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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
  • Valerie Sanchirico

    Collingswood Middle School
    Collingswood, NJ
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2016, Spring
    $2,000

    To improve her practice of teaching Spanish, Ms. Sanchirico will participate in an intensive language immersion program in Argentina through Middlebury College. Ms. Sanchirico will work with professors specializing in Southern Cone linguistics, politics, culture, and literature while living with a host family.  Upon returning, Ms. Sanchirico will update her curriculum to incorporate lessons learned through the program.

  • Victoria Despres

    Woodstock Academy
    Woodstock, CT
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2016, Spring
    $2,000

    Mrs. Despres and Mrs. Grube will utilize Lego BuildtoExpress in their classroom to engage every student in a cross-curricular, hands-on learning environment. Through construction, students will experience building concepts firsthand. Curriculum will encourage students to become more independent learners and develop problem solving, comprehension, communication, creativity, and critical thinking skills.

  • Victoria Ondo

    Seminole Trails Elementary School
    West Palm Beach, FL
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2016, Spring
    $5,000

    To meet the needs of a diverse student population, Mrs. Ondo and Ms. Wood will expand the use of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at Seminole Trails Elementary School. Through AVID lessons, students will learn how to take notes, remain organized, and sharpen study skills.  A cohort of educators will participate in an AVID summer institute to continue their professional development on AVID components and strategies.  Participants will learn how to embed AVID strategies in daily instruction with the goal of increasing student engagement, involvement, and assessment results.

  • Wendi Pillars

    Jordan-Matthews High School
    Siler City, NC
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2016, Spring
    $2,000

    To enhance morphing English as a Second Language (ESL) responsibilities from classroom teacher to coach in a high school with high academic and linguistic needs, Ms. Pillars will attend a WIDA national language learning conference. Ms. Pillars will explore the latest findings in language development and learning strategies and bring them back to Jordan-Matthews High School. Upon returning to her school, Ms. Pillars will share new instructional methods with her colleagues, including the use of “edusketches” to optimize students’ visual learning propensities. 

  • Ahbra Sargent

    Calle Mayor Middle School
    Torrance, CA
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2016, Winter
    $2,000

    Mrs. Sargent and Mr. Cunningham will implement the Unique Learning System, a research-based online curriculum developed for students with moderate to severe disabilities. The curriculum will use age-appropriate books to focus on students with cognitive abilities several years below their ages. Mrs. Sargent and Mr. Cunningham will use online data tracking for monthly tests and benchmark assessments to assess progress on individual performance goals.

  • Amanda Murphy

    Crofton Middle School
    Crofton, MD
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2016, Winter
    $2,000

    To improve the performance of struggling learners, Ms. Murphy will provide teacher training on Classroom Response Systems (CRS) throughout the school. During the training, Ms. Murphy will conduct action research in which participants will work to strengthen formative assessment practice via CRS. The research and training will facilitate improved core class scores and ultimately lead to higher scores on state and national assessments. 

  • Amy Brothers

    Miller Elementary School
    San Diego, CA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2016, Winter
    $5,000

    Ms. Brothers and Ms. Kincaid will lead a team of educators in a collaborative study of mathematical “Big Ideas” to promote conceptual understanding of mathematics as a coherent, connected system for problem solving. The cohort will create a visual representation of the “Big Ideas,” connect it with associated Common Core Standards, and display it in Miller Elementary School classrooms. The visual will assist students in understanding and connecting math across all disciplines. 

  • Amy Krauthamer-Maloney

    Huegel Elementary School
    Madison, WI
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2016, Winter
    $5,000

    To close the gaps in opportunity that lead to disparities in achievement, Mrs. Krauthamer-Maloney and Mr. Wilder will form book study groups using Ross Greene’s “Lost at School.” Facilitators will guide staff through the rigors of improving the skills of challenging students by collaborating with students to solve problems that often lead to misbehavior. The yearlong study will include in-classroom coaching to develop participant learning. 

