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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
  • Al Rabanera

    La Vista High School
    Fullerton, CA
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2017, Winter
    $5,000.00

    The “Teachers Mentoring Teachers” project will pair undergraduate students with lead mentor teachers. The program will allow opportunities for mentees to access classrooms that introduce them to various styles of teaching. The mentees will also participate in extra-curricular activities with mentors that will allow them to experience the roles of educators beyond the classroom.

  • Alison Castellano

    Palm Lane School
    Anaheim, CA
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades K-5
    2017, Winter
    $5,000.00

    Through “Project Based Learning Inside the Classroom and Beyond,” students will use 21st Century Skills to investigate the ways in which solar energy can serve as an alternative energy source both locally and globally. Students will progress through the Essential Design Elements as identified by the Bucks Institute for Education. Students will collaborate, critique, revise, and reflect throughout the process with peers and experts in a global schools online network.

  • Amy Sherman

    Rosemont Elementary School
    Gaithersburg, MD
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2017, Winter
    $2,000.00

    To develop a deeper understanding of the growing Ecuadorian population in her school system, Ms. Sherman will participate in a language and cultural immersion program in Ecuador. While there, Ms. Sherman will immerse herself in the language, history, geography, religion and culture of the country. By increasing her cultural competency and Spanish language fluency, Ms. Sherman and her colleagues will build stronger relationships with Ecuadorian students and their families.

  • Anika Buster-Singleton

    George Washington Middle School
    Alexandria, MD
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2017, Winter
    $2,000.00

    Through “Lifting Our Voices,” students will be empowered to make positive changes within their community. By reading and analyzing complex texts from various genres, students will gain insights about local, national, and global social and environmental issues. Throughout the project, students will develop critical thinking skills and make connections with other disciplines while using research-based strategies. The project will culminate with a student-directed documentary about change in their community.

  • Carrie Ziolkowski

    Galactic Gifted Program
    Florissant, MO
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades K-5
    2017, Winter
    $2,000.00

    Ms. Ziolkowski will provide opportunities for students at primary grade levels to learn valuable 21st Century skills including designing, programming, and engineering. Through the use of LEGO WeDo 2.0 kits, students will be introduced to the world of engineering through tinkering and exploration, and gain valuable experience in coding and programming that will provide a solid base for additional STEM coursework at subsequent grade levels in the gifted program. As engineers in training, students will apply critical thinking and problem solving skills as they learn from their own mistakes and make adaptations to become successful.

  • Crista Beattie Keltner

    Philipsburg Elementary School
    Philipsburg, MT
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades K-5
    2017, Winter
    $2,000.00

    To provide an outlet for hands-on, inquiry-based learning, Mrs. Keltner and Mrs. Dunkerson will work in collaboration with their community to create an educational garden accessible to all students. The outdoor classroom will include raised garden beds, a high tunnel, a greenhouse, and a class meeting area. The team will focus on including garden features that will assist them in meeting Common Core Standards through the use of interdisciplinary teaching methods and sense-based learning. In addition to being used during school hours, the garden will be used in after-school and summer programs.

  • Diane Abraham

    Kualapuu School
    Kualapuu, HI
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2017, Winter
    $2,000.00

    To provide her with the tools necessary to encourage her students and colleagues to be critical global thinkers, Ms. Abraham will take part in a professional development opportunity in India and Nepal through Global Exploration for Educators. By spending time in these diverse nations, Ms. Abraham will acquire long-term, universal educational resources that touch on ancient history, architecture, art, culture, and mathematics. The experience will ideally allow Ms. Abraham and colleagues to foster a generation of students who are universally global thinkers.

  • Diane Rice

    Chattahoochee Elementary School
    Duluth, GA
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades K-5
    2017, Winter
    $5,000.00

    Dr. Rice and Ms. Prosser will introduce Touch Math, a multi-sensory mathematics program for students with math disabilities. The program will assist students in understanding number sense and basic fact retrieval, the most important components in mathematics at the primary level. This research-based math program will allow special education teachers to remediate student weaknesses that may place them at risk for future mathematics difficulties.

