2020欧洲杯手机投注

CHELCO and OPSF Teacher Grants Provide New Opportunities for the Classroom

2020欧洲杯手机投注The Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation (OPSF) recently awarded twenty-seven teacher grants, five CHELCO grants and twenty-two OPSF grants, this year for a total of $35,602. The grants were funded in part by CHELCO, the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, and the State of Florida through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations and ranged anywhere from $400 - $1,500 per grant.

2020欧洲杯手机投注The teachers applied for the competitive grants, detailing the ways in which they would spend the grant funds and how the grant would help their students and classrooms.

CHELCO Grant Recipients:

Linh Weddington – Baker School – STEM for Students

Linh Weddington – Baker School – STEM for Students

2020欧洲杯手机投注Students will be able to explore so much on their own! With the Geosmart Magnetic Set and the Polydron Engineer, students will be able to build shapes that will help them in geometry. Students will be able to identify vertices and sides of shapes. This set will also allow students to be creative by building (engineering). They can build houses, cars, animals – anything that they put their mind to! With the Building Brick STEM Kit, students will be able to work on physical science and engineering. Students will be able to develop skills in mastering 21st century skills. Students will be able to construct a windmill to a solvable maze with this kit. Students will be given task cards and must be able to build it. With the Physical Science Activity Labs set, I can do so much with this. I can have students explore on their own or I can put it to use as a station in class. Students are given cards to help walk them through what to complete. This will keep the students very engaged. I have so many students in class who LOVE science and want to have experiments, so this project will allow our class to do so. With the Design and Play STEAM kit, students can put their creation to the test. Students will create cars, boats, or planes and test them when they are done. This will help students develop skills in problem solving, creativity, force and motion, sink and float, and so much more! Not only will the students learn from this project, but students will be able to have fun and interact with other classmates with friendly competitions.

Brittany Tate – Niceville High School – Gardening at the Nest

Brittany Tate – Niceville High School – Gardening at the Nest

2020欧洲杯手机投注Gardening at the Nest is a multi-faceted project that provides hands-on experiences in the natural world through the creation of a school garden. According to Michigan State University, “…school gardens can improve academic achievements, and can positively impact students’ knowledge, attitude and behavior as it relates to learning” (Hahn, 2016). This project builds upon this idea and with the support of this grant, our school will be able to kick start a school garden.

One of the goals of this project is to bridge learning that occurs in the classroom to the real-world and the garden is the ideal place for this to occur. Teachers can use the garden as a tool to connect classroom standards to the real-world. From the culinary classes to the community-service groups, the garden will open new paths of learning to everyone. The fresh produce will provide new ingredients to the cooking classes and the school’s growing food pantry. The garden can also teach small business management skills as it relates to horticulture and agriculture as students can take the produce to the local Farmer’s market. Gardening at the Nest will provide a new aspect of hands-on learning for all students.

Kathleen Redfern – Laurel Hill School – Innovation STEM Lab

Kathleen Redfern – Laurel Hill School – Innovation STEM Lab

In the last decade, advancements in science and technology created a world full of possibilities; from NASA preparing a new set of astronauts to walk on the surface of the moon, to Roomba’s new coding robot, Root, that can climb whiteboard walls. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education is an increasingly important topic in our world, and it demonstrates how important our standard of education needs to continue to develop and refine practices that prepare our students for a successful future.

In the primary grades, an Innovation STEM Lab in the classroom creates opportunities for students to engage in exploration with a hands-on approach through the use of engineering manipulatives. One of the most important periods of human development falls within birth to eight years old. During this time, children are developing the foundation for their social-emotional and cognitive skills. The Innovation STEM Lab promotes these skills by encouraging students to discover a world of artistic innovation through their ability to explore the engineering design process and construct value in peer-to-peer relationships.

