Jeanie Ritchie Innovation Grants


The mission of the MPAEF funded Jeanie Ritchie Grant is to enable teachers to pursue innovative teaching programs in their classroom, grade or school and provide educational experiences that students would otherwise not be able to have. The grants funds are a part of the annual grant provided by MPAEF to the school district and are an important part of the Foundation’s motto: Investing in Education. Together.

District teachers have been applying for these Grants for over 25 years. Each year, teachers with unique teaching concepts prepare a comprehensive grant and present their idea to the Jeanie Ritchie Grant committee who evaluate the grant to see if it meets the program's three key qualities of innovation, creativity and enrichment.

Thank you to everyone who donates to MPAEF and to all of the teachers among us who go above and beyond to make our school district the very best!

CLICK HERE to see highlights from this year's grant recipients.

Congratulate the Jeanie Ritchie Grant Recipients for the 2017-2018 school year:




Energizing Engineering

Steffany Cressey


Lights, Camera, Action

Lori Sullivan


Monarch Migration

Steffany Cressey


Save Machu Picchu

Maria Magana


Immersed in Engineering

Grant Conour


Understanding the Equal Sign

Lori Sullivan/Teagan Stapp


Book Club Reimagined

Anoushka Bhow, Kate Scott, Aimee Mathenia


Climate Changes

Cheryl Arner


French Cooking

Amy Kingsley


Access for All

Pam Musladin/Deanna Kraz


Power of Words

Heidi Yamada


Real Life Math

Amanda Bower


Team G Time

Heidi Yamada


Wordless Books

Leigh Wilson


Design Thinking

Allison Zeiser 3, 4, 5

Oak Knoll

Exploring Chess

Cindy Guerra

Oak Knoll

Front Row

Andrea Boatright Oak Knoll

Teaching Math All Around Us

Sara Bartlett Oak Knoll


Sara Bartlett, Ruth Peterson, Steffany Cressey Oak Knoll/Laurel/Encinal

Rocket Motion

Vincent Lopez, Maria Clemo, Janet Meister Oak Knoll/Laurel/Encinal

Applying for a Grant

If you are an MPCSD teacher with an idea that you would like to submit to the Jeanie Ritchie Grant Committee, we are excited to see your grant submission during the next grant application cycle. Here is what to do.

  1. Take a look at the rubric to know how grants are evaluated and email us with any questions.
  2. Fill out a grant application 
  3. Submit your application by the due date. Please watch this space for details about the next grant cycle.
  4. You will receive an email confirmation once your grant has been successfully submitted.
  5. The Jeanie Ritchie Grant Committee will review your grant application. The committee is comprised of parents from each school in the district, a teacher representative from each school in the district and the Director of Curriculum.
  6. You may receive questions from the committee to get clarity on your application.
  7. The committee will hold a Grant Review Meeting on an announced date to review and vote on all grants.
  8. The MPAEF and Superintendent will decide to grant or deny grant funding.
  9. You will receive an email informing you of whether your grant was selected. If selected, instructions will be included in this email.

The Grant Process:

School Principals and Site Councils are playing in integral part in the awarding of Jeanie Ritchie Grants at each school. The Jeanie Ritchie Grant committee chairs will be available to help with grant applications along with the teacher representatives on the committee. We have one at each school and they are are all experienced Jeanie Ritchie grant writers. The idea is to get great ideas to work in classrooms and on District campuses, not to create endless paperwork for our busy teachers and staff!

Grants for Funding 2018-2019 School Year: 

  • Friday, September 28, 2018: Grants are due by 5pm (e-mail)
  • Thursday, October 11, 2018: Grant review meeting
  • Friday, October 19, 2018: Grant notification

If you have any questions about your grant application please feel free to email the Jeanie Ritchie Grant Committee chair

Grant Documents

  • 2018-19 Application - DOC