Innovative Educator Grants

2017 Innovative Educator Grant Program


The Foundation has opened the application window for its 2017 Innovative Educator Grant Program. The program identifies and supports school and classroom leaders developing practices or programs to overcome achievement gaps, drive engagement, and personalize learning for their students. One-time grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to winning proposals. All grants will be made payable to the applicant’s school and may be used for technology, professional development, curriculum, and related materials. Awarded projects will be documented and their results and experience will be shared with education leaders working to scale new opportunities for schools and students.

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2016 Innovative Educator Grant Program

In November 2016, the foundation awarded grants to seven innovative teacher-led projects to support the design and expansion of new practice and curricula providing greater access to blended and online learning opportunities in classrooms and schools across the country.

2016 Recipients

2016 Innovative Educator Grant Winners

Vanessa Jimenez (Steubing Ranch Elementary School | San Antonio, TX) Development of a blended dual-language kindergarten literacy program utilizing online resources and technology tools in a progress-monitored environment that allows students to document and reflect upon their learning journey through digital portfolios

Micah Johnson (Headland Middle School | Headland, AL) Design and integration of a blended learning experience for geography students living in a low-income farming community that connects them to the land and their community through project-based modules

Julia E. Lyles (Heritage Elementary School | Waddy, KY) Expansion of an open, competency-based blended math model and curriculum for 3rd Grade

Joshua Miranda (City on a Hill New Bedford | New Bedford, MA) Evolving a highly-regarded numeracy- and literacy-focused tutoring program to a data-driven blended learning environment utilizing OER content and personalized instruction that effectively reaches students along a broad range of mastery

Anthony Schmidt (Schurz High School | Chicago, IL) Bridging the digital divide for inner-city students using a flipped classroom model and further development of an open physics curriculum for 11th Grade

Peter Servidio (Holy Savior School & Saint Dominic Academy | Rumford, ME) Implementation of a blended and online learning road map providing digital access to rural students and modeling a replicable program for use in Catholic schools throughout the state

Patricia Shelton (Eatonville High School | Eatonville, WA) Continued transition to online learning for a successful alternative learning center supporting at-risk and over-aged/under-credited students

More information about the 2016 program

  • Press Release
  • Blog Posts (coming soon)
  • Evaluation Reports (coming soon)