Mini-grant Opportunity

The Ecology and History of Onondaga Lake
Exploring Haudenosaunee and Scientific Perspectives

Grant opportunity

For Middle School, High School and College educators in the Onondaga Lake watershed

Educators are invited to apply for small grants to implement and test a new curriculum about traditional and scientific ecological knowledge, focusing on Onondaga Lake and structured around the Thanksgiving Address and its values of gratitude and reciprocity.

Middle and High School:

The purpose of the grants is to support one to three teachers within a single school district who wish to implement at least two lessons from the curriculum during the 2016-17 school year. Grants averaging $3800 will support

  • One or more field trips to the Skä·noñh — Great Law of Peace Center on Onondaga Lake
  • An in-school project
  • An outreach event or display
  • Teacher stipends

Experts in environmental education will be available as consultants to each project and to lead the field trips. Teachers will be expected to administer a student survey before and after the program is implemented, and to write a final report about the project, offering a critical evaluation of the curriculum.

Examples of potential in-school projects are: development of a school nature trail, creation of habitat for a chosen species, or using GIS to map habitats around the school. Examples of outreach projects include: a display of posters created by the students or a school-wide event celebrating a species or a celestial event. All outreach projects should highlight the school’s place in the Onondaga Lake watershed.

Preference will be given to teachers or groups of teachers who plan to engage with the curriculum from multiple disciplinary perspectives (e.g. social studies, science, and ELA).

College Professors:

You are invited to apply for small grants to implement curriculum about traditional and scientific ecological knowledge, focusing on Onondaga Lake and structured around the Thanksgiving Address and its values of gratitude and reciprocity.

The purpose of the grants is to support course development and implementation during the 2016-17 school year. Grants will support

  • One or more field trips to the Skä·noñh — Great Law of Peace Center on Onondaga Lake
  • An on-campus or service learning project
  • An outreach event
  • Stipends for faculty or graduate assistants

Experts in environmental education will be available as consultants to each project and to lead the field trips. Faculty members will be expected to administer a student survey before and after the program is implemented, and to write a final report about the project, offering a critical evaluation of the curriculum.

Examples of potential on-campus projects are: development of a campus nature trail, creation of habitat for a chosen native species, using GIS to map habitats around the campus. Examples of outreach projects include a poster session or exhibit, a public event, or a celebration. All outreach projects should highlight the college’s place in the Onondaga Lake watershed.

Preference will be given to groups of faculty who plan to engage with the curriculum from multiple disciplinary perspectives.

Application deadline is August 26, 2016. See next page for details on how to apply. For more information, contact Rachel May, Coordinator of Sustainability Education, Syracuse University (sumay@syr.edu or 315-443-9726).

 

TO APPLY

Application deadline is August 26, 2016.

Submit a proposal of up to two pages that addresses the following questions:

  • What do you teach, and how do the themes of traditional and scientific ecological knowledge, Onondaga Lake, and/or Haudenosaunee values relate to your course(s)? How many students will be involved in the project?
  • What, if any, specific portions of the curriculum do expect to implement? (For Middle School, they include an Introduction to the Thanksgiving Address, Plants, Sun-Moon-Stars, and the Thunderers and Four Winds. For High School, they include an Introduction to the Thanksgiving Address, Plants, Water/watershed, Food plants, and Birds. The draft curriculum is available online at sustainability.syr.edu.)
  • What is your vision for a project to complement the field trips and curriculum?
  • What is your plan for an outreach event, and how will it highlight the college’s place in the watershed?
  • How do you expect that this opportunity will benefit you, your students, and your college?

On a separate page, include:

  • A timeline showing approximately when you expect to begin the curriculum, when you would wish to take field trip(s), and when you would complete the in-school project and school-wide outreach. The time frame for the grants is September – December, 2016.
  • A budget that outlines expected expenses for the field trip(s) and materials and supplies for the on-campus project and outreach event. Food should not be included in the budget, unless there is a direct relationship to the project (e.g. a project on growing and preparing native foods). The budget should be between $2000 and $3000. DO NOT include faculty/GA stipends in the budget. We will calculate an equitable amount based on the total budgets of the winning proposals. We anticipate that the stipends will be between $500 and $1000. No matching funds are required.

The applicant’s school district or college administration must also submit a Subrecipient Profile, a Statement of Work, and a Letter of Cooperation signed by an authorized administrator or representative of the school district or college, acknowledging that students will be completing surveys as part of this project. (We will issue the Statement of Work and an example Letter of Cooperation upon receipt of proposal submission.)
Submit proposals by mail or e-mail to:

Rachel May, Office of Sustainability Initiatives
323 Crouse Hinds Hall
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244
sumay@syr.edu