The School of the Future, New York, NYGrades 9-12, Language Arts2014, Fall$5,000
Mr. Adam Kinory, New York
10th Grade Language Arts Teacher, The School of the Future
Partner: Mr. Joshua Hurley-Bruno
Grant Amount: $5,000
To directly address achievement gaps, Mr. Kinory and Mr. Hurley-Bruno will develop a school-wide culture of teacher-led professional learning communities. Educators across subjects and grades will read literature focusing on the teaching of reading and writing. The group will discuss implications on instruction, use protocols for collaboratively analyzing student work, and support each other as they align next steps with best practices in content literacy.
Through “Item Not Found,” Ms. Berg and Ms. Doyle will encourage students to use technology to deepen their understanding of content and work towards becoming independent self-motivated learners. Students will develop 21st century skills by posing their own questions and using outside resources to seek answers. Implementing this technology will allow students to develop leadership, creativity, collaboration, and problem solving skills.
Springville High School, Springville, ALGrades 9-12, Computers / Technology2014, Spring$2,000
To investigate and explore the tools, strategies, and innovations related to cutting-edge technologies, Mrs. Umphrey will attend the Campus Technology Education Conference. While at the conference, Mrs. Umphrey will familiarize herself with tools that will enrich student achievement and advance learning both in and out of the classroom. Upon completion, Mrs. Umphrey will teach her colleagues how to fully integrate technology into their lessons while positively impacting student achievement.
Mundelein High School, Mundelein, ILGrades 9-12, Social Studies2014, Fall$5,000
Mr. Hirshman and Mr. Anderson will lead an interdisciplinary team of educators in developing a “Future Selves” curriculum intervention and train fellow educators on its potential classroom uses. The training will focus on enabling educators to encourage students to ponder their future identities and provide motivational resources for current behaviors. The intervention will connect high school students with community role models, alumni, and guidance counselors.
South Street Elementary School, Opelousas, LAGrades K-5, Computers / Technology2014, Spring$5,000
Third and sixth grade students at South Street Elementary School will work together to create stories and poems using digital storytelling applications. Sixth grade students will act as mentors for the third grade students throughout the creative process. The students will use the writing process of brainstorming, creating rough drafts, revising and editing, and then completing final drafts on Kindle Fire tablets. Ultimately, parents and community members will be invited to a reading night where the students will display their artwork and read their stories.
Frank Elementary School, Kenosha, WIGrades K-5, Mathematics2014, Winter
Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Neumaier will lead a collegial study that will transform math instruction at Frank Elementary School from a whole group focus to a workshop approach. The new approach will encourage whole group instruction, guided and independent practice opportunities, and differentiated small group instruction. Participants will collaborate in grade level teams to work with the Common Core Math Standards and district math curriculum to develop goals, objectives, and lessons that will be presented in the workshop model.
Mira Loma High School, Sacramento, CAGrades 9-12, Arts2014, Winter$5,000
To teach students to be curious, informed, and empowered, Ms. Grueneberger and Mr. Cox will introduce new architecture lessons in their classrooms. Students will correspond with architect mentors from across the nation to redesign an area of Mira Loma High School. By learning to look at their school’s built environment, students will gain a sense of ownership and appreciation for it while learning to be accountable for their surroundings.
Lincoln Elementary School, Belvidere, ILGrades K-5, Arts2014, Fall$5,000
Through the use of iPads, students at Lincoln Elementary School will apply knowledge from their core curriculum and fine arts curriculums to create Claymation films. Students will work in small groups with their classroom teachers to create a curriculum related story and script, sculpt characters and film during art class, and compose soundtracks in music class. The project will culminate with students sharing their films with peers, parents, and the community.
Rockville High School, Rockville, MDGrades 9-12, General Pedagogical Practice2014, Fall$2,000
Through the “GRIT” (Growth, Resiliency, Intelligence, and Tenacity) program, Ms. Sutter and Ms. Roit will use the growth mindset theory and specific classroom activities to help students who’ve experienced multiple academic failures. Students will learn that intelligence can be developed and that they possess the power to achieve academic success through understanding the relationship between effort and outcome.
Desert Rose High School, North Las Vegas, NVGrades 9-12, Language Arts2014, Fall$5,000
To improve struggling readers’ skills, Ms. Boam will lead the “Reading Teachers” initiative at Desert Rose High School. Educators will collaborate on implementing explicit phonics instruction, high interest literature, field trips, and training on focus and memory. Students, particularly those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, will learn to focus and maintain continuity with tasks.
Ralston High School, Ralston, NEGrades 9-12, Language Arts2014, Fall$5,000
Mr. Boster and Mr. Jensen will work with educators in language arts classrooms in middle schools, high schools, and community colleges to study and develop mindful writing pedagogy. The cohort will create and maintain humane pedagogy that will prepare students for required assessments, fulfill institutional expectations, and help them develop the writing skills necessary for future employment. Upon completing the study, Mr. Boster and Mr. Jensen will share their findings with colleagues.
Richard Yates School, Chicago, ILGrades K-5, Computers / Technology2014, Spring$5,000
Mr. Evans and Mr. Liberto will address the need for proper printing instruction by introducing “Printing for Success.” The team will create a manuscript curriculum that will detail the mechanics and detail of putting word to print. Through the use of tablets, styli, and a multitude of apps, students will be provided with the multimodal support needed to learn functional printing skills.
Crystal Lakes Elementary School, Boynton Beach, FLGrades K-5, Gifted and Talented2014, Winter$5,000
To aid in the implementation of Common Core Standards, Mrs. Rose and Mrs. Stanislawski will create a leveled library of high-interest literature, science, and social studies books. Educators will work with individual and groups of students to provide explicit instruction in the skills of effective reading. The library will be shared across grade levels and will become a permanent collection at the school.
Mrs. Wilson and Ms. Altizer will use tablets to introduce students to quick response (QR) codes. The codes will initially be developed by teachers for student use of a self-checking activity in reading and math lessons. As students become familiar with the process, they will create QR codes to be used by their classmates in small groups. The technology will engage students by attaching real-world value to their learning.
Through “Discovering Disciplines of Tropical Marine Science,” Mrs. Abraham and Mr. Link’s students will learn that the planet’s oceans support a variety of ecosystems, organisms, shapes, and landforms. Students will collect sea waters and analyze its salinity, oxygen, turbidity, and acidity. The project will culminate with an expedition to Moku o Lo’e in Kaneohe Bay, where students will take part in a marine biology field camp.