Bluewater Elementary School

Michelle Allard - STEM Stations

2020欧洲杯手机投注Many times, as educators, we hear how Kindergarten is the first-place students become excited about school. Students who are excited to come to school ultimately become some of the best life-long learners and awesome members of society. My Kindergarten students LOVE to build. They build with Legos, Snap Cubes, Red Solo cups, and wooden blocks. When students are given the choice, it is the first station they go to. Unfortunately, we do not have many STEM stations. I would like to build more STEM Stations for my students. Thus, allowing students to develop fine motor skills, creative design, problem solving skills, engineering skills (structural integrity, balance and weight distribution), measurement, volume/capacity, shapes, angles, lines, logic, and, most important, collaboration. These stations would hit several Kindergarten standards for a more hands-on learning approach, which is so important in Kindergarten. STEM stations will help tremendously with several content areas. You are able to measure these outcomes through various subjects, such as Math, Speaking Skills, Social Studies, and Science. Students will also be able to use these STEM stations for reading and even building Sight Words. To be honest, the possibilities are endless with student gains, achievement, interest, and engagement.

Barry Blackburn - Play It Again, Sam

2020欧洲杯手机投注Grant will be used to purchase 2 Chrome book computers for use in stations and for instruction in the elementary classroom. This will give student access to computer programs and web based applications to assist in music theory and instruction. Students will also use a digital recorder to record and listen to their student created work on a dual speaker system. Student will then be able to self asses if they are playing correct rhythms and Ritches.

OPSF Grant Recipients:

Antioch Elementary School

Antioch Elementary School

Amy Brown - Meeting Individual Student Needs with iPads

2020欧洲杯手机投注I would like to purchase 5 iPads. I will purchase cases and a charging station separately from this grant. 11% of my students scored a level 1 or 2 on the math MAP assessment. 61 % of my students scored a level 4 or 5. 28% of my students scored a level 3, on grade level. The gaps in ability and math fluency are wide! I would like to use the iPads to better implement the Accelerated Math program to help me better individualize and differentiate learning based on student learning needs. I want to ensure that students are having adequate access to the Accelerated Math program to help remediate skills students are lacking while also having a way to enhance instruction and push learners who are ready for more. This is almost impossible to do simultaneously with just one teacher and such huge gaps in ability, but the Accelerated Reader program with 5 iPads would make this much more feasible and realistic. I want to help all students work through the math objectives-whether currently on a first grade level or a fourth grade level-to meet individual needs, and Accelerated Math makes this possible.

Sarah Taylor – The Buddy Project

In an effort to help our CBS students build their social interaction skills and our general education students to better understand our CBS students and the challenges they face, I would like to create The Buddy Project at our school. With the support of my administration and 3rd-5th grade teachers, as well as the already committed involvement of our student council, our school is excited about how this project will impact our student body. Our CBS educators are excited about how this project will help us support the social interaction learning needs of our students. The students in The Buddy Project will meet together monthly for a breakfast together, participate in a Buddy Run together, and have a Buddy Water Day together at the end of the year. The students will also participate in additional activities together (reading days, classroom activities, shared recess, etc.), and not everything will cost money. However, some of the planned events will need financial support, and we are grateful for the opportunity to apply for this grant.

Laura Way and Tanya Demara – PE Circuit Program

Currently our students at do not have some of the typical Physical Education (PE) equipment that would improve coordination and agility. I would like to see students getting to participate in some obstacle and agility courses, especially with the rise of popularity in shows like American Ninja Warrior. With the equipment proposed, my PE assistant and I could work with our half of the school in circuit-based obstacle courses. Our current data is strictly anecdotal in nature, but we consistently see a decline in student interest in physical activity and a lack of physical coordination due to a lack of exposure and experience. We want to change that! Yes, we would need more than what this grant proposes to be as successful as we'd like but this equipment is an excellent start in building our dream. We would like to purchase 5 adjustable Adventure Course Sets (to be used indoor or outdoor} and 5 Stay-N-Step Agility Ladders from Gopher Sports.

Claire Walker – Modeled and Recording Reading for Fluency Building

Reading begins in kindergarten, and students who cannot read fluently often get to the end of a text without understanding what the passage was about because they were focusing solely on choppy decoding. My goal is to provide students with iPads, devices most of them are familiar with how to navigate, in order to give them access to fluent reading models through vooks.com, Epic!, and pre­recorded files by either myself or parent volunteers. Then I want to teach the children how to record themselves reading grade level appropriate texts and how to self-assess their own fluency audible in order to help them improve their own fluency and prosody.

