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SPEF 2017-2018 TEACHER DIRECT GRANT PROGRAM

PROPOSALS DUE: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

2017-2018 Teacher Direct Grant Application

PURPOSE:


The South Pasadena Educational Foundation is offering the Teacher Direct Grant Program to encourage the enhancement and enrichment of educational activities in order to develop and cultivate student achievement. These grants are offered to help fund activities that are innovative and have a far-reaching effect. The Teacher Direct Grant Program is in place to further SPEF’s mission to support educational excellence in the public schools of South Pasadena through the operation of enrichment programs.

Awarded Amounts:
Individual awarded amounts will be a maximum of $1,500. Multi-teacher or entire grade level (i.e.an entire 4th grade or the 7th grade English classes), awards will be a maximum of $4,500. Grants may be fully funded, partially funded or not funded at all.

ELIGIBILITY AND HOW TO APPLY:


Eligibility:

  1. All certificated personnel in the South Pasadena Unified School District are eligible to apply. An individual, a team, or certificated District personnel serving Pre K-12 students in the district may submit a proposal.
  2. Proposals must be student-centered, related to the curriculum, and must demonstrate how they will enhance and enrich the educational process and experience for the students.
  3. A teacher may only submit a maximum of two proposals; one as an individual and one as a group, or two group proposals. These proposals must be distinctive and not for the same or similar program.
  4. Proposals must align with South Pasadena Unified School District’s curriculum objectives and goals and not be in direct conflict with the current curriculum.
  5. Proposals must be signed by your principal as an approval of the program or project for your school. If you are from Special Education the proposal must be signed by your principal and Dr. Dennis Lefevre.

Future Eligibility:
1. All teachers that are awarded a grant must fill out an evaluation that is due into the SPEF office by the last day of the 2016-2017 school year. The evaluation may include an interview with a SPEF board member. Any teacher that does not fill out an evaluation will not be eligible for the following two years.

SELECTION PROCESS


Each applicant must submit a proposal following the guidelines outlined and use the proposal forms provided. Selection will be based on the criteria described below. All grant proposals are screened for basic requirements and reviewed by the SPEF Teacher Direct Grants Committee. Proposals recommended for funding will then be presented to the SPEF General Board at the November meeting. Grant awardees will be announced shortly afterward and contacted directly by SPEF.

If the Teacher Direct Grants committee has follow-up questions regarding the proposal they will confer with the main contact on the proposal form, the signing principal or director or the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum.

SELECTION CRITERIA


  1. Student Academic Achievement
    a. Motivates students and inspires them to achieve academic excellence.
    b. Engages students as active participants in the learning process.
    c. Encourages specific improvements in students’ skills and attitudes.
    d. Supports the students’ desire to learn, be creative and activates the imagination.
    e. Objectives are well-defined and measurable.
    f. Aligns with and bolsters SPUSD objectives and goals.
  2. Scope, Innovation, and Duplication
    a. Adapts easily for use by other teachers and/or schools.
    b. Contributes toward the knowledge and practice of effective instructional strategies.
    c. Is innovative in its ability to teach and to achieve SPUSD’s curriculum goals.
  3. Materials/Equipment
    a. Materials or equipment directly support the proposed activities and are relevant and appropriate.

2017-2018 Teacher Direct Grant Application

Submit Proposal Form by email, no later than Tuesday, October 4, 2017, to:
South Pasadena Educational Foundation
C/O Stacey Petersen
Email: spetersen@spef4kids.org