Awards up to $1,500 to teachers who offer new, hands-on, authentic, experiential learning opportunities in the classroom and pilot new approaches that reflect the latest educational thinking. These grants are awarded in November and the projects should be completed in the same school year.

Idea Lab projects from the 2023-24 academic year (and prior):

Idea Lab: established in 2012

The Brookline Education Foundation Idea Lab Initiative began in 2012 seeking to promote the 21st Century classroom and to pilot new educational approaches that reflect the latest in educational thinking.

Idea Lab Grants award up to $1,000 each to Brookline educators. In 2015, the BEF announced an additional incentive to innovative approaches to teaching through an Innovation Catalyst Award – $500 Prize. The award is presented to the Idea Lab grant recipient whose proposal best supports a creative, pioneering approach to teaching. In 2023, the Idea Lab Grant Committee voted to increase the award ceiling to $1,500 in response to feedback from educators about increased costs around implementing their projects.