Seeding Ideas for the Future

Have you ever had a challenge in your classroom and an idea of how to solve it? Would you like to be given the time, resources, and funds to work toward the solution?

Welcome to the Hoover City Schools Foundation SeedLAB website. The Foundation is seeking applications from teams of educators who would like to pilot innovative ideas in the classroom. If you've ever had a great idea but didn't have the support to make your dream a reality, this might be the place for you. We're looking for teams who can develop their ideas and put them into action for the benefit of students in Hoover City Schools. Individual educators may not apply. The SeedLAB grants will be awarded to teams of educators, with a maximum of five (5) educators per team. It is not a requirement that team members work at the same school. Teams will be given a budget of up to $3000 to develop and implement their idea.

Important Dates

Applications will open March 12 and close April 18. By May 4, applications will be reviewed and teams that are selected to participate in the two-day design-thinking workshop (held June 19-20) will be notified. The June 19-20 dates are mandatory for all participants. Each team member will receive a $150 stipend per day for the mandatory two-day workshop. Teams will then have until Tuesday, July 17 to develop their "Shark Tank"-style pitch. On July 17, each team will pitch to the SeedLAB advisory board and selection committee. Selected teams will meet two (2) times during the school year, with the cost of substitutes covered by the Foundation. The selected teams will be notified on July 27.

March 12, 2018- Applications Open

April 24, 2018- Applications close

May 4, 2018- Notification of teams invited to the SeedLAB

June 19-20, 2018 -REQUIRED 2 day design thinking workshop for teams invited to the SeedLAB

  • 8:30AM-3:30PM Central Office

July 17, 2018 - REQUIRED Pitch Day at Central Office 4PM

July 27, 2018 - Notification of Final teams

August 2018 to May 2019 - Monthly workshop opportunities at Central Office and local corporations

August 23, 2018 - 4PM Blue Ridge Gym (Behind Shades Mt. Ele)

September 20, 2018- 4PM Place TBD

October 11, 2018 - 4PM Place TBD

November 1, 2018- REQUIRED SeedLAB Day 1 - 8:30AM-3PM CO Board Room

January 10, 2019 - SeedLAB 4PM Place TBD

February 7, 2019 - REQUIRED SeedLAB Day 2 - 8:30AM-3PM CO Board Room

March 7, 2019 - SeedLAB 4PM Place TBD

April 4, 2019- SeedLAB 4PM Place TBD

May 2018- Showcase/Presentation - REQUIRED Central Office 4PM