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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.

Type of grant received
Grade level taught
Subject taught
State where grantee teaches
  • Martha Mentzer

    Supply Elementary School
    Supply, NC
    Innovation Grant
    Grades K-5
    2004, Spring

    Through the “Basketball Poets Program,” Ms. Mentzer and Ms. Allen use basketball to motivate students to analyze and write poetry. Students write an original poem to participate in the group. Dividing their time between basketball and poetry, students study poetic theory and host visits from professional poets and actors. Students read poetry or a dramatic text for the group, school, and community and create books of original poetry.

  • Mary Burke

    Moseley Elementary School
    Westfield, MA
    Innovation Grant
    Grades K-5
    2004, Spring

    Working with kindergarten teachers throughout the district, Ms. Burke and Ms. Rheaume integrate science and technology by creating a unit on the lunar moth and painted lady butterfly. Students participate in a field trip to the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens and use software to compare moth and butterfly species. Based on what they learn, students create books on the life cycles of these insects.

  • Mary Lyons

    Burton Elementary School
    Durham, NC
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2004, Spring

    Ms. Lyons and her partners participate in a study group to learn, discuss, implement, and reflect on the Balanced Literacy Framework. At each session, participants learn about best practices in reading and writing. Study group members observe each other and develop strategies to improve instruction.

  • Melanie Hermstad

    Hanalei Elementary School
    Hanalei, HI
    Innovation Grant
    Grades K-5
    2004, Spring

    With an integrated classroom, Ms. Hermstad and her partners use service learning to help students apply their content knowledge. Students identify a community problem and create short public service announcements to address the issue. After researching and filming a topic, students broadcast the announcement on closed-circuit television in their community.

  • Michelle Evans

    Valley Elementary School
    Huntsville, UT
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2004, Spring

    Ms. Evans, Ms. Hogge, and Ms. Weight increase the critical-thinking and inquiry skills of their students by transforming computer labs into spaceships. Students use these spaceships to travel back in time and research famous mathematicians. Students also interact with volunteers who pose as these figures. Based on what they learn, students write journal entries and produce booklets about the mathematicians’ influence.

  • Nancy Goss

    Amity Junior High School
    Orange, CT
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2004, Spring

    In a four-week unit on human biology, ninth-grade students at Amity Junior High School create an illustrated children’s book on the human body. Students research a system in the human body, and then create a children’s book about that system. At the conclusion of the unit, students travel to a local elementary school to share their books with second graders.

  • Nancy Sadaly

    East High School
    Erie, PA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2004, Spring

    Ms. Sadaly attends “It’s Never Too Late Literacy Institute” summer institute to learn research-based strategies to improve reading comprehension for secondary students. She uses this knowledge to revise the district’s language arts curriculum and lead her colleagues in implementing best practices in reading instruction.

  • Patrick Boehmer

    Carrington Public Schools
    Carrington, ND
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2004, Spring

    Mr. Boehmer and Ms. Johnson enhance the science and environmental knowledge of their students through a project on ecosystems. Students form peer-learning groups to research an ecosystem of their choosing and use plants, animals, and materials to create an ecosystem in aquariums. Groups collect and exchange data on their respective environments.

  • Paul Rozycki

    Mott Community College
    Flint, MI
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Higher Education
    2004, Spring

    Dr. Rozycki and Dr. Moxley develop community service learning resources to encourage faculty and students to be civically engaged. Study group participants identify best practices to guide civic engagement activities, develop and pilot a multidisciplinary service learning course, and evaluate the effect of service learning on student achievement. To share what they learn, participants create a website that highlights best practices and a faculty guide on how to launch and sustain service-learning activities.

  • Paula Carlson

    Simpson Waverly School
    Hartford, CT
    Innovation Grant
    Grades K-5
    2004, Spring

    Ms. Carlson, Ms. Kevorkian, and Ms. Namnoun-Allen design a multidisciplinary curriculum that improves students’ social studies, art, and literacy skills. Collaborating with a local museum, students research the history of one of Hartford’s landmarks, the Bushnell Park Carousel. With this knowledge, students create artwork, books, and music about the carousel. At the conclusion of the project, students visit Bushnell Park and produce and stage a musical production about the carousel landmark.

  • Rebecca Pittard

    Pine Trail Elementary School
    Ormond Beach, FL
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2004, Spring

    Ms. Pittard and her partners, all teachers in different grade levels throughout the district, form a lesson study group to improve mathematics pedagogy. After collaborating to develop lessons, participants conduct classroom observations and reflect on strategies to improve instruction.

  • Robert Bonner

    Cornelius Elementary School
    Cornelius, OR
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2004, Spring

    Mr. Bonner travels to New Zealand to observe and learn best practices for reading instruction. After touring the country, he implements successful instructional approaches and develops strategies to assess reading skills.

  • Roberta Oliver

    Richard Edwards School
    Chicago, IL
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2004, Spring

    Eighth-grade English language learners improve their literacy and science skills by creating laboratory manuals for elementary students. To develop these documents, the older students photograph each stage of the various experiments and add step-by-step instructions. To help elementary teachers use the manuals, the eighth graders lead a training program.

  • Rosetta Roach

    Dover Central Middle School
    Dover, DE
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2004, Spring

    By integrating art across disciplines, Ms. Roach, Ms. Hameed, and Ms. Mackey develop thematic lessons to enhance their students’ critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Students learn how art affects their lives, from the clothing they wear to the houses in which they live. In one unit, students research Native American art, form their own tribe, and create artifacts that symbolize their respective tribes. At the completion of this unit, students interact with local Native Americans.

  • Sarah Pierce

    Putnam County Adult High School
    Cookeville, TN
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2004, Spring

    Ms. Pierce and her partners revise their U.S. history curriculum for their adult learners. Collaborating with the history specialist at the Tennessee Department of Education, the team analyzes state standards and develops a syllabus and teaching strategies for a U.S. history course. The group shares their work by publishing the curriculum online and through state and county publications and conferences.

  • Sass Brown

    The Fashion Institute of Technology
    New York, NY
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2004, Spring

    To teach her students about ethical entrepreneurship and its relation to community outreach, Ms. Brown travels to Brazil to study a women’s empowerment cooperative. Ms. Brown learns the cooperative’s model for using traditional handicraft skills by building committed relationships between native artisans and established fashion designers. From what she learns, she develops a curriculum that shows how fashion businesses can be built from community outreach and on ethics in design practices.

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