Innovative Teacher Grant

The Foundation for Leon County Schools (FLCS) was created to support K-12 resources that are not funded by tax dollars to our public schools. Business and community leaders serve on the Foundation Board of Directors which oversees Foundation programs and operations. To receive matching funds from the Consortium of Florida Education, the Foundation established the Innovative Teacher Grants program to enhance classroom instruction and recognize teachers for innovation and creativity.

2021-2022 Classroom Grants

Career & Technology Education in Action
Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts
Sherry Shorter

Making History Come To Life
Cobb Middle School
Tyler Clark

Where STEAMing Up Our Learning!
DeSoto Trail Elementary School
Randy Baez

Hands on Literacy
Fort Braden School
Julie Baisden

Project College Bound
James S. Rickards High School
Earl Hankerson

Moving Beyond Detention Dreams Deferred
Leon County Regional Juvenile Detention Center
Lynn Jones

Reawakening a Love for Reading
Leon High School
Katherine Giglio

Building the Future One Digital Tool at a Time
Nine Elementary Schools
Chelsea Williams

Career Technical Education Professional Development Media Lab
R. Frank Nims Middle School
Minor Bloodworth

Full STEAM Ahead!
Roberts Elementary School
Angeleen Harry

Non-Fiction Know How: Literacy in STEAM and Beyond
Sabal Palm Elementary School
Cheryl Frazier

Maintaining Graduation Rates
SAIL High School
Matt Roberson

From Script to Screen
Springwood Elementary School
Andea Fontentot

Reflexing Our Way to Better Understanding
W. T. Moore Elementary School
Jennifer Topper

Who May Apply?

Because we want to impact as many students as possible, we ask that teachers work cooperatively in the application process. In other words, two or more teachers should develop a grant request. All Leon County public K-12 school teachers may apply. A school may submit no more than two applications per year.

What Are We Looking For?

We award grants based on projects that are substantive in content and have potential to make the greatest impact. The grant application must demonstrate instruction aligned with school and district goals, a measurable educational impact, and the ability to be duplicated for ongoing and future implementation.

What Programs Areas Are Allowed / Maximum Grant Amount?

Funds can be used in six programmatic:

  1. Increasing Graduation Rates
  2. Teaching Quality
  3. Literacy
  4. Low-Performing Students
  5. STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) Education
  6. Career/Technical Education

The maximum grant amount is $10,000.

Important Grant Deadlines

Application Opens: August 1, 2021

Application Closes: August 31, 2021

Review Beings: September 1, 2021

Review Ends: September 15, 2021

Grant Awards Announced: October 1, 2021

The Foundation for Leon County Schools presented checks for Innovative Grants in the classroom. In 2020, almost $80,000 was awarded to James S. Rickards, John G. Riley, Gilchrist, DeSoto, Hartsfield, Springwood, Conley, Pineview, and Roberts.

Lego’s for Learning

Roberts Elementary School

Cha Ching…Building personal libraries at home!

Pineview Elementary School

A Moment In Time

Conley Elementary School

Positive Behavior Recreation Room

Springwood Elementary School

Exploring Nature Through Flipgrid

Hartsfield Elementary School

Trailblazing Scientists Create!

DeSoto Trail Elementary School

‘Citizen Scientists Learning Gardens’

Gilchrist Elementary School

We Love to Read—Here, There, and Everywhere!

DeSoto Trail Elementary School

Make College Work for Me

James S. Rickards High School

New Stream Project

John G Riley Elementary School

3,2,1…..Blast Off With Rocketbooks

Springwood Elementary School

Making a Virtual Literacy Connection

Pineview Elementary School

The Ultimate S.T.E.A.M. Movement
Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts

Engineers at Play
Buck Lake Elementary

Poetic Justice
Griffin Middle School

Explorations in Entrepreneurial Art-Making

James S Rickards High School

Virtual-Reality Human Geography Field Trips

James S. Rickards High School

A Microscopic Approach to the Scientific Process
Killearn Lakes Elementary

Making Connections
Oak Ridge Elementary

“Support for You from the Get F.R.E.S.H. Crew”

Oak Ridge Elementary School

RAA Middle School STEAM Club and Class

RAA Middle School

Digital STEAM

Roberts Elementary

Getting Books In Their Hands and In Their Homes

Ruediger Elementary

Humanity Tells a Story: Be Kind

SAIL High School

SAIL Connect

SAIL High School

Follow the Sensory Path to Math!

Springwood Elementary School

Ruminating on Reading

Swift Creek Middle School

Way of the Wolf: Embrace the Pack- Grow as a Pack

Swift Creek Middle School

“Boom”ing with Success

W. T. Moore Elementary School

We Eat Books for Lunch!

W. T. Moore Elementary School

Funding for Innovative Teacher Grants is provided by the local community as well as the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program which is administered by the CFEF.