Vote for a $2,500 Proposal

Time to vote! Thank America’s Teachers received grant applications from educators all across the country. Now you can help even further by voting on the proposals they submitted.

We will award up to sixty $2,500 grants to the top twenty vote getters in each of the three regions during the three voting periods this year.

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  • J. Dyer, Oregon High School, Oregon, WI

    World Language Connect

    I would like to furnish my World Language classroom with Chromebooks so students can use them for project-based learning, online assessment, and language lab purposes. Having immediate and constant access to this technology will allow students to engage in more individualized learning and as well as more collaboration.

    Thanks for your consideration!

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  • D. Ellis, Lake Olympia Middle School, Missouri City, TX

    Smart Board in Classroom Makes Learnging Fun!

    The tools, pictures and multimedia resources can be incorporated into simple and basic lessons using a smart board. I want to write a proposal for a smart board, my school has a limited amount and we share them among all the teachers in the school. I would use the smart board for vocabulary, because everyone knows science words can be unfamiliar to most students.
    Smart board grants for teachers provide a means for teachers to attain a modern piece of teaching equipment that can immensely improve students' learning experiences in the classroom. I am a first year teacher who has seen that using technology first hand is an excellent way to incorporate learning into the classroom. This worked out for my English language learners as well as my students who are visual learners. The smart board will help to improve my teaching by providing the newest teaching technology.
    Smart boards are a great learning tool for the classroom environment.Make the classroom one where technology is integr

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  • B. Ristig, Madison Elementary School, Everett, WA

    Do You Have a Pencil?

    Madison Elementary is a school with 78% Free and Reduced Lunch with 38 families who are either homeless, living in shelters or living with another family. Research shows that a student living in poverty can lose up to 3 months of academic growth over the summer months. I would like funding to purchase school supplies to send home with our students over the summer. These supplies would enable our students to practice necessary skills and return in the fall ready to learn!

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  • S. Andrews, Parkview School, Steger, IL

    Give My Students a Chance

    I teach third grade in an economically depressed area. I've had students come to school with no socks in the dead of winter; they're then freezing all day long. Some don't even have winter coats. Instead, they have dirty, stained sweatshirts. I have students who are late all the time because they say there is no alarm clock to be sure they're awake in time.

    I spend my own money on basic needs such as socks, winter coats and alarm clocks for my students every year; it would be great to have help through your grant. Along with many other teachers, my own money is also spent on bulletin board borders and sets, books for our classroom library, educational board games, flashcards, and many other various items I feel would benefit my students.

    Also, our district has shared "SmartBoards" where students can watch educational dvds and play educational games. I would love to purchase educational dvds and games with your generous grant money. These, of course, help make learning fun

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  • J. Brooks, Oceanair Elementary, Norfolk, VA

    Parent of the Year

    Our school needs to increase our parental support of our students.
    To do this I propose that we have a Parent of the Year program. To qualify as the parent of the year the parent must just meet the following criteria.
    1. Ensure that their child regularly completes their homework as independently as possible.
    2. They ensure that their child reads regularly at home. Ensures that the reading log is complete.
    3. Attends at least one conference with their child's teacher or attends one PTA meeting.
    4. Works together with the teacher to resolve any behavior issues.
    All parents who meet this criteria will be honored at Quarterly awards ceremony with a certificate.
    In June all parents who met the criteria for all four quarters will be invited to a Spaghetti Dinner where they will be served by the teachers. One name will be drawn as Parent of the Year.

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  • L. Mecca, Laramie Junior High School, Laramie, WY

    Differentiating with Technology

    Our district, like many others, has limited resources. The technology, if not being used for testing, is difficult to have access to since so many are vying for time in the computer lab. The math department always seems to be the last subject that gets access to the computers. Yet, technology has the potential to make mathematics come alive. Whether it is being able to manipulate a shape to see how changing a dimension can affect its area, or changing variables and being able to discover the slope of a line or simply practicing skills in a fun way; technology can help my students make these connections. Technology can help students focus on higher level skills and applications instead of spending so much time on computation they never see the beautiful patterns of mathematics.
    I would like to be able to purchase devices for my classroom to use for formative assessments, skills practice and collaboration, but most importantly to give them access to the beauty of math.

