On Tuesday April 30, the Georgetown Education Foundation awarded more than $40,000 in collaborative grants to teachers in Georgetown ISD during a surprise grant patrol, consisting of Georgetown Education Foundation Board members, local business sponsors, and GISD administration.
The purpose of this program is to fund innovative and creative educational projects that align with the district’s Learner Profile and impact student learning.
“It’s incredible to see the joy on each teacher’s face as they learn that their project has been funded,” said Greg Bowden, foundation board member. “This patrol represents the culmination of a grant writing process that each teacher undertook in their free time to encourage innovative learning opportunities on their campuses.”
Twelve grants were awarded to 15 campuses for innovative learning during the 2019-2020 school year. This is the third year for the foundation’s annual grant patrol. Last year, they awarded $30,284. A full list of grants is outlined below.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING RECIPIENTS:
SNACKIN' ON A STORY
SUSAN COOPER, JIM MEADOR, KRISTIN WITTMAN, GEORGETOWN HIGH SCHOOL
STAND UP FOR LEARNING
VICKIE HOSKINS, AMY PAIZ, PATRICIA HARRISON, WAGNER MIDDLE SCHOOL
NEISA LESELVA AND KELLI TERBUSH, CARVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
LIVELY LUNCH BUNCH BOOK CLUB
JANAE PIERCE, VICKIE THIEL, DENISE MONZINGO, NANCY ANN LANG, ANDREA MONTECIOUS AND AMANDA DELCONTE , MCCOY, FORD FROST, VILLAGE, COOPER & CARVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
FARM TO TABLE GARDEN PROJECT
WENDY STOCKER & CARTER BOWE, BRIDGES CAMPUS
DRUMFIT FOR EVERY LEARNER!
MEGAN STEVENSON & MAGGIE KOTZUR, FORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
OUTDOOR LEARNING AREA PHASE 2
VIRGIL ANDERSON, SANDY KINN-BURKS, SARAH MADDEN, MONICA DELEON, MOLLY FLEMING & AMY REID, FORBES MIDDLE SCHOOL
RASPBERRY PI ADVENTURES
ALAN COOK & LUCY CHARPENTIER, GEORGETOWN HIGH SCHOOL
REBECCA RAWSON & GAVIN HOOD, WAGNER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PEN
GAIL MCKENZIE & JODI LUOMA, PURL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
VERSATILE VERSA TILES
ALLYSON WALTERS & DAWN MITTS, CARVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The reason the Georgetown Education Foundation exists is to foster innovation through teacher grants. Last year, we gave out more than $25,000 in teacher grants to forward-thinking educators.
Our grant process is simple and straight-forward so teachers can spend less time applying and more time doing what they enjoy most: inspiring minds.
IMPORTANT SPRING 2019 COLLABORATIVE GRANT DEADLINES:
• December 17, 2018 – Grant Application will be made available
• February 15, 2019 - Applicants are strongly encouraged to have their grant ideas reviewed on this Professional Learning day
• March 8, 2019 – Grants due no later than 4:30 pm
• By May 3, 2019 – Grant Recipients Announced
The purpose of this program is to fund innovative and creative educational projects that impact student learning. Georgetown ISD Education Foundation is not interested in funding projects that have been in existence for many years but are now being cut due to budget constraints. Instead, they want to give teachers the opportunity to create new and engaging learning experience
Georgetown ISD Education Foundation does not fund stipends, salaries or teacher travel expenses to conferences or training. However, requests for staff development (registration fees for workshops, conference or substitutes) will be considered when these activities represent one component of a well-planned project, integrated with other activities that directly impact students
No. All applications are judged through a blind-review process. The first page of the application, the Signature Page, is removed before given to the judges to be read. Therefore, we ask that you NOT mention your name or your school name anywhere on your application after the Signature Page. We want every application to be judged on the merit of the proposed project.
In supporting innovation and creativity, we encourage educators to seek out cutting-edge technology that is proven to impact student achievement. We recognize that if the technology is new, it might not yet be on the district’s approved list. We strongly encourage all applicants to have their grant ideas reviewed during our February 15 Professional Learning Day at one of the grant review sessions.
A work plan lists out all of the steps necessary to complete your project. For example, if your project is to host a student art exhibition at Wolf Ranch, your first step might be to meet with the Wolf Ranch manager to agree on a time period the student work could be on display.
Another step would be to purchase the supplies needed for the art. Another step would be to begin a six -week instructional unit on watercolor painting with your fifth grade students.
Another step might be to take a field trip to a museum to see some masterpiece watercolor paintings. The important aspect of the work plan is that you are showing the reviewer that you have thought out all of the steps necessary for your project to be successful. This was not a last minute, late night idea you had, but you have developed a well-defined plan.
Yes, it is important to take the time to list out exactly how you intend to spend the grantor’s money. Of course, Georgetown ISD Education Foundation understands that there might be slight changes once the purchase is made, but go through the effort of giving the reviewer an idea of what books you intend to purchase with the funds requested.
Georgetown ISD Education Foundation awards all of the funds allocated for Teacher Innovation Grants; therefore, we often do not have extra to handle situations like this. We remind all applicants to include shipping and handling costs in their budget.
We do not encourage applicants to use a type of standardized testing as the measure of success. Therefore, we encourage you to find multiple measures of success such as a pre and post project measurement, rubric, student survey, or peer evaluation.
We are glad you asked! You can send a letter home to your students’ parents announcing your grant award and explaining what wonderful opportunities their children will receive (or future students) because of this grant and Georgetown ISD Education Foundation. You may write an article for your campus newsletter and/or update your teacher website throughout the school year on the progress of your grant project; submit a press release to your local newspaper; tell your friends and neighbors; or put stickers that say “Purchased by Georgetown ISD Education Foundation” on any non-consumable supplies purchased with grant funds. In all communications, we encourage you to include our website www.gisdedfound.org. The more you can get our name out there, the easier it will be to raise money, then the more money we can give out in grants to teachers like you!