Professional Development

It is our hope that all faculty and staff at Garrison Forest School will continue to learn.  Therefore, the School offers financial support for formal education, workshops, and professional and personal growth opportunities through divisional budgets and various school-wide grants and award programs. The amount of each award is determined according to the availability of funds and the number of applicants for a particular grant.

Tuition Reimbursement for Course Work:

Financial assistance with tuition is available to full-time faculty and staff; subject to the availability of funds and the relevance of course work to GFS curriculum and programs.  Whenever possible, enrollment should be planned for summer sessions to avoid conflicts with faculty duties during the academic year.  It is expected that a faculty/staff member who receives tuition support will commit to a certain number of years of service beyond the awarding of that degree.  Awards are not taxed.

  • Funding is approved by Division Heads working as a group.
  • Applications are due on March 1st for summer courses and courses to be taken during the following academic year.

Dodge Grants and Chanler Faculty Awards: 

Garrison Forest offers funds for faculty professional enrichment through two restricted endowment gifts.  The only criteria for awarding the grants are that the programs funded should benefit Garrison Forest, as well as the individual teacher. Funds are limited and smaller requests are more likely to be granted. Past awards have been used for travel related to one’s field, extended workshops, participation in research projects, etc.  Please note that these funds are taxed.

  • Funding is approved by the Faculty Enrichment Committee.
  • Applications are due on February 1st.

Talcott Gran Awards:

These awards are given to individual faculty members or groups of faculty for the purpose of developing new curriculum or programs across disciplines or divisions. Please note that these funds are taxed.

  • Funding is approved by Department Chairs working as a committee.
  • Applications are due on April 1st. 

Summer Sabbaticals:

This endowment gift allows senior faculty (seven years or more) to explore an interest or activity for personal growth. Please note that these funds are taxed.

  • Funding is approved by the Faculty Enrichment Committee.
  • Applications are due on February 1st. 

Workshops and Conferences: 

Faculty members are encouraged to participate in workshops and conferences pertaining to their teaching responsibilities. 

  • Funding is approved by Division Heads working as a group.  The goal is to allocate available monies equitably throughout the school with an emphasis on areas of need and specific themes.
  • Applications are due on October 1st to your Division Head.

Lois Earll Research Grants: 

Faculty members interested in working on a research project in his or her discipline are encouraged to seek funding through this grant. Awards are taxed.

  • Funding is approved by Department Chairs working as a committee.
  • Applications are due on April 1st.

Application Process for Professional Development Funding

All application forms are posted in the Professional Development folder in First Class.  The Professional Development folder can be found by opening the “GFS Announcements” icon.  Requests for payment for tuition reimbursement, Dodge Grants, Chanler Faculty Awards, Summer Sabbaticals, Lois Earll Research Grants, and Talcott Gran awards should be signed by the appropriate Division Head and Department Chair and submitted to Christine Herdson in the Office of the Head of School.

October 1:  Applications for workshops and conferences for the school year are due to Division Heads.  Funding permitting, additional applications are approved during the course of the year.

February 1:  Applications for Dodge Grants, Chanler Faculty Awards, and Summer Sabbaticals are due to the Faculty Enrichment Committee.

Mid-February:  The Faculty Enrichment Committee meets to determine Dodge Grants, Chanler Faculty Awards, and Summer Sabbaticals.

March 1:  Applications for Tuition Reimbursement for the upcoming summer and the following school year are due to Division Heads.

Mid-March:  Recipients of Tuition Reimbursement grants are notified by Division Heads and recipients of Dodge Grants, Chanler Faculty Awards, and Summer Sabbaticals are notified by the Faculty Enrichment Committee.

April 1:  Applications for Talcott Gran and Lois Earll Research Grants are due to Department Chairs. Late

April/Early May:  Talcott Gran and Lois Earll Research Grants are determined by Department Chairs and recipients are notified.