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Workshop: Grant Writing for EdTech
June 11, 2014
Need more money to make your ed tech dreams turn into reality for your school or nonprofit organization? Learn where to look for grants in your own neighborhood, secrets of a successful grant, and what to do when you win one! Participants should come to this workshop with a dream they want to fund and work on ways to make it happen during this practical, working session. A variety of online sources will be explored so that participants will develop their personal “grant writing tool kit” during the session, items that they will use in multiple grant proposals. They will also learn where to look for money in their own zip code that might never be advertised, as well as the more public sites for grant announcements. Budget and how that interacts with evaluation plans are crucial for getting a large grant funded. Participants will also learn strategies for surviving when they receive a grant and ways to increase their chances of having a grant renewed or getting additional funds after their first grant award.
Workshop presenter Dr. Rita Oates has presented grant writing workshops in person, in webinars, and for graduate credit. While director of the ed tech graduate program at Barry University, Dr. Rita Oates taught a grant writing course focused on ed tech. This workshop is derived from that three-credit course. As ed tech director in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the nation’s fourth largest district, Dr. Oates initiated innovative uses of technology, including a computer take-home program and summer tech camps. She led district deployment of new technology and teaching methods, partly funded with more than $10 million in grants she wrote. She also mentored teachers in writing grants for their dreams. She has been the program evaluator for several large federal grants as well as magnet school grants and others. She has written a dozen books and more than 100 articles about technology in education. She has keynoted state, regional, national and international conferences, with rave reviews for her engaging, thorough, entertaining sessions. A former high school language arts teacher, she has presented grant writing workshops at TIES (Minnesota), TCEA (Texas), in Palm Beach Co. Schools, and for Southeastern University in Lakeland. She was selected to present this workshop at ISTE 2014 in Atlanta. As a parent volunteer, she helped her children’s middle school win a $1.9 million grant; she has worked with PTAs to get grants as small as $500 and as large as $10,000. She has also presented a webinar on grant writing for media specialists during Connected Educator Month 2013 and for Florida technology educators in March 2014. Dr. Oates earned two undergraduate degrees from the University of Kansas and a master’s and PhD from Indiana University.