Learning Grants

All projects should primarily address Science, Technology, Arts or Reading and/or integrate these focus areas into the learning process.


Mini Grants can be used to supplement classroom needs relative to projects in the STARS focus areas and can include field experiences.


Innovative Learning Grants ask teachers to provide a learning experience that actively engages students, stimulates and motivates students to achieve academic excellence, aligns to academic standards, and can be replicated at other sites. The project must include specific learning objectives and ways of measuring the effectiveness of project activities.


The Project Based Learning Grant (PBL) is an instructional approach built upon authentic learning activities that engage and motivate students to answer a question or solve a problem. These activities generally reflect the types of learning and work people do in the everyday world outside the classroom. PBL is synonymous with learning in depth. A well-designed project exposes students to essential knowledge and life-enhancing skills through an extended, student-influenced inquiry process.

The grant requires a commitment on the part of teachers to receive specialized training so they can facilitate projects that meet today’s standards for accountability and teach students the academic content and the 21st century skills they need for life success. The methodology incorporates project management skills valued by today’s global industries (critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, etc.)  The project must include specific learning objectives and ways of measuring the effectiveness of project activities.


This grant offers elementary and K-8 school sites an opportunity to create a robust community of readers. In the Reading STARS program, one book is selected and read by everyone in a school, becoming the unifying theme for conversation and school-wide activities.

  • This grant supports your site’s balanced literacy program through school-wide conversations that promote a culture of reading both at school and home.
  • The grant supports learning opportunities that can build from a unifying theme in support of Social Emotional Learning or Character Education. 
  • Grant funds may be used to support activities in art, theater, music, science, math, history, and other instructional areas. 
  • Schools participating in the program may do a variety of activities to heighten and promote interest in and discussion of the book, from school-wide assemblies to art and writing contests.