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  • S. Barkdoll, North Verdemont Elementary School, San Bernardino, CA

    STEAMING Towards the Future Through Aquaponis

    The project is an innovative project designed to teach students sustainable agriculture and renewable energy sources. North Verdemont Elementary School services the most diverse population in San Bernardino; the seventh largest district in California. Students will plant crops, monitor the water and soil levels and distribute the harvest to needy families, while learning about agriculture, chemistry and technology careers. The Common Core State Standards are integrated with the Next Generation Science Standards under the collaborative association of California Polytechnic University, Pomona Engineering Department. The melding of textbook theories to meals, in the students' cafeteria, exemplifies the spirit of project based learning for the new generation of learners. Research has demonstrated hands on learning is the most efficient method of increasing student engagement to reduce achievement gaps. It provides a means for second language learners to explore science and math.

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  • T. Kazmierczak, Circle Cross Ranch , Queen Creek, AZ

    STEM-tastic Learning for K-5 students

    Our school is transforming from a K-5 public school to a STEM Academy. We are in need of STEM materials to give our students the full STEM experience. We would use the money to purchase LEGO Mindstorm Robotics Kits, K'NEX STEM Education kits, and consumable materials for students to use in our new STEM Lab. Our students would be able to use the materials to complete activities such as building structures using toothpicks and marshmallows and test the stability of their structures on pans of Jello. They will also use pipe insulators and Hot Wheels cars and tracks to create various car and marble runs to understand the concepts of kinetic and potential energy. Our younger students will be able to do many STEAM projects, such as coffee cup planters to watch and measure plant growth, with the funds used from this grant.

    Finally we will use the funds to create quarterly STEM afterschool clubs to increase our student's love and understanding of STEM.

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  • L. Wendt, Parkview School, Steger, IL

    Inventing Tomorrow

    "If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow." (John Dewey) I would like to use this grant to provide new technological resources in my third grade classroom to better prepare my students for the world of tomorrow. A majority of my students come from low income households. Exposing them to the latest technologies will help my students to become engaged in learning and ultimately competitive in an ever progressing world. I would love to be able to buy new iPads and educational apps for my classroom. Students could use these iPads to enhance their learning in both math and reading. It would also allow me to further differentiate instruction for each of my students. I would also love to be able to buy software or educational games for the Smart Board. In addition, I would like to purchase organizational resources and materials to help organize our classroom. If I am chosen, this grant would make a positive and significant difference to my students!

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  • W. York-Jones, West Woodland Elementary , SEATTLE, WA

    Infusing Art Into Everyday

    West Woodland is a school that is passionate about its students. We strive every day to reach each of our 540 kindergarten though fifth grade students and lead them through academic and social successes and challenges. We feel that to do this in a more organic and enriching way is to integrate and infuse arts into the curriculum. This is a massive undertaking, which we cannot do without help and time.

    In this tech driven city, math and science are well funded and made the priority, while the arts are left out. Fewer schools have art and music teachers because of funding and budget cuts. We can strengthen our science and math programs at West Woodland by using art to develop critical thinking skills, spatial reasoning, and problem solving. By funding us, the teachers of West Woodland, we would be able to bring the arts directly into our classrooms! Art is about process, exploring, and inspiration. We want to foster the future through creative and innovative kids!

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  • R. Gonzales, Canyon Breeze Elementary, Avondale, AZ

    Leader In Me

    Our K-8 students at Canyon Breeze have the potential to become great lifelong leaders. We believe that by giving them the right tools and strategies, they can become leaders on our campus. Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in referrals and a lack of connectedness on our campus. We know we can become a better school if we shift our focus and instill leadership within each student. We hope to spark that change on our campus using the Leader in Me model. The Leader in Me focuses on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The Habits will support them in becoming more responsible, accountable, and proactive about their school and community. It will also provide them with skills they will utilize the rest of their life. At Canyon Breeze, we already have the Kids at Hope belief that all children are capable of success, no exceptions. The Leader In Me model takes this belief one step further by showing the students how to become successful leaders.

