SHAPE America State Affiliates
Check for available professional development grants. A reasonable request might be for funds to pay a substitute and for your registration to attend the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo.
Find information on your state affiliate
Set up a meeting with your supervisor! There may be available grant opportunities, a school district foundation, or discretionary funds available to support you. To help you make a strong case for support, SHAPE America has put together this justification
toolkit for the National Convention & Expo.
Many parent organizations provide support for teacher professional development. Explain how the experience will help you better serve your students and offer to share what you learn with your colleagues and the parent group.
School districts often have agreements with nearby universities through their student teaching programs that provide funding to support professional development of teachers or special projects proposed by teachers.
Community foundations are non-profit organizations that use local resources to meet local needs, including providing funding for professional development.
Find a local foundation
There are several online fundraising sites to choose from. Consider using one of these online tools to post your wish list and ask members of the local community to help raise money!
Find a fundraising site