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Innovation Planning Grants (Indiana)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Indiana Department of Education


    The Innovation Planning Grant supports schools and public school corporations in the formulation of a plan for the thoughtful integration of technology into teaching and learning. Recipients of this grant receive support for professional development, technology readiness assessments, and other resources. The Innovation Planning Grant is funded by the state through the David C. Ford technology fund. Awardees will develop a Comprehensive Plan to Implement a One-to-One Program informed by:

    • External vendor support: corporations will need to complete two readiness assessments. Districts may have previously done preliminary self-assessments. The external audits must include:
      • Infrastructure or tech readiness audit. You may have completed the Future Ready self-assessment for a Robust Infrastructure(link is external).
      • Instructional audit to give an overview of your schools learning culture and areas of professional development needs. You may have completed the Future Ready(link is external) self-assessments for Personalized Student Learning; Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Use of Space and Time; and Personalized Professional Learning. Multiple data points should be used for the audit, including class visits, focus groups, and surveys.
    • School visit(s): The team will visit at least one Indiana school corporation that has already successfully launched/implemented a 1:1 initiative.
    • Professional learning: The leadership team will participate in varied learning opportunities offered by the Office of eLearning and other organizations.

    History of Funding

    Previous grant awardees can be viewed here:

    The following school districts are recipients of 2018-19 Innovation Planning Grants:

    • Blackford Schools
    • Herron Charter and Riverside Charter
    • Indianapolis Public Schools
    • Merrillville Community School Corporation
    • North Judson-San Pierre School Coporation
    • Pike County School Corporation
    • Southeast Neighborhood School of Excellence (SENSE)
    • Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation

    Additional Information

    Planning activities include the research on innovative models of education/workforce alignment and creation of an implementation plan. Funds may be applied to travel to promising practice sites (in-state and nationally; exact sites do not need to be indicated in application), travel to in-state networking meetings with other grant participants, meeting costs, subscriptions to data resources (example: National Student Clearinghouse), and staff time (which can include stipends for partners). Funds may not be used for student transportation, to hire contractors or fund staff positions. 


    eLearning Staff

    eLearning Staff
    South Tower, Suite 600 115 W. Washington Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    (317) 232-0543

    Candice Dodson

    Candice Dodson
    South Tower, Suite 600 115 W. Washington Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

  • Eligibility Details

    All traditional and charter public schools, non-public schools, and other entities, programs, organizations, or individuals in Indiana are eligible to apply. Eligibility is not restricted to new or start-up programs. An applicant may only submit one application. 

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by September 24, 2019.

    Award Details

    Planning grants of up to $9,000 will be available for use from October 8, 2019 - May 29, 2020. Recipients must produce a 25 percent match.

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