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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
  • Grant Gigstad

    Fargo Public Schools
    Fargo, ND
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2016, Winter
    $5,000

    Through “Transforming Social Studies Classrooms,” Mr. Gigstad and colleagues will attempt to radically alter student learning through strategic changes in the instructional practices of social studies educators. Teachers will be challenged and guided to alter their focus from declarative knowledge and memorization to skills-based learning. Course study groups will align curriculum, incorporate Common Core Literacy Standards, embed 21st Century Skills, create common assessments, and determine best instructional practices that maximize student learning.  

  • Heidi Springborg

    MN ISD 196
    Apple Valley, MN
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-12
    2016, Winter
    $2,000

    To help build shared knowledge about ways in which schools can support whole-person identity development, Ms. Springborg will present a session at the National Association of School Psychologists’ annual convention. Participants in the session will learn about an environmental assessment tool that can facilitate powerful collaboration toward building inclusive school cultures. Ms. Springborg will also attend conference sessions to develop more strategies for confronting gender-based bullying and social isolation in school settings. 

  • Janet Payne

    Sycamore Elementary School
    Simi Valley, CA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2016, Winter
    $2,000

    Using the third grade Units of Study for Reading, Ms. Payne will transform her classroom into a richly literate reading workshop where all students will experience success. By attending the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Summer Institute at Columbia University, Ms. Payne will work with like-minded educators to study and further enhance methods of holding students accountable for doing their best work. Upon completing the institute, Ms. Payne will develop classroom structures that support inquiry and share her knowledge with grade level teams in staff development meetings and workshops. 

  • Joanna Gonsalves

    Salem State University
    Salem, MA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Higher Education
    2016, Winter
    $5,000

    Dr. Gonsalves will expand a research group that will investigate service learning as a method to support college retention and success, with a focus on first-generation students, low-income students, and students of color. The consortium will be comprised of service-learning faculty and administrators from public colleges in the Greater Boston area. The goal of the group is to expand the consortium’s mission to include civic learning outcomes and to invite additional campuses to participate.

  • Joanne Breffle

    Templeton High School
    Templeton, CA
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2016, Winter
    $2,000

    To further their understanding of robotics, neuroscience, and programming, Templeton High School students will build robots controlled by neuro-cognitive commands. Students will gain hands-on knowledge of robot building and will gain insight into the fields of neuroscience and brain-computer interfaces.  The project will culminate at the school’s annual Makers Fair, where students will share their work with both the community and the student body. 

  • Jonathan Georgitis

    Centennial Middle School
    Boulder, CO
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2016, Winter
    $2,000

    Mr. Georgitis and Ms. McDaniel will create a dedicated, flexible “Makerspace” in Centennial Middle School’s media center. The learning space will allow students and staff to access new technologies while participating in hands-on projects. Additionally, Mr. Georgitis will create mobile kits that can be checked out by students, with a particular focus on English Language Learners and special education students.

  • Judy Cruz

    PS 314X, The Fairmont Neighborhood School
    Bronx, NY
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades K-5
    2016, Winter
    $5,000

    To improve students’ financial literacy skills, Ms. Cruz and Ms. Bellamy will introduce a stock market game and the “Earn Your Future” curriculum to third and fourth grade students.  The programs will help students improve academic performance through the use of real world skills in math, language arts, economics, social studies, and technology.  

  • Karen Fothergill

    Filer High School
    Filer, ID
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2016, Winter
    $2,000

    Ms. Fothergill and Ms. Pierce will work with students to plan and create a mural at Filer Middle School.  Students will celebrate diversity and history while building a greater appreciation of visual art.  Students will experience the value of art education as they plan, design, write about, and create the mural.  Upon completing the mural, students will host a reception and share stories about their experiences with their peers, families, and community. 

