Harrison North Elementary School, Scio, OHGrades K-5, Resource Specialist2015, Spring$2,000
To increase problem solving and critical thinking skills within the classroom, Littlebits circuit kits will be provided to students to construct project-based responses to problems. Classroom discussions will be encouraged and students will work together to explore engineering concepts and create new inventions. Students will ultimately present their findings to their peers orally and in written form.
Through “World Wide Music,” students with disabilities will have access to technology that will allow them to create original compositions. Students will use tablet and projector technology to compose and perform songs. Additionally, the technology will be used in general music education classrooms, allowing students to interact with digital lessons and activities.
Collinsville High School, Collinsville, ILGrades 9-12, School Counselor2015, Spring$2,000
Elliff will improve her professional practice by attending the American School Counselor Association Annual Conference. While there, she will learn how to develop and implement a school-wide college application process and enhance college and career readiness skills among students. Upon completion, Elliff will share resources and tools with counselors, social workers, teachers, and administrators within her district through workshop presentations and meetings.
Two Rivers High School, Ogden, UTGrades 9-12, English2015, Spring$5,000
Cox and Henry will work with author Ingrid Ricks to help at-risk students write personal narratives to be published in a book. Ricks will work one-on-one with students to help them articulate their personal stories. After completing their stories in English classes, art teachers will assist students in creating illustrations to complement their prose.
To improve literacy skills across all Common Core Standards, Whitehead and Cloud will introduce “Reading A to Z” in their classrooms. The program will enable students to use the interactive “RAZ Kids” student learning portal to drive reading achievement. Ultimately, Whitehead and her colleagues will use the RAZ resources to provide materials, time, and expert instruction that will allow students to meet the demands of 21st Century reading standards.
Gilcrease Elementary School, Tulsa, OKGrades K-5, Language Arts2015, Spring$2,000
To become familiar with other societies, cultural norms, educational systems, and curriculum, Mendenhall will attend seminars offered through the National Consortium of East Asia Studies. Mendenhall will learn Mandarin Chinese and complete classes through the Global Competence Certificate program. Upon return, Mendenhall will share observations, photos, videos, artifacts, and content with colleagues and students.
Pond Hill Elementary School, Wallingford, CTGrades K-5, Mathematics2015, Winter$5,000
Stone and Colonese will work with community members to enhance the CT Stem Academy. This innovative enrichment program will extend the learning day for middle grade and secondary students interested in deepening their knowledge of STEM concepts. The Academy’s programs will place a special emphasis on gender equity, minority participation, and direct family involvement.
Washburn High School, Minneapolis, MNGrades 9-12, Arts2015, Winter$5,000
Through “Art in the Community,” Washburn High School will offer students an art course that will encourage students to examine relevant social issues. Students will work with artists from throughout the Twin Cities to create artwork and theater projects and attend Augsburg College’s annual Nobel Peace Prize Youth Festival. Ultimately, students will demonstrate new visual art techniques, collaborate effectively with others, and gain a deeper understanding of empathy, critical thinking, and problem solving.
Henry J. Kaiser School, Honolulu, HIGrades 9-12, General Pedagogical Practice2015, Spring$2,000
Noia and colleagues will lead a school-wide professional development program that will measure students’ metacognition. Educators will use learning logs to measure students’ metacognitive abilities and their abilities to apply their learning to other classes. Data will be recorded and analyzed to measure student growth, and the data will ultimately be shared during in-service training.
Waverly Junior High School, Waverly, OHGrades 6-8, STEM2015, Winter$2,000
Penrod and her colleagues will design interdisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) units of study that will meet Common Core Math and English/Language Arts Standards, as well as Ohio New Learning Standards for Science and Social Studies. Unit activities will include roller coaster design, sports science investigation, and soil quality assessment. Informational texts will be included in language arts classes, and social studies will be incorporated into projects via map creation.
School of Extended Educational Options, Pomona, CAGrades 9-12, Science2015, Winter$5,000
Through “Healthy Communities and Food Justice,” LeAnce’s students will participate in an interdisciplinary class in which they investigate healthy food choices. Students will explore food science, sustainability, and the path food takes from farm to table. Ultimately, students will develop a plan for local community farming and share this information during a town hall meeting.
