• L. Harrell, Incline Middle School, Incline Village, NV

    Incline Middle School Outdoor Education

    Incline Middle School would like to take our entire 8th grade class on a week long coastal camp located in the Marin Headlands area north of San Francisco. We would like ALL students to attend the camp and with 27% of our student population receiving free and reduced lunch, the $475 cost of the camp per student is out of reach for some families.
    Our school is located on the north shore of Lake Tahoe and some of our students have never been to the ocean or San Francisco. We would like to make this amazing trip a reality for ALL students.
    This trip will allow students to learn about marine life in a hands on learning environment. Students will be introduced to coastal and marine environments and explore human impacts on ocean and estuarine resources. Students will engage in exploration of coastal, lagoon, and rocky intertidal habitats.
    Students will also have a day to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge and explore China Town. They will also be able to ride the famed cable cars.

    72 Votes
  • J. Schwalm, Sonoran Sky Elementary, Glendale, AZ

    An Apple a Day With No More Delay

    As speaker Ken Williams says, "Schools need to be built for students to come learn." To say the least my kids enjoy, look forward to, LOVE technology. They cheer the days we get to go to the computer lab.
    My students need 6 iPad minis and 6 protective cases. The iPads will be used independently, in small groups, with intervention programs, and whole class. My class would also benefit with a class license to A-Z Headsprout Intervention Reading program to further utilize these iPads. By having Apple TV students will also be able to share group thinking at the touch of a button. Students learn best by learning from each other. In this day in age, students already have so much knowledge of how to use technology that using it as a tool to learn only makes sense. This technology will have a profound impact on student learning. Students will be motivated and feel confident to learn using this new technology and student growth would be imminent. Thank you for your time and consideration.

    32 Votes
  • T. Junior, Abraham Lincoln, Phoenix, AZ

    Classroom Technology

    Our teachers work hard to meet the needs of every student daily. Technology in the classroom would be a BIG benefit.
    We need document cameras for teachers so they may enhance instruction by projecting reading material, working through math problems, demonstrate how to revise/edit writing pieces, and students are able to present projects.
    Computers are an essential motivational tool to increase student reading comprehension. We are in need of student computers in 2nd grade. We use a reading incentive program at our school; not having a classroom computer makes it hard for students in these classes to participate. Oftentimes, students have limited access to computer use.
    The cost for a document cameras would be $158 and the cost of a student computer would be $873.98. The Items can be ordered and put into use this year. There are many teachers who can utilize a document camera.

    24 Votes
  • C. Bartlett, Toby Johnson Middle School, Elk Grove, CA

    Technology in the Classroom

    I teach students with emotional disabilities in a self contained classroom. Our goal is to teach and support students in our classroom setting as well as those who are transitioning or have successfully transitioned into general education classes. Our program was moved to a new site this year, and we had to leave the technology components that I used for teaching behind as they belonged to that site. I am in need of an LCD projector, document camera, DVD/VCR combo, and speakers.
    These items are used in my daily teaching to emulate the curriculum delivery that students will experience in general education classrooms. It is imperative that I model similar curriculum delivery so students will be prepared to successfully acclimate to the general education learning environment. It is also imperative that our students have similar access to the technology that all students have access to.

    14 Votes
  • S. Cravens, Abraham Lincoln Traditional School, Phoenix, AZ

    Headsprout for reading

    Reading is a fundamental skill, the most important and complex skill taught. I wish to buy 8 classroom licenses of Headsprout, and the headsets needed to utilize the program.
    While not a Title I School, ALTS has over 50% of students on free/reduced lunch. Our children need extra support for reading. Headsprout is an online program that automatically adapts to the specific learning needs of each student. It addresses phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, and basic vocabulary as well as the four main components of comprehension: finding facts, making inferences, identifying themes, and learning vocabulary in context.
    By utilizing this computer-based program, students will be able to work at their level. Headsprout is computerized so students are motivated, and they can log on at school or home. This program is one way for ESL, emerging/struggling readers, and special education learners to build phonemic awareness, vocabulary skills, and improve reading comprehension.

    14 Votes
  • C. Ruhl, Abraham Lincoln Traditional School, Phoenix, AZ

    Audio/Book Pack

    Reading is a fundamental skill. I wish to purchase audio books so children can check out books with audio to read along.
    While not a Title I School, we have over 50% of students on free/reduced lunch. Many parents work long hours or multiple jobs. Their children need extra school support for reading.
    Comprehension is improved when learning addresses multiple modalities. Neurological studies show that pairing images and print causes recognition to soar and recall rates are much higher.
    By checking out a Book pack from the library, a child will have both audio and a print copy of the book so they can read and listen. Book packs are the easiest way for emerging/struggling readers, special education learners, and ESL students to improve reading comprehension, vocabulary skills, and build phonemic awareness and fluency. Book packs bring together the simplicity of all-in-one audiobook and a print version to deliver a fun, educational read-along experience.

