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School District

1113 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Office: (360) 596-6100

Individual Professional Growth Grant

To:             All OEA Members

From:        Jen Brotherton

Date:          February 28, 2017

We are pleased to announce that there will be $60,000 available for Individual Professional Growth Grants for the period of June 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017 (only courses done during this window will be considered).  Individual grant reimbursements shall not exceed $2,000 in any year for any individual.  (Please note that, depending on the number of applications, the maximum amount granted may be less than $2,000.)  Priority will be given for up to 50 percent ($30,000) for plans which relate to the following:

  • Strategic Plan goals for High Academic Standards, Expectations and Performance; Individualized Learning; Integrated Learning; Best Practices; A Supportive Working Environment; and Increased Family and Community Involvement.
  • The implementation of the State Standards, as outlined in publications from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The remaining $30,000 will be available for grant applications relating to other district goals, building goals or individual professional goals.  It is important that applicants state the goal clearly and explain the relationship of the plan to the accomplishment of the goal.  A major part of the grant decision will be determined by the convincing nature of the explanation.  The committee screens for completeness of application and documentation, then ranks applications from 0-4 based on quality in areas addressing professional goals, strategic plan/state standards, and plan to achieve goal(s).

Any member of the OEA bargaining unit may submit an application.  This includes individuals who were reimbursed grants and completed all requirements in previous years.  

The deadline for submitting an application is April 1, 2017.  Grant applications are to be submitted to the I.P.G.G. Committee at the District K-12 Teaching & Learning Department, and must be received in the department by the application deadline.  The K-12 Teaching & Learning office will be open until 5p.m. March 31st to accept applications. The application should be precise, specific, complete and persuasive.  Only applications that are typed or composed via word-processing will be considered.  Please make certain that your application conforms to the guidelines on the application form, then proofread and spell-check your application before forwarding it to the committee.  Be sure to look at the rubrics before writing your application as it outlines how each component is scored.  The attached application is available on the K-12 Teaching and Learning Department page of the OSD Website.

  • If applying for tuition funds for courses, please list the college, course titles, a description of the course content and cost per class.  Please tally costs and include the total amount requested (not to exceed $2,000).
  • I.P.G.G. funds will not be awarded for lodging, travel, substitute costs or planning time.
  • Funds will not be awarded for books, software, equipment, supplies, materials or membership fees.
  • Funds will not be awarded for personal lessons, consultations, fees (i.e., clock hours, labs or equipment) or tutoring.
  • If more than one person is applying for the same activity, each person must submit an individual application.
  • If repeating the same course as in a previous year, please explain the reason (i.e., to learn new software version).  Please note that taking a course a second time cannot apply to a salary increase.
  • Individuals who have further questions about the application process are encouraged to call Denise Krone at 596-8545 or Jen Brotherton at 596-6205.

Due to IRS guidelines reimbursements of personal expenditures are awarded directly to the applicant.  Applicants are required to submit documentation of personal payment prior to receiving reimbursement.