Sheffield Middle School, Sheffield Village, OHGrades 6-8, Education Support Professional2015, Winter$2,000
To receive quality training that will enable her to provide support to students with social and emotional issues, Pierson will attend the NEA ESP Conference. While there, Pierson will network with and learn from Education Support Professionals from throughout the United States and learn redirecting techniques for behavior modification and character development. Upon returning, Pierson will share her knowledge with colleagues during professional development sessions.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WIHigher Education, General Pedagogical Practice2015, Spring$5,000
Pasternak and Peterson will create a professional learning community in which participants will increase their pedagogical knowledge of writing instruction. Participants will strengthen their writing instruction skills to improve their work with instructional staff within their schools. The work will lead to improved student achievement in writing, with a focus on the Common Core State Standards.
Annandale High School, Annandale, VAGrades 9-12, English2015, Winter$5,000
Through the continuation of the “Theatre Without Borders” program, Dr. Chekin and her colleagues will strengthen the communication skills of English Language Learners through reading and performing Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” Additionally, students will discuss trends in immigration and partner with their mainstream theater arts peers to perform a bilingual musical. Students will participate in Synthetic Theatre workshops to learn movement and voice for both productions.
Martens and Doyle will investigate children’s storying through “Storying Studio.” The project will be a re-conceptualization of writing workshops that value multi-modal composing, particularly in writing and art. A Literacy Community of teachers and teacher educators will meet monthly to discuss readings on multimodality and assessment, examine student work, and plan further professional development. Data will be analyzed and findings will be shared informally with colleagues and at conferences.
Los Angeles High School of the Arts at RFK Community, Los Angeles, CAGrades 9-12, Social Studies2015, Spring$2,000
To enhance her cultural geography curriculum, Mora will visit Heifer International’s project sites in Honduras. While there, Ms. Mora will examine how livestock gifts, education, and training in responsible farming practices help impoverished communities. Upon returning, Mora will share her work with students and promote a fundraising campaign to assist Honduran agricultural efforts.
To improve her professional practice, Bell will complete the National Board Certification process for English as a Second Language. She will use her learning to master both instruction and family advocacy. Throughout the certification process, Bell will positively impact the lives of her students, their families, and her colleagues.
Gahanna Middle School South, Gahanna, OHGrades 6-8, Mathematics2015, Spring$5,000
Sixth grade students at Gahanna Middle School South will use tablet technology to investigate mathematical properties and situations to gain deeper understanding of curriculum. Through this technological integration, students will examine and create visual models to represent mathematics concepts. Sullivan and Franke will use a variety of apps and programs to assign individual students material at their current level and assist in intervention and enrichment activities.
Walnut Grove Elementary School, New Market, ALGrades K-5, Librarian2015, Winter$5,000
Through the “Robots for the Real Word” math program, Whitt and Brandon will introduce hands-on robotics lessons in their classrooms. Using Sphero robotic balls, iPad minis, and Common Core aligned curriculum modules, students will strengthen their understanding and application of math principles. Student will write macros, perform calculations for multi-step problems, and see the results of their work in action. Additionally, students will learn to create new challenges for other teams to solve.
Canaseraga Central School, Canaseraga, NYGrades 9-12, Music2015, Spring$5,000
Through “Making Practice Perfect,” Best and O’Donnell will integrate technology into Canaseraga Central School’s music program. Students will be provided instrumental instruction that will increase their motivation to practice and improve their proficiency in meeting the National Association for Music Education standards. SmartMusic software will support students with immediate feedback as they develop good practice habits and master core skills through differentiated assignments.
To keep both new and experienced educators focused on the importance of building relationships with students and colleagues, Kilpatrick-Ruebner and Bredemeier will introduce the “Dream Big Book Club.” Through the book club, educators will learn methods to set high academic and social expectations for students. A cohort of educators who have attended the Ron Clark Academy will share their experiences as they lead the book club.
Nizhoni Elementary School, Shiprock, NMGrades K-5, Gifted and Talented2015, Winter$5,000
To help gifted and general education enrichment students advance their artistic, storytelling, and problem solving skills, Choate and Harvey will introduce digital storytelling in their classrooms. Students will use technology to submit stories describing the lasting mark of the Navajo Nation. Ultimately, students will enter these digital stories in the regional National History Day contest.
