El Dorado County Education Cohort Implements Innovative Grants
Classroom level grants will soon help to bring more innovative and engaging learning experiences to the students of El Dorado County, and a cohort of educators is working together to ensure successful implementation. The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) announced the Innovation Grant recipients on May 31 and provides guidance, training and tools to the cohort consisting of more than 20 representatives from El Dorado County’s school sites and districts. The cohort held its first meeting on June 17 to review grant proposals, develop implementation plans, establish expectations and network with fellow educators.
“I am proud of this cohort and the support it provides. The successful implementation of these grants is crucial to capitalize on both emerging technologies and new approaches to education and assessing student learning. Working together, we will transform our classrooms into forward-thinking vehicles that will keep our students ahead of the curve in a world with an ever-changing technological landscape,” said El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy M. Meyers. “These Innovation Grants are combining the impressive experience of longtime teachers with the sweeping changes afoot in education. Our decision to award classroom level grants was based on our belief that our teachers already perform amazing work, and they are the experts who will turn incredible ideas into reality for our children.”
Responding to career and higher-education expectations, the purpose of these grants is to assist teachers in better meeting the learning needs of students in a rapidly changing world. The grants will help stimulate and perpetuate creative thinking of the teachers educating our diverse student population. After a comprehensive application process, EDCOE awarded 13 grants ranging between $10,000 and $12,000 to classrooms for the 2014-2015 school year.
Building on a crucial partnership, funding for these grants comes from EDCOE and the El Dorado Community Foundation. The cohort will meet regularly to strengthen their ability to support the classrooms and facilitate grant implementation. For more information, visit www.edcoe.org