The Blog at CTA

Supt. Torlakson Announces $250M in Career Pathways Grants

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is urging school districts and community colleges to apply for $250 million in California Career Pathways Trust Grants that can help students prepare for success in school and careers. This effort furthers Supt. Torlakson's Career Readiness initiative to curb dropouts and support career technical education.

"This program is a great example of teamwork among educators and employers," said Supt. Torlakson. "By giving students a taste of the working world before they graduate, these programs motivate and excite students, reduce the drop-out rate, and increase the college attendance rate."

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Individual grants up to $5,000 & Chapter grants up to $20,000 available for the 2014-15 school year

CTA members and chapters that want to support their strength-based approaches to school change are encouraged to apply for an IFT Grant for next year. This could be the individual practitioner who wants to try something new in their classroom or a team of teachers who share a common dream to advance their school’s success.

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IFT Grants Available

Have an idea that will improve learning in your classroom? Is there a project that your local chapter wants take on, but you just don’t have all the resources you need? Apply for a grant through the CTA Institute for Teaching. The IFT has established a competitive grant program for CTA members and chapters to support strength-based, teacher-driven reforms for students and public schools. Grants are available to individual CTA members, teams of educators and local chapters. The application deadline is April 30. For more information visit

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