PD Grants and Scholarships

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The dije committee seeks to support teachers each year with grants for professional development that Michigan English teachers design that privileges work in dije and scholarships to increase participation at the MCTE Fall Conference on the part of teachers from historically underrepresented groups.

Explore the current grants and scholarships by clicking on the plus sign next to each. When grants or scholarships are available, application deadlines will appear.

Check out the current opportunities below!

Upcoming scholarships to MCTE’s Spring Conference: Getting into Good Trouble

Application deadline: extended to February 23, 2021!

Dreamers’ dije Scholarship to MCTE 2021 Spring Conference

Application deadline: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Purpose 

To increase participation at the MCTE Spring Conference on the part of teachers and teacher educators from historically underrepresented groups whose presence, participation, and contributions are central to the full realization of MCTE’s goals to serve Michigan teachers and their students in ways that privilege diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity. 

Eligibility

This scholarship offers to pay the registration costs for MCTE 2021 Spring Conference attendees who are members of groups historically underrepresented in MCTE. Any pre- or inservice teacher of English Language Arts who represents a historically underrepresented ethnic group in MCTE (African American, Asian American, Mexican American, Middle Eastern North African American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, Puerto Rican and other Latinx American, and American Indian), or who teaches at a Title I school in Michigan is eligible to apply. Joint applications are encouraged. 

Award criteria

Scholarships will be awarded to the applicant/s who meet/s the eligibility requirement, whose application letters indicate the greatest potential for contributing to their personal professional development plan, and helping their colleagues grow as successful teachers of English Language Arts. Awardees who propose a session for the 2022 MCTE Fall Conference and are accepted will also receive a reduced registration fee for the 2022 Fall Conference.

Award specifics

Awardees will have their registration fees waived for the MCTE 2021 Spring Conference. To apply, send the following application materials to MCTE diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity (dije) chair, Naitnaphit Limlamai: [email protected] Please include the award name in the subject line of the email.

A brief letter of application explaining (if submitting a joint application, each applicant must submit a separate letter):

    1. your professional and pre-professional background;
    2. how you anticipate your participation in the annual conference will benefit you and your English Language Arts teacher colleagues;
    3. be sure to include your name, school, and role (i.e., K12 teacher, preservice teacher, teacher educator, graduate student, etc) in your letter.

A brief letter of support from a senior colleague or mentor commenting on your promise as a participant in MCTE. If you are submitting a joint application, you may submit one letter of support for the applicant team.

Once awardees acknowledge notification of award, they will be registered for the Conference.

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Past Presidents’ dije Scholarship to MCTE 2021 Spring Conference

Application deadline: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Purpose 

To increase attendance and participation at the MCTE Spring Conference on the part of teachers and teacher educators from regions of Michigan that are underrepresented at MCTE events. In order for MCTE to actualize its commitment to diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity, we must draw and support teachers from all parts of both peninsulas. Examples of underrepresented regions include regions where racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse teachers, who are historically underrepresented, work, and rural regions that are geographically distant from areas where most MCTE events are held.

Eligibility

This scholarship offers to pay the registration costs for MCTE 2021 Spring Conference attendees whose schools are located within underrepresented regions of the state from which MCTE membership traditionally draws. Any pre- or inservice teacher of English Language Arts from an underrepresented region, or who teaches at a Title I school in Michigan is eligible to apply. Joint applications are encouraged. 

Award criteria

Scholarships will be awarded to the applicant/s who meet/s the eligibility requirement, whose application letters indicate the greatest potential for contributing to their personal professional development plan, and helping their colleagues grow as successful teachers of English Language Arts. Awardees who propose a session for the 2022 MCTE Fall Conference and are accepted will also receive a reduced registration fee for the 2022 Fall Conference.

Award specifics

Awardees will have their registration fees waived for the MCTE 2021 Spring Conference. To apply, send the following application materials to MCTE diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity (dije) chair, Naitnaphit Limlamai: [email protected] Please include the award name in the subject line of the email.

