2016-2017 Teacher Grants
The Foundation begins accepting applications for teacher grants in September of each year. However, we encourage teachers to begin working on their ideas and applications during the summer months. Please click on the links below for a copy of the Foundation’s application and the rubric that is used to evaluate each application.
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2015-2016 Teacher Grants
TEACHER GRANTS AWARDED
Three schools, dozens of teachers, and hundreds of students will benefit from grants that were funded by the West Lafayette School Education Foundation. Announcement of the 10 accepted grant proposals was made in late November.
As a result of this funding, innovation projects involving literacy, biology, physics, physical fitness, audio engineering, geography, and more will occur this semester, and most of the newly acquired materials and equipment will continue to be used for years to come.
Under the direction of Katie Price and Sally Christensen, Happy Hollow will participate in the Battle of the Books for the second year in a row with the added nuance of competing with two other schools from outside the district. Up to 20 teams of 5 students each will read a prescribed list of 10 books and then battle to answer the most questions about those titles.
Francine Denecke, Jen King, and Brien Dick will use “Crazy Traits” with their six 6th grade science classes to learn about genetics and biodiversity. The newly purchased hands-on games and activities promote teamwork, discussion, and class interaction while learning the complexities of human differences and similarities.
Katie Dodds’s fourth grade class will use Hot Wheels Radar to measure the speed of toy cars, plus projects they design, and even themselves! The hands-on radar opportunities reinforce important fourth grade science concepts, such as motion, speed, and distance.
Yoga and mindfulness is a proven method for managing physical, mental and emotional behavior. Under the organizational leadership of counselor Courtney Murtaugh, yoga will be offered as a recess option at Happy Hollow, taught by a licensed yoga trainer through the use of DVDs and with a live yoga instructor from the community a few times a month.
Ann Gerlach will purchase two Osmo Genius kits, a hardware accessory to an iPad, for her 2nd graders at Cumberland. Using the five game package, the students may work independently or in groups to spell, write, compute, problem solve, and draw. As many levels of each activity are options, every child will have the opportunity to succeed.
Through the purchase of specified software, Kyle Standish’s communication classes at the high school will learn about audio technology, including compression, equalization, mixing, mastering, and recording techniques that are necessary to produce professional sounding audio. Student projects will include radio commercials, musical scores, and some live recording sessions.
Shelby Johnson will be purchasing technology to allow her the mobility required to collect and record data about her special education students at the high school as they navigate their way through their day. The ever increasing information required by the federal and state governments is requiring more and more teacher time. This technology will increase the teacher’s ability to fulfill these governmental demands more efficiently and devote more time and attention to the students’ instructional and emotional needs.
Fourth grade teacher Patrick Roe observed that students are spending more and more time playing video games and using tablet computers, resulting in less patience and skills with manipulating “real” objects and following verbal instructions. He plans to purchase Lego sets to stimulate dexterity, group problem solving, and following simple directions.
Hilary Hanna, on behalf of the 4th grade teachers at Happy Hollow, wrote on her proposal, “Imagine having the ability to walk the entire perimeter of our great state in less than one minute. Think of planning the route to your upcoming field trip, calculating the distance, and identifying landmarks along the way. All of the rivers, state parks, and other important roads are now as big as you instead of the size of notebook paper. Now imagine that you can take a field trip inside your school to see the entire state 15 feet wide by 23 feet tall. All of this and much more is possible with the Giant Map of Indiana.”
Sara Delaney, Cumberland art teacher, will direct a book study with the 26 participating teachers, of Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do about It. The group will work toward finding action steps that can be taken at Cumberland to help students living in poverty to have increased attendance, grades/scores, and family participation in school functions, while at the same time decreasing disciplinary actions.
The West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation is proud to partner with the outstanding educators in the West Lafayette Schools to provide funding for programs and activities that enrich the educational experience for our students.