Classroom Innovation Grant

The California Educational Research Association (CERA) sponsors competitive Classroom Innovation Grant Awards. The purpose of the Classroom Innovation Grant is to fund projects that enrich learning for students and encourage classroom innovation in any content area.

Applications that focus on the following areas will be given special consideration:

  • Increasing collaboration among educators
  • Implementation of rigorous standards and instruction in diverse classroom settings
  • Improving engagement with students, parents, or members of the school community
  • Increasing attention to cultural competence
  • Using formative and/or interim assessment information to improve teaching and learning

The CERA Board has authorized up to $7,500 annually for the Classroom Innovation Grant Award program.  One Classroom Innovation Grant Award will be presented each year for the following grade spans: 1) Pre-K -Elementary, 2) Middle School, and 3) High School.  Each grade span award may not exceed $2,500. The definition of classroom may be considered any learning environment.  Projects will be funded for a maximum of 18 months.

CERA membership is not required to apply for this grant opportunity.

The submission window is now closed!  Please join us at CERA2017 where we will announce this year’s award recipients.

Congratulations to our 2016 Recipients

Susan Barkdoll teaches at North Verdemont Elementary School in the San Bernardino City Unified School District. Her project, Next Generation Students in Science-“Make it so!” is designed to engage students in the pursuit of S.T.E.A.M path to career opportunities. The grant will allow students to design, build and maintain an aquaponics system on their school campus to witness the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards in their daily lives. In collaboration with academic and community business leaders, students will assist the professionals in the construction of a pond, garden beds and electrical components for temperature, food and oxygen maintenance. The project will provide opportunities to develop and meet realistic goals while learning the current standards. These childhood experiences direct our students into pathways to careers for the next generation, while providing a foundation for the next century.

You can view her project video below:

John Bautista is a teacher at Katella High School in Anaheim Union High School District.  His project, ED Talks will showcase students presenting on a problem they would like to solve within their community, major, or career interest. These talks will be student-driven, student-led, and student-produced using the project based learning model as the foundation. Students will choose topics that are personal and they are passionate about, they will choose which student presentations should be showcased, and will shoot and edit each presentation in a TED Talk format. We hope these talks lead to exciting conversation, curiosity, skepticism, openness, critical thinking, and action. This will give teachers and their students the opportunity to add project based learning, technology, writing, and public speaking practice to their curriculum.

You can view his project video below:

Karen McDaniels teaches at Heron School in Natomas Unified School District.  Her project, Raise and Release will enhance lifecycle learning by fostering embryo development in the classroom followed by wildlife release of all organisms. Fertilized eggs will be hosted and nurtured through development. Students will study and observe development and changes through out the lifecycle while learning about the importance of the specific species to their local habitats. Once organisms are strong enough and still undomesticated, the class will release and provide local restoration of the species. Students will receive a first hand experience of how to promote wildlife, the importance of habitats and keystone species, and how to educate others to live safely among the natural world.

You can view her project video below: