The Foundation provides grants for high achieving educators to receive funding for professional educational development. There are four 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 Grant (one awarded annually in the amount of $250) — made possible by the Joy Bayshore Estate. This grant may apply toward the purchase of materials for an innovative curricular project(s).
- The Mary Bagge Andres Memorial Grant (one awarded annually in the amount of $250). This grant is for a first or second year teacher who has shown an interest in implementing positive behavior supports into their classroom practice. Funds awarded to pay for a PBIS conference fee or materials/resources.
- CRCSF Grants (up to four awarded annually in the amount of $250/per) — funds from the CRCS Foundation grants may apply toward conference registrations, professional internships, workshops, summer intensives, certification fees, etc.
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