The Office of Sponsored Projects promotes and facilitates the acquisition of external funding to support Washburn University programs, projects and related activities. The Office of Sponsored Projects provides resources and assistance to faculty, staff and administrators to foster project ideas, locate funding opportunities, strengthen grant writing and research skills, develop grant proposals, and to comply with applicable approval and compliance requirements.
To achieve this mission, the Office of Sponsored Projects is committed to the following responsibilities:
Washburn University is the recipient of a Teacher Education Competitive grant from the Kansas Board of Regents. The "Paraprofessionals to Teachers" grant project will develop a pathway for current paraprofessionals in the local school districts to complete the requirements for certification in hard to fill disciplines and provide financial assistance for the paraprofessionals to complete the program.Washburn University has partnered with several of the surrounding districts to offer this program to help meet the need for teachers in the Topeka (USD 501), Shawnee Heights (USD 450), Seaman (USD 345), and Auburn Washburn (USD437) public school districts.Based on the current needs for certified teachers, priority will be given to paraprofessionals seeking certification in either special education or in a STEM field (identified as hard-to-fill disciplines). The program is unique in that it will utilize a pre-service co-teaching model to provide mentoring and coaching for participants as they become part of a team of educators in their home classrooms.