The Beker Foundation Awards BPS $50,000 ‘If I Would, I Could’ Grant
We are so excited to announce that The Beker Foundation has awarded the Boston Public Schools (BPS) the $50,000 ‘If I Would I Could’ grant. The grant, which will be used to help educators implement changes that will enhance their students’ learning experiences, will be split between five schools.
The five $10,000 awards will support teachers to invest in their classrooms in a way they believe will enhance the learning experiences for their students. The funds could be used to purchase materials (e.g. books, furniture, technology), to bring in outside speakers, and to implement educational programs, among other ideas.
The schools chosen to receive the award are Oliver W. Holmes Elementary School in Dorchester, William M. Trotter K-8 School in Dorchester, Donald McKay School in East Boston, Margarita Muniz Academy in Jamaica Plain, and New Mission High School in Hyde Park. Educators from the chosen schools will have the opportunity to write a brief proposal for a portion of the funds to be used in their classroom.
Proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee of their peers and the educators chosen will receive the funds to put their plans into action during the 2018-19 school year. At the end of the year, participating educators will write an impact statement, describing the outcomes of the investment in their classroom.
We’d like to thank the Harvey and Jayne Beker of the Beker Foundation for investing in our educators and students. It is opportunities such as this that give our educators the tools to enhance the learning experience for our students.