How to Gain Grants for your School Purchases

How to Gain Grants for your School Purchases

Grants Schools

Check out the following links for further details:

Safe Schools Grant (US Department of Education):

Safe School Programs are intended to prevent violence and the illegal use of drugs and to promote safety and discipline. Handheld PDAs can provide the power of 24/7 access to student or staff identification, student conduct histories, and direct links to contacts.

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Enhancing Education Through Technology (US Department of Education):

Technology like Principalm+; handheld software for school administrators – is eligible for funding under this program. Resource:

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Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) grant (US Department of Education):

This grant is designed to strengthen and improve district and school-level buildings’ emergency response and crisis plans. Access to SIS data on handheld devices serve as an essential emergency response tool, especially when no power is available.

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COPS Secure Our Schools Grants (US Department of Justice):

The COPS Office recently announced the availability of funding under the COPS Secure Our Schools (SOS) 2011 grant program. Approximately $14 million is available in Fiscal Year 2011 to provide funding to law enforcement agencies to assist with the development of school safety resources and provide improved security at schools and on school grounds. This program will fund up to 50% of the total cost to implement one or more of the following options: placement and use of metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures; security assessments; security training of personnel and students; coordination with local law enforcement; and/or any other measure that may provide a significant improvement in security.

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Other US Department of Education Programs

Learn more about other US Department of Education initiatives. Get the 2010 Guide to US Department of Education Programs

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State Funding

You can probably gain most of your funding at the State Level. Find your state department of education at the following link:

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Partner Funding: Police Department

Your local Police Department may want to help you pay for software and hardware that supports their purpose. For instance, the City of Newport News Police Department in Virginia purchased 48 Principalm+ software licenses and the necessary hardware for their local School Board. Principalm+ – with its quick access to student/staff pictures, identities, past histories and contacts; helps the police department achieve their ultimate objective of safety and security. Ask your local Police Department for support. You never know what you’ll get unless you ask.

Grant Resources was established as a governmental resource named the E-Grants Initiative, part of the President’s 2002 Fiscal Year Management Agenda to improve government services to the public. The concept has its origins in the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999, also known as Public Law 106-107. Today, is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $400 billion in annual awards.

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School Technology Grants: K-12

This publication provides information and links to various grants.

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eSchool News: Grants and Funding

Monitor eSchool News for school funding and education technology grants for K-12.

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Increasing Students Connection to School

Increasing Students Connection to School

Connectedness Schools

The school system spends more than $33 million a year on its various dropout-prevention programs in addition to the schools regular operating budgets. While school districts nationwide are trying a variety of approaches to combat high dropout rates, three common themes have emerged as keys to success: intense one-on-one attention; frequent testing to ensure steady progress; and partnerships with non-profits that provide resources not available in most urban districts.

In New York, only half of all high school students graduate in four years. But a local experiential school is changing those statistics. Students transferred are transfered to this intimate school after floundering in large high schools where they were lost in the crowd.

  • Staff at the experimental school is charged with getting involved
  • All of the 150 students have a counselor checking in every day
  • Counselors regularly greet students with reports on grades and attendance.
  • They call the cellphones and homes of students who fail to show.

The philosophy behind their elaborate anti-dropout programs is a simple one: Make students aware that somebody cares about their lives and futures. As one student says, “The teachers and counselors don’t let us slip away.”

5 Tips to Improving School Safety and Security

5 Tips to Improving School Safety and Security


Our nation’s schools are faced with ongoing and growing threats: Violence, Drugs, Bullying, Crime, Natural Disasters and even Terrorism. Is your school prepared?

There is a wealth of school safety and security resources available on the Internet. Although prevention and crises management tactics are extensive, five common themes tend to frequently emerge:

  1. Survey the Complex for Safety and Security Improvements: This can include everything from security fences and cameras to lighting and emergency power and even Principalm+, to provide your school staff anytime, anywhere access to your student information.
  2. Form a Team: In an emergency, you need to respond quickly. Ensure that every member of your team knows what role they need to perform in an emergency.
  3. Set up a Communication System: Communication is vital in any crisis situation. Equip your team with two-way radios and smartphones with Principalm+ for 24/7 access to your student data (including student/staff medical information and emergency contacts).
  4. Define, Publicize and Practice your Plan: Write a policy that defines what behaviors are acceptable or not acceptable in your school. Train your faculty and staff how to defuse potentially violent situations. Promote parent participation. Outline procedures for crises management. Practice those procedures regularly.
  5. Improve Student Relationships: Prevention is worth a pound of cure. The best way to prevent violence, drugs, teen pregnancy, bullying and more is to get to know your students and show that you care. When students feel invisible, they will go to any limit to get attention — even negative attention. Tools like Principalm+ and LearnFaces that help eliminate anonymity, also help eliminate student deceit, truancy and other undesirable behaviors. Watch what happens when you begin to improve your student connectedness. When your students feel that you know them and that you care about their success, they begin to shine … and other problems simply fade away.

One final comment to keep in mind. Improved school safety and security doesn’t have to cost huge amounts in capital improvements that make our schools more like jails. Sometimes simple improvements can go a long way. Start with the most economical means of reducing risks, such as trimming overgrown bushes and involving parent volunteers. Make strides towards getting to know your students, and ensure that your team always has access to student emergency contacts, medical information, disciplinary notes and more … with Principalm+.

Learn more about improving your schools safety and security measures. Investigate some of the following great resources.

Safety and Security Resources:

Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools (US Department of Education)

This guide offers research-based practices designed to assist school communities in identifying warning signs early and developing prevention, intervention and crisis response plans. The guide includes sections on:

  • Characteristics of a School that is Safe and Responsive to All Children
  • Early Warning Signs
  • Getting Help for Troubled Children
  • Developing a Prevention and Response Plan
  • Responding to Crisis
  • Resources
  • Methodology, Contributors, and Research Support

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Safeguarding Our Children: An Action Guide (US Department of Education)

The Department of Education and the Department of Justice have joined forces to create a 68-page “how-to” guidebook to help schools and communities prevent school violence. Safeguarding Our Children offers practical tips for designing and implementing school safety plans to reduce violence and help children get the services they need. Some of the main recommendations include (1) focus on improving student-teacher relationships; and (2) employ the three-stage model of prevention, early intervention, and intensive services.

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Crisis Planning Guide for Schools and Communities (US Department of Education)

Both a brochure and a guide are available on this government webpage. Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery are the key themes in this information booklet.

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Here are some additional websites:

Safe and Drug Free Schools Program (US Department of Education)

This Department of Education program provides information about government initiatives and grants for a wide range of school and community based education and prevention activities.

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Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center

This government-established centre produces three publications and provides ample resources for crises management.

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National School Safety Center

The National School Safety Center serves as an advocate for safe, secure and peaceful schools worldwide and as a catalyst for the prevention of school crime and violence. This website provides various resources on creating safe schools.

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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2007

This report is the tenth in a series of annual publications produced jointly by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Institute of Education Sciences (IES), in the U.S. Department of Education, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) in the U.S. Department of Justice. This report provides data on topics such as victimization, fights, bullying, classroom disorder, weapons, student perceptions of school safety, teacher injury, and availability and student use of drugs and alcohol.

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