Martin Sortun Elementary, Kent, WAGrades K-5, Science2014, Winter$5,000
To increase faculty knowledge of the Next Generation Science Standards, Mr. Ferguson and Mrs. Rudolph will lead a book study of Betsy Fulwiler’s “Writing in Science” and Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey’s “Common Core ELA.” The project will utilize the Common Core English Language Arts standards to find new ways to begin developing engaging science curriculum. The group will share their work with colleagues within the region via digital communication, workshops, and teacher trainings.
Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Concord, CAGrades 9-12, English2014, Fall$5,000
Through “Yo Soy Bilingue–I am Bilingual,” Dr. Taboada and Ms. Vizcay will establish written protocols for the analysis of student writing in Spanish and English, which will in turn guide the development and distribution of a set of model literacy lessons for kindergarten and first grade dual language classrooms. The new protocols and lessons will be implemented in more than 25 classrooms in the district.
East Central University, Ada, OKHigher Education, Lecturer2014, Fall$5,000
Through “Walking the Brain,” Dr. Walling’s capstone course students will track academic success with the amount of work completed on treadmills. During the class, Dr. Walling will monitor student achievement and the time students spend on the treadmills. By semester’s end, students who used treadmills should experience an improvement in overall coursework.
City of Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School, Pembroke Pines, FLGrades 6-8, Language Arts2014, Spring$2,000
To expand her capacity to teach multicultural and culturally relevant pedagogy, Dr. McClean will attend the Mississippi Freedom Summer Conference. While there, Dr. McClean will attend seminars and present a paper on integrating themes of historical empowerment in classroom writing. Upon returning, Dr. McClean will share her experience with colleagues and use her knowledge to develop curriculum.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PAHigher Education, Special Education2014, Winter$5,000
The Indiana Area School District and Indiana University of Pennsylvania will collaborate to design a partnership to improve early elementary learning and teaching and simultaneously improve the Early Childhood with Special Education program. A study group will be formed to investigate a Professional Development School partnership where the Three-Student Project will be implemented to provide successful interventions for all learners, including those who struggle and those who are gifted. Ultimately, the collaborative work will produce highly qualified teachers who are comfortable working with all types of students in a variety of settings.
Chadron State College, Chadron, NEHigher Education, General Pedagogical Practice2014, Winter$5,000
To assist classroom teachers in rural schools, Dr. Roweton and Dr. Brown will produce six self-paced instructional modules that will examine fundamental program assessment concepts. The web-based modules will reinforce psychometric knowledge and skills and emphasize regional availability and relevance. The finished modules will be hosted on the servers of the local Educational Service Unit.
Jackson Elementary School, Saint Paul, MNGrades K-5, Arts2014, Fall$5,000
Ms. Songerath’s and Mrs. Vang’s fourth grade classes will participate in the “Neighborhood Bridges” program in cooperation with the Minneapolis Children’s Theater. The program will allow students to work with a teaching artist and develop critical literacy skills through storytelling and creative drama. For their final project, students will create their own show and perform in front of their families, peers, and community members.
Ed W. Clark High School, Las Vegas, NVGrades 9-12, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)2014, Fall$2,000
Ms. Vine will attend the iNACOL Blended Online Learning Symposium, at which she will learn methods to individualize instruction. Ms. Vine will attend workshops that will enable her to implement competency-based learning programs that provide equity through innovative learning models. Upon returning to her school, Ms. Vine will incorporate state of the art technology to provide students with digital learning opportunities and prepare them to be full participants in the 21st century economy.
Ithaca High School, Ithaca, NYGrades 9-12, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)2014, Winter$5,000
Ms. Kolhatkar and Mrs. Perl will introduce LEGO Education sets and software in the Academic Intervention Services math lab at Ithaca High School. Students will work in groups of three and spend the spring building a robot. Students will be encouraged to actively gain a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of science, technology, engineering, and math. The project will ultimately allow students to learn the real world skills of problem solving, communication, and teamwork.
James Cashman Middle School, Las Vegas, NVGrades 6-8, Science2014, Spring$2,000
To stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and boost the enrollment of highly qualified girls in accelerated science classes, Mr. Wadas and Mrs. Radef will introduce the “Summer STEM Academy for Girls.” Students will participate in project-based learning through the use of three dimensional modeling as they understand aerospace, automation, and robotics fundamentals. Additionally, students will construct electronic circuits and solar cars as they investigate alternative forms of energy.
John F. Kennedy School, Holbrook, MAGrades 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.
Memorial Elementary School, Arcadia, FLGrades K-5, Science2014, Fall$2,000
Mrs. Poole and Mrs. Stauffer will introduce inquiry based science experiments in their fifth grade classrooms. Labs will be open to students and will allow them to think critically and logically. The inquiry method will ensure that all students within a mobile population of low socioeconomic conditions receive an equitable educational experience.
Columbine Elementary School, Boulder, COGrades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice2014, Spring$5,000
Through Mindfulness training, Ms. Millar and her colleagues will learn how to reduce stress in their lives, which will allow them to become more effective in the classroom. Teachers will practice and then share with students multiple stress reduction and natural conflict resolution skills. As a result, students are expected to display an increase in attention, impulse control, emotional regulation, and empathy.
Ms. Espinoza and Ms. Holmes will develop leadership training and professional learning opportunities for Montgomery County Public Schools visual arts teachers. The program will support academic excellence, creative problem solving, and social emotional learning for all students. Ultimately, this program will increase the capacity of visual arts teachers to strengthen all art education programs in the district.
Mrs. Sierka and Ms. Wazydrag will implement a research based Response to Intervention program to improve students’ reading abilities, language proficiency, confidence, and academic success. The project will provide the most struggling readers, mostly English Language Learners and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, with extended time to develop their love of reading and critical thinking in a language enriching environment.
Lowell Elementary School, Bellingham, WAGrades K-5, Education Support Professional2014, Fall$5,000
Through “iPads as Instructional Tools,” elementary school para-educators will train middle school para-educators to use tablets as instructional tools. This model of learning and leadership will provide strong professional development for staff and continuity for students, who will move from a technology-rich learning environment in elementary school to an equally robust environment in middle school.