  • Beth Mitchell

    Ross High School
    Hamilton, OH
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2016, Winter
    $2,000

    To promote the use of inquiry and research-based science education, Ms. Mitchell will attend an Earth Expedition field study hosted by Miami University and the Dragonfly Project. Through traveling to one of the global study sites and working side by side with research scientists, fellow educators, and community leaders, Ms. Mitchell will develop skills that promote greater student achievement, advanced critical thinking, and genuine engagement. The experience will also create opportunities for curriculum development through collegian collaboration within the science disciplines, across curriculum, and within the community.

  • Beth Smith

    Frank Elementary School
    Kenosha, WI
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2016, Winter
    $5,000

    Through “Co-Teaching in the K/1 Looping Classroom,” Mrs. Smith will lead a study group for kindergarten and first grade inclusion classroom teachers and special education support staff. The group will provide educators with tools needed to develop a co-teaching philosophy and classroom protocols successfully. The team will utilize print and online resources and guest speakers to best educate themselves on co-teaching and use this information to develop lesson plans for their classrooms.

  • Charity Tirado

    Poinciana Elementary School
    Key West, FL
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades K-5
    2016, Winter
    $5,000

    To improve problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills, kindergarten and fourth grade students will work together to complete a rigorous wind turbine project. Students will research turbine designs, record data, and create a movie to document their learning journey.  As collaborative teams design turbines, they will meet with community engineers and Skype with students globally to share ideas and discuss turbine models. The project will culminate with students using 3-D printed parts, recycled items, and other materials to construct a turbine.

  • Christine O’Brien

    Minooka Community High School
    Channahon, IL
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2016, Winter
    $2,000

    To empower students to become lifelong readers, Ms. O’Brien and Mr. Beklen will introduce a library of young adult literature to their classrooms.  Students will study contemporary works of fiction and read and write character analysis.  Multidimensional assignments will increase student engagement while allowing students to connect with characters from their favorite works.

  • Christine Staugler

    Tenney Grammar School
    Methuen, MA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2016, Winter
    $5,000

    Mrs. Staugler and Ms. Furbush will establish a professional learning community to chart a developmentally appropriate trajectory of academic language, spanning the domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The group will examine the intersection of three specific academic language functions (sequencing and ordering with transitions, summarizing and informing, and opinion and persuasion) with Common Core Standards across content areas. The cohort will also outline teaching points for grade level clusters and create classroom supports for both teachers and students.

  • Christine Sugrue

    Simon Baruch School
    New York, NY
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2016, Winter
    $5,000

    To improve student reading, spelling, and writing skills, Mrs. Sugrue and a team of colleagues will participate in the Orton-Gillingham practicum. The learning will be partnered with action research that will assess the most successful methods for improving nonfiction reading skills. The cohort will design a guide containing best strategies and practices to support other content area teachers, as well as provide professional development for the implementation of these strategies.

  • David Carroll

    Maplebrook Elementary School
    Naperville, IL
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2016, Winter
    $2,000

    Mr. Carroll will apply research-based literacy strategies with a randomly assigned sample of band students to investigate whether explicit literacy instruction can improve music reading, and whether music reading can help improve text reading. Mr. Carroll will observe the similarities in reading and music performance as they pertain to fluency, comprehension, and phonemic and phonological skills. Mr. Carroll hopes to show that the elimination of music curriculum could eliminate opportunities for students to apply the aforementioned concepts in a new context, thus stunting their potential. 

  • David Cedor

    Collier Elementary School
    Avondale, AZ
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2016, Winter
    $2,000

    To become immersed in East African and Persian Gulf societies and their Indian Ocean-based historical connections, cultural norms, and educational systems, Mr. Cedor will participate in the Oman-Zanzibar Fulbright-Hays Study Group’s seminars, coordinated by the University of Arizona’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Mr. Cedor will learn Swahili and Arabic, and study linguistic and cultural diffusion. Upon his return, Mr. Cedor will share Common Core English Language Learner integrated social studies lessons and unit plans, as well as photos, videos, artifacts, and content with colleagues and students. 

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