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Ann Shansky Classroom Innovation Grant

Ann Shansky Classroom Innovation Grant

MPS classroomThe Ann Shansky Classroom Innovation Grant program was established in memory of Ann Shansky, an MPS teacher for 34 years.  Mrs. Shansky dedicated her life’s work to the education and development of children.  The grant program that bears her name is open to Milwaukee Public Schools teachers or students working in collaboration with an MPS teacher.  Grants range from $100-$2,000 and may be used to bring new perspectives, methods, and models into the classroom.

Please note that applications for our current funding opportunity, the Ann Shansky Classroom Innovation Grant program,  must be returned to the MPS Foundation and postmarked on or before June 14, 2016.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Ann Shansky Classroom Innovation Grant program?

The Ann Shansky Classroom Innovation Grant program (formerly the Teacher EXCEL Grant program) was established in memory of Ann Shansky, a Milwaukee Public Schools teacher for 34 years. Mrs. Shansky was an advocate of early childhood education and dedicated her life’s work to education and the development of children.

The Ann Shansky Classroom Innovation Grant program recognizes that many exciting initiatives begin in the classroom. The mini - grants provided by this program are an opportunity for students (working in collaboration with teacher co - signer) or classroom teachers to bring new perspectives, methods, and models into the classroom.

Who is eligible?

Milwaukee Public Schools classroom teachers or students (working in collaboration with teacher co - signer) in grades K3 - 5 are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $100 - $2,000. Individual schools may submit a maximum of three grant applications per year.

How long is the grant term?

Grants will range from 6 - 12 months. Grants accepted in June 2016 will fund projects to be conducted during the 2016 - 2017 school year or during the summer of 2017.

What criteria will be used to review grant applications?
  • Is the idea innovative?
  • Has the applicant demonstrated enough background information to make the idea viable?
  • Does the idea tie into the Eight Big Ideas? Review them here.
  • What are the expected outcomes of the project?
What will not be funded?
  • Projects that already exist within the district, have already been completed, or that are currently covered under a school or department budget;
  • Re - granting to another program within your school;
  • Payments to MPS staff, parents, or students in the form of salary, stipend, gift cards, etc.;
  • Sponsorship of school fundraising events and/or materials/supplies for fundraising events.
How do I apply?
  • Download the Ann Shansky Classroom Innovation Grant form from our website and fill it out completely. Please follow the application instructions carefully. Incomplete or incorrectly submitted proposals will not be considered.
  • Grant applications may be reviewed by non - educators, so please avoid educational jargon and acronyms. It may be beneficial to provide contextual information on district/school initiatives, curriculum, or other information that may not be known by non - educators or individuals that do not work for MPS.
  • Submit 1 single - sided copy with no staples to the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation at the following address: MPS Foundation Attn: Shansky Classroom Innovation Grants 5225 W. Vliet St. Milwaukee, WI 53208
  • Applications must be postmarked by June 14, 2016.
  • Include your contact information during the month of August; grant recipients will be notified of their selection in August to allow for planning time before the start of the new school year.
What happens after I accept the grant?

All grantees are required to submit a report form upon completion of the project. You will be asked to provide detailed records of grant expenditures, including receipts for purchases, as well as to report on the goals and success measures you indicate in your proposal.

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Resources

2016 Shansky Classroom Innovation Grant Application

This is the 2016 Ann Shansky Classroom Grant Application.

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Shansky Classroom Innovation Grant FAQ

Here are the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about the 2016 Ann Shansky Classroom Innovation Grant program.

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