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The Jim & Kathy Spencer  Fund

A Fund to Advance POGIL Practice

Give to the Fund
Established by Kathy and Jim Spencer to honor their lifetime commitment to education, the fund provides scholarships for teachers to attend the National Conference to Advance POGIL Practice (NCAPP), in the years to come. This beautifully reflects the significant impact that Kathy and Jim have had, and continue to have, on teaching and learning.


Held every two years, NCAPP is designed for POGIL practitioners to come together to share new ideas, engage in in-depth discussions, interact with a diverse community of teachers, and gain a deeper mastery of the POGIL approach. Educators leave this special conference reinvigorated to improve, enhance, and transform education for their students. 

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About Jim & Kathy Spencer

The Jim and Kathy Spencer Fund to Advance POGIL Practice is named for two longtime educators who have been integral to the growth of The POGIL Project. Jim is one of the founders, and also served as a leader on the original National Science Foundation grant that funded nationwide training for educators to learn the POGIL approach.

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What Your Gift Makes Possible

With your gift to The Jim and Kathy Spencer Fund to Advance POGIL Practice, you are helping to create a sustainable source of support for educators to take their classroom skills to new levels, and have an even greater impact on student learning. NCAPP welcomes teachers from a wide range of classroom settings and disciplines, creating a rich environment in which to share ideas and build community. Prior to each NCAPP, we hear from interested teachers all over the country seeking scholarships to attend the conference. More and more, institutions are unable to provide adequate funding for professional development. By supporting the Spencer Fund, you are filling a critical need to help educators receive the training and support to be the best teachers they can be. 

Other Ways to Give 

Donate Online! (Monthly or One-Time Gift)

Mail Your Check to: The POGIL Project, PO Box 3003, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003.

Donor-Advised Funds: Recommend a gift through your Donor-Advised Fund, mailed to the address above; EIN# 27-3451654. 

Give a Gift of Stock: You may contribute a gift of stock of any size, with no minimum. For details on how to donate stock, download our stock transfer information sheet.

Honor a Favorite Teacher or Mentor 

If you have a teacher or mentor who has touched your life, consider a donation to the Spencer Fund in their honor. Please include a note with address information if you’d like us to send a card to the honoree or their family, acknowledging your gift. 

Thank you to Jim and Kathy Spencer for making this endowment possible!