    12 Votes
  • A. Freeman, Toby Johnson Middle School, Elk Grove, CA

    Technology To Support Collaboration

    We represent a group of professionals; special education teachers, counselors, and therapists that facilitate collaborative meetings for and with our students. These meetings are essential to the growth and development of our students to ensure students are receiving appropriate supports and services. We serve students from the general education setting, gifted and talented, and students that receive special education services. As our population grows, so does the need to use technology in our workplace. Technology has seemingly surpassed our current hardware, and we are in definite need of the appropriate systems to keep up with the technological requirements.
    We would like to purchase a laptop computer, LCD projection system, laser printer, and a conference phone to be used solely in our conference room. These items will be used during meetings to access database services on the internet, recording minutes during said meetings, and to encourage collaborative communication by al

    10 Votes
  • D. Merzweiler, Hayes and Wilson Middle Schools, Albuquerque, NM

    Community-Based Adapted Physcial Education

    This funding will benefit special needs students with cognitive, developmental and/or physical disabilities. Very involved students are in wheelchairs with various physical limitations and others with various syndromes and genetic disorders. The activities offered in the community will allow the students to receive a well-rounded cross curricular Adapted Physical Education program. The lessons would complement classroom instruction and be a collaborative effort between Adapted Physical Education Teacher, Special Education classroom Teachers, Physical Therapist, school Nurse and Administration. The funding would pay for transportation and activity fees for bowling, swimming, low-ropes challenge course, putt-putt golf, zoo, aquarium, etc. The impact to the students would be for a lifetime by building self-esteem, confidence, community involvement and general physical fitness components. Other benefits would include application of math, literacy, science and lifetime functional skills

    4 Votes
  • C. Klein, Pacific Christian School, Santa Maria, CA

    Reference Roundup

    With the Farmer's Insurance grant money I will build a reference library with a class set of dictionaries, a thesaurus, 2 new sets of encyclopedias, a world atlas, a Biblical concordance and dictionary, and a Dictionary of American Biographies. I would also like to get a current pull down world and U.S. Map as mine are outdated. Some may argue that students do not need a reference library in this computer age, but I would disagree! Being able to use guide words and indexes are important life skills. This will also give my students valuable practice alphabetizing. I have my third graders define a new word everyday and look up a location identifying it as a city, state, territory, province, country, or continent. At the beginning of the year it is difficult for them to research independently, but they quickly improve! I hope you will consider my proposal as you look at many good teachers with great ideas across our wonderful land!

    1 Votes
  • A. Fellows, Cal Aero Preserve Academy, Chino, CA

    Technology for Middle School Science Students

    I am a first year middle school science teacher, teaching 7th and 8th grade science. My students are 21st century learners and use technology in their every day lives. I would love to be able to provide technology for my students in the classroom such as iPads and laptops. iPads and laptops would be used for enhancing my students learning through virtual labs, engaging activities, and more information than you can imagine at their fingertips. The technology I would purchase would aid in my students communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. Please help me help my students in providing them with the tools to be true 21st century learners!

    1 Votes
  • V. James, Serrano Intermediate School, Lake Forest, CA

    Technology Enables Learning for Special Needs Kids

    My Special Education students need laptops that enable them to access learning programs. Traditional materials do not work with children who cannot grasp a pencil but can use a switch to make selections. The portability, accessibility and adaptability of laptop computers are especially useful to my students who are confined to wheel chairs, are autistic, or present with a host of syndromes most have never heard of. Hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, pattern recognition, shapes, spatial relationships, socialization, letters, numbers, reading and writing apps give my students the chance to learn. Technology grabs their attention and motivates them to try harder. The interactive nature of computers provides multi-modal instruction that is visual, kinesthetic, and auditory. It can mean the difference between failing and being successful.

    1 Votes
  • L. Kendall, Grace Brethren Elementary School, Simi Valley, CA

    Gardening with Grace

    We have implemented a school garden to enhance our curriculum and to satisfy state standards in teaching. Our garden lets students explore gardening, along with exposing them and cultivating creative methods with vegetable, fruits, herbs, plants, flowers, and insect life. Our goal is to have an on going seasonal producing garden with a variety of opportunities to enhance learning with science, social studies, math, language arts and to see God's miracles and work. We would like to continue with enrichment in the garden by having an environment with meandering paths that consist of gravel, logs, stepping stones, and tunnel vines. Individual gardening areas that produce edible flowers and berries that can help children to think beyond the basics and understand the process before purchasing in their local market. Equipment that can provide areas of reflection and productivity. These funds would help us to expand our phase and create child-friendly gardening environment.

    1 Votes
  • J. Woods, Mountain Institute JTED, Prescott, AZ

    Technology engages students

    Technology engages students. The course I teach – Education Professions – introduces students to the field of teaching throughout Yavapai County. Students gain a small snapshot of what is like to be educators. One of the many projects the students are asked to complete is to teach a lesson using technology. The need for my students to use and expose their students to technology is imperative. The great thing is with the grant monies, we will be able to purchase 6-7 iPads, my students will be able to use this innovative technology to over 600 students in Yavapai County. The digital native students that are currently learning in the classroom will have access to the newest and latest apps and be thoroughly engaged into the lessons that my students are teaching them. By having Mountain Institute JTED Education Professions students teach using the latest technology in their lesson will engage their learners.

    1 Votes
  • J. Corona, Martin Luther King High School, Riverside, CA

    King High School Remembers

    King High School Remembers is a military veterans oral history project that brings veterans of America's
    20th and 21st Century conflicts together with 11th grade U.S. History students at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, Calif. Last year, 298 veterans sat down with over 700 students and shared their stories; their opinions and their observations wit our students.

    The vets sit down with 2 to 3 students and for a hour and a half, the students get an eyewitness account of the various aspects of these veterans time before, during and after the military. The end result will be a biographical essay written by the students which is archived forever on the program's website-kinghighremembers.org.

    What this project does is bring together generations of America's to both share and to hear stories and information one would not get in lecture or from a textbook.

    1 Votes
  • A. Duncan, `Imagine Bell Canyon, Phoenix, AZ

    New Technology

    Our school is in desperate need of updated technology. I believe that in order to "Be the Change" which is our school motto, a smart board is needed in every classroom. Students in this school are mostly low income and some of the only access to technology that they have is at school. If there were a smart board in every classroom students would be more engaged in lessons. This could be demonstrated by an increase in student data. I feel that because we have the ability in our school to reach a difficult population that we should do so through every mean possible.

