Links to Learning
This program provides educators in the Washoe County School District with monetary awards to fund projects that would otherwise be paid by the educators.
Links to Learning gives monetary awards to elementary and middle school teachers from 17 schools to help fund projects that otherwise would come out of the teachers’ pockets or would not be funded at all. The teachers submit proposals for projects to be funded, and committee members evaluate these proposals. These proposals may be up to $300 per teacher, or teachers may submit in groups for projects that require more funding. (Example: 5 teachers may request funding for a project that costs $1,500.) The applications are coded during the evaluation process so members do not know the teachers or schools.
For FYE 2017, 298 educators received awards totaling $69,000 for 152 projects. In addition, the Links to Learning program was able to award $50,000 to WCSD Career and Technology Education for the Signature Academies at three local high schools. These academies are four-year themed programs that help jump-start students’ futures. Equipment purchased included robotic kits, drone curriculum, 3D printers and other educational packages.
Over 12,000 students benefitted directly because of Links to Learning awards.
Also this year, in collaboration with Barnes & Noble, books valued at $1000 were distributed to 13 elementary school libraries.