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Austin Ed Fund launches new grant program

Monday, July 6, 2020 by Tai Moses

AISD’s nonprofit public education foundation, the Austin Ed Fund, has launched a special grant program for AISD teachers and campus leaders. The new grant “encourages teacher-led, collaborative projects that align with Austin Ed Fund’s priority of encouraging innovation in the classroom and enhancing educational opportunities for all Austin ISD students,” according to the announcement. The fund will award up to $10,000 for collaborative projects and up to $2,500 for projects that impact individual classrooms. The fund  is specifically looking to support projects that focus on three primary areas:

  • Social and emotional well-being of staff, students and families
  • Cultural proficiency and inclusiveness
  • Other innovative and flexible teaching strategies that can be delivered remotely, in-person, or via a blended model

Michelle Wallis, executive director of the Austin Ed Fund, said, “We see the pre-existing inequities and disparities in our community that have been exacerbated by Covid-19 and racial injustice here, in Austin and nationally. We hope this direct support to campuses and teachers will help address time-sensitive needs as they welcome students, staff and families back to school, whether that is remotely or in-person.” Applications for the first cycle are open now until July 24. A second cycle will open July 25. For more information, visit the Austin Ed Fund.

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