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Teacher Innovation Grants2019-10-06T19:14:43+00:00

2019-20 Innovation Grant Applications Are Now Closed

The Claremont Educational Foundation believes in supporting CUSD’s top-notch educational staff and nurturing a space where innovative ideas can develop and flourish. We are excited to fund grants of up to $2,000 to CUSD teachers and principals for creative projects that engage students in high-impact learning opportunities in both CEF’s traditional areas of focus (art, music and technology) as well as in other subject areas (humanities, sciences, etc). The focus of these grants is to enhance access to creative, project-based learning for CUSD students. Teachers may apply individually, groups of teachers may submit a proposal together for a collaborative school-site or grade-level project, or principals may submit a proposal for a school-wide project. Requests for Proposal will be posted every Spring for projects intended to start in the Fall. Teachers and principals in Claremont Unified School District are eligible to apply.

We are proud to have funded $14,000 in Teacher Innovation Grants for the 2018/2019 School Year. Encourage your CUSD educator to use the form below to apply for the 2019/2020 school year.

CEF Innovation Grant Recipients

$1,465 for Igniting the STEAM Mindset at Condit Elementary School

Building on a prior grant to Condit for Makerspace carts, Jennifer Jensen, Tania Morgan, Yvonne Murphy, Kim Evans, and the third grade team will cultivate students’ critical thinking skills through engagement with news articles about current events written for and by children (News-O-Matic). The articles will be discussed daily and students will research and debate issues using skills related to science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

$800 for Changing Conversations through Social Justice at Mountain View Elementary School

Led by Jacqueline McElvy, students will learn about the topics of suicide prevention and mental health in an innovative way: a film contest. Each group will create a 6-second PSA to prevent suicide or help change minds about mental illness from a set of predetermined themes.

$816 for STEM: It’s As Easy As Pi! to Sycamore Elementary School

Led by Katherine Gregory and Jessica Marchant, students will learn about computer science and coding using small, single-board computers called Raspberry Pi. Projects include: robot programming, pixel pets, stop motion cameras, and time-lapse films.

$1,300* for Math Matters: A Multi-Age Math Mission at San Antonio High School, Sycamore Elementary School, and Oakmont Outdoor School

This collaborative project with Leslie Wallace (SYC), Cynthia Wiedefeld (OAK), and Carla Campbell (SAHS) involves ninth grade students to interview business owners and create videos that define real-world math problems to teach key concepts to students in grades 3-6. Students will interact with one another and the business owners near the end of the project on a proposed field trip. *Total awarded for all three schools.

$1,008 for Lights, Camera, Action News! to Sumner Danbury Elementary School 

Students will produce a daily school-wide video newscast. Using an iPad or webcam, students will create and record a news-style broadcast to deliver the morning message and various school announcements. Students will work in collaborative teams to plan, write, perform, record, and edit each newscast, which will be shown in all classrooms on campus.

$860 for Creating Amazing Paper Circuit Conducting Cards at Condit Elementary School

Ellen Crawford, Renee Duniven, Jenny Genovese, Jennifer Luebbers with students will explore concepts related to circuitry and electricity as they build paper circuit cards. They will utilize observation, project design, and problem-solving as they employ scientific inquiry in a 2-hour circuitry workshop.

$960 for Bringing Writing to Life in English and History to El Roble Intermediate School

Led by teachers Lindsay Lazenby and Jenny McGourty-Riggs, students will choose an historic topic and write scripts to bring the topic to life in video. The student will be challenged to question the credibility of sources and to achieve a purpose (inform, persuade, entertain) through creative media.

$1,170 for Using Theatre Arts to Enhance Literacy in Reading and Writing for Grades 3-6 to Oakmont Outdoor School

Led by Aimee Gibb, this project is an after-school program that will strengthen literacy skills by using readers’ theatre and other forms of drama to strengthen comprehension and writing skills.

$1,500 for A Special Education Sensory Area at Chaparral Elementary School

Special education teachers Katie Long, Gina Unkovich and Laura Olsen at Chaparral created a calming sensory area in their new modular space to support pedagogical innovations and behavioral intervention for a growing population of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

$1,673 for Spheros for STEAM and Synergy in Kindergarten to Vista Elementary School

Using Sphero robots, Dinh Tran and Maria Tucker and the Kindergarten team will sharpen students’ knowledge of STEAM and develop the synergy that exists between reading, writing, and speaking.

$448 for Audio Recording for Elementary Students to Sycamore Elementary School

Led by Anamaria De La Cruz and Amy Stanger. In this project, students grades 4-6 will prepare music and learn how to use current audio technology to record the music they have learned and performed.

$2,000 for REACH through Animation at Mountain View Elementary School

Led by Sabrina Ho, students will write, draw, and edit animated films based on their stories/visions and interpretations of MTVÕs REACH standards. (Respect, Effort, Attitude, Cooperation, Honesty.)

2017-18 Teacher Innovation Grants