Jeffco Innovation Acceleration Fund

It is time to vote for your favorite ideas!

Voting ends on November 15th. All staff and students are eligible to vote (you do not need to have submitted an idea to vote)

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Voting FAQs


Q: Do I need to create an account to vote?

A: Yes, to participate in the voting process you need to create an account. You can vote for ideas even if you did not submit your own.


Q: I’ve been voting and haven’t seen my idea , why is that?

A: If you submitted an idea, your idea will NOT appear in your voting pairs. Pairwise voting is designed to facilitate a fair vote, not a popularity contest. All voting pairs are distributed to each voter and ensures that the score for each idea is not influenced by voters looking only to vote for their own ideas. Just as an individual or school community cannot “flood” the system with votes for their own idea, neither can any other school community.


Q: Wow, there are a lot of voting pairs, do I need to vote on all possible pairs?

A: No. There are thousands of potential voting pairs. You do not need to vote on all pairs. You can vote a little or vote a lot.


Q: Why use crowd-sourced voting to evaluate ideas?

A: We believe in the professional judgment of Jeffco educators and employees. We believe colleagues, peers, and students are in the best position to make decisions about the quality of ideas to meet the needs of students, schools, and communities. We know that a lot of time and effort was put into the application process and trust that those voting will honor the effort of their colleagues and give serious thought to how they cast their votes.


Q: Why are ideas from multiple articulation areas, different size requests, and students in the same voting pool?

A: Some articulation areas did not have a large enough sample size in each category (Small, Medium, Large) to facilitate Pairwise voting within articulation areas (ex. An articulation area had only 1 “medium” sized idea). All ideas were tagged with their articulation area, size, and Staff or Student and added to a voting site. Top ideas from each category in each articulation area will move on to the next round.




How does the voting work?

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The Innovation Fund made the news! Watch the video here.

The Innovation Acceleration Fund is back and better than ever!

We are thrilled with the incredible recipients from of the Innovation Fund 1.0 & 2.0 and learned a lot facilitating the process. Based on feedback from applicants, recipients, evaluators, and community members we have made revisions in the application process.

The Big Changes:

  • We created a Student Innovation Acceleration Fund! Using the same website, up to 1000 students can now submit their ideas to improve educational experiences for potential funding.
  • Streamlined application - Educators and students are busy. We have made efforts to significantly reduce the amount of time required to complete the application.
  • Big, Medium, and Small Categories - No budgets needed for Round 1. Applicants estimate the resource needs for their idea as Big (>$50K), Medium ($5K -$50K), or Small (<$5K). Ideas from each category compete for resources. "Small" requests are eligible for one year of funding only.
  • Articulation Area Structure - Each applicant will submit their ideas by articulation area (non-school based applicants will submit in the "other" category). The top idea from each Articulation area (Staff) will advance to the second round.
  • Get out the Vote - When all ideas are submitted on November 8th, voters will vote on ideas using the "Pairwise" voting software (ex. Idea A vs. Idea B, Idea A vs. Idea C, Idea B vs. Idea C, etc.).
  • Design Round - The ideas with the best "Pairwise" scores will participate in a Design process to further develop ideas and specify resource requests (this is where we will need a budget). After the Design process top ideas will resubmit their revised ideas for a final vote. Students with Top Ideas will participate in the Design Round with a staff sponsor.

What's the same?

  • Ideas must be aligned with priorities identified in the Strategic Plan
  • Ideas should articulate clear connection to how the idea will positively impact authentic student learning experiences
  • Ideas must be sustainable without Innovation Funds after a maximum of three years
  • You can contact Tom McDermott (Thomas.McDermott@jeffco.k12.co.us) with any questions


What are the STAFF application questions?

All Jeffco Staff members are eligible to apply


  1. Describe your idea and the impact on student experiences
  2. Describe who you will partner with at your site and/or in the community to implement your idea
  3. How many students/teachers/leaders will your idea impact?
  4. What steps will you take towards this idea if you do not receive funding?
  5. How will you sustain the idea after funding ends (funding for medium and large ideas is for a maximum of three years. "Small" ideas will receive 1 year of funding only.)

Each question has a 2500 character (about 400 words) limit.


Applicants may also choose to upload an attachment in addition to their response to the five items above.


What are the STUDENT application questions?

Up to 1000 students are eligible to apply


  1. Describe your idea and the impact on student experiences
  2. Describe who you will partner with at your site and/or in the community to implement your idea
  3. How many students/teachers/leaders will your idea impact?


Each question has a 2500 character (about 400 words) limit.


Applicants may also choose to upload an attachment in addition to their response to the items above.


Innovation Fund Timeline

Great ideas come from those closest to students and the students themselves. The Jeffco Innovation Acceleration Fund (JIAF) invests in innovation and ideas to improve the learning experiences and outcomes for students. The Innovation Acceleration Fund invests in the planning, implementing, and scaling of innovative ideas to transform student learning experiences and meet the learning needs of students. The Innovation Acceleration Fund was created to capitalize on and expand the impact of the innovative ideas from students, teachers, counselors, coaches, principals, and educators who are impacting the student learning experience. The fund seeks to improve Learning, Conditions for Learning, and Readiness for Learning for Jeffco Students through leveraging the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Jeffco educators.

The final decision for funding on all applications is at the discretion of the Superintendent. Funds from the Jeffco Innovation Acceleration Fund are awarded annually for up to a maximum of three years. Applicants who receive funding must show implementation progress each year in order to receive funds the following year. At the end of the third year the program must be continued through a sustainable funding source, such as SBB dollars. Applicants who receive funding are not guaranteed funding beyond the application year.