Ideas with IMPACT

Designed to recognize and reward innovative teachers, Ideas with IMPACT is an investment in success that brings out the entrepreneur in our classroom teachers. This initiative provides teachers who have developed successful classroom teaching methods with funds to package and export their curriculum. Ideas with IMPACT also provides stipends to teachers who wish to adapt and franchise these winning ideas in their own classrooms. By cultivating teacher leaders, convening teachers to share best practices, and creating opportunities for teachers' professional growth, Ideas with IMPACT creates a network of support for teachers focused on improving student instruction and meeting student needs. The beneficiaries are the students who receive classroom instruction proven to promote learning and increase achievement.

The Ideas with IMPACT program has a variety of components that include the following:

Ideas with IMPACT EXPO - The Teacher Conference 
One of the largest "by-teacher, for-teacher" conferences in South Florida, the Idea EXPO brings more than 700 educators together once a year to network and share teaching strategies. The Idea EXPO features more than 90 workshops led by teachers, a keynote address and master teaching session by a nationally renowned educator, free curriculum packets, breakfast, lunch, and much more. Click here to find out more now!  

Dates for the 2020 Education Fund Idea EXPO coming soon!

Ideas with IMPACT Catalog   
An essential component to the Ideas with IMPACT program is the Ideas with IMPACT catalog, which is published and distributed annually to every teacher in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. This catalog is a resource of teachers' proven ideas, with each page containing a different teaching strategy, information on the students for whom it is appropriate, standards met when implementing the lessons, and contact information for each Disseminator teacher. The teaching ideas in the Ideas with IMPACT catalog, created by teachers for teachers, can be used exactly as they are or modified to meet a classroom's special needs. Subject areas covered include STEM/STEAM,  language arts, math/science, social studies, health, technology, varying exceptionalities, and interdisciplinary. Teachers are encouraged to use the catalog as an idea file and keep it handy for reference throughout the year. Ideas with IMPACT catalogs are available to view for every year since 1990. Download the latest catalog.



Ideas with IMPACT Adapter Grant
Application deadline:  CLOSED
Adapter Grants provide funds to teachers wishing to adapt any of the projects featured in our Ideas with IMPACT catalogs or at the Ideas with IMPACT EXPO. Grants range from $150-$400. Here are the application steps:

  • Register for and attend the Idea Expo (recommended, as attendees receive priority consideration for grant approval)
  • Select an idea from one of the Ideas with IMPACT catalogs, current or past.
  • Contact the Disseminator listed on the project page of the catalog to request an Idea Packet and discuss with them your ideas for creatively modifying the project.
  • Complete and submit an Adapter application. Be sure to include your creative modifications. 

Ideas with IMPACT Innovator Grant
Application deadline: CLOSED
Innovator Grants provide funds to teachers to develop and implement instructional projects that motivate and challenge students to learn. Proposals should be a unique classroom project that enliven and enrich the curriculum. Many past grants have included interdisciplinary, active-learning lessons. Others have reinforced learning through simulations or applied school work to real-life situations. Grants range from $300 - $1,000. Click here for Innovator Grant Application

Idea Packets
An Idea Packet containing course outlines, lesson plans, resource lists, bibliographies, student worksheets, student samples, and other tools is available for every workshop offered at current and past Idea Expos. To view free Idea Packets, click here. 

Ideas with IMPACT Disseminator Stipend
Application deadline: MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020
Disseminator Stipends offer teachers who have a successful teaching strategy the opportunity to package and market their ideas to other teachers. Click here to see the Disseminator Application.  Disseminator Applications Available NOW

Ideas with IMPACT Disseminator Proposal Writing Webinar  SATURDAY February 29, 2020

To register, go to: Free Disseminator Proposal Writing Webinar

Ideas with IMPACT Disseminator Proposal Writing Workshops (free), March 2020
We will show you tips on how to prepare your Disseminator Stipend application and proposals to present at other conferences as well. Multiple workshops available throughout the District. Here's what we will cover:

  1. How to develop a well-written and thorough application
  2. Preparing an Idea Packet containing instructional materials for your teaching project
  3. Producing a visual display to promote your teaching project
  4. Presenting a 50-minute workshop on your teaching project at the Ideas with IMPACT EXPO - The Teacher Conference
  5. Documenting and following up on all inquiries for information on the project


Audrey Onyeike
Program Director
305.558.4544, ext.113

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