Classroom Innovation Grant Volunteer Reader

Welcome to our 2014-15 Classroom Innovation Grant Reader Volunteer information page!  Whether you are returning as a reader or are a new reader, we thank you in advance for your help with this wonderful program that we are able to offer to BVSD teachers this year!

General Information

The Classroom Innovation Grant (CIG) program is designed to focus on instructional & learning innovation as the cornerstone of the program. CIG’s are available to Pre-K, elementary, middle, charter, and high schools in the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD). We are now offering individual and collaborative grants!  This is a competitive grant program designed to provide funds for the most innovative, educational and developmental activities created by BVSD teachers.

Who is eligible for Classroom Innovation Grants?

  • Certified classroom teachers and specialists
  • Administrators, such as principals, assistant principals
  • District level administrators

What will top Classroom Innovation Grant applicants receive?

  • A showcase event hosted by Impact on Education in Spring 2015 at the BVSD Education Center
  • Up to $600.00 ($1,200 for collaborative grants) to fund their project as budgeted in their application

Important Dates for Volunteer Readers

Tues., 10/28/2014                              Online applications close

Fri.,    11/07/2014                               Grant evaluations begin

Mon., 11/17/2014                               Grant evaluations close

Fri., 11/21/2014                                  Grant recipients announced


The Process

  1. The reading period shall only take place between November 7th and November 17th, 2014.
  2. You will receive an email with 8 grants (randomly assigned) to read & score using the CIG evaluation rubric (the rubric link to score will be included in the email). If you would like to evaluate more, you are welcome to do so by contacting Amy Lee.
  3. Our evaluation process is a “blind read.”  You will not know the name or school off the applicant.
  4. All projects must be complete by the end of the 2014-15 academic school year.
  5. PLEASE NOTE: You must submit all of your scores in one sitting.  You may not save your work & come back.  Therefore, we highly recommend first scoring your assigned grants individually on your own & then completing the CIG evaluation online.
  6. Score applications on a scale of 1.0 to 10.0, with 10.0 indicating a highest score and 1.0 indicated a lowest score.   Special Note:  A score of 0.0 should be applied to any nominations that should be disqualified.Reasons for disqualification include:
    • Mention of the Applicant’s first and/or last names
    • Mention of the Applicant’s school name
  7. There will be 5 main components to score on each application:
    • Abstract   A description of the poject highlighting it’s compelling, creative, &/or unique aspects
    • Goals   Specific educational goals for the project.
    • Innovation   Description of the innovative instructional methods, techniques, or technologies to be used to improve student learning.
    • Evaluation  Planned methods of measurement to determine whether goals are met.
    • Plan  Timeline & expected qualitative & quantitative outcomes for the project.
  8. At the close of the reading period, median scores will be calculated. Applications with the top scoring medians will move forward in the funding process.
  9. HAVE FUN! Put yourself in the shoes of the grade-level student who will participate.  If the project seems age-appropriate, well-conceived and gets YOU excited, it will likely engage the student.  If it is effectively organized and presented, the teacher will likely be successful at achieving his/her project goals.  And if the student learning is tangible and worthwhile, you can feel confident that the donor will be pleased to support such a worthwhile project!

Thank you very much for taking part in this wonderful program!  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Amy Lee at or 303.524.3865 ext.224.