South Creek Elementary School, Indianapolis, INGrades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice2015, Spring$2,000
To strengthen her knowledge of differentiated instruction, Monday will attend the Teach K! Conference and National Differentiated Instruction Conference. In both settings, Monday will attend sessions on differentiation, best practices, technology, Common Core standards, and classroom management. Upon completion, Monday will share resources, ideas, strategies, and information through workshop presentations and planning sessions with colleagues in her district.
PS 77 Lower Lab, New York, NYGrades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice2015, Spring$2,000
To enhance her role as a leader in her school and district, Cook will become a National School Reform Faculty (NSRF) Certified Coach. Cook will attend the NSRF summer institute, where she will learn methods to empower educators by providing professional development that will support collaboration and build communities of practice. By building an educator support network, Mrs. Cook and her colleagues will best meet the needs of their students.
To create a positive change in teaching and learning, Humphrey and Wiggley will introduce “WildcatsCONNECT (WC).” The program will introduce a dynamic vision in which all students are connected and actively engaged in teaching and learning. Humphrey and Wiggley will use Mobi technology to encourage greater student engagement in multi-level math classes and will use the technology to observe student performance.
Sam Case Primary School, Newport, ORGrades K-5, Special Education2015, Winter$5,000
Williams and Bernardi will collaborate to provide authentic learning opportunities for special education students in general education classrooms. The students will use 21st Century technology to engage in hands-on activities focused on ocean literacy. The activities will include a field trip to Ona Beach State Park, where students will complete learning activities and create presentations that will be shared in the community and with other students.
Cotton Creek Elementary School, Westminster, COGrades K-5, Arts2015, Spring$2,000
Martinez will participate in a month-long Spanish language cultural immersion course at Hablal Ya Spanish School in Bocas del Toro, Panama. While there, Martinez will learn about local culture and how to work with non-native English speaking students. Upon returning, Martinez will use her new-found knowledge to increase communication between educators, parents, students, and community members.
Kearny High School, Kearny, NJGrades 9-12, Science2015, Spring$2,000
To obtain the necessary tools and skills to successfully implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Villacis will attend PRISM workshops at Montclair State University. The workshops will be geared toward developing and implementing NGSS in lessons and unit plans. Upon returning to her school, Villacis will share her findings with colleagues in addition to revising and developing curriculum to meet NGSS.
Donald P. Timony Grammar School, Methuen, MAGrades K-5, Reading, Spelling, Writing2015, Spring$5,000
To differentiate for a variety of learners and to ensure that all students participate in problem solving, Carr and colleagues will have students engage in a variety of literacy tasks that promote critical thinking across content areas using both fiction and nonfiction texts. Through targeting Common Core and WIDA English language development standards, students will utilize higher order thinking skills to analyze literature.
Pinellas Secondary School, Pinellas Park, FLGrades 9-12, General Pedagogical Practice2015, Spring$2,000
Through “Behavior and Management Moments (BAMM),” students will be provided with the opportunity to address relevant issues and hear real world stories that teach important life skills while helping them understand the dangers of risky behavior. BAMM will empower students by promoting positive conversations and helpful information that will enable students to make proper behavioral choices. The research-based program will be used by students in school, at home, and within the community.
Calabasas High School, Calabasas, CAGrades 9-12, Science2015, Winter$2,000
To gain knowledge of inquiry-driven, community-based learning for the benefit of the environment, Swanson will complete a global field studies course through Miami University of Ohio's Earth Expeditions Program. Swanson will use her new knowledge to collaborate with colleagues and develop field research projects for students that integrate science, mathematics, and writing. The work will prepare students to meet school-wide learning goals while they become contributing members in their local and global communities.
North High School, Evansville, INGrades 9-12, Physics2015, Winter$2,000
To improve physics instruction in his freshman classrooms, Kelley will attend a three week modeling instruction training at Arizona State University. While there, Kelley will study examples of curriculum that focus on connecting with entry level physics students. Upon returning, Kelley will share with colleagues research-supported physics instruction methods.
Sterling High School, Somerdale, NJGrades 9-12, Language Arts2015, Spring$2,000
Myers will enhance interdisciplinary collaboration on human rights by travelling to China and South Korea on a Peace and Reconciliation Study Tour to increase her understanding of the cultural and historical background of China, Korea, and Japan during World War II. Myers will expand interdisciplinary Holocaust programming to include the voices of Chinese and Korean victims by engaging in discussions with survivors, eyewitnesses, museum curators, historians, researchers, NGO activists, and attorneys. Upon returning, Myers will link the lessons of the Holocaust and World War II in Asia to educate students about the atrocities committed during the conflict.
