Zionsville Community High School, Zionsville, INLearning & Leadership GrantGrades 9-12, Foreign Language Teacher2016, Spring$2,000
To deepen understanding of best practices in evaluating world language proficiency, Ms. Conrad will attend an Oral Proficiency Interview assessment workshop sponsored by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). While there, Ms. Conrad will learn about ACTFL proficiency guidelines and methods to accurately identify student ability and growth. Upon completion, Ms.Conrad will share this information in her professional development groups and through workshop presentations.
To better communicate with the growing Ethiopian population in her school system, Ms. Sherman will participate in a cultural immersion program throughout multiple cities in Ethiopia. During the program, Ms. Sherman will learn about the history, geography, religions, and culture of Ethiopia. An increase in cultural competency will allow Ms. Sherman to build a stronger relationship with Ethiopian students and their families and plan appropriate instruction.
To improve her knowledge of coding, Ms. DeHart will complete the CodeHS and Globaloria computer programming training. Upon completion, Ms. DeHart will teach the members of Glasgow Middle School’s Girls Coding Club and First Lego League how to code. Students will use their skills to support the school’s Hour of Code and various other STEM activities. Additionally, Ms. DeHart and her colleagues will create cross-curricular lessons that incorporate coding into students’ daily work.
Brighton High School, Salt Lake City, UTStudent Achievement GrantGrades 9-12, Language Arts2016, Spring$5,000
Journalism students at Brighton High School will produce video news reports and share them with a national audience via PBS’s Student Reporting Labs. Students will conduct research, interview multiple sources, write scripts, and storyboard their reports. Students will then produce and edit their short films and enter them in the district’s annual film festival.
West Ada School District, Meridian, IDLearning & Leadership GrantGrades K-12, Technology2016, Spring$2,000
To expand her skill set and support both students with disabilities and special education teachers, Mrs. Butler will attend the Closing the Gap Conference. While at the conference, Mrs. Butler will participate in workshops that will address technology practices and strategies in educational settings. After attending the conference, Mrs. Butler will apply evidence based practices to enhance the capability of educators to better support student learning.
William Penn School PS 321, Brooklyn, NYLearning & Leadership GrantGrades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice2016, Spring$2,000
Ms. Thiele will take part in an oral history gathering expedition to Kamchata, Russia, where she will be trained in “collecting culture.” During the experience, Ms. Thiele will create a culture curriculum based on primary sources, interviews, photographs, and recordings. The curriculum will ideally inspire students to collect evidence and oral histories of their own family cultures and will be shared with Ms. Thiele’s colleagues via workshops and an online blog.
Linganore High School, Frederick, MDStudent Achievement GrantGrades 9-12, Social Studies2016, Spring$5,000
Through “Using Fire to Fuel a Digital Curriculum,” Mr. Hornbeck and Mr. Burch will introduce tablets in their classrooms to pilot a social studies class titled “September 11 to the Present.” Due to the recentness of the subject matter, students will use primary source documents to anchor their studies. This completely digital approach to learning will offer exciting opportunities for heterogeneous groups of students from a variety of economic, social, and cultural backgrounds to access knowledge and assessments in a largely paperless classroom.
To better identify with a growing Latino student population at Chemeketa Community College, Ms. Beausoleil will participate in a Spanish immersion experience in Mexico City. While there, Ms. Beausoleil will study the work of Mesoamerican artists and experience local culture. Upon returning, Ms. Beausoleil will present a diversified curriculum to students which will more accurately reflect the student body.
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MILearning & Leadership GrantHigher Education, General Pedagogical Practice2016, Spring$2,000
Dr. Hornak will attend an Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) seminar to obtain an IDI certification, which will allow her to administer and interpret IDI to students returning from study abroad experiences. Dr. Hornak will focus on understanding the impact of international experiences on intercultural learning and cross cultural communication. The learning will help Dr. Hornak and her colleagues understand the impact IDI has on student learning and development.
Dr. Lohman and Dr. Guillaume will facilitate a summer institute that will allow faculty to develop essential skills and model instructional materials to foster the academic achievement of first generation college students. The research based collegial study will support teaching and learning by improving student persistence, increasing graduation rates, and narrowing achievement gaps. Additionally, the work will expand faculty development opportunities to retain a diverse, high quality professional learning community.
Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools, Piscataway, NJStudent Achievement GrantGrades 9-12, School Counselor2016, Spring$5,000
To provide students a living laboratory in which they can conduct hands on experiments, Mrs. Goldstein and Ms. Buccino will lead a summer gardening program. Participating students will work with the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station to start the “Youth Farmstand Project,” which will provide students with job training through the entrepreneurial experience of owning and operating a small business.
