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3 Extra Computers Will Lead to a Multitude of Benefits

Emerald Coast Middle School

My goal is to be able to rotate my 4 groups of 6 students through computers daily without having to go to a computer lab. 

Teaching Quality - 5

posted October 2, 2018

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Osprey Literary Magazine: Making Every Student Soar

South Walton High

My school site is great at providing clubs, sports, and organizations to meet the needs of its student body, but we’re missing something. Throughout every curriculum, every course, and every set of standards we find one common thread: writing. To create passionate, lifelong writers, though, we must spark a love of writing in our students. It was in this spirit that our Literary Magazine, The Osprey, was born. It is in writing and the arts that cultures truly converge. This is the closest we get to seeing our real selves. For this reason, we’ve chosen to name our publication Osprey. Majestic. Fierce. Independent. Real. A staff of 15 students began working over the summer, and have worked this first quarter to create a layout, a submission process, and plan for the publication. We’ve begun accepting submissions from every corner of the school- every type of student- but we do not have the funding to print the first issue! With the help of a Walton Education Foundation grant, we would be able to print and promote at least 4 issues of the magazine this year. By showcasing all genres of student writing, supported by student photographs, art, and illustration, we will establish a culture of creativity, especially with regard to the written word, that is currently lacking on campus.

It is our hope that this passion will spread to every classroom, and, in this way, we will see a steady increase in our FSA Writing scores in 9th and 10th grade. Writing, no matter the genre (yes, even on a standardized test) requires a spark. An interest. A passion. If we celebrate writing, we can keep this spark alight. The ELA department works every year to make disciplinary writing tasks available to all teachers. We create rubrics, formative assessment models, source packets, and more to help content-area teachers feel more comfortable including writing in their lessons. This has been impactful, and the buy-in has been incredible. There’s an obvious missing piece, though, that the literary magazine seeks to address: the student. If we support students as writers, not as test-takers, we can shift the culture.

For 9th and 10th graders, specifically, the state has provided data and “next steps” to improve writing on the FSA. One major commonality state-wide is in the score portion regarding Evidence and Elaboration. Students can explain the prompt, and they can summarize the sources. They struggle, though, when they must put their own words to work. This elaboration requirement is a major component on the rubrics for both AP Language and AP Literature, as well as college admission tests such as the SAT. In my own class, I’ve found that the most effective way to teach elaboration is through creative writing tasks. In these tasks, students realize that writing can be fun, that they have their own voices, and that that voice comes naturally to them. By creating a culture of writing, by showcasing students voices, and by publishing it in a beautifully designed, professional magazine- we will increase student engagement with the written word and confidence in their own writing. An increase in scores seems a natural result.  

Literacy - 9-12

posted October 3, 2018

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Safety First, Then Quiet Learning for All

Van R Butler Elementary

The goal of this grant is to provide a safe environment for several students with behavioral needs at our school and at the same time provide a quiet, uninterrupted learning environment for those students who work in the same area. This will be done by adding a rubber floor mats to the quiet room to keep students safe and absorb sounds so the area outside the room is quieter.
Although the students working in the ESE room will be able to access all the standards with less interruptions, the ultimate goal of this grant is to keep children safe. 

Low Performing Students - K-5

posted October 2, 2018

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Bicycles Wanted- please and thank you! :)

Van R Butler Elementary

Purchase seven bicycles with training wheels for students with disabilities to use during adaptive physical education class. Bicycles will:
- Boost motor skills
-Improve social communication, attention, behavioral issues and performance on academic tasks
-Help decrease stereotypical behaviors, hyperactivity, and aggression
-Help students better engage in the environment, and promote weight loss and better overall health
 

Teaching Quality - Pre K - 5

posted September 24, 2018

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Makers Making a Difference

Van R Butler Elementary

STEM programs, which focus on science, technology, engineering, and math help prepare students for every step of their lives. While at the elementary level, science and math are the only required subjects out of the STEM domain, it is still important to expose students to all four areas. My goal is to create a Maker's Space within my classroom in order to help provide a well rounded educational experience for my students with an additional focus on improving students' STAR Math scores.
6 out of 17 students in my classroom are currently performing below the 50th percentile rank on STAR Math assessments. My goal is to have all 17 students at or above the 50th percentile by the end of the year. I believe with the enriching experience of having a STEM focused Maker's Space in the classroom, we will do just that! This STEM program will help students developed essential science skills such as the ability solve questions individually and collaboratively using models (SC.K2.CS-CS.1.4). Math skills being targeted include making sense of problems and persevere in solving them (MAFS.K12.MP.1.1) and creating models using mathematics (MAFS.K12.MP.4.1).  

