Pictured above: One of the projects funded by PEP’s micro grant program.
To help meet the needs of early career teachers during the 2020-2021 school year, Public Education Partners (PEP) began offering micro grants to help offset teaching costs for classroom projects, supplies, and virtual learning tools. This year, PEP continued its commitment to help first year brick and mortar school teachers and virtual teachers with any amount of teaching experience. In total, PEP has awarded a total of $6,800 to 34 teachers through its Elevating Teachers initiative.
PEP offered micro grants to teachers from thirteen (13) brick and mortar schools, as well as teachers in the GCS Virtual Schools program. Online grant applications were made available at the end of October and awards checks were mailed out right after Thanksgiving break.
Projects funded by micro grants also included subscriptions to online resources, traditional classroom supplies, and technology needs such as headphones and cameras. PEP also supports teachers of any amount of experience through its annual Mullins and Building STEAM grants, which previously funded $24,500 worth of teacher and principal-led initiatives.