Teachers’ Idea Fund – Investing in Manitoba Classrooms

Every day across Manitoba, skilled and dedicated teachers, staff, and school leaders support quality education and improve student outcomes through innovation.

Manitoba’s Teachers’ Idea Fund is a five-year, $25 million investment in the ideas and innovations of front-line teachers, staff, and school leaders from across our province.

On October 20, 2021, the Manitoba government announced 53 successful innovative projects for the 2021 Teachers’ Idea Fund.  This is in addition to, the 27 successful innovative projects announced on July 16, 2021, as the first set of proposals from the inaugural intake of applications for the 2021 Teachers’ Idea Fund.

The Teachers’ Idea Fund is a priority action with the government’s Better Education Starts Today – Putting Students First strategy.

Projects must provide innovative solutions to strengthen teacher practices and support one or more of the following priorities:

  • Targeted Learning Supports
  • Models of Teaching and Learning
  • Mental Health and Well-being
  • Transitions in K-12 Education
  • Engage Families and Parents

Teachers’ Idea Fund Showcase


Applications for multi-year projects are now being accepted.

Single-year, $25,000-and-under projects will continue to be reviewed as part of a continuous process.
Information about the single-year application process

Multi-year projects will be accepted until October 14, 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted beyond this date, but applications received by the due date will be considered first.
Information about the multi-year application intake

Have questions or need assistance?

If you have any questions about this fund or the application process please contact [email protected]

An information session regarding the multi-year application process was held on September 27, 2021, at 3:45 pm. The slide deck from the information session is available at Teachers’ Idea Fund Presentation.


Single-Year Projects

Background

Submissions will be accepted from Manitoba teachers, school staff, and school leaders employed within Manitoba’s K-12 public school system. Projects submitted will require the support of the school and school division authority (i.e., principal and superintendent). All projects will be evaluated based on their expected outcomes.

Initiatives must provide innovative solutions to strengthen teacher practices and support one or more of the following priorities:

  1. Targeted Learning Supports: Initiatives to address include
    1. the impacts of COVID-19 on student learning
    2. the foundational skills of literacy and numeracy infused into any subject area
    3. efforts to improve curriculum implementation
    4. advancement of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) through experiential and workplace learning experiences
  2. Models of Teaching and Learning: These include field-initiated models of learning that explore different teaching and learning practices aimed at addressing diverse student needs, building a more resilient and relevant education system, supporting the implementation of the province’s virtual learning strategy, and advancing innovative pedagogical practices.
  3. Mental Health and Well-Being: This includes initiatives that promote social and emotional learning, as well as enhanced mental health resources and support for students and staff in schools.
  4. Transitions in K–12 Education: These are initiatives that build and support transitions in education, including academic readiness and students’ sense of belonging (e.g., starting Kindergarten, from Early to Middle Years, Middle Years to Senior Years, Senior Years to further education and the workforce).
  5. Engaging Parents and Families: These are initiatives that engage families, parents/caregivers, and communities as part of the local learning environment.

Eligibility Criteria

For intake of single-year projects under $25,000, the following applies:
  1. Lead applicant must be employed (i.e. teachers, staff and school leaders) within the K-12 public school system.
    1. First Nations schools that have agreements in place with school divisions can apply. This is to respect existing partnerships and collaborations.
  2. Maximum timeframe is one school year.
  3. Maximum amount is $25,000 for a single-year project.
  4. The initiative includes a partnership with an external or internal support person who will act as a critical friend to the project, supporting the applicant with the design, implementation, data collection and analysis, and reporting.
  5. The project uses research and data to enrich teacher development and improve student outcomes.
  6. A plan for sharing the learning and findings is included.

Applicants are encouraged to submit as a larger group of multiple staff throughout the school or of staff throughout multiple schools or throughout school divisions.

Applicants are also encouraged to submit an application between schools and the wider community (e.g., post-secondary, business, non-governmental organizations, and early childhood).

How to submit a proposal

Step 1 – Share your idea, improvement, or innovation!

The Teachers’ Idea Fund is now open to applications. Submit your idea, improvement, or innovation using the single-year project application form.

The application form requires you to submit a budget and implementation plan and to highlight any areas of potential risk and mitigation.

Step 2 – Demonstrate school and school division authority endorsement.

Projects submitted in this phase also require the endorsement of your school and school division authority.

Step 3 – Submit your project.

Once you have completed all sections of the application form, press submit. Based on a review of eligibility criteria and the project’s proposed outcomes, your submission may then be selected for further evaluation.


Multi-Year Projects

Background

Submissions will be accepted from Manitoba teachers, school staff, and school leaders employed within Manitoba’s K–12 public school system. Projects submitted will require the support of the school and school division authority (i.e., principal and superintendent). All projects will be evaluated based on their expected outcomes.

Initiatives must provide innovative solutions to strengthen teacher practices and support one or more of the following priorities:

  1. Targeted Learning Supports: Initiatives to address include
    1. the impacts of COVID-19 on student learning
    2. the foundational skills of literacy and numeracy infused into any subject area
    3. efforts to improve curriculum implementation
    4. advancement of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) through experiential and workplace learning experiences
  2. Models of Teaching and Learning: These include field-initiated models of learning that explore different teaching and learning practices aimed at addressing diverse student needs, building a more resilient and relevant education system, supporting the implementation of the province’s virtual learning strategy, and advancing innovative pedagogical practices.
  3. Mental Health and Well-Being: This includes initiatives that promote social and emotional learning, as well as enhanced mental health resources and support for students and staff in schools.
  4. Transitions in K–12 Education: These are initiatives that build and support transitions in education, including academic readiness and students’ sense of belonging (e.g., starting Kindergarten, from Early to Middle Years, Middle Years to Senior Years, Senior Years to further education and the workforce).
  5. Engaging Parents and Families: These are initiatives that engage families, parents/caregivers, and communities as part of the local learning environment.

Eligibility Criteria

For intake of multi-year projects above $25,000, the following applies:
  1. Lead applicant must be employed within the Kindergarten to Grade 12 public school system.
    1. First Nations schools that have agreements in place with school divisions can apply. This is to respect existing partnerships and collaborations.
  2. Minimum timeframe is two years; maximum timeframe is five years (from 2021/22 to 2025/26).
  3. Minimum amount is $25,000 per year and maximum amount is $150,000 per year.
  4. The initiative includes a partnership with an external or internal support person who will act as a critical friend to the project, supporting the applicant with the design, implementation, data collection and analysis, and reporting.
  5. The project uses research and data to enrich teacher development and improve student outcomes.
  6. A plan for sharing the learning and findings is included.

Applicants are encouraged to submit as a larger group of multiple staff throughout the school or of staff throughout multiple schools or throughout school divisions.

Applicants are also encouraged to submit an application between schools and the wider community (e.g., post-secondary, business, non-governmental organizations, and early childhood).

How to submit a proposal

Step 1 – Share your idea, improvement, or innovation!

The Teachers’ Idea Fund is now open to applications. Submit your idea, improvement, or innovation using the multi-year project application form.

The application form requires you to submit a budget and implementation plan and to highlight any areas of potential risk and mitigation.

Step 2 – Demonstrate school and school division authority endorsement.

Projects submitted in this phase also require the endorsement of your school and school division authority.

Step 3 – Submit your project.

Once you have completed all sections of the application form, press submit. Based on a review of eligibility criteria and the project’s proposed outcomes, your submission may then be selected for further evaluation.

Multi-year projects will be accepted until October 14, 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted beyond this date, but applications received by the due date will be considered first.