Equitable Innovation Grant Program
The LA County Office of Education and the Greater LA Education Foundation believe in teachers. The Teachers of the Year Equitable Innovation Grant Program supports and spotlights the incredible efforts that teachers take on behalf of their students every day.
Grants will be awarded to teachers and educators that demonstrate the dedication, innovation, and creativity that are the hallmarks of the LA County Teachers of the Year Program. The grant program is in partnership with Teachers of the Year but is open to all educators in LA County’s public schools including counselors, club leaders, and more.
Equitable Innovation Grants will prioritize projects, programs and services that emphasize equity – sponsoring the efforts on behalf of the students who are furthest from educational justice.
Grants are available to teachers, administrators, counselors, leaders of clubs, coaches and other dedicated staff and can be leveraged for all ages and disciplines, including grades TK – 12. Projects can address needs in physical fitness, Visual and Performing Arts, language acquisition, social emotional wellness, and any other traditional subject matter.
Successful projects can address:
- Instruction: Support the development and implementation of new pedagogy, instructional tool or software platform. Projects can utilize synchronous or asynchronous instruction.
- Content: Implement a new core curricula or supplemental project, engage guest speakers, partner organizations or service providers, or professional development and training.
- Social-emotional learning: Addresses socio-emotional needs, trauma, or other external factors.
- Lost Learning and Recovery: Address student learning loss as a result of school closures or absenteeism.
- Community Building and Student Socialization: Deepen connections between peers, teachers and students, teachers and families, or otherwise support community building.
- Student Wellness: Support for mental health, social-emotional wellness, and physical health for students.
- Educator Wellness: Support for mental health, social-emotional health, and physical wellbeing for school staff.
- Career Exploration: Support for projects that build connections to local employers and industries.
- Arts integration to support different learning styles, culturally responsive pedagogy, and student engagement.
- Environmental Education: Support for projects that address environmental issues and solutions
- Student Voices: Projects that are developed collaboratively with students to address issues they identify, through programs or services they lead.
These examples are not exclusive – other categories of projects that are student-centered will also be considered. All projects should address issues of equity and access. Projects that focus on high-need populations will be prioritized for funding.
Projects will be used to promote best practices, innovations and replicable strategies for other educators in LA County and beyond.
Individual awards will be up to $1,000. Teams of educators can also apply. Teams can be for up to three people. Each team member can apply for up to $1,000 (e.g. a team of two can apply for $2,000, a team of three can apply for $3,000).
Application Opens: October 24, 2022
Application Closes: December 16, 2022
Award Notifications: February 2023
Project Implementation: Spring 2023