With support of our generous funders and community partners, we are able to provide several incentives to make your decision to teach in Duval County even easier!
Create your own program to recruit, retain and support diverse male teachers. With generous funding from the Michael Ward and Jennifer Glock Foundation, we are able to provide grants up to $10,000 to programs that support and increase teacher diversity in Duval County. Applications are closed.
You don’t live life within the walls of the classroom and your influence can extend well into the community. Find support and share your voice in these groups:
Through the Delores Barr Weaver Legacy Fund, we are providing $5,000 stipends for Black and Latino male teachers who become teachers in Duval County. New and experienced teachers are eligible for the stipend; however, you must be new to teaching in Duval County. The stipend is paid out over a three-year period and recipients agree to teach in Duval County for three years.
First-year teachers will be provided with a veteran Black or Latino teacher coach to provide support during your first year. Coaches check in on a regular basis with new teachers and are available when needed to answer questions, provide encouragement and be a sounding board.
The Ones is an affinity group for Black male educators as a way of networking, supporting each other and addressing issues unique to Black male educators. You are encouraged to get involved with The Ones and make it the experience you need!
Professional Learning Opportunities
The Jacksonville Public Education Fund supports teacher leaders through the Teacher Leadership Initiative. Teachers embark on a world-class professional learning experience with leading experts on trauma-informed practice, action research in classrooms and restorative justice. Then, JPEF supports teacher leaders to implement the best practice through coaching with fellow teacher leaders in Duval County.
JPEF also works with school leaders through the School Leadership Initiative to equip school leaders with the skills to make them great. Effective principals are more likely to retain high quality teachers, and they are also more likely to dismiss poorly performing teachers.
The Wolfburg Social Justice Fellowship is a unique opportunity that provides up to $7,000 for teachers to deepen their knowledge around issues related to social justice, diversity and inclusion, and to implement an aligned action research project in partnership with students.
The award is given annually as a named grant and announced publicly to recognize teachers who have demonstrated an interest in and talent for ensuring equitable access to supportive learning environments for students in diverse and low-income school communities.
The Cindy Edelman Excellence in Teaching Fellowship allows teachers to create the professional learning opportunity of their dreams! The Fellowship is intended to identify and reward excellence in teaching and support a program of professional development or research. Fellows can receive up to $6,500 per individual or $10,000 per team of teachers for approved expenses.
Past Fellows have planned projects around culturally responsive teaching practices; a Spanish immersion trip to Puerto Rico to better serve English Language Learners in Northwest Jacksonville; studies in young adult literature at the Advanced Placement (AP) Literature Summer Institute in Oxford, England; learning alongside a nationally renowned phonics expert at Columbia University in New York City; and developing equity-conscious teaching practices at the National Center for Urban School Transformation Symposium in San Diego.
Many local businesses offer discounts to teachers and their families. Employees of Duval County Public Schools and their family members receive discounts from these companies.
The City of Jacksonville’s Head Start to Home Ownership program provides down payment and closing cost assistance to individuals who qualify based on income.
Landed – This national organization provides financial resources and down payment assistance for teachers, first responders and municipal employees.
VyStar Credit Union’s Everyday Heroes Mortgage Program offers assistance with down payments/closing costs, discounts and savings on home loans.