Try our new Professional Development Classes this October

Brockport Research Institute has an extensive catalog of Professional Development courses to suit a variety of PD needs.  See our 2017-2018 Course Catalog here.  This month, we are offering 2 different classes – Evaluating Educational Initiatives and Grants 101:  An Introduction to Grant Writing

Grants 101: An Introduction to Grant Writing
Course Description: 
BRI President and CEO Dr. Sara Silverstone will provide an overview of the grant writing process for educational, government, and not-for-profit organizations. From identifying government, corporate and private funding opportunities that best match an organization’s needs to drafting a compelling, data-based narrative, “Grants 101” will help new grant writers to understand the funding process, create a competitive proposal, and communicate with program managers and private funders before, during, and after the funding process.  Please register online or call the Business & Social Sciences Division at 585-428-8130.
Date:  Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Time:  10:00am – 11:30am
Location:  Central – Kate Gleason Auditorium, Central Library
Cost:  FREE
Intended Audience:  School District Office Leaders, School Site Leaders, Program Directors, Grant Professionals

 

Evaluating Educational Initiatives
Course Description:
Data-driven decision-making requires the systematic collection and analysis of valid data, which is what program evaluation is all about. During this session, Brockport Research Institute President, Dr. Sara Silverstone and Director of Evaluations, Tracy Herman, will provide an overview of program evaluation, including the importance of defining the evaluation questions/purposes, identifying data collection tools to measure the data necessary to answer those questions, and the process of data collection, analysis, and reporting. Attendees will then participate in a facilitated discussion on how to apply evaluation approaches to monitoring the implementation and outcomes of behavioral and curricular initiatives such as PBIS/RTI, Character Education or next generation NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards. Attendees will gain knowledge in the fundamentals of program evaluation as well as the application of evaluation approaches to assess and improve educational initiatives.
Date​: Friday, October 20, 2017
Time​: 8:00-11:00
8:00AM – 8:30AM – Breakfast & Registration
8:30AM – 11:00AM – Presentation
Location​: Genesee Valley Boces, Leroy, Room E
Cost:  $15.00 (includes breakfast)
Intended Audience:  School District Office Leaders, School Site Leaders, Program Directors, Grant Professionals

 

 

 

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Computer Science Education Scholarships

Donors Choose is an organization that helps philanthropists choose how to best distribute educational donations.

DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you.”

It is now possible for teachers in middle and high schools to apply for “scholarships” through the site in order to receive funds that would allow them to attend professional development classes to teach computer science classes.

This opportunity is presented in part by Infosys Foundation USA who is currently matching donations.

If you would like to apply for funding click HERE.  If you are a donor wishing to help computer science education click HERE.

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BRI Working on Several Evaluation Projects

Recent Brockport Research Institute evaluation projects include a three-year, $400,000 New York State Education Department (NYSED) grant to improve science teaching in the Rochester City School District; a two-year, $200,000 NYSED grant to lower the high school drop-out rate in Ithaca City School District; and a three-year, $1.2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to engage SUNY Brockport education students in increasing the use of computational science in their teaching practice. In addition, we are working with the Cooperative Extension of Onslow County, North Carolina to support their gardening and resource conservation demonstration project, and conducting an energy behavior pilot project for the New York State Energy Research and Development Administration (NYSERDA).

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Contact us to find out how we can help you with your evaluation projects.

 

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