Bush Foundation Individualized Learning School Design Application
We are looking for educators wanting to transform learning for students in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native Nations we serve!
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The Bush Foundation Education Initiative
Education is critical to making our region better for everyone. Our education system should help all children reach their full potential. The Bush Foundation believes this requires a more individualized approach to learning, one that makes education more relevant for all students in terms of who they are (cultural relevance), how they learn (instructional relevance) and where they want to go (career relevance).


The School Design for Individualized Learning Program
As part of our goal to make our region the national leader in individualizing education that meets the needs and ambitions of all students, we partnered with 2Revolutions, to bring their design expertise to support schools  through a planning and design program early in the year.  We are now offering grants, administered through 2Revolutions, to support school teams interested in implementing individualized learning models/plans that meet the principles of the design program, which are detailed below.


Deep Individualized Learning — students learn in ways that match how they learn, who they are and where they aspire to go in life. Students receive academic content when and how they need it to move forward in their learning;

Focused on Building Student Agency — the learning model promotes and builds student agency (aka, initiative and motivation) for lifelong learning and problem-solving for all students;

Authentic Experiences & Assessment — learning experiences and assessments of understanding are interesting, engaging and connected to the real world;

Tech “Enabled” — learning is supported by technology, but “tech” by itself is not the solution; and

Serving All (Equity) — there is a commitment to serve all learners, especially students from traditionally underserved populations.

Thank you for your interest in the Bush Foundation’s School Design for Individualized Learning Program 's individualized learning school design application process.

 
What's your first name? *

 
What's your last name? *

 
What's the name of your school or team? *

 
What's your postal address? *

 
Your telephone number? *

 
Did your team attend any of the sessions we held in April and May to introduce the Bush Foundation's Individualized Learning Initiative?School Design for Individualized Learning Program? *

     
 
If you answered yes, which sessions did you attend?


 
Is your school or organization a new school (start-up), existing school, or school system (district or network)? *


 
For new schools, what will be your first year of operation?

 
What grades do you anticipate serving?

 
Where will your school be physically located?

 
What type of school will you operate?


 
What percentage of your students do you anticipate will be learning English as a second language?

 
What percentage of your students do you anticipate will receive free or reduced lunch?

 
How many students does your school serve in which grades?

 
Where is your school physically located?

 
What type of school do you operate?


 
What percentage of your students are learning English as a second language?

 
What percentage of your students receive free or reduced lunch?

 
For school systems (districts or networks), what is the size of your school system? How many students do you serve in how many schools?

 
What percentage of your students are learning English as a second language?

 
What percentage of your students receive free or reduced lunch?

 
Tell us about the students and community your school serves (or will serve). Be sure to tell us about the community conditions and student demographics. *

 
Before we get started, WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU WRITE OUT YOUR ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN HERE to make sure that you do not lose the responses you create and submit here.

Warning:  Your answers are not saved in this system until you submit the entire application!  Type up the answers somewhere safe and where you can save them.  When you are ready, cut and paste your answers into the application.
 
On the following pages, you will be asked to answer questions about the readiness of your team to implement your school design and how your design aligns with the design principles we worked on in the design process.

 
If you require any support completing your application, please contact elizabeth@2revolutions.net for assistance.

AND REMEMBER THAT YOU SHOULD SAVE YOUR RESPONSES TO THESE QUESTIONS SOMEWHERE IN ADDITION TO SUBMITTING THEM HERE.  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING A BACKUP VERSION OF YOUR RESPONSES TO ALL QUESTIONS IN THE APPLICATION.
 
Tell us what your idea is for a school design/redesign that will transform learning for children?  In responding, please think about how the idea aligns with design principles which can be found here: 

(https://www.bushfoundation.org/events/school-design-individualized-learning). *

2,000-word limit.
 
Why is it important that your school design is implemented? *

1,000-word limit.
 
In answering each question, please share your strengths and any gaps your team may have in relation to a particular topic or principle.

WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR TEAMS WHO HAVE EVERYTHING FIGURED OUT.  WE WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW, WHAT YOU ARE WONDERING ABOUT AND WHAT YOU WORRY ABOUT.  THE MORE SPECIFIC AND TRANSPARENT YOU CAN BE THE BETTER!
 
Foundational Readiness: Successful innovation is supported by a strong and collaborative organizational culture. Below are some of the attributes that are often present in organizations ready to innovate and change: *

* Leaders model what they expect from others and build a culture that is action oriented.
* There is shared leadership that embraces change, taking risks and iterating ideas
over time.
* The organization thinks about its use of space, time, staff and resources in a flexible way.
* Staff is trained in and uses a design mindset to work on important challenges.

TELL US HOW READY YOU ARE TO TAKE ON THE CHANGE REQUIRED TO INNOVATE LEARNING.  WHERE ARE YOU STRONG?  WHERE DO YOU HAVE GAPS?  WHAT HELP WOULD YOU NEED TO DO THIS WORK WELL?  PLEASE SHARE ANYTHING YOU FEEL IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE KNOW.

500 WORD LIMIT.
 
Building Student Agency (Design Principle): Ownership is important in student engagement and developing lifelong skills for success.  Successful individualized learning models will often include the following characteristics: *

* Students are accessing their own learning and reviewing their own progress
* Students are co-planning their learning
* Students can access learning anywhere and anytime
* Students have opportunity to revise work based on feedback
* Students are making substantive decisions regarding their learning and activities
* Students have knowledge and skills that allow them to take control of their own learning

TELL US HOW ALIGNED YOUR SCHOOL DESIGN IS TO THIS DESIGN PRINCIPLE.    WHERE ARE YOU STRONG?  WHERE DO YOU HAVE GAPS?  WHAT HELP WOULD YOU NEED TO INCORPORATE THIS PRINCIPLE IN YOUR SCHOOL DESIGN?  PLEASE SHARE ANYTHING YOU FEEL IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE KNOW.

500 WORD LIMIT.
 
Authentic Experiences and Assessment (Design Principle): While important, standardized tests do not always provide the information needed to support student learning. Learning does not always engage students. Creating authentic experiences for learning and relevant assessments to measure skill acquisition can address both!  Examples of richer experiences and assessment can often be found in more individualized learning schools including the following characteristics: *

* Units and curriculum are based on real-world situations or scenarios
* Skill demonstration employs an authentic audience other than classroom peers and teacher
* Assessments are tied to demonstrating real-world application of skill acquisition
* Students and teachers collaborate with peers globally
* Classrooms are connected to community and learning takes place outside the walls of the school building

TELL US HOW ALIGNED YOUR SCHOOL DESIGN IS TO THIS DESIGN PRINCIPLE.    WHERE ARE YOU STRONG?  WHERE DO YOU HAVE GAPS?  WHAT HELP WOULD YOU NEED TO INCORPORATE THIS PRINCIPLE IN YOUR SCHOOL DESIGN?  PLEASE SHARE ANYTHING YOU FEEL IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE KNOW.

500 WORD LIMIT.
 
Tech-Enabled (Design Principle): Technology is not a magic bullet, but if used effectively, it can serve as a tool to not only individualize instruction but to also deeply embed 21st-century skills.  Often individualized learning environments leverage technology well to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of learning. *

* Schools and teachers are constantly trying new ways to integrate technology for instruction
* Teachers and students use content-based tools to support individualized learning and generate data
* Teachers and students use tech to support deeper learning
* Students and teachers routinely share tech usage ideas  

TELL US HOW ALIGNED YOUR SCHOOL DESIGN IS TO THIS DESIGN PRINCIPLE.    WHERE ARE YOU STRONG?  WHERE DO YOU HAVE GAPS?  WHAT HELP WOULD YOU NEED TO INCORPORATE THIS PRINCIPLE IN YOUR SCHOOL DESIGN?  PLEASE SHARE ANYTHING YOU FEEL IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE KNOW.  

