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Professional Development Stipend Request Form (76.05 kB)
Professional Development Guide - North America and Israel 2012-2013 (331.22 kB)
Frequently Asked Questions about the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards Professional Development Stipend
In 2007, the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards program instituted a new procedure for requesting Professional Development Stipends. Following are updated processes and procedures for 2012 and 2013 Awards Winners:
- A teacher proposes professional development opportunities that meet the guidelines of the Awards Program to their local contact person (in the central agency or federation).
- The community contact submits requests that meet the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards Program guidelines to JESNA.
- Upon receipt of the Professional Development Stipend request and all applicable receipts, JESNA will forward the stipend funds to the professional development provider (e.g., conference provider, organization sponsoring a class, etc.), or reimburse the community or individual teacher for expended funds.
The new procedures have raised a number of questions regarding guidelines for appropriate use of the stipend. In response to this, JESNA has created this FAQs document in order to clarify the new procedures for teachers and community contacts.
How much is the professional development stipend?
Who provides the professional development stipend?
The funders of the stipend are the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. JESNA does not provide the stipend; we simply administer and monitor the process.
I am a teacher. How do I request my stipend?
Professional Development Stipend Request Form
What are the funders' general guidelines for the stipend?
The funders of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards intend for the stipend to be used to further the Award Winner's professional development. Examples of professional development opportunities that are in line with the funders' guidelines include: academic courses, ulpan classes, national or local conferences for Jewish educators, and organized trips to Israel. Please see below for further details regarding each of these categories.
How many years after winning the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award can I use my stipend?
If you are a 2012 Award winner then you may use your stipend for up to two years from the time that you were notified of the award. For example, if you were notified in June 2012 you have until June 2014 to use the stipend. If you are named as a 2013 Award winner then you will have until June 2014 to use your stipend. Note this is a one year eligiblity period. Please contact JESNA if you have questions about professional development opportunites available only during the summertime after your eligibility ends.
Can I use my stipend toward academic courses?
Yes, the stipend can be used towards courses at an accredited Jewish or secular academic institution. You can use the stipend for coursework that is being utilized towards a degree that will further advance your teaching career, or you may use the stipend to take courses as a non-matriculated student at an accredited Jewish or secular academic institution.
Following are some of the past Awards Winners' most popular choices:
Nova Southeastern University
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
Yeshiva University: Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education
OTHER JEWISH EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES:
Can I use the stipend to hire private tutors to teach me a specific skill?
The stipend cannot be used to pay for private tutors or private lessons.
Can I use the stipend to pay for a course of independent study?
As a general rule, the stipend is meant to be used for study that is under the auspices of an accredited academic institution. However, you may submit a written proposal for independent study which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Can I use my stipend to go on a trip to Israel?
Yes, as long as it is a trip for the purpose of attending an organized program that is geared specifically toward Jewish educators. Other Israel-based professional development plans will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Can I use my stipend to attend national conferences?
Yes, you may use your stipend to attended conferences designed for Jewish educators. Requests to attend secular educational conferences will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Here are some of the most popular conferences that past Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards Winners attended:
Yad Vashem Conference
NATE Conference (National Association for the Teaching of English)
BER Conference on Best Strategies to Teach Young Writing
National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference
CLAD Program for Language Acquisition Techniques
Where can I find a more comprehensive list of professional development opportunities?
For a more comprehensive list of professional development opportunities available, please download our Professional Development Guide. This list will be regularly updated with new opportunities. Please note, however, that this is NOT a comprehensive list.
- Professional Development Guide - North America and Israel 2012-2013 (331.22 kB)
- You can also visit JESNA's Sosland Online Resource Center for more opportunities.
Can I use my stipend to buy materials for my classroom?
In general, the intention of the funders is for the stipend to be used for professional development rather than materials. However, you may use up to $100 for classroom materials. Requests for amounts greater than $100 will be denied.
Can I personally be reimbursed for the $1,000 if I have already used my own money to attend a seminar, academic course, etc.?
Yes, simply indicate on the stipend request form (that you will fill out with your community coordinator) that you are applying for a reimbursement. In order to receive the reimbursement you must submit a receipt from the professional development provider detailing the exact expenses to be reimbursed.
For general information about the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards, please contact your local central agency for Jewish education. If your community does not have a central agency, please contact your local federation. Click here to see a directory of central agencies. Click here to see a directory of federations in each community.If you are a Central Agency for Jewish Education/Federation Executive and are interested in more information about the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards, please contact:
247 West 37th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10018