Genesee Community College Hosts Grant Fair

The Genesee Region Teacher Center held its annual Grant Fair, Thursday, November 1, 2007 from 4:30 to 7:00 pm in the Forum at Genesee Community College. More than 60 mini grants were awarded by the Center for a total of over $40,000 throughout the 2006-2007 school year, reported the Center's Director, Candace Bower.

"This is an opportunity for classroom teachers to try innovative ideas in their classrooms that relate to state standards and help to raise students' assessments. These grants are available up to $500 per classroom and are offered to the more than 1800 educators who the Teacher Center oversees,” Bower said.

The grants, available to all educators within the consortium, have funded a dynamic blend of exciting projects that have involved truly innovative, cross-curriculum opportunities for students and teachers.

Building Grants are also available for schools in the Genesee Region Teacher Center Consortium of 13 school districts. These can be up to $1000 per building and are used for school-wide staff in-service programs. Genesee Community College is also included in this consortium.

Genesee’s Teacher Education Transfer Program director, Christine Belongia, is the Center’s Higher Education Policy Board representative. According to Ms. Belongia, “collaboration between Genesee and the Center has greatly enhanced the Teacher Education Transfer Program, as well as the Teaching Assistant Programs. Having the Grant Fair at the College affords my students and the faculty with an opportunity to network with K-12 master teachers and share ideas.”

Grant applications are available at the GRTC office and are due January 7, 2008. Please call Candace Bower, Director, at 591-0400 x2103 for more information.

Editor’s note: Photographs from this year’s Grant Fair are available by going to: Fair 1.jpg Fair 2.jpg