Matching Grants to Enhance Culturally Responsive, Student-Centered Flexible Learning
BetterLesson is sponsoring a matching grant program to provide public and private K–12 schools, districts, and education service agencies in the United States with virtual professional learning services to improve teaching and learning in remote environments and integrate practices that advance social justice as part of regular classroom instruction. The grant will be funded up to $1 million, with a total of up to 30 grants to be awarded. For awarded grants, BetterLesson will match the amount the district is investing with an equal amount of in-kind products and services. Grant proposals should be aimed at increasing the capacity of schools and districts to create student-centered, flexible teaching and learning in remote or hybrid environments, and/or support teachers to integrate culturally responsive, sustainable practices and social–emotional learning as part of their regular instruction.
On the laundry list of skills and content areas teachers have to cover, creativity doesn’t traditionally get top billing. It’s usually lumped together with other soft skills like communication and collaboration: Great to have, though not as important as reading or long division.
But research is showing that creativity isn’t just great to have. It’s an essential human skill — perhaps even an evolutionary imperative in our technology-driven world.
This blog is the second in a series on the importance of mentoring girls and young women through a compassionate “lean-in” culture of practice. Check out the first post “Mentoring Girls and Young Women Through a Compassionate ‘Lean-In’ Culture of Practice.” This post will provide just-in-time resources to help you model how to provide access and equity to robust science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) resources for ALL students, and how to infuse hands-on STEM learning experiences throughout your subject areas and all K–12 grade-level bands.