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New grant program will support teacher PD

May 29, 2018 Cory Hare, ATA News Managing Editor

A new grant program offered through the ATA Educational Trust will help front-line teachers take advantage of professional development opportunities.

The Morgex/Johnson Insurance Centennial Fund for Teacher Professional Development will provide grants of up to $600 to support teachers and prospective teachers to attend workshops, conferences, seminars, institutes or symposia to enhance their
professional knowledge.

The new grant program has broader eligibility criteria than the existing bursaries and grants offered through the ATA Educational Trust, so it supports the professional development needs of more front-line teachers, said Randy Pearson of Morgex Insurance.

"It’s professional development for everybody, so for me it’s very pleasing, and we look forward to seeing it grow," he said.

Pearson and Jeff Bennett of Johnson Insurance (Morgex’s parent company) announced the program on May 20 during the Annual Representative Assembly.

The insurance partners are committing $50,000 over the next 10 years. Bennett said the new grant program represents a way for Morgex/Johnson to continue to support teachers.

"The ongoing development of teachers through professional development we think is the right way to go about it," he said.

The ATA Educational Trust is a charitable organization that is closely affiliated with the ATA and is dedicated to teachers’ professional growth. ❚

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