Northview High School, Grand Rapids, MILearning & Leadership GrantGrades 9-12, Science2016, Spring$5,000
Mrs. Berryhill and colleagues will participate in the NextGen Science Exemplar System, a robust professional development study that will enable participants to gain skills around the Science and Engineering practices found in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Educators will use this practice, along with student discourse, to better implement the Michigan Science Standards, which are based on the NGSS.
Mrs. Frances will lead a collegial study group at the Teach for Teachers Summit, where they will learn to understand the paradigm shift of instructional practice from teacher centered to student centered. The cohort will also participate in the University of New Hampshire’s Teach camp, where they will research and develop projects to implement in their classrooms. The team will ultimately learn to practice as engineers who view the classroom as a place where students can continuously learn Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) concepts.
Smiths Station High School, Smiths Station, ALStudent Achievement GrantGrades 9-12, Science2016, Spring$5,000
Through “We Aren’t Clowning Around,” Mrs. Sikes and Mrs. Martin will guide students to think critically and solve problems through inquiry-based learning. Aligning with the Next Generation Science Standards, the project will address the need to have students experience science from a three-dimensional model. The project will allow students to create a Clownfish tank to make observations, conduct research, record and analyze data, measure outcomes, and draw conclusions based on results.
Wayne County Schools Career Center, Smithville, OHLearning & Leadership GrantGrades 9-12, Arts2016, Spring$2,000
Mrs. Rue will participate in the Sneak on the Lot Summer Workshop, where she will learn the multiple phases of film production from film industry professionals. Workshop participants will develop stories, assemble filmscapes, create storyboards, schedule shoots, budget productions, film, and edit motion pictures. After completing the workshop, Mrs. Rue will bring her new skills into her classroom and assist students in creating a movie from start to finish in one week.
To enhance her ability to communicate with Spanish speaking students and families districtwide, Ms. Knight will travel to Costa Rica and attend Centro Panamericano Idioms language school. The learning will allow Ms. Knight to bridge the language barrier and provide assistance to all families, as well as implement lessons of cultural awareness for the school. At the end of the program, Ms. Knight will have a deeper understanding of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture and customs.
St. Helena High School, Saint Helena, CALearning & Leadership GrantGrades 9-12, Science2016, Spring$2,000
Mrs. Aschwanden will attend the National Association of Agriculture Educators Conference, where she will present a workshop on implementing Next Generation Science Standards-based courses into school agriculture programs and leading lessons on hands on activities. Additionally, Mrs. Aschwanden will attend workshops on program development, production agriculture, and student leadership. Upon returning, Mrs. Aschwanden will use her newly gained knowledge to present a workshop at the California Agriculture Teachers Association Conference.
United West Elementary School, Monmouth, ILStudent Achievement GrantGrades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice2016, Spring$5,000
To meet the needs of struggling learners at United West Elementary, Mrs. McVey and Mrs. Lafever will use Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention Kits for literacy interventions. The kits will provide the materials necessary to implement intensive small group interventions for students who are performing below grade level expectations. Lessons will provide direct instruction in the areas of fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, phonics, word work, and writing about reading. Additionally, the kits will provide opportunities for students to take home leveled readers to practice with their families.
William E. Norris Elementary School, Southampton, MAStudent Achievement GrantGrades K-5, Language Arts2016, Spring$5,000
To increase students’ mastery of reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills, Ms. Reiss and a team of colleagues will participate in professional development led by Maryellen Moreau and purchase materials to implement Story Grammar Marker by MindWing. Teachers and speech language pathologists will utilize a research based literacy program to assist students in learning how to verbally tell stories and ultimately create their own written narratives. Teachers and students will use visuals and manipulatives to gain a deeper understanding of the components of a cohesive story.
Mrs. Greeson will attend the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference, where she will focus on new classroom technologies and best practices for using technology as a teaching tool. After the conference, Mrs. Greeson will provide professional development opportunities to colleagues throughout the year, sharing what she learned at ISTE. Additionally, Mrs. Greeson will share information with other Instructional Technology Facilitators in the Hartselle City Schools system.
Oberlin High School, Oberlin, OHLearning & Leadership GrantGrades 9-12, Library Media Specialist2016, Spring$2,000
To improve her professional practice and knowledge of the Polish educational system, Ms. Miller will participate in the Kosciuszko Foundation's Teaching English in Poland Program. While in Poland Ms. Miller will pair and network with Polish teachers, share American best practices, and improve her own teaching using strategies and ideas learned from Polish colleagues. Upon her return she will share observations, photos, videos, artifacts, and content with colleagues, students, and her community. Ms. Miller will assist her colleagues at Oberlin High School in incorporating her new knowledge into teaching practices and curriculum.
Ms. Kutler will attend the International Congress on Mathematical Education in Hamburg, Germany. During the conference, Ms. Kutler will participate in the Algebra Topic Study Group and attend a variety of lectures given by leading math educators. Ms. Kutler will network with math teachers and researchers from around the world and will bring back the best ideas to share with her colleagues and students, as well as the Math for America Boston community.
