Educator Grants

As you may be aware, the Board of Education approved a $3 million grant for teachers during the negotiations process last spring. This money was allocated to reward educators for the great work they are already doing and for additional innovations and student opportunities they may wish to pursue. The Board wants this money to go toward paying educators for their time and efforts as they seek creative ways of improving instruction and providing additional opportunities for students.

The application is designed to take just a few minutes to complete. Additional information related to the grant:

  • Applications are due September 15.
  • Educators may apply for up to $3,000 for an individual or $12,000 for a group.
  • A committee of teachers will review grant applications.
  • Grants are not available to teachers with a level one license, but all other interested licensed educators are encouraged to apply.
  • Educators can apply for grant money to be paid for work done over the summer of 2018.
  • The amount awarded will vary depending on the amount requested and what percentage of the amount requested the grant committee decides to award. The number of grant requests received may also influence the amount awarded.
  • The grant is focused on paying teachers for their time or for professional development opportunities, not classroom materials. If you would like to apply for funds for classroom materials, please visit the Jordan Education Foundation website.
  • Applicants will be contacted directly regarding the status of their grant application.
  • Grant money will be paid to educators in their November paycheck (work does not need to be completed in order to receive payment).

Please email educatorgrants@jordandistrict.org with any questions. Have a great school year!


Below is a copy of the rubric that will be used to determine whether grant applications are approved, and the application that teachers must submit in order to receive grant money.

Category Description OK Better Best
Project Description A description of project and goals is required, including a clear explanation of why the project is requested and its impacts.
  • Some specific details, goals and objectives are somewhat clear
  • Missing details
  • Plan explained with moderate detail
  • It has measurable goals and objectives
  • Need is somewhat evident
  • Clear, detailed, specific plan with measurable goals and objectives
  • Need is evident
  • Explains how objectives will be accomplished
Project Design (One or several categories)
Instruction The plan includes observable and measurable goals for teachers and a plan for implementation.

Project ideas could include (but are not limited to): Implementing ideas/strategies learned at a conference, in a book, or other training; training on new, research-based strategy; training on co-teaching models/methods, etc.

  • Explains generic information about new adult /student learning
  • Describes new and unique adult learning linked to student learning
  • Identifies growth opportunity where learning gaps currently exist
  • Creative adult learning linked to student learning
Curriculum Development The plan includes observable and measurable goals for developing curriculum.

Project ideas could include (but are not limited to): Improving existing curriculum to enhance depth or rigor; unpacking standards; developing standards-based rubrics, etc.

  • No mention of standards; not linked to student learning outcomes
  • Some alignment to standards, link to student learning outcomes somewhat clear
  • Aligns with standards and link to student learning outcomes is explicitly explained
Technology Implementation The plan includes observable and measurable goals for technology implementation.

Projects could include (but are not limited to): Implementing technology that assists in learning, enhances curriculum, assessment, or data collection, etc.

  • Not clearly stated, minimal impact
  • Project clear but moderate impact and value
  • Significant impact
  • Well thought-out implementation
  • Cost effective
Before or After-School Work with Students The plan includes observable and measurable goals.

Projects could include (but are not limited to): Working with students before or after school based on student need, school need, or request by the principal, etc.

  • Not clearly stated, student need is not shown
  • Work with students is requested and needed
  • School need is profound and expected
Sustainability Include information on how many individuals your project will impact. Can you use product/items/project again; if so, how often? Could it be replicated in other locations?
  • Project won’t serve students for a long period of time
  • Project will serve for a few years
  • Project will serve for many years
Expected Measurable Outcomes/Impact Describe how your project will impact or enhance learning or curriculum? Does it align with standards; if so, which? How will you measure the success/effectiveness of your project?
  • Needs and outcomes are poorly written
  • Unclear data
  • Outcome standards data is mentioned but not compelling
  • Outcomes are clear
  • Pre-data is provided and match goals & objectives of project
Timeline Provide detailed timeline of project. Include planning time, implementation and analysis of effectiveness.
  • Provides little or no timeline
  • General timeline when activities will occur
  • Definitive timeline, when funds are spent, and when students will see the benefits
Expenses (if applicable) Provide a detailed description of expected expenses for this project- for example, conference fees, books, materials, tuition, software licensing fees, etc.
  • No detailed expenses
  • Some expenses detailed
  • Complete list of expenses
Compensation Provide a rationale for amount of money requested. For example, a timesheet, a log, stipend request, etc.
  • No details included
  • Some details included
  • Very detailed