Fairview High School, Cullman, ALGrades 9-12, Special Education2014, Spring$5,000
Ms. Duke will introduce tablet technology in her classroom of special needs students to introduce them to the skills needed to take online courses and prepare for the workforce. Students will learn through direct instruction via the tablets’ assistive technology. The tablets will help students meet core curriculum goals by allowing them to develop communication, collaboration, and research skills as they produce multimedia projects.
To improve technology access for students with mild to moderate disabilities, Ms. Adams and Mrs. Englund will introduce iPads in their classrooms. Tablet use will support the development of reading fluency as well as mathematical reasoning and problem solving strategies. Students will increase their keyboarding skills and use a variety of apps that will allow them to engage in self-evaluation.
James Campbell High School, Ewa Beach, HIGrades 9-12, Social Studies2014, Winter$2,000
To strengthen Campbell High School’s global literacy program, Ms. Chun will take part in a service learning project in Viet Nam. While there, Ms. Chun will interview government and non-government groups, visit historic monuments, and converse with citizens of Viet Nam’s urban areas and countryside. Upon returning, Ms. Chun will use her newly gained knowledge to enhance global literacy curriculum.
Olive B. Loss Elementary School, Bear, DEGrades K-5, Special Education2014, Fall$5,000
Mrs. Dipres, Mrs. Barnett, and their colleagues will plan, create, reflect, and revise lessons in accordance with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The group will align Smarter Balanced vocabulary, formatting, and depth of knowledge to increase instructional vigor. Ultimately, the cohort will develop extended thinking activities, transfer tasks, and performance tasks to reflect Common Core Standards.
James PB Duffy School #12, Rochester, NYGrades K-5, English2014, Fall$2,000
The English for Speakers of Other Languages Department at James PB Duffy School #12 will develop language learning center kits for classroom teachers who have beginning-level newcomers. Ms. Paine will train her colleagues to use the materials during a professional development session. The training and materials will help reduce stress for educators as students acclimate to a new environment and a new language. The newcomer kit will help deepen student knowledge by providing modified materials that differentiate standards based subject matter.
North Arvada Middle School, Arvada, COGrades 6-8, Mathematics2014, Fall$5,000
Mrs. Franssen and Mrs. Clarke will lead an action research program that will study the effectiveness of ALEKS and Khan Academy as online supplemental math interventions. The cohort will determine which supplement is the most effective in raising scores, causing growth, and promoting meaningful participation. The knowledge gained from the research will not only enable educators to target student interventions more effectively, but educate participants in the use of the action research approach to improve effectiveness in other areas.
Ms. Zinkham and Ms. Urban will introduce “Kids Integrating Technology Everyday (K.I.T.E.)”, a program that will utilize tablets to enhance learning opportunities by integrating technology into the curriculum. Any array of leveled texts will allow educators to differentiate instruction based on individual student needs, and applications for words, phonics, and comprehension will be used to support learning. Students will use the tablets in conjunction with collaborative interdisciplinary work on classroom whiteboards.
CP Smith School, Burlington, VTGrades K-5, Reading, Spelling, Writing2014, Fall$5,000
Mrs. Flanagan, Mrs. Tetrault, and colleagues will develop an emergent reading program for kindergarten students. The program will allow students to progress at their own pace and improve overall literacy skills. Through parent volunteers, the reading program will create opportunities for each student to have individual literacy skills reinforced in regular one-on-one sessions. The incorporation of traveling reading bags will create a connection between home and school learning.
La Tercera Elementary School, Petaluma, CAGrades K-5, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)2014, Winter$2,000
To assist faculty and staff with La Tercera Elementary School’s transition to a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Magnet School, Mrs. Corbett will attend the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference in Washington, DC. While at the conference, Mrs. Corbett will learn current and meaningful ways to implement technology into new STEM curriculum. Upon returning, Mrs. Corbett will share her knowledge with colleagues during the school’s professional development sessions.
Prince George's County Public Schools, Adelphi, MDGrades K-5, English2014, Winter$5,000
Mrs. Jurca will implement “Our Lives, Our Words,” a project that will assist in improving the writing scores of elementary English language learners throughout the district. The project will provide coaching, support, materials, and guidance to ESOL teachers and allow them to make use of digital cameras in the classroom to bolster students' writing ability. Students will use the digital cameras to take pictures of their experiences and then use the photographs to guide their writing.
Thayer J. Hill Middle School, Naperville, ILGrades 6-8, School Counselor2014, Fall$2,000
Through the use of the Second Step program, Ms. Liace and Ms. Sharp will establish an effective, research-based social-emotional curriculum. The program will be conducted in classrooms and small groups in order to provide school-wide support and targeted, intensive interventions. Through this curriculum, students will build social skills, establish stronger mental health supports, and develop skills that contribute to overall academic achievement.
Huntington Beach Union High School District, Huntington Beach, CAGrades 9-12, Special Education2014, Spring$2,000
To better understand the skills individuals with disabilities (specifically those who are blind or visually impaired) need for viable employment, Ms. Okikawa will attend the Kennedy Center’s Leadership Exchange in Art and Disability Conference. Ms. Okikawa will participate in seminars and learn creative and effective ways to seamlessly blend the teaching of core subject matter and workforce skills. Additionally, Ms. Okikawa will learn about and implement innovative arts programs created by arts organizations for students with disabilities.
To promote school wide positive behavior, Mr. Coyner and Ms. Cameron will assist students in making short films. Students will be encouraged to seek out unique places and perspectives for filming and will plot, script, film, edit, and upload their creations. The films will ultimately be shared with teachers, peers, and family members.
Cape Elizabeth High School, Cape Elizabeth, MEGrades 9-12, Social Studies2014, Winter$5,000
Mr. Ashe will lead a team of educators in the design of a teacher evaluation system that will incorporate student growth measures, teaching standards, and peer review. The group will research evaluation models, assess the school’s current evaluation system, and design a new system. Mr. Ashe and his colleagues will learn about current best practices, discuss student learning, and share findings with one another.
