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 grant program began in 1984 to honor Jeanie Ritchie, one of MPAEF's founders. 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 37 years. Each year, teachers with unique teaching concepts prepare a comprehensive proposal and present their idea to the Jeanie Ritchie Grant committee who evaluate the proposal to see if it meets the program's three key qualities of innovation, curriculum enhancement and sustainability. And each year, the program grows. In the first grant cycle during the 1984-1985 school year, 8 projects were funded with a total of $2,200.
This year (2021-2022), 22 grant projects were funded with $35,000 in funding! CLICK HERE to read the press release about this year's grant awardees.
Jeanie Ritchie Innovation Grants Awardees for the 2021-2022 School Year:
Below is a full list of this year’s awarded programs, which will be implemented during the 2021-2022 school year.
|Audiobooks on the Bus||Jacqui Cebrian||Oak Knoll|
|Beyond the Comic Book - Discovering Heroes in Literature||Jacky Schlegel & Libby Ellis||Hillview|
|Cardboard Creations: Playing with Forces and Motion||Rachel Naishtut & Georgia Walton||Encinal|
|“Choro - Brazil’s Original Jazz”||Richard Vaughan||Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll & Hillview|
|Djembe Jam!! West African Dance & Drumming for First Graders with Alhassane Camara of Guinea||Elizabeth Harrison||Laurel|
|Exemplary Scholars Learn By Doing! Hands-on STEAM||Joyce Chan||Oak Knoll|
|Fraction Fundamentals||Christine Reuter & Michelle Betancourt||Encinal|
|Interactive Centers for an Engaging Math Workshop||Caroline Lucas & Eva Sullivan||Laurel|
|Learning For Justice Community Read||Michelle Betancourt||Encinal|
|Let’s Rumba!! Afro-Cuban Dance Workshops with Percussion for Second Graders||Elizabeth Harrison||Laurel|
|Living the Diversity in Spanish Culture at Hillview||Benjamin Salas-Velasco||Hillview|
|Making Cell Anatomy and Physiology Come Alive||Leonardo Schneiderman||Hillview|
|Mesoamerican Patio Refurbish||Sara Bartlett||Oak Knoll|
|Mock Caldecott||Jacqui Cebrian||Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll & Hillview|
|Ninja Warrior PE!||Jeriann Hirsch||Laurel|
|One Classroom, One Book||Megan Stone||Laurel|
|Patterns of Power||Janiq Meneze||Oak Knoll|
|Physical Literacy: Engaging Sensory Pathways||Stacy Matsuura||ELC (Early Learning Center)|
|Pop Up Library||Jacqui Cebrian||Oak Knoll|
|Powerful and Differentiated Math Through Engaging Math Talk, Puzzles, Games||Joyce Chan||Oak Knoll|
|Speaking with the World||Amy Kingsley||Hillview|
|Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Doors: Auditing classroom libraries to ensure a selection of books that reflect all of our students||Jacqui Cebrian||Oak Knoll|
Interested in Applying Next Year?
If you are a teacher, MPCSD staff or student that is interested in applying for a Jeanie Ritchie Grant for the 2022-2023 school year, please follow the steps outlined below:
- Review the Call for Applications document (to be provided Sept. 2022) and the Grant Review Rubric to know how grants are evaluated and email us with any questions. Also, CLICK HERE to check out a few successful grant applications from the past.
- Fill out a 2022-2023 Grant Application Document (to be provided Sept. 2022) and submit via e-mail to email@example.com by the deadline. You will receive an email confirmation once your grant has been successfully submitted.
If you have any questions about your grant application please feel free to email the Jeanie Ritchie Grant Committee chair.
The Grant Process:
School Principals and Site Councils plan an integral part in the awarding of Jeanie Ritchie Grants at each school. The Jeanie Ritchie Grant committee chairs are available to help with grant applications, along with the teacher representatives on the committee. There is a Jeanie Ritchie Grant committee teacher representative at each school and they 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!
- 2021-2022 Call for Applications
- 2021-2022 Jeanie Ritchie Innovation Grant Application
- Grant Review Rubric
- Past Successful Grant Applications