South Central High School, Winterville, NCLearning & Leadership GrantGrades 9-12, Social Studies2016, Spring$2,000
To improve her personal knowledge, network with educators from various countries, and develop cross cultural lesson plans, Ms. Piner will attend the Centropa Summer Academy in Vienna, Prague, and Berlin. Using the great cities of Europe as their classrooms, Ms. Piner and 90 other educators will bridge interpersonal borders and work together as they study and explore the history of World War II, the Holocaust, and 20th Century European history. Ms. Piner will also meet with experts to discuss the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Polish Solidarity Movement, Ukranian Maidan, and other recent civil rights movements.
Mrs. Mickens will lead “Speaking With Our Feet,” an action research project that will investigate the effects of and the need for dance integration and mentorship for at risk boys in high poverty urban school districts. This qualitative study will evaluate if participation in dance and mentorship can increase achievement in reading and math, boost self-esteem, and transform student behavior. Teaching artists and male mentors will enhance curriculum by integrating dance and social skills awareness.
To increase her Spanish language skills and enhance her cultural competence to better serve Enka High School’s Latino students and their families, Ms. Von Dohlen will attend the Centro Ollin-Tlahtoalli Spanish Language School in Oaxaca, Mexico. During the course of her study, Ms. Von Dohlen will also volunteer at the Oaxaca Learning Center and work with local students to better understand their culture. After completing the program, Ms. Von Dohlen will use her newly acquired knowledge to support the educational and behavioral success of her students by serving as a link between their home, school, and community.
City-As-School, New York, NYStudent Achievement GrantGrades 9-12, Arts2016, Spring$5,000
Ms. Krajewski and Ms. Paulson will facilitate the creation and recording of a compilation album of student work under the mentorship of music industry professionals. The educators will utilize a student centered inquiry process to conduct workshops with music producers and songwriters to help students write and produce their own music, study music history and the lives of artists, record an album, press and distribute vinyl records, and host a culminating record release concert featuring live performances of their songs.
Spokane Public Schools, Spokane, WALearning & Leadership GrantGrades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice2016, Spring$5,000
Ms. Bageant and Ms. Fyhrie will lead a collegial study through Spokane Public Schools’ Visual Thinking Strategies Writing Lab, which will focus on the implementation of Common Core State Standards. Through this method, students will examine art, peer-discuss, and write their thoughts. Educators will then choose anchor texts for students and encourage them to examine the signifiers of effective writing.
Central Middle School, Dobson, NCStudent Achievement GrantGrades 6-8, Science2016, Spring$5,000
“Shark Tank: Episode-Stem Energized” will provide students opportunities to apply their knowledge of energy conservation to other disciplines of science throughout the school year. Students will design, test, troubleshoot, and redesign prototypes that solve needs relating to various science disciplines, demonstrate the conservation of energy when in use, and identify any simple machines used in their invention. Presentations will be developed to assist students in “selling” their prototypes.
Mrs. McGinnis and Mr. Pluscht will work with middle school students to design and print functioning water filters that solve water purification problems in developing countries. Students will engage in science and engineering practices as they design, test, and redesign their water filters. Throughout the project, students will learn about factors that impact water quality and will develop an understanding of how engineers use rapid prototyping for producing models.
Clackamas Middle College, Happy Valley, ORLearning & Leadership GrantGrades 9-12, Social Studies2016, Spring$5,000
Mr. DeGregorio and Ms. Jevert will lead an interdisciplinary learning team that will engage in the examination of best practices in lesson and unit design for effective instruction. The cohort’s goal will be to increase Clackamas Middle College students’ analytical traits of writing across curriculum. The project will provide training and collaboration time for new and experienced educators to research and apply Common Core Learning Standards with best practices of the Danielson Framework for Teaching.
Palmer Lake School, Minneapolis, MNStudent Achievement GrantGrades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice2016, Spring$5,000
Mrs. Jonason and Mrs. Capper-Eckstein will look to close achievement gaps and actively engage students by implementing the Learning Studio model in their classrooms. Through personalized learning, students will be given greater voice and choice in their learning. Culturally relevant models will be adopted for literacy instruction that meets students’ needs and encourages greater student engagement.
Through “Robotics Generate Excitement for STEM Education,” Mr. Morris and Mr. Hait will expand their elective robotics class. The course will provide a structured sequence of programming activities in real world project based contexts. Projects will be designed to encourage students to think about the patterns and structure of programming and problem solving. At the conclusion of the course, students will use their new skills to work in teams and tackle real world issues.
