Professional Development Grants Benefit Scores of Students


Like many professions, teaching is a lifelong learning experience—and that growth can directly benefit students.

To promote this growth in the Cedar Rapids Community School District, educators are invited to apply for professional development grants each year. Since the program’s beginning in 2005, over $40,000 has been awarded to 64 CRCSD educators.

“Every penny of this fund is spent—the demand is high,” explains Karen Swanson, executive director of the Cedar Rapids Community Schools Foundation. “Teachers want to keep learning, but they often need help in paying for professional development fees.”

Funds from this grant program may be applied towards conference registrations, certifications, graduate degree work, workshops, or for the purchase of materials for innovative curricular projects.

“For example, if a teacher earns an English language learner certificate because of this grant program, the impact becomes a snowball,” says Swanson. “That’s because it could benefit students for decades.”

To learn more about professional development grants, which are open for CRCSD staff April 1-30, visit this webpage.

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