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Four Reasons to Consider Applying for the NYS Learning Technology Grant

May 18, 2018 The 2018-21 Learning Technology Grant was released by NYSED, due 6/8/2018. There is still time to decide to apply if you act now. Here are four reasons that may help your district make that decision. Funding is higher than it was in the past. The award maximum is now $100K/year for three years for an eligible (outside of the Big 4) district, and $200K/year for three years…

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VIA volunteering!

May 2, 2018 VIA staff serve on several advisory committees and in other volunteer roles. Our highlight of this community service today is the Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) Research Advisory Committee through the United Way of New York State. Caroline Taggart and Jessica Weitzel have served on the committee. United Ways from 18 states are collaborating on the ALICE project to ‘quantify and describe the number of households…

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NYS Learning Technology Grant RFP out now!

May 1, 2018 The 2018-21 Learning Technology Grant was released by NYSED. Its purpose is to have grantees: “develop, implement, and share innovative programs that utilize learning technologies to personalize learning and/or increase access to high-quality, rigorous learning experiences, as well as professional development programs to assist teachers and educational leaders in effectively utilizing learning technology to enhance teaching and learning (from the RFP).” This RFP is very different than…

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VIA in the news!

April 27, 2018 Via Evaluation had the privilege to complete the analysis for the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, and then present it to the board of Buffalo Public Schools. Both The Buffalo News, and WBFO reported on the project: http://buffalonews.com/2018/04/22/violence-drugs-suicide-survey-shows-buffalo-students-face-myriad-issues/ http://news.wbfo.org/post/preliminary-results-cdc-youth-risk-behavior-survey The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a reliable, national survey tool created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assess six categories of priority health-risk…

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Via’s Gary Ciurczak Introduced Keynote Speaker in Miami

April 17, 2018 Dr. Ciurczak met Teresa Grandal at the Grant Professionals Association conference in San Diego last fall. After speaking together, she invited him to introduce the breakfast Keynote Speaker of the Florida Council for Resource Development (FCRD) Spring Conference at Miami Dade College. About 70 members from 28 Florida colleges would attend. Ms. Grandal is the Interim Director, Resource Development there. The Keynote Speaker was Helen Vilorio, Executive…

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Grants and Evaluation, a perfect pair!

April 16, 2018 This Wednesday (April 18th), Jessica Weitzel will be presenting with Marie Battaglia of Grants for Growth at the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Western New York chapter Professional Development Luncheon Series in Amherst, NY. They will share tips for integrating evaluation into grants and using evaluative information to strengthen grant applications. Topics will include how to find the right grant writer and evaluator, use evaluation findings in needs…

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Via Evaluation is officially certified WBE!

April 13, 2018 We are incredibly excited to share that Via Evaluation is now a CERTIFIED Women-owned business (WBE) by New York State, Empire State Development, Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development! As you may remember, last year, Jessica Weitzel and Komani Lundquist purchased majority shares of Via Evaluation. Shortly thereafter, they submitted their application for WBE. We are excited to have finally received our approval from the state!…

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Use Reviewer Comments to Improve Your Proposal

April 11, 2018 “We regret to inform you…” It is always sad when your proposal is not accepted for funding. Last week, a colleague told me her proposal scored a 99, and yet was not funded. What are your next action steps? Request reviewer comments, and do it immediately There are timelines on this opportunity, and it is often 5 – 15 days Decide which comments were valid criticisms of…

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School’s Out, Make it Count! Conference next week

April 6, 2018 Next week, owners Jessica Weitzel and Komani Lundquist, along with Emily Hagstrom will be attending the New York State Network for Youth Success conference in Saratoga Springs, NY. Will we see you there? The theme for the two day conference is “School’s Out, Make it Count.” Our work at VIA has long focused on as-risk youth, and youth success, and we are excited to see everyone there!…

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Migrant Education Tutorial and Support Services (METS) Program RFP Released

3/28/2018 The new METS RFP was released, and is due on April 25, 2018. Key takeaways from the RFP: Award is for five years, Funds are for eight Migrant Education Tutorial and Support Services centers, Student achievement data now requires secure handling and storage, Use of evaluation results to improve program is required. In their proposals, applicants will explain how they will use evaluation results to change or modify their…

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