2012-13 Education Grants include: 
Third Grade Orinthology Inquiry
Life science will be taught to elementary school students through an initial inquiry question: How can we attract a variety of birds to our school site?  We will use an inquiry guide called Bird Sleuth developed by The Cornell Lab of Orinthology (see below). This educational program gives students the support they need to design, implement, and share their own investigations. Suggested inquiry questions include: Will birds eat more from feeders near trees? Will there be fewer birds at a feeder next to a fake cat? What time of day do American Robins prefer to feed their young? Does temperature affect the number of birds that visit the feeder? Funds will be used to purchase equipment needed to carry out student research. Findings will be shared with the local community through the school newsletter,  group presentations and with the broader scientific community through Cornell's Citizen Science Program. Research may be published in Cornell's Classroom Birdscope Magazine.  Orinthology Inquiry is cross-curricular. Students will meet state standards of life science and inquiry, and literacy standards through reading of non-fiction text and writing. Math is also addressed through data collection and graphing results.

Kindle Fires
This project will introduce technology to the Science Inclusion classroom.  It is an innovative way to engage and sustain students' attention. The Kindle Fires will complement the previously installed wireless internet access and bring a multitude of Web-based tools to the students without them having to leave the classroom. IEP students will especially benefit from the use of the tablets when they are used for online quizzes, reading help and alternative assessments.

Columbus State Community College - College Exploration
A field trip to the Columbus State Community College will include seniors in Marketing Technology, Office Technology and Business and Administrative Services programs. Seniors will receive a guided campus tour and a presentation from a Columbus State community College spokesperson regarding programs and degrees available, financial aid, and admissions.
iPad for Elementary School
An iPad is an educational tool that inspires creativity and hands-on learning. It's a device that students really want to use. The built in apps engage students with content in interactive ways, providing engaging layouts, interactive images, and tremendous support of classroom programs. This will be especially innovative for students from low income families with limited technology at home. 

Building a Bridge Between OGT Calculators and Graphing Technology
TI-30X multi-view calculators blend some of the best features of TI graphing calculators with a familiar TI-30X calculators already in use. Activities with the multi-view calculators will extend the students' understanding of irrational numbers, statistical analysis, and function tables in ways that are not possible with the regular version of the TI-30X calculator

Math Camp In
Math Camp In is a one day program designed by the Teaching and Learning Collaborative for schools to implement with their students to enhance mathematical processes and problem solving. Consumable materials provided during the 2011-2012 school year  will be replaced to provide this unique learning experience for students in 2012-2013. Students will solve mathematical problems through camp themed activities. Throughout the day, students rotate around eight different stations that include number, number sense, and operations; measurement; geometry and spatial sense; patterns, functions, and algebra; and data analysis and probability.

Math Camp In

iPad Science Classroom Enhancement
Biology and Anatomy are often very abstract topics for students to understand and visualize. Through the use of the iPad, students will benefit from three dimensional visualizations and animations, as well as having an additional research tool within the classroom. The camera and video camera of the iPad will be used to enhance instruction as well as used by the students to create hands on learning projects. Coupled with the apple TV, science projects such as dissections, can be videotaped and/or projected in large scale to bring discoveries to the entire classroom.

Parent Education to Support Early Literacy in Kindergarten Students
A parent education program will enable parents to model appropriate language and early literacy skills to their student. Parent education will last six months, October through April, with areas of focus based on student needs in relation to the curriculum. Classes for parents will be held two times per month and involve parent/child training with structured activities. On alternate days out of school, students will take home structured activities to complete with their parents. The classroom Web site will be enhanced to support the parent education program and transfer literacy skills from school to home. This will include links to computer-based applications for independent practice and multi-media presentations and/or pod casts to accelerate student achievement in literacy.

Open Wide - Students Promoting the Visual Arts
Promoting photography students' and visual art students' quality artwork in large, dramatic, and profound visual framed displays where the parents, staff, and community can see their work. This grant would also keep presentation materials available (Inkjet ink for the large format Epson Photo Printer) so students can continue to print and display quality work in various sizes in  buildings, the District Enrollment Center and the District Service Center whenever requested.

Educational and Team-building Day Trip to Camp Oty-Okwa
This career based intervention program is designed to help "at risk" students achieve credit recovery, which requires the students to take additional classes at an accelerated pace. Often our students have poor self esteem, poor self image and a general negative attitude about school.  The team-building activities provided by the counselors at Camp Oty-Okwa focus on building relationships and social skills which promotes learning. This is an excellent beginning of the school year activity. Students feel as though they are part of a team/family after the team-building activities. By developing and nurturning these relationships, students work together in the classroom. They become more cooperative with each other.  Their attendance improves, and they develop skills to work in collaborative groups--which is a skill all employers look for in potential employees.

Broadcast News Students Visit and Interact with Local Television Journalists
Over the past eight years of this course, professional relationships with local television journalists and videographers have been created. Luminaries such as Yolanda Harris (WTVN/Fox News), Steve Harvey (WBNS videographer/reporter), David Wayne (WCMH reporter), Angela Pace (WBNS public affairs director, Elbert Tucker (WBNS news director, and Eric Albrecht (Columbus Dispatch photographer) have visited the classroom and met with students. This grant provides an opportunity for students to participate in a field trip to Channel 10. Channel 10 staff will meet with students to discuss the rigorous demands of the news field as well as answer student questions; and, Tracy Townsend has offered to assist students with intern work as a result of this collaboration. 

iCoach with the iPad
To elevate teaching and learning requires the proper materials. The purpose of an iPad is three-fold; meeting teacher and student needs in the classroom, developing understanding with teachers outside of the classroom, and introducing new technology and its uses in a school setting. The use of an iPad will allow mathematical information to be distributed to over 55 teachers and 1300 students throughout two schools. This technology will also allow both teachers and students to learn through exploration, collaboration, and communication whether they are in a meeting or in the classroom. Using the iPad with one of the already available projectors or video displays will allow teachers and students to support, and be supported, with current information and activities in math. There are many math applications, some which are free, that would be instrumental in conducting activities in the classroom and when presenting teacher content during meetings. 

AP English Can Be for Me
The "AP English Can Be For Me" program will employ students with the necessary skills to be more successful on the English Language & Composition Advanced Placement exam, and it will strengthen the existing Pre-AP English classes. The Pre-AP English classes are quite new, and the majority of the students in this program will go on to take AP English Language & Composition as juniors. Therefore, I would like to use the "AP English Can Be For Me" program to increase the rigor of our current curriculum and to better prepare this elite group of students The program will allow me to differentiate lessons to further challenge them by providing a vast array of high level materials. The program will engage students, improve critical thinking and writing skills, and develop the analysis skills required for success on the AP exam. But most importantly, these materials will give students the resources to foster their learning and to believe that taking a college level AP course is an achievable goal.

Digital Photography in the Art Room
This project is a request to obtain twelve digital cameras and one photo printer for an elementary art classroom. The cameras will be used initially for an anti-bullying project. Students will shoot photographs of their peers. These photographs will then be uploaded to KidPix in our computer labs. Students will add positive, encouraging words to the photographs of their classmates thus creating an atmosphere of collaboration and friendship while integrating with the language arts curriculum. The printer will be used to print these photographs. The cameras will also be used for the students to upload their artwork to the Artsonia.com Web site and for further art projects.

iPod Listening Center
The request for four iPods will replace an outdated cassette player that currently serves as the classroom listening center. Students engage in modeled reading at least once a week, but are confined to sit adjacent to a cassette boom box, and wear bulky headphones that connect to a jack box. Students would be more successful if they were able to follow along an audio reading in a portable and modern way that they had personal control over such as an iPod.

Persuasive Speaking at the Joseph P. Kinneary U.S. Courthouse
English III college-preparatory, inclusion (special education) classes (88 students total) will study persuasive speech in relation to American Literature, focusing on Revolutionary War, Civil War and modern day political speeches and rhetoric. Student groups will prepare and deliver persuasive speeches, and analyze the effectiveness of their peer groups' speeches. The top-rated speeches, as judged by peers and teachers, will then deliver their speeches at the courthouse to a panel made up of a federal judge, lawyers and other professionals in our community. The professionals will give feedback and instruct students on persuasive rhetoric. Students would also have the opportunity to tour the courthouse, meet and talk with professionals (law enforcement, secretaries, judges, lawyers and more).

Common Core Interactive Read Aloud and Thematic Unit Project
Students will read and learn about a wide variety of topics that build a better background knowledge base. In addition, they will read and learn the meaning of higher level vocabulary which builds a better knowledge base. Students will practice applying the skills and strategies they learn from the comprehension lessons. This cross-curricular language arts project will meet a variety of course objectives and the Common Core State Standards. It will be coordinated and monitored by second grade teachers. All second grade students will participate.

Marketing at the Zoo
Marketing students will go on a field trip to the Columbus Zoo to meet with their marketing department. Students will discuss advertising/social medias, publicity issues, sources of revenue, budgets, target markets, sponsors and education. 

21st Century Interactive Reading and Listening Centers:
Interactive reading and listening centers will be included in three different classrooms for consistent, Tier I intervention for struggling readers, ESL students, and students receiving special education services. Rather than spending an inordinate amount of money  on separate devices such as a Califone Language Master, a listening center packaged deal, and a new computer, this project would require the purchase of only three inexpensive tablet devices and listening center jack boxes that would be used in the mainstream teachers' classrooms. This project would incorporate free, open source technologies such as Voicethread and Audacity to provide shared audio recordings of texts to multiple classrooms simultaneously as well as provide students with increased opportunities for computer assisted instruction when they are not receiving direct instruction from the teacher.

"Kindle" Up Literacy at Franklin Heights
Additional avenues to literature will be provided using Kindle Keyboard e-readers. The Kindle devices will allow for easier and more economical access, for all students of all learning styles, to the multitude of fiction and informational texts that will be needed as we implement the Common Core Literacy standards throughout the content areas. Kindle Keyboard e-readers, accessories and a small library of e-books will be purchased to establish the foundation for building an electronic resource collection of work as we move forward to making literacy accessible for every learner.

Learning to Write with Stephen King
The goal of the AP Language and Composition course is to learn to "write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with matur ereaders" (Collegeboard). However, many students coming into the course lack the foundational skills to produce this type of writing. In preparation for the class, students will be provided with a loaner copy "On Writing" by Stephen King, a book in which renowned author King shares his secrets for successful writing and instructs readers on the fundamental skills required for good writing. Students will read and take notes on the book over the summer holiday. In the beginning of the school year, students will then work in groups to analyze how the author of another reading selection does or does not apply King's lessons on writing. Students will then apply the lessons from the King book throughout the year to improve their own writing.

3rd Grade Rock, Soil, and Minerals Project
This project supports the teaching and learning of many Ohio elementary school Earth and space, life, technology, and inquiry standards through providing a real-life experience of the standards through a trip inside the caverns, as well as, materials for hands on exploration to further understanding and allow for scientific inquiry inside the classroom.  Furthermore, it provides for students to learn through the use of current technology.

Connect and Engage in the SMART Classroom
Supporting Students in Math through Response to Intervention
Creating and Exploring with Interactive Whiteboards at JMS
Shared Reading with Big Books
i-Pods in the Classroom
Using a Projector to Enhance the Learning Experience in the Instrumental Music Classroom
iPads and the Special Education Classroom
Portable Classroom Sound System
Visual Makeover - Visit France
Literacy in the Classroom Using ScienceSaurus

2011-12 Education Grants include: 

Robotics Club - Darby Woods Elementary School
The Robotics Club will meet once per week to build and program robots using LEGO We Can Robotics Kits. The club will be STEM focused and the students will get a hands-on opportunity to work with science, technology, engineering and math using some of their favorite things - LEGOS!

Robotics Club aims to make science fun - This Week Community Newspapers Grove City Record
A new club at Darby Woods Elementary School gives fourth-graders the opportunity to construct Lego robots while building their critical thinking skills. The group has 12 fourth-graders who build and program Lego robots afterschool using the Lego WeDo educational software.  "They really enjoy what we're doing." Inspiration for the club began when their teacher heard about other schools' programs during a science conference in Baltimore. "I just was really intrigued." A $1,000 grant through the South-Western City Schools Educational Foundation was used to purchase four reusable robotics kits. Since January, students have met Tuesday afternoons. Split into four teams of three, the students follow directions to construct the robots.  Every student has a specific job. One finds the pieces, one builds the robot and one checks the group's work. The robots are then programmed with the computer software. The club's size is limited. However, the class would like to purchase more kids in the future.  Students were chosen by their teachers to participate in the club. The students can make 17 robots with the kits. They built alligators with motion detectors to control when the robots open and close their mouths and reclining lions that sit up when something is thrown at them. Though the alligator was difficult to construct, a ten year old in the club said it was his favorite robot. A parent stated that her child like to create things. Sometimes the fun part of learning can get lost in the classroom. Any little bit can help. It is cool that the teacher did this for the students.  The teacher said she was initially nervous about starting the club. She told students that she would be learning right along with them. "During that hour I felt like a student again." The students are very excited about the projects. The club is a way for students to relax and enjoy learning, with a focus on science and math. Other objects built included a spinning top and a drumming monkey.

Document Camera, Projector and Cart - West Franklin Elementary School
A document camera, projector and cart would add interactive and exciting visual technology to our second grade classroom. This technology will be used to display real three-dimensional objects in great detail, pages from a book, student work and actively engage students in the learning process.

Literacy and Beyond with an Ipod Touch - North Franklin Elementary School
This project is an innovative approach to meet the challenges that the future holds for a 21st Century Classroom. An iPod touch will allow classroom use of technology in a dynamic way across the curriculum. This technology will allow students to show what they know in innovative ways that will increase student engagement, motivation and their desire to be life long learners. It can be used for teaching, learning and even assessment. What is exciting about this idea is that students will be able to record themselves reading, retelling, and talking about their thinking. It can be used to enhance their listening skills as stories can be downloaded for them to use at a listening station. This technology can change how they see themselves as learners.

"I'm excited to say that this has been an awesome experience for my students. They have been engaged and motivated to be better listeners and readers. It has given them the chance to read for an authentic purpose. The opportunity for students to use the iPod Touch has given them a chance to show what they know in an innovative way. The students have been able to record themselves reading, and retelling the stories, and talking about their thinking and learning. It has enhanced their listening skills as they listen to stories. It has improved their reading fluency as they read for an audience. As they retell and talk about their thinking they are sharpening their comprehension skills. Using the iPod Touch has given them the opportunity to see themselves as readers and learners."

Bring the Zoo - Stiles Elementary School
The Columbus Zoo assembly programs are unique, exciting, and engaging events and are directly aligned with Ohio content standards. This project will bring Columbus Zoo animals and animals found in Ohio to our school. Stiles students are 93% economically disadvantaged. Most families do not visit the zoo to learn about animals. It is my belief that the best way to teach kindergartners is through direct hands-on inquiry approach lessons. These three zoo programs will bring the content standards alive for my students. This project will reach approximately 300 students and 12 adults. Our school does not have the funds for a trip to the zoo so this is the best way for students to see the animals.

"On behalf of my fellow teachers and students, we thank you for the funding needed to provide unique, exciting, and engaging Columbus Zoo assemblies to the kindergarten, first, and second grade students at Stiles. The Columbus Zoo brought three different programs to us. Each was directly aligned with Ohio content standards. These programs were excellent culminating activities after our animal study and research. A great deal of information was provided about the animals and their habitats. The presenters did a very nice job at being entertaining and kid appropriate. Many students made connections between the program and the learning they did in the classroom."

Smart Response System - Westland High School
Smart Response Remotes can be integrated with the Smart Notebook; software already in the science classrooms. This system will connect our digital projector and allow students to become active participants in lectures and lessons. It will also allow teachers to quickly assess student understanding.

Ball Chairs for Optimal Attention, Posture, and Handwriting Legibility - Harmon Elementary School
A classroom set of ball chairs will support the diverse learning needs of students in a first grade inclusion classroom. These chairs require small amounts of constant muscle movement in order to stay seated on the ball. That movement, however slight, helps children focus on learning. In addition, ball chairs also promote improved posture for tasks such as writing.

Intervention Supply Toolkit to Support TRI - North Franklin Elementary School
Teachers will gather materials needed to implement an intervention plan with ease from a centrally located "Intervention Supply Toolkit." Students with specific academic and/or behavioral needs will improve academically when their teachers follow Tier I plans within the classroom or Tier II plans designed by the RTI team. As intervention plans are implemented for individuals or small groups of students, adults will access materials from this toolkit. This will allow for an efficient implementation of a plan.

Rock, Soil, Minerals Project - Darbydale Elementary School
This project is designed to support the teaching and learning of many Ohio third grade earth and space, life, technology, and inquiry standards. Students will view the inside of caverns as well as materials for hands on exploration. Furthermore, students will be able to collect data and make scientific observations with current research tools which will also allow for scientific inquiry inside the classroom.

"While the students hiked through caverns, they examined different cave formations such as stalactites and stalagmites and observed the layers naturally occurring in rocks. Students were also able to examine fossils found in the cave walls and had the incredible experience of panning for their own mineral samples to take with them. In addition, a complete set of rocks, minerals, and fossils along with a digital microscope were purchased which students used in class to further examine rock properties. Having these funds granted to us helped give our students the experiences they needed to enrich the learning process and make connections that improved overall student achievement."

Second Grade Math Camp - Darbydale Elementary School
Despite the fact that this event is focused on math, it is really a cross-curricular event, it integrates reading, writing, and science into the world of math. Second grade student "campers" will participate in ten activity stations completing activities that review concepts from the following five standards: number, number sense, and operations; measurement; geometry and spatial sense; patterns, functions, and algebra; and data analysis and probability. Students rotate between stations at their own pace while recording their learning in a math camp journal. This is also a tool for them in which to show their work when solving multi-step problems using pictures, numbers, and words. At the conclusion of the event, campers will receive letters written to them from their parents, as if they were away at camp. Students will write a response letter to parents describing their experiences and what they learned.

Broadcast News - Franklin Heights High School
Over the course of the past seven years that Franklin Heights has offered Broadcast News professional relationships with local television journalists and videographers have been created. Luminaries such as Yolanda Harris, (WTVN/Fox News), Steve Harvey (WBNS videographer/reporter), David Wayne (WCMH reporter), Angela Pace (WBNS public affairs director), Elbert Tucker (WBNS news director), and Eric Albrecht (Columbus Dispatch photographer) have visited the classroom and met with students. Visits to WBNS 10TV allow students to gain a greater understanding of the rigorous demands of the field. The doors these relationships create allow our students to secure positions as interns and to see firsthand how professional journalists practice their craft.
Signs of Suicide Prevention Program - Central Crossing High School
The SOS program includes a DVD, educational materials, and a resource guide which will be included in the 10th grade high school curriculum to educate students on signs of depression and suicide. Students are educated on how to handle this very serious situation if it occurs.

Camp Oty-Okwa - Franklin Heights High School
The Career Based Intervention Program at Franklin Heights High School is an intervention program designed to help "at risk students" who have failed one or more classes their freshman year with credit recovery so that they will obtain junior status by the end of the school year. Often our students have poor self esteem, poor self image and a general negative attitude towards school. The instructors at Camp Oty'Okwa involve our students in small group activities that focus on building relationships and social skills which promotes learning. Students gain an appreciation for support and supporting others.

Field Trip to See King Richard III at Otterbein - Franklin Heights High School
A class of English I students will view a play and tour a college university campus. Students will read another Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet, before the production of King Richard III. After the trip, students will write a literary analysis, analyzing King Richard and comparing and contrasting the two dramas.