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  • K. Gaskill, Adams Hill Elementary, San Antonio, TX

    Character Education

    This exciting new program will be implented for our students on a half-day school day. The students will be exposed to stations set up in the different kindergarten classroom. The stations will be set up for the students to rotate to each room after the completion of the activity. Each teacher will have a book to read to the students introducing the concepts and the different genres. They will then do an extension activity where they will use kitchen math to produce special snacks to share in the class. The students will then journal their experience in their writing journals crossing all subjects. The books that the kindergarten teacher will used are The Hungry Catepillar by Eric Carle where they will make butterfly bites using celery and pretzels. The next class room will be reading The Carrot Seed and then make mud out of chocolate pudding. As they rotate into the third station, they will enjoy the book Rosie's Walk enjoy homemade chicken feed. And lastly,

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  • S. Ortiz, Elk Grove Elementary, Elk Grove, CA

    Sensory for Success

    We all have calming techniques! Think of sitting on the beach and allowing sand to run through your fingers, or listening to water running. These are just a few things that bring calm. Children with learning disabilities need to calm in order to be successful. Children with Autism are able to calm and focus quickly when they fulfill these needs.
    As a special education inclusion teacher, my diverse students are able to calm and focus when their sensory needs are met. Items that include bouncing or using their core has shown to be the key to a happy day. These quick movements benefit my students as well as the classroom.
    My students can benefit from ball chairs, yoga balls, scooters, weighted balls, weighted vests and blankets, and many other sensory items.
    Each item will be used to preeemt explosive behaviors that disrupt learning of all students.
    Please give me the tools to bring calm to my well deserved students.

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  • A. Cardoso, Coral Cove Elementary School, Miramar, FL

    Computers for Kindergarteners!

    i would like to use the grant money to purchase computers and iPads for my classroom. The computer equipment in my school is very old and outdated!

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  • K. Brown, Stone Creek Elementary School, Rossville, GA

    Outdoor Classroom

    I am a teacher at a Title I school. A few teachers and I have been talking about creating an outdoor classroom for our students. We would love to teach them the skills of farming and gardening. We would love to have some raised gardens with various fruits and vegetables. We have also talked about having a chicken coop. It would be a wonderful learning experience that our students could use for the rest of their lives.

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  • L. Leshe, Fayetteville Public Schools, Fayetteville, AR

    Science In life!

    I am A first year science teacher. I took over the Science club at our School this first year. To be honest it was pretty lame. We didn't do much other than taking walks around our school at lunch. I would like to be able to take these students to places such as: The fayetteville environmental center, The NWA Science center, and different trails for themed hikes that focus on particular areas of science. It would be amazing to show students who are interested in science how science applies in the world all around us.

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  • A. Hunt, Walnut Springs Elementary, New Braunfels, TX

    eBooks 4 Each Kid

    At our school we are in the process of having each student carry an iPad all day. Right now this is for 5th only, but next year will include 4th graders. I would love to be able to purchase ebooks for them that have unlimited check out access, meaning that all students could be reading the same ebook at the same time, if they wanted to. These tend to be a bit more expensive than just buying one ebook they can check out/borrow from the library's collection. The unlimited access ebooks tend to run in the $50-$75 range, which makes them hard to buy with our limited school budget each year. We would love to be able to have students reading ebooks in class in addition to the hardback books from the library. Most of the ebooks are interactive meaning that they can be read to students who have learning disabilities, have access to vocabulary word definitions, have imbedded links to take them outside websites where they can learn more about certain topics like in nonfiction/informational books

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  • J. Dinkel, Yukon Middle School, Yukon, OK

    Key(board)s to Success!

    I am creating a group piano class to complement my general music curriculum. Currently, I have 12 Casio keyboards available and I would like to purchase 3 more. I have need of 15 tables, 30 headphones, 15 tabletop music stands, surge protectors, extension cords, cable splitters, and group piano pedagogy/repertoire as well.

    Students in group piano classes can stimulate, energize, and learn from each other. Peers can serve as role models or motivators and help reach students with different learning styles. Studies have continued to show that students engaged in piano study are more motivated, had better school attendance and concentrated longer in other classes as well as improved their grades as a result of the added music instruction.

    Music making has a positive effect on general cognitive development, language development, reading-readiness, reading and verbal skills, abstract conceptual thinking, and reasoning. Also included is play improvisation and stress reduction.

