Ed Tech: Idaho Technology Pilots

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Schools across Idaho can apply for a share of $3 million in technology pilot grant money.

Three million dollars is up for grabs through the second round of the Idaho Technology Pilot program. Last year eleven schools statewide shared in three million dollars of technology money. The program asks What does a next-generation classroom look like and how would you put it into action?

The state is hosting four informational webinars on April 22 and April 23. For  more information visit the state’s website. I am available to help your building team brainstorm ideas, write the grant, and put together a budget.

Only one application can be submitted per school. The state will accept multiple applications from a district. All grant proposals need to be approved by the District Office before submission. Grants are due by June 11th.

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Earn Money for Your School or Classroom: Best Practices in Classroom Assessment Recognition Program

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Looking for a way to earn money for your classroom or school? Participate in the Best Practices in Classroom Assessment Recognition Program. Applications are available now!

By participating in the program you can earn money for your classroom or school. Last year three teams from the Post Falls School District participated in the program; each team earned $2000! The three teams were:

  • Jana Michelle Faucher-Sharples, Kelly Kiser, and Team Captain, Jessica Lamb-Mullan Trail Elementary, Post Falls School District
  • Nancy Hicks, Brad Harmon, and Team Captain Deborah Tierney-River City Middle School, Post Falls School District
  • Lisa Hoffeld, Sara Lewis, and Team Captain Breland Tommerump-Mullan Trail Elementary, Post Falls School District

Check out the information below from the State Department of Education if you are interested in participating.

The State Department of Education has released its application for the Best Practices in Classroom Assessment Recognition Program. This program rewards teachers for innovative and balanced classroom assessment practices and sharing those experiences and practices with other Idaho teachers. Information and applications are available at There will be an informational webinar to review the program and answer any questions teachers might have on November 19, 2013 at 3PM MST.  The webinar will be archived. For more information, contact Nancy Thomas Price 208-332-6988 or

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STEM: Grant Opportunity

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Roce Kimmons, Director of the University of Idaho Doceo Center for Innovation + Learning, has offered to team with PFSD teachers to apply for grants offered through the Idaho National Laboratory. Contact me at if you are interested. All grants need to be submitted to the district office for approval.

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INL STEM Mini Grants and an INL Extreme Classroom Makeover Grant

Idaho National Laboratory announces the availability of two 2014 grant programs in support of excellence and innovation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Applications are currently being accepted for INL STEM Mini Grants and an INL Extreme Classroom Makeover Grant.

Funding for the grants comes from Battelle Energy Alliance, which operates INL for the U.S. Department of Energy.

The 2014 INL STEM Mini Grants will provide funds to enhance public and private elementary, middle school and high school programs. Teachers can apply for up to $1,000 to fund technology or lab equipment, material for special projects, or professional development.

The INL Extreme Classroom Makeover Grant will provide funding to a teacher or school to transform a classroom into a 21st century STEM learning environment. One $10,000 grant award is available to support classroom instructional resources, materials and laboratory equipment used to integrate STEM concepts across all disciplines.

Grant applications are available at Completed applications must be received by Dec. 1, 2013.

A panel of judges will evaluate the applications based on specific criteria. Teachers are required to provide information on how learning objectives and curriculum concepts will be enhanced and how the project or program will improve student interest and achievement. Grant recipients will be announced in January, 2014.

Over the past eight years, INL’s Education Programs office has contributed nearly $3 million to upgrade STEM education in Idaho.

INL is one of the DOE’s 10 multiprogram national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of DOE’s strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science and environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the laboratory is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance.