NoVo Foundation: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Innovation AwardsDeadline: March 22, 2019
The NoVo Foundation, in partnership with Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, aims to seed teacher-led projects and district-wide projects that foster social-emotional skills in students in grades PreK-12. Proposals will be accepted from:
- Individual teachers or teams of educators seeking to implement SEL initiatives in the classroom or school in the 2019-2020 school year
- District-level applicants seeking to implement SEL initiatives district-wide and/or across multiple schools within one district (including a charter network)
The Foundation seeks applications that will create places, environments, and practices that value belonging, well-being, tolerance, compassion, listening, non-violence, inclusiveness, working productively together, and looking out for one another. NoVo seeks a change from a world based on domination towards collaboration and partnership, and understands that this has to be valued, taught, and modeled to and with children in order to make this shift a possibility.
Though all proposals are welcome, the Foundation is also seeking proposals that specifically support one or more of the following student populations:
- Students from Indigenous communities
- New arrivals (such as refugees) or immigrants
- English learners
- LGBTQIA+ students
- Girls and young women of color
- Students disproportionately affected by suspensions or the juvenile justice system
- Students with learning disabilities
Amount: Dependent on project, as follows:
- Teacher-led: A total of up to 100 one-year and and 30 two-year grants will be awarded that range up to $5,000 per year
- District-level: A total of 35 one-year and 10 two-year grants will be awarded that range up to $25,000 per year
- Teacher-led awards: Lead applicant must be a classroom teacher in a public school (including a charter school) in the United States in grades PreK-12. Applications from teams can include individuals with roles other than teachers, but the lead applicant must be a teacher.
- District-level awards: Must be a district employee in any role (superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal, teacher, director, specialist, counselor, etc.) in a public school district (including a charter network) in the United States. Districts are defined as any work that spans multiple schools. Charter schools that have an elementary and a middle school are welcome to apply, even if both are in the same building.
Note: Applications are welcome from a teacher/non-profit partnership or district/non-profit partnership, but the Foundation requires the lead applicant to be a teacher (for teacher-led awards) or district staff person (for district awards).