The Edmond Public Schools Foundation has pledged $121,982 to support Great Ideas of Edmond Public School teachers for the 2019-2020 school year.

In February, Edmond Public Schools teachers submitted Great Idea proposals for any project or supplies that facilitates active student learning and participation in the classroom. Some examples of Great Idea proposals include: supplies and teaching tools for a robotics program, adaptive equipment for special needs students, science activity tubs, traveling labs for use by multiple class-rooms, a coffee cart to teach interaction, and money handling skills to children with autism, and so many more!

Proposals with a high likelihood of impacting student learning with measurable outcomes are considered aGreat Idea! All proposals must meet one of the five pillars of instructional learning adopted by Edmond Public Schools: Choice, Inquiry, Collaboration, Creativity and Reflection. This past year, a Great Idea was implemented through a mentorship between Memorial High School and Orvis Risner Elementary. The STEM Buddy project paired elementary and high school students together with the objective of inspiring student about STEM initiatives in Edmond Public Schools. The elementary and high school students both benefited through conducting experimentation with technology, probes, chromebooks and using inquiry-based skills.

Funding for over 40 Great Idea projects will be presented to teachers when they return in August for the 2019-2020 school year. If you would like to support our Edmond Public School teachers and their Great Ideas, please visit the website at www.edmondpsf.org

Edmond Public Schools Foundation connects the community and its resources with Edmond Public Schools teacher, student and school needs in pursuit of the highest level of academic excellence.

The EPS Foundation is a recognized 501(c) 3 non-profit organization focused on the development and management of resources in support the Edmond Public School District. Originally founded as the Edmond Educational Endowment, the organization was created in the early 1980′s as one of the first education foundations in the state of Oklahoma. In 1999, the organization formally changed its name to the Edmond Public Schools Foundation.

Since inception, the EPS Foundation has provided over $2.4 million in direct support to the district. These resources have funded: new technology, classroom curriculum, software, hardware, teaching aids, teacher trainings, student scholarships, playground equipment, textbooks, supplies, musical instruments, artwork, equipment, teacher awards, and numerous other educational aids. Moreover, the EPS Foundation has developed thousands in indirect support for the district though volunteer hours and organizational in-kind donations.

For more information, contact Deanna Boston at deanna.boston@edmondschools.net or 918-520-4962 cell.