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SEVERAL OF THE innovators on the previous pages received grants from CTA’s Institute for Teaching (IFT) to kickstart or extend and expand their work. If you’ve got an idea to help your students and school community and could use funds to move forward, consider applying for an IFT grant.

IFT is dedicated to supporting teacher-driven initiatives and helps all students and schools by awarding grants directly to CTA members and local chapters. To date, CTA members have funded 501 grant projects totaling more than$5.8 million, empowering educators to transform their classrooms and their school communities.

The next open grant application submission period is happening now — the deadline for grants that will be implemented in the 2023-24 school year is March 31, 2023. All CTA members are eligible to apply for an Educator grant (up to$5,000) or an Impact grant (up to $20,000).

Go to for information, including past grant summaries and recipients and a video featuring Cecily Bingener, one of the innovators included in this issue (page 20).

In addition, an IFT grant program presentation, “Grants Cultivate Creativity With Strength-Based Learning Environments,” will be offered at three 2023 CTA conferences: Issues Conference, Jan. 13-15; Good Teaching Conference-North, Feb. 3-5; and Good Teaching Conference-South, March 3-5.Conference details are at

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