The Power of Us Awards FAQ

August 17, 2018


  • What is the Power of Us Award?

The Power of Us Award provides funding to cross-school groups to stimulate more cross-school interaction and collaborative learning/work within the Network.  The goal is to curate, refine and share compelling examples of cross-school collaboration to increase the level of connection between members.  The expectation is that two or more people/schools within the Network work together to collaborate and learn around a specific idea/topic. Work could include, but is not limited to: a classroom project, a whole school project, work around a specific learning outcome, building culture, assessments, implementation of rubrics or aspects of the model, strengthening feedback, improving career or college readiness, and so much more.

  • Who may I collaborate with on our work?  

The expectation is to increase the level of connection between members in the Network.  Therefore, collaborative teams must include representatives from at least two different school districts.  Collaborative teams may include multiple members from the same school and/or district if they are joined by at least one member from a different district in the Network.  

  • How do I submit an application?

Interest forms are available on the NTN website: here.  Applications will be emailed to individuals and groups who have submitted an interest form.  

  • What are the deadlines for project idea submissions?

Interest forms will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through December 1, 2018.  Once you have submitted The Power of Us interest form (live on the NTN website now) to indicate interest in receiving The Power of Us Award, you will receive the application via email within 3 weeks. The application will request additional project details, including collaborators and budget.  Based on the individual project parameters, an application deadline and project timeline will be designed. It is anticipated completed applications will be due within 3 weeks of receiving the application form and all projects will be complete by July 1, 2019.

  • When do the projects need to be complete?

All interest forms received on or before December 1, 2018, will be considered on a rolling basis. The project should be completed by July 1, 2019.

  • Are there any regulations/guidelines for how I use the money?

Money awarded could be used for anything in relation to the work you will be doing. For example travel to a conference, travel to visit your teammate, hotel rooms, conference registration, supplies, etc.

  • Do I have to pay taxes on the award I received?

No.  However, if the awardees choose to have the monetary award paid directly to them they will receive a W-9 from New Tech Network and that will be reported to the Internal Revenue Service as income.  However, as long as you spend the full value of the award and document your expenditures you will be able to write off the full value of the award on your taxes. Thus, you will have no tax liability.

  • When will I receive the money and how?

Awards will be distributed on a rolling basis once you have submitted an approved application.  There are three different ways the money can be distributed. 1) The money can be disbursed directly to members of the applying team, 2) it can be disbursed to your school, or 3) the awardees can submit to NTN for reimbursement for project related expenditures.  NTN will distribute the funds according to what is most convenient for the awardees.

  • If I receive this award, what are my commitments?

If you receive this award you are committing to collaboratively develop and share compelling examples of cross-school work. This means you are committing to work with others, or another, outside of your school district to do some meaningful learning and application around a shared idea. You are also committing to share your learning in some way.  

  • What is expected in terms of “sharing my learning”?

You can choose to share your learning in many ways! You can present at NTAC 2019, write a blog for the NTN website, build out your project in Echo, share your artifacts with the NTN Resource Library, and more.

  • What type of support will we have throughout this process?

Throughout the process of your work, The Power of Us team will have an Echo group that we will all join. Here we will post all the information about the Power of Us Award you will need. This will also provide a place for participants to ask questions and receive support from an NTN member if needed.

Apply now!