The Reacting Consortium and the Endeavor Foundation have announced that 18 mini-grants will be awarded to colleges and universities wanting to develop and implement curriculum innovations using a high impact learning pedagogy called Reacting to the Past. The mini-grants, each in the amount of $7500, will allow institutional teams to attend a conference to learn about curriculum modification, experience the Reacting to the Past games, and receive support for their institutional ideas from the Consortium.
The Reacting Endeavor Challenge Grants are due December 1, 2016. See application details below.
Applicant institutions should submit a statement of 3-5 pages (12 point type, single- or double-spaced) outlining their plan for exploring the use of Reacting to the Past within a curriculum revision. Applications are encouraged from all types of accredited higher education institutions offering undergraduate degrees exploring one of a variety of programs such as general/liberal education, disciplinary programs, honors programs, or experiential learning programs that will have a significant impact on their campus. The application should:
- Identify the institutional name and the primary contact for the grant application. If this contact is not the CAO or Dean of a College/School/Division, indicate the name and title of the institutional official who has approved the team’s submission;
- Provide a list of the names, positions, and contact information for five members of the institutional team who will attend the team-based conference. While most teams will include several faculty and staff members, each team must include the Chief Academic Officer or a suitable high administrative designate who has the ability to contribute to discussions on institutional resources and commitments.
- Outline the purpose of the project in a concise narrative, including
- A statement of the project’s programmatic goals or student learning outcomes;
- A summary of the current state of the project: for example, would the Reacting Endeavor grant advance an existing curricular revision or would it help jump start a more preliminary discussion? Has the institution committed any resources to develop or implement the team’s project?;
- A candid assessment of the projected obstacles to implementation of high-impact practices such as Reacting;
- A sentence or two indicating how the experience or expertise of each member of the team will contribute to the project.
- Include any additional links or attachments that might assist the Reacting Consortium in understanding the team’s application.
The majority of the $7500 grant will cover expenses for registration, accommodations, and most meals for the team to attend a team-based track at the Reacting Conference in June 2017. The remaining funds will cover travel costs, or otherwise help advance the project, by funding campus workshops, providing stipends for courses development, or supporting attendance at future conferences. Each institution that is awarded a grant will be made an institutional member of the Reacting Consortium for one year, and thus will be eligible to receive discounts on registration for Reacting’s regular Summer Institute and additional regional conferences or campus workshops.