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What if you could design your own professional development?

We honor and inspire great teachers — like you — by funding the project of your dreams.

We are strengthening our Spanish teacher professional learning community to improve student engagement.

We are connecting math to real world issues in health, engineering & entrepreneurship.

I am blending Project Based Learning and Maker Ed to empower children to make change.

We are making language learning fun and engaging through hands-on projects.

I'm empowering students to pursue their college dreams, while keeping them engaged and motivated when things get tough.

We are striving to reach new heights in second language acquisition.

I'm learning how to design and maintain systems for teachers to continuously learn and teach together.

I'm designing a scope and sequence for special needs educators to explore the common core standards at each life level.

Utilizing the STEAM model, we are providing project-based enrichment for our school community.

I'm developing relevant curriculum that leads students to engage with their world.

I'm traveling to a leading source of innovative literacy instruction to enhance our teaching and improve student engagement.

I'm supporting teachers in innovating new practices to serve emergent bilingual students as they learn English.

I am implementing STEM strategies in my classroom to send students soaring towards creative solutions.

I will co-construct a highly effective, self-sustaining STEM teacher community.

I will visit other dual-immersion schools and learn about current research to strengthen our own program.

I will hone strategies to engage all students in critical 21st century skills.

This could be you!

You and your team — a group of teachers — are invited to apply for LIGHT Awards funds. Our grants (of up to $30,000 over 2 years) can be used to support your growth as teachers, your effectiveness as educators, and your ability to inspire and mentor students.

Are you eligible?

N

project team of 3-6 experienced teachers

N

elementary, middle or high school

N

public or charter school

N

private school if 50% students from low income families

N

in one of the California counties shown

Click or touch interactive map to see awards by county.

Private: County Map 1
Sonoma County Napa County Yolo County San Joaquin County San Mateo County Alameda County San Francisco Santa Clara County Santa Cruz County Sacramento County Solano County Contra Costa County Marin County San Benito County Monterey County

Sonoma County

PROJECT

see the project

Napa County

no projects yet

Yolo County

PROJECT

see the project

San Joaquin County

PROJECTS

see the projects

San Mateo County

PROJECTS

see the projects

Alameda County

11 PROJECTS

see the projects

San Francisco

PROJECTS

see the projects

Santa Clara County

10 PROJECTS

see the projects

Santa Cruz County

PROJECT

see the project

Sacramento County

no projects yet

Solano County

no projects yet

Contra Costa County

no projects yet

Marin County

no projects yet

San Benito County

no projects yet

Monterey County

no projects yet

What we fund

Train

with an expert

Create

a learning community

Build

new tools

Imagine

your own innovation

working together

Driven by teachers,
supported by principals

Our grants get their momentum from the teachers who drive projects that interest them. But we can’t succeed without support from school principals and administrators.

In the application, we will ask for a letter from the principal explaining the support they are able to provide, such as providing feedback, fostering leadership within teams, providing release time, and remaining open to benefits of teacher-driven innovation at your school.

Get the professional development of your dreams

and make a difference for your students, your school, your community.

(We'll let you know when applications are open.)

Important Dates

Oct 17th - Nov 17th 2017 LOIs (Letters of Inquiry) Accepted
Dec 2017 - Jan 2018 Select teams invited to apply
Spring 2018 Grant decisions announced

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