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June 17, 2009 > Innovative Education Grants

Innovative Education Grants

The Innovative Education Grants program sponsored by the Fremont Education Foundation is designed to "stimulate academic achievement, creativity, leadership, critical thinking physical fitness and health, skills in diversity and conflict resolution and experiences in the visual and performing arts." Grants to 15 teachers for a total of $27,468.09 have been awarded to the following recipients for 2009/10.

History Newscast/Oral History
Charles Jennings
Centerville Jr. High School
Project will allow students to create their own historical newscasts based on the California State Standards for Social Studies. It is an interesting and entertaining vehicle for all students to better understand history.

Talk to the Text for Literacy
Daly Dominguez, Hsiue Liao & Minah Qadir
Kennedy High
A document camera allows for students to become interactive with any text including their own work which can be projected, analyzed, reviewed, critiqued and shared.

Learning by Moving
Linda Meyer & Dana Danyanovitch
Leitch Elementary
At least 90% of participating students will be able to identify the upper and lowercase alphabet, numbers 1 to 20 and colors.

The Visual Arts Connection- Cave Paintings to Writing
Maria De Luz
Leitch Elementary
Second grade students will participate in lessons integrating the Visual Arts, Language Arts, Social studies and Technology to develop oral and written language skills.

4, 5, 6 Fit!
Sue Ellen Tomasic, Michelle Snowden, Sheree Jordan, Alana Chand
Maloney Elementary
Students will be involved in daily fitness activity using the engaging and exciting Wii Fit
Building a Community of Readers

Mary Jo Taylor
Warm Springs Elementary
A visualizer projector will provide opportunities for students to observe and analyze the language and writing techniques used by authors to communicate meaning.

Mathematical Strategies in Problem Solving
Kristin K. Leo
Hirsch Elementary
Students will develop, share, examine, analyze, and evaluate multiple mathematical strategies while solving problems addressed in the CA State Mathematical Standards.

GBC: Games Build Communities
Laura Guajardo
Horner Jr. High
Students need safe environments with structured activities to emphasize working as a community, while learning to socially interact in a positive manner.

Digital Storytelling and Film Festival
Greg Sherrod
Mattos Elementary
Students will create original, literature based short films through the use of digital technology.
Innovative Writing Stations

Laura Dean
Brookvale Elementary
Students will participate in five writing stations all aimed at strengthening skills related to the writing process.

The Breakfast Book Club
Melissa Becker & Nicole Young
Warm Springs Elementary
The Breakfast Club will focus on reading comprehension and fluency skills. The club will also utilize visual and performing arts techniques to build skills.

Quiz Masters: To Literature Circles and Beyond
Joanne Gouveia
Hirsch Elementary
Providing engaging, informal assessments, students write and record quiz questions based on nightly reading onto a Quizzillion console, then lead as peers "buzz in" answers.

The Chemistry of Compost
Candace Sykes
American High
Students will use waste to create various compost mixes and determine optimal conditions by monitoring acidity, moisture, temperature and time to complete the compost process.

Thinking with Standards through Analytical Study of Weather
James Sanders
Warm Springs Elementary
This grant will provide engaging meteorological tools for the purpose of meeting science curriculum standards white providing creative and critical thinking opportunities for students.

Going West
Teresa Silva & Veronica Aguilar
Grimmer Elementary
Students will create a play reliving California's Gold Rush, applying the science and mathematics of the time, thinking creatively, and resolving fellow 49'er conflicts.

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