May 15, 2013



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Applications now available for Classroom Innovation Grants

Details were recently released about a new grant opportunity funded by the 2013 Legislature. House Bill 1164 included a one-time appropriation of $500,000 to provide classroom innovation grants to public school teachers, public school districts, and Education Service Agencies. The purpose of the grant is to provide funding for classroom innovation to allow classroom teachers to utilize technology in creative and innovative ways, in order to enhance the learning and achievement of students.

Public K-12 teachers, school districts and Education Service Agencies are eligible to apply for the grants, which will be awarded through a competitive process. The review committee will determine award winners based on the criteria outlined in the application and scoring rubric.

The maximum grant amount is $25,000. All applications must be emailed to by July 8 at 5 p.m. (Central Time).

Grant awards will be announced by Aug. 1. Funds must be expended by June 30, 2014. Teachers must go through their school district in order to receive the funds. All signatures are required for all applicants.

For more information, contact Amy Fowler, South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-6898.

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