Wendi Gideon – Kindergartners Becoming Fluent Readers

Reading begins in kindergarten, and students who cannot read fluently often get to the end of a text without understanding what the passage was about because they were focusing solely on choppy decoding. My goal is to provide students with iPads, devices most of them are familiar with how to navigate, in order to give them access to fluent reading models through vooks.com, Epic!, and pre­recorded files by either myself or parent volunteers. Then I want to teach the children how to record themselves reading grade level appropriate texts and how to self-assess their own fluency audible in order to help them improve their own fluency and prosody.

Amanda Tolbert – Meeting Individual Student Needs with iPads

If awarded this grant, I would like to purchase 5 iPads. I will purchase cases and a charging station separately from this grant. 14% of my students scored a level 1 or 2 on the math MAP assessment. 49% of my students scored a level 4 or 5. 37% of my students scored a level 3, on grade level. The gaps in ability and math fluency are wide! I would like to use the iPads to better implement the Accelerated Math program to help me better individualize and differentiate learning based on student learning needs. I want to ensure that students are having adequate access to the Accelerated Math program to help remediate skills students are lacking while also having a way to enhance instruction and push learners who are ready for more. This is almost impossible to do simultaneously with just one teacher and such huge gaps in ability, but the Accelerated Reader program with 5 iPads would make this much more feasible and realistic. I want to help all students work through the math objectives-whether currently on a first-grade level or a fourth grade level-to meet individual needs, and Accelerated Math makes this possible.

Kindergarten Team – Math Literature for Kindergarten

So much of the K-2 classroom is environmental print and exposure to the foundations of literacy. Equally important is the foundation of number sense and a solid understanding of the way mathematics works. The building blocks of everything we learn --all the way through college - are being laid in the K-2 classrooms every day. Research consistently shows us, and our professional developments have consistently taught us, that we maximize the student learning experience when we integrate literacy with mathematics. In this setting students can begin to see mathematics as a real tool for real life, something that is evident around us every day and that needs to be learned. We support the premise behind this integration; however, we lack the resources to make it happen! We have a list of kindergarten Mathematics Literacy texts and we have the willingness and expertise needed to utilize them, but we do not have the funds to acquire the books on the list. We are excited, hopeful, and thankful for the opportunity to apply for this grant and, we· hope, to purchase the books for immediate use in our classrooms.

William Vinzant – iPads in CBS

I would like to purchase 5 iPads. I will purchase cases separately from this grant. I have the honor of teaching 9 CBS students, 7 of whom are level 1 and level 2 students on the MAPs assessment. 78% of my students are on 1:he Max Scholar program introduced by the district this year. However, these students struggle to utilize the computers required for the program. I am requesting iPads to help my students more effectively use the Max Scholar program to better support their individual learning needs. Success will be evidenced in the learning gains to be demonstrated on the Max Scholar assessments and in their MAP scores.

Elyse Zalucki – Study Island with Fidelity

2020欧洲杯手机投注Any tool we use as educators must be used with fidelity, regularly, consistently, appropriately. I utilize the program Study Island in my class. A county approved program, research supported, Study Island boasts that students with just 30 minutes a week of time on the program increase their scores on state assessment. I like to utilize Study Island while I pull students to work in small groups or even individually with me on skills that need to be remediated or to work with groups that are ready to be challenged. The problem is, I don't have enough technology that consistently works or is consistently in my classroom (pulled due to testing). I'm asking for 5 iPads so that I can have more students working on Study Island with more fidelity.

First Grade Team - Math Literature for First Grade

Throughout this and previous school years, we have had some great math professional development trainings with lists of trade books that are perfect for helping children see mathematics concepts in literature and how those concepts can be applied to every day real world living. We have long been excited to integrate those texts into our classrooms; however, so often we do not have those texts in our library or we do not have enough copies to allow all 9 of us to use them in a meaningful time frame. We would like to purchase 2 (a few texts 3) copies of the texts on the mathematics literacy books list we've been provided in our professional development. These books will be kept where all of us can access them and use them to enhance our mathematics instruction (and our literacy connection!) not only for this school year but for many years to come.

