Video highlights BPS Foundation's programs

posted Apr 12, 2017, 4:52 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 12, 2017, 5:18 AM ]

BPSF Video
A new video
highlights the programs of the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation. It debuted at the Foundation's Educator Hall of Fame event in early April 2017.

The video, created by Cable One Advertising, features three Bartlesville educators who wrote recent grants funded by the Foundation: Bartlesville High School chemistry teacher Gary Layman, Jane Phillips Elementary School librarian Angela Gerber, Central Middle School vocal music teacher Ariel Ortega, and Bartlesville High School social studies teacher Lindsay Stuart. High school students Jennifer Ambriz, Michael Baughman, Dax Butler, Reagan Colaw, Sabrina Chuan, Hannah Gritzmaker, Claire Hopkins, Ariel Jimison, Baylee Reynolds, Emma Stevens, and Howard Thill spoke about the impact of the grants, along with youngsters Beth, Conner, and Raven.

Blair Ellis
Since 1985 the Foundation has funded over two million dollars in creative projects outside of the traditional state, local, and federal sources to support state-of-the-art instruction and facilities for the Bartlesville Public Schools. It is now an affiliate of the Bartlesville Community Foundation. Blair Ellis has been named as a new 
full-time director for the Foundation and will have an office at the school district's Education Service Center at 1100 S. Jennings.

The Foundation sponsors continuing grant programs:

Classroom Grants

These grants are awarded twice each year and are available to BPS certified educators (teachers, counselors, librarians, principals, or department heads). Grants fund new and innovative approaches to education that develop or supplement programs to stimulate thought and/or expand the existing curriculum.

Professional Growth

These grants are awarded monthly to promote professional improvement of teaching and management skills through attendance at seminars, conferences, workshops, and other developmental opportunities.

Experts in Residence

These grants are awarded monthly and are designed to fund visits from a wide variety of experts that provide a face-to-face interaction between the subject area expert and the students.


Recent Grants

Classroom Grants for Teachers
funding new and innovative approaches to education
2013-2014: 13 grants totaling $16,933.36
2014-2015: 12 grants totaling $12,430.79
2015-2016: 18 grants totaling $19,267.68
2016-2017: $31,738.76 in grants

Experts in Residence
brings professionals to the classroom to share their experiences directly with students
2014-2015: 3 grants totaling $12,900
2015-2016: 4 grants totaling $6,200
2016-2017: $6,855.36 in grants

Professional Growth
allows certified teachers and principals to enhance their instruction and management skills by attending national, regional, and state professional development conferences and workshops
2013-2014: 9 grants totaling $16,799.76
2014-2015: 10 grants totaling $17,011.55
2015-2016: 5 grants totaling $9,917.15
2016-2017: $1,176.90 in grants
The Foundation also sponsors an annual Educator Hall of Fame recognition and fundraising program, and this school year has promoted a $41,000 Elementary STEM Matching Grant to sponsor new Project Lead the Way STEM modules in all six of the district's elementary schools beginning in August 2017.
The Foundation relies on the support of the local community: