On April 1, 2016, Stanford Graduate School of Education announced its requests for proposals for the third year of the Incentive Fund for Projects in San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). The GSE will provide funding for faculty-initiated research projects in SFUSD that align with the priorities of the district. The research has a high likelihood of having an effect on policies and practice because district administrators identify the problems of practice being researched and engage in a dialog with Stanford researchers throughout the life of a project. The collaboration and funding thus gives the GSE an opportunity to make a measureable difference in the quality of education experienced by a very diverse population of students. The Incentive Fund allows faculty to by-pass lengthy funding processes and to provide a much more timely response to district research needs.
A joint selection committee comprising two SFUSD representatives (SFUSD’s Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, Innovation and Social Justice and Chief of Research, Planning, and Assessment) and two Stanford representatives (to be selected by the Stanford GSE Dean) will make sure the Stanford projects awarded funding meet three criteria:
Criterion #1: The project is aligned with SFUSD research agenda.
Criterion #2: The project meets Stanford GSE’s standard for generalizability – likely to produce findings that will be relevant and useful to other school districts.
Criterion #3: The project has a clear SFUSD leader who helped to shape the research question(s), is willing to help operationalize the project and has a strong desire to utilize the findings in their day-to-day work or decisions.
The proposals are due May 16, 2016 at midnight. Completed proposals to the Incentive Fund should be sent to Laura Wentworth at firstname.lastname@example.org. Incentive fund awards will be announced by July 1, 2016 and incentive fund awards will be distributed by August 1, 2016.
If you have any questions, please send them to Laura Wentworth at email@example.com or call Laura at 415-279-8446.
Please see the document to the right for the forms and directions necessary to apply. Only Stanford Graduate School of Education Professors in partnership with SFUSD administrators can apply to this funding opportunity.
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