AFT Innovation Fund: Ways to support a project

Here are ways the Innovation Fund can support a project—although not an exhaustive list, it is a good place to start.

  • Developing trauma-informed curriculum, interventions, and/or trainings around fear of loss, loss, bereavement, and economic hardship as well as their impacts on learning;
  • Meeting the material and healthcare needs of students and families during recovery, including food, clothing and access to mental and physical health services as so many community school models have done before and during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Creating strategies to boost health literacy among all grades, developmental stages and subject areas addressing COVID-19 and teacher/student responsibilities;
  • Tailoring key resources and materials for staff, students and families;
  • Developing and supporting new instructional models to including distance and asynchronous learning to address students’ learning due to current and likely future social distancing resulting from the pandemic;
  • Developing and supporting creative scheduling and novel in-school learning modalities to address the realities of keeping students safe while being physically present at school;
  • Rethinking student assessments to prioritize diagnostics that provide teachers critical information about student learning and that don’t sacrifice precious teaching and learning time for state score cards and competitive accountability schemes;
  • Designing novel performance evaluations that involve educators in adopting new expectations for traditional, distance and asynchronous teaching and learning; and
  • Developing anti-racism curriculum, interventions, and/or trainings for staff, students, and communities.