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Great Schools Partnership and Knox County Schools Launch Innovative TeacherPreneur Grant Program

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. October 30, 2014 – The Great Schools Partnership and Knox County Schools realize that teachers are our greatest instructional experts. Teachers know firsthand what works and what doesn’t, which is why the Great Schools Partnership and Knox County Schools Office of Innovation are searching for Knoxville’s best “Teacherpreneurs.” Entrepreneurs develop successful new business strategies. Teacherpreneurs develop successful new instructional strategies.

Through the TeacherPreneur Grant Program, the Great Schools Partnership and Knox County Schools are soliciting innovative instructional ideas from the District’s 4,000 plus teachers.

“I can’t wait to see what our teachers come up with,” says Buzz Thomas, president of the Great Schools Partnership. “This may be the smartest R & D project we’ve ever tried.”

Knox County teachers are invited to share their ideas that will help improve learning to allow every child to be successful. Proposals will be evaluated by a panel of experienced educators and considered for grants valued at up to $25,000 to develop and implement their great ideas. More information about the TeacherPreneur Grant Program is available at the Great Schools Partnership and Knox County Schools websites.

“We have incredibly talented educators working in our schools,” says Knox County Schools Magnet Supervisor Daphne Odom. “The TeacherPreneur Program allows our teachers to think outside the box and enables them to lead change initiatives that will have a direct impact on student achievement and engagement.”

Deadline for grant applications is Nov. 17, 2014, and the grants will be awarded in December. For more information, contact Buzz Thomas, president of the Great Schools Partnership, bthomas@greatschoolspartnership.com, (865) 215-4501, or Daphne Odom, Knox County Schools Magnet Supervisor, daphne.odom@knoxschools.org, (865) 320-2428.
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ABOUT THE GREAT SCHOOLS PARTNERSHIP
The mission of the Great Schools Partnership is to serve as a think-tank, catalyst, incubator, start-up funder and operational partner for making Knox County Schools globally competitive. A free-standing public charity, the Great Schools Partnership has been instrumental in leveraging, creating and/or expanding programs such as Community Schools, Parents as Teachers, early literacy initiatives, summer bridge programs, for struggling students, teacher mentoring/induction programs, Thank a Teacher Week, CODEtn, and Project GRAD. For more information on the Great Schools Partnership, please call (865) 215-4501 or visit our website at www.greatschoolspartnership.com.