News from the Michigan Department of Education:

LANSING – Applications are being accepted now for the Innovative Educator Corps, the Michigan Department of Education announced.

The Innovative Educator Corps (IEC), authorized under the Marshall Plan for Talent (PA 227 of 2018), is a new recognition program for Michigan teachers who employ an innovative educational program, methodology, or strategy to help prepare their students for future career success.

“We encourage effective innovation in our drive to make Michigan a Top 10 education state in 10 years,” said Interim State Superintendent Sheila Alles. “Let’s share with educators across our state the instructional practices that make a real difference in teaching and learning.”

Each year, up to 100 educators who have implemented innovative learning practices and strategies in their classroom to help their students become career ready in high-demand fields will be named to the IEC.

The IEC awards each accepted educator a $5,000 stipend, paid annually for up to three total years, along with an additional $5,000 stipend, also renewable for up to three total years, to cover expenses related to the IEC member replicating, disseminating or expanding the innovative program.

Each local school district may nominate one teacher to apply to the IEC per application cycle. More information about the IEC and the application process. Only complete applications will be considered.

The application window for this cycle closes at midnight November 16, 2018.