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The Foundation seeks to encourage and support broad-based efforts to effect meaningful, long-lasting change in the policies and practices that shape teaching and learning. Using innovative professional development program designs, and in partnership with those agents most likely to assist in driving these changes, the Foundation ultimately expects to positively impact the learning experiences of Minnesota students.

Education Minnesota’s Foundation believes that a major and effective way to attain this far-reaching goal will be through systemic improvements in the professional development experiences of educators. Through this grant process, it is the Foundation’s intent to promote the research, development and adoption of policies and practices that will become the basis for those improvements.

Application process
The program consists of awards for theme-based, renewable projects with second-year funding contingent on progress toward the goal demonstrated in year one.

The deadline for application submission is 4 p.m. Jan. 15. Approximately $15,000 is available for one year. The budget should reflect a one-year project.

Written applications will be screened with leading applicants presenting their proposal to the Foundation Board of Trustees for final decision.

Plans must include specifics on goals, planning and implementation strategies, budget, identification of a fiscal agent (subject to Board agreement), timeline and participants.

This grant program is not designed to accommodate individual classes or improvements to specific curricula; rather, the intent is to influence policies and generalized practices concerning the professional development of educators with statewide impact.

To be considered, applications must:

  • Be member driven.
  • Have student learning as an ultimate, clearly stated, desired outcome.
  • Include Education Minnesota members as partners in the planning and implementing processes.
  • Include a project evaluation component.
  • Demonstrate capacity (or potential) for systemic impact on educators.
  • Include goals, intended outcomes, participants, budgets and timelines.

Preference will be given to applications that:

  • Address the theme/issue identified by the Education Minnesota Foundation Board as an area of concern or interest.
  • Incorporate action research in their framework.
  • Partner across grade levels and disciplines.
  • Include partners (groups, organizations, individuals) who are in a position to effect and/or support changes in policy and/or practices related to the professional development initiatives.
  • Use technology as a tool to provide accessibility and where long-term improvements in technology use are part of the intended outcomes.
  • Make use of existing support systems and personnel in innovative ways thereby reducing expenditures.
  • Produce useful data that can be shared and reproduced for the benefit of educators and students.
  • Carefully consider the potential impact of their project on policy decision makers (classroom, local, district, legislature, voters).
  • Include matching and in-kind contributions.

Member coordinator requirements
To be a member coordinator for an Impact Grant from the Education Minnesota Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, you must:

  • Be a member of Education Minnesota holding ACTIVE membership in the school year you apply and the school year you implement your grant proposal.
  • Be employed in a position that allows you to oversee implementation of the grant project as described in your application.
  • Have participated in the Education Minnesota Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning’s Foundation $5 assessment during the year you apply and the year you implement your proposal.

Note: If you have requested a $5 refund from Education Minnesota, you are not eligible to apply at this time. If you have any questions, contact Foundation Director Dayonna Knutson, 800-652-9073 or 651-292-4834.

Education Minnesota is an affiliate of the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and AFL-CIO.

Education Minnesota
41 Sherburne Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55103

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