2016-17 Innovative Educator Grants

2016-17 Innovative Educator Grants

            22 Grants totaling $51,375.68

            10 schools, 3 district-wide grants and 19 educators

            17,150 learning opportunities for students

 

Springfield Education Foundation’s Innovative Educator Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative teaching in support of Springfield Public Schools to encourage higher levels of learning. In 2016-17, applicants were asked to address the goals of the Springfield Education Foundation by making a meaningful impact on student performance focusing on early literacy, attendance, participation, career and college connections and excellent teaching working toward increasing graduation rates.

 

Finding and Recording Our Creative Voice, $1,087.77

Janet Nelson, Teacher

Gateways High School

Grade Levels: 10, 11, 12

Number of Students Impacted: 100

Language Arts, Music, Professional/Technical

Project Description: The grant would fund the acquisition of recording equipment and electronic music equipment to enhance our existing program.

Other educators involved: Fred Merwin, guitar instructor

The grant funds will purchase: Recording equipment including audio interface, mix board, mic cables, instrument cables, looper pedal and microphones.

What SEF goal will this grant address? Increases attendance, Expands classroom, student, and/or school participation, Promotes career and college connections, Improves graduation rates

 

Blacksmithing and Sculpture, $4,456.00

Andrew Hunt, Science and Art Teacher

A3

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Number of Students Impacted: 24

Fine Arts, Professional/Technical, Science, STEAM/STEM

Project Description: Sculpting for art and science. 4 weeks of forging, casting, fusing, throwing, and sculpting metal, clay, and glass, and the chemistry of the material.

Other educators involved: Jared Mills, Art Teacher,

The grant funds will purchase: steal, supplies, crucibles, gloves, ingots fo casing, drill press, bench press, pliers, glaze, and other tools and supplies.

What SEF goal will this grant address? Expands classroom, student, and/or school participation, promotes career and college connections

 

Partnership to Promote Student Safety, $3,000.00

Nikki Danner, Health Educator

Springfield High School

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Number of Students Impacted: 1000

Health and Social Services

Project Description: The Partnership to Promote Safety offers students the tools and resources to develop healthy relationships and thrive emotionally and academically.

Other educators involved: Terrisa Cook, Health Educator, SHS

The grant funds will purchase: Olpehlia’s Place is the partner organization and is responsibel for each of the following budget items including staf wages and program supplies.

What SEF goal will this grant address? Expands classroom, student, and/or school participation

 

CLAY ANATOMY: Awakens Kinesthetic IQ, $4,967.00

Leslie Watson, Health Science Professions Program Coordinator and High School Science Teacher

Springfield High School

Grade Levels: 10, 11, 12

Number of Students Impacted: 200

Professional/Technical, Science, STEAM/STEM, Health

Project Description: Using
 clay, students build body systems onto scale human models to gain understanding of how these systems are interconnected in form and function.

Other educators involved: Amanda Greene-Chacon, HS Science Teacher, SHS, 541-914-0979, amanda.greene-chacon@springfield.k12.or.us

The grant funds will purchase: Student 2 Model Complete with Basic Tool Set, Base, & Clay, tool sets, curriculum and workbooks for arms and leges basic muscles, nerves, and blood vessels.

What SEF goal will this grant address? Increases attendance, Expands classroom, student, and/or school participation, Promotes career and college connections, Improves graduation rates

 

Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Exciting Bones, $2,000.00

Leslie Watson, High School Science Teacher

Springfield High School

Grade Levels: 11, 12

Number of Students Impacted: 100

Science, STEAM/STEM

Project Description: Using bones, joints, images, and models, students learn skills used by forensic anthropologists, x-ray techs, pathologists, and athletic trainers.

Other educators involved: No

The grant funds will purchase: Identification of Skeletal Remains Kit: Caucasian Male and African Female, Broken Bones X-rays, Anatomy Medical Imaging Activity, Natural Skeletal Structure: Cross Section of Long Natural Skeletal Structures: Elbow Joint, Knee Joint, Shoulder Joint, Bone Microanatomy Model, and supplies

What SEF goal will this grant address? Expands classroom, student, and/or school participation, Promotes career and college connections

 

Next Generation of Lifesavers, $3,000.00

Leslie Watson, HOSA Future Health Professionals Chapter Advisor and High School Science Teacher

Springfield High School

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Number of Students Impacted: 250

Professional/Technical, Science, HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Future Health Professionals Chapter

Project Description: Our HOSA Future Health Professionals members will participate in intensive CPR and Basic First Aid training and pay it forward to their peers.

Other educators involved: Amanda Greene-Chacon, HS Science Teacher/Co-HOSA Advisor, 541914-0979, amanda.greene-chacon@springfield.k12.or.us

The grant funds will purchase:

Local CPR Trainers, CPR Manikins, adult/child face shield lung bags , American Heart Association CPR in Schools Training Kit and supplies

What SEF goal will this grant address? Expands classroom, student, and/or school participation, Improves graduation rates

 

Toys for Teens: Bringing Physics to Life, $4,775.53

Amanda Greene-Chacon, Science Teacher

Springfield High School

Grade Levels: 9

Number of Students Impacted: 350

Science

Project Description: Students engage when we combine play and science. This project will use toys to explore Motion, Forces, Newton’s Laws, Simple Machines, and Energy.

