Members of the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation awarded Star Teaching Grants to several teachers throughout the district on Dec. 1.

The details

According to a news release, the purpose of the Star Teaching Grant program is to support educational needs of students, enhance existing programs or pilot a new program. There were 28 grants awarded this year totaling $74,611.

Campuses where teachers received grants included:
  • Bridges Accelerated Learning Center
  • Collegiate Academy
  • Cannon Elementary School
  • Colleyville Heritage High School
  • Colleyville Middle School
  • Colleyville Elementary School
  • Cross Timbers Middle School
  • Dove Elementary School
  • Grapevine Elementary School
  • Glenhope Elementary School
  • Grapevine High School
  • Grapevine Middle School
  • Heritage Elementary School
  • Heritage Middle School
  • Timberline Elementary School
To see a full list of this year's recipients, click here.

A closer look

A GCISD website states all applications from educators are prescreened by foundation staff and the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Curriculum & Instruction Department to ensure they are aligned with GCISD’s strategic plans.

Examples of the types of projects that have been funded by Star Teaching Grants in the past include:
  • Student enrichment
  • Career and technology
  • Supplies and equipment
  • Other campus or classroom needs
The website states the monetary value for the grants can be up to the following amounts:
  • $7,500 per campus
  • $5,000 per department/grade level
  • $2,500 per classroom/teacher
The backstory

According to a district website, the GCEF has a history of funding projects with grant money. They include:
  • 2022-23: 24 grants totaling $69,778
  • 2021-22: 23 grants totaling $71,400
  • 2020-21: 11 grants totaling $28,056
  • 2019-20: 23 grants totaling $70,935
The district website states grants awarded during these years were used to fund numerous projects, including:
  • $5,000: Awarded to Courtenay Harris, Grapevine High School for camera and film equipment
  • $2,000: Awarded to Bailey Gross, Stacie Cooper, Katie Adams and Chelsea Lanier, Cross Timbers Middle School for kitchen upgrades in human services classrooms
  • $1,085: Awarded to Benjamin Schubert, Collegiate Academy for a computer club startup