• IPEI Welcomes Indi McCasey as Executive Director

    The Ithaca Public Education Initiative Board of Directors is excited to announce the appointment of Indi McCasey as Executive Director of IPEI, effective October 30th 2023.

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    Read more about Indi here

    • ‘In my role as Executive Director of IPEI, I plan to utilize this experience to strengthen partnerships, leverage opportunities, and engage community members to further build upon Ithaca’s love for learning.”

      Indi McCasey
  • Welcome Indi with a gift to IPEI!


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    2023-24 Grant Deadlines:
    Red & Gold and Teacher Grant applications are due:
    January 3 2024
    March 13 2024
  • Grant Deadlines

    2022-2Grant Deadlines

    Red & Gold
    and Teacher Grant
    applications are due:
    Oct 6,
    Jan 5,
    March 9.

    Connecting Classrooms grants:
    applications are accepted
    on a rolling basis.

    2023-24 Grant Deadlines:

    Red & Gold and Teacher Grant
    applications are due:

    October 5
    January 3
    March 13

    CCG 22-23
    Connecting Classrooms Grant

    Connecting Classrooms Grant requests begin with the submission of a Letter of Inquiry. These letters are accepted on a rolling basis.

    KDT! Ithaca
    Connecting Elementary Schools
    & the Discovery Trail
    Kids Discover the Trail!

    Connecting kids and their learning to the rich experiences available through one of the eight Discovery Trail organizations.

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  • Connecting School and Community

    Ithaca Public Education Initiative believes the education of every student in the Ithaca City School District is enhanced through community connections and support.
  • The IPEI 2020-2021 Annual Report is available now!

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  • Currently, IPEI is providing funding for:

    • Teacher Grants

      Teacher Grants provide up to $1,750 for projects that fund teachers’ great ideas involving community partners and aligning with state learning standards.

    • Red and Gold Grants

      Red and Gold Grants are one-time awards of up to $750 to teachers, staff, students or community members for projects that strengthen and enrich learning and have a positive impact on student engagement.

    • Connecting Classrooms Grants

      Connecting Classrooms Grants encourage partnerships within and across Ithaca schools.

    • $
      in total project funding provided this year!

      IPEI supports these innovative projects with community support.

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