Walter Hines Page High School, Greensboro, NCGrades 9-12, Computers / Technology2014, Spring$2,000
Mr. Rickard and Ms. Hackney will introduce “Life in Pictures,” a project in which students will use a video camcorder and computer software to embed movies into photographs. Students will use the principles of photography, film, and journalism to create videos that will be included in the yearbook. The project will link to Common Core Language Arts Standards, as students will be tasked to integrate multiple sources, make strategic uses of digital media, and adapt speech variety to context.
Central Middle School, Dobson, NCGrades 6-8, Science2014, Spring$5,000
Through “Up Next, The Weather,” students will become junior meteorologists by utilizing weather testing equipment and designing their own prototypes of tools to predict the weather. Students will work with community experts and gain 21st century skills as they write and record weather forecasts. Student work will be reviewed by peers and shared with elementary school students in an effort to instill the wonder of science in a younger audience.
Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Terre Haute, INGrades 6-8, Science2014, Winter$2,000
Mrs. Jordan will attend the 2014 Educator Academy in Iquitos, Peru. While there, she will work with scientists, researchers, and fellow educators on citizen science projects and field work. Mrs. Jordan will use the strategies, ideas, and understandings gained at the academy to strengthen her skills as an educator and leader and to lead science educator professional development in Vigo County School Corporation.
Redbank Valley School District, New Bethlehem, PAGrades 9-12, Computers / Technology2014, Fall$5,000
Mr. Fricko and Mr. Bundy will introduce live-streaming, authentic and virtual set design, animation, and additional aspects of video production in their broadcast journalism curriculum. Daily news production, in-depth reporting, and special event broadcasting will be streamed and archived. The technology will also strengthen student relationships with the community, providing community members with access to student work.
Mrs. MacDonald and Ms. Garison-Gabbard will lead a professional learning community that will engage in lesson study to examine elements specific to teaching biology and English language arts as a cross-curricular experience. Educators will engage students in a unit that will provide opportunities to discuss themes of race and identity as sociocultural constructs and explore scientific evidence that refutes race as a genetic construct. The lesson study will allow a close examination of teacher practice connected to student outcomes.
Mount Rainier High School, Des Moines, WAGrades 9-12, Physical Education / Health2014, Winter$5,000
Mrs. Calkins and Mr. Sundblad will lead a team of elementary, middle, and high school teachers in designing a K-12 Physical Education curriculum map and professional development plans for a newly adopted PE curriculum and software system. The curriculum map will allow educators to align instruction and have common fitness assessments that will allow students to track their health and fitness progress longitudinally. The system will help students understand how to monitor their health and fitness and how to design plans to improve or maintain current fitness levels.
Mr. Moran’s students will monitor the Delaware River for cleanliness and sustainability for natural inhabitants. Student will work collaboratively to investigate the effects local farm runoff has had on the wildlife in and near the river. Upon completion of the project, students will share their findings online via the school’s website.
Shelton Elementary School, Shelton, NEGrades K-5, Education Support Professional2014, Fall$5,000
Ms. Miller and Mrs. Meyer will encourage student-directed learning by allowing students to act as teachers. Individual and groups of students will research a topic, create a lesson, and then present the lesson to a group of peers or younger students. The students will administer quizzes and games that will allow their audience a chance to demonstrate their understanding of the topic.
Through “Science for the Next Generation,” Mrs. Goodwin and Mrs. Gonzalez will enhance the Next Generation Science Standards for each of their grade levels with experiences in visual and performing arts and various technology applications. The project will be centered on a trip to the San Francisco Academy of Science. Lessons and activities before and after the trip will allow students to experience science and connect it to the other disciplines.
Fresno County Office of Education, Fresno, CAGrades 9-12, Special Education2014, Winter$2,000
Mrs. Johnson and Mr. Wilkerson will introduce iPads to increase student participation, improve collaboration among educators, and enhance student learning. Educators will use the technology to introduce lessons focusing on community safety, vocational training, independent living skills, and social skills. Student learning will be measured through task analysis that will reflect baseline and ongoing assessment information and track student progress.
Junction City High School, Junction City, ORGrades 9-12, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)2014, Winter$5,000
Through the “Robotics Challenge,” Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Buenau will increase student achievement in math and science through the use of robotics. Students will design, build, and test a fully functioning robot with the goal of successfully completing a series of challenges. Students will work in diverse groups and will collaborate with math and science teachers, local business owners, and professional engineers.
Milford School, Milford, NJGrades 6-8, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)2014, Fall$5,000
Mr. Quinn's classroom will monitor the Delaware River for cleanliness and sustainability for natural inhabitants. The class will use a hands-on approach when testing the river water, and students will work with neighboring schools along the Delaware River and across the globe to compare results. The project will use the latest technologies to compare and observe data, and students will engage in video conferences with experts from EarthEcho International to help plan next steps.
H.O. Brumsted Elementary, Holland, NYGrades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice2014, Fall$2,000
To learn strategies to assist struggling readers, Mrs. Kellner will work with a Fellow from the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. Mrs. Kellner will use the Orton-Gillingham method of learning with her first grade students, particularly those who struggle with traditional methods of learning to read. Ultimately, Mrs. Kellner will become an Orton-Gillingham trainer and assist other educators in learning how to use the method with their students.
Mount Diablo Unified School District, Concord, CAGrades K-5, Computers / Technology2014, Spring$5,000
Through “Literacy for All,” Ms. Ericson and Ms. Conable will ensure that all students have the opportunity to express themselves through writing. The team will create a model literacy program for students with complex instructional needs that will develop engaged, independent readers and writers. The work will be accomplished through a collaboration of teachers and specialists, professional development, age-appropriate research based curriculum, and integrated technology.
Lake Nona High School, Orlando, FLGrades 9-12, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)2014, Fall$5,000
Mrs. Ledford will lead a collaborative team of elementary, middle, and high school teachers in the use of lesson study to practice and analyze differentiated small group strategies in mathematics. Student data will be analyzed throughout, with the goal of seeing an overall increase in student math achievement. Group leaders will share strategies with faculty at their respective schools to build infrastructures of best practices.
Reeths Puffer/Central School, Muskegon, MIGrades K-5, Education Support Professional2014, Spring$2,000
Through “Reeths Puffer Links,” students will gain leadership and problem solving skills that will enable them to achieve new levels of compassion and understanding for their peers with special needs. Mrs. Graham and Mrs. Hoffman will encourage peer-to-peer mentoring and guide students to use socially appropriate cues that will assist in their cognitive development and ability to make socially appropriate decisions.
