Giving Back to K-12 Education. TechPlanning Micro-Grants...

Photo by Svetlana Kuznetsova/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by Svetlana Kuznetsova/iStock / Getty Images

At TechPlanning, we are very interested in the model of private/public partnership as it pertains to US-based K-12 organizations and technology projects.  We are fortunate to be partnered   As such, we have made a strategic decision to be good education community partners, and will set aside 5% of annual profits to give back to those Googley projects in our client base who with innovative, reference-able success.  We also occasionally take on strategic projects at a discount, and can bring partners to the table for doing same.  Finally, we do some Pro Bono work in the geographies we currently serve.

Of course, this is nothing like the massive investment Google make in K-12 every day, but micro-grants in the $250 to $500 price range seem like a great way to a) recognize Google innovators among our clients and b) give us a vehicle for giving back.  The program will be competitive, and will expect applicants to submit up to a five minute video on what cool stuff they're doing with Google, what their project highs and lows are, and expose any best practices in the process.

Stay tuned for program details.  We work on a calendar year, so we'll be looking at making micro-grant awards as early as January, 2016, and opening applications on 1 November, 2016.  We're looking forward to giving back.  Even a small giveback would be beneficial and shows we're interested in our shared success, but the bigger picture we see is recognizing those innovative teachers and leadership who are paving the way for Google in Education.  These people are almost always putting in non-work time in their projects, and a little boost can potentially go a long way.

Wish us luck, and we'll post details at a later date.  Stay tuned to our blog for the scoop.  Thank you for either considering or working with us, we take that personally.

Chris Church, Managing Partner
Technology Planning & Consulting, LLC