The Foundation provides funding for educators to receive funding for professional educational development. There are three programs:
- 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.
- The Joy Bayshore Memorial Grants (one awarded annually in the amount of $250) — 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.
- 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
This grant program has closed for 2017. Applications for 2018 awards will be live in mid-March 2018.