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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
  • Sonya Grace Saad

    Sabin Schellenberg Professional Technical Center
    Milwaukie, OR
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2016, Winter
    $2,000

    Mrs. Saad will attend a “Making Parenting a Pleasure” training, the Oregon Parenting Educators Conference, and the Zero to Three Conference, which will allow her to train and support teachers in PACE, a program for pregnant and parenting teens. Upon completing the training, Mrs. Saad will bring her findings to her classroom, and create model documents that outline knowledge gained through the experiences. Mrs. Saad will share the scope and sequences, lesson plans, and resource lists with her colleagues.

  • Susan Benjamin

    Little Falls Community Middle School
    Little Falls, MN
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2016, Winter
    $2,000

    To improve their abilities to solve problems, students at Little Falls Community Middle School will build and program robots. Students will use an iterative process of designing, testing, redesigning, and retesting as they complete a series of robotics challenges. Students will receive constructive feedback, write journal reflections, and participate in discussions about the problem solving process.

  • Teresa Vance

    McLoughlin Middle School
    Vancouver, WA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2016, Winter
    $2,000

    To understand how to implement a framework of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in a middle school better, and how PBIS supports students with disabilities and mental health needs, Ms. Vance will attend the International Positive Behavior Support Conference. While there, Ms. Vance will attend symposiums and workshops relating to school-wide systems, middle school classroom behavioral and academic supports, mental health, and supports for students with disabilities. Upon returning from the conference, Ms. Vance will disseminate information obtained from the conference to staff and students through professional development trainings and PBIS staff meetings.

  • Virginia Schick

    Boulder High School
    Boulder, CO
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2016, Winter
    $2,000

    To share three decades of art instruction experience, Ms. Schick will present two workshops, “Boulder Arts Focus Pathway” and “Weaving Math to Make Art,” at the National Art Education Association National Convention. At the convention, Ms. Schick will gather new ideas and expertise from national colleagues and then share them with her colleagues in Boulder Valley Schools. Ms. Schick will lead sessions at the district’s Art Curriculum Councils and in-services, and incorporate new projects and programs into Boulder High School’s arts curriculum. 

  • Alana Cayabyab

    Bijou Community School
    South Lake Tahoe, CA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2015, Fall
    $2,000

    Ms. Cayabyab and colleagues will improve English Language Development (ELD) instruction at Bijou Community School and align it with the new Common Core State Standards ELD standards. Teachers will initially meet in vertical teams in which they will outline strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of current ELD practices. Thereafter, teachers will work in grade level teams to identify ELD power standards that can be incorporated and embedded into preexisting units and themes for language arts, social studies, science, and math.

  • Amanda Varney

    Vance Middle School
    Bristol, TN
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2015, Fall
    $5,000

    Through “Project 3D: Dream, Design, Develop,” students will improve their understanding of mathematical concepts, including proportional relationships and problem solving involving scale drawings and geometric constructions. Students will apply math skills to design and develop 3D models and manipulatives, including what they visualize as their ideal middle school. Students will additionally practice public speaking as they present and justify their ideas to their peers, school and district administrators, and community members.

  • Ann Asaro

    La Mesa/Spring Valley School District
    La Mesa, CA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2015, Fall
    $2,000

    Through “The Write Teachers,” Ms. Asaro will attend the Coaching Institute on Literacy Coaching and Whole School Reform through The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. The institute will offer opportunities to study the staff development strategies that inspire teachers to become catalysts in the classroom for the acceleration of writing development. Through instruction in the district, school site, and classroom level, this new information will be shared with the goal of exemplary cross-curricular implementation of the district’s chosen literacy programs.

  • Cale Garber

    Gahanna Middle School South
    Gahanna, OH
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2015, Fall
    $5,000

    Students at Gahanna Middle School South will use tablets to investigate the social studies curriculum, engage in historical research, and become active participants in ongoing formative assessment. Students will examine primary source documents that have been digitized, compile data to analyze trends, and create videos. Students will also participate in We the People National History Day to conduct research that relates to their respective projects. 

  • Camie Walker

    John Murdy Elementary
    Garden Grove, CA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2015, Fall
    $2,000

    To improve her knowledge of the Next Generation Science Standards, Mrs. Walker will attend the California Science Teachers Association Conference. While there, Mrs. Walker will present a workshop on integrating engineering with Common Core Standards. Additionally, she will work with and learn from science and engineering professionals from throughout the state. Upon returning, Mrs. Walker will share her knowledge with colleagues during professional development collaboration sessions.

  • Christina Gauss

    Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School
    Rumson, NJ
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2015, Fall
    $2,000

    Ms. Gauss will travel to Cuba for an immersive cultural experience designed specifically for educators. While there, Ms. Gauss will enhance her Spanish language skills while developing a cultural understanding of the Cuban people and their perspective on being at the forefront of social change. Upon return, Ms. Gauss will develop curricular materials, activities, and presentations to disseminate the knowledge gained through her experience. 

  • Christopher Gates

    Broward Virtual School
    Coconut Creek, FL
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2015, Fall
    $5,000

    Mr. Gates and Dr. Tukes will implement the “Early Years Teacher Academy,” a specially designed academic instruction and professional development program. Broward Virtual School teachers will be immersed in STEM project-based learning, as well as Learning Through the Arts programming. The group will combine 21st Century learning skills while exploring ideas and concepts regarding the application of such concepts in under-performing, under-served schools.

  • Claire Gearen

    Mililani High School
    Mililani, HI
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2015, Fall
    $2,000

    To understand new spaces and institutional practices around writing, Ms. Gearen will attend the International Writing Centers Association Conference. While there, Ms. Gearen will attend sessions, deliver and receive feedback on proposed teaching methods, and forge professional connections. Upon returning, Ms. Gearen will start a writing and communications center at Mililani High School.

  • Cynthia Larson-Faragalli

    View Ridge Elementary School
    Bremerton, WA
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades K-5
    2015, Fall
    $2,000

    Through “Researching Habitats,” English Language Learners will be partnered with highly capable students for research and inquiry project-based learning. Students will observe small habitat enclosures within the classroom, explore habitats in their natural environments and at the local science center, and work with representatives from the local wildlife shelter. A family project and in-school presentation will connect research and writing to speaking and listening standards.

  • David Brian Lasher

    Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy
    Erie, PA
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2015, Fall
    $5,000

    Mr. Lasher and Mr. Luthringer will enhance Collegiate Academy’s International Relations class. The class will combine current events with theory and use discussion, Socratic Seminars, and gaming scenarios to promote critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving. Students will participate in in-depth discussions on transnational issues and work collaboratively to understand the complexities of the world.

  • Dena Wagner

    Norris Middle School
    Omaha, NE
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2015, Fall
    $2,000

    Mrs. Wagner and Mrs. Moore will provide middle school students with the motivating tools necessary to become critical thinkers and writers. Within a writer’s workshop setting, students will explore, analyze, and reflect on mentor texts, create writer’s notebooks, and use the writing process to compose pieces about topics of their choice. Students will also collaborate to bind and publish their unique works.

  • Diane Ward

    Clearmount Elementary School
    North Canton, OH
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades K-5
    2015, Fall
    $2,000

    Mrs. Ward and Ms. Donley will set up math work stations in portable boxes and utilize various math manipulatives and games. Students will work with partners, independently, and with teachers to solve problems and practice math concepts. The project will also incorporate high quality children’s literature that will connect to the mathematical models.

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