Summer Curriculum Grant Program


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 8, 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 project exceeds normal professional expectations for curriculum and resource development (for example, grants would not support lesson planning for extended periods).

  4. Curriculum & Project Design: Outcomes, assessments, and instructional methods and/or resources are well-designed, properly aligned, 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 required aspect of the work, and roles (including project manager) are clearly defined and tasks appropriately assigned.

Grant Award Levels

Grants will be proposed and awarded at particular levels, generally represented by (1) the estimated amount of time and resources required to complete the proposed project, (2) the degree to which the work is beyond the scope of normal professional duties regarding curriculum development,  (3) and the number of project members and/or depth of collaboration. This includes both labor and incidental expenses. Grants will be awarded according at 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 eight years (listed here) as well as the following general guidelines:

Level 2-5

Grant projects that produce original curriculum resources to enhance current courses or programs, or to develop a new elective (e.g., 2013 Grant for RS 100 "Religious" Assessment, 2012 Grant for AP Bio Revision)

Level 5-7

Grants to completely rewrite currently existing yearlong courses or school programs, or grants to develop new courses/programs (e.g., 2013 Grant for Cura Program Revision, 2016 Grant for Development of Robotics Courses)

Level 7-10

Grants for course textbooks and workbooks that replace traditional textbooks, or grants that support the creation of a new yearlong course or significant school program (e.g., 2015 Grant for English 200 Course Reader, 2014 Grant for Developing a Computer Science Program)


Follow-up Grants

Summer Grant recipients can apply for follow-up grants for the purposes of revising and/or expanding the original curriculum grant project. In most cases, follow-up grants are funded at a substantially lower level.

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.