  • Kenneth Barnes

    Rich East High School
    Park Forest, IL
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2016, Winter
    $5,000

    To increase student interest in science, Mr. Barnes will transform his traditional classroom into an inquiry-driven learning environment.  Inquiry-based activities, labs, and assessments aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards will allow students to analyze and reflect on data and assess their growth in various physics units.  Students will investigate velocity, acceleration, energy conversions, clean energy, and renewable energy sources.  Upon completing the project, Mr. Barnes will share student results with his colleagues.

  • Leslie Sutherlin

    South Dearborn Community School
    Aurora, IN
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-12
    2016, Winter
    $2,000

    To gather techniques, lessons, and curriculum that assist teachers and library paraprofessionals with promoting literacy and meeting standards via technology, Mrs. Sutherlin will attend the International Society for Technology in Education’s annual conference. Mrs. Sutherlin will use ideas gathered at the conference to develop an elementary library curriculum, work individually with a variety of educators to improve their use of technology in the classroom, and utilize technology to promote literacy across all grade levels. Mrs. Sutherlin will present the results of this work at the Indiana Library Federation’s annual conference in 2017.

  • Lindsey Parker

    Adrian Public Schools
    Adrian, MI
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2016, Winter
    $5,000

    To encourage visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning, Ms. Parker and Ms. McCarbery will introduce tablets in their special education classrooms.  Students will work with a number of apps that will provide alternative forms of mathematics and literacy instruction.  While using the apps, students will have additional opportunities to show growth in various concepts through multiple styles of learning.

  • Lisa Esse

    Maple Hill Elementary School
    Diamond Bar, CA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2016, Winter
    $2,000

    Mrs. Esse will attend the statewide and national Lead the Way conferences, where she will interact with educators and business leaders to learn best practices in implementing the Project Lead the Way science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum. Mrs. Esse will work with educators at Maple Hill Elementary School to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college and careers.  Upon completing the seminars, Mrs. Esse will share observations, photos, videos, artifacts, and content with colleagues and students through direct instruction and professional learning community meetings.

  • Melissa Fija

    West Brookfield Elementary School
    West Brookfield, MA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2016, Winter
    $5,000

    Ms. Melissa Fijal, West Brookfield

    4th to 6th Grade Special Education Teacher, West Brookfield Elementary School

    Partner: Ms. Nicole Guimond

    Grant Amount: $5,000

    Ms. Fijal and a group of colleagues will facilitate a study group focusing on co-teaching in the classroom.  The learning will focus on creating a co-teaching model to address student achievement gaps between special education students and their peers.  The cohort will examine inclusive classroom and self-regulation strategies and create lesson plans and units for inclusive classrooms using a variety of instructional strategies to differentiate content, product, and process.

  • Salena Minkler

    Ocean Crest Elementary School
    Bandon, OR
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades K-5
    2016, Winter
    $5,000

    Through the “I’m Ready!” project, Mrs. Minkler and Ms. Felber will use Ocean Crest Elementary School’s garden to foster greater project-based learning opportunities for students with disabilities. The garden project will act as a catalyst for students to overcome self-regulating behavior that often acts as a barrier to learning. Students will take part in hands-on activities that will prepare them to learn in the regular education setting. 

  • Sally Steward

    Huntingdon Area Middle School
    Huntingdon, PA
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2016, Winter
    $5,000

    To create student innovators and leaders, Mrs. Steward and Ms. DeMatteo will implement Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum through the “STEM Connecting School to Life” program. The team will create classrooms that excite students and stimulate their desire to create, explore, and learn. Mrs. Steward and Ms. DeMatteo will use K’Nex sets to allow students to design, program, and build machines to solve real world scenarios.  Students will speak with local engineers as they work on their projects, and will present their final products at a school science fair.

  • Shannon Kelly

    Howard T. Herber Middle School
    Malverne, NY
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2016, Winter
    $5,000

    Ms. Kelly and colleagues will redesign science curricula according to the Next Generation Science Standards.  The redesign will lead to a Regents-level course based on an inquiry model, wherein students will seek to arrive at their own conclusions based on data collection and analysis.  Student labs will allow for rich student-led investigation and problem solving. 

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