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Defining Projects

Having a well-defined project with clear objectives and deliverables is vital.   When developing a project consider:

  • Scope: Focus on a short term project, or clearly articulated portion(s) of a larger project that can be successfully accomplished by a motivated educator in eight weeks. 
  • Setting Goals: Have both a minimum requirement and stretch goals.
  • Language:  Try to minimize jargon and be sure to write out all acronyms as these may be unfamiliar to the teachers (and the Ignited Staff).
  • Deliverables: How will you measure your Fellow’s success?
  • Back-up Projects: Many Mentors underestimate what their Fellow can accomplish over 8 weeks. Having a few back-up projects scoped will ensure the teacher stays productive for your group.
  • Skills Needed: What skills would a teacher need in order to be successful with your project? Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office, email, etc.)? Knowledge of a specific program or tools? Your project scope can adjust based on your final candidate selection too.

Examples of how past Mentors have scoped their Fellowship projects:

“We modeled the Fellowship projects after our already existing student internship program.”

“We didn't have the knowledge to clearly define the specific project ourselves ahead of time, so one thing we were looking in a candidate was someone to help us define what's possible and what would be feasible in the time frame.  We selected a teacher with skills that our group used/needed and he helped define project. “

“We scoped the project based on fiscal year strategic objectives and then identified current department high impact projects / programs.”

“We had a brainstorming session about all the things the teachers could do. Then I met with my boss to determine the priorities. “

Need ideas? Check out these examples of previous successful projects!