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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
  • David Paden

    John Dewey Learning Academy
    Lecompton, KS
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2004, Winter

    To engage their at-risk students in school, Mr. Paden and his partners designed a curriculum that connects environmental education and service learning with all content areas. Focusing on land navigation, students plant trees, build birdhouses, and create trail markers. Students present the project at the National Service Learning Conference.

  • Erin Lumpkins

    Woodburn School for the Fine and Communicative Arts
    Falls Church, VA
    Innovation Grant
    Grades K-5
    2004, Winter

    Ms. Lumpkins, Ms. Flaherty, and Ms. Vance integrate fine arts with language arts by exploring storytelling. Students survey storytelling in all content areas and create daily drawings in their sketchbook journals, which are a springboard to narrative and expository writing. For background knowledge, students read fiction and nonfiction books on story cloths, which are new art forms similar to quilting, and their importance to storytelling in various cultures. The project concludes with the students creating their own story cloths.

  • James Keating

    Broad Ripple High School
    Indianapolis, IN
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2004, Winter

    Mr. Keating travels to London, England, to attend a program at Oxford University on language and literature. At Oxford, he refines his knowledge of language and literature and effective pedagogical techniques. Mr. Keating uses this knowledge to improve his teaching practices. He shares his knowledge with colleagues to advance the content of their subject areas and effectively engage students in learning.

  • Jeanene Holliday

    Hunters Glen Elementary
    Missouri City, TX
    Innovation Grant
    Grades K-5
    2004, Winter

    To increase the problem-solving skills of students who are struggling with mathematical concepts, Ms. Holliday, Ms. Aziz, and Ms. Hilburn help students develop a mock corporation. Students establish and manage a for-profit company that designs and sells clothing. Working within several corporate divisions, students track and distribute salaries, market and advertise their clothing, and manage general operations. Students conclude the program with a fashion show.

  • Jemi Baham

    Monrovia High School
    Monrovia, CA
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2004, Winter

    Through “Learn by Teaching,” Ms. Baham and Ms. Ford enrich the communication and science vocabulary of their English language learners. After studying complex biology vocabulary and concepts, these students practice their communication and critical thinking skills by developing and teaching science lessons to elementary students.

  • Juliet Baxter

    University of Oregon
    Eugene, OR
    Innovation Grant
    Higher Education
    2004, Winter

    To engage middle school students and preservice teachers in mathematics, Dr. Baxter, Ms. Belcher, and Ms. Vitulli use peer instruction and hand-held wireless transmitters. The team models inquiry-based methods of teaching mathematics as students respond to conceptual questions through their wireless transmitters. With an instantaneous analysis of the responses, the team refines their instruction to meet students’ needs and focus on the concepts the students are not grasping.

  • Kathryn Shaw

    Northwest Elementary School
    Jackson, MI
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2004, Winter

    Joining Earthwatch Research in summer 2004, Ms. Shaw explores orcas, a species of endangered whales that show high levels of toxins in their tissues. She travels to Puget Sound in Washington to track and observe orca behaviors. From this research, she develops a unit on ecosystems, animal behavior, and human impact on the environment.

  • Kim Scheitlin

    Mediapolis Community School
    Mediapolis, IA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2004, Winter

    The mathematics team at Mediapolis Community School participates in a study group to assess and improve the mathematics skills of their students. Once a week, team members meet to evaluate data from state standardized tests as well as from the STAR mathematics assessment program to determine the weaknesses in students’ understanding of mathematical concepts. The participants research best practices for addressing these weaknesses and improving mathematics skills.

  • Kristine Crowe

    Augusta Middle School
    Augusta, WI
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2004, Winter

    Ms. Crowe learns how to create a community-based remedial program to help improve mathematics and reading skills of students. She participates in workshops sponsored by the Mott Foundation that address program management, curriculum integration, staff development, and program sustainability.

  • Laura Vickery

    Meridian High School
    Haslett, MI
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2004, Winter

    Ms. Vickery and Ms. Wilburn have created a practical application of chemistry for their students. In a unit on the chemistry of color, students study natural and chemically manipulated pigments used to develop inks, paints, and glazes. The teachers also connect learning to employment opportunities by examining the need for chemists to develop color for such things as markers and pens.

  • Mario Alberto Godoy-Gonzalez

    Royal High School
    Royal City, WA
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2004, Winter

    With “Opening Our Grandparents’ Memory Box,” Mr. Godoy-Gonzalez and his partners are helping their English language learners and special education students to improve their English skills. Students collaboratively study and research the role immigrants played in shaping the nation by interviewing community members. During these interviews, community members share recipes, folk tales, and items that students can store in their memory boxes.

  • Megan Buonomo

    Hopedale Memorial School
    Hopedale, MA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2004, Winter

    Once a month, Ms. Buonomo and her partners participate in a study group that examines the characteristics of differentiated instruction. Group members discuss differentiation topics, such as assessment tools and learning methods. After exploring various differentiation techniques, the group modifies existing curricula to better address the learning styles of each student.

  • Patricia Abitabilo

    South Brunswick High School
    Monmouth Junction, NJ
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2004, Winter

    To reduce the attrition rate at their school, Ms. Abitabilo and her partners analyze teacher efficacy, its relationship to increasing student achievement, and its decline in teachers who teach less than ten years. Once a month the group explores issues such as classroom practices that improve efficacy, alternative assessments, and responsive learning. Veteran teachers and new teachers partner to create lesson plans and reflect on their efforts to increase efficacy and achievement. Pre- and post-surveys assess the study groups impact on efficacy.

  • Roger Clapp

    Columbus Park Preparatory Academy
    Worcester, MA
    Innovation Grant
    Grades K-5
    2004, Winter

    Third-grade students at Columbus Park Preparatory Academy investigate the history of the local watershed and the impact that urban development has had on the local ecosystem. After visiting the Worcester Historical Society and the Department of Public Works, students conduct and videotape interviews with local residents and politicians, analyze water quality, and develop a plan for civic action that addresses environmental issues. Students compile their videotapes of interviews and site visits and present their research to the community, including local environmental groups.

  • Sandra Hobbs

    Lake Central High School
    St. John, IN
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2004, Winter

    During summer 2004, Ms. Hobbs participates in Earthwatch Expeditions and travels to western and southern Russia to explore the rich tradition of music and dance. She documents and analyzes folk music and dance that was censored and almost extinguished under Soviet rule. Upon her return, she incorporates this music into her curriculum to offer comparisons between folk music traditions in the United States and Russia.

  • Stacey Dinarello

    Michael E. Capuano Early Childhood Center
    Somerville, MA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2004, Winter

    During the summer 2004, Ms. Dinarello and her partners—who include teachers across Massachusetts—travel to East Africa as part of a Fulbright Scholarship to learn about Muslim societies in Kenya and Tanzania. The group visits mosques, schools, and cultural sites to develop curricula that help change student perceptions of Islam and African life and culture. Upon their return, the group meets throughout the year to reflect on their experiences and share methods for refining their curricula.

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