Innovator Grant Program
The Portsmouth Schools Foundation Innovator Grant program creates a unique professional development opportunity—a teacher network for sharing what works in the classroom. It rewards teachers who have developed innovative classroom strategies and supports those who like to try those practices in their own classrooms. It fosters new learning opportunities for students by helping teachers learn from each other.
This grant program is guided by a steering committee of education and business professionals. They set the direction, write the guidelines, and make decisions about how it will be implemented and disseminated. The grants are awarded in November of each school year, and the programs must take place between November and May.
All grant recipients of the Portsmouth Public Schools are honored at the Annual Meeting each spring. At the Annual Meeting grant recipients have an opportunity to describe their grant and display related student work or give a demonstration of their program.
Each year the Foundation gives approximately $10,000 in mini grants for innovation in education to teachers, staff and parents. These grants provide money for the development and implementation of ingenious programs to reach and motivate students. They allow teachers to move beyond the core curriculum by supporting enriching educational projects, encouraging creative and effective teaching and recognizing creative teachers. This alternative learning environment encourages networking of successful projects with other teachers and supports teachers in their continuing professional development.
Innovator Grants give teachers, parents and staff the opportunity to explore many new dimensions of learning and diverse learning styles. Drawing on an enhanced educational environment, they can support and engage others in a higher level of professionalism.
2012-2013 Innovator Grant Application
For more information contact:
Maureen D. Mizelle, Executive Director
Portsmouth Schools Foundation
801 Crawford Street
Portsmouth, Virginia 23704
Telephone: (757) 393-5356
FAX: (757) 393-8445
Email: Maureen Mizelle