Here is the opportunity to start the next school year with a fresh teaching idea! Apply now for an ACE Teacher Grant up to $250.00 for a project you can begin when the school doors open in September. Go to the “Teacher Grant’ link above to complete the application and submit by June 14th. Awards will be announced over the summer.
2012 – 2013 Projects Supported by ACE Teacher Grants
Christine Korney from Coggeshall Elementary School in Newport received an ACE Teacher Grant for her classroom project “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”. As part of the elementary behavior support classroom, Christine’s students follow a positive reinforcement program that emphasizes taking responsibility for personal actions. Funded with an ACE grant, Christine engaged students in an ongoing program of personal responsibilities by building and maintaining a classroom aquarium. In addition, Christine’s students were involved in activities that required scientific, creative and critical thinking about fish biology and aquarium care.
ACE Teacher Tip! Check it out! http://www.petsintheclassroom.org/PDF/FIC-Complete-Curriculum.pdf for classroom aquarium basics, lesson plans, and ready to use instructional materials.
Cheryl DeMenezes and Kate Sangster from Cranston Calvert School in Newport received funding for “SPOT Groups in the Class”. Combining their individual areas of expertise, occupational therapy and speech/language pathology, Cheryl and Kate designed instructional activities to support the development of language and fine/visual motor skills in kindergarten students. The grant money was used to purchase consumable craft materials for the activities.
Keri-Ann McLaughlin, a teacher at Forest Avenue School in Middletown was awarded an ACE Grant to support the inclusion of math and problem solving skills in the “Visiting Our Buddies” project. Keri’s second graders walk to Forest Farm Adult Day Services once a week to complete community service. The students use pedometers, purchased with the grant, to gather information about their walk to and from the destination and graph, compare, and interpret the data collected.
Rose Escobar, an art teacher at Portsmouth High School received an ACE Teacher Grant to support the Student Artists Showing Students (SASS) project through which her students learn and practice real life skills of selecting, preparing and advocating for their artistic accomplishments by means of community exhibitions. In partnership with a local coffee shop, Rose’s students are engaged in building, advertising, and hosting the monthly exhibits.
Diane Sheehan of Cranston – Calvert Elementary School, received funding for the “Projection in the Palm of My Hand” project to purchase technology that allows her to bring art images and events online to students in every classroom. The enhancement to her instruction increases student understanding and engagement of art and art history.
Barbara Wonderler, a Rogers High School Art teacher received an ACE teacher Grant to support a class visit to the Newport Art museum. Art 1 students were introduced to their local museum during the annual members show so that the students viewed, reflected and responded to exemplary works of art by living, local artists.