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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
  • 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. 

  • 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. 

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