Ewa Elementary School, Ewa Beach, HILearning & Leadership GrantGrades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice2016, Fall$5,000
To build a professional learning community within Ewa Elementary School, Mrs. Garcia and Mrs. Macion-Ito will establish an on-site collaborative STEM training program. The training will focus on classroom best practices that are age and developmentally appropriate for young learners. The program will improve instruction and improve staff communication, evaluation, assessment, and leadership skills.
Alton High School, Alton, ILStudent Achievement GrantGrades 9-12, School Social Worker2016, Fall$5,000
To increase awareness of Relational Aggression (RA) among teen girls, Mrs. Gray and colleagues will develop weekly group counseling sessions for at risk girls. Multiple RA curriculum materials will be used to increase awareness of RA, encourage empathy and tolerance, and improve self-control and coping skills. After completing group sessions, high school girls will be trained to mentor middle and elementary school girls, with the work culminating in a district-wide girls’ conference.
Mrs. Wagner will attend the Association for Educational Communications & Technology Conference to support teachers in her district’s PowerUp initiative, a one-to-one training program that provides laptops to students for academic advancement. The training will explore integrating technologies into learning, instruction, and performance; interweave research, practice, and theory development; and demonstrate what works with regard to improving learning, instruction, and performance. Upon completion, Mrs. Wagner will bring findings to her classroom and create lessons that outline the knowledge gained.
Students, parents, and teachers will work together to create, maintain, and utilize gardens at Highland Elementary School. Students will benefit from direct, hands-on learning experiences related to the science curriculum across all grade levels. The community as a whole will benefit by cultivating social and leadership skills, improving health and wellness, and promoting awareness of the environment. Creating a garden will provide students with the opportunity to see, first hand, how learning and action can create the resources to fill a need within their own community.
South Hall Middle School, Gainesville, GALearning & Leadership GrantGrades 6-8, Science2016, Fall$2,000
To meet the needs of students from diverse backgrounds, Mrs. Dalton will participate in eLearing classes through the University of Georgia. Through her course work, Mrs. Dalton will learn about various systems, methods, and digital products for multimedia instruction. Mrs. Dalton will incorporate videos, slideshows, webinars, chats, and online forums in her instruction and will share these teaching tools with her colleagues.
Ms. Gottschalk and Ms. Reynolds will work with the district’s language acquisition teachers to better track the progress of young English Language Learners. Ms. Reynolds will attend a WIDA data analysis meeting, after which she and Ms. Gottschalk will head an initiative to train the district’s elementary language acquisition teachers on WIDA growth data and how it can be used to pinpoint areas of need.
Clark County Skills Center, Vancouver, WAStudent Achievement GrantGrades 9-12, Science2016, Fall$5,000
Nursing professionals from the Clark County Skills Center will acquire up-to-date medical training materials and couple them with project based instruction and Chromebooks. Mrs. McAllister and her colleagues will use these materials to improve student achievement and increase the number of students completing the Applied Medical Program. Those students will go on to meet the requirement to take the Certified Nursing Assistant exam and earn college credits through articulation.
Through “Gathering STEAM,” students will improve their understanding of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematical concepts. Students will work on self-directed projects through Avoca Elementary School’s new STEAM lab. Students will visit the lab at least once a week to explore and engage in student-led inquiry-based learning activities.
Liberty High School, Liberty, MOStudent Achievement GrantGrades 9-12, Library Media Specialist2016, Fall$2,000
Liberty High School students will use an audio studio to create original digital media as a means of personal and academic expression. Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Riedel will implement and facilitate an audio recording studio in the school library. Students will use the studio to think creatively, construct knowledge, and develop innovative digital media. Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Riedel will provide learning opportunities to support student and staff use of the studio.
Through the “Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Elementary Professional Community,” Ms. Apalinski and Mrs. Dollard will lead a study group comprised of third through fifth grade teachers. The group will provide teachers with the tools necessary to successfully support elementary students to use evidence to construct scientific explanations and to engage in argumentation as the NGSS are implemented. The group will also develop their capacity to engage as a professional learning community that deepens their practice in support of student learning.
Dr. Rozalski will complete a professional development program designed to increase crisis intervention and bullying prevention skills. Upon completion of the activities, Dr. Rozalski will share his knowledge with students seeking additional certification in special education in various classroom settings. The program will result in the creation and implementation of a replicable, research based module.
Dr. Park will partner with Mrs. Spelman and staff at DeVaney Elementary School to help both students and educators get excited about math. Staff will install a 3D printer that will help pre-service teachers learn ways to integrate current technology into lesson plans. Participating educators will understand that technology can be used in tandem with basic learning tools to spark greater student interest.
Ms. O’Bryan and Mr. Steele will use Chromebooks and Promethean boards to provide consistent classroom computer-based instruction. The primary focus of student work will be on phonics, language arts, and math. Each student will ideally maximize their individual potential and advance both socially and academically as they receive immediate feedback as they work.