Kaiserslautern High School, Kaiserslautern, Germany, Grades 9-12, Science2015, Spring$2,000
To address student achievement gaps in chemistry and physics, Hoehn will attend the Modeling Chemistry Workshop. Through the program, Hoehn will be exposed to classroom management strategies, labs, problem solving methodologies, insights, and experiences aimed to improve student learning. Upon her return, Hoehn will collaborate and share resources with colleagues.
Through the use of “Smart Centers,” Gloude and Green will address the five key components of reading instruction. Each “Smart Center” will engage students in cooperative learning and allow for differentiation and modification of content to meet the needs of diverse learners. Lessons will be designed and aligned with Common Core Standards and Content Area Standards, and will incorporate high expectations. Gloude and Green will also attend the Smart Schools Training & Research Conference, where they will learn models to replicate at multiple grade levels.
Through “Decoding with Magnetic Vowels,” students will benefit from an innovative concept created by Nieman. The project will include hands-on phonics lessons, problem solving, and an exploration of the science of magnetism. Students will work in small groups with word reading cards and extensive lesson packets. Beginning and struggling readers will benefit from a multi-sensory approach to better understand letter sounds.
Watertown-Mayer Public Schools, Watertown, MNGrades 9-12, Music2015, Winter$5,000
Through the “World Music Drumming” project, Werdon’s students will improve teamwork, concentration, cultural understanding, and musical comprehension. Students will study the drumming and songs of different cultures as well as technique and movement using the World Music Drumming curriculum. The project will focus on students who are not currently served by the school’s music program, many of whom struggle in traditional classroom environments.
Mesa View Middle School, Huntington Beach, CAGrades 6-8, Social Studies2015, Winter$2,000
Beyer will participate in a “Where Everybody Belongs (WEB)” training, in which she will learn methods to assist students transitioning into middle school. Beyer will use the knowledge gained to create a support system and welcoming team for all new students. The program will provide students with mentors and leaders, and will promote an inclusive and accepting environment at Mesa View Middle School.
Burgettstown Middle and High School, Burgettstown, PAGrades 9-12, STEM2015, Spring$5,000
Through “Eating Math and Science,” Baillie and Bowersock will assist students in completing experiments with food that will aid them in understanding the mathematical and biological principals of food preparation and consumption. The project will allow students to prepare and eat meals while simultaneously exposing them to math and science lessons. The hands-on work will enable students to take ownership of the results of classroom activities and allow for inclusive, collaborative learning environments.
Somerville High School, Somerville, MAGrades 9-12, Science2015, Winter$5,000
To improve student inquiry skills in the laboratory, Schmidt and colleagues will incorporate the use of Vernier probeware in chemistry experiments. A series of inquiry lab exercises will be designed that allow students to ask questions and design procedures to answer their questions. Students will use pH probes, conductivity probes, and temperature probes to investigate the pH of different water sources, the conductivity of solutions, and temperature changes in both physical and chemical processes. Additionally, students in AP Chemistry will use the probeware in updated AP Chemistry inquiry labs.
Day and Drover will introduce the “Rolling Reader” program, which will aim to increase students’ reading test scores by providing tutors and new books. Local high school and college students will work with elementary school students to provide assistance with reading assignments. Ultimately, participants will provide feedback to Day and Drover, who will determine the most effective ways for participants to maximize their time in the program.
Shorecrest High School, Shoreline, WAGrades 9-12, Special Education2015, Spring$2,000
To expand her skill set for working with students with Autism, Cook will attend the 2015 Autism Society International Conference. While there, Cook will examine the unique characteristics of students with Autism and ways to address specific learners within this population. Upon completing the seminar, Cook will incorporate her knowledge into unit plans that will be shared with colleagues.
Nordhoff High School, Ojai, CAGrades 9-12, Music2015, Spring$5,000
To captivate students who use technology daily, Wagner will introduce tablet technology in his music classes. Students will access programs that quickly, accurately, and discretely assess performance, allowing them to learn in pressure-free private settings. Software will provide students immediate feedback and offer them an effective learning tool through which they will develop musical knowledge and performance acumen.