"The experience was invaluable. Students enjoyed the play, saying it helped their understanding because plays are meant to be viewed. They also loved the small theater; the actors were practically in our laps! The Otterbein theater staff piloted a "Matinee Workshop" with our group. This enhanced the theater experience by allowing FHHS students to interact with current students (the actors) during lunch and a tour of the theater and campus. Students especially liked this part of the experience. Students interviewed the cast members about characters they had "been" for months, and gained a deeper understanding of that character. They also enjoyed learning about college. They were unaware of the majors involved with theater production (not only acting, but costume and set design and robotics.)"

""From this trip, I learned things about college life from the actors. They explained to me what to expect and how to prepare for college. I also learned more about Shakespeare. Actually getting to listen to one of his plays helped me understand what he was trying to portray."

"I learned that students give an abundance of time and effort to learn Shakespeare's language, let alone act the story out on stage. I also learned about campus; not only did we visit the performance room, but we took a tour of Otterbein's campus. Some of the students showed us the theater department, backstage, dressing rooms and auditorium where they study or bond. We ate lunch at the Otterbein all-you-can-eat buffet. The food was amazing."

Reading and seeing the play were very different. The reading was straightforward and boring to learn. When we actually saw a play acted, it was a different learning experience. The abridged version was three and a half hours long, and I still wanted to see more. In the front row, it was great because we got to really feel the emotions of the characters right before our eyes."

"Recently my English class took a field trip to Otterbein College to watch a play about King Richard III. Experiencing the emotion, watching the play, compared to reading a play in class was a lot better. Being able to watch everything going on, seeing all the emotion being expressed helped to better understand the play and what it was about."

Body Systems and Heart Dissection Workshop- Park Street Intermediate
Body Systems and Heart Dissection Workshop will provide students with a unique hands-on learning experience where students will be emerged in problem solving and critical thinking about science. This day long trip will take place at The Cleveland Natural History Museum. During their visit students will be immersed in a workshop involving the study of body systems. Students will learn about the organization, structures, and functions of major organ systems, and will perform a thorough, guided dissection of a preserved sheep heart. 

Preparing Primary Students with Flexibility in Number Sense - East Franklin Elementary School
This project allows 1st and 2nd grade students to engage in research-based activities that build number sense. Emergent learners will gain understanding of the association between Word-Quantity-Symbol. As they progress in their developmental understanding of numbers students will engage in activities that lead to flexibility with composing and decomposing numbers, a necessary foundational skill to algebraic reasoning. Students will be supported in higher levels of achievement as their teachers gain job-embedded professional development from a math coach.

Advertising Agency Experience - Franklin Heights High School
This trip allows junior and senior Marketing Technology students to meet with and visit staff at the SBC Advertising Agency in Columbus Ohio. This trip includes a guided tour and presentation about the advertising industry. 

Reading Circles - Franklin Heights High School
Students read best when they read what they like. Students were surveyed for their favorite authors and previous positive reading experiences and would like to adopt three additional titles in their Reading Circle library. Reading circles are used instead of sustained silent reading, Accelerated Reader or other programs because with Reading Circles students have the chance to interact with one another and enrich the experience while still choosing their own texts.

Authentic Reading in the Content Areas - Norton Middle School
According to Mike Schmoker, "Authentic literacy is integral to both what and how we teach. It is the "spine" that "holds everything together" in all subject areas" (Schmoker, p.11). This project will align with South-Western City School's movement to increase reading and writing in the content area. Students at Norton Middle School have very few science reading materials to choose from other than the textbook. This project will allow the instructor and students to have a class set of science-based novels to provide opportunities to read, write, and think about topics aligned to the Ohio Science Standards for grades 6-8.

Adventures in The Wilds - Harmon Elementary School
"The Wilds" Open-Air Safari premium day-trip experience provides outstanding opportunities for wildlife viewing. A knowledgeable guide will take students through the Wilds' open-range animal areas, where the students will see rhinos, giraffes and many other rare and endangered animals roaming in large, natural settings. This tour includes stops at selected destinations, including the new Carnivore Conservation Center. The objective of this field trip is to provide a "once in a lifetime" experience for students. Student disabilities, in combination with their low socioeconomic status, makes this trip nearly impossible for our kids to do outside of school.

"This trip was something that our Special Needs kids have never done before. The staff at The Wilds were excellent, and we had a great day. We were able to see a variety of animals in our "Open Air" Safari Tour. The kids saw giraffes, rhinos, camels, cheetahs, bison, etc."

2010-11 Education Grants include:

Integrating a Digital Microscope Into Digital Classrooms - Westland High School - $749.96
"Project Summary:  The purchase of a digital microscope will allow the benefits of the digital classroom to be extended to the world of the microscopic. The highly portable microscope will quickly plug into a pc in any of our biology or anatomy classrooms.  This would allow images obtained by the microscope to be projected via existing digital overhead projectors to the entire class or to be integrated with existing SmartBoard technology. The powerful 100X oil immersion lens will allow all students to be exposed to objects on the scale of bacteria."

Foreign Language Technology, Grove City High School - $913.45
"Educational Need: The use of authentic materials will increase aural comprehension skills.  Authentic materials also help to increase interest in foreign language acquisition by offering up-to-date cultural insights."