Through the “Making a Difference” project, Mrs. Latham and Mrs. Rich will use a local garden to connect students with the community. Students will read the book “Seedfolks,” which describes how a diverse community in Cleveland came together through a shared community garden. The book will be used as a basis for creating a garden in Marysville’s central pavilion area.
Through “We Do STEM with Legos,” Ms. Rothering and Mrs. Jensen’s students will be presented self-directed opportunities to explore, create, and share knowledge about science, technology, engineering, and math. Educators will integrate the Lego kits in Next Generation Science Standards-based curriculum with unit projects covering earth, life, and physical science. The inquiry-based project will enhance students’ 21st Century skills and competencies which will enable them to be competitive in a technology-rich global market.
SPARK Academy for STEM Education, Athens, ALLearning & Leadership GrantGrades 9-12, General Pedagogical Practice2016, Fall$5,000
To build teacher capacity in creating rich and authentic project and problem-based learning experiences, Mrs. Kennedy and colleagues will participate in an intensive two-day training on constructing project or problem-based learning units. Participants will be trained on all aspects of project and problem based learning, including skills development, measuring learning outcomes, entry and exit events, and calendar mapping. The training will provide necessary support for faculty as they transition to a fully integrated curriculum focused on authentic experiences for students.
East Aurora School District, East Aurora, NYLearning & Leadership GrantGrades K-5, Mathematics2016, Fall$2,000
Through “Cooperative Tournaments in Mathematics,” Ms. Kibler will lead a highly engaging school-wide professional development initiative focused on Common Core Math Standards. After concluding sets of student math tournaments, Ms. Kibler will attend the Future of Education Technology Conference. Upon returning, Ms. Kibler will lead colleagues in an instructional development plan to implement online math game tournaments for students.
MacGregor School, Bay City, MIStudent Achievement GrantGrades K-5, STEM2016, Fall$5,000
Through the use of a Makerspace focused on STEM concepts, Mrs. Decuf's students will be presented with real world learning experiences. Students will design, collaborate, invent, build, and create artifacts to solve problems through personally meaningful activities. Students will use the Engineering Design Process (ask, imagine, plan, create, and improve) to complete various challenges and explore future career options that peak their interest.
Ann A. Mullen Middle School, Sicklerville, NJStudent Achievement GrantGrades 6-8, Technology2016, Fall$5,000
Mrs. Chew and Mrs. Delfino will introduce robotics curriculum that will enable students to work through open-ended problem-solving activities in a context that encourages students to have fun in engaging with STEM. Projects will follow a design engineering process that will provide a structured flow through the activities. The structure will help students develop the creative thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and communication skills required for success in school and beyond.
Through “The 21st Century Coffee House Classroom,” Mrs. Ciotta will redesign her classroom community with comfortable and flexible seating. By making students feel safe, wanted, and valued, Mrs. Ciotta hopes that they will thrive, excel, and exceed in the new classroom setting. The flexible seating and open floor space will allow students to work, play, and grow together.
To improve her ability to meet the needs of her gifted and talented students, Ms. Wagner will attend the National Association for Gifted Children Conference. While there, Ms. Wagner will attend workshops on current research and strategies on gifted education. Workshops and symposiums will offer information on differentiation, social and emotional concerns, academic rigor, creativity and innovation, and support for gifted individuals. Upon returning, Mrs. Wagner will disseminate information through professional development training with her colleagues.
Berks Career and Technology Center, Oley, PAStudent Achievement GrantGrades 9-12, Arts2016, Fall$5,000
To increase students’ experience in horticulture and emphasize the need for sustainable farming, Mrs. Kelly will implement an aquaponics system at Berks Career and Technology Center. The system will hold fish and grow crops that will be used in the student culinary program. Students will be actively involved in the production of their food and will gain a greater appreciation for sustainable and healthier living. Horticulture students will work with students from different programs through a cross-curricular collaborative that will mimic 21st century professional relationships.
To develop student learning experiences that provide opportunities for hands-on STEM education, Mrs. Corbett and Mrs. Sampietro will transform the school’s existing school garden into an interactive learning area. In the renovated garden and greenhouse, students will plant, journal, engineer structures, create murals, and engage in critical thinking.
Dalton Local Elementary and Middle School, Dalton, OHStudent Achievement GrantGrades K-5, STEM2016, Fall$5,000
Mrs. Grimm and colleagues will build a greenhouse and use it to enrich the science curriculum for Dalton Local Elementary and Middle School students. Lessons taught in the facility will assist students in acquiring the knowledge and creative problem-solving skills needed to meet the challenges of feeding an ever increasing world population. The facility will allow students to understand the origins of their food and conduct independent study projects.
Milton High School, Milton, MALearning & Leadership GrantGrades 9-12, Special Education2016, Fall$5,000
To enhance cultural competency in Milton Public Schools, Mr. Jordan will lead a district-wide reading of “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People.” The learning community will examine scientific evidence that reveals hidden biases carried by many people through learned cultural attitudes. The team will work together to learn the characteristics of a culturally competent educator and how those traits can translate to classroom practices.
