Funding, Grants & Awards

Naiku Launches Assessment Software and PD Grant Program

Assessment software provider Naiku has launched a $250,000 grant program for innovative teachers and teacher teams.

The grants will be awarded in the spring and throughout the 2015-2016 school year and "are designed to support innovative teachers and teacher teams in utilizing learner-centric assessment practices in the classroom to differentiate instruction and personalize learning for all students," according to a news release. Topics covered by the grant include "research-proven and learner-centric classroom assessment practices such as self-assessment, goal-setting, student reflection, bi-directional feedback, adaptive learning resources and more in a standards-based classroom."

Grant winners will receive professional development from a psychometrician focused on next-generation assessment practices and a one-year subscription to Naiku's assessment software.

Individual teacher awards, dubbed Innovative Teacher Grants, will be awarded monthly, with 100 up for grabs over the period of the program. The Teacher Team School Grants, for teams of teachers, will support an entire school, allowing any teams within the school to use the resources provided by the grants. Thirty Teacher Team School Grants will be awarded as part of the initiative beginning April 30.

"Naiku's mission is to support teachers in accelerating learning for all students — in any subject and grade — through better assessment," said Greg Wright, CEO at Naiku, in a prepared statement. "We hope these grants of professional development and software tools aid teachers in their goal of supporting all students in a learner-centric environment."

For more information, or to apply for a grant, visit naiku.net/grants.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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