PCEF teacher grant applications due
The Park City Education Foundation teacher grant applications are due by Monday, Oct. 31. The foundation allotted more than $40,000 for teacher grants this year. A review process will begin after the grants are submitted, followed by approval from the PCEF Board. Proposals that are funded will be awarded mid-December.
According to Park City Education Foundation Executive Director Abby McNulty, the best grants are innovative and motivate students to learn in a particular classroom. Teachers are required to submit a one-paragraph summary identifying their goals along with an action and assessment plan.
Last year, the foundation was able to fund $70,000 worth of grants because of additional fundraising, according to McNulty, who said they will be looking for individual donors again this year to help fund some of the grants.
"The teachers are verbalizing exactly what they need in order to achieve their best potential," McNulty said. "It’s a match-making opportunity."
The foundation has received about 10 grant applications so far with the majority usually coming in just before the deadline. The foundation allocated $35,000 this year for the grants, and McNulty said they try to increase the amount each year. In addition, Deer Valley donated $7,500 to go towards the Nancy DeFord grant.
The foundation’s staff and Grant Committee Chairs review the applications for two weeks before making approvals. She said there have been cases in which teachers have not received the full amount of money requested.
"The committee comes together to make decisions and they have the opportunity to ask questions to the teacher or schools to clarify," McNulty said. "We really do due diligence in understanding the importance of that grant for that classroom."
In previous years, the foundation has received grant requests for science programs, art equipment for the classroom, physical education equipment and online math programs. The foundation has also funded the Scholar in Residence program at the high school.
"Our goal is to support our teachers and students," McNulty said. "The teacher grants are fabulous in that many of our teachers spend personal dollars to do these things in the classroom and this gives them the opportunity to engage students in learning in a new way."
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