How it Works for Colorado Programs

Our user-friendly online proposal submission form will ask for information you most likely already have available. Programs that show significant evidence of impact and effectiveness will be included in STEMworks. Every program that applies will receive feedback on its proposal.

Who may apply
Programs that serve primarily target audiences in Colorado may apply through this process. If your program serves audiences mostly outside of Colorado, please apply through our national STEMworks application portal during an open application period. If you have questions about your eligibility for the Colorado STEMworks program, please contact Liz Kuehl at the Colorado Education Initiative or Matt Wendel at the Colorado Technology Association

Summary of important dates and deadlines:

  • May 15, 2017--STEM application opens.
  • May 31, 2017, 3-4:00 pm Mountain time--Webinar for prospective applicants.CTEq will hold a webinar on STEMworks and the proposal process. (Register for the webinar.) Missed the webinar? Check out the recording.
  • August 11, 2017, 4 pm Mountain Time--Pre-screening application due.
  • August 18, 2017, 4 pm Mountain Time--Full application due.
  • August 18-September 29, 2017--Applications reviewed.
  • September 29-October13, 2017--Programs informed and results announced.

Change the Equation will hold a webinar on STEMworks and the proposal process on May 31, 2017 from 3 pm - 4 pm Mountain time. Register for the webinar here.

The Proposal Process
The proposal process has four steps:

  1. Register. Programs must register with the CTEq proposal site to gain access to the proposal site.
  2. Create a program profile. You will be asked to provide basic information about your program. If your program is included in the CTEq STEMworks Database, this information will be part of your program's public online profile.
  3. Upload supporting documents: Before you can begin the full proposal, you will be asked to upload some basic documents into the system. You must complete this step before the August 11th deadline. Programs will be expected to have most, though not necessarily all, of these documents before they can complete a full proposal:
    • Strategic plan
    • Annual report
    • Budget report
    • List of partners
    • Evaluation plan
    • Organizational chart
    • Alignment to relevant standards (STEM content and/or practices)
    • Sample curriculum or program activities
Programs that do not provide sufficient documents will be referred back to the proposal website for examples of the types of evidence expected in a STEMworks proposal. All documents must be uploaded in PDF format. When you upload a file, you will be able to add a brief description.
  1. Complete the online program ratings: Programs must rate themselves as Accomplished, Developing, or Undeveloped on each of the ten CTEq Design Principles.
    • After you rate your program on each Design Principle, you will provide an explanation of your self-rating. This explanation will not only justify your self-assessment, it will provide reviewers with a clear understanding of how evidence you provided for the pre-screen checklist supports your self-rating. You will also select each uploaded evidence file that you refer to in your summary paragraph.
    • You may use the same evidence to support your claims for more than one Principle, but your summaries should clearly convey how each Principle is specifically supported by the evidence you cite.
    • The Rubric offers examples of evidence that can support each Design Principle.
    • You will be able to review and update your self-ratings and evidence at any time prior to submission.

Please review the CTEq Design Principles and Rubric thoroughly before starting the proposal.

See a brief orientation video: Introduction and Orientation to the STEMworks Proposal Process

Preview the proposal form
If you would like to see all the questions you will have to answer to submit a completed proposal, please download a PDF version of the complete online proposal form. This document is for information purposes only. All proposals must be submitted through the online STEMworks proposal form.

The Review Process
After you submit your complete proposal packet, a team of independent reviewers retained by the Colorado Technology Association will review it. The review process will determine if the evidence provided supports your program's self-ratings. Reviewers will contact you with questions if they need further clarification. Following the reviews, programs not admitted to the STEMworks database will be able to re-submit revised proposals when the next round is announced.

Reviewers will place each successful program in one of three categories:

  1. "Accomplished programs" meet the STEMworks bar for admission.
  2. "Promising programs" may be too new to present strong evaluation data, for example, but they show the potential to be accomplished with further development.
  3. Unsuccessful programs have not met the bar for Accomplished or Promising programs. Change the Equation and Colorado STEM will never reveal the names of programs that have applied but not been admitted to STEMworks.

How does Change the Equation define "Accomplished" and "Promising" programs?

Accomplished programs meet the following definition:

  • They do not receive an "Undeveloped" rating on any Design Principle
  • They receive "Developing" ratings on no more than three Design Principles
  • They receive an "Accomplished" rating on Principle A (Need) and at least one of the following principles: Principle G (Content); Principle H (STEM Practices); or Principle I (Inspiration).

Promising programs meet the following definition:

  • They receive "Undeveloped" ratings on no more than four Design Principles: Principle B (Evaluation); Principle C (Sustainability); Principle D (Replication); and Principle E (Partnerships).
  • They receive an "Accomplished" rating on Principle A (Need) and at least one of the following principles: Principle G (Content); Principle H (STEM Practices); or Principle I (Inspiration).

Liz Kuehl of The Colorado Education Initiative (720-502-4736) or Matt Wendel of the Colorado Technology Association (720-382-5923) is available to answer any questions about the proposal process.

If you have not already done so, please register here.