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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
  • Patricia Thomas

    Dixie Hollins High School
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Summer

    To engage their at-risk students in science and improve critical-thinking skills, Ms. Thomas and Ms. Zavidil have transformed their science class into a crime scene investigation adventure. Each week, students use DNA analysis and other advanced techniques to analyze simulated crime scenes.

  • Rita Moore

    The University of Montana-Western
    Dillion, MT
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Higher Education
    2003, Summer

    A class of preservice teachers at rural University of Montana-Western collaborates with Ms. Seeger and Mr. Ritter, who are elementary teachers in Kansas with urban students. They provide teacher preparation students with experiences that integrate literacy instruction with culture. The preservice teachers exchange personal essays with Ms. Seeger’s and Mr. Ritter’s fourth grade students on topics such as, "How I Learned to Read and Write," "What I Read at Home," and "What We Learned from Each Other." Ms. Seeger and Mr. Ritter meet online with the education classes to analyze student work—both the fourth graders’ and the undergraduates’—and discuss ways that attention to cultural context can enhance the teaching of literacy.

  • Rita Moore

    The University of Montana-Western
    Dillion, MT
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Higher Education
    2003, Summer

    A class of preservice teachers at rural University of Montana-Western collaborates with Ms. Seeger and Mr. Ritter, who are elementary teachers in Kansas with urban students. They provide teacher preparation students with experiences that integrate literacy instruction with culture. The preservice teachers exchange personal essays with Ms. Seeger’s and Mr. Ritter’s fourth grade students on topics such as, "How I Learned to Read and Write," "What I Read at Home," and "What We Learned from Each Other." Ms. Seeger and Mr. Ritter meet online with the education classes to analyze student work—both the fourth graders’ and the undergraduates’—and discuss ways that attention to cultural context can enhance the teaching of literacy.

  • Robert Pohlman

    Bergen County Technical High School
    Teterboro, NJ
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Summer

    To improve the technical writing skills of their pre-engineering and electronics students, Mr. Pohlman and Mr. Kruger require students to keep a notebook on their projects. The team hopes that helping their students write clear, accurate descriptions of technical designs, products, and operations—according to industry standards—will prepare them for careers in engineering.

  • Robert Pohlman

    Bergen County Technical High School
    Teterboro, NJ
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Summer

    To improve the technical writing skills of their pre-engineering and electronics students, Mr. Pohlman and Mr. Kruger require students to keep a notebook on their projects. The team hopes that helping their students write clear, accurate descriptions of technical designs, products, and operations—according to industry standards—will prepare them for careers in engineering.

  • Sherry Haibach

    Garfield Heights Middle School
    Garfield Heights, OH
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2003, Summer

    Ms. Haibach and her colleagues engage in curriculum mapping and intensive study to align the school’s mathematics curriculum across all grade levels with state and national standards for students. Their process for this work serves as a model for the revision of curriculum in other subject areas.

  • Sherry Haibach

    Garfield Heights Middle School
    Garfield Heights, OH
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2003, Summer

    Ms. Haibach and her colleagues engage in curriculum mapping and intensive study to align the school’s mathematics curriculum across all grade levels with state and national standards for students. Their process for this work serves as a model for the revision of curriculum in other subject areas.

  • Susan Hjelle

    Mora High School
    Mora, MN
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Summer

    In their study group, Ms. Hjelle and her colleagues learn reading achievement research applications. Study group members observe each other’s classroom teaching to analyze how faculty use reading strategies across content areas, and develop a common framework for teaching reading across curricula.

  • Susan Hjelle

    Mora High School
    Mora, MN
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Summer

    In their study group, Ms. Hjelle and her colleagues learn reading achievement research applications. Study group members observe each other’s classroom teaching to analyze how faculty use reading strategies across content areas, and develop a common framework for teaching reading across curricula.

  • Vanessa Powell

    Snowshoe Elementary School
    Wasilla, AK
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2003, Summer

    To improve writing instruction and assessment at Snowshoe Elementary School, Ms. Powell pursues advanced study in the 6+1 Traitú writing model through the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. She uses this training to provide peer assistance and coaching to colleagues in her school.

  • Vanessa Powell

    Snowshoe Elementary School
    Wasilla, AK
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2003, Summer

    To improve writing instruction and assessment at Snowshoe Elementary School, Ms. Powell pursues advanced study in the 6+1 Traitú writing model through the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. She uses this training to provide peer assistance and coaching to colleagues in her school.

  • Ellen Holmes

    Fairmount Elementary School
    Bangor, ME
    Innovation Grant
    Grades K-5
    2003, Winter

    With "Living and Working in Space," Ms. Holmes and Ms. Lindsay collaborate with NASA education specialists, local scientists, and engineering students to create a scientific design challenge to teach their fourth-grade students about Newton’s Laws and introduce them to careers in science. Students work in teams to develop a balloon-powered rocket car that can travel the longest distance. Once the students test and refine their design, they make a presentation on the design’s effectiveness.

  • Ellen Holmes

    Fairmount Elementary School
    Bangor, ME
    Innovation Grant
    Grades K-5
    2003, Winter

    With "Living and Working in Space," Ms. Holmes and Ms. Lindsay collaborate with NASA education specialists, local scientists, and engineering students to create a scientific design challenge to teach their fourth-grade students about Newton’s Laws and introduce them to careers in science. Students work in teams to develop a balloon-powered rocket car that can travel the longest distance. Once the students test and refine their design, they make a presentation on the design’s effectiveness.

  • Frank LaBanca

    Newtown High School
    Stamford, CT
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Winter

    Partnering with a local marine environmental organization, Mr. LaBanca and Ms. Coelho have designed a hands-on, inquiry-based scientific study for their disadvantaged biology and mathematics students. Students conduct field research on Holly Pond, an enclosed salt-water pond, to assess how water quality affects organisms in Long Island Sound. At the conclusion of the study, students present their research to the community during a symposium.

  • Frank LaBanca

    Newtown High School
    Stamford, CT
    Innovation Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2003, Winter

    Partnering with a local marine environmental organization, Mr. LaBanca and Ms. Coelho have designed a hands-on, inquiry-based scientific study for their disadvantaged biology and mathematics students. Students conduct field research on Holly Pond, an enclosed salt-water pond, to assess how water quality affects organisms in Long Island Sound. At the conclusion of the study, students present their research to the community during a symposium.

  • Jan Shaffer

    Brentwood Elementary School
    Plainfield, IN
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2003, Winter

    To better meet the needs of their economically disadvantaged students, Ms. Shaffer and her partners observe classrooms in the Brazosport Independent School District, which successfully helped more than 90 percent of its students meet Texas state standards. These teachers, who represent each grade level at Brentwood Elementary School, share the practices they observe in three Brazosport elementary schools with their colleagues. To improve student achievement, Ms. Shaffer and her partners mentor colleagues in the use of test data to plan and assess instruction.

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