The Experts in Residence program is designed to provide funding and to serve as a catalyst to initiate visits from a wide variety of experts.
These grants are awarded monthly to fund visits from a wide variety of experts that provide a face-to-face interaction between the subject area expert and the students.
You will be notified of the status of your request following the Foundation board meeting on the first Wednesday of each month. If funding is approved, the teacher requesting the funds should then complete the district POs with Project 020 coding and a program code, and schedule and supervise the expert’s visit.
Payment to the expert will likely require a W-9 form be filed with the district to identify the person for tax purposes.
The visiting expert may work with the students in a classroom, spend a period of time at a site interacting with various groups of students, or meet with a larger group of students in an appropriate facility. The emphasis should always be on face to face interaction between the expert and the students. Visits should be curriculum related and focused on real issues. These suggestions are offered to enhance the chances of receiving approval for a request:
- Demonstrate in what ways the expert’s visit will enrich the curriculum.
- Demonstrate that the project will reach as many students as realistically possible.
- Demonstrate that there are no other local resources available with which to conduct this learning experience.
- Demonstrate the benefit which the students will receive in career planning, skill development, or personal enrichment.
Non-funded requests may be resubmitted at a later date. Chances for approval are enhanced by not duplicating a program which has already been funded during the current school year.
Complete the application online via the below online form. You will receive a confirmation email once you have submitted your application.