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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
  • Lauren Piner

    South Central High School
    Winterville, NC
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2016, 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. 

  • Laverne Mickens

    Rebecca Johnson Elementary
    Springfield, MA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2016, Spring
    $5,000

    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. 

  • Lisa Von Dohlen

    Enka High School
    Candler, NC
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2016, Spring
    $2,000

    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.

  • Maria Krajewski

    City-As-School
    New York, NY
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2016, 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.

  • Marion Bageant

    Spokane Public Schools
    Spokane, WA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2016, 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.

  • Melissa Hamlin

    Central Middle School
    Dobson, NC
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2016, 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.

  • Patty McGinnis

    Arcola Intermediate School
    Norristown, PA
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2016, Spring
    $2,000

    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.

  • Ryan DeGregorio

    Clackamas Middle College
    Happy Valley, OR
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2016, 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.

  • Sandra Jonason

    Palmer Lake School
    Minneapolis, MN
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades K-5
    2016, 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.

  • Scott Morris

    Katherine Albiani Middle School
    Elk Grove, CA
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2016, Spring
    $5,000

    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.

  • Stephanie Bennington

    Perry Local Schools
    Massillon, OH
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2016, 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.

  • Stephanie Dege

    Michigan City High School
    Michigan City, IN
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2016, 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.

  • Tamara Drudy

    Mount Carmel School
    Cedar Grove, IN
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2016, 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. 

  • Tara Wilson

    Cora Kelly School
    Alexandria, VA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2016, 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. 

  • Teresa Kelly

    St. Paul Music Academy
    St. Paul, MN
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2016, 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.

  • Timothy Ghazzawi

    Northwestern High School
    Hyattsville, MD
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2016, 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.

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