Thursday, January 13, 2005

How to post a Special Projects proposal on the website

Grant Information Page

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.

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 01/13 at 07:57 AM
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