Guideline: Curriculum and instruction address academic content and teaching methods. Together, they assure the curriculum is in-line with state academic standards. When analyzing curriculum and instruction teachers should look for opportunities for improvement, identify methods for raising expectations, and determine how they can acquire quality instructional materials.
This link to the Common Core State Standards Initiative website provides links to the English Language Arts and Mathematics standards.
This document contains links to national and state education data sources. The content may be useful to educators when developing a school profile.
This Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) website provides a compilation of content standards for K-12 curriculum in a searchable format.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, CRESST conducts research on important topics related to K-12 educational testing.
Purpose: Writing a successful grant application begins with understanding the reason for seeking grant funding from a governmental agency or private foundation. If the grant seeker is a school, the organizational assessment undertaken for improvement planning may provide useful reasons for the desired funding.
The grant seekers organizational assessment must address the subject area the funding organization has an interest in supporting. In regards to a governmental grant proposal, the assessment must address the request for proposal's focus.
Element 1 outlines the tasks involved in creating an organizational assessment.
Purpose: Prior to writing the grant application, the project lead should pre-plan how the application will be developed, a timeline for completing it, and an internal review process for the application. Element 3 outlines the steps in creating a road map for the application process.
Purpose: The grant proposal brings life to the project idea. It is the vehicle the grant seeker uses to sell their idea to the prospective funding sources. Element 4 outlines the steps to develop and submit a successful grant application. Once the application has been submitted, follow-up with the funder is essential.