STEM Program Scale-Up - CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Dear STEM Educator,
Supporting your work in bringing quality STEM learning opportunities to Iowa youth, we offer the following program of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. A top priority of the Council is to help improve learner interest and achievement in STEM areas. To help meet this goal, nine STEM programs have been selected through a competitive process to be “scaled-up” throughout Iowa in 2013-2014. The Scale Up will be supported by the six regional managers of the statewide STEM Network. (See http://www.iowastem.gov/hubs/)
PreK-12 educators, both formal and non-formal, are eligible to apply, as long as they have undergone a criminal background check as a requirement of employment. Please note this is not a monetary grant application. All transactions will occur between the regional Hub and the program or service provider. Applicants who propose to cost-share by absorbing some expenses (e.g., supplies, travel, or administration, etc.) or bringing additional funding (e.g., a grant or private sector donation, etc.) will be considered favorably during the review process. Some Scale-Up Programs require cost sharing, as noted in their descriptions.
The application is below. Click here to see the Scoring Rubric which will be used by the evaluators in determining the distribution of Scale-Up awards.
Programs span all grade levels, all fields of STEM, and may be implemented in-school or out-of-school. Some programs may provide stipends for teachers or coaches working beyond contract hours, curriculum materials, or training related to the program materials.
The application deadline is April 10, 2013. Selected applicants will be notified by May 15, 2013.
Eligible applicants include public and private school preK-12 teachers, youth organization leaders, informal education professionals, and others who deliver STEM education programming (as long as they have undergone a criminal background check as a requirement of employment).
Click here for a menu of available programs.
Click here for a map of Iowa’s STEM Regions and Managers.
If you have questions about the program, please contact your Regional Manager via email. Additional information about this Scale-Up program and other aspects of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council may be accessed at www.IowaSTEM.gov.
REMEMBER: Fill out each box required, as indicated by *. Otherwise the application will not properly submit.
Please help us promote awareness of STEM Scale Up program throughout your professional network.
Direct questions and comments to your regional STEM manager below:
North Central: Lynne Campbell, North Central Regional STEM Manager
Northeast: James Hoelscher, Northeast STEM Regional Manager
South Central: Dr. Kris A. Kilibarda, South Central STEM Regional Manager
Southwest: Beth Kulow, Southwest STEM Regional Manager
641-782-7081 Ext. 520
Northwest: Kari Webb, Northwest STEM Regional Manager
Southeast: Rebecca Whitaker, Southeast STEM Regional Manager
Jeffrey Weld, Executive Director, Governor’s STEM Advisory Council
Upon submitting this application, you will see an acknowledgement screen. Print it out and acquire two signatures (applicant and applicant’s authorizing official) and return by US Mail to the address indicated within seven days of submission (April 17, 2013).
Special Notice Regarding Program Assessment
All awarded LEAs will be required to participate in assessing the effectiveness of the scale-up initiative of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. Assessment will include the following:
(1) A form providing participant information;
(2) A student interest questionnaire; data reported in aggregate through the use of electronic templates;
(3) A mid-year and end-of-year feedback form detailing the quality of support from regional manager and service provider and
(4) Additional evaluation requirements if requested service provider.
2013-14 Scale-up of Exemplary STEM Program in Local Education Agencies
Overview: The top priority for the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is to improve interest and achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) for learners throughout the state. One mechanism to reach this goal is to grow proven programs through Iowa’s regional STEM network. The nine eligible programs for 2013-2014 may be viewed here. The six Iowa STEM regions and their corresponding hubs and managers may be viewed at http://www.iowastem.gov/hubs/ - Each educator who intends to implement a program with a group of students must submit a separate application. -
Local educational agencies (LEAs, for example schools, 4-H, Extension, Scouts, etc.) are invited to submit applications for bringing one or more of these programs to local schools, clubs, informal learning centers, and other educational entities. Costs are borne by the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council for selected applicants. However, applicants who propose to cost-share through absorbing some expenses (e.g., supplies, travel, or administration, etc.) or bringing additional funding (e.g., a grant or private sector donation, etc.) will be considered favorably during the review process. Some scale-up programs require cost sharing, as noted in their descriptions.
*ATTN - PLEASE REMEMBER *
1) Fill out each box required as indicated by *. Otherwise the application will not properly submit.
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