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NCLearning & Leadership GrantHigher Education, General Pedagogical Practice2016, Fall$5,000
Ms. Villaverde will work with educators at Peeler Open School to build and disseminate institutional knowledge about best practices in open education and arts integration so that participating educators can form successful partnerships that sustain high-quality open arts-integrated education. Institutional knowledge will be built via units on multi-age flexible grouping, project based learning, and arts integration. The project will support the longterm viability of high-quality open and arts integration teaching through direct instruction, modeling, and teacher mentoring partnerships.
Ms. Adams will lead a book study to support new teachers in learning classroom management techniques that emphasize the creation of caring communities and avoid coercion through rewards and punishments. Participating educators will be invited to participate in a book study that will include group reflection and planning sessions.
Through “Giving the World a Helping Hand” at-risk special education students and college bound students will participate in a global volunteer effort via e-Nable. Through this partnership, learners will enhance the lives of others by printing three dimensional prosthetics for recipients around the world. Students will employ hands-on, real-life applications of STEM as they build upper limb assistive devices.
Sycamore High School, Cincinnati, OHStudent Achievement GrantGrades 9-12, Foreign Language Teacher2016, Fall$5,000
Ms. Blackmore and colleagues will introduce the history and current situation of unaccompanied minors from Central America to the United States. Pulitzer Prize winner Sonia Nazario will give a lecture to students about the experiences of children emigrating to the U.S. and how they are treated upon arrival. Students will reflect on Ms. Nazario’s words and participate in co-curricular projects that will provide them the opportunity to enhance intercultural competencies and promote global citizenship.
Sterling High School, Somerdale, NJLearning & Leadership GrantGrades 9-12, Foreign Language Teacher2016, Fall$2,000
Ms. Cammarato will travel to Peru to research how the tomato and other staple foods of the Inca revolutionized the Mediterranean diet and cuisine. Throughout her travels, Ms. Cammarato will investigate agricultural and culinary practices and find connections that gastronomically link Peru and Italy. The research conducted will be used to create lively and challenging lessons to improve students’ linguistic and cultural fluency.
Aurora Public Schools, Aurora, COLearning & Leadership GrantGrades K-5, Special Education2016, Fall$2,000
Ms. Harrelson will attend the Mathematical Leadership Summit at Stanford University, where she will study the text and resources of Jo Boaler’s “Mathematical Mindsets.” The resources will allow Ms. Harrelson to collaborate with educators in her district to transform students’ ideas and experiences in the math classroom and to make the subject more enjoyable and achievable. Ms. Harrelson will moderate and share this learning through face-to-face and blended learning in both her district and online with members of the Colorado Education Association through the Colorado Professional Institute for Learning Online Together.
Prince George's County Public Schools, Adelphi, MDLearning & Leadership GrantGrades K-5, English2016, Fall$5,000
To assist educators working with English Language Learners, Ms. Hardy will implement a district-wide focus group model that will support early childhood English Language Learners. The professional learning community will provide participants with strategies and experiences that will increase their knowledge of teaching young students. Educators will collaborate to analyze their teaching practices and discuss techniques, test those techniques in the classroom, and report the results.
Through the “Proficiency Project,” Mrs. Smith's Spanish language students will have access to authentic language videos and differentiated exercises through the ThisIsLanguage website. Additionally, the project will allow students to travel the world via Chromebook to continue their intercultural relationship with Fluvanna Middle School’s sister school in El Salvador through Gmail, Google hangout, and Google chat activities.
Through “Teach, Learn, Grow” Mrs. Conner and Ms. Pruckner will support the integration of functional life science into the special education classroom. The Tower Garden System will be used in adapted science classrooms with students with severe disabilities including autism. By using the garden to facilitate standards-based instruction, students will learn functional life skills they will be able to use to improve their standards of living.
To promote the use of inquiry and research-based science education by using the newly adopted Next Generation Science Standards, Mrs. Frost and Mrs. Holloway’s students will be using the STEMScopes curriculum and hands-on investigations to increase student achievement. Instruction will focus on problem-based learning, engineering challenges, scientific investigations, and math and literacy connections which promote a student-centered, tactile learning classroom for students to experience science. The work will promote student achievement through the use of experiential, inquiry-based learning.
Oak Grove School District, San Jose, CALearning & Leadership GrantGrades 6-8, Social Studies2016, Fall$2,000
To help establish a positive learning environment and encourage teachers and students to take ownership of their learning, Ms. McMillan will attend the national SXSWedu conference. While there, Ms. McMillan will connect with like-minded educators from various backgrounds in education. Upon returning, she will use her knowledge to make her school’s interdisciplinary STEM curriculum more rigorous, relevant, and engaging while paying particular attention to students underrepresented in STEM fields.
Mr. Cox and his colleagues on the MS 353 STEM team will work with New York Sun Works to integrate a school greenhouse into school programming and curriculum. The team will convert a classroom to a hydroponic farming laboratory to educate students and fellow educators about the science of sustainability. Throughout the project, educators will learn essential questions about plant life, animal interactions, and sustainability through exploration, read alouds, and observations. The group will also lead students on trips to botanical gardens, science museums, and farms to connect classroom learning to real world applications.