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NoVo Foundation: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Innovation Awards

Deadline: April 21, 2017

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 improve systems that foster social and emotional skills at the classroom- or school-level in fresh, inventive, or innovative ways. Examples can include novel interventions, instructional practices, and classroom and/or school community supports focused on improving competencies such as resilience, learning mindsets, compassion, self-management, sense of belonging, etc.

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
  • Students with significant adverse childhood experiences
  • Single-sex environments

Amount: Grants that range from $500-$5,000 are available for teacher-led projects, and grants of up to $25,000 are available for district projects that span multiple schools. All recipients will have the opportunity to present their work to and connect with a group of national Social Emotional Learning (SEL) practitioners, experts, and advocates at a convening in October 2017.

Eligibility: Teacher-led grant applicants must be:

  • A PreK-12 classroom teacher (proposals from teams can include individuals with roles other than teachers, but must be teacher-led)
  • Employed at a public school (including charter school) within the United States. Priority will be given to proposals focused on improving SEL within high-needs schools
  • Committed to exploring and sharing best practices with other like-minded practitioners

District-wide grant applicants must be:

  • Employed at a public school district or charter school organization in the United States
  • Committed to exploring and sharing best practices with other like-minded practitioners

Link: http://education-first.com/social-emotional-learning-innovation-fund/

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