The School District Matching Grant Program adopted by the Florida Legislature in 2000 is an integral component of our strategy to increase private-sector interest, involvement, and investment in advancing student achievement in our local schools. The School District Matching Grant Program utilizes state funding to provide $1 for $1 match incentive to increase student achievement in Florida. Funding for the program is determined each year by the Florida Legislature. With the appropriation secured, the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) invites local education foundations to apply for their share of matching funds at the start of the school year. They must certify that their cash match has been secured and submit applications for eligible projects. Local education foundations are responsible for reporting measurable outcomes for their initiatives with the CFEF being responsible for overall program management and reporting to the Florida Department of Education. Funding support can be used in six programmatic areas as priorities for advancing student achievement in Florida:
- Increasing Graduation Rates
- Teaching Quality
- Low-Performing Students
- Career & Technical Education
The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County (EFPBC) has awarded over $100,000 in funding to support over 94 direct-to-classroom or GoTeach! Classroom Grants this year! The desire from teachers to bring creative, fun and challenging learning experiences into the classroom requires EFPBC to continually expand its program and grow funding for classroom grants through the School District Matching Grant Program. In 2017-2018, EFPBC awarded over $40,000 in funding and in 2018-2019, EFPBC awarded over $60,000 in funding to projects delivering high impact learning to students.The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County GoTeach! Classroom Grants encourage educators to create innovative and exciting educational opportunities for their students. GoTeach! Classroom Grants focus on these priority areas: Literacy, Career Education and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). The typical GoTeach! Classroom Grant ranges from $225 -$1,000 for individual teacher proposals, to $1,500 for team proposals. Once the grant application is submitted, it is reviewed by the Education Foundation’s Board members and other community leaders. Classroom grants are awarded in the fall at an awards ceremony, and grantees are required to submit results, photos, and a summary of how the funds were used at the end of the school year.
Impact of GoTeach! Classroom Grants in the 2018-2019 School Year:
- $67,000 awarded to fund 62 grants
- 40+ schools served
- 14,000+ students impacted
- 100+ teachers supported and 95% of teachers reported having an increase in teacher quality as a result of their grant participation. “This grant undoubtedly helped us improve our teaching methods by using new resources for learning, data tracking, and progress monitoring.”- GoTeach! Classroom Grant Recipient
Funded in partnership with the Great Charity Challenge, SRG Technology, Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation, the Consortium of Florida Education Foundation’s School District Matching Grant Program, and the “Support Education” License Plate Program.
Important Updates & Forms:
SUBMIT THE 2019-2020 APPLICATION
DOWNLOAD PRINCIPAL SIGNATURE PAGE TO INCLUDE WITH APPLICATION
Important Information for 2019-2020 Grant Cycle:
- Use the third link above (PDF version of the application) to plan your grant. Once you have completed the PDF application, use the second link above to have your Principal sign and approve your grant application (PDF version). When you are ready to submit your grant, use the first link and copy-paste your responses from the PDF version directly into the Google Form. Then upload your signed Principal approval page and hit submit.
- Please submit your application via Google Forms using the link provided above by July 26, 2020.
- No more than three awards will be granted per school.
- The Education Foundation has increased the dollar amount that teachers are eligible to apply for! Individual teachers are eligible to submit an application requesting up to $1,000 in funding support and a team of teachers (more than one teacher) can submit an application requesting up to $1,500 in funding support.
When learning is fun and engaging, learning is easy. The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County GoTeach! Classroom Grants encourage educators to create innovative and exciting educational programs for their students. Teachers are urged to apply for GoTeach! Grants annually to directly benefit their classrooms. GoTeach! Grants focus on these priority areas: Literacy, Career Education and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). Examples of successfully implemented classroom grants include:
- Field trips to educational destinations
- Supplies for innovative projects
- Literacy resources
- Musical instruments specific to the grant program
- Technology equipment specific to the grant program
GoTeach! Classroom Grants award up to $1,000 for individual teaching projects and up to $1,500 for team projects. Once the grant application is submitted, it is reviewed by a panel of Foundation board members and other community leaders. Classroom grants are awarded in the fall, and grantees are required to submit a mid-year update on the progress of the grant as well as a Final Report at the end of the year showcasing the results, photos and a summary of how the funds were used.
How can you help fund a GoTeach! Classroom Grant?
- Click the Donate Now button at the top of this page. Mention GoTeach! Classroom Grants in the Additional Information/Comments section.
- Help fuel more opportunities for students by purchasing a Florida Support Education License Plate. Your purchase contributes $20 to assist students and teachers in our public schools. Your donation, included in the purchase price of the Florida Education license plate, stays right here in our classrooms.
