To seek, secure and distribute resources in support of improving educational opportunities and student achievement in K-16 settings and enhancing community well-being.

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Supporting Schools - Improving Communities

Turning Technologies, LLC has established the Turning Foundation - a separate non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The mission of the foundation is... "To seek, secure and distribute resources in support of improving educational opportunities and student achievement in K-16 settings and enhancing community well-being." The main focus of our foundation will be to support efforts locally to enhance and improve education for all and with supports also directed toward the community in general. We will also work to connect our efforts locally to a broader national education and community development agenda. We hope to help facilitate the connections between education and community well-being, here in the greater Mahoning valley and nationally.

Innovative Teacher Mini-Grant Program Fall 2014

Overview: The Turning Foundation is announcing a new round of Innovative Teacher Mini-Grants for 2014. The foundation is seeking applications from classroom teachers in a four county area (Ashtabula, Columbiana, Trumbull and Mahoning Counties) targeting innovative and creative practices focused on developing 21st Century Classrooms. Through a competitive grant process, teachers either as individuals or teams will be given the opportunity to apply for up to $1,500 per project to support efforts to improve outcomes in PK-12 classrooms. Selection priorities in the application process include projects that:

  • Connect creative and innovative practice to student achievement and school improvement
  • Develop partnerships between schools and/or classrooms, and/or between classrooms and business/industry and community partners

Eastern Ohio Education Partnership Alignment: New to the grant process this year is an alignment with the four established goal areas for the Eastern Ohio Education Partnership. Eastern Ohio Education Partnership is a network of community leaders representing education, business, faith-based, nonprofit, philanthropic and social sectors committed to providing every child in Eastern Ohio with a quality education. The partnership sets a standard for collaboration around a shared set of goals, driven by data, and accountable through regular progress reports to the community. EOEP has established four specific goal areas for tracking that include:

  • Kindergarten Readiness
  • 3rd Grade Reading Proficiency
  • 8th Grade Math Proficiency
  • Postsecondary/Career Readiness

Grant Application Process: The application process requires teachers to focus on a few specific areas - while promoting the opportunity to be creative and innovative.

  • There must be a connection to outcomes that support one of the four major goal areas established by EOEP
  • There must be a sign-off from a building administrator in support of the effort described in the proposal
  • The proposal must have an evaluation component measuring specific outcomes that are connected to one of the four major goal areas
  • Proposals that are able to exhibit partnerships and collaboration either with other educators and/or with business/industry will be given additional points in the grant scoring process
  • The innovative practice must be replicable (we plan to publish a list of project abstracts - and post processes and outcomes on the Turning Foundation and Education Partnership Network websites).

Program Timeline: This grant cycle is supporting activities during the 2014-15 school year. The duration of each winning grant project will be for one year, but the impact must be sustainable and ongoing. Following is the proposed program timeline:

  • Application available – September 8, 2014
  • Grant applications due – October 10, 2014 – received by 4:30 pm
  • Recipients will be notified by October 17, 2014 – a minimum of 4 awards will be made depending on amounts requested in winning applications
  • Grant evaluations/program updates due by June 30, 2015.

The Innovative Teacher Mini-Grant Program is designed to focus resources on supporting the development of innovative classroom practices in local schools. It is also designed to align resources in a way that focuses measurement and impact on four specific goal areas being addressed in our region by the Eastern Ohio Education Partnership. Aligning resources and identifying best practices around these four goal areas will begin to have major impact on educational outcomes in the region.

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