Sherman will partner with the Fujian Institute of Education in Fuzhou, China to participate in a teacher exchange program. During the program, Sherman will share expertise in best practices for teaching English Language Learners. Throughout the program, Sherman will improve her own teaching using strategies and ideas learned from Chinese colleagues and develop her ability to train other educators in best practices for teaching English Language Learners.
Vermilion High School, Vermilion, OHGrades 9-12, Computers / Technology2015, Winter$5,000
Through Arendt’s broadcast journalism class, students will use field cameras to create a series of news stories. The hands-on experience will enhance student learning and endow them with essential digital skills. Students will analyze, evaluate, and create digital media and will share their work with their classmates via daily live broadcasts.
Tualatin High School, Tualatin, OHGrades 9-12, Social Studies2015, Winter$2,000
To improve her instruction of Spanish language courses, Hay will attend the National Association for Bilingual Education’s annual conference. While there, Hay will learn strategies to design course materials that are beneficial and meaningful to Latino students. Upon returning, Hay will work with colleagues to design engaging curriculum for students studying Spanish as a native language.
To provide her students with authentic musical experiences, Frastaci will travel to Ghana’s Dagbe Cultural Institute and Arts Center to participate in an intensive cultural immersion. While there, Frastaci will study the traditional African arts of drumming, dancing, crafting, and singing. Upon returning, Frastaci will create lessons that will incorporate her experience and enable students to participate in meaningful cultural understanding.
Correction Reception Center School, Orient, OHGrades 9-12, Librarian2015, Spring$5,000
Collaborating with a local library and several correctional facility schools, Steinbower will introduce lessons that promote awareness of the Voting Rights Act of 1964 and School Desegregation. Students and educators will attend a panel discussion of experts, all of whom lived through the events. Steinbower will also attend the National Council of Social Studies Conference, where he will share methods he has used to incorporate civil rights and social justice topics into his instruction.
Harlan Community Elementary School, Harlan, IAGrades K-5, Music2015, Spring$5,000
To provide students with a means of exploration, discovery, and creation, Skog will implement projects focusing on musical composition. Students will review musical concepts and learn to create their own music through a variety of sound and instrument activities. Through these musical experiences, students will gain a deeper understanding of music, technology, and how to be independent thinkers, learners, and problem solvers.
Alcona Community Schools, Lincoln, MIGrades 9-12, Computers / Technology2015, Spring$2,000
Through the collaborative efforts of Mr. Boyer's student leadership team and community partners, the purchase of a Panel Master IV will bring cutting edge industry methods to the school’s technology facility. Students will be able to design and construct raised panels for use in cabinetry and furniture making. In addition to being a major safety upgrade, the new technology will increase the efficiency and accuracy of the construction process and allow students to greatly enhance their skill sets.
Rocklin High School, Rocklin, CAGrades 9-12, Computers / Technology2015, Spring$5,000
Through “Ideation, Innovation, and Engineering Success,” Frank and Tackett will build upon mechanical engineering foundations and best practices established by leading research institutions. The project will facilitate experiential learning by allowing students to solve open ended problems using industry standard technologies. Common Core Math and Next Generation Science Standards will be reinforced by the use of project based learning and contextualized through real world problems.
North Central High School, Spokane, WAGrades 9-12, Science2015, Spring$5,000
Through “Algae to Biodiesel,” biology students at North Central High School will have the opportunity to apply biological concepts learned in research settings. Students will design an optimal protocol for remediating pollution from wastewater using algae. Vernier probes will be used to compare the growth of algae in urban and agricultural water as well as to monitor the removal of pollutants. Students will ultimately convert algal biomass to biodiesel.
Pleasant Valley School District, Camarillo, CAGrades K-5, Resource Specialist2015, Winter$5,000
To address the implementation of Common Core State Standards, Maki will spearhead the creation of a district-wide writing leadership team. Members of the team will learn about implementation models and will in turn mentor and support educators at their respective schools by providing staff development, model lessons, and coaching. The team will also develop curriculum maps, work on assessments, and create rubrics.
Leonard and Pantuliano will work with a local nonprofit to host a series of puppetry workshops that focus on local history and government. The workshops will aim to improve the literacy and oral language skills of English Language Learners by linking language and content through puppetry. The project will induce an integration of curricula, including research, writing, mapping, history, geography, visual arts, and speech.
LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, NYHigher Education, History2015, Spring$5,000
Schmidt and Miller will facilitate a study group of LaGuardia Community College faculty to examine the United States’ role in the world in the 20th century. The study group will address LaGuardia Community College’s Global Learning core competency by developing a more robust understanding of Global Learning. Specifically, the cohort will examine the growth of the U.S. as a world power, American economic expansion, and the cultural effects of U.S. global connections domestically and internationally.
San Diego State University, San Diego, CAHigher Education, Lecturer2015, Winter$2,000
Dr. Wells will attend a series of professional development courses through local and online universities which will enable her to build advanced skills in mental health, supervision, and the delivery of mental health services. Upon completion of training, Dr. Wells will share lessons learned with the San Diego State University-University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology faculty colleagues and administrators. Dr. Wells’ current undergraduate and graduate students will benefit from this knowledge, as well as future students enrolled in Dr. Wells’ Clinical Practicum classes.
Twin Bridges High School, Twin Bridges, MTGrades 9-12, Science2015, Winter$5,000
Through “Fishing for Community Involvement,” students will design and conduct inquiry investigations that examine factors in their community that affect the health of local rivers and riparian areas. Students will use modern data collection equipment as part of their protocol, analyze their data, and report their findings to interested parties in the community, including river foundations, conservation districts, and local fishing equipment retailers.
Charles R. Drew Middle School, Lincoln, ALGrades 6-8, Science2015, Spring$2,000
To learn practical and effective strategies for improving his teaching practice, Dr. Gallahar will attend the National Differentiated Instruction Conference. While there, Dr. Gallahar will address relevant contemporary issues, including how to most effectively incorporate technology into the classroom, as well as how to align teaching strategies and practice with the Common Core State Standards. Upon completion of the workshop, Dr. Gallahar will share his knowledge with educators in his district.
Holmdel High School, Holmdel, NJGrades 9-12, Computers / Technology2015, Winter$2,000
To redesign and update financial literacy curriculum to align with state standards, Cohen will attend the National Business Education Association’s “Educating for Success in Business and Life” institute. Upon completing the institute, Cohen will attend additional local events that will guide his curriculum design efforts. Ultimately, Cohen will mentor and train colleagues within his school and district.
Rivard and Towne will introduce a leveled book library, in which they will curate leveled reading materials with a keen focus on young students with reading deficits. Classroom, special education, and English Language Learner teachers will provide intervention to students whose baseline literacy scores show significant reading challenges. The materials in the library will be openly available to educators, students, and parents.
Hillcrest High School, Evergreen, ALGrades 9-12, Library Media Specialist2015, Winter$5,000
Hillcrest High School students will use technology to create a seamless digital montage representing a self-chosen theme. Tullis and Williams will act as collaborative partners and facilitators and will infuse lessons with creativity, critical thinking, decision making, digital citizenship, and ethical behavior. Students will ultimately share the montage with their parents and members of the community.
Cooper High School, New Hope, MNGrades 9-12, English2015, Spring$2,000
Smith will work with a team of U.S. educators to develop a professional development conference for teachers in rural Bolivia. The cohort will identify effective practices, refine and develop classroom strategies, and develop presentations to share with other teachers. Upon returning, Smith will share these practices via staff development in schools, peer to peer modeling, and work with students.
Lowell Elementary School, Milwaukee, WIGrades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice2015, Spring$2,000
Key will attend the Category 1, 2, and 3 Primary Years Program Workshops, where she will learn methods of Action and Assessment that will enable her to fully implement the Primary Years Program in her classroom. Key will work with teachers in her school to align their six trans-disciplinary unit planners to the International Baccalaureate standards. Ultimately, the training will facilitate inquiry-based learning and students will be assessed in a variety of ways, allowing each student to demonstrate mastery in his or her own way.
St. Croix Falls Elementary School, Saint Croix Falls, WIGrades K-5, Library Media Specialist2015, Winter$5,000
To ensure the communal understanding and consistent implementation of the Daily 5 and Daily Café reading models, Platt and Gudmunsen will lead a professional learning community at St. Croix Falls Elementary School. Through the project, participants will strengthen their community of practice while expanding it to include new educators. The team will work together to implement and support the continued growth and best practices of both models.
Solano County Office of Education, Fairfield, CAHigher Education, Computers / Technology2015, Winter$5,000
To support exceptional learners, enable differentiated instruction, and provide whole group, small group, and individual instruction, Dickinson and her colleagues will deliver content through web-based multimedia learning tools. Using white boards and a number of educational websites, students with moderate to severe disabilities will have access to multi-modal interactive platforms that will allow them to access grade appropriate and comprehensive content.
