Synopsis of Program
CESA 4 is providing up to 30 grants of $10,000 each to support Wisconsin educators through WISELearn. Materials will be shared for others to use as Open Educational Resources (OER) via WISELearn. All applicants must be Wisconsin public school districts or CESAs partnered with a consortium of schools. There are two different types of innovation grants, which are detailed below.
The first type of grant supports ELA, Math, and Science in professional learning for and implementation of these instructional materials for Wisconsin public educators. Teachers deserve high-quality instructional materials and ongoing support to implement those materials. Mounting evidence suggests that providing teachers with access to high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials and curriculum-based professional learning can result in improvement in student outcomes, making this a research-based school improvement strategy. Learn more about this research here.
The second type of grant supports teaching and learning through the creation and implementation of high quality open educational resources (OER) that will be shared in WISELearn. OERs are teaching and learning materials that have been made easier to use via licensing them (usually under Creative Commons) to be freely used, distributed without restriction, and often modified without additional permissions.
Application deadline: June 12, 2020
In order to be considered for funding, proposals must show a plan of action to address one or more of the following areas:
1. Mathematics/English Language Arts/Science (at least 60% of grants)
- Selection and/or adoption of high-quality instructional materials. The target area of the proposed OER to be adapted/created/distributed is selecting or adopting high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials according to nationally recognized, third-party reviewers (e.g. EdReports.org). For instructional materials that have not been reviewed by a nationally recognized, third-party reviewer (e.g. publisher claims materials are aligned to standards), the target area of focus is engaging in a review of the instructional materials to determine their quality and alignment to standards using a nationally recognized standards alignment rubric like EdReports.org or IMET.
Implementation on high-quality instructional materials. The target area of the proposed OER to be adapted/created/distributed is implementing high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials according to nationally recognized, third-party reviewers or alignment rubrics like EdReports.org or IMET. Such implementation should include planning for and/or implementing on-going, job-embedded professional learning focused on meeting the needs of every learner and using the high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials.
2. Other Content Areas (no ELA, Math, or Science)
- Create open resources, providing wide-scale dissemination of district-generated instructional materials available through WISELearn.
- Collaborate to develop and identify open resources, supports, and best practices to help in the ongoing implementation of OER instructional materials for use across the state via WISELearn.
- Curate and adapt top quality existing OER to create instructional materials in specific content area(s) within WISELearn.
Award and Budget Information
Type of Award
Up to 30 competitive $10,000 grants for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
Submissions may come from a Wisconsin public school, district office, or CESA. Only one proposal may be submitted per organization.
Proposals Due: June 12, 2020
Grants Awarded: August 2020
Grant Timeframe: August 2020 - May 31st, 2021
- View the details documents (linked near top of page)
- Contact Kaye Henrickson, WISELearn Innovation Project Coordinator - firstname.lastname@example.org