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2018 Teacher to Teacher/School to School Connection Idea Expo


Twenty-two years and counting! Educators from Polk and Hardee Counties will visit The IDEA Expo to learn about innovative classroom program ideas during the 2018 Teacher to Teacher/School to School Connection IDEA Expo. The T2T/S2S Idea Expo is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9 at First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland. Fourteen new Developers will be apart of the 2018 Idea Expo. Over 60 current and previous Developers will share winning classroom ideas that enhance learning for students.

The Expo, held each year, is open to PreK-8th grade educational stakeholders to drop in between 3:30-6:30 PM. The admission is free, refreshments are served, and door prizes awarded. Vendors from area businesses will also be present to highlight perks for educators. The event is held each year by the Polk Education Foundation through partnerships with the Hardee Education Foundation and other local businesses.

All classrooms and schools can benefit from additional funding. Attending the IDEA Expo makes it possible for teachers in grades PreK-8 to apply for Adapter Grants which provide the supply money to replicate a program exhibited at the Expo. The Adapter Grant deadline is November 5, 2018. Should a teacher have an innovative idea of their own and wish to apply for a Developer Grant, they could be awarded as much as $600 for a classroom grant or $1,000 for a school grant, if chosen. The Developer Grant deadline is February 1, 2019 for classroom/school grants.

For more details or to become a personal or business sponsor of this event – contact Shannan Combee, Program Director, Teacher to Teacher/School to School Connection, Polk Education Foundation, 1530 Shumate Drive, Bartow, Florida 33830, 863-534-0803 or .

Sponsor Brochure 2018-2019

2018-2019 IDEA Catalog

Developer Grants are currently closed.

Adapter Grants will open after the Idea Expo and are due November 5th.


Thank You to Sponsors, Vendors & Door Prize Contributors!

Vendor Booths at 2017 Expo:

National Louis University, Polk County Reading Council, Skate World, Suncoast Credit Union, Universal Studios

Program Sponsors

Cemex, Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, Hardee Education Foundation, Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc., and Wells Fargo.

PublixHardee Education Foundation


cemex Wells Fargo CFEF


Thank You to the following businesses for door prize and goodie bag donations!

Badcock & More, Crayola Experience, CVS, DUKE Energy, MOSI, Publix, Scout and Tag, Tapatios,Target (N. Lakeland and South Lakeland), & many more!

Photos from the IDEA Expo

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