With differentiated education grant money, schools can provide individualized attention to students’ learning.
What’s Differentiated Education?
Teachers and school professionals are starting to realize the value of breaking away from conventional teaching methods which consisted of pre-packaged lectures and assignments that don’t take into account a student’s individuality.
Indeed, more and more studies are pointing out that since each individual student has his or her own learning style, using the a blanket teaching approach for all students has less than positive results.
Education of the Future
Differentiated education counteracts the old unproductive method. Students learn the way they learn best and at different levels. For instance, some students can learn grammar skills by simply being shown examples in a workbook while other students will read a story and attempt to pick out parts of speech. When it’s time for assessment, students are tested differently as well. In order to show that students have grasped a particular geometrical concept, for example, one student might be asked to solve a math problem, while another student may be asked to build a mathematical model.
In order to put in place differentiated education programs and have the resources necessary to address all learning styles, schools can request differentiated education grant money.
What goes into a proposal for differentiated education grant money?
As with any other grants, the institution seeking grant money must show in a proposal why the money is required and how the money is used towards furthering the goals of the differentiated education grant. Money will be only be allocated after a detailed proposal review.
The proposal must:
– provide background information,
– detail the objective of the grant,
– describe why differentiated education grant money is requested,
– say in which areas the grant will be used
– and for which target group,
– describe the plan to implement the grant,
– list the personnel involved
– explain the methods for evaluating the success of the project,
– and include a budget.
Depending on the specific project, there may be other, more specific requirements.
Where to apply
Differentiated education grant money can be disbursed by the federal or state government, non-profit organizations, academic institutes, research centers, funding organizations, corporations, and private individuals. Start your online search with grants.gov; this is a site listing all Federal grants available – $400 billion are available. Take a look also at Ed.gov, the US Department of Education website. Or simply sign up for our free report on education grants which lists excellent sources for regarding how to get differentiated education grant money.
One of the best offline ways to research grant opportunities is to visit your regional foundation library, located at most major universities. Your local library also has books listing grant opportunities, just consult with the librarian. Alternatively, these kinds of books will also be available either at your high school counselor’s office or your university’s financial aid office. You can purchase these books at book stores or do a search on Amazon.