MSD of Lawrence Township announces teacher competition


The Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township has announced its first Design Challenge in partnership with the Lawrence Township School Foundation.

The Design Challenge seeks to financially reward a teacher or teachers for an innovative idea that, if implemented, meaningfully impacts the organization through efficiency, effectiveness, or measurable improvements.

Two awards are available, the first of which is a Research and Development Award of $750, presented to all finalists who successfully complete and submit the research and development portion of the challenge. This award will be shared if there are multiple applicants for one proposal. From those finalists, the Design Challenge Award Winner will be selected and the idea implemented in the MSD of Lawrence Township. The winner also receives a personal award of $20,000.


  • Certified staff members must complete an online planning application, which indicates interest in the design challenge and provides an idea summary.
  • The MSDLT Excellence Design Challenge Team will then review the applications and determine finalists who meet the requirements to move to the research and development application phase.
  • Finalists must complete a proposal for their research and development work and complete application package outside of the contract day, providing a progress report to the team mid-way through.
  • Full applications will be reviewed by the team, and the winner or winners will be determined. Finalists, as well as the winner, will be announced at the district’s End of the Year Celebration on May 26.

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