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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 Shay

    North Central High School
    Spokane, WA
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2015, Spring
    $5,000

    Through “Algae to Biodiesel,” biology students at North Central High School will have the opportunity to apply biological concepts learned in research settings. Students will design an optimal protocol for remediating pollution from wastewater using algae. Vernier probes will be used to compare the growth of algae in urban and agricultural water as well as to monitor the removal of pollutants. Students will ultimately convert algal biomass to biodiesel.

  • Dr. Christopher Schmidt

    LaGuardia Community College
    Long Island City, NY
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Higher Education
    2015, Spring
    $5,000

    Schmidt and Miller will facilitate a study group of LaGuardia Community College faculty to examine the United States’ role in the world in the 20th century. The study group will address LaGuardia Community College’s Global Learning core competency by developing a more robust understanding of Global Learning. Specifically, the cohort will examine the growth of the U.S. as a world power, American economic expansion, and the cultural effects of U.S. global connections domestically and internationally. 

  • Dr. Donna Pasternak

    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Milwaukee, WI
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Higher Education
    2015, Spring
    $5,000

    Pasternak and Peterson will create a professional learning community in which participants will increase their pedagogical knowledge of writing instruction. Participants will strengthen their writing instruction skills to improve their work with instructional staff within their schools. The work will lead to improved student achievement in writing, with a focus on the Common Core State Standards.

  • Dr. Raymond Martens

    Towson University
    Towson, MD
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Higher Education
    2015, Spring
    $5,000

    Martens and Doyle will investigate children’s storying through “Storying Studio.” The project will be a re-conceptualization of writing workshops that value multi-modal composing, particularly in writing and art. A Literacy Community of teachers and teacher educators will meet monthly to discuss readings on multimodality and assessment, examine student work, and plan further professional development. Data will be analyzed and findings will be shared informally with colleagues and at conferences.

  • Dr. Timothy Gallahar

    Charles R. Drew Middle School
    Lincoln, AL
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2015, Spring
    $2,000

    To learn practical and effective strategies for improving his teaching practice, Dr. Gallahar will attend the National Differentiated Instruction Conference. While there, Dr. Gallahar will address relevant contemporary issues, including how to most effectively incorporate technology into the classroom, as well as how to align teaching strategies and practice with the Common Core State Standards. Upon completion of the workshop, Dr. Gallahar will share his knowledge with educators in his district.

  • Elizabeth Mora

    Los Angeles High School of the Arts at RFK Community
    Los Angeles, CA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2015, Spring
    $2,000

    To enhance her cultural geography curriculum, Mora will visit Heifer International’s project sites in Honduras. While there, Ms. Mora will examine how livestock gifts, education, and training in responsible farming practices help impoverished communities.  Upon returning, Mora will share her work with students and promote a fundraising campaign to assist Honduran agricultural efforts.

  • Erika Bell

    Saks Elementary School
    Anniston, AL
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2015, Spring
    $2,000

    To improve her professional practice, Bell will complete the National Board Certification process for English as a Second Language.  She will use her learning to master both instruction and family advocacy. Throughout the certification process, Bell will positively impact the lives of her students, their families, and her colleagues.

  • Heidi Sullivan

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

    Sixth grade students at Gahanna Middle School South will use tablet technology to investigate mathematical properties and situations to gain deeper understanding of curriculum. Through this technological integration, students will examine and create visual models to represent mathematics concepts. Sullivan and Franke will use a variety of apps and programs to assign individual students material at their current level and assist in intervention and enrichment activities. 

  • Jackie Smith

    Cooper High School
    New Hope, MN
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2015, Spring
    $2,000

    Smith will work with a team of U.S. educators to develop a professional development conference for teachers in rural Bolivia. The cohort will identify effective practices, refine and develop classroom strategies, and develop presentations to share with other teachers. Upon returning, Smith will share these practices via staff development in schools, peer to peer modeling, and work with students.

  • Jacqueline Best

    Canaseraga Central School
    Canaseraga, NY
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2015, Spring
    $5,000

    Through “Making Practice Perfect,” Best and O’Donnell will integrate technology into Canaseraga Central School’s music program. Students will be provided instrumental instruction that will increase their motivation to practice and improve their proficiency in meeting the National Association for Music Education standards. SmartMusic software will support students with immediate feedback as they develop good practice habits and master core skills through differentiated assignments.

  • Janet Key

    Lowell Elementary School
    Milwaukee, WI
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2015, Spring
    $2,000

    Key will attend the Category 1, 2, and 3 Primary Years Program Workshops, where she will learn methods of Action and Assessment that will enable her to fully implement the Primary Years Program in her classroom. Key will work with teachers in her school to align their six trans-disciplinary unit planners to the International Baccalaureate standards. Ultimately, the training will facilitate inquiry-based learning and students will be assessed in a variety of ways, allowing each student to demonstrate mastery in his or her own way.

  • Jennifer Monday

    South Creek Elementary School
    Indianapolis, IN
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2015, Spring
    $2,000

    To strengthen her knowledge of differentiated instruction, Monday will attend the Teach K! Conference and National Differentiated Instruction Conference. In both settings, Monday will attend sessions on differentiation, best practices, technology, Common Core standards, and classroom management. Upon completion, Monday will share resources, ideas, strategies, and information through workshop presentations and planning sessions with colleagues in her district.

  • Julia Vaughan

    Koontz Intermediate School
    Asheville, NC
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2015, Spring
    $2,000

    To improve her knowledge of ecological and global issues, Vaughan will attend a climate change seminar at Glacier National Park. While there, Vaughan will participate in a learning seminar focusing on climate change and its effects on glaciers. Upon completion, Vaughan will share her learning with science teachers at her school, blog about her experience, and create a science toolkit for curriculum.

  • Karen Cook

    PS 77 Lower Lab
    New York, NY
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2015, Spring
    $2,000

    To enhance her role as a leader in her school and district, Cook will become a National School Reform Faculty (NSRF) Certified Coach. Cook will attend the NSRF summer institute, where she will learn methods to empower educators by providing professional development that will support collaboration and build communities of practice. By building an educator support network, Mrs. Cook and her colleagues will best meet the needs of their students.

  • Katrina Moreno

    Wheatley School of Early Childhood Programs
    Port Arthur, TX
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2015, Spring
    $5,000

    To improve the communication skills of struggling learners, Moreno, Young-Jones, and colleagues will introduce an Art and Photography workshop in their Early Childhood Program. Conducting action research, the group will observe students as they are encouraged to use cameras to overcome language barriers. Moreno and Young-Jones will monitor student engagement and share their findings with their colleagues.  

  • Kellie Humphrey

    Haymon-Morris Middle School
    Winder, GA
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2015, Spring
    $5,000

    To create a positive change in teaching and learning, Humphrey and Wiggley will introduce “WildcatsCONNECT (WC).” The program will introduce a dynamic vision in which all students are connected and actively engaged in teaching and learning. Humphrey and Wiggley will use Mobi technology to encourage greater student engagement in multi-level math classes and will use the technology to observe student performance.

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