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LEAP

About LEAP

LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) is an AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities) initiative designed to provide institutions of higher education with a practical framework for delivering an inclusive liberal education in a complex and diverse world. 

LEAP into Action Grant Information Session

In anticipation of the January 31, 2020 application deadline, the CTLL office invites both faculty and staff to attend an information session for individuals or groups considering ideas for LEAP into Action grants. In consideration of workloads, LEAP into Action is a program designed to provide $1,000 awards to support small-scale yet impactful changes to existing coursework or an entirely new project through the use of LEAP ideas and tools. The workshop will be facilitated by LEAP chair Jennifer Graff along with past grant recipients.

This workshop will be video teleconferenced from the Gainesville campus to the Cumming, Dahlonega, and Oconee campuses.

2019 LEAP into Action Grant Information Session

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: CMG 246 | DAH Hansford 312 | GVL Dunlap-Mathis 137 | OCN SRC 581
Facilitator: Jennifer Graff

LEAP into Action Grant

As an active member of LEAP States Georgia, UNG wishes to implement the use of LEAP’s ideas and tools on all campuses by inviting faculty and staff submissions for a grant opportunity called LEAP into Action.

2018-2019 LEAP into Action Grant

Leap Competition has concluded.

In consideration of workloads, LEAP into Action is designed to provide support for small-scale yet impactful changes to existing coursework or an entirely new project or assignment. Individuals or teams may apply for a grant that will support time and materials to implement a LEAP-related project.

LEAP into Action will award 20 projects with up to $1,000 per award. Submissions should include:
  • Name, email address, department, and primary campus of applicant. If submitting as a team, the individual submitting the application in the online portal will be designated as the primary contact
  • Proposal title
  • Thorough description of project or assignment that includes anticipated goals and merits, and indicates whether it is new or a redesign (max. 750 words)
  • Explanation of how the project or assignment integrates LEAP ideas or tools (Essential Learning Outcomes, Principles of Excellence, High-Impact Practices, VALUE Rubrics, etc.) (max. 500 words)
  • System for measuring success (max. 500 words)
  • Timeline for Implementation (max. 300 words)
  • Budget report outlining use of funds or justification for compensation
  • Letter of support from department head

Awardees will be expected to participate in a LEAP event associated with UNG’s SOIRE research day.

2019 LEAP into Action Grant Recipients

Projects and recipients of the 2019 LEAP into Action Grant:

  • Bodies of Water exhibition at The Bakery Atlanta – by Heather Foster
  • The Progressions Documents: The Beginning of Pedagogical Literacy in Mathematics – by Marnie Phipps, Patty Wagner, Sherry Hix, and Tom Cooper
  • LEAPing into Content Literacy: A Laboratory Approach – by Danielle Hilaski, Nicole Maxwell, and Jennie Jones
  • From Students to Advocates: Building HIV/AIDS Awareness through Engagement Beyond the Classroom – by Michallene McDaniel
  • The Politics of the American Civil War through Film: A LEAP-Based Interdisciplinary Learning Community – by Dan Cabaniss and Lance Bardsley
  • Explore and Learn Human Health on “UNG Public Health Awareness Day” – by Jo Qian
  • Active Citizenship Learning Community – Lindsay Bailey, Laura Ng, and Shane Toepfer

Team-teaching concepts increase on Oconee Campus

As a way to teach University of North Georgia (UNG) students about the history and politics of wars and how those interpretations have evolved over time in films, Dr. Lance Bardsley and Dan Cabaniss are collaborating to present the topic through an interdisciplinary learning community. Read the full UNG news article for more details!

Faculty start new programs or expand on existing ones through LEAP grants

Typically, University of North Georgia (UNG) seniors pursuing degrees in elementary and special education learn a teaching technique in a college classroom one day, implement it with students another day, and return to campus a week later for feedback and support from the professor. Read the full UNG news article for more details!

Educators LEAP into Action with impactful changes in the classroom

Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) is an Association of American Colleges and Universities initiative designed to provide colleges and universities with a practical framework for delivering an inclusive liberal education in a complex and diverse world. Read More about how UNG plans to implement the use of LEAP’s ideas and tools.

Grant jumpstarts community garden on Oconee Campus

Dr. Gary Adcox was simply hoping to use a community garden to engage students in stocking an on-campus food pantry with fresh foods while learning about sustainable food production and nutrition when he applied for a $1,000 UNG Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) Initiative grant earlier this year. Read the full UNG news article for more details!

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