MSUNER TEACHER RESEARCH GROUP GRANT
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS
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:
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.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CAREFULLY BEFORE COMPLETING THE PROPOSAL FORM:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-655-5231.
PROPOSALS ARE DUE BY SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
(Proposals will not be accepted after this due date)
DECISIONS ON AWARDS WILL BE MADE BY OCTOBER 15, 2016
PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS: Submit online below
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!
SUBMIT PROPOSAL ONLINE at:
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 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