TEACHER GRANTS:

Enabling Innovative Instruction

TEACHER GRANTS:

Enabling Innovative Instruction

ABOUT PSEF EDUCATOR GRANTS

The Peninsula Schools Education Foundation (PSEF) accepts educator and PSD employee submitted grants each year that support the mission of the foundation:

PSEF Mission – To support the Peninsula School by providing resources to encourage innovative teaching and educational practices. To advocate within our community and to pursue resources from individuals and organizations.

Grants must be received by May 1st and are awarded in June for use in the following school year.

Priority Criteria:

  • Focus on enhancing student learning and social, emotional development.

  • Materials that are reusable.

  • The number of students impacted per dollar invested.

  • Innovative tools to address the needs of diverse and underserved student populations.

  • Expenditures that PSEF does not fund include salaries, furniture, employee travel, core curricular materials.

Key Information:

  • Grants will be awarded in various amounts up to a maximum of $1000.
  • Schools, departments, or other groups within the district may be awarded more than one grant.
  • Multiple individuals may submit a single grant collaboratively.
  • Projects which impact students in multiple schools may exceed the $1000 maximum.
  • Joint school projects are encouraged.
  • An evaluation report must be submitted by March 1st of the grant project year.

Important Dates

  • April 1 – May 1: Grant application submission period. 
  • May 1: Grant application period closes.
  • June: Grant recipients notified.

Applications must be submitted via the online application available at the link below.

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PREVIOUS GRANT RECIPIENTS

  • 2018 Spring
  • 2017 Spring
  • 2017 Fall
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013

2018 Grants were awarded to 5 schools in the Peninsula School District and to 7 teachers who submitted grant proposals


2017 Grants were awarded to 15 schools in the Peninsula School District and to 39 teachers who submitted grant proposals


2017 Grants were awarded to 15 schools in the Peninsula School District and to 39 teachers who submitted grant proposals


2016 Grants were awarded to 15 schools in the Peninsula School District and to 39 teachers who submitted grant proposals


2015 Grants were awarded to 16 schools in the Peninsula School District, to 54 teachers who submitted grant proposals.


2014 Grants were awarded to 13 schools in the Peninsula School District, to 19 teachers who submitted grant proposals.


In 2013 Peninsula Schools Education Foundation, awarded 29 grants to teachers in 16 different schools in the Peninsula school district.


Karshner Memorial Grant

$1000 to Teachers

In 2009 the family of Warner Karshner made a generous memorial gift to the Peninsula Schools Education Foundation (PSEF), honoring his legacy of supporting great schools in the Peninsula School District. This gift is used by PSEF to make grants that help teachers encourage students to engage in experiences that promote goodness in the community.

Mr. Karshner was a clinical psychologist at the Family Center for Behavioral Health in Gig Harbor. As the chair of the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce Education Task Force, he founded the “Partners In Learning” picnic. Mr. Karshner was known as a builder of partnerships between schools and the community, and his family remembers him coming home with a twinkle in his eyes after activities focused on that goal. “Imagine kids having that ‘twinkle’ experience of developing love and pride knowing their contributions helped strengthen their community,” his wife Diane Nason said.

Each year PSEF selects a grant application that reflects these values for funding and designate it as the Warner Karshner Memorial Grant Award. Past recipients of the award include:

  • 2017 Andrea Bowman, Key Peninsula MS, KPMS Sensory Room
  • 2016 Cheryl Munoz, Purdy Elementary, Multisensory Math Project
  • 2015 Wright, Brantley, Garrison, Porter, Evergreen Elementary, Science, Technology & Engineering
  • 2014 Lisa Mills, Vaughn Elementary, Voices of Vaughn Elementary / Music
  • 2013 Scott Markowitz, Voyager Elementary, Field Science and Ornithology Program
  • 2012 Eric Swanson, Gig Harbor High School, Percussion Instrument Inventory Expansion
  • 2011 Denise Ohlson / Jim Inglebritson, Evergreen Elementary School, Infinite Potential Physical Science books  
  • 2010 Kristen Zetterstrom, Gig Harbor High School, Tools Used in Theater Set Construction
  • 2009 Shira Stark, Harbor Ridge Middle School, Implementing Project 3D View in Science using GPS Handheld Receivers