Other educators involved:

The grant funds will purchase: Six Simple Machines in a box, Running Parachute, Introductory Energy and Motion Lab, Fan Cart, Wood Balls, plastic Balls, Steel Bearing Balls, Human Dynamics Cart, Electronic Spark Timer, Constant Velocity Car, Acceleration Car, “Speed of Bubble” Tube Set

What SEF goal will this grant address? Expands classroom, student, and/or school participation

 

Calculators for All!, $351.20

Amanda Greene-Chacon, Science Teacher

Springfield High School

Grade Levels: 9

Number of Students Impacted: 350

Professional/Technical, Science

Project Description: A class set of calculators will ensure that all students participate.

Other educators involved:

The grant funds will purchase: 80 Sharp® EL-233SB 8-Digit Display Calculators

What SEF goal will this grant address? Expands classroom, student, and/or school participation, Promotes career and college connection

 

Improving High School Students’ Writing, $2,995.00

Marilyn Williams, Assistant Principal

Springfield High School

Grade Levels: 10, 11, 12

Number of Students Impacted: 200

Language Arts

Project Description: This program provides extended opportunities for students to practice the essential skill of writing and receive immediate high quality feedback.

Other educators involved: Stacey Whaley,Laura Farrelly, Nikki Danner, and

Rob Trunnell

The grant funds will purchase: 200 student licenses ($3,995.00) from Vantage Learning andTeacher planning for implementation – no cost with use of early release days

What SEF goal will this grant address? Expands classroom, student, and/or school participation, Improves graduation rates

 

Promoting Student Emotional Health, $2,800.00

Sue Teutschel,

District Mental Health Teacher on Special Assignment

District-Wide

Grade Levels: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Number of Students Impacted: 11,000

Mental Health Support and Suicide Prevention

Project Description: This project will raise staff awareness of how mental health concerns can impact student learning and how staff can link youth with services.

Other educators involved: Shannon Kelly, School Psychologist

The grant funds will purchase: Activity Costs and Supplies. Proposed Activity: Training with district staff: Mental Health, Suicide Warning Signs, and Linking Youth with Community Resources: One-hour training delivered to all elementary, middle, and high school staff in the district. Training delivered by nationally recognized specialist in Crisis Preparedness and Response. Training time at school. Community Resource Guides for all schools.

What SEF goal will this grant address? Increases attendance, Improves graduation rates

 

Conversation and Culture Club, $1,602.42

Monica Tapia, Welcome Center Coordinator

Brattain House

Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8

Number of Students Impacted: 20

Foreign Language, Language Arts, Music, leadership

Project Description: A club for middle schoolers at a SPS middle school, pairing newcomer and students with lower English proficiency levels with fluent English speakers.

The grant funds will purchase: Supplies, activities, staff costs, field trip costs (bowling)

from middle school to bowling alley returning to middle school

What SEF goal will this grant address? Expands classroom, student, and/or school participation

 

Can You Hear Me Now?, $791.64

Jennifer Guiley, 2nd Grade Teacher

Page Elementary School

Grade Level: 2

Number of Students Impacted: 75

Language Arts

Project Description: Using headsets with microphones will allow students to boost literacy, increase fluency and writing participation and promote confidence in speaking.

Other educators involved: Patti Webster and Jesse Grasseth – 2nd Grade Teachers

The grant funds will purchase: Headphones with microphones

What SEF goal will this grant address? Boosts early literacy, Expands classroom, student, and/or school participation

 

Spanish Literacy with Family Engagement, $4,476.30

Zehra Greenleaf, ELD Teacher

Maple Elementary School

Grade Levels: 3, 4, 5

Number of Students Impacted: 30

Foreign Language, Language Arts

Project Description: This project develops bilingual literacy skills by providing iPods to Spanish speaking students, with lessons to complete with their family.

Other educators involved: Laura Weiss, ELD Specialist, Brattain House, 541-736-7560

The grant funds will purchase: 30 ipods, earbuds, splitter, book bags, school supplies

printed workbook and literature- Pan y canela- 6 books.

What SEF goal will this grant address? Boosts early literacy, Expands classroom, student, and/or school participation

 

Literacy & Leveled Readers Everywhere!, $2,668.42

Celina Ziolkowski, Kindergarten Teacher

Mt. Vernon Elementary School

Grade Levels: K

Number of Students Impacted: 80

Language Arts

Project Description: Software from Learning A-Z to support & enhance early literacy plus encourage the home reading connection. Kid headphones allow sharing in class.

Other educators involved: Kinder teachers:Tara Richner, Annette Peters and Tami Dillon-Kinder

The grant funds will purchase: Software, headphones, curtain hooks for headphones

dowels for headphones

What SEF goal will this grant address? Boosts early literacy, Expands classroom, student, and/or school participation

 

Digital Differentiating for All Students, $4,922.00

Apryl Smith, Certified Teacher/Computer Coordinator

Thurston Elementary School

Grade Levels: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Number of Students Impacted: 476

Language Arts, Math

Project Description: How do you provide individualized instruction to 30+ students? Teachers turn to digital resources, such as innovative online apps, to differentiate!