  • Elizabeth De la Cruz

    Walnut Avenue School
    Chino, CA
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2017, Winter
    $5,000.00

    Mrs. Cruz will lead a professional learning community in educational technology. She and her colleagues will receive training on tablets to create wikis, websites, QR codes, blogs, animation, and other skills. The group will take part in hands-on training that will empower them to reach out to underperforming English Language Learners and other struggling students.

  • Gabrielle Bliss

    Falwell Arts Magent School
    Minneapolis, MN
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-12
    2017, Winter
    $2,000.00

    To improve her opera skills and opera-based curriculum, Ms. Bliss will attend a weeklong Open Learning Institute at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. While there, Ms. Bliss will learn methods through which to connect classroom learning in core subject areas with libretto writing, music composition, staging, acting, singing, literary analysis, and critical response. Upon returning to her school, Ms. Bliss will work with student teams to create, perform, and respond to curriculum in engaging and personally meaningful ways.

  • Isis Buchanan

    St. Paul Public Schools
    Saint Paul, MN
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-6
    2017, Winter
    $2,000.00

    Ms. Buchanan will participate in “Young Scholars: A Model for Finding Gifted Learners in Underserved Populations,” a training that will assist her in identifying students who may be underserved. Research will be conducted at three schools within the district, where Ms. Buchanan will identify students who haven’t been participating in these programs by using traditional gifted and talented assessments. The research will be influenced by additional programs that have been effectively implemented in other urban and suburban districts.

  • Janice Eilken

    Wredling Middle School
    St. Charles, IL
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 6-8
    2017, Winter
    $2,000.00

    To better meet the needs of her Spanish speaking students and their families, Ms. Eilken will attend a three-week session at the Spanish Institute of Puebla, Mexico. Ms. Eilken will enhance her linguistic knowledge to use Spanish in academic settings, and learn more about the culture represented by many of her students. As her Spanish language skills grow, Ms. Eilken will more effectively act as a liaison between the school and students’ homes and promote bilingualism for her students and their families.

  • Jeffrey Belmonte

    Pine Hill Middle School
    Pine Hill, NJ
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2017, Winter
    $5,000.00

    Under the direction of Mr. Belmonte and Ms. Dorrell, students will use an Android Software Development Kit to create applications that provide self-help for students experiencing stress and anxiety. Students will work in groups to build and test apps on sets of unlocked Android phones. Upon completion of the apps, the phones will be made available in the school library for student checkout.

  • Jennifer Dill

    New Tech Institute
    Evansville, IN
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2017, Winter
    $5,000.00

    Mrs. Dill and a group of colleagues will become Network-Certified Trainers at the New Tech Annual Conference. The trainers will then function as internal project-based learning coaches at New Tech Institute. Weekly meetings of professional learning communities will occur in which educators will learn to use project-based learning to establish an atmosphere of trust, respect, and responsibility for students.

  • Jennifer Vujanovic

    Maercker Intermediate School
    Westmont, IL
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades K-5
    2017, Winter
    $2,000.00

    To increase student interest in STEM, Ms. Vujanovic will use SeaPerch kits to allow students to create underwater remotely operated vehicles. Students will be exposed to Next Generation Science Standards as they create vehicles by asking questions, solving problems, and evaluating results. Upon completion, students will take part in a school wide competition where educators and peers will observe student work.

  • Jessica Hennelly

    Winston Campus Elementary School
    Palatine, IL
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades K-5
    2017, Winter
    $5,000.00

    To increase student achievement, Winston Campus Elementary School will introduce virtual reality experiences using Google Expedition, Cardboard Viewers, and Samsung Galaxy phones to support curricular goals in literacy, science, and oral language. Using project-based learning, students will be intellectually challenged while addressing Common Core State Standards and be equipped with tools necessary for the digital age. The virtual reality experiences will provide students with various diverse cultural and learning experiences.

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