Austin Ed Fund, Austin ISD’s nonprofit public education foundation, announced that they will award 52 projects across the district as part of its Austin Ed Fund Grant Program totaling $300,000. The program was started in 2015 to encourage and fund teacher-led, collaborative projects that focus on innovative teaching strategies that enhance learning and support the well-being of students, staff and families. “Through our grant program we are able to assess needs and support teacher-generated projects district wide including multilingual and mental health resources,” said Michelle Wallis, Austin Ed Fund Executive Director. “Generous philanthropic support from our community has allowed us to fund over half of the requests we received in grant applications, fueling innovation and student agency and engagement.”
Some of the exciting projects that are slated for funding by Austin Ed Fund will include: a media lab and after school club for Gus Garcia Men’s Leadership Academy, a writing barn retreat space at Kocurek Elementary School and a Girls on The Run club at Zilker Elementary School that will foster healthy habits through running and creative, hands-on curriculum.