To increase student participation in multiple subject areas, Mr. Edwards will train students with emotional and behavioral disabilities in puppetry and performing arts techniques. Students will collaborate with teachers in writing, rehearsing, and performing an anti-bullying and social skills puppet show. The show will be performed for audiences in several schools and will be shared on the classroom website.
United West Elementary School, Monmouth, ILGrades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice2014, Winter$2,000
To increase engagement in the classroom by enabling all students to build models to illustrate their understanding of various curriculum concepts, Ms. DeFord will introduce LEGO Education’s “BuildtoExpress.” Students will learn to actively listen, think creatively, and cooperate to solve problems. The use of LEGOs will ensure that every student is engaged as they build, reflect, and share with one another.
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.
Saranac Lake High School, Saranac Lake, NYGrades 9-12, Science2014, Winter$5,000
Ms. Zullo and her colleagues will allow students to design, market, and construct plans to build an outdoor classroom. Once built, teachers will integrate science topics within the outdoor classroom while guiding students to apply knowledge learned within the traditional classroom. A focus on interdisciplinary connections and growth in process skills and critical thinking will be analyzed utilizing journaling and higher level thinking questions.
Alton High School, Alton, ILGrades 9-12, School Social Worker2014, Fall$5,000
Ms. Scott, Mrs. Wittman, and a team of colleagues will develop weekly group counseling sessions for at-risk high school girls. The group will use multiple relational aggression (RA) curriculum materials to increase awareness of RA, encourage empathy and tolerance, and improve self-control and coping skills. Group participants will mentor girls from Alton Middle School and East Elementary School and will share their experiences at a conference for teens.
Highwood Hills Elementary School, Saint Paul, MNGrades K-5, Special Education2014, Spring$5,000
To address the technological needs of Highwood Hills Elementary School students, Ms. Bade and Mrs. Stern will introduce white boards, document cameras, and computers in their classrooms. Teachers will work with special needs students to introduce technology as an educational tool to meet diverse student learning styles. Ultimately, Ms. Bade and her colleagues will look to improve students’ Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment test scores through the use of this technology.
Saint Anthony Park Elementary School, Saint Paul, MNGrades K-5, Music2014, Winter$2,000
Mr. Ollmann will spend eleven weeks in central Mexico conducting choirs, studying Spanish, learning Mexican folk dances, and observing elementary music classes. While in Mexico, Mr. Ollmann will work with a music teacher who utilizes popular music to meet state and national music standards. Upon returning, Mr. Ollmann will share his experiences with colleagues through workshop presentations.
Mrs. Smith and Mr. Sherrik will use the ALEKS program to find and address learning gaps in 7th and 8th grade math students. Student strengths and weaknesses will be identified and progress will be monitored bi-quarterly. Educators will compile data and look for a correlation between the number of skills learned and the proficiency level of students. The data will be used to improve instruction and further the development of more advanced problem solving skills.
Irvington High School, Fremont, CAGrades 9-12, Language Arts2014, Spring$5,000
Ms. Friend, Mr. Mintey, and colleagues will revitalize Irvington High School’s arts-integrated curriculum and incorporate new pedagogical methods through training and collaboration time for both new and experienced educators. The project will support staff in developing and refining their practices by allowing them to attend planning meetings, conferences, peer professional development sessions, and interdisciplinary collaboration lessons.
Cambridge Central School, Cambridge, NYGrades 9-12, Language Arts2014, Fall$5,000
Ms. McDonald and Ms. Goss will create a diverse library that will support continued learning by providing accessible resources and targeted study topics. Teachers will be empowered to lead change through the development of professional learning communities, embrace leadership roles, and build capacity to continue to develop those roles and deliver quality support and services. Ultimately, the discourse will improve instructional practice and translate into enhanced student achievement.
Through the “Living Wax Museum” project, students at Catoctin Elementary School will learn about prominent figures in Virginia’s history. Each student will be tasked with researching a different historical Virginian and then representing that person through costume and speech. The project will culminate with students sharing interactive presentations with their peers, parents, and the community.
Mr. Boyer and Mr. Shu will guide students through an inquiry-based learning project that will allow students to answer questions about soil formation, classification, measurement, and stewardship. Labs will get students engaged and excited about learning and provide practice with the process of proper scientific experimentation.
Mr. Hughes and Mr. Deschene will introduce “Warrior Wake-Up,” a fitness program that will include workouts and nutritious breakfasts three times a week before school starts. Students will wear heart monitors and track their progress. Ultimately, students will gain greater understanding about how exercise can improve brain functioning, classroom alertness and academic performance.
School District of Laona, Laona, WIGrades 9-12, Computers / Technology2014, Winter$2,000
To improve student achievement and enhance teacher effectiveness, Mrs. Kruger and her colleagues will implement the use of a Student Response System in middle and high school science classes. The system will provide educators immediate feedback and show which students are struggling. In addressing struggling students, educators will assess lessons, make adjustments, evaluate the success of those adjustments, and increase student learning.
Sheffield Middle School, Sheffield Village, OHGrades 6-8, General Pedagogical Practice2014, Winter$2,000
To improve her knowledge of behavior management, classroom management, bullying, and economic and social issues, Mrs. Pierson will attend the Character Development Seminar. Upon completing the seminar, Mrs. Pierson will share her newfound knowledge with her colleagues and incorporate the “Character Counts!” curriculum into her classroom.
Dahlia Heights Elementary School, Los Angeles, CAGrades K-5, English2014, Winter$5,000
Using a multidisciplinary approach, students will explore the world by reading Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Common Core standards will be brought to life as the text of the play becomes a gateway into astronomy, botany, social science, history and literature. Students will additionally explore the music of The Beatles and discover the thematic and poetic commonalities that exist between the Elizabethan worldview and modern concerns. The students will use this understanding to integrate music into the play.
The Quest Center, Hollywood, FLGrades 9-12, Special Education2014, Fall$5,000
Dr. Lazerson and Mrs. Frost will assist students with profound special needs (including Down syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy) in becoming recording and performing rock stars through their own personal music videos. Using adaptive switches, assistive technology, and various educational apps, students will make choices to determine the music and style of their videos. Non-verbal students will utilize communication devices to express themselves through their music videos.