    1 Votes
  • M. Grant, Sunset Heights, Peoria, AZ

    Bringing the Future to our Students' FIngertips

    I would like to provide touch screen lap-tops to my middle school special education students to support their learning.
    Currently all the special education students on campus have to share 7 large laptops. They are not easily transported and take up a lot of space. When students need to use the laptops there are not enough for everyone to use at the same time.
    Middle school students are required to take a lot of notes throughout the day. The laptops would provide the students with the ability to use various programs to assist in note taking.
    Students are required to conduct research in all of their classes. With the lap tops they would have unlimited resources at their fingertips via the internet.
    Many of my students need support with organization of their assignments, presentations, and notes. All of these could be completed and stored in electronic folders.
    The possibilities would be endless once we put the technology in the hands of our future.

    1 Votes
  • K. Walaszek, Cloves C. Campbell Sr. Elementary, phoenix, AZ

    Empty Canvas

    Ok. Everybody knows that teaching is hard work, and if you didn't know, then now you do. Let me be more specific; the first year of teaching students with mild to moderate special needs in a low income area is hard work. Yes, college helps prepare people to be the best teachers, but there are many other things that a degree has little use for after we are already in the classroom. I had no idea that my classroom was going to be completely empty (becides a chair and a dead cockroach) when I walked through the door that first day. It was kind of nice because it was like I had an empty canvas, but how was I suppose to know how to paint this canvas if I've never painted with these special brushes or worked with this different paint?! I was a little worried, but I pulled myself together and started to create my first ever classroom. I begged, borrowed, and stole ideas. But many things I have still don't meet the needs of my amazing students. They need more to succeed. They deserve more.

    1 Votes
  • B. Harris, Valley View Higj School, Moreno Valley, CA

    Help us get into college

    This is my first year teaching AP European History and AP Literature. In teaching hear classes I have seen that the students are lacking materials needed to fully succeed. My plan if I am awarded this Grant is to increase the technology in my class. I would like to get Chromebooks and a interactive white board. With the Chromebooks I will be able to have the students use the technology to do research, take tests, write essays, and do group discussions all in class. These are skills that would go beyond the classroom.

    Thank you for considering my project.

    1 Votes
  • H. Jancoski, South Mountain High School, Phoenix, AZ

    Student Enterprise-Commercials for the Community

    My students in advanced broadcast class would like to create a student based enterprise where they offer commercial and graphic creating services for the community. The students would like to have materials that allow them to look professional and show case their work in a professional way. To do this they would need 1 updated Mac Book Pro laptop that would be able to display their presentations for clients on and have the most up to date video editing software. They would like printing services to print off business cards, letterhead with logo, invoice paper with logo, and other business paper needs. They would then feel more confident in the process to go into a community business and pitch them an idea for a commercial and hope to establish a partnership for continued work with.

    1 Votes
  • M. Barton, Sedona Red Rock High School, Sedona, AZ

    HOT OFF THE PRESS

    I teach Intro to Journalism, Desktop Publishing Yearbook and Desktop Publishing Newspaper to 9-12 graders and advise all three award-winning print publications Petroglyphs literary magazine, Quintessence yearbook and The Sting (newspaper) at Sedona Red Rock High School in Arizona. If I had $2,500 to enhance my teaching and motivate my staffs, I would divide it up in three areas:
    1. National Certification through Certified Journalism Educator (CJE) recognition (application fee, lodging, travel). This is available through the Journalism Educators Association to validate the credibility of journalism programs and recognize a teacher's commitment to journalistic training.
    2. Northern Arizona University JLS 104 Course on Associated Press Grammar & Style (5-week online class outlining writing techniques through standard journalistic styles).
    3. Staff Sweatshirts and T-shirts for group recognition — a boost for my staffs to share and encourage their efforts as a team.

    1 Votes
  • L. Dachs, Paragould Primary, Paragoud, AR

    Kinder-Gardens

    Our school would greatly benefit by implementing an outdoor environmental lab. It will include a gazebo surrounded by planting beds that will feature garden plants and flowers. Adjoining walkways and an arbor area with fruit trees will also be featured. Plants that will attract butterflies, along with birdbaths, bird feeders and birdhouses will be dispersed throughout the landscape. An aquatic habitat is in the plans to be added at a later date. Students will be able to use this "hands-on" environment too learn about what nature encompasses and to enjoy using the outdoors for other learning experiences. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for our students to plant,care for plant beds and clean the outdoor environmental classroom. This project will help our school body developing pride in their school's environment and will help transfer this learning to their own home surroundings.

    84 Votes
  • H. Price, Grandview Elementary, Elk City, OK

    Ipads for Peer Tutoring

    As teachers it's our life passion to make sure all our students have the skills and knowledge to succeed in school as well as life. This is especially true to 5th grade teachers. With such an importance on state testing we can't afford to leave any student behind.

    Now imagine this. You are giving a lesson to your class. You see that light bulb of understanding for most of the students. But not all of them. What do you do?

    I have found that putting them into groups to discuss the lesson has great success. They help each other using their own "language" for that next level of understanding.

    With this grant I would get Ipads for the students to be used with peer tutoring and co planning with my fellow teachers.

    With this in place, students would be able to experience virtual labs and lessons, have group discussions, and learn more through what this great technology offers them.

