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Grants to Florida PreK-8 Teachers and Schools in Polk and Hardee
Counties for Innovative Programs to Improve Student Achievement

Developer Grants

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Polk Education Foundation (PEF)

Deadline Date:

03/02/18 - Electronic submission. Courier and mail deliveries may arrive the following week.

Description:

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Grants of $600 to Florida PreK-8 teachers and grants of $1,000 to schools in Polk and Hardee Counties for programs in the areas of STEM education, literacy, and low-performing students. The grants will cover classroom materials and a stipend for additional hours spent on development and publishing.

Teacher to Teacher/School to School Connection seeks out teachers that have developed and successfully used innovative teaching practices in their classrooms. As part of a layered network designed to improve student achievement, these teachers called “Developers” work with the Foundation over the course of a school year to first help produce the Idea Catalog of Excellence in which their program is highlighted. Then, in the fall new Developers join with Developer alumni to present their innovative programs at the Idea Expo.

All PreK-8 teachers from Polk and Hardee Counties are invited to attend the Teacher to Teacher Connection Idea Expo to network with both present and past Developers, learning more about their innovative instructional practices.

School to School Connection grants allow teachers to develop a grant that focuses on a school-wide initiative.

Criterion for Teacher to Teacher Developer Grant:
- The program must have been fully implemented for at least one year prior to applying.
- The program must align with district-wide curriculum (Florida Standards/Sunshine State Standards depending on content area), District Technology Plan, and/or Code of Conduct.
- Information in the application should indicate how the program increased academic achievement related to one or more of the following focus areas: Literacy, STEM education, or low performing students.
- The program goals must be well defined.
- The materials list should total as close to $400 as possible.
- The program should be easily adaptable for other schools during the second semester.
- The program should detail the traits that make it both innovative and successful.
- The program should not duplicate a previously funded Developer Grant.

School to School Connection:
- The program must have been fully implemented for at least one year prior to applying.
- The program must align with district-wide curriculum (Florida Standards/Sunshine State Standards depending on content area), District Technology Plan, and/or Code of Conduct.
- Information in the application should indicate how the program increased academic achievement related to one or more of the following focus areas: Literacy, STEM education or low performing students.
- The program goals must be well defined and target an entire grade level(s) or student body.
- The materials list should total as close to $800 as possible.
- The program should be easily adaptable for other schools during the second semester.
- The program should detail the traits that make it both innovative and successful.
- The program should not duplicate a previously funded Developer Grant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 141439

Estimated Size of Grant:

Teacher to Teacher Developer Grants are worth $600 ($400 for classroom materials and $200 as a stipend for additional hours spent on development and publishing).

The School to School Program is worth $1,000 ($800 for classroom materials and $200 as a stipend for additional hours spent on development and publishing).

Term of Contract:

Developers work with the Foundation over the course of a school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Teacher to Teacher Development Grants:

- Any public or charter school PreK through 8th grade Teacher (including special area teachers: art, music, PE, guidance, media, ESE, etc.) in Polk or Hardee County that has developed and successfully implemented an innovative program that improved student academic achievement with a focus on literacy, STEM education, or low performing students.
- Teachers may submit one application per funding cycle. Team members may not participate on more than one developer grant application per grant cycle.
- Teachers may only receive two Developer Grants in a five year period.

School to School Connection:

- Any public or charter elementary or middle school (individual or team) in Polk or Hardee County that has developed and successfully implemented an innovative school-wide program that improved student academic achievement with a focus on literacy, STEM education, or low performing students.
- Schools may submit no more than two S2S Developer applications per funding cycle. Developers or teams may not participate on more than one developer grant application per grant cycle.

Pre-Application Information:

Developer Applications are are due March 2, 2018.

Grant recipients must present their programs at the 2018 Idea Expo.

The Teacher to Teacher/School to School Connection does not end with the initial grant money. The Foundation then provides the opportunity for teachers who attended the current year's IDEA Expo to apply for an Adapter grant in effort to replicate a program in their own classrooms or schools. Potential Adapters may apply for up to $400 (Classroom) or $800 (School) to purchase classroom materials they need to implement a specific Developer’s program.

T2T/S2S Annual IDEA Expo:
http://www.polk-fl.net/staff/grants/pefgrants/ideaexpo.htm

Previously Funded Programs:
www.polkeducationfoundation.org/t2t

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications should be emailed to Shannan Combee, and mail one hard copy of the application to:

Polk Education Foundation
Shannan Combee
PCSB Courier Route E

or

Shannan Combee
1530 Shumate Drive
Bartow, FL 33830

Shannan Combee, Program Director
863-534-0803
shannan.combee@polk-fl.net

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USA: Florida: Polk and Hardee Counties

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