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The vision of Project Tomorrow is to ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world.  We believe that by supporting the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources in our K-12 schools and communities, students will develop the critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st century.

Project Tomorrow Social Emotional Learning for Early Learners Grant Program

In collaboration with EQtainment
July 2020

Building supportive relationships, increasing students’ self-efficacy and helping students manage their emotions are critical building blocks to helping students overcome challenges, persevere through adversity and gain confidence in their skills.  Many educators are concerned that students’ social-emotional skills may slip during this challenging time and that lack of attention to these skills will impact academic progress, now and when schools reopen.  With this new grant program, Project Tomorrow is committed to helping elementary schools nationwide that serve students of color and students from high poverty communities by providing access to high quality social-emotional learning materials that can be used in school or at home to support young learners.

 

Los Angeles Program

With support from a Los Angeles based philanthropist and EQtainment, our first implementation of this new grant program is in Los Angeles County with 50 elementary schools.  To be considered for the grant, a school principal or other administrator should complete the program nomination form.  The deadline to submit the nomination form is Friday, September 4, 2020.   Schools selected for the program will be announced on September 14, 2020.  

 

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Each school selected will receive 10 classroom sets of resources to support social-emotional learning in preK to 4th grade classrooms.  Each classroom set includes a grade level curriculum, lesson plans, engaging videos, and fun games and activities to help young students develop healthy social and emotional skills during this upcoming school year.  Your teachers will receive training on how to use the curriculum and resources and have access to an online professional learning community managed by Project Tomorrow. The curriculum and materials are adaptable for use in a physical classroom or a virtual classroom.

 

Tell me more!

What schools are eligible for this grant program? 

  • Elementary school with a majority of pre-K to 4th grade students who are minorities or from high poverty homes
  • Located in Los Angeles County
  • Parochial, charter and public schools are eligible 
  • Administrator commitment to supporting students’ social and emotional well being through skills development and instruction
  • School commitment to the goals of the program  

Are there additional costs to participate?

  • There are no additional external costs to participate in this program.  This program is being fully funded through donations from Trousdale Ventures and EQtainment. 

 What it the process for selecting the schools? 

  • Schools interested in this program should submit a nomination form by no later than 5 pm PT on Friday, September 4, 2020.
  • All submitted nominations will be reviewed by Project Tomorrow staff.  If we have any questions, we will contact the nominator and the school principal directly. 
  • Project Tomorrow staff will identify a set of schools that meet our eligibility requirements and that list of schools will be reviewed by our external Advisory Council for the final grant awards.
  • The announcement of the schools that will receive the SEL resources and be part of the program will be made on September 14, 2020. 

If we are selected, what is expected of us? 

  • School will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Project Tomorrow that spells out in detail the parameters of the program and what is expected with the grant award.  Some of those details will vary by school.   Key components include:
    • Commitment to use the SEL resources on a regular basis.
    • Willingness to participate in feedback surveys on how the resources supported school goals.
    • Participation in public relations announcements. 

If we are not selected, can we apply again? 

  • Yes. Though not formalized yet, we anticipate having additional funding available later in the school year for more schools to receive the grant.  If your school is not selected, we will ask you if you would like to be on a waiting list in case more funding is available.  

How can I learn more about the QWunder SEL resources?

My school is not in Los Angeles County – do you have program plans for other communities? 

  • Yes. We are currently working with other philanthropists and funders to support this program in other communities. If you are interested in being considered for this program when it comes to your state/region please fill out this interest form. 

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