To improve her knowledge of ecological and global issues, Vaughan will attend a climate change seminar at Glacier National Park. While there, Vaughan will participate in a learning seminar focusing on climate change and its effects on glaciers. Upon completion, Vaughan will share her learning with science teachers at her school, blog about her experience, and create a science toolkit for curriculum.
Wheatley School of Early Childhood Programs, Port Arthur, TXGrades K-5, Education Support Professional2015, Spring$5,000
To improve the communication skills of struggling learners, Moreno, Young-Jones, and colleagues will introduce an Art and Photography workshop in their Early Childhood Program. Conducting action research, the group will observe students as they are encouraged to use cameras to overcome language barriers. Moreno and Young-Jones will monitor student engagement and share their findings with their colleagues.
Los Angeles County Office of Education, Downey, CAHigher Education, General Pedagogical Practice2015, Spring$2,000
To learn about current policy development in deaf education, Lewis will attend the International Congress on Education of the Deaf. Upon returning, Lewis will create a curricular unit focusing on deaf education policy in action. The unit will contain learning modules that will parallel and support existing curriculum and standards in general education, including U.S. government, persuasion and debate, and technological fluency.
The East Village Community School, New York, NYGrades K-5, Mathematics2015, Winter$2,000
To address the implementation of Common Core Standards at the East Village Community School, Serrao and Abell will implement a math lesson study group. The cohort will meet on an ongoing basis to discuss curriculum, learn how students best retain mathematical concepts, and plan lesson adaptation. Ultimately, Serrao will implement a new lesson plan that will be reviewed by the other members of the study group and members of the school’s administration.
Kualapuu Public Conversion Charter School, Kualapuu, HIGrades K-5, Language Arts2015, Winter$5,000
To address structural changes within their school, Sherwood-Labrador and Castro-Lichtenstein will establish an on-site collaborative leadership training program for classroom best practices. The program will use an evidence-based distributed leadership process that will improve instruction and build staff communication, evaluation, and leadership skills. The training will assist educators as they adjust to lengthened school days as well as the addition of science, visual arts, writing, speaking, physical education, and Hawaiian culture classes.
Avondale School District, Auburn Hills, MIGrades 9-12, Reading, Spelling, Writing2015, Winter$5,000
Through “Teacher Lab,” educators within the Avondale School District will engage in continuous, grounded, meaningful, and effective professional development. During the lab, participants will fine tune the dialogue and energy included in professional learning experiences. Ultimately, participating educators will share collective understandings, create a commitment to continuous improvement, and strengthen individual leadership skills.
Lucie E. Campbell School, Memphis, TNGrades K-5, Special Education2015, Winter$2,000
To increase mastery of specific math skills, Kelley and Harris will create a study group that will target third and fourth grade students. During weekly discussions students will utilize the abacus, which they will use to solve rigorous problems regarding place value and basic arithmetic. In each session students will model, justify, and solve problems using the abacus and several other methods and strategies.
Charter Oak High School, Covina, CAGrades 9-12, Social Studies2015, Spring$2,000
To advance student engagement at multiple levels, McKinley and DeMonteverde will implement the use of tablets in their history classes. Students will use apps designed for individual and collaborative learning, including Khan Academy, which will aid in teaching historical themes and concepts. The technology will be used for remediation with English Language Learners and Special Education students.
Kettering Middle School, Kettering, OHGrades 6-8, General Pedagogical Practice2015, Spring$2,000
To better understand how to use cognitive science to improve and inspire student learning, Mrs. Byers will attend a “Learning and the Brain Conference” centered around educating world-class minds. While there, Byers will learn from distinguished faculty how to prepare students for a changing global world by understanding how to engage young brains and how to advance 21st Century thinking using brain research. Upon returning, Byers will provide a teacher workshop at her school offering a variety of topics, activities, and discussions centered around learning and the brain.
James Campbell High School, Ewa Beach, HIGrades 9-12, Social Studies2015, Winter$5,000
Through “Learning First Hawaii,” Wooten and a group of educators from throughout Hawaii will conduct a detailed study of teacher professional development. The study will use quantitative, qualitative, and academic research to identify areas of need and examine Hawaii’s structural impediments to delivering the types of high-quality professional development that would most benefit students. The work will culminate with a paper that will lay out ways to improve the methodology of how professional development is chosen and delivered.
