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THE PROGRAM

The Altoona Area School District Foundation rewards the creation of exciting and innovative educational ideas through the Venture Grants for Teachers Program.

Grant awards up to $1000 to aid teachers in the design and development of educational materials for the implementation of innovative and creative classroom projects that will enhance student learning.

Click here for a listing of grant winners and the projects funded this year.

 

THE CONCEPT

Venture grants programs have evolved throughout the nation to meet two needs present today in most public school districts. First is the need to bring new resources to bear in the classroom, the focal point of education. Second is the need to break down the school district's isolation from business and civic leaders, from municipal government and from community members who may not have children in the public school system.

Venture grants programs are not a new idea. Their prime goal is to reward teachers with an opportunity to put exciting and often long-cherished ideas into practice.

Materials developed in venture grants projects frequently become part of the school's regular curriculum. The excitement generated by a single grant can influence the learning climate of an entire school.

Venture grants are effective because they put funds directly into the classroom where they can do the most good.

 

THE SELECTION

All applications will be reviewed by business and civic leaders who make up the AASD Foundation Projects Committee. Based on the availability of funds, the projects will be chosen on a competitive basis.

The Foundation Board of Directors will give final approval to all funded projects.

Interested teachers should fill out the one-page application carefully. Each proposal will be reviewed with respect to the following criteria:

1. Is the project both innovative and curriculum-related?

2. Is proposed project clearly stated? Are the goals realistic and worthwhile?

3. Are the procedures to be followed clearly described? Are the methods, needed materials, resource personnel, tentative schedule and completion date specified?

4. Is the budget request reasonable and sufficiently detailed? All proposals must include an itemized budget.

5. Could this project be funded through the regular AASD budget?

6. Does the project have the potential to involve the community in some way?

7. Can this project become part of the regular curriculum? Does it have the potential to affect large numbers of pupils?

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