A brief letter of application explaining (if submitting a joint application, each applicant must submit a separate letter):

    1. your professional and pre-professional background;
    2. how you anticipate your participation in the annual conference will benefit you and your English Language Arts teacher colleagues;
    3. be sure to include your name, school, and role (i.e., K12 teacher, preservice teacher, teacher educator, graduate student, etc) in your letter.

A brief letter of support from a senior colleague or mentor commenting on your promise as a participant in MCTE. If you are submitting a joint application, you may submit one letter of support for the applicant team.

Once awardees acknowledge notification of award, they will be registered for the Conference.

Apply Now!

Professional Development Grant Application | Fall Cycle

Purpose

Michigan English teachers across the state are engaging in professional development that they design themselves—whether through book clubs, meetings with colleagues, attending webinars and developing their own plan of action. To support this work, the diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity (dije) (pronounced dee hay) subcommittee of MCTE seeks to fund professional development that Michigan Teachers of English design that privileges work in dije.

Eligibility

The MCTE dije professional development grant is awarded to a group of (at least 2) classroom English teachers (PK-16) who (a) demonstrate professional excellence; (b) demonstrate a desire to grow in their knowledge of teaching for and/or about diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity; (c) create their own professional development experience. Any English Language Arts teacher or English instructor, who are MCTE members, are eligible to apply. Only joint applications will be considered.

Award Criteria

The grant will be awarded to the applicant team who meets the eligibility requirements and whose application indicates the greatest potential for contributing to their professional communities by specifically addressing diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity in their proposal and program. Grant recipients who propose a session for the an MCTE Conference based on their professional development experience and who are accepted will also receive a reduced registration fee for the conference.

Award specifics

Grant recipients will be awarded up to $150 for a professional development they design to be used for the upcoming school year. The awardees will be recognized at the MCTE Conference. To apply, send the following application materials to MCTE diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity (dije) chair, Naitnaphit Limlamai: [email protected]

Include a cover page detailing:

  • the names, grade levels and courses, and school of each member of the application team;
  • the title of your proposed professional development;
  • a hashtag that encapsulates the theme of your professional development.

Describe the proposed professional development experience. What will you do? What are your goals? Why is this professional development experience needed? How will you know you are achieving your goals?

Describe how this professional development experience will benefit your students and your colleagues.

Include a proposal of how you might use the grant money.

Professional Development Grant Application | Summer Cycle

Purpose

Michigan English teachers across the state are engaging in professional development they design themselves—whether through book clubs, before and after school meetings with colleagues, going to conferences and developing their own plan of action. To support this work, the diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity (dije) (pronounced ‘dee hay) subcommittee of MCTE seeks to fund professional development that Michigan Teachers of English design that privileges work in dije.

Eligibility

The MCTE dije professional development grant is awarded to a group of (at least 2) classroom English teachers (PK-16) who (a) demonstrate professional excellence; (b) demonstrate a desire to grow in their knowledge of teaching for and/or about diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity; (c) create their own professional development experience. Any English Language Arts teacher or English instructor, who are MCTE members, are eligible to apply. Only joint applications will be considered.

Award Criteria

The grant will be awarded to the applicant team who meets the eligibility requirements and whose application indicates the greatest potential for contributing to their professional communities by specifically addressing diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity in their proposal and program. Grant recipients who propose a session for the MCTE Fall Conference based on their professional development experience and who are accepted will also receive a reduced registration fee for the Fall Conference.

Award specifics

Grant recipients will be awarded up to $150 for a professional development they design to be used for the upcoming school year. The awardees will be recognized at the MCTE Conference. To apply, send the following application materials to MCTE diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity (dije) chair, Naitnaphit Limlamai: [email protected]

Include a cover page detailing:

  • the names, grade levels and courses, and school of each member of the application team;
  • the title of your proposed professional development;
  • a hashtag that encapsulates the theme of your professional development.

Describe the proposed professional development experience. What will you do? What are your goals? Why is this professional development experience needed? How will you know you are achieving your goals?

Describe how this professional development experience will benefit your students and your colleagues.

Include a proposal of how you might use the grant money.