Paying for Professional Development

Teachers, do you have a great idea for a professional development program or classroom project? Is there a seminar or a conference you want to go to, but your school can’t give you the necessary funding? In the current economic climate, it can be hard to find the money to pay for worthwhile projects and important professional development. Don’t despair! There are national and Chicago area organizations that do fund teacher professional development and classroom projects. This is by no means an exhaustive list, just a few ideas to get you started.

 NEA Foundation

Teachers Count

Donors Choose

Fund for Teachers

National Association for Gifted Children A. Harry Passow Classroom Teacher Scholarship

Grant Wrangler

If you’re feeling adventurous, check out a crowdsourcing platform like Kickstarter to fund your project. If your project is geared towards creating positive social change, try the new crowdfunding platform, StartSomeGood.

For those of you who have used grants to pay for professional development, what foundations or organizations do you think should be added to the list? Do you have any advice for fellow teachers seeking funding for professional development? What resourceful ways have you funded professional development or creative classroom projects? Tell us what you are trying to find funding for, and let’s see if our teacher community has ideas to make it a reality. We look forward to hearing your thoughts. 

Charlotte Wolfe, Coodinator, Newberry Teachers’ Consortium

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