Classroom Innovation Grants
GEF through our fundraising efforts alleviate district budget constraints by funding extra unique learning opportunities for the students that might not otherwise be available to them. Educators apply for grants to fund equipment such as 3D printers and other pieces of technology, cutting edge specialized curriculum programs and other innovative needs that impact as many students as possible. We also help fund specialty areas throughout the district such as special education, counseling, etc. that enhance the learning environment for GPS students.
All educators, specialists and faculty members are encouraged to apply for our innovation grants. Grants are available up to a max of $1,500 and awarded based on a blind application ranking process to those educators who have received the highest score in terms of innovative project funding requests that enhance the classroom learning environment focusing on literacy, technology and/or enrichment.
APPLICATION OPENS: 9/28/17
GRANT AWARDEES ANNOUNCED: 12/18/17
Any questions? Email: TheresaDootson@gefaz.org or call (480) 279.5117
And The Winners Are in….
The 2016-2017 Classroom Innovation Grants have been awarded to 27 teachers and total over $25,000 funded by the generosity of local businesses, corporate donations, community members and fundraising events.
Gilbert Education Foundation (GEF) board members and volunteers visited more than a dozen schools on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 to surprise educators who have been awarded GEF Classroom Innovation Grants. This program awards much-needed funds that enable educators to offer innovative programs and curricula in the classroom.
23 separate grants of up to $1,500 were awarded based on an application ranking process to those educators who have received the highest score in terms of innovative project funding requests that enhance the classroom learning environment focusing on literacy, technology and/or enrichment.
We want to thank all the educators who put forth a great effort in writing a grant for this year's program. As we raise more money each year our hope is to increase the number of grants awarded. Below is a list of this year’s winners:
|Educator Name||School||Project Title|
|Beth Christensen||Boulder Creek Elementary||Jazz Assembly With Professional Quartet|
|Shirley Brohner||Campo Verde High School||Yoga/Meditation To Decrease Anxiety And Sensory Dysregulation For Special Needs Students.|
|Michelle Vequist||Canyon Rim Elementary||Read, Lead, Succeed|
|ADDIE LAFFERTY-BEAKLEY||CAROL RAE RANCH ELEMENTARY||SPICE-Ing Up Learning For Students With Special Needs|
|Charlene Heldt||Gilbert Elementary||Jazz Assembly With Professional Quartet|
|Jenny Nichols||Gilbert Elementary, Oak Tree Elementary, Ashland Ranch Elementary||Developing Young Musicians Through Online Portfolios|
|Lynn Jorgensen||Gilbert High School||Blackboard Optics For Physics And AP Physics|
|Brandi McMahan||Greenfield Junior High||Project Lead The Way VEX Automation And Robotics Lab|
|Donna Tow||Harris Elementary||Innovating Social Thinking Skills Today And Beyond|
|Lee Meschino, Lisa Nothnagel, Marla Wills||Islands Elementary School||Jazz Assembly With A Professional Quartet|
|Kathy Overall||Mesquite Elementary||Jazz Assembly With Professional Quartet|