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Bardeen Teacher Incentive Grants

The Teacher Incentive Grant Program has been supporting special teacher training, high tech equipment and unique innovative programs at Vicksburg Community Schools since 1986.

The purpose of this grant is to fund individual research and personal/professional development activities that will result in new teaching and learning practices. The grant can also be used to purchase materials necessary for implementation of creative and innovative teaching and learning practices where those materials are outside of the scope of normal curriculum materials, supplies or equipment supplied by the District.

The Grant's name is an acknowledgment of the contributions of Maxwell Bardeen. Max was the longtime General Manager of Vicksburg's Lee Paper Company, one of the founders of the Vicksburg Foundation and the Western Michigan University Paper Science & Engineering Department. He was a pilot who also helped start-up the High on Kalamazoo Air Show and a champion of the Vicksburg Community Schools and Vicksburg Teachers.

In 1994 when Maxwell Bardeen passed away, both the Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation and the Vicksburg Foundation voted to expand their support of the Teacher Incentive Grant Program. In acknowledging Max Bardeen and his family as founders of the program, it was officially renamed the Bardeen Teacher Incentive Grant Program. Simultaneously, the Vicksburg Foundation made a five year renewable commitment to the fund and increased their annual donation from $7,500 to $10,000. The Vicksburg Community Schools is grateful to Max Bardeen for his vision and long-standing commitment to the students and teachers of Vicksburg. We are also grateful to the Vicksburg Foundation for supporting teacher innovation and excellence.

The Vicksburg Foundation makes grant funding available in the amount of $10,000 each year. Grant awards are generally limited to $1,000 each although exceptions may be considered based upon the merit of the project proposal and funding availability. That amount may be supplemented by District or private funds.

Grant Guidelines

Grant Guidelines

Expenditures for meals and mileage should fall within District guidelines (meals that are included in conference registration cost would be an exception).

Teaches may include expenses for equipment, supplies and materials; however, all items purchased with grant funds become the property of the District.

Individual teachers may apply each year; however, previous year recipients may receive lower priority in the allocation of grant funds. (The VCSF reserves the right to fund any special funding request throughout the year.)

The Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation Allocations Committee reserves the right to recommend funding for a portion of a grant request.

How to Apply

Bardeen Teacher Incentive Grant forms are available in each school office. It is also available for download here. If you have any questions, please call Amy Manchester @ (269) 321-1006.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted annually and due by the first Monday in March.

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Grant Recipients

2016 Grant Recipients

Ben Rosier
Purchased a Surface Pro to integrate the Google classroom platform and to increase teacher mobility.

Noreen Heikes
Veterinary Science students will provide routine veterinary services for animals housed at Tillers International, Aacorn Farm, and Gull Meadow Farms. Equipment and supplies were purchased for those services.

Terri Negri and Laura Wilson
A technology package was purchased which included an Apple iPad, tripod, green screen kit, external microphone, Doink Green Screen Application and an iMovie Application to be used in creating videos.

Scott Wills
The Vicksburg DECA Chapter attended the Michigan DECA Career Development Conference at Eastern Michigan University.

Angela Spanhak
Purchased the Love and Logic Childhood Parenting Made Fun Program and offered Love and Logic Training to teachers and parents.

VMS English Teachers
The middle school teachers attended the National Council for the Teachers of English Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Diana Haring
Purchased Audio books and the "Raz-Kids" online reading program, including an iPad mini and headset.

Nichole Wisinski
Indian Lake Elementary teachers attended the 2016 National PBIS Leadership Forum in Chicago, IL.

Michael Barwegen
Purchased the IXL program for Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies to be implemented at Tobey Elementary.

Kelly Christiansen
Purchased iPads, applications, and accessories to benefit Genius Hour in the classroom.

Stephanie Mallery
A Surface Pro was pruchased to support the implementation of VCS' Instructional Coaching model.

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