    43 Votes
  • L. Valentine, Alsup Elementary School, Commerce City, CO

    Peer Intervention Program for Students with Autism

    Our classroom, the "Language and Learning Lab", is a brand new program to our district this year which services students with autism. My students are such great kids who have not had much of an opportunity to interact in meaningful ways with their typically developing peers this year. The beginning of our school year was spent managing difficult behaviors, fostering academic skills and working on communication in the self- contained environment. Now that these building blocks have been solidified, I would like to get our whole school involved in helping my students work on the social skills aspect of autism. We have some wonderful peers in our school who would be great teachers for my students. With your support and votes, I would like to use this grant money to pilot an evidenced based peer mediated instruction and intervention program in our school. Please help me push my students out of their comfort zones and help them to be the best they can be. Thank you!

    42 Votes
  • A. Muri, Canyon Creek School, Billings, MT

    Special Students with Special Needs

    This year is my first year in special education and I have a rather large case load. I took on a position that involves students kindergarten through 8th grade and we are limited in our resources for them. Within my classroom I have a high number of students with Autism and we do not have the funding to successfully build a curriculum or sensory room for them to be successful. I was blessed at my other school and received this grant to help build a curriculum for my kindergarten classroom in an under privileged school, and I'm hoping to be blessed again, so that I can keep building a program for my students to be successful. It is so important to me that they receive the tools and items to help them be successful and awarding this grant to be, would truly be an award for my students!

    20 Votes
  • R. Denton, Sulphur Elementary School, Sulphur, OK

    Inspiring Creativity, Inspiring Greatness

    Teaching early literacy skills at a young age is vital for the future success of my students. I feel that my classroom is lacking in literacy manipulatives and supplies. If I were to win a grant from Farmers' Insurance, I would use it to vamp up my reading center. I would like to purchase a listening center for my classroom. This would include headphones, CD player, storage unit, books on CD, and comfy seating for my Pre-K students. Along with these items, I would like to purchase a fairy tales problem solving STEM kit which allows me to teach across the curriculum. Some other items I wish to purchase that would help foster early literacy skills are alphabet puppets (i.e. Aa is for alligator puppet), a word building puzzle, a storytelling lapboard and glove with pieces, and manipulatives to foster early writing skills. In addition, I am a firm believer in introducing my students to science at a young age. Therefore, I have a few science resources I would like to buy as well.

    19 Votes
  • T. Francis, Claremont Elementary, Claremore, OK

    We are "ALL" About Art!

    We are a newly established elementary art program (Kindergarten – 5th) in a school that has over 90% of the student population receiving free or reduced lunches. I want our students to experience art in its many forms and to develop the courage it takes to be creative. We are learning that we are "ALL" artists and that we all have different areas of interest in the arts. I want my students to learn to "think outside the box" and to be "risk takers". I want them to come to art excited about being given the freedom to experience and express their individual styles in a safe environment. To me, art is about expression, beauty, living in the moment, therapeutic, calming, and yet inspiring all rolled into one. I want to be able to provide our students an active art class that is engaged in hands-on opportunities every day. Please vote for our proposal and help provide much needed art supplies for our students!

    7 Votes
  • A. Henley, Dewey Public Schools, Dewey, OK

    #The Genius Hour for 1st - 8th graders

    The Genius Hour movement empowers students of all levels to explore their own passions. Following Google's lead (who allows employees 20% of their paid time to work on projects of their choosing), my students will work on something that interests them and their passion and productivity will increase. Following this structure, Google boasts that 50% of its projects were created during this "genius hour" time slot. Imagine a class where you CHOOSE whether you want to investigate cultures around the globe by following a guided Skype curriculum, develop computer programs through coding, learn graphic design by beginning your photoshop journey in elementary school, create education-based movies using green screen capabilities to share with other classrooms around the globe, solve everyday problems through designing on 3D printers. The purchase of two iMacs will allow my students to engage in all activities above and find their passion through everyday inquiry explorations.

    2 Votes
  • T. Luna, D. McRae Elementary, Fort Worth, TX

    Kindergarten Rocks

    I teach kindergarten in a low-income school. Most of my students do not attend pre-kindergarten and come to school not able to sing their ABC's or recognize them. The do not know how to write their name or count to 5. If I were to win this grant I would be able to buy hands-on material to help these children learn. I would buy magnetic letters, ink pads, literacy based puzzles, counting games, legos, prizes for positive behavior, books, and computer games such as ABCMouse.com. I believe that the way to end poverty is to educate our children. Kindergarten is the first chance I get to make a difference and build a solid foundation for these kids to become live-long successful learners. Thank you!

    1 Votes
  • J. Leal , Immanuel Christian School , El Paso, TX

    My young Picassos

    Hello,
    My name is Jessica and I am the elementary art teacher at Immanuel Christian School in El Paso, TX. I have the privilege to teach and work with about 155 students each day. We offer art class from the time they are in first grade all through sixth grade. I have very talented and creative students. They love to paint, color, and draw. They are always willing to try fun and creative ideas. Just to see them smile everyday as they work on their projects and the excitement they have to see the completed project is amazing. They are so eager to learn that every time they see me in the hallway they always want to know what project we will be working on!!! We are a 501c school and have a very tight budget to follow. My dream is for our students to have all the supplies they need for an entire school year. I do my best to recycle everything we have but with so many students it's amazing how fast supplies run out. It would be a blessing for our students to receive a grant.

    1 Votes
  • M. Singh, Pillsbury, Minneapolis, MN

    Three Dimensional Stories Come Alive!

