpose of the Program is to provide public and private K-12 schools, districts, and education service agencies in the United States with virtual professional learning services to improve teaching and learning in distance/hybrid environments, as well as to develop practices that promote social justice. BetterLesson is especially interested in supporting organizations with a high percentage of students that qualify for the free and reduced-price lunch program.
The grant will be funded up to $1 million and a total of up to 30 grants will be awarded. Grant awards will match district investments and can range from between $30,000 to $150,000. For awarded grants, BetterLesson will match the amount the district is investing with the same amount of BetterLesson in-kind services/products. All grant awards will be made by Monday, October 5th, 2020.
Proposals submitted should be aimed at increasing the capacity of schools and districts to create student-centered, flexible teaching and learning and support teachers to integrate culturally responsive and sustaining practices and social-emotional learning (SEL) as part of their regular instruction.
Written proposals should be complete and precise. For programs focused on flexible/blended learning, proposals should address how and why the education organization is going to direct efforts to increase sound pedagogical knowledge and practice of highly effective strategies in distance or hybrid learning environments. Information on how organizations are addressing technology devices and internet access should also be included. For applications focused on culturally responsive and sustaining teaching and learning or SEL/, proposals should address why this work is important to the educational organization, what has already been done to lay the foundation for this work (i.e., book discussion groups, implicit bias work, equity audits), and the intended outcomes of this work. Proposals will be evaluated on the elements listed below. The most competitive proposals will show attention to PD considerations for both teachers and leaders.
Proposals should follow the outline below:
(The editable proposal template can be accessed above).