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(a) La Mesa-Spring Valley Educational Foundation Education Research Grant Application
(b) Rowell Collaborative Action Research Grant Application
(c) Start-Up Grant Application

(a) La Mesa-Spring Valley Educational Foundation Education Research Grant Application
The La Mesa-Spring Valley Educational Foundation (LMSVEF)’s Education Research Grant has been established to support practitioner-research in the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District. These Special Grants are awarded to teachers, counselors, school librarians, school nurses, and other educators in the district addressing an educational theme established annually by a joint committee of the LMSVEF and Social Publishers Foundation. Practitioner-research in education is research conducted by educators for the benefit of their practice, their students, and their school sites. It can be considered as a form of professional development, and is frequently connected with Professional Learning Community (PLC) approaches.  Projects involve identifying an area of focus, forming a question, developing and implementing a project plan, gathering and interpreting data, and writing findings to share with other educators in the district and beyond. A funded project can last a minimum of four months up to a maximum of one academic year. The designated theme for 2017-2018 school year is “Empowering Student Learning in the 21st Century.” The grant committee seeks proposals that address this theme through projects involving an individual classroom or classrooms, a PLC team, or a whole-school initiative involving collaborations across professional specializations, such as collaborations between and among teachers, counselors, and a community-based organization. As in the 2016-2017 grant year, projects conceptualized by an individual educator are also accepted.  The funding for the next grant cycle will be available beginning in Fall 2017. Grant proposals of up to $3,000 for individual projects, or $6,000 for collaborative projects, will be considered. Grant recipients also agree to publish the results of their work on the Social Publishers Foundation website.

Applicants are to submit their grant request directly to the Social Publishers Foundation as an attached file in Word format to the following email address: [email protected] Requests for assistance on proposal preparation and other inquiries regarding this special grant should be submitted to the same email address.

Application should include the following information.

Applicant Information
(1) Full name, LMSVSD school site, and applicant’s position at the site.
(2) Email addresses for all applicants
(3) A short profile of the applicant (Max 150 words)*

Project Description
(1) Project title*
(2) Project goal (Max 100 words)
(3) Project significance (Max 100 words)
(4) Project context (Max 200 words) [Describe key characteristics of the proposed project in relation to the announced theme. How is this project relevant to the school site?]
(5) Research plan (Max 1000 words) [Describe how you plan to conduct your research, including identifying an area of focus related to the theme, collecting data, analyzing and interpreting data, and developing an action plan for making a change. Describe the research procedure (who, when, what, how)]
(6) Anticipated research results (Max 100 words) (What do you anticipate will result from this Grant?)

Project Duration and Budget
(1) Project Duration (Min 4 months; Max 1 year)
(2) Report Preparation Duration (Max 6 months post-project)
(3) Grant Amount Requested
(4) Budget [itemize the budget; for example, materials and supplies; stipend]

*Attach a project cover photo and a photo of the applicant(s). A brief version of the accepted proposal will be shown on the SPF’s website, which will be followed by a full research report when the project is completed. See examples of photos in the published projects in education.

(b) Rowell Collaborative Action Research Grant Application
The Rowell Collaborative Action Research Grant has been established to support collaborative action research in K-12 educational settings. These Special Grants are awarded for collaborations involving at least one school counselor and at least one non-school counseling practitioner, such as a classroom teacher, a school librarian or a school nurse, or a practitioner in a community-based organization setting, such as an after-school youth recreational program or a community-based service project. Projects can be focused on student outcomes in any one of the core educational domains of academic development, personal/social development, or career development and must be designed as collaborative action research (CAR). A project can be proposed for a minimum of four months up to a maximum of one year. A project must include a minimum of two cycles of research activities. The maximum amount of funding that can be requested for a project is $1,000, and of this amount up to $200 of a request can be for stipends for the collaborating practitioner-researchers. Recipients of the Rowell Collaborative Action Research Grant agree to practice Protection of Human Participants and to follow institutional review processes relevant to their work and/or community settings. Grant recipients also agree to publish the results of their work on the Social Publishers Foundation website.

Applicants are to submit their grant request directly to the Foundation as an attached file in Word format to the following email address: [email protected] Requests for assistance on proposal preparation and other inquiries regarding this special grant should be submitted to the same email address.

Application should include the following information.

Applicant Information
(1) Full name, institution/organization, and position for each collaborator
(2) Email addresses for all applicants
(3) Research location (City, State, Country)
(4) Occupation titles of all applicants
(5) A short profile for each applicant (Max 150 words)*

Project Description
(1) Project title*
(2) Project goal (Max 100 words)
(3) Project significance (Max 100 words)
(4) Project context (Max 200 words) [Describe key characteristics of the place in which your research will be conducted and the nature of the collaboration at the heart of the project.]
(5) Research plan (Max 1000 words) [Describe how you plan to conduct your research. Describe the research procedure (who, when, how)]
(6) Anticipated research results (Max 100 words)

Project Duration and Budget
(1) Project Duration (Min 4 months; Max 1 year)
(2) Report Preparation Duration (Max 6 months post-project)
(3) Grant Amount Requested (Max $1,000 USD)
(4) Budget [itemize the budget; for example, materials and supplies; stipend]

*Attach a project cover photo and a photo of the applicant(s). A brief version of the accepted proposal will be shown on the SPF’s website, which will be followed by a full research report when the project is completed. See examples of photos in the published projects in education.

(c) Start-Up Grant Application
The Foundation provides start-up grants to support practitioner-researchers and action-researchers in the planning stages of innovative projects that show promise for benefiting one or more social domains, including education and non-profit social service initiatives. The Foundation's Board gives priority to proposals for practitioner-research addressing classroom, school site, neighborhood, and community needs. Proposals by university-based scholars are not being accepted at this time as the Foundation wishes to focus its efforts on practitioners working in non-university settings. In addition, projects required in pursuit of a university degree are not eligible to apply for start-up grants at this time. Start-up grant requests will be in the $200 to $500 range. Funds can be used for planning meetings, activities and supplies, but not for research. However, a Start-up Grant application should include a brief description of how results of proposed activities will lead to practitioner-research. No funds from start-up grants may be used for personnel costs. The Foundation anticipates that practitioner-researchers awarded start-up grants will subsequently submit proposals for practitioner-research.

The Social Publishers Foundation will award a limited number of start-up grants on an on-going basis. To apply, complete the application form below and submit your request. Requests for assistance on proposal preparation and other inquiries regarding this grant should be submitted to: [email protected]

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