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What is this grant?

The Professional Learning Grant program satisfies locally identified STEM-related professional learning needs with activities such as coaching, mentoring, self-reflection, off-contract work, and effective professional learning communities (PLCs). The STEM Action Center also provides professional development to support teachers that are participating in other programs, such as the K-12 Math Personalized Learning program and the CS4Utah Grant program. These efforts connect thousands of teachers to opportunities to create valuable STEM-based curricula and teaching practices.


This program focuses on locally-identified needs associated with STEM learning for K-12 teachers. All proposals must align with the legislative definition of effective professional learning, including taking place in learning communities, build leadership capacity in teachers, be based on data-based decision making, and support long-term change with ongoing learning opportunities. These programs include the creation of a 1-year or 3-year implementation plan. Additionally, all teacher participants must film themselves and use that video for self and/or peer reflection. Most project funding is typically spent to pay teachers for summer work preparing for the following school year, as well as substitute for teachers to participate in learning opportunities, video hardware, and teacher learning materials. Some projects have also covered things like summer teacher internships with an industry partner and micro-messaging training and support. Applications can be submitted by either a single school or a group of schools.

Who can apply?

School administrators may apply for this grant, designating single school or a group of schools.

What is the timeline?

  • Application opens for submissions: February 1, 2020
  • Applications are due: March 27, 2020

Additional Information

For questions about this grant, please email Kellie Yates at

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