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Engaging Students through Smart Giving

Schools seeking to boost student engagement can now submit projects for funding through the 2017 Smart Giving program.

Through Smart Giving, Schools Plus matches donors with a passion for education with schools running evidence-based projects to improve student success.

In this round, individual schools can receive up to $30,000 – or up to $50,000 for school clusters (5-10 schools) – to deliver projects that lift students’ ability and readiness to learn and succeed.

The round is being endorsed by Dr Pete Goss from the Grattan Institute, whose recent report highlighted the high level of disengagement in Australian classrooms that results in students not reaching their potential.

“I’m delighted that Schools Plus is running a Smart Giving round focused on student engagement,” said Dr Goss, School Education Program Director at the Grattan Institute.

In the previous four rounds of Smart Giving, lifting student engagement has also been identified as the most dominant theme of projects submitted.

“Smart Giving is focused on identifying the projects that are most likely to make a significant change and helping to make them happen,” said Rosemary Conn, CEO of Schools Plus.

“With research showing that up to 40% of students are disengaged and falling behind in learning, it’s clear that there is a substantial need for assistance in this area.”

Schools Plus will seek projects aimed at innovative, evidence-based approaches to better engage students in learning and improve their learning capacity.

Following the selection process, approximately 8-10 projects will receive immediate funding in mid-2017. Schools Plus will also select other high quality projects to promote to potential donors for support until December 2017.

To make a submission, schools must:
• have a value below 1000 on the Index of Community and Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) as listed on My School
• clearly articulate the project they are submitting, including the need, the activities, the expected outcomes and budget
• report on the outcomes, so the information can be shared with the donor/s and the wider education community.

More information can be found on the Smart Giving page.

Projects will be selected using the advice of independent education experts.

Submissions are open until Friday, April 28, 2017. While every effort will be made to connect schools with donors, there is no guarantee that every school project selected for the Smart Giving program will receive the funding sought.


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