LIGHT: Leveraging Innovation by Growing and Honoring Teachers

We Attract and Keep Great People in Teaching.

The LIGHT Awards are a program of the Intrepid Philanthropy Foundation, a private family foundation. We believe that highly effective, engaged teachers are the most important factor in a student’s academic experience and success. We seek to honor and invest in superior educators and school leaders. 

We’ve been long-time funders of many organizations that support and encourage teachers, including Teach for America, the New Teacher Center, the Krause Center for Innovation, and the Teachers College of San Joaquin.

Karen Leshner, founder of the Intrepid Philanthropy Foundation, explains the program this way:

Teachers Matter.

  • WE BELIEVE that teachers are the most valuable members of the American workforce. We want to make sure that great people go into the career of teaching and stay in the career;
  • WE BELIEVE that highly effective, engaged teachers are the most important factor in a student’s academic experience and success;
  • WE BELIEVE that teachers are in a unique position to know what type of professional development will be most meaningful for their classrooms, students, and schools;
  • WE BELIEVE that cohorts of teachers learning together can more quickly and effectively instigate sustainable change within their classrooms, schools, and districts than individual teachers;
  • WE BELIEVE that teachers will gain more from professional development opportunities if they can choose to participate in those experiences about which they are excited; and,
  • WE BELIEVE there is tremendous leverage in education. Over their career, one outstanding teacher can impact hundreds of students.

Important Dates

 

Oct 16, 20182019 Application cycle opens
Nov 16, 2018Application cycle closes;
last day to submit Letters of Intent
Dec 2018Informational webinar

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