In an effort to show appreciation for area K-12 educators and thank them for their tireless work in educating the next generation of Ohioans, Western Governors University Ohio (WGU Ohio) has announced a Transforming Education Grant initiative for K-12 teachers who need help funding their innovative classroom projects.
The online, nonprofit university is focusing these new grants on helping inspirational educators expand classroom experiences and employ innovative techniques to engage and challenge students, K-12 teachers, administrators, coaches, paraprofessionals, or counselors—anyone working with students at a public or private school—in need of funding to support their planned innovative projects are encouraged to apply.
“It takes a special kind of person to prepare today’s young minds for tomorrow’s challenges and we know that teachers can always use a helping hand in the classroom,” said Dr. K.L. Allen, chancellor of WGU Ohio. “Educators are among our nation’s most essential professionals, and they deserve our thanks and support for what they do every day to help develop the leaders of tomorrow. Through these grants, WGU is proud to give back to our teachers and thank them for all they do.”
Teachers can submit proposed projects online at wgu.edu/transformingeducation for the opportunity to receive funding. Applications are being accepted through April 22, and selected classroom projects will be announced during National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6.
K-12 educators can request WGU’s Transforming Education Grant funding for any type of innovative classroom project they believe would provide an enriching classroom experience for their students – from books, supplies and equipment or technology to classroom experiences and field trips.
Also, in recognition of National Teacher Appreciation Week, WGU Ohio is delivering Teacher Appreciation Kits to a number of K‑12 schools across the state as well as offering $4,000 Teacher Appreciation Scholarships for students aspiring to a teaching career.
Western Governors University was established in 1997 by a partnership of state governors to offer students, particularly adult learners, the chance to go to college while working and caring for their families. In 2018, Ohio became the 27th state to join the WGU partnership, offering a new pathway for Ohioans to seek careers in such in-demand careers as health care and nursing, business, teaching, and information technology.