    As a fourth grade teacher my students will use a 3D printer and design a story with life-size dioramas showing the beginning , middle , and end of their story that they have created. The classroom will turn into a three dimensional display. The entire classroom will change into a story setting incorporating twenty-seven 3D stories. They will paint the 3D characters and write the story text. The art work will have each student designing their section of the classroom. It will be a 3D story wonderland. This will require several mediums of art from the ceiling to the floor. The entire school community will have a n opportunity to see this great story art writing extravaganza. The characters will have the plastic 3D characters in the life-size dioramas with written text showing their story layout. The learning standards will incorporate the reading benchmarks.

    1 Votes
  • C. Smith, Notre Dame Catholic School, Wichita Falls, TX

    A GOOD READ DESERVES A GOOD SEAT

    Recent research offers concrete evidence that investments in school libraries produce dividends in student achievement. The School Library Journal reported findings from studies that indicate students in schools that have relevant and comfortable libraries learn more, score higher on standardized tests and are more likely to lead productive and fulfilling adult lives. However, studies also show that students are less likely to spend time in the library if the environment is unwelcoming and sterile. A survey was conducted at Notre Dame in order to gather information in an effort to increase student patronage to the library. The results of the survey indicate that students find the library uninviting because of the outdated and institutionalized atmosphere. The library at Notre Dame Catholic Middle/High School was last updated in the mid-nineties making it necessary to modernize the area in order to enhance the interest of the students.

    1 Votes
  • L. Potter, Benton Academy, Benton, MS

    Help Us LEGO Old Ideas!

    LEGO. A toy that millions of children have played with since 1932. A toy that allows you to build creations from your imagination. In today's world when so many toys have become electronic devices much of a child's imagination has been diminished. The only choice a child has is what the electronic device offers. Hands-on is what LEGO is all about and LEGO education pairs hands-on with electronics. Now, we have LEGO ROBOTICS! Students follow plans to create machines, then write programs to make the machines solve a mission, or problem. TA-DA! Attention-grabbing, hands-on activity combined with problem solving, math skills, teamwork, language usage, etc. – the skill sets being practiced go on and on! I would like to purchase LEGO Robotics kits for a mobile station that can be shared amongst our classes 5k-12th. We are a small rural school. Please be a visionary for our students and help them LEGO old ideas and move confidently through the 21st century! THANK YOU!

    1 Votes
  • H. Erickson, Warroad Elementary , Warroad, MN

    Chromebooks for ELL Program

    My proposal is based on technology needs for our ELL program. I am the full time ELL teacher for Warroad Public Schools although most of the students are in the elementary. No technology has been purchased for the ELL program. The district has not yet made a substantial investment in our ELL program as budgets are always limited in our rural school district, which is located 6 miles from the Canadian border. My proposal would be to purchase dedicated Chromebooks for the ELL program. There are several online uses/purposes including programs, e-textbooks, assessments, building background knowledge, vocabulary development, and so much more. I could use these every day to enhance the instruction for our ELL learners. The school does have some computers, but they are already earmarked for other purposes. $2,500 would allow me to purchase approximately 9 Chromebooks for our ELL classroom.

    1 Votes
  • A. Venters, South Ward Elementary, Longview, TX

    Journey to the Center of Texas

    We would like to take our fourth graders on a field trip to Austin, Texas. During this "journey" to the center of Texas students will visit historical and political sites in the state capitol of Austin. This will include the capitol building, University of Texas, and The L.B.J. Presidential Library. Students will also make scientific discoveries during a visit to The Natural Caverns in Central Texas, as well as observe the Mexican Free Tailed bats on the Congress Avenue Bridge. On our "journey," students will calculate mileage for the distance from Longview to Austin. Students will also utilize map skills to navigate along the roadways as we travel to Central Texas. This "journey" will bring the TEKS to life and allow students to connect their classroom learning to this real life application of skills.

    0 Votes
  • K. Menard, Bryant Elementary School, Bryant, AR

    Help with Batteries

    I am a fifth grade teacher in a school with a high free and reduced lunch count. Several years ago, I participated in a program that gave me the opportunity to earn a class set of MacBooks. Today, those computers are the key to engaging my students in language arts. However, many of the computers' batteries have reached their battery life and are no longer useful. I need batteries to continue to engage my students in research, collaboration and creativity.
    My students create some wonderful writing projects. They are always so proud once their projects are published.

    0 Votes
  • J. Kujath, Kasson-Mantorville Elementary, Kasson, MN

    21st Century Learners in Kindergarten

    I have 19 kindergartners, all day, every day. I would like to use this money to purchase more mini iPads so that I have enough tablets in my class so that I have 2 kids per tablet. There are new apps being created every day and more and more of them allow for 2 students, or at this age, having 2 students per tablet, they can assist each other to get tasks completed. In particular there is an online journal app that can be utilized by the students and I can check their work via a tablet, as well as share their work with their parents. This app allows them to create videos, take still pictures, or draw. There are other interactive apps that will allow students to use their creativity to communicate to me their understanding of knowledge as well as apps that will make my students use their critical thinking skills to complete. This sort of technology, in the hands of young learners, increases their interest in learning. They see it as playing, when really they are learning.

    0 Votes
  • C. Cameron, All Saints Episcopal School, Lubbock, Texas, TX

    Orff We Go!!!!

    I am a music teacher that uses a teaching method in my classroom called Orff-Schulwerk. In this method, we sing, move and play specialized "Orff " instruments to learn and understand musical concepts. Carl Orff created this music method of active learning in the 1940s. The grant money would be used to purchase xylophones, glockenspiels and drums for the students . Orff instruments have removable bars so that every child will experience success in playing. This method teaches the whole child because each child is engaged in active learning through movement and instrument playing.

