Professional Development Grants

The Foundation provides funding for educators to receive funding for professional educational development.  There are three programs:

Sue Pence, daughter of Ernie Pence, with 2016 award winnerSue Pence, daughter of Ernie Pence, with 2016 award winner
  1. The Ernie Pence Memorial Grant (one awarded annually in the amount of $400) — made possible by an endowment established through the Ernie Pence Estate Funds from the Pence family.  This grant may apply toward tuition and textbooks for a class offered by an accredited college or university to further a certified employee’s education in his/her field.  Preference will be given to coursework that supports professional goals and student learning goals.
  2. The Joy Bayshore Memorial Grants (usually 2 awarded annually in the amount of $250/per) — made possible by the estate of Joy Bayshore.  These grants may apply toward conference registration fees, professional internships, workshop attendance, or for the purchase of books and/or materials for innovative curricular projects.
  3. CRCS Foundation Grants (usually 4 awarded annually in the amount of $250/per) — funds from the Foundation grants may apply toward conference registrations, professional internships, workshops, or for the purchase of books or materials for innovative curricular projects.

Applicants may be either certified and/or classified employees seeking professional development opportunities.  It is required that the recipient of a grant must return to the district for at least one year following the completion of the professional growth activity.

The applications will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

  • Articulation of purpose
  • Relationship to student learning goals.
  • Description of impact on students and student learning
  • Overall impression and clarity of application

Applications for 2017 are now open.  Please click link below.

ProfDevGrantsApp 2017