Education Minnesota Foundation spring professional development grant deadlines approaching

Applications for the second round of professional development grants, as well as science educator grants and second-year classroom grants, from the Education Minnesota Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning are due April 3.

Professional development grants are intended to provide education support professionals, higher education faculty of colleges and universities, and teachers with opportunities to take the lead in acquiring and sharing new skills and knowledge.

These skills might include new instructional ideas, technology, working with parents, attending a conference, etc. Members may request a grant to acquire these skills and share your new learnings with your colleagues.

ESPs and teachers may request up to $1,500, and higher education faculty may request up to $3,000.

In addition to professional development grants for individual members, the foundation also offers applicants the opportunity to submit a professional development grant application for a group of members to either attend professional development or be trained at their worksite.

Professional development grants are awarded twice per school year — once in the fall and once in the spring.

Second-year classroom grant applications are also due April 3. This grant is intended for previous classroom-focused grant recipients who wish to expand on their original objectives, and who have the potential to realize additional goals based on the learning and outcomes of their first grant. Members may request up to $3,000.

The Bruce Vento Science Educator Grant supports educators who teach science as part of their day and want to acquire and share new skills and knowledge. This grant is also awarded twice a year and may also fund equipment or materials needed in science classrooms.

To learn more about the grants and how to apply, go to www.edmnfoundation.org.