Who We Help
The San Juan Education Foundation believes inspired and innovative teaching better prepares students for success. By providing funds for teacher-driven learning projects where public funding falls short, the foundation rewards initiative and creativity and helps ensure that children are not denied critical learning opportunities.
Innovative Learning Grants
Innovative Learning Grants range from $250 to $1000. The purpose of these grants is to support San Juan teachers who wish to actively engage students in the learning process in a way that stimulates and motivates them to achieve academic success. All certificated personnel in the SJUSD are eligible to apply for these grants. Proposals may be submitted by individual teachers, teams of teachers, or certificated district personnel. Field trips may be included as part of the budget for these grants and must relate to specific grade-level curricula and support one of the grant program’s four areas of focus: Science, Technology, Arts, and Reading (STARS). Costs of videoconferencing equipment required for virtual field trips are eligible under this category.
Project Based Learning Grants
Project Based Learning Grants focus upon collaborative efforts within a school site and include community and/or business partnerships. These grants will be funded up to $5,000, and are the only grants funded at this level by the foundation. Project based learning grants require that applicants submit a fully developed plan describing, in the Project Description section of the application, how the project will engage students as active participants in their own learning. As a requirement of the project based learning grant application process, grantees must attend a PBL workshop prior to submission of their application. These workshops are provided by the foundation. Teachers who have already received PBL training are not required to take the training again in order to submit a grant application.
For more information see Apply for a Grant.