PHS Awarded Governor Deal's Innovation Fund Tiny Grant Program


PHS Awarded Governor Deal's Innovation Fund Tiny Grant Program


Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Pickens High School is one of the six award winners for the Innovation Fund Tiny Grant Program, a competitive grant opportunity that provides funding to traditional public schools, charter schools and school districts to implement small-scale programs that directly engage students.

"The Innovation Fund Tiny Grant unites top educators to prepare students to engage in todayís most important academic areas," said Deal. "As we invest in young minds and encourage them to reach their fullest potential, we must also invest in opportunities to develop and implement innovative classroom methods. Congratulations to the award winners and we look forward to seeing the impact each Tiny Grant will have on the futures of Georgiaís students."

Programs funded by Tiny Grants must align with one of the three following priority areas: applied learning with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education, blended and personalized learning, and birth-to-age-8 language and literacy development.

The PHS project 'Dragon Table' is awarded $6,552.03. The students in the Special Education Department at Pickens County High School will learn how to manage a small business by monitoring an email account, organizing different aspects of the project, and responding to the requests from teachers and staff. Students will monitor projects including Dragon Snacks (weekly snacks or healthy smoothies/coffees for teachers), Happy Garden (herbs/flowers grown and sold in student-made planter boxes or other garden projects), Assistant for Hire (specific office tasks), and Dragons Celebrate (a system-wide effort to offer student-made buttons to teachers to celebrate events).

Grantees will evaluate the impact of the programs on student engagement and achievement and submit their findings to the Governorís Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) at the end of the grant period.

Below are the other award winners and their respective programs:

Applied Learning with a Focus on STEAM Education

Doerun Elementary School
Colquitt County Schools
Making Thinkers with a Makerspace

Lindley Sixth Grade Academy
Cobb County School District
Letís Code Lindley

Fulton Leadership Academy
State Charter School
Innovation in Remediation

Blended and Personalized Learning

Benjamin E. Mays High School
Atlanta Public Schools
Culturally Relevant Computing

Birney Elementary School
Cobb County School District
Bridging the Instructional Divide: Personalized Learning in ELA and Math for Title I Kids

About the Innovation Fund
The Innovation Fund invests in public education entities that develop and scale programs that enable Georgia educators to improve student performance and tackle our stateís most significant education challenges. In 2011, the Innovation Fund began as a $19.4 million grant competition created under Georgiaís Race to the Top (RT3) Plan. To continue the Innovation Fundís work beyond RT3, Deal appropriated state funding for Fiscal Years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Since its inception, the Innovation Fund has invested more than $33 million of state and federal funding through 142 grants to school districts, charter schools, postsecondary institutions and nonprofit organizations to pilot innovative education programs, ranging in focus from teacher and leader induction and development to STEAM (science, technology, engineering arts and math) applied learning, blended and personalized learning, and birth-to-age-8 language and literacy development. More information about the Innovation Fund is available on the GOSA website.