Grantees

Catherine Cushard

Susick Elementary School, Troy, MI
Grades K-5, English
2012, Winter

Ms. Cushard will attend the What’s Different about Teaching Reading to English Language Learners institute at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC. Upon completion of the training Ms. Cushard will lead a study group that will equip colleagues with ... more »

Susan Hansen-Barber

Canyon Elementary Science Magnet School, Cataldo, ID
Grades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice
2012, Winter

Using curriculum from the Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry, Mrs. Hansen-Barber and Mrs. Joslyn will facilitate ten professional study workshops for educators in the Wallace and Kellogg School Districts. The first five workshops will introduce teachers to the benefits ... more »

Bejanae Kareem

Parkside Elementary, Atlanta, GA
Grades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice
2012, Winter

Ms. Kareem will travel to a diverse, high performing school in Toronto, Ontario. While there, Ms. Kareem will investigate professional learning communities and parental involvement initiatives aimed at increasing student achievement. The strategies and knowledge gained ... more »

Brett Geier

University of South Florida–Polytechnic, Lakeland, FL
Higher Education, General Pedagogical Practice
2012, Winter

Dr. Geier and Mrs. Davis will implement professional development for K-12 administrators at the county school district level. The learning will aim to improve STEM concept knowledge for administrators as they evaluate educators teaching these concepts. The ... more »

Adina Alexandru

Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury, CT
Grades 9-12, Reading, Spelling, Writing
2012, Winter

Dr. Alexandru will conduct multiple sessions with foreign language teachers within her school district. The sessions will focus on curriculum development that will incorporate efficient interpretive reading strategies in daily instruction that will be reflected in all ... more »

Kevin Crosby

Independence High School, Bakersfield, CA
Grades 9-12, Special Education
2012, Winter

Mr. Crosby will attend a workshop that will focus on the development of individualized instruction across all levels of student need using the Common Core Standards. Mr. Crosby will also attend various professional development strands that cover specific educational ... more »

Amber Lancaster

June Jordan School for Equity, San Francisco, CA
Grades 9-12, Mathematics
2012, Winter

To improve her Spanish speaking skills to better communicate with Spanish speaking students and their parents, Ms. Lancaster will spend four weeks in intensive language classes in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Through small group classes, individual tutoring sessions, and ... more »

Kory Bootsma

Rancho Verde High School, Moreno Valley, CA
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2012, Winter

Mrs. Bootsma and Mrs. Vansant will introduce vertically-teamed, collaborative AP social studies and AP English classes at Rancho Verde High School. Eight collaborative team teachers will be granted self initiated workshops that will enable them to vertically align both ... more »

Michelle Pauken

Rockwall High School, Rockwall, TX
Grades 9-12, Arts
2011, Fall

Dr. Pauken will travel to Belize, where she will experience archeological field work, contribute to ongoing research, and gain a deeper understanding of Mayan culture. She will work with archeologists and anthropologists, and will learn how to use the required tools and ... more »

Sharon Eanes

Double Eagle Elementary School, Albuquerque, NM
Grades K-5, Special Education
2011, Fall

Mrs. Eanes will attend the Davis Dyslexia Correction Methods, a training that will provide insight into how the dyslexic brain works.  At the four day training, Mrs. Eanes will learn theories, principles, and procedures regarding dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ... more »

Meredith Cummings

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AK
Higher Education, General Pedagogical Practice
2011, Fall

Ms. Cummings and Ms. Parsons will participate in the mentoring program of the Journalism Education Association, which will enable them to provide ongoing training and support for new journalism teachers and advisers. Acting as mentors, Ms. Cummings and Ms. Parsons will ... more »

Erica Kogely

Hayward Elementary School, Sioux Falls, SD
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2011, Fall

Using iPads, the speech therapy team at Hayward Elementary will enhance student motivation, improve collaboration among educators, and increase student productivity. The technology will bring speech and language therapy into classrooms that previously have not had access to ... more »

Hope Shirley

Central Elementary, Central, SC
Grades K-5, Science
2011, Fall

Mrs. Shirley and Ms. Forbes will introduce Plants, People, and Our Planet which will allow third and fourth grade students to explore the environmental factors that negatively affect plants and humans. Students will develop a garden and outdoor reading courtyard to ... more »

Katy Norris

Welsh Valley Middle School, Narberth, PA
Grades 6-8, Arts
2011, Fall

Eighth grade students from two diverse schools in the Lower Merion School District will collaborate on a yearlong service learning project through Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program. Students will work collaboratively to explore social issues effecting ... more »

Eileen Wuthrick

Washington Elementary, Alliance, OH
Grades K-5, Special Education
2011, Fall

Ms. Wuthrick and Ms. Hall will incorporate iPads into the classroom so that students will identify, analyze, and comprehend issues inherent in diverse ecosystems. The learning will enhance students’ understanding of the ways in which living ecosystems function and the ... more »

Alana Chill

Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School, Washington, DC
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2011, Fall

