AEF Innovative Teaching Grants
The AEF Innovative Teaching Grants have been funding great ideas and creating excitement in the classrooms since 2010. Each year the AEF accepts innovative teaching grant applications from teachers at every campus. These grants reflect ideas that teachers would love to make happen but lack the funding to execute. The AEF steps in with the funding that brings many of these ideas to life.
The grants are for any amount of money up to $1,500.00 and are awarded to innovative teaching ideas that provide new resources to the classroom, impact students in specific and measureable ways and do this in an innovative way. Many new technology based resources have been brought into the district from the Teacher Grants. Examples are the Kindergarten Augmented Reality Letters Alive program and the Elementary Library of e-books from TumbleBooks online available to all our elementary students.
Teachers have been generating more great ideas that the AEF can fund and PTOs have stepped in on occasion to take care of grants that were not able to receive funding. The AISD’s effort to place iPads in the classroom was accelerated when grants requests for iPads jumped in 2012. A new spirit of teaching excellence has been fostered by the AEF Teacher Grant program.
At the end of each year we travel the district awarding the teachers with their grants. The Teacher Grant Give-away Day is full of excitement. We hope that you will get excited about helping to bring excellence to the classroom. Join us in supporting teachers and providing them with funding to make their teaching ideas come to life in the classroom.
Teachers should remember the following when applying for a teacher grant:
- The AEF wants these grants to impact as many children in the classroom as possible within a campus. Grants that only affect a single classroom have been awarded. Grants that affect grade levels and campuses are given greater consideration.
- Requests always exceed funding and we want the funding to go as far as possible. The larger funding requests undergo a more rigorous review than smaller requests. Worthy grant requests under $500 have almost always been awarded.
- Part of the goal of the grant program is to involve other resources in this effort. Partnering with community and school resources for funding or involvement is beneficial to the grant during review.
- If the grant involves asking for a subscription then the application will need to explain how that will be paid for in the future. We are not very interested in grants for technology that only last one year.
- If you are asking for a product then please include the web site for more information on the product. All product requests are researched.
- The more exact a grant’s research on cost, the better the chance it will be funded. Please do not ask for grant money without giving a breakdown of how that funding would be used. It is detrimental to a request if research finds the grant is asking for more money than needed. We typically revise worthy grant awards down to the actual cost. If we cannot find actual costs then it may not get awarded.
- Purchasing classroom materials that have been cut in the budget is not innovative.