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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
  • Daniel Rufner

    Wendler Middle School
    Anchorage, AK
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2003, Summer

    Mr. Rufner helps broaden the scope of Wendler Middle School’s student services committee. At the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, Mr. Rufner participates in a five-day seminar that covers several topics including trauma-specific intervention tasks and techniques, comprehensive models for working with families, and suicide prevention and intervention.

  • Debra Ryan

    Bluffton Elementary School
    Bluffton, SC
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2003, Summer

    To integrate mathematics and language arts curricula, the faculty at Bluffton Elementary has formed grade-level study groups. These groups meet biweekly to discuss student work and the connections between mathematics and language arts instruction. Group members observe each others’ classrooms and videotape instruction to discuss and analyze during their meetings.

  • Dona Delgado

    Central Elementary School
    Calhoun, LA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2003, Summer

    Ms. Delgado and Ms. Kelly participate in a weeklong seminar to learn how to identify dyslexic students that have been missed by current screening practices. They share their knowledge with other teachers in their school and district.

  • Frederick Nelson

    Manhattan High School
    Manhattan, KS
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Summer

    Mr. Nelson and Ms. Schaub study best practices in the use of portfolio assessment, including electronic portfolios. After piloting the process in Manhattan High School physics courses, Mr. Nelson and Ms. Schaub plan to present the program to preservice teachers and other science educators.

  • Julia Somers

    Ignacio High School
    Ignacio, CO
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Summer

    Ms. Somers, Ms. Bilgrav, and Ms. Reinhardt developed an inquiry-based marine biology curriculum that increases their students’ environmental awareness and interest in science. Students from this isolated Rocky Mountain American Indian reservation conduct field research at local streams and lakes with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Environmental Division, consult with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder and learn scuba diving to observe marine life up close at the University of Hawaii Marine Research Station.

  • Kate VerSchure

    Beacon Day Treatment
    Inkster, MI
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Summer

    In Ms. VerSchure’s classroom, students become engineers who write computer programs that design, build, modify, and manipulate LEGO¨ robots. The programs enable robots to collect data, which students then analyze and present in class. Community professionals discuss engineering careers and evaluate the students’ robotics projects.

  • Kay Rhyan

    Alexander Elementary School
    Albany, OH
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2003, Summer

    Ms. Rhyan and her colleagues form a study group to become experts in guided reading strategies aimed at improving literacy achievement in their school. They also use a formal protocol to analyze and discuss videotapes of their classroom instruction. Based on what they learn, study group members help teachers at each grade level to implement these reading strategies in their own classrooms.

  • Leanne Worley

    Franklin County High School
    Rocky Mount, VA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Summer

    Ms. Worley and her colleagues study ways to restructure their very large, impersonal high school into a number of smaller, more effective learning communities. Their research takes them to various schools across the country to consult with educators who have achieved similar transformations. Study group members also develop approaches to personalize each student’s learning experience.

  • Linda Burley

    Bear Creek Elementary School
    Bend, OR
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2003, Summer

    The first-grade team at Bear Creek Elementary School has formed a study group focusing on language arts and mathematics achievement to plan for the introduction of a school-wide Title I program. The study group members are leveraging their combined fifty-seven years of teaching experience to provide expert instructional coaching to school staff.

  • Linda Zupan

    Shields Valley Public Schools
    Clyde Park, MT
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2003, Summer

    To assist hearing students who struggle to learn phonics through conventional methods, Ms. Zupan is studying Signed Exact English. By incorporating instruction that allows students to see as well as hear language, Ms. Zupan hopes to supplement strategies for teaching literacy. Ms. Zupan is also designing professional development to help her colleagues understand and use this approach.

  • Megan Iussig

    Lowell High School
    Lowell, IN
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Summer

    Through a combination of data analysis and site visits to high-performing schools, this study group is formulating school-wide intervention strategies designed to reverse a trend toward declining student performance in reading, writing, and mathematics. Led by Ms. Iussig, study group members meet biweekly to analyze the success of their interventions, modify their practices, and increase their subject-matter expertise.

  • Mitchell Trembicki

    Haverford High School
    Haverstown, PA
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Summer

    Using a local apple orchard as their laboratory, Haverford High School students observe the affects of integrated pest management on nonpoint source pollution and disease resistance in plants and insects. Students inspect pheromone traps and track degree days, photograph and draw indigenous insects, and analyze data to control pests and limit pesticide applications. At the conclusion of the project, students create a mural that illustrates how humankind affects the environment.

  • Patricia Thomas

    Dixie Hollins High School
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Summer

    To engage their at-risk students in science and improve critical-thinking skills, Ms. Thomas and Ms. Zavidil have transformed their science class into a crime scene investigation adventure. Each week, students use DNA analysis and other advanced techniques to analyze simulated crime scenes.

  • Rita Moore

    The University of Montana-Western
    Dillion, MT
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Higher Education
    2003, Summer

    A class of preservice teachers at rural University of Montana-Western collaborates with Ms. Seeger and Mr. Ritter, who are elementary teachers in Kansas with urban students. They provide teacher preparation students with experiences that integrate literacy instruction with culture. The preservice teachers exchange personal essays with Ms. Seeger’s and Mr. Ritter’s fourth grade students on topics such as, "How I Learned to Read and Write," "What I Read at Home," and "What We Learned from Each Other." Ms. Seeger and Mr. Ritter meet online with the education classes to analyze student work—both the fourth graders’ and the undergraduates’—and discuss ways that attention to cultural context can enhance the teaching of literacy.

  • Robert Pohlman

    Bergen County Technical High School
    Teterboro, NJ
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Summer

    To improve the technical writing skills of their pre-engineering and electronics students, Mr. Pohlman and Mr. Kruger require students to keep a notebook on their projects. The team hopes that helping their students write clear, accurate descriptions of technical designs, products, and operations—according to industry standards—will prepare them for careers in engineering.

  • Sherry Haibach

    Garfield Heights Middle School
    Garfield Heights, OH
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2003, Summer

    Ms. Haibach and her colleagues engage in curriculum mapping and intensive study to align the school’s mathematics curriculum across all grade levels with state and national standards for students. Their process for this work serves as a model for the revision of curriculum in other subject areas.

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