The Ellen Dempsey Memorial Grants are awarded to Instructional Strategy Team or Curriculum Project grant applicants who submit excellent and innovative curriculum lessons, or highly effective instructional strategies. Ellen Dempsey, the founder and national executive director of the National Teachers Network in New York, was a tireless advocate for bringing the teacher’s voice to the educational policy table. She formed the Teachers Network Policy Institute to provide that voice, combining her idealism, vision, and action to make good things happen for teachers. It is fitting that her dedication live on through this memorial grant program.
There is no application process for the Ellen Dempsey Grant. Rather, the winners are selected based on the following guidelines:
Instructional Strategy Team Grants:
– Teachers who have developed a highly effective instructional strategy or who have used the professional learning community model of collaboration to develop instructional strategies.
– Teachers who are highly motivated to share this expertise with other teachers.
Curriculum Project Grants:
– Teachers who have created highly successful, standards-based, creative, and innovative curriculum projects or who have used the professional learning community model of collaboration to develop such curriculum projects.
– Projects may be classroom-tested or unique developing units.
– Teachers who are eager to share their ideas with colleagues.