To improve student literacy and public speaking, Ms. Chill and Ms. Peck’s fourth grade students will host daily news programs for the entire school. The broadcasts will focus primarily on social studies themes, allowing students to report on both past and present ... more »

Susan Anglada Bartley

Franklin High School, Portland, OR
Grades 9-12, General Pedagogical Practice
2011, Fall

To address an influx of students at Franklin High School due to the closure of another school within the district, Mrs. Anglada Bartley and Ms. Garrett will expand the Advanced Scholar Program, which requires students to commit to taking four advance placement classes ... more »

Travis Anderson

Lawrence-Lawson Elementary School, Sparta, WI
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2011, Fall

Lawrence-Lawson Elementary students will become actively engaged in technology using iPod Touch devices. Feeding the 21st Century Learner with Technology will motivate students to increase their knowledge of reading and math skills while differentiating instruction to meet ... more »

Susan Persson

Barnet Elementary School, Barnet, VT
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2011, Fall

Ms. Persson and Ms. Boardman will incorporate the use of laptop computers into their classrooms to support the integration of the arts and technology with the disciplines of science, language arts, and social studies. Student work in the core curriculum will connect with ... more »

Kimberly Foland

Spring Hill Elementary School, Knoxville, TN
Grades K-5, Reading, Spelling, Writing
2011, Fall

Educators at Spring Hill Elementary will introduce Discover Intensive Phonics with the objective of helping at-risk students increase their decoding and reading skills. Ms. Foland and Mrs. Pena will implement the program and monitor improvements in students’ reading ... more »

Lani Banner

Hudson City Schools, Hudson, OH
Grades 9-12, General Pedagogical Practice
2011, Fall

The Hudson Appalachia Project will provide students with a service learning opportunity in rural Ohio. Students will participate in a week of service which includes volunteering at several nonprofit and educational organizations. Through classroom instruction and community ... more »

Ryan Harwood

Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2011, Fall

Through Connecting Cultures Across the World, students at Mendenhall Middle School will correspond with their peers in a sister school in Tema, Ghana. Students in each school will create videos about their school, town, region, and country. Video versions of ... more »

Adi Madden

Fairmount School, Hackensack, NJ
Grades K-5, Gifted and Talented
2011, Fall

Students will explore the realities of extreme poverty in their communities and at the global level through Eradicating Global Issues through 21st Century Technology. Students will identify latent issues and produce videos about the issues and ways to eradicate them. Mrs. ... more »

Patricia Piscetta

Belmont Middle School, Belmont, NH
Grades 6-8, General Pedagogical Practice
2011, Fall

Mrs. Piscetta and Ms. West will upgrade Belmont Middle School’s Accelerated Reader Program with AR Enterprise, a web based application which will enhance their ability to reach all students. The program is designed to encourage independent reading and measure student ... more »

Jeff de Varona

Niles New Tech Entrepreneurial Academy, Niles, MI
Grades 9-12, Mathematics
2011, Fall

To increase student engagement and provide differentiation for students in math classes, Mr. de Varona and Mr. Watson will create a new course that integrates algebra and geometry and focuses on project based learning. Students will create and post high quality online ... more »

Celeste Cruse

Lawrence School, Falmouth, MA
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2011, Fall

Ms. Cruse will lead a team of educators in the implementation of Kindles and eBooks at Lawrence School. The project will improve students’ ability to analyze and interpret text by allowing them to practice active reading comprehension strategies while developing ... more »

Beth Groeneman

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Bethesda, MD
Grades 9-12, General Pedagogical Practice
2011, Fall

Through Building Bridges with Ecuador, Ms. Groeneman and Mrs. Lyddane will work with a team of student volunteers to give humanitarian services to indigenous people in Ecuador. Three service teams will provide healthcare, education, and community construction improvements. ... more »

Christopher Eldridge

Scarborough High School, Scarborough, ME
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2011, Fall

As part of a unit on culture and ethnocentrism, students in Mr. Eldridge’s sociology course will visit local ethnic restaurants, using food as a foundation for broader discussions of culture. Students will work with local chefs to prepare traditional meals of ... more »

Desiree Dufrene

Lockport Middle School, Lockport, LA
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2011, Fall

Mrs. Dufrene and Mrs. Sevin will introduce the MyMathLab online program into eighth grade pre-algebra classes. The program will allow students to take control of their own learning as they work at their own pace and receive immediate feedback after completing assignments, ... more »

Melanie Belcher

Feds Creek Elementary School, Feds Creek, KY
Grades K-5, English
2011, Fall

Soaring Higher to Literacy Success will utilize a research based intervention program to help at-risk fourth and fifth graders accelerate their reading ability and apply decoding and comprehension strategies learned in reading class to other subjects. Mrs. Belcher and Mrs. ... more »

Brunilda Dickenson

Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering, Kissimmee, FL
Grades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice
2011, Fall

To enhance diversity and inclusion at Chestnut Elementary, Ms. Dickenson and Mrs. Carter will develop a school wide program to expose students to multiple cultures. Every month, students at each grade level will choose a different country to research and create digital ... more »