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  • G. Williams, Santan Junior High School, Chandler, AZ

    Solving the Graphing Calculator Deficiency

    Our middle school cannot afford class sets of graphing calculators, and in the midst of drastic state-wide education cuts, any hope of funding such perceived "trivial" spending, has been suppressed. As a middle school offering comprehensive advanced math courses, such as Algebra 2 (of which I enjoy taking),we require these instruments to conduct regular classroom activities and provide students the opportunity to fully grasp the curriculum; otherwise, individual students must purchase the devices, unfairly disadvantaging those underprivileged who don't have the means to buy the upwards of $100 calculators. One example of this necessity was over standardized testing, and on one test, geometry students were allowed the use of graphing calculators, but could not utilize them, consequently being compared to students nationally who could, at no fault of their own. My teacher, Miss Winzeler, radiates altruism and is well-deserving of this grant to alleviate concerns shes faced for years.

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  • A. Pruett, Montgomery Elementary School, San Antonio, TX

    Helping My Students

    I work at a Title 1 elementary school in San Antonio Texas. I currently teach 2nd grade and am being moved to 4th grade next year. I buy supplies, books, and sometimes even clothes for my students throughout each school year. I would like to use the grant money to not only provide supplies throughout the school year for my students, but also buy books that will be on the reading level for the grade I am being moved to next year.My students don't usually have books at home to read, so I often let them borrow mine to take home to read, as well as, use in the classroom. I would also like to be able to buy other resources to help my students gain experiences that other students have at other schools.

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  • J. Mouttet, Mesilla Valley Christian Schools, Las Cruces, NM

    Reaching for Research

    Research is an important part of learning and in today's environment students need online resources as much or more than print resources. Limited budget has prohibited our library from purchasing up-to-date reference materials and subscriptions to online resources for our students. We do have 6 Chromebooks and 5 older desktop computers for students to use but when a class comes to the library, it is not enough to go around. We do the best we can with the resources we have but would like to provide so much more for our students as we prepare them for college and the world after high school. If awarded this grant we hope to purchase an online subscription to World Book Encyclopedia and other up-to-date reference materials, both online and print as well as additional computers or tablets for student use. With these additional resources I would better be able to teach our students research skills as well as having more students able to access online information at the same time.

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  • C. Naylor, Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School, Kasson, MN

    iPads for the Future

    I teach 4th grade in a small rural SE Minnesota school that houses 800 students K-4. Technology is a critical skill for our student's to master in today's world. To help enhance my student's learning I would like to use this grant money to purchase iPads for my classroom. I will use the iPads to differentiate instruction, small group enrichment, and as an independent learning station. Student's are engaged while using iPads and their learning is enhanced without realizing it.
    Using this grant to purchase iPads for my classroom will help all of my students. Thank you for considering my proposal. Curtis Naylor

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  • A. Bridson, Cherry Street Intermediate, Kalkaska, MI

    Help Us Light Our Kindle Fires!

    Technology is like candy and my students are ready to feast!

    Kids need learning to be more engaging. If we look at the world in which they live, they are surrounded by screens, games, music and more. Unfortunately, our recent technology bond did not pass which would have allowed them to have increased access to technology at school. My reluctant readers & struggling math students are creative, energetic, and unique individuals. Kindle Fires in our classroom would allow them to access learning activities that would take them beyond the confines of the classroom and into a learning environment that is becoming more dependent on technology.

    It is an exciting and changing time to be an educator and learner. With your help, my students will access learning in a new and relevant way! Thank you for your help!

    We hope to be on fire, Kindle Fire, this fall!

    Sincerely,
    Ms. Ali Bridson

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  • J. Valdemar, Haddon Avenue STEAM Academy, Pacoima, CA

    Intervention Lab Need Updating!

    My students need iPad minis, a document camera, an apple TV, and cases to enhance our reading intervention lab. Our school is lacking in technology. I would like to implement the use of the iPads for daily Common Core reading program Apps in rotational groups. The students in my lab are seen for 6-week increments in small groups and the iPad group could be one of the rotations. This would allow me to take more students. The iPads would also allow me to install some Apps, like Show me to allow the students to do some group work utilizing some of their critical thinking skills. After they are done, we would be able to use the projector and the apple TV to project it on the screen and have the students explain their thinking process to the rest of the students while they are viewing it on the screen.
    We are living in the age of technology and critical thinking. My students need to be taught these essential skills to compete in the 21st century!

