SeedLAB

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. Teams will be chosen to participate in a two-day design thinking workshop that provides educators a structure to dive deep into the challenge. All teams will pitch shark-tank style and selected teams will enter the SeedLAB grant. Teams should read the criteria clearly. Team members will be paid $150 each day for their attendance at the summer workshop.

The SeedLAB grants will be awarded to teams of educators, with a maximum of four (4) educators per team, not counting administrators. Administrators are encouraged to be full members of the team and participate in all activities, but they will not be required to attend the school-day workshops August-April. 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 Information and Dates for Selected Teams

19-20 Teams: Each team member must commit to attend the summer workshops, pitch day, at least 3 afternoon sessions August - April and the two all day-workshops on November 14, 2019 and February 20, 2020.

18-19 Year 2 Teams: Each team member must commit to attend at least 2 afternoon sessions August- April. Year 2 teams are invited to the November 14, 2019 and February 20, 2020 workshops.

17-18 Year 3 Teams: Each team member must commit to attend at least 2 afternoon sessions August- April. Year 3 teams are invited to the November 14, 2019 and February 20, 2020 workshops.

Summer Workshop and Pitch Dates -July 15-16, 2019 REQUIRED 8:30AM-3PM CO BOARD ROOM

Monthly Meetings (See details above for your team)

  • August 22, 2019 - 4PM Mentors Meet with Teams
  • September 26, 2019- 4PM Blue Ridge Gym behind Shades Mt. Ele
  • October 24, 2019 - 4PM Mentors Meet with Teams
  • November 14, 2019- REQUIRED SeedLAB Day 1 - 8:30AM-3PM CO BOARD ROOM
  • January 9, 2020 - Mentors Meet with Teams
  • February 13, 2020 - REQUIRED SeedLAB Day 2 - 8:30AM-3PM CO Board Room
  • April 2, 2020 - SeedLAB 4PMBlue Ridge Gym behind Shades Mt. Ele Mentors Meet with Teams
  • May 7, 2020 - Showcase/Presentation - REQUIRED Central Office 4PM