Summer Curriculum Grant Program


Purpose

The Summer Curriculum Grant is available to professional staff at St. Ignatius for the purpose of developing curriculum projects that can significantly and positively impact the effectiveness of our school programs. Summer Curriculum Grants support curriculum-related work that lies beyond the scope of faculty members’ normal professional duties.

Application Process

The Professional Development Committee will accept applications through Monday, April 1, 2019, and applicants will provide short presentations to the PDC during the second week of April. All grant applications will be acted upon no later than Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Interested faculty should meet with Paul Molinelli by Friday, March 22, 2019, to discuss the merits and feasibility of a proposed curriculum project.

Grant Criteria

The Summer Curriculum Grant will support curriculum projects that fulfill the major criteria below.

  1. Purpose & Need: The proposed curriculum project addresses a significant need, and the proposal has the support of the department(s).

  2. Project Impact: The proposed curriculum project will benefit many students while contributing to the achievement of department and/or schoolwide outcomes.

  3. Scope of Professional Duties: The scope of the work for this project exceeds normal professional expectations for curriculum and resource development (for example, grants should not support lesson planning).

  4. Curriculum & Project Design: Outcomes, assessments, and instructional methods and/or resources appear to be well-designed and consistent with backward-design principles. While not essential criteria, interdisciplinary projects that support development of core life skills are highly encouraged (e.g., information & media literacy, critical thinking & problem solving, communication & collaboration).

  5. Collaboration & Roles: Collaboration is a highly encouraged aspect of the work, and roles (including project manager) are clearly defined and tasks appropriately assigned.

Grant Award Levels

Grants will be awarded at particular levels according these criteria, which include accounting for the total number of grant participants and the anticipated amount of time required to complete the proposed project. Grants will be awarded according to the following levels:

Level 1 ≤ $1,000
Level 2 ≤ $2,000
Level 3 ≤ $3,000
Level 4 ≤ $4,000
Level 5 ≤ $5,000
Level 6 ≤ $6,000
Level 7 ≤ $7,000
Level 8 ≤ $8,000
Level 9 ≤ $9,000
Level 10 ≤ $10,000


When applying for a particular level of funding, consider those projects supported over the past nine years (listed here) as well as the following general guidelines:


Level 1-4

Smaller projects that produce original curriculum resources to supplement or enhance current courses or programs (e.g., 2018 Latin Reader, 2015 English 100 Reader Revision, 2012 AP Bio Revision)


Level 4-7

Projects to develop new semester courses, rewrite or significantly revise currently existing courses or programs (e.g., 2018 Campus Ministry Redesign, 2017 Us Histories & Cultures, 2013 Cura Program Revision)


Level 7-10

Projects for entirely new courses and programs, and/or projects with numerous collaborators (e.g., 2017 New RS 100 Course, 2017 Government Selective Program)

 

Presentation and Approval

  1. At an appointed time, the proposal’s author(s) will meet with the Professional Development Committee for about 15 minutes to address questions about the proposal.

  2. The Professional Development Committee, in full partnership with the Assistant Principal for Academics, who is a member of this committee, will make recommendations to the Principal who, in turn, must approve all projects and grants. Recipients will receive notification by no later than April 23, 2019.