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2018-19 Innovative Educator Grant Awards

The Springfield Education Foundation is proud to award Innovative Educator Grants to educators in Springfield Public Schools for the 2018-19 academic year. The purpose of this grant program is to increase student engagement, improve attendance, serve underserved students populations, improve graduation rates, and promote career opportunities and college connections.

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Awarded in Innovative Educator Grants

Elementary School Awards (K-5)

“Beyond Clocks and Coins”


Educator:
Nancy Williams
Impact:
35 students
Award Amount:
$540.55
This grant will fund engaging math manipulatives that increase participation and success in functional math skills. These materials have been carefully selected to enhance the District curriculum and provide  repetition and practice in multiple modalities.

“Flyleaf Literacture Library for Learners”


Educator: 
Constance Anderson
Impact: 
150 students
Award Amount: 
$1,950.00
This project is to implement the Flyleaf Decodable Literature Library books into the school’s program for students at-risk of reading failure. It presents phonics skills in an implicit and explicit manner.

“Spanish Resources for Dual Immersion”


Educator: 
Yesica Meza
Impact: 
130 students
Award Amount: 
$3,000.00
This project will help close the achievement gap in the dual immersion program (K-4th) by increasing the amount of Spanish materials available for students. It will include authentic Spanish literature. 

“Developing Language Skills with Legos”


Educator: 
Gail Butler
Impact: 
15 Students
Award Amount: 
$609.65
Using Lego sets, students will practice communicating about community members, colors, food, buildings, vehicles, people, and emotions.The goal is to help the students effectively communicate.

“Native Spanish Literacy Project”


Educator: 
Bryan Reed
Impact: 
6
Award Amount: 
$450.00
After-school Spanish literacy class for 1st grade native speakers. Students learn to read in the language they know best. Imagine Espanol will be shared with parents as well.

“Social Skills for Success”


Educator: 
Sara Starlin
Impact: 
120 Students
Award Amount: 
$1,820.27
This grant provides social skills training materials to elementary students. Students will work with speech pathologists to learn critical social skills that dramatically impact their learning experience including, how to positively interact with their peers, successfully participate in class, and how to build lasting relationships.

“Hurray for Handwriting!”


Educator: 
Annette Peters
Impact: 
90 Students
Award Amount: 
$1,307.40
This handwriting curriculum will help students correctly and confidently write letters, improve fine motor skills and increase literacy. This grant increases and improves hardwiring skills with a blended approach allowing teachers to reach all learning styles and students.

“Portable Elementary School Keyboard Lab”


Educator: 
Dorian Buttacavoli
Impact:
5060 Students
Award Amount: 
$2,974.38
A Portable Keyboard Lab to be shared within the Springfield School District grades K-5. Students will each have earphones in order to work individually.

“Today’s Readers Are Tomorrow’s Leaders”


Educator:
Carmen De La Cruz
Impact:
150 Students
Award Amount: 
$1,519.75
This incentive program will provide kids with the opportunity to own books, help to build home libraries, and fall in love with reading. Students get to pick a book to take home and own.

“GoPro When You Video”


Educator:
Eva La Mar
Impact:
90 Students
Award Amount: 
$399.99
Students will create Public Service Messages for school and community while learning a new technology, communication skills and teamwork.

“Engaging the Prefontal Cortex”


Educator: 
Katie Stiles
Impact:
470 Students
Award Amount: 
$1,400.00
Students need help learning to self-regulate in order to learn. Teachers can use specific, brain-based activities to help them get there! Students bounce lacrosse balls for a decrease in office referrals and an increase in student achievement.

“Equity in Education”


Educator:
Audrey Davids
Impact:
1000
Award Amount: 
$313.80
This grant provides resources to educators in order to recognize and deal with the systemic inequalities present in our educational system. Includes opportunities to discuss equity issues with one another as well.

“Innovative Classroom Flexible Seating”


Educator: 
Lisa Gibson
Impact:
45 Students
Award Amount: 
$991.01
This grant purchases flexible seating as an alternative to traditional classroom seating allowing students to make choices that positively impact their learning. This is especially helpful to students with ADHA, autism and other special needs.

Middle School Awards (6-8)

“3D Printer for Engaging Math Remediation”


Educator: 
Sarah Heacox-Jackson
Impact: 
180 Students
Award Amount: 
$447.94
Using a 3D printer, seventh graders learn innovative computer 3D modeling and 3D printing in a math remediation class, increasing fluency and engagement. The end result will be a completed and printed real world object like a ruler, scale model or tool.

“STEAM Now!”


Educator: 
Joe Hass
Impact:  
520 Students
Award Amount: 
$2,599.00
Students will be introduced to Computer Numerical Control programming in order to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics-related fields of study and career opportunities.

“Preparing Informed Critical Thinkers”


Educator: 
Jason Ray
Impact:  
160 Students
Award Amount: 
$2,974.92
Using differing perspectives on US history and high interest dystopian society, we will sharpen critical thinking skills to help create knowledgeable citizens.

“Young Magicians Club”


Educator:
Paul Weill
Impact:  
60 Students
Award Amount: 
$602.79
The grant provides a healthy afterschool alternative for students to develop new skills and confidence in an afterschool magic club. By learning simple but highly effective magic tricks, students will gain confidence in their ability to interact with others in a fun and positive way.

“Project Based 7th Grade Class”


Educator: 
Andrew Hunt
Impact: 
30 Students
Award Amount: 
$2,746.20
An all-day, project based 7th grade class is unique method to engaging a students. This class will include hands-on field trips, community integration, and captivating guest speakers.

High School Awards (9-12)

“Get Outdoors!”


Educator: 
Rebecca Krop
Impact: 
260 Students
Award Amount: 
$2,995.00
Get Outdoors is a program developed to bring outdoor education opportunities into a school setting. The program is specifically looking to increase science and Career Technical Education coursework.

“High School Speech and Debate Team”


Educator:
Corrie Aljian
Community Partner: Tom Lininger
Impact: 75 Students
Award Amount: 
$1,000.00
High school debaters will compete in tournaments and coach middle schoolers. Studies show debate improves school performance and graduation rates.

“Harmony in the Classroom”


Educator: 
Jon Bridges
Impact:
200 Students
Award Amount: 
$2,591.05 
This grant will fund a Harmony Director and amps which will increase student awareness of tone, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, and engagement.

“21st Century Music Technology Suite Project”


Educator: 
Jonathan Light
Impact: 
350 Students
Award Amount: 
$1,920.00
The project is designed to engage students with the tools – composition, recording, notation, and practice software – used by the music industry.

“21st Century Biology Skills”


Educator: 
Sonja Ljungdahl
Impact: 
134 Students
Award Amount: 
$3,000.00
This grant will enable students to implement 21st century skills using state-of-the-art biology equipment.This will enable the students perform a laboratory that explores the relatedness between species at the molecular level.

“Integrated Outdoor Journalism Program”


Educator:  
Ivan Miller
Impact:
87 Students
Award Amount: 
$3,000.00
The integrated outdoor program combines exploration, journalism, and community involvement while fostering environmental consciousness.

“Diverse and Up-To-Date Library Materials”


Educator:  
Benni Rose
Impact:
1200 Students
Award Amount: 
$3,000.00
This project will update the library with fiction and nonfiction materials that are up-to-date and reflect the diversity of our school’s student body.

“Forestry Field Equipment”


Educator: 
Stacey Tuers
Impact:
65 Students
Award Amount: 
$2,982.00
Students will have access to forestry field equipment for a new Career and Technical Education course and eventual pathway that gives students hands-on experience and learn critical skills for a potential career in forestry.

“Cooking Class Equipment”


Educator: 
Maria G. Gutierrez
Impact:
11 Students
Award Amount: 
$1,020.00
This class funds equipment for the WLA cooking class. In the cooking class students work on cooking skills, including how to safely handle and store food and how to prepare food.

“Graphing Calculators in the Classroom”


Educator: 
Ryan Hovey
Impact:
140 Students
Award Amount: 
$1,992.00
The goal of this project is to utilize high-tech graphing calculators to aid student understanding in advanced mathematics and science courses.

“Expanding our Library to Promote Reading”


Educator: 
Alicia Willis
Impact: 
150 Students
Award Amount: 
$1,992.00
This school currently has a small library of outdated books. This grant will provice new books that will catch students’ interests and promote literacy.

District-Wide Grants (K-12)

“Cultural Connections Camp”


Educator: 
Dawn Malliett
Impact: 
25 Students
Award Amount: 
$2,435.00
The camp provides underserved Native K-12 students the opportunity to engage in culturally-specific activities, and receive academic and cultural mentoring.

“Preparation to Advance Student Success”


Educator:
Linda Mooney
Impact: 
100 Students
Award Amount: 
$2,240.00
Tutors will help students with the advanced levels of math now included in the GED test and ensure students’ success and ability to graduate.

“Transportation and Security ID Printer”


Educator: 
Chris Beath
Impact: 
500
Award Amount: 
$400.00
This grant provides an ID printer to support a secure identification of student enrollment, use of public transportation with an attached badge to, and school security.

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