The Washington Schools Foundation supports K-12 educator professional development and collaboration in the State of Washington. We give grants to pay teachers to work during the summer months on reflecting, developing, and building on their professional goals and those of the schools they serve.
Our pilot project began with the faculties of the Vashon and Anacortes School Districts in the Summer of 2012.
We received twenty-three applications for grant stipends within seventeen grants for our first year. Each were thoughtful proposals, infused with passion, and all merited substantial consideration and deliberation from the committee. There was proposed: curricular overhauls, a rethinking of the cognitive basis of teaching humanities, proposed partnerships with the technology industry to redesign how information is presented to students, the outline of a design for a K-12 food curriculum in partnership with food professionals, and a proposal to write a new book on comparative religion for beginners among other very strong proposals. It was extraordinary, but only three could be awarded. This was not easy for the four teacher committee to decide.
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