Smart Start Program

Funding to increase expertise in STEM, including computer science, and/or educational technology among teachers of grades K-8.

Smart Start Program: To develop, implement, and share innovative programs that provide professional development and support to increase expertise in computer science, engineering, and/or educational technology among teachers in grades K-8. It appears this is an opportunity to establish experts (coaches, mentors, facilitators, masters, etc.) and teacher leaders.

Eligibility: Districts over 8,000 students, BOCES, consortiums of districts with more than 8,000 students.

Awards: Up to $500,000 each year for five years.

Strategy: WFL BOCES is currently discussing a collaborative effort with interested districts. WFL may re-open a survey conducted in April on district interest in K-8 Teacher STEM PD.

Funding: $6 Million annually for a five-year period.

Interested: If you have interest please contact Chris Semler at or 585-200-2568.

For more information, visit the Smart Start Program website.