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 35 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 the 2018-2019 grant recipients.

Jeanie Ritchie Innovation Grant Awardees for the 2018-2019 school year:




Apple Valley

Steffany Cressey


California Indians

Amanda Bower

Upper Laurel

Composer in Residence

Richard Vaughan


Day of the Dead

Esme Collier


Electronics and Tech

Arthur Elola


Engineering Event

Alicia Payton


Fraction Bootcamp

Jocelyn Guerra


Front Row

Andrea Boatright

Oak Knoll

Immersed in Engineering

Grant Conour

Upper Laurel

Lights, Camera, Action

Lori Sullivan


Mindfulness for Preschoolers

Lisa Walton & Jessica Mihaly

Lower Laurel / ELC

Music to My Ears

Jerrian Hirsch & Rachel Bergeron

Upper Laurel

Read Through History

Jacqueline Schlegel



Tracy Gary & Nari Yee

Lower Laurel

Row, Ride, Run

Russ Peterson


Starry Night

Caryl Brewbaker

Oak Knoll


Stephanie Noon Encinal

Thinking About Thinking

Grant Conour Upper Laurel

Virtual Reality

Julie Hilborn Hillview

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. Review the 2019-2020 Call for Applications document and the Grant Review 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 via e-mail. 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 2019-2020 School Year: 

  • Friday, October 4, 2019: Grants are due by 5pm (please submit via e-mail to
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019: Grant review meeting
  • Thursday, October 24, 2019: Grant notification

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

Grant Documents: