Fall 2015 Grant Recipients
SEED is pleased to announce it has awarded nearly $7,000 in education grants. The winners, spread across the district, were selected from a pool of eighteen application submissions. Proceeds will be disbursed and incorporated immediately into curriculum and the current school year.
Dover High School Science department was awarded $1,350 to purchase a high speed video camera to capture what is normally not seen by the human eye. Award winner Mike Russo will incorporate video demonstrations and analysis to emphasize hands-on modality learning.
Growth Mindset + Number Talks, the work of Jo Boaler, a professor of mathematics education at Stanford University, will be presented to fifteen Dover School District math teachers. The online course, valued at just more than $2,000, combines a focus on mindset and student ability with research on high quality mathematics teaching.
The Garrison Elementary School team of Meghan Mayhew, Rachel Hill, Michael Romps and Rima Sawyer were awarded $320 to bring the Iditarod Sled Dog Race to all second grade classrooms at Garrison School. Using specialized software and website access, students will follow musher teams, explore Alaskan communities, track weather patterns, and use mapping skills to understand the Iditarod trail. The integrated unit will include access to a comprehensive website which provides remote access to the race, including live coverage and GPA tracking of the musher teams.
Librarian Debra Cheney was provided funding to purchase Lego Story Starts sets for the Garrison School library. The $621-curriculum pack includes Story Visualizer software to allow students to photograph, write and publish stories.
Fellow Garrison School teacher, Sarah Croteau’s Step Into It proposal was funded to allow students to walk across America by using pedometers in physical education classes. This project will incorporate math and geography skills while keeping the kids active.
At Dover Middle School, two proposals were funded. The first, proposed by a team that includes Allison Friend-Gray, Amy Booth, and Fran Meffen, will allow for teacher professional development with a visit to the nationally recognized King School in Portland, Maine. There, teachers will observe project-based learning in action with a goal of bringing project-based teaching to their classrooms.
The second Dover Middle School grant award was given to social studies teacher, Lauren Ashley Nichols and her $2,140-proposal to bring the entire sixth grade to Enterprise City. Located in in the heart of Dover, Enterprise City allows student to learn citizenships skills, career skills, financial literacy, and economic concepts in a simulated community operated by students. The experience-based learning will better prepare students for when they enter the workforce and early adulthood in the real world.