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  • D. Switzer, Quarles Elementary, Long Beach, MS

    Connecting Reading to STEM

    This grant will be used to purchase STEM kits and books which are designed to connect literature to science, technology, engineering, and math. My second grade students will greatly benefit from this because the funding will provide resources and materials to make connections between reading and STEM in an interesting and age appropriate way. Students will work with hands on STEM activites as part of reading and math. Students will find solutions to problems in well known fairy tales using basic engineering and mathematics. By connecting fiction and non-fiction books to real world challenges students will plan, build, and test their solutions. These kits also supply students with career information about a future in STEM related jobs. This grant will help provide materials that will encourage students to become problem solvers who will be better prepared for future related classes and long term goals in these fields.

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  • J. Rumpke, Reading Central Elementary, Reading, OH

    Experience with technology

    Students in my classroom are in need of more practice with technology. Although I do not believe technology should be over used, I do believe students in my classroom lack the experiences they need for future schooling. Education now is putting a large emphasis on researching, completing assignments, reading and assessing using technology. Many/most students in my second grade classroom do not have access to any of these at home. They count on school to give them these experiences. Our school has one computer lab with 30 computers. The lab is shared between all kindergarten through sixth graders. That is over 450 students. Our school also has an iPad cart that holds 30 iPads. This is also shared between the whole school. Students are given small inconsistent periods of time with these devises. I am proposing a technology center in my classroom to give students the opportunity to work with technology. Tablets and chromebooks will be integrated in everyday lessons and activities.

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  • S. Claypool, Linda Herrington Elementary , Round Rock, TX

    Special Education: Learning Beyond the C lassroom

    I teach a functional academics classroom for students in 3-5th grade. My students need to learn life skills in order for them to one day, live independently. Each week, I teach my students how to cook by introducing them to new recipes. I buy the ingredients and we make the food at school. To teach how to shop, we have a class store that students can buy items based on money earned in the class. Students can earn money by having good school behavior, participating, helping others, performing classroom jobs. I call the money earned their paycheck. I would like to get a $2500 grant so my students can go to the store and buy the food needed for our recipes. Each of these activities are paid for by me. Our district does not have the funds to provide me with a supply budget. I love my students and know that these are skills needed for the future. I hope you will consider me for a $2500 grant so I can continue to teach my students life skills to help promote independence.

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  • R. Gutierrez, Borchers Elementary, Laredo, TX

    Learning At Their Fingertips

    Today's technology is constantly changing, and in order for our Bilingual students to be able to compete at the global level, technology needs to be a staple in the classroom. Living on the border of the United States and Mexico, my students are limited with background experiences and resources to maximize their learning opportunities. It is my hope that each of my 24 students receive an IPad, to enhance their learning with virtual field trips to museums, and other countries, book blogs with famous authors, world wide chats with foreign students from other countries and on-line connectivity and learning with other elementary schools and/or universities. This grant money would bring the world to students that in many cases may never have the opportunity to travel around the world and communicate with other students around the world.

    Please help me and my students reach new heights in learning and exploring all corners of the world through global communication at their fingertips.

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  • M. McDonald, St. James School, Woodbridge, NJ

    Weatherbug Station School

    We would like to become a weatherbug school. Funding would be for equipment and software.

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  • M. Gervin-Gillyard, Evergreen Heights Elementary, Auburn, WA

    Great Literature at School and at Home

    Evergreen Heights Elementary is a great school. We have a dedicated staff that goes above and beyond any job description daily. We are a family and we care about our students. Unfortunately, our school is a Title 1 school due to the over 90% free and reduced lunch. We have many students that are considered homeless. We also have a large population of students that receive a backpack of food for the weekends in order to assure that they aren't hungry when they are away from school on Saturday and Sunday. We encourage our students to read at home for at least 20 minutes each night. We have a small school library and the closest public library is too far for any of our students to walk. We all know that reading opens doors and opportunities for students. We would like all of our students to have books that they can check out from our school library but the best gift would be if we could give each child at our school at least one book to take home to start a home library.

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