Broadcast News, Franklin Heights High School - $250
The Franklin Heights students will deepen their understanding of the work that goes on behind the scenes of television production. They will see the tenets of journalism unfold in a concrete manner. The key here is to see, hear, feel, smell and yes, taste journalism first hand. Research strongly supports hands on experiences for urban youth to attain the highest level of knowledge.

Summary: "We were able to take sixteen students from our Broadcast News class on a complete tour of the Channel 10 news station, from the control room to the broadcast tower. The students were permitted to be on set during a noon broadcast and met with News Director, Elbert Tucker for a one hour question and answer session. . . In addition, the students and professionals shared the desire to be fair and accurate and give a voice to the voiceless. The experience had a direct impact on the achievement level of student work that students produced after the trip . . . pushing the mark even higher.  For the remainder of the school year students continued to set their sights high and work tirelessly on behalf of the Franklin Heights community."

Fitness and Nutrition Club for Kids, Darby Woods Elementary School - $935
Although childhood obesity is not new or innovative, providing a solution is.  Educating children and parents about fitness and nutrition is critical at a young age. Research states that health fit children do better in school and on tests. As teachers, we want children to be and do their best. F.A.N Club for Kids encourages a healthy lifestyle that will last a lifetime. This topic is at the forefront in America, and SWCS has the chance to be on the cutting edge with F.A.N. Club for Kids."

Summary: "Surveys completed by participants and parents of the participants indicated positive results of the program on a student by student basis. During the final session of each course, surveys were collected from parents and students. The information in the surveys included: confidence, self-esteem, mental alertness, overall physical improvement and knowledge of nutritional benefits. This allowed us to document the progress in every area for each individual child. Through the F.A.N. Club Student Journal and Parent Guide, students and parents were able to view progress in fitness and nutrition habits for both the student and family.

It is hard to summarize the many positive comments by students and parents. All of the students in all three sessions indicated that they wanted to do F.A.N. Club again. Most stated that they had tried different foods, and that they tried not to eat as much "junk". Parents' comments were very encouraging as well.

Student Tools in Students Hands - Finland Elementary School - $1,000
"How will you evaluate the success of the project? Teachers will maintain data of student progress toward meeting grade level standards through the use of common assessments.  Our goal, as referenced in our Continuous Improvement Plan, is that a minimum of 75% of students will achieve grade level standards as measured by common assessments and the Ohio Achievement Assessment."

Boost Reading - Buckeye Woods Elementary School - $230.43
This portable, handheld, battery operated device will enable visually impaired students to enlarge printed text, graphics, photos, and other objects conveniently in any part of a classroom and and his/her environment. The students will be able to access print anywhere in the school without being tethered to the electric, desktop enlarging equipment."

Summary: "Through the use of the Boost device, a student has improved his reading level from a C to a J. This is great progress for this visually impaired student who is considered legally blind; the Boost device gave the student independent freedom to self advocate by giving the student the ability to enlarge printed text, graphics, photos, and other objects in the classroom and around the school environment. The student was able to access print anywhere in the school without being tethered to electronic desktop enlarging equipment. In addition, this device gave the student the flexibility to participate independently and spontaneously when printed material was presented in casual interactions as well. For example, when it the student's teacher's turn to go to another class to buddy read, the student could pick any book to read to the buddy not just the enlarged versions. An improved reading level has helped this academically in all areas."

Using Technology to Enhance Student Achievement, Richard Avenue Elementary School  - $1,000
Smartboard, Westland High School -  $1,000
Projector- Central Crossing High School - $750
Classroom Projector, Stiles Elementary School - $750
Classroom Projector - Stiles Elementary School - $750
Zoo Field Trip - Stiles Elementary School - $500

Recycling Project - Darbydale Elementary School - $700
Through this service learning recycling project, third grade students will learn about environmental responsibility through studying the impact they have on the environment and how they can lessen that impact. . . Other learning opportunities will include, researching how to recycle, recycling benefits, year long data collection, volunteerism through school wide paper collection, sharing scientific findings with peers and adults, and teaching fellow students through technology created media such as charts, graphs, posters and persuasive writing.

Summary: "We began our recycling project by reading the book The Lorax by Doctor Seuss (and other literature on recycling paid for by our grant), which became the cornerstone of our project. The book taught the children about the consequences humans can have on the environment through their actions and how to make positive environmental choices.

As our service project for the year, we visited a landfill and were able to acquire recycling bins for every room in the school. The third grade organized and took on the responsibility of collecting all of the recycling for Darbydale each school day throughout the year.They used literature to prepare a skit to perform before the school to teach the other students and staff about the importance of recycling paper . . . Finally, the students made a final presentation to their families at a 3rd grade family night.

As teachers, we had many learning goals for the children with standards in mind, but what they took away from this experience was far more than anything we imagined. We began this project with a vision of what it would be and the children took it on themselves and it thiers. To say they learned the importance of environmental responsibility is an understatement. . . We are proud to say, the children learned more than we could ever measure!"

