Ten local teachers were awarded up to $2,500 each through the Promise of Innovation grant program offered by the Teachers College of San Joaquin. The money is to help offset the cost of materials needed to implement new and innovative ideas in their classrooms.
The teachers, who are current TCSJ students, received the mini-grants at an awards ceremony on Jan. 27.
“We are excited about offering this opportunity to our students. The Promise of Innovation Grant allows us to recognize teachers and the amazing things happening with kids in our region,” TCSJ President Dr. Diane Carnahan said.
Few opportunities are available for teachers to be honored for their commitment to providing quality learning experiences for students. This award celebrates teachers for being innovative and meeting the needs of students in inventive ways.
Some of last year’s Promise of Innovation awardees started Electronic Notebooks with their students, an affordable way to introduce hands-on learning that teaches the concepts of circuitry, programming and robotics. Another awardee used an ecoSTEM Energy Kit which allowed students to use wind, water, and solar energy to build a working lamp that does not require a plug to illuminate.
Several of the mini-grants are being funded by a $10,000 grant awarded to TCSJ by the Joseph & Vera Long Foundation and a $2,500 grant awarded from the Antone E. & Marie F. Raymus Foundation.
TCSJ has over 1,000 students enrolled in their Teaching Credential, Administrative Services Credential, and M.Ed. program. All candidates who were employed for the 2016-17 school year in the PreK- through 12th-grade setting were eligible to apply for the award.
Awardees will begin implementing projects with their students in the spring and fall of 2017.
For more information about the Promise of Innovation award, contact TCSJ College and Community Liaison Katie Turner at 209-468-9164.