Frequently Asked Questions
What is the history of Educator PD Grants (formerly known as CS4HS)?
Carnegie Mellon University launched their first professional development workshop in 2006 with support from Google and CSTA (Computer Science Teacher’s Association). As the program grew, CMU partnered with other universities like UCLA, University of Texas at Austin and and University of Washington to offer more PD opportunities. In 2008, Google announced CS4HS, now called Educator grants, as an official program to provide CS teachers globally with an opportunity to improve their technical and pedagogical skills. Today we continue this work in over 50 countries.
What are Educator PD grants?
We provide funding and resources to equip and empower computer science (CS) teachers through professional development (PD) programs. Administered by a PD CS expert, each program has three key components of successful and sustainable CS PD:
- Content developed and delivered to increase educators' knowledge of CS and computational thinking
- Content co-created by educators and PD providers to meet local student and educator needs
- Communities of practice, professional learning networks, or other educator resource groups that support teacher learning throughout the school year
Why are Educator PD grants not available everywhere?
Google regularly reviews the global CS education landscape to identify new opportunities to invest in CS teacher PD. If grants are not available in your local area, you can still connect with other CS education professionals through the Google+ community to learn about best practices in CS PD.
How much does Google fund PD providers to run a PD program?
Funding levels are determined a number of factors, including the number of participants, global region and other associated costs. Please refer to the application process page for your regional funding caps.
How can I use these funds? What type of award is this?
The funding is delivered as an unrestricted award. The funding should be used in ways that best address local educator needs.
Do you fund university overhead?
Grants are structured as unrestricted awards and cover direct costs only. Google has a strict policy against supporting overhead. Indirect costs, administrative costs, and overhead are not considered eligible budget items.
Who can apply for an Educator PD grant?
Any PD provider defined as a research institution, university, educational nonprofits such as professional development organizations, school districts or local offices of education. You must be dedicated to providing exemplary computer science professional development for teachers in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, China, Australia or New Zealand.
Can university students apply for funding?
University students are encouraged to be involved in the writing of the application and the delivery of the PD where appropriate. However, the application must be submitted by full time staff of the university.
I’m a teacher, parent, administrator, or community member. How do I advocate for an Educator PD grant?
Excellent news! Increasing PD opportunities available for educators is a community effort. We’ve provided resources to help with your advocacy efforts on the For Grantees page. Encourage your local research institution, university, education nonprofit to apply for a grant. For more information on CS and computational resources to use in your classroom, please visit Google for Education.
I applied for funding in a previous year, can I apply again?
Absolutely! We highly encourage former applicants and awardees to apply again. If you were previously funded for a grant, please specify if you’re adding a new dimension to a former project or scaling your efforts.
What constitutes a successful application?
Funding is awarded to applicants who demonstrate a sound pedagogical approach to CS and the establishment of or support for an ongoing community of practice around CS PD. For more information on successfully funded programs, visit the For Grantees page.
What level of detail is needed for the proposed budget?
Applications receive more positive reviewer ratings if they include a detailed budget with a clear rationale for all expenditures. We recommend that you include as much detail as possible when proposing a budget.
What is the ideal number of participants in a PD program?
We encourage PD practitioners to use the funding to maximize the number of participants they can invite without sacrificing the quality of the PD.
How are applications reviewed?
A panel of reviewers evaluate each application submitted, and a group consensus determines funding recipients. Funding decisions for grants are objective and based on several regional funding criteria.
I’m interested in seeing the breadth of grant programs that were funded. Do you have information about current and past programs?