Jessica Carpenter – OPSF Supports Autism

If awarded this grant, I would like to purchase 5 iPads. I will purchase cases separately from this grant. I have the pleasure of teaching 8 CBS 3rd grade students, that are on general education standards. I am requesting 5 iPads, for each child to be able to work on programs like the new state mandated reading program, Max Scholar. This program is a sensory oriented program that requires computer time to be effective. I currently do not have any iPads, and my students, all of whom are identified as being on the autism spectrum, would really benefit from access to this technological support. I feel their very individualized needs would be greatly enhanced by having the appropriate technology and the opportunity to use sensory and focus friendly tools. Giving each student the opportunity to access these  programs, I would expect to see developmental progress as well as academic growth. Furthermore, the iPads will support students' IEP goals.

Haiden Dauphin – Resources for I-Ready and Max Scholar

2020欧洲杯手机投注As a second grade ELA and social studies teacher, I am excited to see how Max Scholar, the newly adopted program chosen by the county, can support my instruction for my lowest students who qualify for the program. The problem I have encountered for the last few weeks is that I simply do not have enough technology resources to support the program along with i-Ready and Accelerated Reader all simultaneously. I currently have 4 computers in my classroom and they are constantly having issues or are pulled out for weeks of testing. I am struggling to find ways for my students to all meet their required minutes of i-Ready while also having the technology needed for my 5 students on Max Scholar. I am requesting 5 ipads, with the willingness to buy cases myself, so that I can better support the instructional needs of my students, which will in turn affect their reading scores on MAP and on i­Ready and Max Scholar assessments.

Amber Zimmerman – Literature Circles and Accountability

2020欧洲杯手机投注As a 4th grade ELA teacher, I try to make learning exciting and engaging. By fourth grade, my students are ready for the challenges of longer texts and cooperative learning projects. They are ready for literature circles. However, when there are 5 literature circle groups meeting at the same time, I cannot always listen attentively to each group or make sure each group is maximizing their time on task. I have found, though, that a little accountability goes a long way. I am requesting the funds to purchase 5 iPads. Students will learn how to use the iPads, specifically recording features, to create literacy-group videos (think radio show style) that I can watch and refer back to in small group meetings with them later. I believe the added accountability of filming their literature circle meetings will encourage students to do a better, more thorough job when they are in their group meetings. This stronger work ethic during the group meetings will in turn lead to better quality thinking and more effective literature circle groups which research consistently suggests will in turn lead to higher test scores because of better comprehension and transfer of literacy skills to multiple texts and settings.

Jancie Roberts – Going Beyond Access Points

If awarded this grant, I would like to purchase 5 iPads. I will purchase cases separately from this grant. I have the pleasure of teaching 5 CBS students, grades 3-5, that are on access points, special standards. I am requesting 5 iPads, one for each child to be able to work on programs like ENCORE Access Pts and a time management and focus app called I-Connect. I currently do not have any iPads, and I really feel like my students, all of whom are identified as being on the autism spectrum, would really benefit from the access to these support materials. I feel my instructional quality and ability to meet their very individualized needs would be greatly enhanced by having that appropriate technology and the opportunity to get an i-Pad in the hands of each child. With access to such programs and technology, I would expect to see developmental progress as well as academic growth. I also feel like the iPads will support students' IEP goals.

Michelle Adams – Differentiating Math Instruction with iPads

If awarded this grant, I would like to purchase 5 iPads. I will purchase cases and a charging station separately from this grant. 27% of my students scored a level 1 or 2 on the math MAP assessment. 27% of my students scored a level 4 or 5. 44% of my students scored a level 3, on grade level. The gaps in ability and math fluency are wide! I would like to use the iPads to better implement the Accelerated Math program to help me better individualize and differentiate learning based on student learning needs. I want to ensure that students are having adequate access to the Accelerated Math program to help remediate skills students are lacking while also having a way to enhance instruction and push learners who are ready for more. This is almost impossible to do simultaneously with just one teacher and such huge gaps in ability, but the Accelerated Reader program with 5 iPads would make this much more feasible and realistic. I want to help all students work through the math objectives-whether currently on a kindergarten grade level or a second grade level-to meet individual needs, and Accelerated Math makes this possible.