    0 Votes
  • A. Carrera, Lamar Elementary, New Braunfels, TX

    Twinkle, Twinkle Reading Stars

    I teach Kindergarten and there are times my class is buddied up with 5th graders. I love that the bigger kids can read to them and by spring the little ones are reading to the big kids. Both parties love the relationships they build. I would love to take this to the next level. Reading and re-enacting! I want to make book story telling bins. In each bin, there would be the story and figurines, puppets that go with the story. So the big kid can read with 1-3 little ones. The big kids benefit from practicing fluency, accuracy, expression, punctuation, pace and comprehension. When the story is finished the smaller kids can use the props to re-tell and re-enact the story with the help of their bigger peers. Some bins I would love to have are classics: Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Goodnight Moon, The Hungry Caterpillar, etc.
    We could even take it to the next level by using our ipads to video tape these little "plays."It's a win-win for everyone!

    0 Votes
  • S. Correia, Walnut Springs Elementary, New Braunfels, TX

    Exponential Potential!!

    Boy do I love these little second grade minds! They are the joy and laughter in my day, my reason for teaching the past 20 years. They love all things, especially the icky and the gooey, and their favorite thing to do is research, read, and listen to stories about the things they are interested in. The questions they ask are endless! We use iPads from our library to explore these things when we can, but OH what we would give if only we had a way to do this discovering in our classroom! I would love for the children to have a small set of classroom iPads that we could set up in a station where we could use the latest technology to "Google" the animal or insect or gooey things we are interested in. The children could create informative iMovies to share with the class using their research. The possibilities of creating these movies or powerpoint presentations to share what we know are exponential. The potential for my little learners to gain new vital knowledge is huge!

    0 Votes
  • K. Loulias, Viewmont Elementary, Murray, UT

    5th Graders are ELECTRIFYING!

    My amazing 5th graders get to learn all about electricity. We would love batteries, bulbs, wires, small motors, switches and clips. We can't wait to see how everything works.

    0 Votes
  • M. Smith, Spooner Elementary School, Spooner, WI

    Listen Up for Qwerty!

    Last year our students in third grade students were introduced to iPads. At that time there was room in the budget for these, which was amazing! These have been key in meeting students at their level. Our budget this year will not allow for extra items. Our first request is for headphones. Some are using earbuds that they purchased, while others are using headphones from years past, that are failing. These headphones would be used for math and reading extension activities. Next, we would like to ensure that every student has a keyboard. Currently we have 36 keyboards for 95 students. Keyboards are essential for helping us prepare for our completing writing projects, state assessments, and other designing projects on our iPads. The onscreen keyboard works, but makes project completion hard. This request would double our keyboard count. Both headphones and keyboards will meet a need that will reach right into my students' hearts and minds.

    107 Votes
  • J. Piskie, Spooner Elementary School, Spooner, WI

    iPads for Littles

    My students are eager learners and love our hands-on classroom. They learn best when they are able to work in small collaborative groups and work together to create their own understanding of concepts. I am constantly doing centers, group projects, and activities to help motivate them and keep them engaged. Given the world we live in today, most of my students are digital learners and love when we are able to implement technology into our lessons. At this time our district budget does not have extra room for iPads in kindergarten. I would love to be able to provide them with a more technology-based learning environment to better meet their individual needs and learning styles, as well as, cover needed skills. iPads are the perfect way to make learning fun for students. Furthermore, outside of the classroom, iPads will help prepare my students for the digital word we live in. They need to be exposed to technology as much as possible in order to prepare them for the real world.

    93 Votes
  • K. Burgan, Columbia Central, Steger, IL

    Climbing to Fitness

    I am writing this proposal in hopes to make fitness fun and adventurous. Our PE department would like to have a rock wall installed in our gym. Our students work hard in their fitness unit and we would like for them to have a variety of activities to choose from to improve in their fitness.
    The rock wall would be able to provide the students with the opportunity to build their upper body strength and balance in a new and exciting way!The rock wall will provide a challenge to the students and allow allow for accommodations for everyone's abilities.
    There are several ways to make the wall more challenging for students by purchasing and adding different things to the wall. Things like hula hoops and noodles can be incorporated with their climb to make it more challenging. With these attachments students can choose their own path, as they move across the wall and use problem solving skills.This climbing wall can also be used a cross curriculum with problem solving skills an d math.

    88 Votes
  • A. Schaaf, Parkview, Steger, IL

    Reading is te Key

    With the earnings of the Thanks America's Teachers Grant, I plan to purchase a wide range of literacy materials to utilize in my classroom. These materials will reinforce word recognition and reading skills I am teaching. In addition to high interest books, I would like to purchase letter and word recognition games, flash cards, and manipulatives (such as letter tiles and rubber stamps) to assist my students in practicing their words. I would also like to purchase book bags so that my students have a pouch to carry their weekly books to and from school. A variety of listening centers and writing resources will be purchased. In addition, I would like to purchase a variety of leveled readers so that students of all levels will benefit. Finally, I would like to purchase different posters and teaching resources to reinforce the skills I am teaching in my classroom. I look forward to providing my students with the keys they need to become successful readers!

    79 Votes
  • J. Kabat, Burns LSA, Hartford , CT

    Joining the 21st century!

    Supplies? Technology? Books? These are all things our school is lacking. We are a community school within a district that also has magnet schools. The difference between them is unbelievable, BUT instead of complaining and becoming frustrated I do something about it. I will not let my students go without. I find ways to supply my students with what magnet school students have.

    With this grant I will be able to add technology like ipads, books to our library and supplies to our classroom to keep us in the 21st century. All students have the right to an education AND I feel an equal education. Please vote for OUR students!

    79 Votes
  • L. Caravella, Memorial Middle School, Cedar Grove, NJ

    Mother's Day- Spa Day!

    We would like to hold a mother's day event to honor women who are currently residing in a local battered women's shelter. We want to make them feel good about themselves. Not only will the women benefit from it, the students involved will be inspired to take action. This project is needed so that victims of domestic violence can realize that they are worthy of love, happiness and confidence. An event like this can build their self-esteem and confidence and make them more willing to share their important stories. By teaching students the early signs of domestic violence, I hope that they will be inspired to help prevent women and families from going through this trauma. We will prepare treat bags for the women and make signs and posters for each station for this event. I would like to make this project a yearly event so middle schoolers can learn about domestic violence and ways that they can prevent it from happening to their loved ones. Check out Miss C's Kindness Group on Facebook.

    79 Votes
  • K. Husarik, Parkview Elementary, Steger, IL

    Plant the Seeds of Knowledge

    The school district that I am very lucky to work for is a low-income district. Many students we teach do not always have all the supplies they need to make them successful. I would love the chance to purchase not only the essentials for my students' every day learning, but extra learning materials for the students to use as well. Our class lacks many wonderful educational manipulatives and hands-on materials that are out there and I would forever be grateful to get my students these. My team and I also work really hard to have great guided reading groups. This money would be nice to use for those groups to purchase differentiated reading materials, so that no matter what level a student is at they have the same opportunity to learn these crucial skills. I came across a quote that I though fits perfect for myself and my team; "Teacher's plant the seeds of knowledge that last a lifetime." Please help us plant these seeds!

    79 Votes
  • M. Lorenzatti, Parkview Elementary, Steger, IL

    Building Creative Kids

    I would like to tap into the popularity of LEGOs with the grant money. We already use LEGOs in my art room for the hands-on architecture link and creative thinking process, but I would like to take it a step further by purchasing a LEGO Education Curriculum. The kits include hands-on manipulatives and software which link this fun activity to STEM. Art is very closely related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The curriculums LEGO offers take the fun aspect of LEGOs and end up teaching problem-solving skills, which my students will need in the future. My students will enjoy taking this next step because it is a way of being hands-on and creative with a toy they already love, and I will love this tool because it will motivate them to think outside the box, thus preparing them for this competitive world of innovative thinking.

    75 Votes
  • J. Silvestro, C. Grant Grimshaw Elementary, LaFayette, NY

    Let's Get Our Head IN the Cloud!

    My second grade students have diverse learning styles and come from a variety of backgrounds, but they ALL enjoy using technology! At this time, we have one Chromebook in our classroom. This lack of technology limits the projects that I can complete with my class. The objective of this proposal is to purchase additional Chromebooks to move towards a 1:1 technology model.

    The Chromebooks will make it possible to easily differentiate student assignments based on learning style, interests, and ability level using online tools. This project will also support the 4 C's of 21st Century Learning: creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Students will be able to create digital stories, online posters, video presentations, and blogs. The possibilities for online projects are endless!

    This Chromebook project will help my students to develop the skills that they must have as citizens of the 21st Century and prepare them for the future.

    66 Votes
  • M. Arrington, Madison County High School, Madison, VA

    Hanging out in the Gym

    I would like to install TRX Suspension trainers in our gym to implement some new 21st century style training that they can take beyond their high school years. These straps allow students to get a quality workout while having self selection of the the intensity of the exercise. They are based on physics and the angle of the body in relation to the ground which could lead to cross curricular lessons with the math department, specifically geometry where many students struggle understanding the information. Given that students get to self select the intensity one workout can be done by students of any ability level and result in positive self-esteem for a student who may have a negative self-image when it pertains to exercise. This could also turn into an after school activity so we continue to increase our students health and decrease the ongoing obesity epidemic in the U.S.

    53 Votes
  • J. Laubsch, Trinity Lutheran School, Elkhart, IN

    Wiggle, Tap - Active Minds in the 21st Century!

    Wiggle, wiggle, tap! Second Graders love to wiggle and to use technology. What better way is there to engage traditional seat work with new technology than by using a stability ball chair with an I-pad learning tablet? I would use this grant to purchase a class set (25) of chairs and as many I-pads as possible to engage my students in an active learning experience that strengthens the whole body.

    53 Votes
  • B. Drumbore, Mt. Pleasant High School, Wilmington, DE

    Good VIBES!

    A vibraphone is a metal-keyed instrument similar to the more common marimba or xylophone. They are frequently heard in jazz, marching, and concert music.

    The vibraphone (or vibes as they're commonly known) we use for marching band is around 15 years old. Outside instruments take a lot of abuse between weather and being transported to and from football games, band competitions, parades, and the like. While they last for a long time, new instruments are expensive! A new set of vibes costs about $3900!

    We have a strong and dedicated band booster organization at our school, who has committed to contributing funding toward the instrument as well.

    My hope is that this grant for $2,500 plus $1,400 from our booster club will enable us to replace this much needed piece of equipment.

    50 Votes
  • C. Sheloski, Juniata Elementary School, DuBois, PA

    Building Model Rockets

    During our study of space and space exploration, I would like to have my students build their own model rockets. This project will give students a hands-on experience with not only science related topics, but also encourage them to utilize skills from other subject areas as well. Through science instruction, the students will gain a background on space, space exploration, and various scientific achievements as they relate to the solar system and beyond. Simple laws of physics will also be imbedded in the science instruction as they pertain to the project. The students will incorporate their reading skills during the building of the model rockets by understanding and following a set of directions. Math will be involved in the project when students are asked to find various measurements in the construction of their model rocket. The highlight of the project will be witnessing the students feeling of success when their rocket launches flawlessly and returns safely to the ground.

