Innovative Educator Corps Grant Application

Calling all innovative educators! The Michigan Department of Education just announced a new grant opportunity with a very short turnaround time, due Nov. 16th by midnight! LEAs may nominate one teacher to apply. IEC teachers will receive a $5,000 stipend and an additional $5,000 to replicate or expand an innovative program.

Below is an excerpt from MDE’s memo:

 The IEC is a new recognition program for Michigan teachers who employ an innovative educational program, methodology, or strategy to help prepare their students for future career success. The IEC is a competitive application resulting in a $5,000 stipend, paid annually for up to three total years, along with an additional $5,000 stipend, also renewable for up to three total years, which will cover expenses related to the IEC member replicating, disseminating, or expanding the innovative program.

Each local education agency (LEA) may nominate one teacher to apply to the IEC per application cycle. It is recommended that each LEA convene a committee of stakeholders to assist in the nomination process.

More information about the IEC and the application process can be found at:

Annually, up to 100 educators will be named to the IEC. Only complete applications will be considered. Applications will be scored and the first IEC members will be named in December.

The application window for this cycle closes November 16, 2018, at midnight. For questions or clarification on the application process, please contact Luke Wittum, Assistant Superintendent of Genesee Intermediate School District at


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