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P2T Offers $15,000 Stipends for Proposals Leading to Positive Education Outcomes

Pathway2Tomorrow intends to issue $15,000 stipends to help develop and broadcast projects that "positively impact education outcomes" at the state and local levels. The ideas — due by Aug.31 — don't just need to come from instructors or teachers. Administrators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, researchers, parents and nonprofits are also being invited to apply.

P2T, a nonprofit itself, works with numerous partners such as the College Board, the Data Quality Campaign and the American Council on Education to help states and local communities make strategic contacts and build their capacity for implementing education-related policy solutions.

The ideas being sought in the current program need to meet local needs, be "research-informed," drive measurable outcomes, show innovation and be "implementable." Also, the length of the proposals shouldn't be longer than three pages. Other than that, the rules are lightweight: Format doesn't matter, and contents should include an introduction, a description of the idea and anticipated outcomes. (A sample proposal is provided on P2T's website.)

The ideas might address career and technical education, personalized learning, school innovation, early childhood education, funding frameworks that are effective and sustainable, or any number of other areas being explored in education.

The organization will support the development of selected proposals into policy papers and curate the final papers into a catalog of solutions for state and local education leaders.

The submissions will be evaluated by a cross-review group of local educators, leaders and advocates from around the country. Those selected for recognition will be developed into policy papers for P2T's catalog and receive $15,000 to cover the cost of full development. Notification will take place in October with development of the paper done in the fall and winter.

More information about the proposal process, including a recorded webinar about the competition, is available on the P2T website.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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