    41 Votes
  • S. Krause, Cherry Street Intermediate School, Kalkaska, MI

    Connecting to the World

    It is often said that we live in a society with the world at our fingertips. With the Internet, we have access to anywhere in the world. However, this is only true if you have a device that is able to connect to the Internet. I am hoping to connect my fifth grade students to the world through the use of Chromebooks. Ten Chromebooks will provide my students the opportunity to attend virtual field trips, to access the millions of educational resources on the Internet, and to learn the basic functions of computers. My students will be gaining invaluable practice in using technology to prepare for their future years in school as well as careers. I envision my students collaborating to work on projects, partaking in many online programs, and researching many of their own questions and curiosities. With a large portion of my students living below the poverty line, I feel a large responsibility to expose my students to technology since many students do not have it at home. Thank you!

    34 Votes
  • B. Bowden, Brownville Elementary School , Brownville , ME

    Decrease our frustration with working technology.

    The students at my school want to learn and enjoy learning. However, technology challenges get in the way. We do not have a budget that allows for one to one technology so kids are falling behind. When they go to take their standardized tests many of the computers are not functioning creating frustration and lowering their test scores. Kids should not be have to deal with this frustration instead studying and getting good grades should be their main focus. Yet at our school it is a major frustration to be hoping that this computer won't shut down in the middle of the lesson making the students start over again from the beginning.
    What I hope to do if we win this is to provide the technology that our students need so they don't worry about the computers breaking. By bringing functioning technology to our school students will have access to a wide array of online resources that will help them to achieve their academic goals. We know that technology is the wave of the future.

    33 Votes
  • H. Hunt, Welleby Elementary School, Sunrise, FL

    Chrome Out Our Classroom

    "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." – Walt Disney. My dream is to have technology available in my classroom on a daily basis so I can provide the optimal learning environment for my students. This in turn will help make their dreams come true too! I am trying to get Chromebooks in my classroom to create a new and improved Technology center for the students. The students will use the resources in many different ways. We will use the Chromebooks in our top of the line tech center for projects, educational learning programs, literacy centers and the every day typing tasks. I would also like a few iPads to help the students in their math groups and will also be used for a variety of other projects. The kids will be able to record Book Trailers, Reader's Theater and use the educational apps in centers. The resources I am requesting will open up our learning opportunities in many ways! Help me Chrome Out Our Classroom and make dreams come true!

    33 Votes
  • T. Parker, Woodbridge High School, Woodbridge, NJ

    Woodbridge High School JROTC Grant Proposal

    Woodbridge High School JROTC is pleased to present this proposal for your review. The JROTC program's mission is to "Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens". We instill students in United States secondary educational institutions the value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. The focus of this proposal will provide access to uniforms, shoes, school desks and field trips to educational and historical museums. The uniforms will allow student/cadets to attend "Junior Cadet Leadership Challenge" event which promotes esprit de corps, teamwork, and self-confidence. It provides the cadets a competitive program in five mentally and physically challenging training events. At present, our JROTC program is new and has no resources to purchase uniforms, shoes, and school desks and other materials. Currently, the Army has reached its funding limit for JROTC programs which provides uniforms, instructional and other materials.

    32 Votes
  • S. Krause, Byron Center High School, Byron Center , MI

    The Best Books for the Best Students

    How does someone become a better athlete, musician, or cook? He practices the skills associated with the talent. The same goes for reading. If someone does not read, he will never become a better reader. When students get to high school, they often just stop reading. They don't enjoy it and find ways to avoid it in a traditional English class. After attending a handful of conferences, conducting some research, and putting a lot of thought into it, I have redesigned my curriculum to allow for more choice reading. Students select books that fit their interests and abilities. They typically spend 20-30 minutes a class period reading these books. The results have been amazing! They are actually reading! Unfortunately, I still have students waiting for certain books and requesting new books. I have one book that has a waiting list of 9 students (and I have 2 copies of it). This money would be used to build my classroom library that provides the best books for 120 9-10th grade students.

    29 Votes
  • D. Oakley, Hebron Elementary, Evansville, IN

    Apple iPads for Oakleys Little Acorns

    Hello, my name is Denny Oakley, and I am a Special Education Teacher in a Moderate (Life Skills) K-5 classroom. Along with my two co-workers, we push our students both academically and socially with academics and life skills each school day. Our classroom dream proposal is to be able to receive the $2,500.00 Grant to purchase five iPad Air 2 iPads with chargers and sturdy protection cases to supplement the three units that we currently have in the classroom. This will allow each student to be able to work on his/her academic level while working individually or in a small group, and also at their own pace. I appreciate your time, and would ask you to become a classroom partner with us in helping our students reach their potential.

    26 Votes
  • K. Holzweiss, Bay Shore Middle School, Bay Shore, NY

    SLIME - Students of Long Island Maker Expo

    I have had many people ask me "So what is this SLIME, Students of Long Island Maker Expo all about?" Take HGTV, DIY, Mythbusters, an art show, and a science fair, and roll them all up. The question really should be "What ISN'T It?" Bay Shore parents, students, teachers, and administrators have the opportunity to come together this year to be a part of a ground-breaking historical event for local school districts in New York.

    Some of the events that we plan to host are a student film festival, a Trash to Fashion show, and a cardboard challenge. We would also like to host make and take activities for students, as well as make and donate experiences such as making cards to send to soldiers and making baby blankets for Project Linus.

    Believing that our SLIME should be available for all students , we are planning not to charge admission for students of all ages to attend and participate. To learn more, please check out our website: slimemakerexpo.weebly.com.

    23 Votes