Educator Action Projects

2017 Key Issues Institute Action Project Process & Application

Action Project Overview

Keystone Science School believes in the power of inspiring curiosity and strives to engage students in making a difference within their community. To meet this goal, KSS offers teachers who participated in one of our many professional development workshops the opportunity to redeem an action project stipend which can go directly towards a student-centered project with a goal of making an impact on their community.

If you are a teacher who participated in a Keystone Science School teacher workshop and has been offered an action project stipend, please review the information on this web page and complete the application. If you have any questions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

KSS Action Project -  Step by Step Process

  1. Facilitate Key Issues Institute or Climate Science Investigations in your classroom.
  2. Work with students to determine the action project & associated costs.
  3. Complete the online action project application with a project budget. Please click here for a budget template.
  4. Receive approval from KSS Staff of the proposed action project
  5. Send an invoice and school (or school district) W-9 to KSS: Please click here for an invoice template if your school district is unable to provide an invoice.
  6. Receive payment from KSS
  7. Implement action project
  8. Complete Final Report: It is a requirement of all teachers gaining approval that they complete a brief questionnaire about the outcomes of their project.

Frequently Asked Questions

What needs to be included in my budget?

Within the application, you will be asked to upload an action project budget. In the budget please make an itemized list of all expenses of your requested action project. Please make sure that the expenses equal your requested amount. If your requested expenses exceed your requested amount, please include confirmed or perspective additional revenue sources. You can click here to download a sample budget in an excel file (.exe).

How long does it take for my action project to be approved by KSS?

After you submit the online application, you will receive communication from KSS within 2 weeks of submission. The request might be immediately accepted or there will be a request for further information if necessary before approval can be granted.

How long does it take to process payment for the stipend once the proposal has been accepted?

Once your proposal has been approved, you will be required to send an invoice and a copy of your school’s W-9. Once KSS receives an invoice for your action project stipend amount, KSS will process payment within 30 days.

Who is the stipend check made out to?

All stipend checks will be made out to your school or school district.

What if my expenses add up to be more than the stipend amount?

If your expenses add up to more than your stipend amount, you will need to determine alternate sources of funding. You are more than welcome to contact KSS and discuss fundraising ideas so that you can raise additional funds to support your project. KSS always recommends reaching out to your school’s PTA/PTSA or local education foundation.

Does the action project need to take place during the current school year?

The action project does not always have to be completed during the current school year. If you apply for funds in the spring, we request that you use all funds in the fall of the next school year and prior to the end of the calendar year.

What are some examples of successful action projects?

We have had the opportunity to partner with teachers across the country who have implemented a wide variety of action projects. Here is a short list of some successful action projects from past Key Issues Institute teachers;

  • Implementation of a school wide recycling program
  • Creation of a stream table for students to observe aquatic ecosystems
  • Building and sustaining a pollinator garden that will support students learning STEM subjects.
  • Using 3D modeling software to create a working prototype tool that can remove invasive algae from waterways
  • Grow and sustain mangroves to revitalize local estuaries
  • Create a citizen science project where students collect and provide data to the Southwest Florida Water Management and Florida Fish and Wildlife. Students also initiated a community awareness campaign about the importance of keeping the Florida aquifer clean