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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John F. Kennedy School, HolbrookGrades K-5, Nurse2014, Winter$2,000
To improve student health and wellness, Mrs. Walker will attend a professional yoga training program. Upon returning, she will implement relaxation and behavioral control practices with students that will assist them in meeting their education goals. The practice of yoga will allow students to lower their stress and anxiety levels through enhanced concentration and relaxation techniques.