Are you an educator looking for funding ideas?
Are you concerned with the cost associated with registration that may be your responsibility, the district's, or shared? This page will give you ideas for place to seek out funding.
Ask your school or district! Some districts have professional development or other funds that can be accessed for this purpose. Most educators are able to reduce their out-of-pocket expenses with funding from grants or their school districts. Find out who is in charge of the funds and how you go about accessing them. Principals, district supervisors, curriculum supervisors, staff development directors, and superintendents are good people to check with. Be sure to investigate your district restrictions on the dollar amount and the paperwork required of you.
Talk to your Parent-Teacher Organization representatives. These groups often have grants and money set aside for teachers to use. Some PTOs will bring PD for the entire staff, and some will fund individual teacher requests.
Donors Choose is an organization where educators can post projects for donors to browse and fun, including professional development that is used to further your craft. Go to their website to create a free account and find out more. Remember to post your project to social media, so that your friends and family can see the work you're doing and share it with others!
The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education awards grants that support the professional development of public school teachers and faculty in public institutions of higher education. Grants may fund professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research, mentoring experiences or lesson study. Professional development must improve practice, curriculum and student achievement, and recipients must put professional leadership into practice by sharing what they learn with their colleagues. For specific information, visit the NEA Foundation’s application instructions page.
Fund for Teachers is unique in that it awards grants for professional development based on the principle that the teacher is the one who knows what they need to grow as an educator. These grants are self designed and allow teachers to create their own professional development opportunity based on what is most beneficial to their teaching in their own opinions. The application encourages educators to think about their objectives, motivations and the impact their particular plan of action will have on students. Applications are due in January.
The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation provides Teacher Development Grants for individual teachers or small teams working in K-12 education. To foster insightful and innovative professional training and growth, the grants allow you to implement new teaching methods and strategies in the classroom. Projects can take a variety of forms, but each of them must be geared towards having a significant and lasting impact in the classroom. Winners work closely with the foundation to implement their ideas and are awarded up to $10,000 for the first three years of the project.