One of the goals of 21st century educators is to inspire students to be lifelong learners. To accomplish that, educators themselves should be passionate about learning as well. Teacher development grants are available to help teachers develop and improve on their craft. Below are some grants that help educators educate themselves. These grants all have deadlines early next year, less than two months away, so the time is right to get started on them.
The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation supports a teacher development grant program. This category aims to increase the effectiveness of individual educators and small teams of teachers. Eligible proposals are those that enhance student learning and educational quality, paying particular attention to those that best serve the at-risk and under-funded. A total of 125 teacher development grants will be funded. The application period is from Jan. 15-April 15. The maximum grant is $10,000.
This organization provides funds to help educators get the resources needed to pursue professional learning experiences. Fund for Teachers grants can be used for a wide variety of projects as long as they create enhanced learning environments for teachers, their students and their school communities. Eligible applicants must be full-time preK-12th grade educators, curriculum specialist, curriculum head, Special Education coordinator, media specialist/librarian, or other type of educator who spends at least 50% of their time directly teaching students. Educators must also have at least three years of teaching experience. Individuals may apply for up to $5,000 while teams may receive up to $10,000. Applications are due by Jan. 31.
This foundation has provided funding to thousands of educators. The NEA Foundation provides grants to individuals to participate in professional development activities. The foundation also provides funding to teams to fund collegial study. Preference is given to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global competence. Grants of $2,500 and $5,000 are available. Grants are available to current members of the National Education Association who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. There are three deadlines for applications: Feb. 1, June 1, and Oct. 15.
The James Madison Graduate Fellowships are $24,000 fellowships given to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Eligible applicants are U.S. citizens that are teachers or plan to be teachers of American history, American government, or civics classes in the 7-12 grade levels. Fellowship applicants compete against educators in their own state. If funding permits, the desire is to grant a fellowship to an individual from each state. The deadline for application is March 1.
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