Innovative Teaching Grants

Each Fall, the Smithville Education Foundation (SEF) offers grant opportunities through the Innovative Teaching Grant Program to support inventive classroom practices and support teachers/staff at Smithville Independent School District for a better educational experience for our children. 

2019 Innovative Teacher Grant program is accepting applications from teachers/staff for funding innovative projects for their students. The 2019 SEF Grant Application is attached at the bottom of the page. If SEF cannot fully fund a project, the organization may be able to partially fund the project. **The application deadline has been extended to October 16, 2019.**


SEF awarded three Grants in 2018 
In Fall 2018, SEF awarded three grants to two campuses for a total of $2,866 towards Innovative Teaching.

UIL Speech and Debate team get competition laptops

According to SHS teacher Madelyn Trautmann (far right) along with SHS teacher Tessa Otten, UIL Speech and Debate, students have been at a disadvantage during competition because they didn’t have their year-long research saved on a reliable computers with large enough memory. SEF funded two laptops for department use, benefiting students from 9th through 12th grades. Weekly research for these competitions will be saved on the laptops, which will be taken to competition.

Calculators for student checkout

SHS Teacher/Credit Recovery Anne Seidel, along with six other teachers, brought to our attention the dire fact that the Math Department only has 17 calculators available for students to check out overnight. By practicing on the standard calculators, students do better overall on testing, including the ACT and SAT, which is one factor determining college placement. We funded the entire ask for ten TI-84 Plus CE Calculators to help more students. According to Ms. Seidel, all current calculators are checked out and the new ones will be invaluable.

Eighth graders experience the Holocaust Museum

SJHS teacher Arlene Davenport, along with five others on the Eighth Grade Teacher Team, needed travel funds to give the students a close-to-the-heart lesson with a field trip to San Antonio’s Holocaust Museum. Junior High students have been reading “The Diary of Anne Frank” and doing exercises related to the event, but the museum experience will make her tragic story much more relatable. SEF is funding travel costs to use three buses to carry the students and teacher team.

For the full story of their trip, visit Smithville ISD's website.

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