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5 Tips for Supporting Your Priorities Amid Budget Cuts

Apply for Grants or Scholarships

One way to save money on professional development is to apply for grants or scholarships that cover some or all expenses. Here are a few we recommend: 

Use Crowdfunding Platforms

Platforms such as DonorsChoose, Kickstarter, and GoFundMe allow you to share your needs with others who can help make those dreams a reality. We have found the most success with DonorsChoose! 

Split the Cost with a Neighboring District

Sometimes, if a district can’t afford the entire cost of professional development, they’ll simply say “no”. If there are some funds available, just not the full amount needed, it can work to split the cost with a nearby district. This is especially popular for our Homegrown Institutes

Seek Online Options

One of the easiest ways to save money on professional development is by attending online workshops and institutes. This cuts down on travel expenses and allows for more flexibility in scheduling. It also provides an opportunity to connect with other teachers and experts. We host a wide range of online K-2 Workshops, 3-8 Workshops, and Summer Institutes to choose from.

Leverage Your Own Expertise

Finally, you can save money on professional development by leveraging your staff’s expertise. One way of doing this is by sending a small group of lead teachers or coaches to a workshop or institute. This group can then bring their learning back to your school community and lead an internal workshop. Of course, teachers learning firsthand always has the greatest impact, but this is a great alternative! 

Interested in learning more? Check out our Summer Workshop/ Institute Brochure and Our Professional Development Offerings for the 2024-2025 School Year. 

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Published on May 2, 2024