Workshops are FREE to attend. Check the AcademicExperts schedule for rooms and links to the LIVE sessions.
Tuesday, October 26
Developing Effective Strategies to Get that Grant
8:30 – 10:00 AM Part 1: Preparing and Submitting the Proposal
4:40 – 6:00 PM Part 2: Managing and Implementing the Grant
Abstract: This workshop, led by professionals with decades of experience in successful grant procurement, will explore strategies to develop sound grant proposals. Additionally, effective procedures to manage funded grants will be examined. Participants will be guided in the assessment of their personal grant experience and skills, with an eye toward enhancing their expertise in the process of grant development and management. Attention will be paid to both government-based and private funding opportunities and strategies. Through a collaborative approach, workshop participants will develop a toolkit that can be used for current and future grant opportunities. Resources on funding opportunities and strategies will be provided. Workshop participants are encouraged to share any grant activities in which they are currently engaged.
Workshop participants will be provided complimentary enrollment in the LearnTechU online course: “Developing Effective Strategies to Get that Grant.”
Michael Searson, Ph.D., is a retired professor of education from Kean University, serving 37 years in a number of faculty and administrative positions. Recently he has served as Vice President of Likeda Educational Technology in Shanghai, where he focused on STEAM education initiatives. He currently serves as Chief Academic Officer for AACE’s LTU project.
During his career, Searson has authored or co-authored about $12 million in grants. Most of these grants focused on educational technology initiatives and were often targeted to underserved communities. Commonly, his grant projects have involved numerous collaborative partners. Funding sources ranged from government-based agencies, such as the US Department of Education and the NSA (National Security Agency) to private-based foundations and funders. In many cases, grant initiatives led to sustained, institutionalized projects.
Dr. Searson has also served in a number of leadership positions, such as president of the international Society for the Integration of Technology and Teacher Education (SITE); a member of the US National Parks Service Advisory Board for Education; member and leader of the National Technology Leadership Summit. Additional innovative projects include the Apple Distinguished Educator, including service on its Advisory Board; participation in the Google Teaching Academy; recipient Facebook Digital Citizenship Research Grant; and, service on the Microsoft Partners in Learning Technology Enriched Instruction program.
Over his career, Dr. Searson has published and served as author or editor for over 150 articles, chapters, and forewords in various publications. And, Searson has delivered keynotes and invited presentations—mostly focusing on technology integration and innovative pedagogies—across several continents.
Gerald Knezek, Ph.D. is Regents Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas and Co-Director of the Institute for the Integration of Technology into Teaching & Learning ( IITTL) at UNT. He is Past President (2008-2011) of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE).
He is Lead Principal Investigator for UNT’s NASA Space Science Education Consortium STEAM Impact Research grant (NNX16AL63A, 2016-2021). He was Lead PI for the US National Science Foundation ITEST Project Going Green! Middle Schoolers Out to Save the World (#0833706 & #1312168, 2008-2017), and was Co-Principal Investigator for a US Fund for Improvement for Post-Secondary Education project titled simMentoring (#
Dr. Knezek received his B.A. in Mathematics and the Social Sciences from Dartmouth College , and his M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Psychology from the University of Hawaii. Additional information about current grant activities can be found at http://iittl.unt.edu.ment.