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Professional Learning Grant

Grants to Washington Teams of K-12 School Teachers to
Develop their Own Professional Development Programs

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Foundation / Corporation

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Ellison Education

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Grants to Washington teams of K-12 public school teachers for self-designed professional learning programs. Applications will be accepted from teams of teachers working either in the same grade level or subject matter. Funding is intended to support learning plans that aim to improve teachers' instructional practice.

Professional Learning Grants are awarded to teams of teachers that propose a collaborative professional learning plan designed to help them learn and integrate instructional strategies that are highly effective. These instructional strategies are rooted in best practice(s), and are directly related to the unique needs of their student population.

Teams of teachers should consider applying if they:

- Have an innovative idea to create engaging and impactful professional learning that promotes collaborative inquiry, teacher effectiveness, and sustained commitment to professional growth.
- Have the background and experience to complete the project successfully.
- Are eager to learn and integrate new instructional strategies or approaches.
- Are interested in observing and reflecting upon the effects of a particular teaching strategy on your students.
- Are prepared to quantify the results of your professional learning.

Books, materials, art supplies, stipends, technology, etc., are all within the scope of allowable budget items. Travel expenses are often not funded but can be considered depending on the scope and purpose of the project. Stipends are considered but should not be the bulk of the budget. Fees for substitutes will be considered.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182496

Number of Grants:

At least 5

Estimated Size of Grant:

All grants are for $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants are to be used during the 2018-2019 school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Ellison Foundation considers applications for financial support from educators who:

- Are employed by a K-12 public school in Washington State.
- Are currently certified to teach in Washington State.
- Have the background and experience to complete the project successfully.
- Have the support of your school administration.
- Are working in collaboration with your grade level or subject team.
- Are willing to work in collaboration with the Ellison Foundation and share your ideas with others.

Pre-Application Information:

Application process:


About the Administrator's Recommendation form:

- November 1st, 2017 to March 1st, 2018 - Applications are accepted
- March – Review of applications will be completed through the month of March. You will be notified by March 31st if your application is selected as a finalist.
- April - If your proposal is chosen as a finalist, the Ellison Foundation will conduct a site visit interview with the applicant(s) at their school.
- May 31st - All finalists will be notified if they’ve been selected as a grant recipient by May 31st, 2018.
- August 25th – A check will be mailed to the awardee's school no later than August 25th, 2018.

Make sure your principal or administrator has submitted their recommendation form in order for your application to be complete. The Principal/Administrators Recommendation Form can be sent separately if your principal or administrator desires confidentiality.

Although grants are awarded to a teacher or team of teachers, checks will be made out and mailed to your school. Access to your funds will be through your school’s bank account.

Contact Information:

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

Send applications via mail, email or fax to:

Bob Hurlbut
Ellison Foundation
400 112th Ave NE, Suite 230
Bellevue, WA 98004
Fax: 425-468-6902

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington