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Empowering HSE School District Educators with the resources to fuel innovation in the classroom. 

The City of Fishers 2024 Budget allocates $500,000 to a grant program for educators within the HSE School District to bring innovative learning to the classroom. 

Grant Purpose

To empower educators with the resources to bring innovation to the classroom and inspire students to rethink learning. 

Innovation in the classroom refers to students meeting an educational standard in a way not experienced before with a long-term aim of inspiring students to rethink learning. 

Grant & Project Criteria

  • Grant application now open – apply here
  • Fixed Price Awards (i.e., lump sum grant) 
  • Awards Available to Active Educators within the HSE School System 

Projects Should: 

  • Be Approved by Individual School, Administration, IT, Facilities, and any other School Stakeholders 
  • Innovate Teacher Learning, to Enhance Student Learning 
  • Become Sustainable without Additional Funding Needed 
  • Have Ability to be Replicated within a Grade-Level or Discipline 
  • Have an Identifiable Long-Term Impact on Students within a Grade Level or Discipline 

Program Details

  • Rolling Applications (i.e. applications will be reviewed as they are submitted, throughout the year)  
  • No Funding Cap  
  • Grants to be Awarded by Selection Committee (Selection committee comprised of educators, community entrepreneurs and HSE alumni )
  • Download the printable flyer.

Eligible & Ineligible Projects

  • YES to Professional Development and Externship Opportunities for Educators* 
  • YES to Technologies to Improve or Expand Curriculum for Students and Reshape Learning 
  • YES to Project-Based Learning Opportunities In & Out of Classroom 
  • NO to Funding Existing Projects or Initiatives 
  • NO to Incentive Awards for Classrooms (i.e., pizza party, awards for milestones, etc.) 
  • NO to Classroom Consumables (i.e., school supplies, classroom supplies) 
  • NO to Classroom Libraries 

*Assuming professional development or experience will directly translate to a specific classroom project or student learning experience 

Congratulations to the 2024 Fishers Educator Innovation Grant Winners

The City of Fishers has awarded over $80K in grant funding to date to teachers at HSE Schools as part of the new Educator Innovation Grant program, bringing innovation to the classroom and inspiring students to rethink learning. Learn more.

Jennifer Suskovich, Fishers Maker Playground Teacher-in-Residence

Received $6K for 3D printers at the Fishers Maker Playground to enhance science education for 5th graders.

Heather Butz, Fishers Junior High School 8th Grade Teacher

Received $600 to attend 1st Amendment Professional Development at the Constitutional Center in Philadelphia to help prepare We the People students.

Jennifer Harmon, Geist Elementary 2nd Grade Teacher

Received $6.3K to implement Vex Robotics, computer science, and coding.

John Hochstetler, Riverside Intermediate 5th Grade Teacher

Received $35K to modernize the school’s makerspace to better support its STEM program.

Ashley Eaton, Southeastern Elementary 4th Grade Teacher

Received $1.1 to bring the Orff-Schulwerk Method of Teaching Elementary Music to her classes.

Lisa Harvey, Fishers Elementary 3rd Grade Teacher

Received $4.5K to bring hands-on learning to the classroom through the LEGO Education SPIKE Program.

Robyn Stout, Sand Creek Intermediate 5th Grade Teacher

Received $3.6K to expand the STEM lab and robotics program with pneumatics kits.

Becky Schroeder, HSE High School 11th grade teacher

Received $22K for a pilot program to bring virtual reality to high school students.

Anthony Sturgeon & Kevin Stumpf, Fishers Junior High School 7th Grade Teachers

Received $1.5K for professional development at the Library of Congress for civics education and to support the We the People team.