By Eunsook Hong

Beginning in Fall 2016, SPF is offering two new grants. A new grant for school counselors working in collaboration with classroom teachers and/or other educators at their site is The Rowell Collaborative Action Research Grant. This grant provides up to $1,000 in funding annually and has been established to support collaborative action research in K-12 education. Eligible collaborations involve at least one school counselor and at least one non-school counseling educational practitioner, such as a classroom teacher, a school librarian or a school nurse, or a practitioner in a community-based non-profit organizational setting. Projects can be proposed for a minimum of four months up to one year. Projects are selected on a first-come first-serve basis beginning in the first month of the school year. Additional information can be found at: .

SPF also has established a new grant in collaboration with the La Mesa-Spring Valley Educational Foundation (LMSVEF). This grant, The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District Practice-Based Research Grant, has been established through a joint effort of SPF board members and the LMSVEF. Grants will be awarded to educators in the district, including classroom teachers, behavioral intervention specialists, school librarians, and others through a proposal submission and review process.  Projects funded under this SPF Special Grant category can last a minimum of four months up to a maximum of one academic year. Each year features a designated theme, and for the 2016-2017 academic year, the theme is “Improving student engagement in learning through diverse media.” The funding will be available beginning in Fall 2016. Additional information can be found at: