Each year, Minnetonka teachers submit grants for creative, educational ideas and programs they would like to implement for students. Minnetonka Foundation Teacher Grants enhance all academic subject areas, technology, fine arts, early childhood education, special education and community service at all Minnetonka public school sites. Since its inception in 1999, The Teacher Grant Program has awarded almost one million dollars in grants.
This year, the Minnetonka Foundation announced awards totaling $63,124 for the 2017-18 school year, including the following MME and districtwide grants:
Deck Crew: School Climate Improved by Students
Lead Teacher/Staff: Bev Antilley
- Summary: This grant funds a Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) program to support a new school climate/mentoring initiative at MME called "Deck Crew." WEB is a middle school orientation and transition program that welcomes 6th/7th graders throughout the first year of their middle school experience and trains mentors from 8th grade to be Deck Crew Leaders. As positive role models, Deck Crew Leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the 6th/7th graders to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to middle school and help facilitate 6th/7th grade success. Awarded: $2,995
Design for Learning
Districtwide. Lead Teacher/Staff: Nicole Snedden
- Summary: The Design for Learning district-wide innovation project empowers Minnetonka students, staff, and community to transform teaching and learning through the design of the learning environment. Now in the second year of fund allocation, Design for Learning promotes the exploration of physical spaces and how we utilize them for learning. Awarded: $ 10,000