The K-12 Teaching and Learning Department is pleased to announce the opening of Individual Professional Growth Grants (IPGG) for the period of June 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020 (only courses completed during this time frame will be considered).
Grant Applications Closes: April 1, 2020 by 5 p.m.
Award Notifications: June 1, 2020
Documentation of Personal Payment Due: August 30, 2020 (final date for submission)
For IPGG applications to be considered applicants must:
Examples of Professional Development the IPGG Grants can fund:
- Conference Registration Fees
- Workshop Registration Fees
- Tuition for Coursework
- Fees for National Board Certification
Supports for writing the IPGG grant application:
IPGG Rubric: Rubric for Prompts and examples of Distinguished, Proficient, and Basic answers.
IPGG Application Writing Support Sessions
Stop by anytime between these hours and bring your laptop.
- Thursday March 5 from 3 – 4:30 p.m.; Knox 111, Room 271
- Monday March 23 from 3 – 4:30 p.m.; Knox 111, Room 271
The IPGG is only available to active members of the OEA bargaining unit.
For the complete IPGG grant information and to apply for the IPGG grant:
IPGG Application Packet
If you have further questions about the application process, please call or email Christa Hilinski at email@example.com (360) 596-8545 or Anne Gallagher at firstname.lastname@example.org (360) 596-8544.
The Thurston County School Retirees’ Association is accepting applications for its annual $250 middle and high school teacher mini-grants.
The deadline to apply for the mini-grants is January 13, 2020. The grants are designed “to provide an opportunity for school employees to acquire materials or provide experiences for their students above and beyond what is paid for by district funds. The materials or experiences should supplement and enhance building or district goals.”
Thurston County School Retirees’ Association is a chapter of the Washington State School Retirees’ Association.
As a reminder, OSD staff interested in applying for grants should make sure their principal is aware of the request and that the request supports and does not supplant curriculum. If there are online elements to the grant request, please also be mindful of accessibility and confidentiality requirements.
Download the application
Learn more about the mini-grant program
The Thurston County School Retirees’ Association is accepting applications for its elementary teacher mini-grant program for the 2019-20 school year.
The deadline to apply for the elementary mini-grants is October 25, 2019. The grants are designed to provide an opportunity for elementary school teachers to enhance the education of their students.
For additional information, contact Jo Edwards at email@example.com. Thurston County School Retirees’ Association is a chapter of the Washington State School Retirees’ Association.
OSD staff interested in applying for grants should make sure their principal is aware of the request and that the request supports and does not supplant curriculum. If there are online elements to the grant request, please also be mindful of accessibility and confidentiality requirements.
Fill out the one page application, which is also available on the Thurston County School Retirees’ Association website.
Below is a message from Stacy Brown to those interested in National Board certification:
Are you curious about National Board certification? Have you already committed to pursuing certification but are looking for support? Are you up for renewal of your certification?
Becoming (and renewing) a National Board Certified Teacher is an excellent way to improve any and all facets of your teaching. It is a reflective process that fulfills professional development in many areas. It even allows you to keep and renew your Teaching Certificate without worrying about clock hours, and don’t forget we still have a very nice state stipend for NBCTs!
If you are beginning or continuing your National Board journey, we encourage you to attend a Jump Start event this summer.
Washington Jump Start Events will be held:
- June 25-28 in Pasco
- July 29-Aug 1 in Vancouver
- Aug 5-8 in Auburn
Oregon Jump Start Events will be held:
- July 16-19 in Salem
- July 22-25 in Medford
- Aug 5-8 in Bend
AND we invite you to come to our cohort informational meeting here in the fall.
WHEN: 7:15 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019
WHERE: Olympia High School Choir Room
We facilitate cohorts to support candidates working toward certification, as well as those working toward renewal. This will be a 30-minute informational meeting. We will introduce our trained facilitators, talk about what kind of support we offer in our cohort and explain how the National Board process works. Our cohort is open to both Olympia School District and out-of-district educators.
Review the tentative schedule for cohort meetings. You will receive notification soon with a live link and information on how to register.
Please contact us with any questions you may have:
We look forward to meeting you!
Registration for Summer School is underway! Classes begin on Wednesday, June 26.
High School Summer Program
- Grades 9 – 12, including select courses for incoming 9th graders.
- Registration started June 3, 2019.
- All courses utilize computer-based instruction and students have the choice to work remotely or at school; however, assessments must be taken at ORLA.
- Attendance is mandatory for first 2 days of course start & test taking only.
For all summer school related information, including courses, visit our Summer School webpage on the district website.
Teacher Appreciation Week is being celebrated throughout the Olympia School District Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10.
Superintendent Patrick Murphy read a proclamation at the April 22 school board meeting designating the week as Teacher Appreciation Week. Murphy presented a copy of the proclamation to Olympia Education Association President Adam Brickell, who accepted it on behalf of teachers throughout the district.
The proclamation states in part that teachers serve in partnership with parents to ensure the appropriate education for all children; provide opportunities for students to develop basic skills for success in life and work, connect with the world around them, and experience the realization of high expectations and the fulfillment of steps toward achievable goals; and inspire students to think strategically and to integrate experience and knowledge to form reasoned judgments.
Copies of the proclamation will be posted in schools and support buildings throughout the district the week of May 6-10.