Each year, The Partnership Plan makes grants to teachers for great ideas to inspire students and enhance instruction in their classrooms. Innovation Grants are funded by individual donors, foundations and businesses, while Endowed Grants are funded by the annual proceeds of The Partnership Plan’s endowments. But no matter the source of funding, all these grants spark learning in students in every school in the District.
Our district-wide grants elevate learning for large swaths of students throughout the District and support the District's strategic objectives. Our most recent large-scale initiative was a project to implement WEB at the middle school level and Link Crew at the high school. These are programs to recruit and train upper grade students to act as year-long mentors to new students (6th graders in middle school, and 9th graders in high school).
New in the spring of 2015, TPP is now making grants for specific needs in the arts and technology. These grants are usually smaller in scope than District-wide grants, but typically impact students of more than one school.
The Fabrication Lab at Stillwater Area High School was the biggest grant initiative in The Partnership Plan's history. This project supports STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) by creating a 21st century production space that allows students to create and build the products of their imagination.