By Renee Larr
University High School in Carmel is using a $50,000 grant recently received from the Edward E. Ford Foundation to support teacher development.
The school, which serves more than 300 students from Carmel, Zionsville and surrounding areas, has designed a three-part approach for best utilizing grant funds. The first phase will begin this fall.
“It’s going to allow us to bring in some national speakers on education – people who are specifically interested in one certain aspect of education, like assessment, curriculum development or alternate scheduling,” said Ashley Crockett-Lohr, UHS director of communications. “The second phase of the project will ask teachers to think about which topics they are most interested in and want to explore more in-depth. The teachers will then apply for part of the grant money to pay for conference attendance or travel to other schools that they want to see.”
In the third phase, teachers will present what they’ve learned, Crockett-Lohr added.
The school is required to raise an additional $50,000 to match the grant in order to receive funds.
“We mostly have an individual donor pool, but if there is one thing our families love, it’s our teachers,” Crockett-Lohr said. “We’re excited to hopefully raise a little bit of money that directly benefits a program that our teachers get to work on.”
The New York-based Edward E. Ford Foundation is dedicated to improving and supporting secondary school independent education. Crockett-Lohr said UHS officials spent a year going through the grant application process, which included meeting with the foundation’s executive director and submitting a proposal.