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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
  • Karen Ansberry

    Mason City Schools
    Mason, OH
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2003, Fall

    To improve the teaching of science in middle school, Ms. Ansberry leads a study group on designing and managing inquiry science in the classroom. Study group members examine the Japanese lesson study model, and visit Ohio schools using this model to observe their successes. The team shares its inquiry-based science lessons with middle-school teachers throughout the district.

  • Kayanne Levesque

    Washburn District Elementary School
    Washburn, ME
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2003, Fall

    Each month, Ms. Levesque and her study group partners learn research-based phonics instruction. Group participants evaluate data on student assessments and reflect on methods to enhance literacy instruction to increase student achievement.

  • Kim Norton

    Chaska Middle School West
    Chaska, MN
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2003, Fall

    Ms. Norton and Ms. Burnett study effective models for creating electronic student portfolios in Chaska Middle School West. These teachers visit schools that have successfully implemented portfolio assessment, and begin testing and developing their own model in a pilot class. Based on what they learn in the pilot program, the team refines the model and expands its implementation throughout the school.

  • Mary Anderson

    Audubon Technology and Communication Center
    Milwaukee, WI
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2003, Fall

    Each Wednesday afternoon, Ms. Anderson and her partners take their students with special needs to a bowling ally for “Bowling for Numbers,” a standards-based activity designed to increase students’ mathematics and interpersonal skills. Students learn to use public transportation to travel to the site, and apply their mathematics skills to complete computations based on their bowling scores.

  • Michelle Tregembo-Allen

    Los Lunas Middle School
    Los Lunas, NM
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2003, Fall

    Partnering with local environmental organizations, archeologists, and historians, Ms. Tregembo-Allen and her partners create a hands-on interdisciplinary study of the natural environment of La Semilla, New Mexico. Their seventh- and eighth-grade classes, which include students with special needs, participate in research trips to La Semilla to gather data, document soil erosion, and study native plants and animals.

  • Mike DeField

    Farmington High School
    Farmington, NM
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Fall

    Mr. DeField, Ms. Howe, and Ms. Townsend have developed an applied physics course that focuses on hot air ballooning and targets students who do not perform well in traditional science classes. Students research federal aviation laws and create prototypes of hot air balloons. In collaboration with two local balloon pilots, the students build and then fly a hot air balloon.

  • Rita Smith

    Coffee County Middle School
    Manchester, TN
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2003, Fall

    Ms. Smith and Mr. Harris team with local community members to construct an outdoor classroom for their school. In this hands-on laboratory, students investigate local biodiversity and ecological concepts to devise a conservation plan. Students also design a brochure to publicize the project.

  • Roberta Martin

    Robert Lunt Elementary School
    Las Vegas, NV
    Innovation Grant
    Grades K-5
    2003, Fall

    To engage their at-risk fourth- and fifth-grade students and provide their school with high-quality computers, Ms. Martin and Mr. Garcia teach students the technical skills required to build computers. Students first disassemble old, inoperable computers to investigate their components, and then work in teams to assemble four new computers. After each critical phase, students write technical reports that describe and evaluate their work. Students give a presentation on the assembled computers and offer technical assistance to teachers and their peers.

  • Sherry Schaaf

    Quillayute Valley School District
    Forks, WA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2003, Fall

    Ms. Shaaf leads a group of elementary- and middle-school teachers in learning to integrate inquiry-based science with reading and writing. The group participates in a National Science Foundation program that teaches them instructional strategies for implementing inquiry-based science curricula. The teachers share this pedagogy with their colleagues.

  • Teresa Gonzalez

    Middleton Street School
    Huntington Park, CA
    Innovation Grant
    Grades K-5
    2003, Fall

    Collaborating with the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles and the Ventura County Museum of History and Art, Ms. Gonzalez, Ms. Pelayo, and Ms. Reyes use the Bernstein Learning Model—an arts-based school improvement model—to create lesson plans that draw on the arts to reinforce other standards-based curricula. Students engage in several learning activities, which include attending live performances at the Children’s Museum and participating in interactive social studies lessons that use historical artifacts and reenactments to explore other cultures and eras.

  • Valorie Carmer

    Grain Valley R–5 School District
    Grain Valley, MO
    Innovation Grant
    Grades K-5
    2003, Fall

    By creating a unit on the Truman Administration’s decision to desegregate the military, Ms. Carmer and Ms. Corley aim to impart lessons on tolerance, equity, and civic responsibility. Language arts students read novels that explore equity issues and research primary sources to examine the political and social reasons behind the decision to end segregation in the armed forces. Assuming the role of the federal official responsible for the policy, each student team presents evidence for or against the proposal during a mock forum at the Truman Library.

  • Wanda Newman

    Friendly High School
    Fort Washington, MD
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Fall

    Ms. Newman, Ms. Torrence, and Ms. Williams research and develop prototypes of paraprofessional portfolios, including a sample electronic portfolio. These portfolios provide a model their colleagues can use to demonstrate their qualifications in improving student learning and guidelines for assembling the best evidence of proficiency. After preparing these prototypes, the team assists other paraprofessionals in creating their own portfolios.

  • 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.

  • Brenda Simmons

    St. Clair County High School
    Odenville, AL
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Summer

    Ms. Simmons and Ms. Richardson guide their students through all the phases of writing and publishing novels that focus on growing up in Alabama from the 1940s through the 1970s. Students research these decades and conduct interviews with community members who were teenagers at the time. The students then write four novels, one for each decade, and host a book signing in a local bookstore.

  • Carmen Latterell

    University of Minnesota Duluth
    Duluth, MN
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Higher Education
    2003, Summer

    Professor Latterell, who manages mathematics placement testing for college freshman, leads a study group of higher education and high school mathematics teachers to analyze and reform matriculation practices. Currently the standards, instructional strategies, and expectations in place at the secondary level differ from those at universities. As a result, students are often inappropriately placed in college. To bridge this divide and ensure student success in mathematics, the study group develops approaches to prepare students for university study and revises the placement exams to better assess the mathematics abilities of incoming students.

  • Christian Wilkens

    Juneau Douglas High School
    Juneau, AK
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Summer

    Mr. Wilkens is participating in the American Sign Language (ASL) immersion program at Gallaudet University. After becoming fluent in ASL, Mr. Wilkens hopes to serve the learning needs of his district’s deaf students, and help hearing students gain proficiency in the language. Recognizing that his community has a serious shortage of qualified ASL instructors, Mr. Wilkens also plans to teach an ASL class at the University of Alaska-Southeast.

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