Teacher Innovation Grants


As mentioned in the department’s inaugural December 2021 newsletter for teachers, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction will be soliciting proposals from North Dakota teachers that encourage innovation in our classrooms. Over the next two and a half years of the ESSER funding period, the department will fund one innovative proposal each quarter submitted by a North Dakota teacher. Teachers currently employed by public LEAs are eligible to receive funding.

Quarterly Teacher Innovation Grant Award Schedule

 Quarter  Application Window  Applications Due  Grantees Announced
 Round 1: January-March 2022  January 14-28, 2022  January 28, 2022  February 11, 2022
 Round 2: April-June 2022  April 13-27, 2022  April 27, 2022  May 10, 2022
 Round 3: July-September 2022  July 13-27, 2022  July 27, 2022  August 10, 2022
 Round 4: October-December 2022  October 12-26, 2022  October 26, 2022  November 11, 2022
 Round 5: January-February 2023  January 11-25, 2023  January 25, 2023  February 1, 2023
 Round 6: April-May 2023  April 12-26, 2023  April 26, 2023  May 3, 2023


Teacher Innovation Grant Award Recipients

2022 School/District Teacher Scope of Grant
Round 1 Starkweather School District Jodi Erickstad Snowshoeing education and exercise program for all students and their families at the school district.
Round 2 Bismarck School District  Century High School Gina Phillips Create a community garden for students to learn the importance of community and social development and healthy lifestyles.
Round 2 Medina School District April Foth Purchase the Interactive Health Technologies Spirit System for her school and use it to teach students about their physical and social-emotional health.
Round 2 Montpelier School District Ellen Anderson Start a STEM class where students can use SkyOp to learn about new technology in agriculture and obtain drone certification.
Round 3 West Fargo School District  Heritage Middle School Callie Navarathne Expand Makerspace opportunities for students and teachers.
Round 4 Bismarck School District - Legacy High School Michael Jacobson 3D printers for CTE students to learn about and build assistive technology for exceptional learners.
Round 5  Kulm School District Amy Johnson Upgrade and expand its SMARTlab.
Round 6