Grant Assessment Form (1)
Dover Eyota Public Schools
Best Practice Grant Proposal
For your grant to be considered by the staff development committee, your must:
1. Provide the required information about the activity you would like funded by filling out the “Best Practice
Grant Proposal” form.
2. Make sure that you get approval from your building principal before submission.
3. Make sure the grant is submitted by one of the three posted deadlines.
4. Make sure that you are available to attend the Staff Development Advisory Committee meeting during which
your grant will be considered. The purpose of your attendance is to answer any questions the committee
has about your grant.
Part #1: Making sure that your proposal fits “Best Practice” Standards.
a. Does your project one or more of the following “Effective Staff Development” standards (check those that apply):
_____ The project focuses on the school classroom and research-based strategies that improve student learning.
_____ The project provides opportunities for teachers to practice and improve their instructional skills over time.
_____ The project provides opportunities for teachers to use student data as a part of their daily work to increase
_____ The project will enhance teacher content knowledge and instructional skills.
_____ The project will align with state and local academic standards.
_____ The project will provide opportunities to build professional relationships, foster collaboration among
principals and staff who provide instruction, and provide opportunities for teacher-to-teacher mentoring.
**** The project cannot provide release time for teachers to supervise students on field trips and school activities, or independent tasks not associated with enhancing the teacher’s knowledge and instructional skills (such as preparing report cards, calculating grades, or organizing classroom materials).
b. Does your project encourage one or more of the following “Principles of Best Practice” categories (check those that apply):
_____ Student-Centered: your project encourages teaching that provides a balance between teacher-led
activities and student-lead activities, listening to students’ questions and focusing on their interests and
_____ Experiential: your project encourages teaching that involves students being immersed in a subject
content through active, hands-on experiences.
_____ Holistic: your project encourages teaching that exposes children to curriculum in purposeful context, not
when it is presented in isolated segments.
_____ Authentic: your project encourages teaching that provides students with real, in-depth areas of students,
and opportunities to investigate topics in which they have a vested interest.
_____ Expressive: your project encourages teaching that provides practice in various forms of expression, such
as writing, dance, music, drawing, and drama.
_____ Reflective: your project encourages teaching that provides opportunities in the classroom to reflect on
what they felt, thought and learned.
_____ Social: your project encourages teaching that promotes students working together, becoming involved in
their learning, constructing opinions and testing their hypotheses.
_____ Collaborative: your project encourages teaching that focuses on students learning with one another
instead of competing against each other.
_____ Democratic: your project encourages teaching that provides opportunity for students to exercise good
choices to make the classroom experience more productive and inspiring.
_____ Cognitive: your project encourages teaching that provides opportunity for students to use higher-order
thinking skills (analytical reasoning, interpretation, metaphorical thinking, creative design, categorization,
hypothesizing, drawing inferences, and synthesis) to truly understand the nature of what they are learning.
_____ Developmental: your project encourages teaching that provides age-appropriate activities that allow for
individual differences among students.
_____ Constructivist: your project encourages teaching that fosters an environment that allows students to make
decisions about their work that determines meaning for their learning.
_____ Challenging: your project encourages teaching that encourages students to be self-directed learners.
Description of the proposed project:
Today’s Date: date submitted
Staff Member writing the proposal:
Title of proposed project:
District Goal: with what district goal does this activity fit?
Baseline Data: find the district data (include actual numbers) that show there is a need for this staff development activity.
Desired Result for Students: what positive impact do you want this to have on our students?
Pertinent Information: include and document any research that proves this staff development activity has worked for previous trials and will likely make a difference at our school
Transfer to District-Wide Application: how will this benefit all staff members?
Plan for Evaluation: how will you prove this activity was worth the time and cost?
Timeline and Schedule: when? how long?
Participants: who will be involved?
Location of activity: where?
Name of Trainer: who is presenting the activity?
Anticipated maximum budget: (include a detailed account of these items) cost for the trainer, food, supplies, transportation, hotel and staff fee’s
Building Principal Signature:
Best Practices Grant Assessment Form
(This is how your grant will be evaluated.)
Each member of the staff development committee will fill out this form. For your grant to be approved, your total score must be 15 or above. You may want to take some time to fill this out to see if it would pass if you were to evaluate your own grant proposal!
Alignment with Dover-Eyota District Goals: Yes No
(if your grant does not align with Dover-Eyota’s district goals, the grant evaluation will stop here.)
Baseline Data demonstrates a need for improvement
4 Baseline data indicates definite need for intervention
3 Baseline data indicates some need for intervention
2 Baseline data indicates little need for intervention
1 No baseline data collected
Pertinent Information shows impact on student achievement
4 Research show proven positive impact for more than one trial
3 Research shows proven positive impact in at least one trial
2 Research provides conflicting perspectives
1 No research cited
Transfer to District wide Application
4 Would definitely be of use to others in the district
3 Likely to be of use to others in the district
2 Might be of some use to others in the district
1 It is unlikely to be of use to others in the district
4 Has an excellent way to judge the success of the project __________
3 Has a good way to judge the success of the project
2 Has an adequate way to judge the success of the project
1 Has no way of judging the success of the project
4 Seems well worth the time and cost involved
3 Seems worth the time and cost involved
2 Seems marginally worth the time and cost involved
1 Does not seem worth the time and cost involved