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Grantee Archive

Our grantees represent educators from all parts of the U.S. and cover all grade levels and subject areas. Below you will find a searchable database of all of the projects we’ve funded in the past 3 years.

  • Abbigail Yellman

    North Kansas City High School
    Kansas City, MO
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2010, Fall

    Mrs. Yellman and Mrs. Carney will lead the “NKC_BookSpace,” an online student book club that will virtually connect readers via technology.  Students will sign up for the book club, read assigned texts, and post to discussions occurring online.  This learning endeavor will enrich literacy and technology skills beyond classroom walls for all ninth through twelfth grade students at North Kansas City High School. 

  • Andrew Edwards

    Lindberg High School
    Saint Louis, MO
    Student Success Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2019, Fall
    $5,000

    Lindbergh High School AP/IB students will utilize new technology to expand their scope of laboratory preparedness, think critically in team settings, and instill an exploratory sense of science. Students will benefit from new laboratory equipment by engaging in new and rigorous learning opportunities and will use new software technology to analyze their data. Mr. Edwards will take student data to other AP/IB science disciplines and work with colleagues to better enhance learning opportunities across all grade levels.

  • Barbara Wilkins

    Cuba High School
    Cuba, MO
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Summer

    Ms. Wilkins and her study group partners, who are high school and middle school mathematics teachers, are determining the most effective methods of using manipulatives to improve students’ comprehension and retention of pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry concepts. Study group members also investigate the causes and remedies of a drop-off in mathematics achievement in the district between grades four and eight.

  • Carmen Hill

    Gateway Elementary School
    Saint Louis, MO
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2019, Fall
    $5,000

    To address the district’s shortage of school medical personnel and empower all educators with the knowledge and skills of emergency rescue, a team of school nurses will become Certified CPR and First Aid Trainers from the American Heart Association. Through these trainings, Ms. Hill and her team will create and facilitate workshops to certify educators in surrounding districts as well as educators at national professional development forums. The program will serve as a means of scaling and spreading needed certifications to educators across the country.

  • Carrie Ziolkowski

    Galactic Gifted Program
    Florissant, MO
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades K-5
    2017, Winter
    $2,000.00

    Ms. Ziolkowski will provide opportunities for students at primary grade levels to learn valuable 21st Century skills including designing, programming, and engineering. Through the use of LEGO WeDo 2.0 kits, students will be introduced to the world of engineering through tinkering and exploration, and gain valuable experience in coding and programming that will provide a solid base for additional STEM coursework at subsequent grade levels in the gifted program. As engineers in training, students will apply critical thinking and problem solving skills as they learn from their own mistakes and make adaptations to become successful.

  • Chakita R. Jackson

    Hazelwood Central High School
    Florissant, MO
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2008, Winter

    Formatted in the framework of a “Literacy Academy,” the partners will create an intervention literacy program targeted to students assessed under state criteria for reading and writing and performing below their designated grade level. This program will use interactive technology, books, and magazines and peer modeling.

  • Christine Anderson

    Liberty High School
    Liberty, MO
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2016, Fall
    $2,000

    Liberty High School students will use an audio studio to create original digital media as a means of personal and academic expression. Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Riedel will implement and facilitate an audio recording studio in the school library.  Students will use the studio to think creatively, construct knowledge, and develop innovative digital media. Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Riedel will provide learning opportunities to support student and staff use of the studio.

  • Jeanne Wiley

    Miami R-I School District
    Amoret, MO
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2014, 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.

  • Judith Webb

    Bingham Middle School
    Independence, MO
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2007, Winter

    Teachers and education support professionals participate in study groups to learn how to better support students at risk of dropping out of school. Ms. Webb, Ms. Meckel, and their colleagues study how to build stronger personal relationships with students within small learning communities. The study groups also discuss professional texts, mentor each other, and share information from conferences to develop specific intervention strategies that meet the academic and social needs of their middle school students.

  • Kevin Martin

    Hazelwood East High School
    Saint Louis, MO
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2013, Spring
    $5,000

    To improve problem solving and group work in Algebra I classrooms, Mr. Martin and Ms. Knight will introduce tablet technology.  Student collaboration will increase through the sharing of student work, problem sets, and e-portfolios. Mr. Martin and Ms. Knight will stress the improvement of 21st century skills and allow scholars to work in individualized, innovative ways.

  • Laurel Maslowski

    North Kansas City High School
    North Kansas City, MO
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2007, Winter

    Ms. Maslowski spends two months teaching in a secondary school in Moshi, Tanzania to model best practices for teachers there. To provide content on African decolonization for her own school’s curriculum, Ms. Maslowski gathers materials and interviews community members about Tanzania’s recent independence movement. She shares her experience through classroom lectures, assemblies, staff development events, national conventions, and district press.

  • Lea Ann Pitcher

    Raytown High School
    Raytown, MO
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2009, Fall

    By utilizing a student-response clicker system, algebra students will get immediate feedback and will be able to keep track of their progress on learning objectives.  Daily opening and closing questions will be used to check for student understanding and to motivate students’ accountability for their learning, allowing them to utilize interactive technology to bring algebra concepts into hands-on, visual representations.

  • Linda Beebe-Boring

    Westview Elementary School
    Lee’s Summit, MO
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades K-5
    2007, Summer

    A simulated crime scene investigation forms the backdrop for eight scientific lab experiments that require critical thinking. Integrating handheld computer technology, students collect and organize data from scientific investigations. Using software integration programs, real-time information is incorporated into student reports and collected data helps students determine which suspect is the criminal. After solving their crime scene, teams create their own forensic simulation and labs for other schools’ students to solve.

  • Lisa Partney Nicholson

    Prairie View Elementary
    O’Fallon, MO
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades K-5
    2013, Winter

    Ms. Nicholson and Mrs. Keck will use Lego robotics sets to enhance student learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. Students will work collaboratively to design, build, program, and fine tune the functions of the robot. Working collectively, students will use the robots to assess possible solutions to green technology problems and complete specific functions and tasks.

  • Melinda Merrill

    Center Middle School
    Kansas City, MO
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2006, Winter

    Ms. Merrill and her partners implement an interdisciplinary unit on watersheds. Students examine topographical maps, write letters to local companies and government agencies, conduct animal field studies and classifications, collect and graph data, and create a sculpture or mural to encourage recycling. Working with the Blue River Watershed Association, students participate in the Greater Metropolitan Student Scholar Lab, rotating through career explorations and implementing projects based on information collected by scientists in the field. Final project results are disseminated through the student website.

  • Monique Agueros

    Warrensburg R-VI School District
    Warrensburg, MO
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades K-5
    2009, Winter

    Using video cameras, Mrs. Agueros and colleagues will implement “Flip the Classroom!”  This unique literacy activity will enable teachers to quickly record an event for projection in class, get input from students on captions and descriptions, and post the video on the district-created KinderBlog website.  A themed mini-movie will be created each month.

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