Teacher Grants for Professional Development

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Professional Development Grants for Teachers

In the Spotlight

Kathleen Kendall Walker"I do not need to tell you that many days it feels like the whole world is against teachers and education. It is a blessing to be able to tell my colleagues and to remind myself that the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence not only has our backs, but also values what we do and is willing to invest financially to prove it. Thank you so much for all you do for Oklahoma teachers, not just in providing amazing learning experiences, but for making us FEEL valued and respected!"
– Grant recipient Kathleen Kendall Walker, Kendall-Whittier Elementary School, Tulsa

Teacher Grants for Professional Development

Our Teacher Grants for Professional Development enhance students’ learning by helping teachers attend top-quality regional, national and international conferences and institutes in their chosen fields. The grants help cover the costs of tuition, travel, lodging and the expense of hiring substitute teachers.

Grants are offered in specific geographic areas of the state, and occasionally in specific academic areas, as determined by our sponsors. Here is a list of conferences you might consider attending, but you are not limited to these choices.

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 for which the grant will be used. Each application requires a statement of support from the applicant’s principal or superintendent.

Grants are funded by individuals, businesses and foundations across the state and administered through the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

Applications will be posted in the fall, and grants will be awarded in January for conferences and institutes scheduled the following Spring and Summer.

“At a time when school budgets are stretched to their limits and funding for professional development is scarce, we are grateful to our Professional Development Grant sponsors for their commitment to quality instruction and providing teachers in their communities with the best possible training to benefit their students,” said Emily Stratton executive director of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.  

For more information on Teacher Grants for Professional Development, contact the Foundation office at (405) 236-0006 or e-mail estratton@ofe.org.