TeacherPreneur is a grant award program funded by Great Schools Partnership and administered in partnership with Knox County Schools Curriculum and Instruction Department. In alignment with the Knox County Schools strategic plan, TeacherPreneur aims to promote KCS teachers as educational leaders and creative problem solvers by encouraging them to use their expertise and creativity to improve our district and the learning opportunities we provide to our students. All full-time Knox County Schools teachers are eligible.
How We Define Innovation
Innovation is not about the final product. It is about the process.
It is about being bold and brave in the approach to problem solving.
It doesn’t have to be a new way of doing something
or coming up with a new way to solve a problem…
it is about being open to doing things differently.
Feel free to download a full version of the 2018 TP Application to compile information offline before submitting online.
Notice: Submissions must be made online by completing the appropriate form (see below). No emailed submissions will be accepted.
Deadline for all applications is Tuesday, September 18 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) – No Exceptions!
There are two types of awards you can apply for. Both types require a letter of support from the school principal and a budget outline. All finalists will be called in for an interview in the week of September 24, 2018. Winners will be announced in before fall break.
The bulk of TeacherPreneur awards will be awarded to new innovative ideas that display:
2) Alignment with KCS/GSP Priorities
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The Scalability Grant, now in its second year, is open for you to pursue funding for one of two successful 2017 TeacherPreneur grants. Both of the 2017 TP winners below were successful at reducing office referrals.
– Mindfulness in Action was developed at Belle Morris Elementary School and provides a program for students to meet their socioemotional needs and reduce office referrals in grades 3rd-5th. A mindfulness room was implemented as a resource for students to learn coping skills for stressful situations. The mindfulness room was equipped with soft music and lighting, comfortable seating, and cool down activities. It is a peaceful place for students to come at their own request or the request of teachers and administration.
– At Dogwood Elementary School, Calm Corners were designed and utilized to provide a restorative alternative to students who are feeling frustrated, angry, sad or overwhelmed. The corners are a space for reflection and processing. Children simply raise their hand and request a five-minute break in the “Calming Corner” when their emotional status prevents them from attending in class. To learn more about this approach check out this video.
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