“When I’m president, I am going to make sure all kids get to learn about STEM and the jobs they can do.”
– Lizbeth, 4th Grade Participant in Teacher-Driven STEM Programming

Cultivating Opportunities for Educators

With the goal of making sure teachers and principals are valued, empowered and supported to ensure the highest impact learning experiences for every child in Collier County, Champions For Learning offers a variety of ways teachers can be connected with their community.

Classroom Grants

We invest in and share teachers’ great ideas through the Classroom Grant/Find It Fund It portal. With the ability to apply for grant funds up to $2,000, teachers can implement innovative and engaging projects in their classrooms, supported by the local community.

School-Based Grants

These opportunities are beyond the individual Classroom Grants and may include strategic projects which impact an entire school community, or several schools across the district.

Golden Apple Teacher Recognition

Through this process, educators have the opportunity to share a best practice with their community and fellow teachers. Each school in Collier County is invited to put forward a teacher to be recognized as a Teacher of Distinction to participate in this process to share and grow their best practice. The process culminates in the selection of six Golden Apple recipients.

Community-Based Learning

Building community relationships can be key to a successful classroom. Through a variety of programs, our local educators are connected to the Collier County community, ensuring engaging opportunities for their students.

Educator Resources

Learn more about the many resources that families and students will find useful as they strive to find their pathway and accomplish their future goals.

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teachers actively engaged
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Our Impact

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