Flip Camera and Classroom Projector - Richard Avenue Elementary School - $1,000
Literacy Alive - Darby Woods Elementary School - $750
Co-Teaching with an Interactive Classroom - Jackson Middle School - $500
Flip Camera - Park Street Intermediate School - $388.76Recipe for Reading - Westland High School - $587.16
Projector - Alton Hall Elementary School - $750
Flip Camera - Park Street Intermediate School - $388.76 
Projector - Stiles Elementary School - $750
Smartboard - Jackson Middle School - $500
Columbus State Experience - Franklin Heights High School - $185
What Would You Do? - Park Street Intermediate School - $324.00
Projector - Stiles Elementary School - $750
Projector Darby Woods Elementary School - $750
Projector Monterey Elementary School - $750
Flip Camera - Park Street Intermediate School - $388.76

Measurement Math Lab - West Franklin Elementary School - $472.00
A math lab at WFE would support our building and district CIP goal to increase mathematical proficiency of students for the 3rd and 4th grade Ohio Achievement Assessment. Building data indicates that students lack the proficiency of the measurement standard. This lab would be supplied with U.S. Customary and Metric measuring materials and will make learning measurement interactive for students, focusing on liner, volume and capacity measurements. 

Here's what WFE teachers have to say about this year's Math Lab experience:  
"These experiences allowed students to take knowledge from the "hands-on" stage to the "paper and pencil" stage with greater success. They have a background knowledge to refer back to that is meaningful and concrete."

"The students seemed to LOVE the Math Lab! We primarily used it for measurement this year and having the tools to teach capacity, volume, area, and perimeter helped so much. Several students finally grasped the concept of visualizing a 3-dimensional shape after having the time and space and materials to build one."

"The measurement lab has been a wonderful addition to the math curriculum this year. Students were always excited to be in it and being able to visually see and do hands on activities provided wonderful real-life connections to the math concepts they were learning. "

"The lab is a wonderful resource for our students to explore measurement. The materials in the lab allow students to learn about measurement hands-on and in a variety of methods."

"What was most exciting for me about the measurement lab was the enthusiasm that it brought to both teachers and students. Teachers worked together to plan and coordinate activities for the lab. They shared with each other what worked and what didn't work, and many grade level teams have already started talking about next year. EXCITING! Students were engaged in activities that they might not have experienced otherwise. The lab was a place for "messy" things like sand and water tables, rice tubs, etc. There was a great joy in the lab -- students were exploring new materials and excited about doing so."

General Music Guitars - Norton Middle School - $1,000
Reading Circles - Franklin Heights High School - $500
Teachers Writing, Teaching Writing - Franklin Woods Intermediate School - $999.58
Smartboard - Jackson Middle School - $500
Service Project - Darbydale Elementary School - $500
Inventors Workshop- Park Street Intermediate School - $1,000
RAZ Kids Reading - West Franklin Elementary School - $479.70
Document Cameras (19)  - Various Schools Throughout SWCS - $1,000

2009-10 Education Grants include:

History Alive
Amount of grant: $1,000
Texas-Instruments 84 Graphing Calculators
Amount of grant: $868.30
Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Branch Visit
Amount of grant: $264
ELMO Visual Presenter
Amount of grant: $599
Mountain Math Program
Amount of grant: $120.95
Project summary: The Mountain Math Center will be used for basic skills practice, assessment, skill enrichment activities, to prepare for the math OAT, and for small group instruction.  Students will be able to create rich math problems from the Mountain Math problems.  These rich problems will then be shared and discussed to increase student knowledge of various problem solving strategies.
Science Cinema Classics
Amount of grant: $999
Project summary: The American Association of Physics Teachers has compiled the best parts of 245 classic science experiments from over 100 sources into a library of DVD videos.  With this video library, each of the 245 learning segments will be evaluated and catalogued as to their appropriate use within the science course of study.  Individual science teachers will use the catalogued learning segments in their classes.
Emphasizing Mathematical Process Standards with the ELMO Instructional Tool
Amount of grant: $599
Measurement Mania
Amount of grant: $500
Project summary: PreK-8 school membership to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, teacher resource materials, tools, and manipulatives to set up a "Math Lab" for students to complete hands-on explatory activities that require problem solving and higher-level thinking skills.
Ensuring Student Success with Quarterly Curriculum Catch-ups
Amount of grant: $691
Project summary: Technological equipment that will enable each grade level K-4 to create DVD's for parents that provide a curricular overview of their child's classroom each quarter.
Responding to Literature Through Listening Center
Amount of grant: $993.88
Creative Holistic Arts Experience
Amount of grant: $500
Fit Kids
Amount of grant: $500