Janet Hughes

La Mirada Elementary School, San Ysidro, CA
Grades K-5, History
2011, Fall

La Mirada Elementary students will participate in historic reenactments to build background knowledge and key vocabulary related to California’s history. Students will be immersed with a tour of a seventeenth century clipper ship, a walk on paths used by Spanish ... more »

Sergio Villegas

Vintage High School, Napa, CA
Grades 9-12, Mathematics
2011, Fall

To improve English language learners’ understanding of algebra, Mr. Villegas will lead an initiative to offer physics class as a support for ELL algebra students. In teaching algebra and physics in tandem, Mr. Villegas and Mr. Rutherford will transform the physics ... more »

Kary Towne

Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, South Burlington, VT
Grades 6-8, Education Support Professional
2011, Fall

Mrs. Towne will develop a hands-on, face-to-face training program that will enable school nurses to prepare for mandatory online training properly. The program will be a training opportunity that will enable other nurses to correctly use their screening equipment, network ... more »

Sarah Ibson

Harwood Union/Middle/High School, Moreton, VT
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2011, Fall

Mrs. Ibson and six colleagues at Harwood Union Middle/High School will form a study group to explore interactive instructional strategies using iPads to improve engagement and academic performance. After an initial training, the group will research educational apps with a ... more »

Cynthia Robinson-Carney

John Marshall High School, Richmond, VA
Higher Education, General Pedagogical Practice
2011, Fall

Mrs. Robinson-Carney will strengthen her professional practice and improve her teaching performance by obtaining national board certification. Through a series self assessments? including videotaping classroom sessions, documenting quality instruction and planning, and ... more »

Doris Herrmann

Clear Falls High School, League City, TX
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2011, Fall

To increase her knowledge of integrating student owned technology in the classroom, Ms. Herrmann will attend and present at the Texas Computer Education Association Convention. She will discuss ways to encourage students to use their personal technology as learning tools in ... more »

Cheryl Simmons

East Greenwich Public Schools, East Greenwich, RI
Grades K-5, Education Support Professional
2011, Fall

Ms. Simmons and Ms. Macleod will lead an effort to implement assistive technology tools to enhance new student integration and learning.  The team will work to improve their skills in developing creative and engaging ways to foster inclusion and learning for all ... more »

Deborah Getman

PS 207, Brooklyn, NY
Grades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice
2011, Fall

Dr. Getman will lead of team of third and sixth grade educators through a collaborative professional learning community that will enable participants to perfect their instructional strategies. Specifically, groups of educators will attend sessions at Columbia ... more »

Daisy Rooks

University of Montana, Missoula, MT
Higher Education, Mathematics
2011, Fall

Dr. Rooks will examine individuals who have taken “alternative” pathways into the teaching profession.  Specifically, she will analyze sixty in-depth, semi-structured interviews with participants, staff, and critics of Teach for America, the largest ... more »

Amy Huset

Forest View Elementary School, Forest Lake, MN
Grades K-5, Reading, Spelling, Writing
2011, Fall

Mrs. Huset and Mrs. Kuschke will implement an action research project in which students will learn to “read pictures,” discuss authors’ purposes, and analyze the word choices used in texts. Painting techniques will also be taught, as students will create ... more »

Lisa Hilberg

Alpena Public Schools, Alpena, MI
Grades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice
2011, Fall

Teachers and education support professionals in Alpena Public Schools and surrounding school districts will be trained in the curricular framework presented in Charlotte Danielson’s Enhancing Professional Practice. Staff will be trained in the Danielson rubric and ... more »

Eboni Walker

Sargent Shriver Elementary School, Silver Spring, MD
Grades K-5, English
2011, Fall

Ms. Walker and Mrs. Moy will lead an action research study of the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) as a tool to improve the teaching and learning of English language learners at Sargent Shriver Elementary School. The group looks to improve the performance ... more »

Prisca Martens

Towson University, Towson, MD
Higher Education, Literature
2011, Fall

Dr. Martens and her colleagues will investigates how global literature— stories with settings outside the US— supports and develops first and second grader students’ intercultural understandings. A study group of seven teachers and two university ... more »

Amanda Pickrell

Thorpe Creek Elementary School, Fishers, IN
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2011, Fall

To create a collaborative environment that will improve student achievement, Mrs. Pickrell and her colleagues will establish professional learning communities that share a common vision. The communities will be comprised of collaborative teams focusing on learning and best ... more »

Amy Benac

Rockridge CUSD #300, Rockridge, IL
Grades K-5, Reading, Spelling, Writing
2011, Fall

Mrs. Benac will participate in comprehensive training of the Orton-Gillingham methodology, a research based approach to learning that has been proven to benefit students who struggle with reading, spelling, and writing activities. By completing the training, Mrs. Benac will ... more »

Eric Jones

Bartlett High School, Bartlett, IL
Grades 9-12, Science
2011, Fall

Mr. Jones will attend the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Project 2061 Workshop in Washington, DC. While there, he will study Project 2061's approach to science assessment and its procedures for developing effective items that are carefully ... more »