Innovation Grant Program

Congratulations to the following Innovation Grant recipients announced Spring 2022: 

Literature Circles - MGES

Grant Recipient: Matthew Dorneman

Seeding the Future through Hydroponics in the Classroom - SRMS

Grant Recipient: Hannah Kim

Global Fiction Book Club - Coming of Age During Times of Adversity - SRMS

Grant Recipient: Kerry Lake

Melting Permafrost Simulation and Analysis - UDHS

Grant Recipient: Chris Smith

Stacking Up Math Skills, JTES

Grant Recipients: Melissa Traber - Lisa Downs

Laura Schmuckler - Brittnie Boyda - Carolyn Brightbill - Brenda Caviston - Donna Polin

Student Grants

In 2022, UDEF piloted a Student Innovation Grant program and awarded our first grant to Ms. Loch's  Environmental Science Project Based Learning (PBL) class for "The Hive," an outdoor learning area at UDHS designed to restore, regenerate and connect. 


Interested in applying for a student grant? Please contact Michelle Boas at

Each year, the Upper Dublin Education Foundation awards educator grants to give all students, grades K-12, access to extraordinary learning opportunities. The Innovation Grant Program inspires and empowers our teachers, engages our students and enhances District curriculum. 


In the past 5 years, UDEF has funded more than $100,000 in grants for educators. We are grateful for the generous support from individuals, corporations and private foundations that make our Innovation Grant program possible. Any new project, idea, or innovation for which funding is sought must be aligned with the Foundation's overall mission of enhancing the educational experiences and lifetime opportunities of students in our District.

The following Innovation Grants were awarded in

Building Community and Student Agency with Flexible Learning Environment - TFES

     Grant Recipient: Maressa Alsher

Building a Culture of Personal Literacy through Rich Book Clubs - SRMS

     Grant Recipients: Samantha Connelly, Hannah Kim, Jennifer Lankin, Laurie McGettigan

Class Connect for Wonder Robots - MGES

     Grant Recipient: Erica Stianchi


Designing and Printing in 3D - TFES & FWES

     Grant Recipient: Jeff Dillon


Forensics in Literature - UDHS

     Grant Recipient: Brian Palme


Lego Mars Space Shuttle and Rover - JTES

     Grant Recipient: Tre Milrod


Le Rat des Catacombs - UDHS

     Grant Recipient: Christine Jones


Sensory & Movement Path, Dragon Path/Chipmunk Trail - JTES/MGES

     Grant Recipient: Alyson Stern 


SRMS Internet Radio Station - SRMS

     Grant Recipients: Rob Miller, Kristin Leung


Learning Music with Ukeleles  - Elementary Schools

     Grant Recipient: Chris Horn


Using Probes for Data Collection in Chemistry - UDHS

     Grant Recipient: Dawn Edelman


Variable Acceleration with Fan Carts - UDHS

     Grant  Recipient: Doug Sample


Where there’s a WHEEL there’s a way! - UDHS

     Grant Recipient: Crystal Dunn 


Writing Walls - UDHS

     Grant Recipient: Alissa Hart