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How to post a Special Projects proposal on the website

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Hint: It’s helpful to open 2 browser windows when working on this site.

In one open the Control Panel which includes the Publish Page: and in the other open the website where the published page will appear: This will allow you to move between the two pages easily. To see any changes you make, be sure to click “refresh” or “reload” in your browser.

(1) Log on to the control panel: (You will need to register before you can log on. When you register, an email will be sent to you. Follow directions in this email to complete your registration). If you are not registered and logged on, the site will be invisbile to you. You will be sent to the site’s homepage instead.

(2) Click on the publish tab in the upper left corner. This will open a screen with a list of blogs you can post in. Click on Proposals for Special Projects.

(3) This will open a form with the following fields:

Title: Give your project a descriptive title. Examples: Digitizing Mussellshell Valley obituaries. Documenting the culture of logging in northwest Montana. Creating a photo essay of one-room schools in Beaverhead County.

School: Choose your school from the drop-down list

Project Director: Who is in charge of getting the project done? Who is our the Heritage Project’s primary contact?

Partners: List anyone who may receive payments for completing work under this proposal. If the project director will receive a stipend for working with student writers beyond classroom assignments, he or she should be listed. If a student will be paid for creating a photo database, he or she should be listed. If a mentor will be paid for supervising an after school club, he or she should be listed.

Learning Objectives: This field should list 1-3 learning objectives that drive the project. The objectives might be academic, technological, or social. “Service” is not enough. We want to avoid students becoming aides--that is, doing tasks such as photocopying that are helpful but that don’t focus on teaching knowledge and skills. Creating finding aids or archiving previous work is okay, but be sure to focus on teaching students skills regarding categorizing and organizing materials.

Brief Summary: In two or three sentences, summarize the activities to be undertaken. This field will be used in the summary report.

Target students: Each project must have an educational purpose. Identify the student(s) who will learn as a result of this project. If this is a small group of students, list them by name with their grade level in paranthesis after their name. If it is a group, such as the School Yearbook Staff, or the Speech Team, name the group. If it is an entire class, name the class: English III.

Activities: Describe the main activities that will be undertaken. Examples: “Four students will do library research and conduct personal interviews with area ranchers and business people to write articles describing the history of the CRP lands and the impacts of this federal program on Chester. Two students will complete photo essays depicting the impacts of CRP on agriculture and downtown, including portraits of interview subjects.”

Timeline: Provide a month-to-month list showing when activities will be completed. Example:

February: (1) Identify rancers and business people who are knowledgeable about some aspect of CRP (2) Visit Great Falls Public Library and locate publications and documents that provide history and background of CRP program. 
March: (1) Using published documents, write set of interview questions for subjects.
April: (1) Conduct interviews, write transcripts. (2) Place all transcripts in online blog so all students have access to them (3) List possible photographs that could be located or taken to illustrate story

Budget: List the major activities, equipment or stipends that will be needed along with the amounts of money needed for each.

Budget Total: The total amount requested from the Heritage Project. Please use this format: $100.00. This information will be used in the summary report.

Additional Information: Use this field to describe a project that doesn’t fit in the required fields, or for any information needed for staff to understand what is being proposed and why it is worthy of funding.


1. Text can be prepared in a word processor and then pasted into the form. You will, however, lose any formatting, so prepare simple text without tables, indents, centering, or other features.

2. To save information on the form for completion in a later session, “submit” the form.  To get back to it, click on the “edit” tab at the top of the Control Panel, then scroll down to your entry, and click the “edit” link beside it. If you do not want your unfinished proposal to be visible on the web, change the entry status from “open” to “closed” in the box on the right side of the Publish Form.

3. If you have trouble, don’t hesitate to call the St. Ignatius office for help: 745-2600.

4. After you’ve posted your proposal, you can view it here (but only if you are logged on): There is no other link to this page, which is not visible to the public.

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Request for Proposals: Special Projects Grants

What are Special Projects Grants?

Special Projects grants are available for Demonstration Site teachers who have things they would like to do beyond their Demonstration Site grants. Though these may be used for regular classroom activities, they may also be used to work on projects with individual students or small groups of students. Also, it is permissible for both teachers and students to receive stipends for work done beyond the school day.

This is the source of the money we will use to pay student writers for their contributions to our online and print magazines.

We encourage you to involve students in developing the proposal.

General Guidelines

1. Teachers or community mentors can be compensated for time spent supervising students beyond the school day (But not for time preparing, reading, etc.) Use $17.75/hour. For example, a teacher who provides 3 student articles for Heritage Online and spends about 2 hours per student editing the various drafts could include a stipend of about $125.

2. Students can receive reasonable amounts for work that results in final products useful to the community or the Heritage Project.  Be careful using this, as intrinsic motivation can be dissolved by offering to pay for everything that’s done. Things done solely for money may not be as important as things done for other reasons.

3. From the student’s point of view, the project should be about learning and not just tasks that need to be done. It may be okay to do a digitizing project or an archiving project, but there should be attention paid to the academic learning of the student.

4. A Heritage Project teacher must serve as the grant’s Project Director and provide general oversight, assuring the project retains an academic focus.

Possible projects:

1. Chapters for 1910 book
2. Website comparing the impact of automobiles in 1900-1910 with the impace of the internet today
3. Packages or articles and for online or print magazine
4. A documentary or history video
5. A study of 1960s in-migration, perhaps with mentoring by a history or sociology prof
6. Organization of a local photo database
7. Museum displays or audio tours
8. Assistance for teacher’s summer fellowship, creating teaching resources
9. Developing finding aids or archiving systems for a local oral history collection

How to post an online Special Projects Proposal

Grant Information Page


Teachers are encouraged to submit proposals by June 15 for the following school year. However, grant proposals will be reviewed monthly as long as funds last. Teachers can call the office to learn whether money is still available. If funds are insufficient, we may negotiate with some sites to attempt to fund as many projects as possible within the budget.

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