Professional Development Grant Program
Our Teacher Grants for Professional Development are designed to enhance educational opportunities for students by helping teachers attend top-quality regional, national and international workshops and institutes in their chosen fields. Grants are not available for state conferences. However, grants can be used to attend a regional or national conference held in Oklahoma. The grants help cover the costs of tuition, travel, lodging and the expense of hiring substitute teachers.
“Researchers have found that teacher ability is a stronger determinant of student achievement than the student’s economic standing, race or parents’ educational attainment,” said Emily Stratton, executive director of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. “Providing quality professional development opportunities to Oklahoma’s teachers is critical to the success of Oklahoma’s students.”
Grants are awarded each December for regional, national and international conferences and workshops scheduled the following year. Recipients are selected by a committee composed of Medal for Excellence award-winning educators.
Applicants must currently be employed as an elementary or secondary teacher in an Oklahoma public school. They must also have at least two years of teaching experience in Oklahoma prior to the conference or meeting for which the grant will be used. Each application requires a statement of support from the applicant’s principal or superintendent.
For more information on Teacher Grants for Professional Development, contact the Foundation office at (405) 236-0006 or e-mail email@example.com.