The AVID System (Advancement via Individual Determination) is a district-wide academic and graduation improvement initiative supported by the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County (EFPBC), based upon its superior student outcomes. The AVID program mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID will expand from 56 schools in the 2018- 2019 school year to 66 in the 2019-2020 school year, through a combination of District, EFPBC, and private donor funding. AVID has proven results in 56 local elementary, middle and high schools resulting in grade and credit improvement, higher graduation rates among under-performing gender and racial groups, and more students enrolled and persisting in post-secondary education. This year, the AVID program will expand to 10 additional schools, bringing the total number of AVID schools to 66 throughout the School District of Palm Beach County. This program provides essential training to AVID elective teachers and district/school leaders to ensure that research-based instructional strategies are being taught in AVID electives and AVID schools in order to prepare students for graduation and post-secondary success in college and beyond.
Impact of Closing the Achievement Gap with AVID in the 2018-2019 School Year:
- 60,000+ students impacted
- 700 teachers and administrators trained
- 100% of AVID seniors graduated in the Class of 2019
Funded in Partnership with Bank of America and the School District Matching Grant Program through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.
In its third year of operation, this program is expanding from 4 to 12 pilot schools in the 2019-2020 school year. In collaboration with the University of Central Florida's Morgridge International Reading Center, the School District of Palm Beach County has trained district administrators and teachers in research-based instructional strategies that will develop the capacity of teachers to impact their instruction. These district administrators, with the support of University of Central Florida's staff, will train additional teachers in 8 new pilot elementary schools in research-based multisensory instructional strategies plus provide additional training and support to teachers in the 4 original pilot schools, totaling 12 schools participating in this pilot reading program. These instructional strategies will be used to improve students’ reading proficiency in primary grades with language-based learning disabilities, including students with characteristics of dyslexia, by increasing the strategies and approaches used by teachers to address the needs of their students. This program serves to meet The School District of Palm Beach County's Strategic Plan's Theme/Goal by providing effective and Relevant Instruction to meet the needs of all students and to increase the number of students reading on grade level by 3rd Grade.
Impact of Charging Forward with Multisensory Strategies in the 2018-2019 School Year:
- 988 students impacted
- 47 teachers and 10 administrators trained
- Teacher Instructional Quality Improved:
- 100% of teachers reported an improvement in teacher quality as a result of participating in multisensory instructional strategies training
Student Reading Achievement Increased:
- 81% of Kindergarten students demonstrated mastery on their Reading Running Record Year-End Assessment.
- 90% of First Grade students demonstrated mastery on their Reading Running Record Year-End Assessment.
Funded in Partnership with Ventus Charitable Foundations and the School District Matching Grant Program through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.
In an effort to foster post-graduate success, the Healthcare Innovation Project is a collaborative effort between the School District of Palm Beach County and the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County. This project will expand the school district’s Medical Sciences Career Academies, impacting 24 schools that have Medical Academies throughout the district. In the 2019-2020 school year, the Healthcare Innovation Project will provide 11 schools (10 high schools and 1 middle school) with Medical Sciences Academy Programs with cutting-edge diverse clinical patient simulators that teachers can program with a “pre-existing medical condition”. This cutting-edge equipment will provide students with hands-on learning opportunities, allowing them to meet the required clinical experiences necessary to become healthcare providers and licensed or industry certified in our modern medical world.
Impact of Healthcare Innovation Project in the 2018-2019 School Year:
- 4,500+ students impacted
- 42 teachers trained
- Based on preliminary results, 99% of Medical Academy students successfully passed and earned an industry certification prior to high school graduation allowing them the opportunity to seek and/or obtain employment in healthcare and/or STEM-related careers.
- Industry Certifications Include: Emergency Medical Responder, Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, Certified EKG Technician, Certified Patient Care Technician, Certified Pharmacy Technician, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Certified Personal Trainer.
Funded in partnership with the Quantum Foundation and the School District Matching Grant Program through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.
The Rocket Powered Robotics program supports teams competing in the FIRST Lego League and First Tech Challenge Robotics programs in Palm Beach County. This program produces champion design teams rooted in the disciplines of STEM education. It provides targeted support to five teams with participating students from over 14 district schools. One middle and high school in the far western Glades community, where access to robotics clubs will drastically improve STEM participation and interest in STEM-related careers, will also be supported through this program by supporting robotics teams from these schools. The goal of this program is to provide student access to robotics education that stimulates knowledge and develops critical thinking skills (centered on principles of technology and engineering) by providing instructional programming customized to the individual strengths, needs, interests, and aspirations of students by working cooperatively as a team to problem-solve and compete at the District, Regional and State First Lego League Competitions.
