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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
  • Susan Aman

    Thonotosassa Elementary School
    Thonotosassa, FL
    Innovation Grant
    Grades K-5
    2004, Winter

    Ms. Aman and Ms. Regenold have developed a historical and archaeological adventure for their third-grade students. The journey begins with tours of the Museum of Science and Industry including the examination of original artifacts from the Titanic. Inspired by their museum trip, students read books about the period, and publish their own story about the field trips. To share their learning experiences publicly, students create a museum and invite their peers and parents to a tour.

  • Tara Melchior

    Maplewood Middle School
    Maplewood, NJ
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2004, Winter

    Ms. Melchior and her partners form a study group to learn best practices for mentoring pre-service and beginning teachers. Bi-weekly, the group meets and discusses data on current mentoring relationships and creates a framework for the district to use to develop and train teams of mentors in the future.

  • Becky Peltonen

    Oscar Patterson Elementary School
    Panama City, FL
    Innovation Grant
    Grades K-5
    2003, Fall

    Ms. Peltonen and Ms. Fowler team with parents and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to develop a scientific exploration of animal and plant ecosystems. After studying scientific methodologies and concepts, students travel to a nearby freshwater lake to collect data. To demonstrate their knowledge of ecosystems, students construct their own freshwater habitats and share them with their families.

  • Berthica Rodriguez-McCleary

    ESOL Dual Language Assessment Center—Devonshire
    Falls Church, VA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Higher Education
    2003, Fall

    After recognizing that their World English (WE) students—from Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria—are being inappropriately placed in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, Ms. Rodriguez-McCleary and her team explore alternative programs that meet the special needs of WE students. The team collaborates with university researchers and community resource groups to investigate effective instructional strategies. This results shape the county’s policy on WE instruction and improve services for WE students.

  • Beth Remaly

    Bunche Park Elementary School
    Opa Locka, FL
    Innovation Grant
    Grades K-5
    2003, Fall

    Integrating their special needs students into general education classes, Ms. Remaly and her partners have developed a model to increase the literacy skills of their kindergarten and first-grade students. Students at all learning levels craft memory books that recall learning activities, events, and trips in which they have participated. Teachers and paraeducators emphasize the vocabulary associated with each activity and take photographs that each student can use to develop their books.

  • Bradley Stein

    Thomas Edison Elementary
    Morton Grove, IL
    Innovation Grant
    Grades K-5
    2003, Fall

    Mr. Stein and Mr. O’Malley have developed the “Techno-Immersion Project,” a group of cross-curricula units through which fifth-grade students mentor fourth-graders to conduct research and develop a creative presentation of the results using technology. Working in teams, students choose a topic for research—Native American studies, slavery and civil rights, geometry, or endangered animals—and select an effective medium to present the information. At the conclusion of the project, each team presents their research to their teachers and families.

  • Cindy Rushing

    J. S. Slocum Elementary School
    Pineville, LA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2003, Fall

    Ms. Rushing is leading a study group for elementary teachers at each grade level to examine and improve reading instruction. Group members use Star Early Literacy, a computer-adaptive diagnostic assessment and database reading program, to disaggregate data on students’ reading skills and use that data to inform instruction.

  • Claire Klassen

    Loch Lomond Elementary School
    Manassas, VA
    Innovation Grant
    Grades K-5
    2003, Fall

    Ms. Klassen, Ms. Slauson, and Ms. Spor aim to improve students’ writing skills with “A Work in Progress,” a project that uses individual portfolios to chart each student’s progress in writing from kindergarten to fifth grade. The student portfolios contain writing samples from each school year as well as writing strategies and rubrics for self-evaluation. During the year, students present their published work at a “Young Authors’ Showcase Night,” which includes a parent workshop that offers tips for supporting student writing at home.

  • Elena Stowell

    Kentwood High School
    Kent, WA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Fall

    Ms. Stowell and her colleagues form a study group to examine peer coaching as a means for improving their students’ reading, writing, and mathematics skills. After studying literature on peer coaching and observing each other’s teaching, group members coach their colleagues and model these new strategies to teachers throughout the school.

  • Heather Anichini

    Goldblatt Elementary School
    Chicago, IL
    Innovation Grant
    Grades K-5
    2003, Fall

    Through several cross-curricula lesson units, Goldblatt Elementary School students generate a portfolio that demonstrates their writing, reading, science, social studies, and mathematics skills. For one of these units, students read biographies and autobiographies to reflect on their own roles within their local and global communities, and write autobiographies. Students showcase their portfolios at family reading nights.

  • James Egenrieder

    H-B Woodlawn Program
    Arlington, VA
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Fall

    Mr. Egenrieder and Dr. Le’s seventh- and ninth-grade students use scientific tools to explore the hypothesis that coyotes have returned to Arlington, Virginia. With laser-guided cameras, global positioning equipment, and topographical maps in hand, students identify and document prospective habitats. Students present their findings to science and social studies teachers throughout the county, and simulate a public meeting where county officials consider evidence on the hypothesis.

  • James Everett

    Nooksack Valley Middle School
    Everson, WA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2003, Fall

    Using hand-held computers, Mr. Everett and Mr. Scott pilot a program that provides colleagues with immediate formative and summative assessments. One third of the middle-school teachers use assessment data to create individual rubrics designed to differentiate instruction and meet each student’s learning goals. Mr. Everett and Mr. Scott share the result of the pilot with other colleagues throughout the district.

  • Jan Studer

    Boundary County Junior High School
    Bonners Ferry, ID
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2003, Fall

    Ms. Studer and Ms. Bergstrand have integrated fine arts and language arts to create an arts throughout history curriculum. For this curriculum, the students use their artwork as prompts for expository, personal, persuasive, and creative writing. Students reflect on their projects in journal entries and present a portfolio of work they have submitted for assessment to their parents and community members.

  • Jeffrey LaBarbara

    West Jessamine Middle School
    Nicholasville, KY
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2003, Fall

    To increase the self-esteem and fine motor skills of their first- through eighth-grade students with special needs, Mr. LaBarbara and Ms. Parrott have created an adapted orchestra program. Students learn to play the cello and read music, and participate in orchestra activities with students in general education classes. At the end of the year, the students perform at a concert for their families.

  • Jonathan Budd

    Joel Barlow High School
    Redding, CT
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Fall

    The tenth-grade English teachers at Joel Barlow High School examine best practices for enhancing their students’ writing skills. These group members analyze student work to identify problematic areas in student writing and develop instructional and assessment tools to foster creative and analytical prose in their students’ work. The writing curriculum and assessment tools the team develops serve as a model for other disciplines throughout the district.

  • Jonathan Scott

    Borough of Manhattan Community College
    New York, NY
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Higher Education
    2003, Fall

    To address the unique learning needs of the student population and provide instructional support to part-time faculty teaching English 101, Dr. Scott—director of the composition program at the community college—has designed several workshops for new faculty members who teach this course. These workshops provide a forum for developing instructional strategies that address the learning needs of the rapidly changing, mostly immigrant student population.

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