Destin Elementary School - Meghan Seekamp - 3-D and Me! Kindergarten Geometry

This proposal addresses the need for three dimensional shape manipulatives for 10 Self-Contained Kindergarten classes. This request is for manipulatives that will help all Kindergarten students explore three dimensional shapes through tactile, multi-sensory and hands-on learning experiences in the classroom. Our recent data has shown the need for more student exploration and a deeper level of instruction in the Geometry standards.

Eglin Elementary School - Pat Chavers - Meeting Learner Needs with Access to iPads

2020欧洲杯手机投注If awarded this grant, I would like to purchase 4 iPads, 4 cases, and a charging station. 44 % of my students scored below the 75th percentile on the STAR Math baseline assessment. 12% of my students scored a level 1 or 2 on the beginning MAP math. 50% scored a level 3, and 38% scored a level 4 or 5. The gaps in ability and math fluency are wide! I would like to use the iPads to better implement the Accelerated Math program to help me better individualize and differentiate learning based on student learning needs. I would also use the iPads to maximize station learning opportunities—with sites like Khan Academy, Sumdog, and Math on the Spot-- while I work with students and small groups in the Balanced Math model.

Laurel Hill School - Kimberly Chandler - Improving Literacy in Low Performing Students

Many literacy fluency and comprehension deficiencies in low performing students are due to weaknesses in the physical act of reading. Many students who struggle with reading have been found to have eye movement disorders. Efficient and accurate eye movements are one component of proficient reading performance that affects visual processing, attention span, and word decoding. The King-Devick Reading Acceleration Program (RAP) is used for reading screening to predict below average reading performance, then implement the RAP to strengthen eye tracking issues so students can be successful in reading. Many students who struggle with reading have been found to have eye movement disorders. The outcomes to be measured are reading fluency and comprehension by comparing a baseline initial assessment to a final assessment after the RAP intervention.

Lewis School - Lindsey Lynch - STEM and Literacy Portable Chart

Lewis School - Lindsey Lynch - STEM and Literacy Portable Chart

2020欧洲杯手机投注The request is for a portable cart that would include STEM aligned buildables/project supplies plus literature that would align with these units. Depending on which unit the teachers are utilizing, students would be able to pair grade level reading with a building project or acting out to make literature more fun and alive.

Ruckel Middle School - Susie Watson - Plickers Pro

2020欧洲杯手机投注Creating viable assessment data that encourages participation is critical to a teacher's success in his/her classroom. The time needed to grade this data can be overwhelming. Plickers Pro provides the teachers with a method to quickly gather data and measure understanding of a concept. Students love to participate and the results are instant. Students who do not like to participate in class tend to be those that are struggling with a concept. The use of Plickers provides them a safe avenue for demonstrating their understanding and or lack of understanding. The teacher has the results instantly-by student. This grant will provide the teachers with instant feedback to better guide their instruction and allow them to pinpoint with more accuracy their need for differentiation within a concept. Each students card is different so they cannot look at their neighbor and simply copy their result. This ensures the teacher knows what each student chose. The paid subscription allows for unlimited questions in a set and allows the sets to be shared within a community. Neither of these perks are available in the Free subscription. In Math we create concept checks to assess the students understanding of a concept. This would provide a quick, engaging way for teacher and students to get the critical information needed to move forward with pinpoint instruction.

Southside Primary School - Kimberly Strickland - Classroom Library

I am seeking a grant to expand the classroom libraries in the Pre-Kindergarten Disabilities classrooms with the objective of helping all of our students increase their pre-reading skills by using classroom books and materials to coincide with the theme or unit of study. The objective is that by the end of the school year the students will have at least doubled their recognition of letters and sounds and relate books to the topic or season being addressed. Pre-Kindergarten Disabilities has a curriculum that we follow, but having new teachers in this position, most classroom libraries do not adequately support the topics covered. We do share books and materials between classes, but many of the books are in need of replacing and updating. I have purchased many books for the classrooms, but the ones that are most useful are the expensive ones that have to be ordered from publishers. I am requesting $1000 for use in purchasing classroom books.>

Sincere thanks to the many individuals, businesses, and community organizations who are contributing to support the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation and make these grants possible.