Many educators are utilizing staff development funds to purchase the FISH! For Schools materials and/or attend the LIVE Workshop. In addition to site staff development funds, explore your options for district staff development grants that might be available to you. See Grant Writing Assistance
Rochester, Minnesota, Educators Working Creatively on Funding
After piloting some of the FISH! For Schools activities, teachers and administrators at Bamber Valley Elementary School, in Rochester, Minnesota, were hungry for the FISH! For Schools program. In an effort to bring this program to their building, 2nd grade teachers, Piper Nichols and Kathy Knott worked together to write a grant requesting funds from the district’s Exemplary Staff Development funds. Their grant included funding for 8 educators to attend the April 2004 FISH! For Schools LIVE Workshop. One teacher from each grade level, a special education teacher, and an administrator are among those that will be attending the workshop.
Another Rochester School developed Mini-Grants as part of their overall Site Staff Development Plan. Twenty-four teachers received mini-grants for stipends to fund days for them to participate in Book Study Groups using the FISH! For Schools Guided Journey.