My principal just forwarded me a link to this grant application: DCAT "Making a Difference" Award
. It's for $2500 to expand a successful middle school science program. You have to describe your program and prove that it has been successful. I think it would be a relatively easy grant to write, and that we might have a shot at getting it. We have the test scores as a starting point for proving our success, and I'd ask some former students to write letters of support indicating their on-going interest in science. What would be harder is making the case that we have a coherent program at all. What we have has developed organically - is still developing - and is full of holes that we are struggling to close. Although we've done some curriculum mapping and whatnot, I don't feel like we have a strategically-designed "program" yet. Then again, if I learned anything in college, it was how to take fragments and present them as though they were a whole - and I can do it pretty convincingly. And goodness knows, we could use the funding, and I would LOVE to attend NSTA (except I'd be out of the country and wouldn't be able to go, anyway).
And then there's the bitter, immature part of me that is like, Write the d*mn grant yourself. You don't even want me here.
But why cut off my nose to spite my face? We'll probably apply.