Loveland announces second annual Innovative Classroom Grant opportunity
The Loveland City School District is providing teachers with a unique opportunity to create positive impact for students through Innovative Classroom Grants. The program, now in its second year, will focus on supporting the district’s “big three” goals of Tiger academic growth, innovation and care.
“The nature of innovation is grounded in creating unique solutions based on identified challenges and problems,” said Loveland Director of Technology & Innovation David Knapp. “Supporting district goals of growth, innovation and care, through the Innovative Classroom Grant, teachers are encouraged to think outside the box to create a solution that addresses the identified classroom challenges that we face in education.”
The Innovative Classroom Grants will be available to all current Loveland City School District certified teaching staff (must be a Loveland employee) through an application process consisting of the following:
• November 1, 2017: Application and details of grant process made available
• November 26, 2017: Application due date
• November 27 - December 22, 2017: Application review & funding determined
• January 8, 2018: Applicant notified of grant award
• January 23 2018: Loveland Innovator Academy at the Xavier University Center for Innovation
• February 2018: Initial classroom piloting of innovative solution begins
• March 2018: Teacher presentations to the Loveland Board of Education
• April 2018: Resources and materials purchased
• Back to school 2018: Implementation of grant solution and resources
• August 2018-May 2019: Ongoing support and reflection around grant project and resources takes place
The Innovative Classroom Grants were first announced in October of 2016 as a new district-funded initiative designed to empower teachers and positively impact student achievement. The district established a budget of around $70,000 to fund the 2016-17 projects which were implemented for this current school year (2017-18). Out of a total of 27 applicants, the district funded 11 projects including flexible learning spaces, the investment of four new Chromebook carts, digital microscopes and MakerSpace – a hands-on, project-based learning tool for science, technology, engineering, math and art.
“Now in year two – our expectations are high for the submissions from our educators,” said Loveland Interim Superintendent Dr. Amy Crouse. “This is a very strategic investment by the district, and we believe our teachers are our number one resource in creating game-changing environments for the students we serve. It will be exciting to see the innovative ideas take shape.”