Annandale High School, Annandale, VAGrades 9-12, English2014, Winter$2,000
Through “Teaching Vocal Techniques to English Language Learners,” Dr. Chekin and Mr. Liacopoulos will introduce voice instruction to develop students’ acting and public speaking skills. Working with professionals at Synetic Theatre, students will participate in workshops to learn to develop their voices effectively with movements on stage. In addition to teaching management and critical thinking, the project will address student learning needs by allowing them to be creative and develop communication skills in English.
Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MIHigher Education, Lecturer2014, Fall$5,000
Dr. Bravender and Ms. Martin will explore effective ways to integrate virtual simulations in Spanish foreign language lessons to mimic authentic foreign language experiences. Through this action research, the cohort will create and distribute lessons that engage middle school students in situations that will help them understand the authentic environments in which Spanish is spoken. The areas of culture, food, clothing, common phrases, and study tools will be explored. The group will also track the impact of simulation integration on students' test scores and student feedback.
West Hawaii School District, Kailua Kona, HIGrades K-5, Computers / Technology2014, Fall$5,000
Through “iMentor,” veteran educators will use tablet technology to work with first-year teachers to record evidence and collect classroom data. The project will bridge generations of educators and allow them to collaborate to improve learners’ futures. Ultimately, the teams will share information gathered throughout the year with colleagues on the program’s website.
Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJHigher Education, General Pedagogical Practice2014, Winter$2,000
To acquire insights into ways to better prepare future educators for rigorous teacher preparation programs, Dr. Capra will attend “Journey into the Future of Community College Education Programs,” a conference sponsored by the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs. Dr. Capra will use the information gained at the conference to advise Mercer County Community College’s education majors regarding the transfer process and federal and state regulations affecting teacher preparation.
Takoma Park Elementary School, Takoma Park, MDGrades K-5, Mathematics2014, Winter$5,000
To encourage collaboration and creativity and to improve student learning, Mrs. Jackson will introduce iPads into the classroom, with an emphasis on the evaluation of mathematics. Educators will use feedback, work samples, application data, and anecdotal notes to assess student mastery of skills and instructional practices. Students will use applications for team work, group discussion, project creation, and reinforcement of classroom and real world skills.
Mattawan Consolidated Schools, Mattawan, MIGrades K-5, Special Education2014, Spring$5,000
To assist special education students in meeting the demands of the Common Core Curriculum, Mrs. Hess and Mrs. Ludwig will introduce laptops and tablets in the classroom. Students will learn technology skills that will assist them in accessing employment opportunities, housing, and self-help opportunities. Becoming more tech savvy will increase the students’ social skills.
Stuart R. Paddock School, Palatine, ILGrades K-5, Physical Education / Health2014, Winter$5,000
To improve his ability to create, implement, and evaluate programs that promote lifelong wellness, Mr. Simonian will attend the Spark P.E. Summer Institute. Upon returning to the classroom, Mr. Simonian and his colleagues will incorporate information and insight gathered from the institute to develop an aligned curriculum. New Common Core lessons will allow each student the opportunity to make progress on state standardized tests.
Through the “Vilseck Elementary Literacy Initiative,” Mrs. Wall and colleagues will support a diverse group of students in becoming avid readers and writers. Mrs. Wall will participate in a summer reading and writing institute that will provide the foundation for rigorous professional development. After completing the institute, Mrs. Wall will lead a series of professional development opportunities that will be designed to provide theoretical and practical content for the implementation of effective classroom literacy programs.
Cowles Montessori School, Windsor Heights, IAGrades K-5, Science2014, Spring$5,000
Through “School to Farm,” Ms. Anderson and Mrs. Parmerlee will expose urban students to agriculture. Students will be provided with hands-on learning opportunities by visiting small organic farms, large production farms, historical farms, and the Iowa State University Bio-Century Learning Farm. Through these experiences and collaborations, students will gain the knowledge required to make informed decisions about the future of agriculture in Iowa.
Concord High School, Concord, NHGrades 9-12, English2014, Fall$5,000
Through “Opening New Doors,” English language learners will travel beyond the school campus for vivid learning experiences that will make use of their cognitive capacities regardless of their level of English language proficiency. Students will learn about the culture, arts, geography, and natural history of their new home. The experiences will be fully integrated with English language arts and class content curricula, and will promote content learning and language development.
Kelly Middle School, Eugene, ORGrades 6-8, General Pedagogical Practice2014, Winter$5,000
To help foster leadership skills, Mr. Miller and Mrs. Cohen will train 8th grade students to act as mentors and role models for incoming 6th grade students. The program will allow educators at various levels to boost academic performance, social awareness, and positive behavioral expectations. Mr. Miller and Mrs. Cohen will each participate in “Where Everyone Belongs” trainings and share the skills learned with colleagues and students.
Miami R-I School District, Amoret, MOGrades K-5, Special Education2014, Fall$2,000
Ms. Wiley will attend a Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham training, which will enable her to train and support teachers to implement research-based instructional practices. Upon completion of the training, Ms. Wiley will share the process with colleagues and ensure fidelity of implementation in both general and special education settings throughout the district. Teachers will learn essential skills related to systematic and explicit instruction in the areas of decoding and encoding text, which will enable the district to fill a large gap in the area of reading instruction and meet the needs of a large population of learners with visual processing deficits.
Alder Creek Middle School, Milwaukie, ORGrades 6-8, General Pedagogical Practice2014, Winter$2,000
Ms. Fontana will attend the "Tribes Training for District Trainers," which will enable her to train and support teachers to use the Tribes process to examine adolescent development and implement research-based teaching practices that create a caring and inclusive environment for middle school students. Upon completion of the training, Ms. Fontana will share the process with colleagues and assist them in creating caring and inclusive environments in which students are highly motivated and engaged. Students will learn essential skills related to adolescent development, problem-solving, and the importance of democratic leadership.
J. A. DePaolo Middle School, Southington, CTGrades 6-8, Special Education2014, Winter$5,000
To enhance student understanding of argument and persuasive essays, Mrs. Grant and Ms. Laudati will introduce “Book Trailers.” After learning about advertising and persuasive writing, students will create a video trailer for their favorite book and attempt to convince viewers to read the book. The project will allow students to manipulate their knowledge in creative, hands-on ways.
To increase individualized interventions and enrichment, Ms. Gwin and Mr. Kemmenoe will incorporate a set of iPads into their classrooms. Multiple applications will be used to help meet the widely varied instructional needs of individuals and small groups. Ultimately, students will be provided creative and motivational publishing options as they develop short films using iMovie software.
Curran Early Childhood Education Center, Dedham, MAGrades K-5, Science2014, Spring$5,000
To provide early childhood learners with a hands-on science experience, Mrs. Lally and Mr. Sullivan will introduce “Savvy Scientists.” The project will help young children learn about numerous scientific topics through journal writing, garden and compost projects, and verbal interactions. The project objectives will match the Massachusetts State Frameworks.
Thurston High School, Redford, MIGrades 9-12, Language Arts2014, Fall$2,000
To learn about models that allow students to use digital tools to improve literacy skills, Mrs. Clayton will attend the Institute in Digital Literacy at the University of Rhode Island. Mrs. Clayton will participate in seminars focusing on how to assist students in choosing reliable and credible sources, acquiring reading comprehension skills, and using digital tools for curating research. The institute will culminate with the collaborative creation of a lesson plan that will be shared with fellow attendees and colleagues.
Mrs. Ciotta’s and Mrs. McEaddy’s English language learners (ELLs) will participate in daily learning opportunities that incorporate innovative education apps via a set of classroom tablets. Apps designed specifically with ELLs in mind will allow students to develop foundational English language skills and technological literacy through fun, engaging, and effective activities.
Jean Nuzzi Intermediate School 109, Queens Village, NYGrades 6-8, Science2014, Spring$5,000
Ms. Orchowski and Mrs. Oneal-Suber will start a forensic science class that will partner with an after-school forensic science club. Students will distinguish between direct and circumstantial evidence, identify methods of crime scene documentation, construct and analyze casts and impressions, and use various techniques to collect data and analyze evidence. The program will help students see how science concepts are applied to real world criminal investigations.
Rocky Branch Elementary, River Falls, WIGrades K-5, Computers / Technology2014, Fall$5,000
Mrs. Sizemore and Mrs. Lenneman will introduce tablets for computer programming instruction. Students will learn basic practices, including coding, looping, decomposition, and abstracting. Ultimately, students will use their newly acquired skills to accomplish individual and group goals, such as creating a game or designing new programs.
Swartz Creek Middle School, Swartz Creek, MIGrades 6-8, Special Education2014, Fall$2,000
To improve the Community Based Instruction opportunities for her students with cognitive impairments, Ms. Trundle will enable students to receive instruction at 10 different community locations. Students will learn functional skills that apply to the Michigan Extended Grade Level Content Expectations and the Common Core Essential Elements. The program will include trips to a grocery store, the post office, a bank, a restaurant, the library, a nature center, a pet adoption center, and local lakes.
To assist students struggling with reading fluency, decoding, and comprehension, Ms. Oltman and Ms. Andries will introduce Fountas and Pinnell’s Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) systems. Reading interventionists will work with struggling students and look to make improvements in standardized test scores. Ultimately, students will strengthen their skills, strategies, and reading achievement by using the gold LLI system.
IS 259 William McKinley, Brooklyn, NYGrades 6-8, Librarian2014, Fall$2,000
Ms. Gloumakoff and Mr. Speranzo will collaborate on a pilot research skills program using the Independent Investigation Method. In the year-long class, students will learn research skills, responsible use of technology, and presentation skills. Students will be encouraged to choose topics that are meaningful to them and relevant to the Social Studies and Common Core State Standards.
Wiley H. Bates Middle School, Annapolis, MDGrades 6-8, Arts2014, Fall$2,000
Ms. Brino, with the assistance of a group of highly qualified teaching artists, will lead a school-wide professional development program. Educators will use various arts techniques in their classrooms to provide natural, meaningful connections between art forms and other curricular areas based on shared or related processes. Arts integration will ultimately strengthen curricular connections, increase student engagement, and enhance student learning.
Through training and curriculum provided by the Leader in Me Foundation, Pioneer Elementary teachers and staff will develop a culture at the school in which children learn leadership habits and discover within themselves personal strengths that will be used to demonstrate leadership at school, at home, and in the community. Mrs. Dupree and her colleagues will encourage children to use the habits of highly effective people to reach their full potential and impact the world around them.
Through “Reading to Write to Publish,” Ms. Martin and Ms. Williams will increase student interest and enthusiasm for reading and writing by creating a library publishing center. Authors, editors, and librarians will teach lessons on interviewing, the writing process, and publishing. Students will prepare their written work for publication by researching topics, interviewing experts, and familiarizing themselves with various publication outlets.
Petersburg High School, Petersburg, WVGrades 9-12, Science2014, Spring
Mr. Abe and Ms. Clay will bolster their biology lessons with hands-on applications of dissections. The lesson will provide students with a better understanding of body systems and how systems work in relation to one another in a variety of species. Students will dissect multiple species during an anatomy and physiology unit. At the conclusion of the unit, students will properly identify organs during a lab practical application.
Lenox School, Pompton Lakes, NJGrades K-5, Special Education2014, Spring$5,000
To improve student writing fluency, Ms. Landy and Ms. Hennessey will introduce individual technology in the classroom. Students will use Google Drive to plan, draft, revise, edit, and share writing with multiple audiences. Peer-to-peer collaboration will prepare students for success in typing and collaboration, and will encourage them to develop stronger voices when communicating.
Oceanside High School, Rockland, MEGrades 9-12, English2014, Winter$2,000
Through “March Community Read,” a common book title will be read by all students and staff at Oceanside High School. Students will enhance their communication skills by working in small groups to create student run blogs and participate in weekly group discussions. The project will place an emphasis on community outreach, as students will encourage members of the community to read and discuss the book throughout the course of the project.
Segerstrom High School, Santa Ana, CAGrades 9-12, Language Arts2014, Fall$5,000
To increase students’ knowledge of research methods, technology, and global skills, Ms. Barron and Mrs. Gerdes will create a blended learning classroom through the use of tablet technology. Students will work autonomously and collaborate with peers to improve their learning of the English Language Arts Common Core Standards.
