Trout in the Classroom

2016 Next Practices Grant

Cara Gilligan 

Trout in the Classroom

2016 Next Practices Grant

Kristen Miller

2015 Meeting Sensory Needs Within the Classroom

2015 Next Practices Grant

Kerri Pizzi

2015 Robots Got Talent

2015 Next Practices Grant

Duncan Crannell, Robert Finning and Sandra Kessell

2014 Truly Differentiating the Physical Education Classroom

2014 Next Practices Grant

Nick Albanito and Stephen Cullis

2013 From the Ground Up

2013 Next Practices Grant

Laurie Terranova and Linda Wagner

Grant Opportunities

Next Practices Grant

The Next Practices Grant Program (NPG) provides opportunities for staff members to be innovators by launching new ideas and strategies for learning.


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About the Program

The Randolph Education Foundation (REF) is providing grant money to support pilot programs that:

  • enhance the relevance of learning for today’s students and
  • build relationships among teachers, students, administrators, and parents in our school district.

While “best practices” have been used for decades in education, the REF seeks to fund “next practices” – fresh ideas in education that aim to teach in non-traditional, innovative ways. Some examples of next practice teaching strategies might be: creating interdisciplinary classrooms, developing learning networks across grades or schools, giving students hands-on experiences, or using new technologies.


About the Grant

Up to $10,000 is being offered by the REF for grant proposals from Randolph Township School District staff members.  These funds may support a single grant or multiple grants, depending upon the proposals received. Proposals should center on bringing additional relevance to the curriculum as well as strengthening relationships between students, teachers and staff, parents and administrators. “Relevance refers to learning in which students apply core knowledge, concepts or skills to solve real-world problems.” (International Center for Leadership in Education - ICLE website)

Grant awards may be used for any combination of materials, training, speakers, substitutes, technology, etc.  Funds cannot be used to purchase curriculum materials that are traditionally purchased through the regular school budget process.


Evaluation Process

Proposals will undergo a blind evaluation based on the following criteria:

  • supports district mission and district/school goals
  • supports and enhances the curriculum(a)
  • is creative and innovative
  • can be replicated
  • has a clearly defined budget
  • includes an evaluation process

Award Announcement

Grant awards will be announced in April 2017. REF will disburse the funds to the Randolph Township School District to purchase approved materials and services as stipulated in the grant proposal.


If you have any questions, please contact e-mail Francesca Lavin, REF Board Member/”Next Practices” Grant Program Chair at:

E-mail Francesca Lavin or call her at 973-647-2203.


Applications are due Thursday, February 16, 2017

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