**Now open to teachers and schools!**
The Inclusive Classroom Fund supports teachers or schools who want to address inequity in the classroom on the basis of race, ethnicity, family background, sexual and gender identity, ability, or any personal or social circumstances. Any subject or K-12 grade level will be considered.
With the generous support of individual donors and the F.I.S.H. Foundation, we are able to provide $1,000 grants to teachers and schools.
Click here to apply for the 2019 AdoptAClassroom.org Inclusive Classroom Fund. The application closes April 20, 2019.
Need some inspiration? Here are a few of our favorite applications from 2018:
Janice was awarded funds for professional development and a new classroom library:
“Growing up a person of color in a community with little diversity, I experienced firsthand the effects of my peers’ lack of understanding of differences. I remember feeling the need to assimilate into the majority culture and shed any evidence of my cultural heritage-food, language, customs- in order to fit in. I remember having to work harder and achieve more in school just to overcome common stereotypes.
An inclusive classroom means that my students will not have to struggle with these types of experiences, at least not in my classroom community. We will be able to focus instead, on the unique perspectives and talents EACH individual brings to our classroom, celebrate those, and learn from each other.”
Melody was awarded funds for flexible seating and a subscription for new reading software:
“My kids are from 10 different countries and speak, collectively, over 12 different languages. I have some students who have never been in a classroom or school before. I have some students who might get diagnosed with learning disabilities or post-traumatic stress disorder from their difficult past and/or upbringing at a refugee camp. As a teacher, I am blessed with the crucial responsibility to create an inclusive classroom community where all students seek out new friendships and connections with students that are different than them.
An inclusive classroom is one where students appreciate, celebrate, and understand each other’s diverse perspectives, experiences, and cultures. Another proud moment in my classroom is when we talk about different countries and customs in those countries. My Congolese students remark, ‘That’s a cool game,’ when our friend from Cuba teaches the class a new game from her country. They smile as they work to include everyone.”