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Innovation Grants

Innovation_GrantsThe Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation’s mission, “Bringing Great Things to the Classroom”  is fulfilled through the Innovation Grant process.

Every year, educators in the district apply for funding for a variety of creative projects, innovative instructional methods, and state of the art technology to enrich classrooms and boost student success. Innovation Grants put the tools of exploration, imagination, and creativity into the hands of students. Grant funding for the past two years has topped $35,000.

2017 grant awards included Chromebooks, iPads, science and art technology, student-centered curriculum for reading, math and science. These grants will help students learn in new and engaging ways.

Here are the 2017 Innovation Grant recipients:

Natalie Wolf, Kelly Creek    $2392 for 8 iPads to be used with 2016 Innovation Grant for Wonder Workshop robots.
Elizabeth Rossmiller, Kelly Creek    $920 for flexible seating for use in technology-rich 3rd grade classroom.
Jennifer Carvajal, Kelly Creek  $241 for reading QR codes for digital access to read aloud book titles in the classroom.
Myranda Doering, Kelly Creek   $690 for BrainPOP for three 5th grade classrooms.
Shara Nagel, Clear Creek Middle School    $1162 for Math Manipulatives to align with Ready Math curriculum.
Tom Erickson, Clear Creek Middle School   $93 for Automata Books to be used in STEAM classrooms to add artistic skills to current curriculum.
Shannon Murdock, Hollydale Elementary   $2451 for LEGO Machines & Mechanisms for classroom science instruction in 3rd & 4th grade.
Kelly Deatherage, Deep Creek Damascus  $350 for short high interest novels with contemporary themes for middle-school students reading below grade level
Brad Cook, Gresham High School   $610 for Graphics Art Monitor for GHS’ Graphic Design classroom
Robert Winters, Gresham High School   $1687 for science probes and monitors
Crystel Weber, Gresham High School  $2250 for 10 Chromebooks
Karissa Slack, Gresham High School   $2274 for 6 iPad minis
Olivia Green, Gresham High School $2396 for graphing calculators
Lisa Cavanagh, Gresham High School   $280 for dry-erase boards for student use
Daniel Burroughs, Structured  Skills Center   $900 for iPads
Karen Long, North Gresham   $1000 for Mystery Science curriculum

Grant Guidelines

  • Grant requests should not exceed $2,500.
  • Applications should be completed from the online application here.
  • Applications will be accepted beginning at 9 am on March 5.
  • Purchases cannot be made until after July 1, 2018

2018 Dates to Remember

  • Innovation Grant process begins at 9 am on March 5
  • Closing date for submissions is 9 am on April 3
  • Principals rank and submit requests by April 13
  • Innovation Grant Selection Committee will complete review by April 27
  • Awarded grants will be announced by May 18
  • Purchases cannot be made until after July 1
  • Funds must be expended by October 31, 2018. If not expended by that date, the funds will be returned to the GBEF for other purposes unless an extension is granted.

Project Types

  • Are innovative, engaging, and enhance learning, exploring and imagination including apps and extensions providing enrichment or learning practice.
  • Benefit more than a few students.
  • Include a ticket number/approval from our Tech Department if a download or technology is required.
  • Have the approval of the school district if you are requesting general or intervention curriculum resources.
  • Do not include funding for salaries (including bus drivers and substitute teachers).
  • Do not request funding for food, event, clothing, or contest prizes.
  • Do not request funding for standard classroom materials such as art supplies, PE equipment, or textbooks

 Myranda Doering

Kelly Creek Elementary

Shannon Murdock, Hollydale Elementary School

GBEF Searches for Outside Funders

Blazers CommunityThe GBEF received $10,000 to fund adaptive PE classes at Barlow High School from the Trail Blazer Foundation in partnership with Nike. Barlow High School teacher Katie Zimmerman originally applied for a 2016 Innovation Grant, but limited funding prevented the GBEF from granting her request. But the GBEF researched other funding options and applied on Katie’s behalf to the Trail Blazer Foundation and was notified that Katie’s grant was one of 17 selected for funding. Katie’s adaptive PE class will now be infused with colorful, innovative, fun equipment that will allow special needs students to participate in activities like golf, yoga, basketball and baseball.

The Go4Bots at Gresham High School received $1440 from the Daimler Trucks North America to help the team compete in robotics competitions in Oregon. Teacher Stephen Scannell requested funding from the GBEF Innovation Grants, but his grant was not selected for funding. Together with the GBEF, Stephen was able to complete the Daimler application and was awarded funding that will allow his robotics team to compete in the ORTOP FIRST Tech Challenge.

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