Monday, November 7, 2016
Samantha Hart
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550

INDIANAPOLIS – Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz awarded $450,000 in Innovation Planning Grants to fifteen school corporations today.  Innovation Planning Grants provide school corporations with funding to develop or expand eLearning opportunities in their classrooms.

“No matter where a child lives in our state, they deserve to have access to 21st century, high-quality online learning opportunities,” said Ritz.  “That is why I am pleased to award $450,000 in Innovation Planning Grants today to support this important work in our schools.  However, this work does not end today.  During the next budget session, I will work with the Indiana General Assembly to increase funding for both the Educational Technology Program Fund and a new technology grant to support high-speed connectivity for all schools across our state.”

The Innovation Planning Grant supports schools and corporations in the formulation of a plan for the thoughtful integration of technology into teaching and learning.  This is the fifth cohort of grant recipients since 2012.  Selected school corporations will receive a $30,000 grant funded by the state through the David C. Ford Educational Technology Program Fund.  Funds can be used to support professional development, technology readiness assessments and other resources.

The 2016-17 Innovation Planning Grant awardees are:

  • Duneland School Corporation
  • Fairfield Community Schools
  • Franklin Township Community School Corporation
  • Gary Community School Corporation
  • Hanover Community School Corporation
  • MSD North Posey County Schools
  • Marion Community Schools
  • North Harrison Community School Corporation
  • River Forest Community School Corporation
  • School City of Mishawaka
  • School City of Whiting
  • South Bend Community School Corporation
  • Union Township School Corporation
  • Warrick County School Corporation
  • West Clark Community Schools

Additional information about Innovation Planning Grants can be found on the Department’s website.