500 WORD LIMIT.
 
Deep Individualized Learning (Design Principle): Ensuring that all students are getting the individualized instruction they need to move them forward is complex. Highly individualized schools do this well and often include the following attributes: *

* Students have individualized learning paths
* Flexible learning environments are evident
* Competency-based progressions are used in learning
* Outside of test scores, students are expected to develop in ways not typically reflected in traditional measures    

TELL US HOW ALIGNED YOUR SCHOOL DESIGN IS TO THIS DESIGN PRINCIPLE.    WHERE ARE YOU STRONG?  WHERE DO YOU HAVE GAPS?  WHAT HELP WOULD YOU NEED TO INCORPORATE THIS PRINCIPLE IN YOUR SCHOOL DESIGN?  PLEASE SHARE ANYTHING YOU FEEL IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE KNOW.  

500 WORD LIMIT.
 
Serving All/Equity (Design Principle): Being committed to ensuring that all students in the community are supported and having their needs met is critically important to this work and can be supported by the components below: *

* The school celebrates all student identities and cultures
* School culture is based on respect, trust, risk taking and inclusiveness and reflects a commitment to safety, justice, and community
* Materials and resources to support explorations of racism and other forms of oppression, as well as means of combatting them are an integral part of the school

TELL US HOW ALIGNED YOUR SCHOOL DESIGN IS TO THIS DESIGN PRINCIPLE.    WHERE ARE YOU STRONG?  WHERE DO YOU HAVE GAPS?  WHAT HELP WOULD YOU NEED TO INCORPORATE THIS PRINCIPLE IN YOUR SCHOOL DESIGN?  PLEASE SHARE ANYTHING YOU FEEL IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE KNOW.  

500 WORD LIMIT.
 
Funding is available for the most compelling applications.  Funding will be provided in the following categories:

Planning Grants: Up to $50,000
These grants are intended to support teams who have started but need more time to finish developing an individualized learning school design.  Example uses of funds include:  creating release time for teams to work continue with the school design, incorporating stakeholder voices, working with school community members to gain buy-in, and developing details on a new learning model.  Grant funds must be expended with 12 months of receipt.

Implementation Support Grants: Up to $100,000
These grants are intended to support teams that are ready to implement their new learning model at some scale.  The funds should be used to create the new learning environment and may include steps such as teacher training, curriculum and assessment development and other supports for implementation of the new learning model.  Grant funds must be expended within 24 months of receipt.

Whole School Design Grants: Up to $300,000
These grants are intended to support teams ready to fully implement their new school design within an entire school or school system. Teams applying for this level of funding will be ready to deeply implement their learning model across a broad range of grades and subjects, as well as be committed to supporting a two to five year implementation process to deeply embed the new learning design in their school or school system.  Grant funds should be expended over a period of 24-48 months.
 
For which category of grant funding would you like to be considered? *

Consideration for larger grants will require compelling details about the school design and how $ will be used to further the school design in concrete ways.
***Indication of interest in no way guarantees any commitment to provide any funding.***

 
What is the amount of funding you are seeking and over what period of months will you use this funding? (Please see the guidelines for each funding category.) *

500 word limit
 
Please upload a simple budget summarizing how you plan to use the funding to support your school design/redesign.

(We have provided a template for you to use. Download here: https://tinyurl.com/ya5n92ht It is optional to use this template – but we will be looking for similar information asked on this template). *

 
Applications will be accepted starting August 1, 2017.

All proposals submitted by 5:00 pm (Central Time Zone) on October 1, 2017 will be reviewed by November 15, 2017.

Announcement of funding decisions for the first round of applications is expected to occur in December 2017.

Applications will continue to be accepted between October 1, 2017 through May 30, 2018. Decisions for applications received during this period will be given within 90 days from date of submission.

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