Other educators involved: I am the primary contact, though all teachers in my building will benefit from this grant.

The grant funds will purchase: MobyMax two-year subscription, Reflex math one-year subscription and Read Naturally Live one-year subscription.

What SEF goal will this grant address? Boosts early literacy, Increases attendance, Expands classroom, student, and/or school participation

 

Literacy Bags for SPS Preschoolers, $351.00

Susan Reeder, FACS Teacher

Thurston High School

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Number of Students Impacted: 110

Language Arts, Professional/Technical

Project Description: High schoolers will create literacy bags which include a new book and props for SPS preschoolers to use while the book is read aloud to the class.

Other educators involved: Diane Amundson

The grant funds will purchase: 18 different hardcover books including Snowflake Bentley A Sick Day for Amos McGee and This is Not My Hat. Supplies for creating props and decorating canvas bags (felt, Velcro, fabric glue, fabric markers, etc.)

What SEF goal will this grant address? Boosts early literacy, Promotes career and college connections

 

Lighting a Fire with the Plasma Cutter, $1,165.00

Polly Kohl,Teacher

Thurston High School

Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Number of Students Impacted: 160

Professional/Technical, STEAM/STEM

Project Description: Use of the plasma cutter in our classes will light a fire in less-than-excited students, draw under-served students to the shop, and spark creativity.

Other educators involved: Matt LaBounty, Teacher

The grant funds will purchase: PlasmaCam Grate D739Dayton Blower, 115 volt, 4 speed and Steiner Vinyl Welding Curtains.

What SEF goal will this grant address? Increases attendance, Expands classroom, student, and/or school participation, Promotes career and college connections, Improves graduation rates

 

Expanding Learning Opportunities, $3,301.63

Amy Stranieri, School Counselor / College and Career Readiness Teacher

Thurston High School

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Number of Students Impacted: 1385

Project Description: Allows engaging educational videos and media to be created that will enhance expanded learning throughout the school and community.

Other educators involved: THS staff: James Underwood,Chad Towe, Noland Peebles, Jeannie Evans, Rebecca Macemon, Damaris Carlson, Jennifer Wytcherley, Sharon Plueard, and Cody Dean (Student Peer Group Leader)

The grant funds will purchase: Camera, camera lens, microphones, tripod, memory card, wireless adaptor, camera case, editing software

What SEF goal will this grant address? Expands classroom, student, and/or school participation, Promotes career and college connections

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1st year STEAM Projects, $1,104.87

Ron Pottorf, STEAM Teacher

Hamlin Middle School

Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8

Number of Students Impacted: 200

STEAM/STEM

Project Description: Projects will be used in a 1st Year STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) Project-based Classroom

Other educators involved: Paul Cesmat, STEM-engineering, Nelson Farrier, STEM-computers

The grant funds will purchase: Wind turbine project supplies, kite project supplies, mouse trap car project supplies, house project with stem engineering teacher, ultrabright led’s and art materials are for pinatas’ and solar art cars.

What SEF goal will this grant address? Increases attendance, Expands classroom, student, and/or school participation

 

Teaching Medieval History through Chess

Colin Lyons, Language Arts/Social Studies Teacher

Hamlin Middle School

Grade Levels: 6, 7 and 8

Number of Students Impacted: 240

Language Arts/Social Science

            Project Description: Using Chess to teach students the culture, society and chivalry of         Medieval Europe

The grant funds will purchase: 20 chessboards and pieces

            What SEF goal will this grant address? Boosts early literacy, Increases attendance,            Expands classroom, student, and/or school participation, Promotes career and college connections, Improves graduation rates

 

Listening to Learn, $509.90

Heidi Van Brunt, 4th Grade Teacher

Guy Lee Elementary

Grade Levels: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Number of Students Impacted: 500

Fine Arts, Foreign Language, Language Arts, Math, Music, Science, Social Science, STEAM/STEM

Project Description: As our building finds more ways to integrate technology, we need headphones to optimize student engagement.

Other educators involved: All building educators and support staff will have access to and benefit from the headphones, but none others are involved in the grant request.

The grant funds will purchase 60 Caliphone sturdy headphones

What SEF goal will this grant address? Boosts early literacy, Expands classroom, student, and/or school participation

 

Food For Thought, $750.00

Linda Mooney, Teacher

District-Wide

Grade Levels: 10, 11, 12

Number of Students Impacted: 150

Project related food & supplies

Project Description: Hungry students have difficulty concentrating, hindering learning. “Food for Thought” provides students sustenance required for academic success.

Other educators involved: Kate Sather, EA, Memorial Building

The grant funds will purchase: Alternating weekly: A box of string cheese, individual yogurts, burritos, and hot pockets.

What SEF goal will this grant address? Increases attendance, Expands classroom, student, and/or school participation

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