Educator Grant Impact

325+ Educator Grants Awarded for School Year 2021/2022 to date

Innovative Grants Awarded

Mini-Grants Awarded

New Teacher Grants Awarded

Additional Grants Awarded

Expanding Students’ Experiences through Educator Grants

The SAISD Foundation is committed to expanding students’ experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. A key way we do that is by awarding grants to our teachers and those who are in our schools every day. As an independent 501 c 3 that is a part of the SAISD family, we are able to work closely with our campus leaders and educators to fund what is the best fit for their students and their campuses. From classroom mini-grants to whole school principal grants, together we are expanding experiences and opportunities for our students every school day! Here we highlight some of our talented teachers and what they are implementing both in the classroom and afterschool through our educator grant program. 

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How educator grants are making an impact…

Innovative Grants

Mr. Bustamante

Edison High School

Innovative Rovers

“My students really loved the fact that they could program the calculators to solve some of the math formulas that we use everyday. By implementing the coding tasks that had students program a calculator to evaluate different mathematical formulas (i.e. find the Slope/ Pythagorean Theorem, Interest Formulas) , students were able to think on a conceptual level about how the formulas are derived rather than a procedural level of simple computation”

Mr. Busse

Bonham Academy

Flexible Spaces, Flexible Minds

“In my metrics, I noticed that students, when given the option to sit on the ground, against the walls, on stools rather than desks, or on carpets, worked much more collaboratively, as well as more independently.  In collaborative groups, students found it much easier to gather around one computer and collaboratively work. When at a traditional desk, one student often dominated the group discussion and work completion. With flexible seating, I saw a lot more collaboration and side-by-side learning. This made the project very successful, as collaboration/product creation and engagement during independent work (independent reading and oral responses) advanced quickly when students were allowed to pick where they sat and what format for response (written vs. oral recording). I really can’t imagine my classroom set up or the development of technology plan on our campus for the last five years had I not been provided with SAISD Foundation Grants. My classroom wouldn’t be anything like it is today without you!”

Ms. Trobaugh

Ogden Academy

Ogden STEAM Lab

“Our Friday attendance rates were very low and this became a target for our campus improvement plan. By implementing the STEM Lab project, we were able to increase attendance while also introducing technology and engineering design skills for our middle school students. Each week, students were curious about the Friday project and made it a point to come to school and “play with the robots” and gaining real-world tech skills. For the first time I was able to mark 100% attendance in some 6th grade classes.”


Ms. Rojas

Smith Elementary School

Math Manipulatives & Games

“First and foremost thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting my grant.  My students will truly benefit from each and every resource that was funded through this Mini Grant and we are ecstatic to begin using them. Your donations have truly made an impact on the remainder of the school year for my students and I. They will be more engaged and they will feel important because they know other people besides their teacher have contributed to their learning.”

Mrs. Montana

Schenck Elementary School

Pre-K Trike Club/Tykes on Trikes


“The kids are excited and fighting to join the club! We’ll be doing so much learning and building connections. Doing fun new things like this is what makes me love teaching. Thank you again!!”

Ms. Westerfield

Advanced Learning Academy

Building Literacy Through Theater

“I’m so excited that our new puppet theater has been fully funded! I can’t wait to see what amazing stories our students create within this new library space! Thank you so much! There aren’t enough words to express what it means to our school when we are so well supported!”

Principal & School-Wide Grants

Young Men’s Leadership Academy


This room may look like a regular computer lab, but in this Minecraft Computer Lab, students are working to design virtual spaces and places to share with younger students at YMLA.  With a new server and place and most of the firewall issues resolved, we can’t wait to see the worlds they create and invite the young men across their campus to explore!  This program is an exciting way to build on an interest of the students and develop their skills with something they enjoy. 

Riverside Park

Learning Lab

At Riverside Park, their whole school Principal Grant involved redesigning a large empty indoor area into an interactive learning lab. From robotics and 3D Printing to a campus news station, this area packs in incredible opportunities for students to expand their learning through new experiences. In this space, students are even encouraged to write on the glass walls!  The school also installed a book vending machine on the first floor where students are invited to use coins they earn to “buy” books to take home. 

MLK Academy

Theater Enhancement

MLK’s full name is Martin Luther King Academy for Arts Integration, but without essential theater equipment and the funds to purchase the use of screenplays, the theater program was not able to provide the experiences they wanted for their students. With the investment by the SAISD Foundation in a whole school $10,000 Principal Grant, equipment like that pictured here was quickly put to use, scripts and copies were purchased and the program was well on its way!  Happening in Covid times, the enhancement to this program provided excitement and energy in challenging times. 

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