ACE Teacher Grants

We all know teachers continually think of creative ways to enhance instruction, but time and money present challenges. If you find the time, perhaps ACE can help with the money by awarding you an ACE teacher grant! ACE is accepting grant requests for up to $250.00 to support a teaching project to be implemented next fall. Submit your application on-line by June 6, 2014.
Take a look at some of the projects previously supported by ACE grants.

March into Reading 2014! Aquidneck Island’s 11th Annual Celebration of Children’s Books

Friday, March 28, 2014   Authors and Illustrators visit Aquidneck Island Schools

           Saturday, March 29, 2014   9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.        

The festivities continue at O’Hare Academic Center

Salve Regina University, Newport, RI

                                 Free & open to the public, no reservations needed

Schedule for Saturday March 29

Children’s Discovery Rooms             9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Hidden treasures of fun learning activities, arts, and crafts

  •  Travel Around the World with Books!
  •  Ocean Treasures!
  •  Hidden Treasures in the Rainforest!
  •  Unlocking the Treasure! ~ fun for middle school ages
  •  The Reading Room – A quiet place to enjoy a book

 Silly Dilly Man, Alan Katz      10:00 a.m.

Laugh along with author Alan Katz as he discusses his diverse career, which has been dedicated to making kids and their parents laugh and learn. In addition to having written 30+ books for kids, Alan is a six-time Emmy nominee for his work as a TV writer/producer (talk shows, game shows, awards shows, animated series), and he has created many notable advertising campaigns, comic books, and trading card sets. Alan promises a Silly Dilly good time for all.

Meet the Authors & Illustrators and Book Signing

Tony Abbott  12:00- 12:45   Tony has written over ninety-five books and 12 million of Tony’s books have been sold worldwide. Several of his books were named Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club selections and Junior Library Guild. Firegirl won the Golden Kite Award for Fiction presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. The Postcard was honored with the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery in the juvenile category.  Tony’s newest work, The Copernicus Legacy is an epic six-volume adventure series for young audiences.

Aaron Becker  11:00 – 11:45  Aaron’s debut picture book, Journey, was named one of the New York Times’ Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2013.  He illustrated a special cover for the children’s issue of the New York Times Book Review. Journey has been awarded the 2013 platinum “Best Book Award” by the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, was nominated for Best Picture Book in the Goodreads Choice Awards.  Aaron’s website includes videos on “The Making of Journey” and a book trailer.

Toni Buzzeo  10:00 – 10:45  Toni has published 19 picture books thus far, with four more currently under contract.  In 2013, she won a Caldecott Honor award for her New York Times best-selling book One Cool Friend. Among other awards, Just Like My Papa, Stay Close to Mama, and Dawdle Duckling have all been Children’s Book of the Month Club selections.

Erica Perl  11:00 – 11:45  Erica’s children’s picture books and novels keep kids and adults laughing. She has received many recognitions and awards for her books including one from our very own state! Her novel, When Life Gives You O.J. was a Rhode Island State Book Award finalist. In addition to writing books, Erica works at First Book, the groundbreaking non-profit organization that has provided over 100 million brand new books to children in need. Erica is a champion for First Book Authors & Illustrators in Action! and encourages her fellow authors and illustrators to join her!

 Susan Stockdale  10:00 – 10:45  Susan writes and illustrates picture books about nature such as Stripes of All Types, Bring on the Birds, and Fabulous Fishes. Her books have won awards from the American Library Association, Parents’ Choice, the National Science Teachers Association, and Bank Street College of Education. To see a Voice of America video that shows how Susan creates her illustrations go to her website

 Maryann Cocca Leffler  12:00 – 12:45  Maryann has authored and illustrated 50 books for young children.  She has brought one of her most popular book characters, Princess Kim, to stage in Princess Kim the Musical and won  FIRST place in the Ronald Ruble National New Play Festival at the Caryl Crane Children’s Theatre in Huron, Ohio.

Laura Backman 10:00- 10:45  Laura will be joined by the real LEMON, the main character in Laura’s book “Lemon the Duck”.  Laura, accompanied by Lemon, will read the book at 9:30 a.m.

Alan Katz, The Silly Dilly Man  11:00 – 11:45 Immediately following his presentation, Alan will meet and sign his books.

A selection of books by the featured authors & illustrators will be on sale during the festivities – courtesy of Island Books


This program is made possible by grants from Hamilton Family Foundation, Peoples Credit Union, Newport Public Education Foundation, Portsmouth Public Education Foundation, RI Partnership for Success  &  support from the  Pennfield School, Newport Daily News, Newport Hotel Group, United Way of RI, Island Books, and Viking Tours 

March into Reading 2014

Now in its 11th year, March into Reading has become a hallmark event for Aquidneck Island students, their families and their teachers!  We are excited to announce the award winning children’s book authors and illustrators attending March into Reading 2014.  Read more

Happy & Healthy Kids ~ Tips from Professionals for Teachers & Parents

ACE Critical Issues in Education Series

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.   Nov. 14, 2013  CCRI Newport, RI Campus

What are the newest challenges to raising happy and healthy kids? How can parents and teachers meet these challenges?  A panel of experts will respond to these questions with timely advice for the home and school.

Catherine Labiak – Maher, M.D.         Technology

Paul Cardoza, Ed.D                             Physical Activity

Megan Martino,  BS. CLC                    Nutrition

Laura Deihl, Ph.D.                               Social-Emotional Development

Free & open to the public.  Reservations are not required. For more information go to or contact Kitty Rok,, 401 341-3157



ACE Teacher Grants

Teachers from Gaudet Middle School, Thompson Middle School, and Hathaway Elementary School received ACE teacher grants to start projects with the opening of school.  Read more

Get ideas and be inspired by ACE teacher grant projects implemented during last school year that focused on elementary and secondary art instruction, using positive behavioral supports to teach personal responsiblity in an elementary classroom, integrating OT & PT activities in a K classroom, and teaching real life math skills to 2nd graders. Read more

Apply now for an ACE Teacher Grant to fund a special project at the start of the new school year! Read about the projects supported by ACE during the 2012-13 school year.

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 fish

ACE Teacher Tip! Check it out!    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.1RoseEscobar_ACEgrant_CustomCoffeeHouseArtShow

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.