Impact of Rocket-Powered Robotics in the 2018-2019 School Year:
- 100 students,16 teachers and hundreds of fans were impacted
- 4 robotics teams from 9 participating schools:
- The Children of the Swamp team competed at World Championship where they won in their division and placed 4th overall.
- M.A.R.S. (Mega Awesome Robotic System) competed at the Orlando and South Florida Regional Competitions and were selected as members of an alliance in both competitions.
- Pahokee Middle School, the Subaroos, caught the attention of the University of Washington and even Nasa! Read all about it HERE!
- Pahokee Middle School’s team, Codegrammers, won 1st Place in the Robot Performance at South Florida Regional and earned a bid to the First Lego League Florida Championships.
Funded in partnership with Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation and the School District Matching Grant Program through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.
Stepping up STEM in Pahokee will help create a pipeline of Computer Programming and Robotics Course offerings in order to increase skill development and opportunities for students in 6th-10th grade. Pahokee Middle School will expand course offerings to engage students and challenge them to learn new skills. The implementation of VEX Robotics into the middle school curriculum will help continue to challenge older more experienced students with more complex concepts that most closely resembles what is currently being used by today’s professionals in STEM fields. Computer programming and hands-on STEM activities, including planning and building robots to operate with a computer, will help teach students reasoning and critical thinking skills, perseverance and attention to detail. The skills learned at Pahokee Middle School will prepare students for higher level robotics courses and advanced Computer Science courses that will be offered at Pahokee High School beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. The implementation of Computer Programming and Robotics curriculum with First Tech Challenge Robotics competitions at Pahokee High will also be offered to 9th and 10th grade students. These opportunities will help prepare students for success in STEM courses throughout middle school, high school, college and in their future STEM related careers.
Impact of Stepping up STEM in Pahokee in the 2018-2019 School Year:
- 144 students and 3 teachers impacted
- Students receiving a 70% or higher on their post summative assessment:
- 89% of students enrolled in the new Environmental Science course
- 70.5% of students enrolled in the Computer Programming & Robotics course
- 66% of students enrolled in the new Marine Science course
Funded in Partnership with Ventus Charitable Foundations, Florida Power & Light, Company, Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation & School District Matching Grant Program through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.
New This Year
The Global Collaborations for Project-Based Learning will engage students and teachers through a system of instruction that provides unique cultural experiences and identifies global problems. Educators will facilitate international dialogue so students identify current world issues, with the goal of focusing on real needs that are meaningful and relevant to participating students and teachers.
Incorporating global and project-based learning in all subjects (by integrating technology as an instructional tool) empowers students to analyze problems and design solutions in collaboration with peers across the world. Students will increase their global communication skills and understanding of different perspectives that lead to innovative solutions.
The program provides training to teachers which will help them to implement advanced strategies in the classroom. Through the Genius Plaza online platform, teachers will also have access to culturally relevant resources and innovative methods including digital storytelling and access to blended learning resources, teaching tools, parent engagement facilitation, and a teacher dashboard.
At the end of the 2019-2020 school year, participating schools will have the instructional tools to embed global education concepts and project-based learning into all areas of the curriculum. Participating teachers and students will have created global education projects through collaborations with international schools abroad.
Funded in partnership with the Mary and Robert Pew Public Education Fund and the School District Matching Grant Program through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.
New this year: OrKids is a hands-on plant propagation program, in partnership with Florida Atlantic University's Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, that provides the opportunity for middle and high school students to grow endangered native orchids in their classroom while collecting important data that will help to inform the scientific field on native plant conservation. Students will learn how to think critically about the plant world through interacting with their orchids daily by setting up a classroom botany lab . The participants will learn the concepts of habitat restoration and endangered species care and protection. The hands-on experiences of caring for the orchids, and planning a restoration project, will increase the students’ awareness of the plant kingdom and will provide a better understanding of restoration ecology. In addition to receiving propagation materials for the classroom, such as shelving, lights, trays, plants, humidity domes, fertilizer and any research materials pertinent to the program, participants will also be introduced to the lessons on identifying ecosystems, classification of orchids using a dichotomous key and the importance of habitat protection and plant reintroduction. An interactive teacher training, including all required teaching materials, will be provided to teachers implementing the OrKIDS project.
Funded in partnership with Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, Ventus Charitable Foundation and the School District of Palm Beach County’s Matching Grant Program through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.