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Nearly 300 teachers received funds for classroom projects

More than $171,000 in grants were awarded by the Broward Education Foundation to 289 teachers at the Innovative Teacher Grant Awards Ceremony recognizing Broward County Public School teachers who created innovative programs for students. The event was generously sponsored by BrightStar Credit Union and the University of Phoenix.

The Innovative Teacher Grant Program rewards teachers and school-based administrators by funding original and innovative projects that enrich the standard curriculum and explore new alternatives to traditional methods of learning. Grants address needs for which funding is not available through state, federal or district revenues.

“The Broward Education Foundation’s Innovative Teacher Grant Program is an investment in success, igniting the entrepreneur spirit in classroom teachers,” said Thomas Severino, Broward Education Foundation president and CEO. “Our sincere thanks go to the community donors and school board employees who, through their continued support, provide teachers with grant money so they can package and market their ideas. The grants also provide funds for these teachers to pass it on to other teachers who can then adapt these winning ideas for their own classrooms.”

Broward Education Foundation awarded 30 teachers with more than $33,000 in Innovative Teacher Grants for those teachers that developed innovative ideas and now need funding to implement them.

Twenty Disseminator grants of $20,000 were awarded to teachers with proven successful classroom projects that can then be adapted by others.

More than $80,000 in Adapter grants was awarded to 205 teachers who will integrate original Disseminators’ projects into their classrooms.

In addition to BrightStar Credit Union and the University of Phoenix, sponsors also include Wells Fargo, Forum Publishing Group, Inc., Ford Motor Company Fund, the Broward Education Foundation Education First Employee Campaign and the Nova Southeastern University Abraham S. Fischler College of Education.

Broward Education Foundation and the City of Hollywood’s Education Advisory Committee partnered to award 23 teachers from the City of Hollywood $20,000 in grants and 11 teachers from the City of Hallandale Beach received $7,000 in grants.

Through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, Broward Education Foundation received grants through a statewide competition. As a result, three $6,000 grants from AT&T and one $5,000 grant from Motorola were awarded to teachers.

The mission of the Broward Education Foundation is to energize and engage the extended community to transform the lives of Broward County Public School students through the support of quality education.

About the Broward Education Foundation:

Established in 1983, the nonprofit Broward Education Foundation (BEF) aligns with Broward County Public Schools by providing support for innovative teaching to advance Pre K-12 achievement; critically needed educational materials for Title I school teachers and students, and scholarships for qualified high school seniors. Each year, the Foundation contributes more than $2 million to Broward County schools, serving as the catalyst for educational excellence.

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