It is never too late or too early to start planning for professional development, especially since the art of teaching is a lifelong learning experience in itself. While the economy is arguably on the rebound, many school districts are still faced with major budget cuts, leaving some teachers to pay for part or all of their professional development. To help alleviate some of the financial burdens teachers and school districts face when paying for mandated professional development, several foundations offer grants for such activity.
In this blog, we offer several suggestions for funding professional development for teachers. If you have questions or would like to speak to our education expert regarding additional funding opportunities, please contact us. Our initial consultations are always free.
The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation
The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation Teacher Development Grants strive to “promote best practices through cooperative and sustained commitment to increased efficacy, improved teaching and active learning.” The foundation awards grants of up to $10,000 per year to K-12 educators who are trying to “integrate fresh strategies that encourage critical inquiry and to observe their effects on students.” Grants are renewable for a maximum of three years. Applications for Teacher Development Grants will be accepted from January 15, 2014 through April 15, 2014.
This group offers expeditions for teachers as well as for students and offers fellowships. EarthWatch’s Teacher Fellowship expeditions seek to promote and nurture skills in research, problem-solving, and leadership as they relate to conservation, energy, and the environment. Deadline for this grant is not currently available.
Fund for Teachers
Fund for Teachers offers $5,000 stipends to teachers for professional development purposes. The organization also has a fellowship program for teachers. Finally, if you are trying to fund additional educational opportunities, Fund for Teachers has put together a comprehensive list of other grants, professional development, and award opportunities in content-specific areas. You can view their list by clicking here. The deadline for applying for a Fund for Teachers grant is January 30, 2014.
Remember that TheGrantHelpers.com is here to help you meet your goals, whether they are specifically related to professional development or some other area within education. If you have any questions about the above opportunities or are interested in learning more about additional educational funding opportunities, please contact us. Our education expert, Carol Timms, will be in touch with you as soon as possible. Also, if you are interested in applying for one of the above grants or another grant but you do not know where to begin, are strapped for time, or do not have the resources or manpower needed, please contact us for a free consultation or a quote for our services. We can work with you to customize our services and provide you with the best value for your budget.
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