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News Story
Updated: 08/27/2014 08:00:02AM

Rays Foundation awards $5,000 to Polk Education Foundation

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Christine Roslow

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From left is Susan Copeland, Executive Director; Ray’s Mascot; Shannan Combee, Teacher to Teacher Program Director.

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Focus student Owen Forbes.

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Focus student Ariel Brant.

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Polk Education Foundation got $5,000 from Rays Foundation for the 2014-2015 school year and the money will be used to provide mini grants through the Teacher to Teacher Connection program. This program is a layered network of teachers sharing Best Practices. Grants will focus on the areas of increasing literacy, low-performers and STEM education.

The first phase of the Teacher to Teacher program is the Developer phase. Teachers who have developed and implemented a program in their classroom are invited to apply for a Developer grant worth $600-$1,000. Once chosen they work with PEF to produce the current year’s Catalog of Excellence. In the fall of each year, current developers join with past developers to present their programs at the IDEA Expo. All PreK-8 teachers across Polk and Hardee are invited to attend this drop-in style event. Teachers who wish to replicate a developer’s program have the opportunity to apply for an adapter grant worth $400-$800.

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