Perry Local Schools, Massillon, OHLearning & Leadership GrantGrades 9-12, Science2016, Spring$2,000
To provide her Marine Biology and Environmental Science students with real life scenarios regarding conservation of the ocean's top predator and how shark finning is affecting biodiversity, Ms. Bennington will travel to South Africa to participate in the White Shark Research Project with other marine scientists. While there, Bennington will work with conservation organizations to gather data on white sharks by tagging and work to stop the slaughter of more than 100 million sharks annually. Upon returning, Bennington will share these findings with her students and utilize her data for the Marine Biome Biodiversity and Shark Conservation class projects.
Michigan City High School, Michigan City, INStudent Achievement GrantGrades 6-8, Science2016, Spring$5,000
Through “Eradicating Invasives from Hansen Park,” Ms. Dege and Mr. Goebel will work with students to restore and improve a popular local park. The restoration project will allow students to remove invasive plant species from the banks of Trail Creek and plant species that will improve fish and aquatic wildlife habitat. The park will then be used as a site for community environmental outreach programs and multiple school field trips.
Mount Carmel School, Cedar Grove, INLearning & Leadership GrantGrades K-5, Language Arts2016, Spring$2,000
Through “Hitting the Iditarod Trail,” Mrs. Drudy will attend the Iditarod Summer Camp for Educators. While there, Mrs. Drudy will learn of the history of the race, which was founded as a collaborative effort of dog sled teams to transport serum to ward off a diphtheria epidemic. The camp’s sessions will enable Mrs. Drundy to build a solid knowledge base about the social repercussions of the race and challenge her to use best practices to impact student success through experiential learning.
Cora Kelly School, Alexandria, VALearning & Leadership GrantGrades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice2016, Spring$2,000
Ms. Wilson will attend the “Understanding Finnish Education: From Myths to Realities” program through the University of Helsinki’s Department of Teacher Education. While examining the characteristics of Finnish education, including myths and realities, Ms. Wilson will increase her understanding of the causes of Finnish schools’ high international rankings. Upon returning, Ms. Wilson will share best practices via staff development in schools, peer to peer modeling, and work with students.
St. Paul Music Academy, St. Paul, MNLearning & Leadership GrantGrades K-5, Music2016, Spring$2,000
Mrs. Kelly will spend four weeks on a cultural exchange in India, during which she will volunteer at both a rural school north of Bangalore and an urban school in Kolkata. While there, Mrs. Kelly will teach American folk songs to elementary students and mentor music teachers in integrating technology with music education. Additionally, Mrs. Kelly will learn regional folk songs and dances, which she will then share with her colleagues and students at St. Paul Music Academy.
Northwestern High School, Hyattsville, MDStudent Achievement GrantGrades 9-12, Language Arts2016, Spring$5,000
Through a yearlong photographic memoir project, students will use cameras and journals to photograph, write about, and celebrate the important moments in their lives. By mixing written expression with photographic artistry, the project will foster progress in student writing techniques, figurative language development, and editing and revising processes. At the project’s conclusion, students will have independently produced impressive photography based, multi-genre personal memoirs.
To improve her practice of teaching Spanish, Ms. Sanchirico will participate in an intensive language immersion program in Argentina through Middlebury College. Ms. Sanchirico will work with professors specializing in Southern Cone linguistics, politics, culture, and literature while living with a host family. Upon returning, Ms. Sanchirico will update her curriculum to incorporate lessons learned through the program.
Woodstock Academy, Woodstock, CTStudent Achievement GrantGrades 9-12, Special Education2016, Spring$2,000
Mrs. Despres and Mrs. Grube will utilize Lego BuildtoExpress in their classroom to engage every student in a cross-curricular, hands-on learning environment. Through construction, students will experience building concepts firsthand. Curriculum will encourage students to become more independent learners and develop problem solving, comprehension, communication, creativity, and critical thinking skills.
Seminole Trails Elementary School, West Palm Beach, FLLearning & Leadership GrantGrades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice2016, Spring$5,000
To meet the needs of a diverse student population, Mrs. Ondo and Ms. Wood will expand the use of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at Seminole Trails Elementary School. Through AVID lessons, students will learn how to take notes, remain organized, and sharpen study skills. A cohort of educators will participate in an AVID summer institute to continue their professional development on AVID components and strategies. Participants will learn how to embed AVID strategies in daily instruction with the goal of increasing student engagement, involvement, and assessment results.
Jordan-Matthews High School, Siler City, NCLearning & Leadership GrantGrades 9-12, English2016, Spring$2,000
To enhance morphing English as a Second Language (ESL) responsibilities from classroom teacher to coach in a high school with high academic and linguistic needs, Ms. Pillars will attend a WIDA national language learning conference. Ms. Pillars will explore the latest findings in language development and learning strategies and bring them back to Jordan-Matthews High School. Upon returning to her school, Ms. Pillars will share new instructional methods with her colleagues, including the use of “edusketches” to optimize students’ visual learning propensities.
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.