Teacher Direct Grants 2021-2022

The Teacher Direct Grant application process is open for the 2021-2022 school year.

The South Pasadena Educational Foundation offers 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.

Teacher Direct Grants

The SPEF board brought back its direct grants program in 2012 as a way to promote teacher- and staff-driven innovation in the classroom. Teachers, counselors, and staff members can receive up to $1,500 per individual or $4,500 for a joint application across a grade level,  to try out new curriculum, equipment or techniques. The current budget for grants is $50,000 per year.

Link to the application is here: https://forms.gle/gkQkinU64fbfvsTi6

CYRM Program

California Young Reader Medal

Over the fall, our Teacher Direct Grants committee awarded each of our three elementary librarians a grant to run their schools’ annual California Young Reader Medal program. The librarians are working with teachers to read each class. Students eventually will vote on their favorite book.

The California Young Reader Medal program, established in 1974, introduces young readers in California to a variety of book genres and formats, gives them an opportunity to honor their favorite books and authors and develops and cultivates a love of recreational reading.





Ms. Blum at MHS      Ms. Becker at MAR       Ms. Baydaline at AV