As the 2020/21 school year winds down, we are headed into a summer of less restrictions and more ability to enjoy the lovely weather our island is known for. Even though summer is for vacations and staycations, if you are a student in a teacher training program and you plan to do your student teaching semester in the Fall of 2021, you’ll need to remember one important date:
Our application deadline for the Fall of 2021 is July 31, 2021.
We have provided an online application where you can upload your required documents as well as a pdf version you can download, print, and mail to us with your supporting documents. Please go to our Student Teaching Grant Applications page to start your application process.
Just in time for the Spring 2021 applications, we have added a completely onlineStudent Teacher Grant Application! Now, you can enter all the required information and upload your files directly to our database.
For those of you who prefer to email or mail your applications to us, we have kept those links on the same page below the online application.
The deadline is nearing, so please be sure to gather the necessary information and recommendation letters. All applications are due November 30, 2020. We will review and determine the eligibility of all the applications we receive at our Board meeting in the first week of December.
While school is largely being held online via meeting applications, teachers and students still need supplies to help foster learning.
Mrs. Kan-Souza, a former GOOTOK recipient, current board member¹, and a teacher at Wilcox Elementary needs your help! She is online every day with 50 students and her laptop is too old to handle the pressure. She often loses her connection and has to sign back into the meeting, spending precious learning time getting back online and settling the children back into the lesson.With a new laptop, she will be able to remain in control of the class and lesson plans and keep her students’ attention.
Please click here or use the following photo link to donate to her cause so she can run her online classroom more effectively and efficiently! She and her students are grateful for all the help you can provide. Mahalo nui loa!!
¹ Mrs. Kan-Souza is a current board member of Growing Our Own Teachers on Kauai. GOOTOK is not affiliated with nor do we receive any donations from Donors Choose. If you, as a teacher, would like to post your own needs or news, please contact us.
You’re not ready until you apply for a grant from Growing Our Own Teachers on Kauai! We offer one-time grants to financially assist students in their final teaching semester!
Our applications are on our website and ready to go when you are. The deadline for the Spring of 2021 semester is November 30, 2020. Please be sure to have all your necessary documents ready to email or mail in time to meet that deadline.
In new news, we are updating our website to include the applications completely online and adding the ability to upload your supporting documentation when you submit your application. This will give you more options for submission! Don’t worry if you don’t see them online when you’re ready to put your application together. We will continue to accept the pdf forms as well!
As always, if you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us viaemail. We are here for you!
By the way, don’t forget the deadline for the 2021 Spring Student Teaching semester is November 30, 2020. It seems like a long way off, but if you or someone you know will need assistance for their final semester, please download the application to review the required documentation. We have added assistance for Secondary School teacher candidates this year. Please contact us to find out more information about the requirements for this grant.
Growing Our Own Teachers on Kauai is honored to have been nominated and awarded a Servco Grant of $20,000! Servco received almost 5,000 nominations for more than 550 organizations. Out of those nominees, 40 were chosen to be reviewed by their employees who then selected the final 19 award recipients.
In honor of their 100th anniversary, Servco decided to celebrate by giving back to the communities where they do business. We were among the three recipients from Kauai which included Kauai Independent Food Bank and Kauai Humane Society.
We are deeply grateful to those who wrote wonderful letters to nominateus and to Servco for awarding this generous grant to our organization. Rest assured, these funds will serve our mission and help more student teachers on Kauai complete their education!
Growing Our Own Teachers on Kauai is pleased to announce that we were recently awarded a FLEX Grant from Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) through the Robert Emens Black Fund. We are grateful for the award and thank all involved.
We are in the process of re-evaluating our purpose and goals and preparing a strategic plan for the coming years. We intend to refocus our energies in order to better address the increasing shortage of teachers on Kauai. The funds from the FLEX grant will help us complete this critical planning.
As we move forward, we will need more volunteers and funding to help us accomplish our goals. Below are links to donate and to sign up to volunteer.
FLEX is supported by multiple current and past donors through the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. Nonprofits will beconsidered for funding based on each individual fund’s preferences. Information submitted in the “Organization & Program Profile,” as well as responses to the narrative questions, allows HCF to match applicants with appropriate funds. -- HCF
Our own board member and a 2014 GOOTOK Award recipient, Monique Kan-Souza, was one of 18 dedicated professionals from various complex areas on Kauai, Oahu, Hawaii and Maui who successfully completed the Cohort 7 2017-2018 Targeted Learning Cycle Series earning 9 PD Credits, and was featured in the August 2018 OCDE Project GLAD Newsletter. It showed her perseverance and commitment to professional growth and instructional enhancements to serve all students, especially English Learners. We are all so very proud of Monique and all she has accomplished!
OCDE Project GLAD® NTC has provided exemplary training for educators both resulting in students’ access to quality instruction and high-levels of success, for over 20 years. GLAD stands for Guided Language Acquisition Design. Their model enhances teachers’ design and delivery of standards-based instruction through an integrated approach with the intent of building language proficiency and academic comprehension. OCDE Project GLAD® classrooms promote an environment that respects and honors each child’s voice, personal life experience, and beliefs and values their culture.
To learn more about this program, please visit Project Glad.
As we build our website, we will add important news and announcements to our blog. You can find new teaching projects, ideas, and news here in the upcoming months. We will also include announcements regarding open grant application periods and the recipients of those funds.
Currently, we are restructuring and creating a new strategic plan to better serve the student teachers and our community. We have a critical shortage of teachers here on Kauai which leads to larger classrooms and less one-on-one time for our children in school. Many classrooms are being filled by unlicensed or substitute teachers. This is an urgent issue and we are working to determine the best ways in which we can help.
In the near future, we will be talking to principals and teachers to get their ideas on the matter and any suggestions for solutions. This is an ongoing challenge and we will address it as we move forward.
Stay tuned for more as we grow our own website!
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