Steele Elementary School, Galesburg, ILGrades K-5, Language Arts2014, Spring$5,000
Through “Readers are Leaders,” Mrs. Hickey and Mrs. Mowen will expand upon Steele Elementary School’s first grade reading centers by introducing them to second and third grade classrooms. The team will create a leveled library that will aim to increase student enthusiasm and a love of reading. Students will engage in reading stories and critical thinking as teachers link content with Common Core State Standards.
P.S. 116M, New York, NYGrades K-5, Arts2014, Spring$5,000
A team of P.S. 116 educators will collaborate with NYChessKids to grow the implementation of curricular chess instruction in every kindergarten and first grade classroom. Each classroom will have a weekly period with a chess instructor who will provide students with lessons and materials. In addition to learning the basics of chess, students will learn the value of strategic analysis, planning, and execution.
Montgomery County Educational Service Center, Dayton, OHGrades 9-12, Special Education2014, Winter$5,000
To address the unique learning needs of students with emotional and learning disabilities, Ms. Creech and Mr. Johnson will introduce tablet technology to their students. Educators will provide students applications that have been demonstrably successful in assisting students with dyslexia and autism. The technology will support students by enhancing their learning environment and providing vital hands-on tools.
George Middle School, Portland, ORGrades 6-8, Service Learning2014, Winter$2,000
In beautifying the George Middle School courtyard, students will be provided an opportunity to work with professional artists, promote the visibility of student art, and develop a sense of community pride and purpose. Pupils will create panels of fused glass and learn about the history, properties, and safe handling of the material. Additionally, students will assist a topiary designer in the installation of a contemporary sculpture.
West Fargo High School, West Fargo, NDGrades 9-12, Physical Education / Health2014, Fall$2,000
To improve the variety of dance offerings in her physical education classes, Mrs. Peterson will attend the National Dance Education Organization’s National Conference. While there, Mrs. Peterson will work with colleagues to improve her collaboration with other educators in the dance community. Upon completion, Mrs. Peterson will collaborate with artistic and cultural leaders in Fargo-Moorhead and incorporate these experiences into her dance classes and the after school Cultural Dance Club.
Center for Instruction and Professional Development, Saint Paul, MNGrades K-5, Social Studies2014, Fall$5,000
Saint Paul Public Schools and the Minnesota International Center will partner to provide standards aligned social studies for students in schools that have the greatest difficulty scheduling social studies and have high percentages of students who receive free and reduced price lunches. Ms. Biel and Mr. Brodeur will lead a group of educators that will work to create an infrastructure to ensure equitable access to social studies skills and content for schools within their district.
To engage students in writing, each teacher in the Kansas School District will attend a professional development seminar presented by the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Teachers will spend time in group settings and work hands-on with guided instruction. On the final day of the seminar, educators will demonstrate their knowledge in classroom settings and entertain feedback and consultation.
Jordan Elementary School, Jordan, MNGrades K-5, Mathematics2014, Spring$5,000
Through “It Adds Up: A Math Resource Room,” Mrs. Fritzke and Mrs. McMahon will provide opportunities for growth in math learning for low and high achieving students. Jordan Elementary School students will have access to hands-on, engaging math materials through a resource area designed to meet the needs of all learners. Educators will use the resources to teach small groups of students at their specific levels.
Cheney High School, Cheney, WAGrades 9-12, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)2014, Spring$5,000
Cheney High School students will explore the concepts of energy types, transfers, production, and engineering in a series of hands-on inquiry activities. Each activity will be guided by a set of criteria, and within that range students will have the freedom to design and engineer each product. Students will learn about alternative energy by constructing a windmill and small electric motors. Ultimately, students will be tasked with building their own wind-powered generator.
Ms. Root, Ms. Carson, and colleagues will use iPads to implement the Khan Academy app as a student centered remediation tool. This series of activities will allow students in special education and general education settings to receive a tiered intervention plan specific to them. Parents will be a part of the learning by viewing student progress and monitoring success.
Billings Public Schools, Billings, MTGrades 9-12, Reading, Spelling, Writing2014, Winter$5,000
Mrs. Irion and Ms. Martin will extend professional development opportunities within Billings Public Schools by incorporating effective tools for reflecting on instructional practices and student engagement and learning. Participants will film themselves teaching lessons and spend time reflecting both by themselves and with coaches. The strategies learned will be shared in group settings throughout the year.
Through “One Way Ticket to Mars,” Mrs. Brownschidle and Mrs. Fox’s students will design and build modules to be used in the first Mars colony. Student will interview experts in the fields of space exploration, space technology, and energy production in order to solve the challenges of colonizing Mars. Ultimately, students will display their modules and create digital presentations to share with the community.
New Haven High School, New Haven, MIGrades 9-12, Social Studies2014, Fall$2,000
To explore the civic mission of schools in the 21st century, Mr. Wolfgram will join social studies educators from around the world at the National Council for Social Studies Annual Conference. While at the conference, Mr. Wolfgram will learn about the College, Career, and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies State Standards, as well as ways to promote civics instruction in the modern classroom. The knowledge gained at the conference will be shared with members of New Haven High School’s Social Studies Department as they prepare to align curriculum with the Common Core State Standards.
Vineland Elementary School, Baldwin Park, CAGrades 6-8, Science2014, Winter$2,000
Ms. de Fuente and Ms. Lazaro’s students will learn about the Earth’s resources through gardening, cultivating, and understanding scientific concepts. Students will be provided with hands-on opportunities to examine soil, its elements, and observational skills. Students will not only grow a sustainable garden, but will take these tools to further and share their educational and experiential development.
Westmoore High School, Oklahoma City, OKGrades 9-12, Foreign Language Teacher2014, Fall$2,000
Mrs. Stafford-Najibi will improve her professional practice by attending the American Council on Teaching Foreign Language Convention. While there, Mrs. Stafford-Najibi will attend sessions focused on integrating global competence into curriculum. Upon completion, Mrs. Staffor-Najibi will share all resources and tools with world language teachers across the district and central Oklahoma through workshop presentations and planning sessions.
Annalee Avenue Elementary School, Carson, CAGrades K-5, Social Studies2014, Fall$5,000
Through “Westward Movement,” students at Annalee Avenue Elementary School will learn about the perspectives of multiple cultural groups that have migrated to western parts of the United States. Students will research the motives for these groups’ migrations and analyze the struggles and conflicts that arose throughout their journeys. The project will culminate with a trip to Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento.
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.