Making Math Happen
Amount of grant: $880.87
Project summary: Each teacher will present a selected rich math problem using Everyday Math and Good Questions to Teach Math as a Problem of the Week.  Teachers will attend a math workshop aimed at understanding the use of visual, kinesthetic, and hands on equations to empower and enhance students' self-esteem in mathematics.  Math Day at Darby Woods will begin by inviting parents to join a math class in their child's room.  This will enhance parent awareness and understanding of math concepts and how their child responds to rich problems.
Freedom Writers Diary Project
Amount of grant: $615.09
Project summary: The project works to reduce high school dropout rates through the replication and enhancement of the Freedom Writers Method.  Students are taught not only to increase their writing skills but inspired to realize their roles as vital members of communities. 
Encouraging Readers Through Audio Books
Amount of grant: $347.40
7th Grade Projected Instruction
Amount of grant: $681
Columbus State Field Trip for Marketing and Business Students
Amount of grant: $180
Westland Small Ensembles Music Tech. Center
Amount of grant: $500
Interactive Smart Board
Amount of grant: $1,000
OGT Calculators for Franklin Heights High School Science
Amount of grant: $993.51
Providing Word Study Activities All Year Long in First Grade at School and at Home
Amount of grant: $561.94
Smart Board - Using Technology in the Classroom
Amount of grant: $1,000
Using Graphic Novels to Promote Comprehensive Strategies in Intermediate Reluctant Readers- Visualization & Monitoring
Amount of grant: $1,000
1 Camera + Kids = Literacy Opportunities
Amount of grant: $271
Imagination is More Important Than Knowledge: Who Said That? It's Music to our Ears
Amount of grant: $500
Dance Time
Amount of grant: $500
History Alive
Amount of grant: $1,000
Mimio Interactive Technology
Amount of grant: $1,000
Basic Document Cameras for Under $40
Amount of grant: $1,000
Airliner Wireless Slate
Amount of grant: $433
2008-09 Education Grants include:

elnstruction CPS
Amount of grant: $1,000
Project summary:  A CPS empowered classroom provides students with a simple durable response pad to communicate with the teacher's computer.  The software allows students to answer all questions during the lesson giving the instructor instant feedback.  The results are captured in real-time and without risk of embarassement to individual students.  The device "tallies" the answers selected by the entire class and gives feedback to the teacher during the lesson.  All students are involved for all questions.
Diversity in the Community
Amount of grant: $1,000
Project summary:  Students will identify the diversity that exists district-wide by going out in quadrants of the district and photographing geographical, residential and social areas.  The emphasis is on community, pride, and respect.  Each student involved will have the opportunity to incorporate their image or images into a larger community artwork, one that can travel from school to school in the district and be housed in a more permanent basis at CCHS, a central location that has many visitors.
OGT Calculators
Amount of grant: $993.51
Project summary: This project is intended to increase the success of FHHS students on the Ohio Graduation Test by giving them access to the new Texas Instruments TI-30XIISR which will be the only approved calculator for the OGT beginning in September 2008.
Technology as a Modeling Strategy in the Classroom
Amount of grant: $1,000
Project summary: In order to increase student learning and achievement and empower our students with essential technological skills for the workforce an in-focus projector will be used on a daily basis in Language Arts. 
History Alive
Amount of grant: $1,000
Project summary: The History Alive program will allow me to challenge my students thinking, incorporate hands-on and minds-on social studies activities.  Every unit consists of guided notes and critical thinking activities that will excite and motivate the students to enjoy social studies and extend their thinking to score higher on the Ohio Achievement Test.
Easy Electronic Data Collection for HS Science
Amount of grant: $1,000
Project summary: This project will offer training, support, and equipment to high school science teachers across the SWCS district in the use of electronic data collection devices that sync with the Texas Instruments TI-84+ graphing calculators our students use in their math classes.
Lifelong Activities - Lacrosse/ Fit Kids
Amount of grant: $1,000
Project summary: This project will allow my students to learn about and participate in a sport that they otherwise may not experience in their lives.  Lacrosse promotes physical activity, cardiovascular endurance, as well as team work and sportsmanship.
Kidnections- When all the Pieces of the Puzzle are Put Together and They Fit
Amount of grant: $1,000
Project summary: Students identify similarities and differences between Music and other Arts disciplines.  Students recognize the relationship between concepts and skills learned through Music with knowledge learned in other curricular subjects, life experiences and potential careers in and outside the Arts.  The grant will fund an assembly "A World Orchestra You Can Build" by Dr. Craig Woodsun and a multicultural Drumming Assembly by Eric Paton.
Team America Rocket Challenge
Amount of grant: $1,000
Project summary: Drafting 2-3 students will be required to: become proficient in model rocketry principles, design, test (simulation), create CAD drawings and then build a competition rocket for TARC.
Kiln Rebuild
Amount of grant: $1,000
Project summary: The students will have their work fired in a timely manner and students will be able to experience new firing techniques.  The kiln is used for bisque and glaze firing. 
3-2-1 Action
Street Theatre
Basic Schools Book Club
Digital Storytelling
Science Fair
Creative Holistic Arts Experience
Monarch Waystation
Bag a Book Nightly Reading
Social Skills Development
Ensuring Student Success- Individualized Career Plans
Teaching with Text Tuesdays
Roller Coaster Extravaganza
CSI Norton- Forensic Science Unit
ESL Parent-Child Reading
Big Run Inquiry Project
Ohio Statehouse Visit
Living Books Interactive Listening
Classroom Library
Recorder Lending Program
Piloting Interactive Wireless Presentations & Activities
Using Technology to Explore Math