SD73 frees up grants for creativity
Teachers and administrators in the Kamloops-Thompson school district can apply for grants of up to $20,000 in a new initiative the board of education has introduced this year.
Trustee Joan Cowden said the grants will be funded through $100,000 the board has set aside for projects that encourage creativity, innovation and curriculum enrichment in schools.
Teachers and administrators have until Jan. 31 to submit their applications, Cowden said, and they will be reviewed by the education committee at its Feb. 12 meeting.
Submissions must include the various components of the program to be funded, including any relevant educational research and assessment practices.
Cowden, a retired teacher and chairwoman of the education committee, said she's excited at the possibilities that might be presented. Successful submissions will also require the staff to share the information either through the education committee, at school board meetings or in workshops.
Cowden said she sees it as a way for the board to take advantage of a good financial year to provide some funding and incentive for teachers and administrators to come up with new ideas to enhance education.
Grants are available in three categories: $1,000 to $5,000, $5,000 to $10,000 and $10,000 to $20,000.