Understanding Teacher Change and Teachers as Learners in K-12 Classrooms

Important Note: The next opportunity to submit a proposal for the Teachers as Learners program will be in early 2019. To be notified when updated guidelines have been posted sign up for our mailing list, follow us on Twitter, or check this page again in early 2019.

Pre-proposal Guidelines


Pre-proposals must be submitted electronically as an electronic form submission via the link below beginning March 8, 2017 and no later than Wednesday, April 26, 2017 15:59 CDT (20:59 UTC).  

It is the responsibility of the lead or sponsoring institution to assure that submitted applications conform to the guidelines below. The guidelines are designed for with the intent to create a simple, fair, straightforward application process. Applications that fail to meet both the spirit and the letter of the guidelines will be considered an inappropriate response to the posted request for applications and eliminated from funding consideration.


Submission Format

  • Materials must be submitted in English.
  • Follow the word limits carefully to avoid disqualification.
  • Before emailing the Foundation with questions, please be sure that you have thoroughly read all the information on the Teachers as Learners webpages.
  • The Pre-proposal submission process uses an electronic form with plain text fields. You will not be able to upload file(s) that contains the requested information. You will be able to complete the pre-proposal in stages by saving and resuming over multiple visits. We recommend that you prepare the information below and then use it to copy and paste into the submission fields at least 24 hours before the deadline.
  • Once a Pre-proposal has been submitted, it cannot be edited. If you made a significant error on the submission a new pre-proposal can be submitted.
  • Following the advisory panel review of pre-proposals JSMF will issue a limited number of invitations to those teams with the most responsive pre-proposals to participate in a collaborative workshop during which each of the teams will present their proposed project to members of the advisory panel and representatives from other pre-proposal teams.  Participation in the August 2-4, 2017 workshop is mandatory for all teams who wish to submit full proposals.  

A. Lead Institution

In this section provide information about the lead institution that will serve as the official grantee. This institution should be the primary institution of the project manager.
Lead Institution

B. Personnel

In this section provide information about the Project Manager as well as Team Members and their contributing roles.
Project Manager
  • The name, email, institutional affiliation, title, professional website/URL, link to publicly accessible version of CV, and one or two sentences describing this person's role(s) in the project.
    • Optional: ORCiD (Open Researcher & Contributor ID)
    • Optional: ResearcherID
Team Members
  • Provide a list of additional project personnel, each person's institutional affiliation, title, and one or two sentences describing each major team member's role(s) in the project.
    • Optional: Link to publicly accessible version of CV

C. Project

In this section provide information about the proposed research project.
  • Title of the Proposed Project
  • Project Summary (250 words)
    • Each pre-proposal must be accompanied by a summary describing the proposed project in language accessible to a general, non-scientific audience.
  • Project Description (1250 words)
    • Research questions to be addressed
    • In this section include your definition of learning and how it will be measured in the project.
  • Explain how the qualifications of the team will be able to actualize the proposed research (250 words)
  • Provide a budget expenditure plan by year along with a justification (250 words).

D. Dissemination and Translational Plan

In this section provide information about how the research findings will be disseminated to educational, scientific, and general purpose audiences through publications, presentations, and activities.

Describe an explicit translational plan for how the research findings will move into educational practice. Doing so means demonstrating a realistic understanding of how evidence-­based practices and principles are taken up by educational practitioners, students, parents, school administrators, or educational policymakers.

(750 words)



Good luck!