Alabama Power Foundation announces Scholar Grants
Alabama Power Foundation
September 29, 2023
City or township governments, Independent school districts, County governments
The Alabama Power Foundation is accepting applications for its Scholar Grants to provide teachers with funding to access the professional development and instructional tools they need to raise student achievement in math and/or English language arts (ELA) to grade level proficiency and beyond.
Donor Name: Alabama Power Foundation
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: Up to $7,500
Professional development, instructional resources and classroom technology.
Grant Amount: Up to $7,500 per grade level team.
Uses of Scholar Grants
Participate in Effective PD
Effective PD: Is focused on content and pedagogy, models best practices, coaches and collaborates, and facilitates ongoing learning and implementation.
Ongoing PD: Is preferred and could include attending multiple PD sessions throughout the year that continue to build instructional practices.
PD Examples: Classes, workshops, conferences, instructional coaching, peer review/feedback, professional learning teams.
Select Instructional Resources and/or Classroom Technology that Empower Learning
Resources and Tech: Should increase engagement, help scaffold instruction and improve learning.
Instructional Resource Examples: Manipulatives, math measurement tools, culturally inclusive high-interest reading materials, student journals, reading recovery materials, formative assessment tools (e.g., white boards, clicker apps), teacher best practices guides.
Classroom Technology Examples: iPads, tablets, laptops, projectors, SMART boards, document cameras, graphing calculators, applications, software, online instructional resources.
Public school teachers in grades two to eight apply as a grade level team.
Scholar Grants Must Meet the Following Criteria:
Demonstrate a Financial Need
Priority will be given to a public school if 50% or more of its full-time students receive free or reduced lunches, or if the school is a Title I school.
Grade Level/Subject Area Collaboration
Intent is for an entire grade level team of teachers to commit to collaboration, professional growth and peer support to raise student achievement in math and/or ELA. Middle school teacher teams may include multiple grade levels if needed to collaborate.
Teacher-Selected Professional Development (PD)
All teachers who apply for the grant will select PD with a focus on math and/or ELA concepts. Funds can be used on other resources if PD is free, but PD must be included in the proposal to nurture professional growth.
Measure Student Achievement
Describe how the grant aims to improve student achievement and how success will be measured.
Scholar Grants Will Not be Used to Support the Following:
Primary and secondary private schools.
Any non-school organization.
Grant proposals that do not support raising student achievement in either math or English language arts.
For more information, visit Alabama Power Foundation.