2010 Innovative Teaching Grant

The Puyallup Valley chapter awarded John Garrett with the 2010 Innovative Teaching Grant. Garrett, a technology teacher at Surprise Lake Middle School in Milton, started an after-school technology club that promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for girls.

In 1996 Puyallup Valley Branch of AAUW began offering Innovative Teaching Grants to teachers in grades kindergarten through twelve in our four area school districts.  We continue to offer grants and have added the local Native American School to our program to help promote diversity.  The Grants are intended to extend classroom enrichment and instruction, provide opportunities that are not available with regular district funds and will benefit a maximum number of students.  Proposals are also evaluated on equity issues and assisting girls in developing increased interest and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.    Grants are awarded each fall to maximize learning for the current year.  Our award recipient presents and explains his/her project at the April Branch meeting.

Since 1996, we have given nearly $14,000 in Grants to a total of 42 teachers.  If each teacher ONLY impacted 30 students, that would add up to 12,550 students who have benefited from the Grants—but many of the items purchased with the Grant are used in multiple classrooms, remain in use today and continue to improve the quality of education for an uncounted number of students in the local school districts

We were pleased to be honored as one of 19 finalists for the Breaking Through Barriers Awards at the 2011 AAUW National Convention in Washington, DC.

For more information on this project, email puyallupaauw@yahoo.com.