Scholarship and Grant Opportunities
Learning Forward Foundation Academy Scholarship
The foundation provides scholarships for school-based and district-based educators engaged in the Academy experience. The foundation also provides the Patsy Hochman Academy Scholarship for a Texas educator at the school or district level engaged in the Academy experience.
Learning Forward Affiliate Grant
The foundation provides two grants opportunities of up to $2,000 for one year to assist Learning Forward affiliates needing to rebuild, reorganize, or generate a stronger organization. One grant will honor Dale Hair’s legacy of work with the affiliates and the other grant will be offered by the Learning Forward Foundation. Applicants must be officially recognized Learning Forward Affiliate organizations.
The Betty Dillon Peterson Principal as a Leader of Professional Learning Grant
This grant honors the memory of Betty Dillon Peterson, who provided extraordinary leadership as founding member of the National Staff Development Council/Learning Forward and in providing mentorship to the Learning Forward Foundation Board of Directors. The Principal as a Leader of Professional Learning Grant focuses on strengthening knowledge, skills, and dispositions of school leaders to improve the outcomes of professional learning for staff and students at the school level. Through the support of the foundation, this scholarship supports the principal through Learning Forward Annual Conference participation and individualized executive coaching as he or she converts good performance in his or her school to a new level of superiority of academic learning of staff and students.
Learning Forward Foundation Team Grant
This grant supports teams (grade level, school, and district teams) in an effort to advance Learning Forward’s vision: Excellent teaching and learning every day. The grant amount is up to $10,000 to support achievement of a challenging goal aligned with the above vision and may include registration fees for the Learning Forward Annual conference for team members.
The Learning Forward Academy experience developed the skills to craft, execute, and evaluate a plan that put teacher-led job-embedded professional learning into focus at my school. The award gave our school’s work instant credibility and developed the confidence to move our school’s personalized learning initiative forward. Through the LF Academy and the Foundation’s follow-up coaching calls, I gained a deeper understanding of the dynamics of the school change process and grew professionally.— Andrea Von Biberstein, Learning Forward Foundation Academy Scholarship, 2016 and Learning Forward Foundation Team Grant, 2010
The experiences and financial support the 2014 Learning Forward Foundation Team Grant supporting “excellent teaching and learning every day” afforded Worcester Arts Magnet School, Worcester Public Schools was greatly appreciated and continues to have a positive impact!— Susan O’Neil, Worcester, MA Learning Forward Foundation Team Grant, 2015