Funding Focus Areas
The top three goal areas that we have chosen to fund within the schools are STEM (curriculum/activities in the classroom), teacher incentives, and Professional Development. Here are the specific ways we help fund these areas.
DEx Awards (Demon Excellence Awards)
GOAL: $100,000 annually
DPSF has reinvented the teacher grant program, but with a much simpler application process. There are three types of DEx Awards that can be applied for:
Classroom - Designed for classroom enrichment such as new teaching material, specialized curriculum or supplies for STEM projects. $1,000 max
Collaborative - Designed for a group that would like to bring something special to their grade levels such as special projects or educational field trips. $3,000 max
Professional Development - Designed to fund training opportunities that may not be budgeted and that will promote and encourage innovative student learning. As our students grow into STEM and technology-based learning, our teachers must also grow their knowledge. $2,500 max
We committed a minimum of $35,000 to fund DEx awards for the 2017/18 school year, expecting it to stretch at least one semester. But, within just a few weeks we had 32 applications, far exceeding that $35,000. For the 2018 Awards,we doubled the award amount to $70,000, yet it was applied for/awarded just as quickly (within only 8 weeks). This tells a bigger story than we ever could – our teachers have BIG needs that cannot be fulfilled by the school budget. DPSF would like to be able to give $150,000 annually in DEx Awards.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DEx AWARDS, HERE
Teacher Bonus/Retention Incentives
A large goal area for DPSF is to fund in 2019/20 school year is Teacher Bonus Incentives and retention incentives. We are working on a plan to help fund these, with hopes to grow this concept in coming years...with focus on Science and Math teachers to increase STEM learning.
Sustainable School Supply Closet at Each School Site
GOAL: Identify Community Partners
DPSF is seeking partners to help fill supply closets at each school site. DPSF will facilitate incoming supplies from businesses/organizations to ensure supplies are distributed appropriately, fulfilling the greatest need.
Will you partner with us?
We feel that a strong school is the heart of a strong community. Because of the significant needs, we are seeking partnerships with those businesses and individuals who value and importance of a premiere school district that will help our community thrive and grow. Our goal is to identify 250 community leaders and businesses to commit to a 10-year partnership level, so that we can begin making big changes in our schools that will positively impact a lifetime of learning for our children - the future leaders of Duncan.