WE HONOR AND INSPIRE GREAT TEACHERS — like you — by funding the professional development experience of your dreams, SO YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE at your school and beyond.
You and your cohort — a group of teachers — are invited to apply for LIGHT Award 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.
Our vision is for the LIGHT Awards program to energize talented cohorts of teachers by enabling them to pursue the high quality professional training they’ve always wanted, with the support and materials they need to succeed.
We are investing in great teachers, providing the “R&D” funding to transform classrooms, schools and even districts. This unique learning opportunity — selected by and for teachers — brings the best of corporate-style innovation resources to education.
You and your cohort know best what professional development you need; we will help you get it.
FOR SCHOOL PRINCIPALS
TO THE EDUCATION COMMUNITY
In the application, we ask for a letter from you explaining the support you are able to provide, such as:
- providing feedback;
- fostering leadership within cohorts;
- providing release time;
- and remaining open to benefits of teacher-driven innovation at your school.
The LIGHT Award is currently in pilot launch during the 2013-2014 school year. We will open the application to all teachers in California in future grant cycles. We anticipate that some great techniques and resources will come from our grantees, and we’ll be eager to share them.