To improve her visual arts instruction, Venable will attend the National Art Educators Association’s national convention. While there, Venable will learn how to better implement technology in the classroom and seek better ways to use assessment. Additionally, Venable will attend workshops that highlight ways to integrate Common Core Standards in art classrooms.
Gore High School, Gore, OKGrades 9-12, English2015, Spring$2,000
Kunsman will attend the Smithsonian Art Institute’s “Teaching Humanities through Art,” where she will learn to develop ways to provide a fuller learning experience in her classroom. During the institute, Ms. Kunsman will work with art experts and education professionals to develop teaching units that embed art in her English classroom. Upon completing the institute, Kunsman will use American art to connect her English curriculum with other disciplines and develop ways to share opportunities with fellow teachers.
Saint Paul Public Schools, St. Paul, MNGrades 9-12, Social Studies2015, Spring$2,000
Creager will research with the Video Volunteers program in Goa, India and observe the organization’s leadership and instructional process. During his research, Creager will study the processes that support media activism and civic engagement within India’s marginalized communities. Upon returning, Creager will promote media activism-infused curriculum in his district’s secondary English and social studies classes.
Hibbing Community College, Hibbing, MNHigher Education, Science2015, Winter$2,000
Zbikowski will work with educators at Lincoln Elementary School to help introduce a hands-on science lesson in third grade classrooms. Students will have access to optics demonstrations and experiments that will help them understand reflection, refraction, color mixing, and color spectral analysis. Working in groups, students will be encouraged to participate in open-ended discussions and explore the “what if” possibilities of light.
Eufaula High School, Eufaula, ALGrades 9-12, Library Media Specialist2015, Spring$2,000
Fenn will attend the International Society for Technology in Education’s national conference to explore technologies that will allow her to lead her district in implementing a successful one-to-one program. After the conference, Fenn will share her experience with her district’s one-to-one committee. Fenn will then collaborate with educators in her school to increase teachers’ ability to implement a one-to-one program.
Avanti High School, Olympia, WAGrades 9-12, Social Studies2015, Spring$2,000
Through “Songs of Rice and Slavery,” students at Avanti High School will examine African American history through song and art. By examining specific historic moments, students will explore the transmission of culture from Africa to the United States. The interdisciplinary, inquiry-based course will allow students to view historical material from a variety of perspectives and learning styles.
Flanagan will improve his professional practice by attending the Teachers College Writer's Workshop Summer Institute at Columbia University. While there, Flanagan will attend sessions focused on implementing the Writer's Workshop in his classroom. Upon completion, Flanagan will share resources and tools with colleagues and parents through workshop presentations, planning sessions, and specialized outreach campaigns.
Park Avenue School, Orange, NJGrades K-5, Arts2015, Winter$5,000
Through the “True Youth Fashion Design Institute,” Park Avenue School students will acquire knowledge of the fundamentals of sewing and fashion design through experimental learning. The program will empower youth through the development of self-expression, creativity, and technical skills. Students will engage in pattern cutting, measuring, marking, hemming, and facing, while interacting with guest speakers and participating in several field trips.
Ajello and Gallagher will have their fifth and second grade classes collaborate on a series of cross-curricular lessons. Students will create a radiometer chandelier to measure the sun’s rays, create light sculptures to observe shadows and additive properties of light color, and research residents of their town with connections to the American Revolution. Student research will inform both a book and stage play, which students will present to the community.
Jordan-Matthews High School, Siler City, NCGrades 9-12, English2015, Spring$2,000
Pillars will attend the International Forum of Visual Practitioners to improve her use of visual note taking in the classroom. At the Forum, Pillars will attend workshops and sessions focused on the art and science of engaging learners with visual note taking and graphic recording. Upon completion, Pillars will share her findings and ideas for application within the classroom. Additionally, Pillars will share her work with ESL teachers, co-teachers, and other content teachers through published articles and workshop presentations.
Through “Parkview Elementary and Stepping Stone Theatre Create a Play,” students will engage in a two month performing arts program. Students will use theater arts to develop cultural competence and a deeper understanding of both community and fictional story structure. Concurrently, staff members will examine student data and discuss ways in which culture impacts both teaching and learning.