SEED Awards $8,000 In Grants To Dover Middle School

SEED Awards $8,000 In Grants To Dover Middle School

May 4 - SEED is thrilled to announce $8,000 in grant awards have been issued to Dover Middle School educators.

SEED will grant a team of three Dover Middle School teachers $4,500 to attend the University of New Hampshire Tech for Teacher Leaders conference, coming this July. Participants will learn and experience the paradigm shift of STEAM project-based learning in the classroom. The select teachers will implement the instructional practices in the classroom and support Dover STEAM initiatives.

Another $2,500 will be donated to the school’s special education program, also known as the Oasis Program, for teacher professional development to understand and help behaviorally challenged students. Special education teachers Dr. Barb Lynch and Robin Eich will attend the Collaborative and Proactive Solutions advanced training conference, to be held this summer. The conference will help increase the teachers’ skills and become more proficient in identifying lagging skills and prioritizing unsolved problems.

SEED will also fund two teachers to complete Responsive Classroom training. The training will support the use of wiggle seats, wiggle bands, and yoga balls so that students may access tools for movement while they work in class. Research has shown that when students are allowed to move while they learn and work, they are more likely to focus.

Eighth grade teachers Kelly Daynard and Danielle Nelson were awarded a grant for their “Cure the World” application to purchase PANDEMIC board games to be used during the Black Death unit of study. The interactive activity will promote critical thinking, student engagement and complex problem solving while working together to solve real life crises.

Meanwhile, Cathy Calandriello was awarded a grant to purchase materials for schooling staff members how to incorporate mindfulness activities in the classroom environment.

Funding for the 21st Century learning curriculum supported in SEED’s mission is made possible by the philanthropic fundraising from individuals and businesses and SEED’s annual fundraiser “All In For Education” to be held at Redhook Brewery on Friday, May 19, 2017.

Back row: DMS Winning Proposers: Robin Eich, Dr. Barb Lynch, Fran Meffen, Kelly Daynard, Cathy Calandriello, Danielle Nelson, Allison Friend-Gray

Front row: SEED reps Kelly Glennon, Matt Keane, and Patrick Duffy