Capitalizing on the success of our first grant round, CAIU will administer a second competitive grant process to assist its local schools in implementing a blended, or personalized, learning environment. Through a combination of planning grants and a launch grant, the primary goals are to spur wider and deeper thinking and discussion about new teaching and learning environments, and to crystalize that into actual implementation. The grant selectees will serve as useful examples to other schools in order to advance the implementation of personalized learning throughout our region. The secondary goal is to test and refine CAIU support mechanisms for personalized learning, in order to better support transformation in other schools. CAIU’s process will closely mirror the successful, national Next Generation Learning Challenge process and requirements.
- Participation is limited to public upper elementary (grades 3-5) buildings from the 24 school districts within the CAIU service region.
- Planning and implementation must result in systemic, building-wide change. Proposals for limited implementations such as “school-within-a-school” will not be considered.
- School Building teams will be required to design, develop, and implement a learning environment in which learning experiences for all students are tailored to their individual developmental needs, skills, and interests; in which advanced teaching practices utilizing technology-enhanced, blended learning models and techniques support all learners; and in which leadership and management practices inspire, motivate, and support the new learning environment.
- Separate grants will be awarded for planning and launch (implementation).
Five planning grants in the amount of $20,000 each were awarded in March 2016 to the following schools. These teams are researching, discussing, and designing the transformation of their schools to new teaching and learning environments. A copy of each of their planning grant applications is also posted below: