Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - Teacher Research Group Grant 2016-2017 (Formerly called Teacher Study Group Grant)





The Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal (MSUNER) of the Montclair State University Center of Pedagogy welcomes you to apply for a Teacher Research Group Grant (TRG), (formerly called Teacher Study Group Grants), for the 2016-2017 academic year. 

We renamed the grant to emphasize the importance of keeping current with  research as a  part of professional teaching practice. A TRG is meant to provide an opportunity for educators to take responsibility for their own professional development and renewal by engaging in collaborative learning and structured inquiry that will advance the goal of simultaneous renewal of the schools and the education of educators.  In other words, it gives a group of educators a chance to work and learn together about a topic of mutual interest.

Administrators and faculty from partner schools, faculty from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, and faculty from the College of Education and Human Services, are eligible to apply for this type of grant.  We encourage any and all combinations of educators to work together on a topic of mutual interest.  Since the possibilities are endless for the design and mission of the grant, let your imagination, interests, and needs guide your thinking when writing a proposal.  The Teacher Research Group context provides a wonderful vehicle for collegial professional development to assist in and redesign teaching and learning. 

Some sample topics from the past are:

  • Common Core Standards and 21st Century Learners
  • Peer Professional Development
  • No More Bullying!
  • Be Keen, Go Green!
  • Everything Tech But the Kitchen Sink
  • Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation in the Elementary School
  • Environmental Challenges: What We Can Do
  • Building Critical Thinking Strategies to Strengthen the Link Between Reading and Writing
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching


These examples are not meant to be exhaustive, but rather illustrative of the possibilities.  Summaries of previous study groups are available on this webpage if you would like more information.


This Request for Proposals (RFP) outlines the requirements for MSUNER funding of a Teacher Research Group.

Topics must relate to at least one of the following strands:

  • Pedagogy/Content
  • Diverse Learners
  • Mentoring/Induction
  • Technology or 21st Century Skills

Each partner district is entitled to $1,000 in funding for the 2016-2017 academic year. The same amount applies to Montclair State University University faculty and professional staff members. For each district, funds will be divided among the number of research groups that are accepted and by the nature of the project.  The maximum funding for any one research group grant is $500.  Special funding arrangements will be made should a research group include teachers from multiple school districts

If you have any questions after reading this, please contact your district coordinator or Deirdre MacKnight, the MSUNER Program Assistant at or 973-655-5231.


(Proposals will not be accepted after this due date)



PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS: Submit online below

1. Each Teacher Research Group must include a minimum of four people. At least one of the members must be a Clinical Faculty member and all group members must apply for Clinical Faculty status by December 1, 2016.
2. At the University, at least one member must have participated in some Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal, Center of Pedagogy, or Agenda for Education in a Democracy program during the past two years.
3. The group should designate one educator as the group coordinator, who will be the contact person who makes sure all TRG grant requirements are met, and who is responsible for the funds granted. If the coordinator is not the Clinical Faculty member, he/she needs to apply if the proposal is funded. Administrators and supervisors are encouraged to work in Teacher Research Groups, but may not be the coordinator.

4. Research group members must meet together for at least 16 hours during the academic year. These meetings may be after-school, during breakfast, lunch or dinner, during common planning time or release time, if available, or any time the group chooses to schedule its meetings.

5. There is a REQUIRED attendance roster that will be provided by MSUNER for documenting attendance at each Teacher Research Group meeting. All participants must sign in for themselves. Please note that only this required attendance sheet will qualify for awarding professional development hours.

6. The group leader should insure that the information is complete and includes who is in attendance, start and end times, the location of the meetings, and include a brief summary of the discussion for that meeting. Original copies of the rosters must be submitted to the MSUNER by the end of the year with your group's final report (form to be provided upon awarding of grant).
7. PLEASE NOTE: Members of study groups which do not complete their 16 hours of meeting time during 2016-2017 will not be awarded professional development hours, nor will they be eligible to apply for future grants.

You must keep all original receipts for all expenditures and submit these to the MSUNER by June 1, 2017. You will be provided with an Excel EXPENSE REPORT FORM which must be submitted with the final report, including original receipts for all expenditures attached to the Expense Report Form. Required guidelines and format for this report will be provided upon awarding of the grant.

The funds granted may only be used for:

Books (May be online)
Materials (Includes APPs or Online Subscriptions)
Refreshments (not to exceed $100 for $500 grants)
Guest speakers
TOTAL AMOUNT REQUESTED (Grants are limited to $500)

The funds granted may not be used for:

Release time
Substitute coverage
Travel reimbursement
Anything not directly related to your area of study

9. Each Teacher Research Group must document its work in a NARRATIVE REPORT due to the MSUNER by June 1, 2017. The report will need to include a title page, goals, accomplishments, future plans, a log of meeting dates and times accompanied by the sign-in sheets for each meeting. Required guidelines and format for this report will be provided upon awarding of the grant.

10. Each of the Teacher Research Groups are expected to PRESENT A SESSION showing their work at the MSUNER SUMMER CONFERENCE, on Monday, June 26, 2017. In addition, each group will create a tri-fold poster or electronic presentation featuring their work that will be displayed during the keynote session of the conference. *PLEASE NOTE: Teacher Research Groups that do not submit a final report will not be eligible for future funding.    

12. Funds will be sent to the school district to the attention of the group leader unless otherwise requested. If your proposal is accepted, a W-9 form must be completed by the receiving district or school and submitted to the MSUNER office either by mail or fax (973-655-7776).

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Teacher Research Group Grant.  Your idea is important, and the work you will do will benefit the students you teach.  Don't delay!  Gather colleagues and start writing your proposal today!



Important Dates/Timeline:

April 1, 2017-May 15, 2017: Submit presentation information and complete registration for MSUNER Summer Conference (Monday, June 26, 2017)

June 1, 2017:  DEADLINE for submission of TRG Reports

Monday, June 26, 2017: SUMMER CONFERENCE Presentation

 MSUNER Teacher Research Group grants are aligned with the New Jersey Professional Teaching Standards. The graphic below illustrates the connections:

Click here to view the organizational chart and reports for the 2008-09 Teacher Study Groups.

Click here to view the organizational chart and reports for the 2009-10 Teacher Study Groups.


Click here to view the organizational chart and reports for the 2010-11 Teacher Study Groups.

Click here to view the organizational chart and reports for the 2011-2012 Teacher Study Groups.

Click here to view the organizational chart and reports for the 2012-2013 Teacher Study Groups.

Click here to view the organizational chart and reports for the 2013-2014 Teacher Study Groups.

Click here to view the organizational chart and reports for the 2014-2015 Teacher Study Groups


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