STEM Education - 2

posted September 21, 2018

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Student Self-Assessment with SEESAW and other Applications

Van R Butler Elementary

My goal is to increase informational technology and literacy skills with my 20 third grade students. Additional iPads will give more of my students access to a variety of applications that will support them in all content areas. In addition, it will allow them to enhance their literacy skills by using RazKids, (which I purchased) and creating an online portfolio using Seesaw. As of right now, almost one-third of my students scored below 40% on the STAR reading. Access to literacy applications and building an online portfolio will highly engage them in reading and writing. My goal is to have students who scored below the 40th percentile increase by 15% on the final STAR reading assessment. In addition, half of my students scored less than half the points on my in-class writing assessment. My goal is to increase their writing skills through the use of technology and district resources. Standards addressed would include LAFS.3.L.1.1, (b-j) LAFS.3.L.1.2, (a-f) LAFS.3.L.2.3, (a-b) LAFS.3.R1.1.1, LAFS.3.RI.3.7, LAFS.3.RI.1.1, LAFS.3.W.1.2, and standards students share in their portfolio around math, science, and social studies.
Objectives: To increase final STAR reading scores from first STAR reading assessment by 10% for students who scored below 40% 

Literacy - 3

posted October 4, 2018

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Math Escape Rooms: Adding Excitement to Math Standards Review

Walton High School

The goal is to make reviewing math standards fun for the students. Escape Rooms are very popular right now and enabling the students to participate in Escape Rooms to review math standards brings excitement to learning while increasing the students' critical thinking and problem solving skills.
I would love to use the Escape Rooms to review for tests and exams. If the grant is approved Joan Kennett, the 2018 Walton County School District Teacher of the Year, has agreed to help me set up the first escape room that I attempt as well as observe me working with the students.
 

Low Performing Students - 9-12

posted September 27, 2018

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Ilearn with Ipads

Van R Butler Elementary

Currently 5 out of my 18 first grade students are at or below the 40th Percentile Rank on STAR Reading. My goal is to have all 18 students at or above the 40th Percentile Rank on their final STAR Reading assessment this current school year. I plan on reaching this goal by incorporating the use of more technology in our day to day Reading and Language Arts instruction. I am seeking two IPAD Minis with Kids Safe Handle Cases in order to have more devices available for my students.  

Literacy - 1

posted September 21, 2018

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Empowering Math Minds

Van R Butler Elementary

In August of 2018, 65% of my students scored at or above the 50th percentile rank on the STAR Math Assessment. My goal is for 80% of my students to score at or above the 50th percentile rank on the STAR Math Assessment by May of 2018. This grant will help accomplish this goal by providing my class with three additional student laptop computers. These computers will be used during my math block to allow students extra remediation, practice, and enrichment by using math programs such as Zearn and Compass Learning. The primary benchmarks that will affect the math data are:

3.MD.2.4 Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch. Show the data
by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in appropriate units-whole numbers, halves, or quarters.

3.NF.1.2.b Represent a fraction a/b on a number line diagram by marking off a lengths 1/b from 0. Recognize that the resulting
interval has size a/b and that its endpoint locates the number a/b on the number line.

3.MD.3.7.c Use tiling to show in a concrete case that the area of a rectangle with whole-number side lengths a and b + c is the sum
of a × b and a × c. Use area models to represent the distributive property in mathematical reasoning.

3.MD.3.7.b Multiply side lengths to find areas of rectangles with whole-number side lengths in the context of solving real world and
mathematical problems, and represent whole-number products as rectangular areas in mathematical reasoning.

3.MD.3.7.a Find the area of a rectangle with whole-number side lengths by tiling it, and show that the area is the same as would be
found by multiplying the side lengths.

3.MD.3.6 Measure areas by counting unit squares (square cm, square m, square in, square ft, and improvised units).

3.MD.3.5.b A plane figure which can be covered without gaps or overlaps by n unit squares is said to have an area of n square units.

3.MD.3.5.a A square with side length 1 unit, called 'a unit square,' is said to have 'one square unit' of area, and can be used to
measure area.
 

Low Performing Students - 3

posted September 29, 2018 - deadline May 31, 2019

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Be a Part of the Solution!

Emerald Coast Middle School

Thanks to Chelco and the Walton Education Foundation, our class room has 5 laptops! This year we would love to get 5 more! With 10 students in my intensive math class, it would be awesome for each student to get to practice on their own laptop while I circulate the room and help. My regular math classes range from 20-28 students so when we do small group stations- the more laptops the better! With this grant we would accomplish engaging and appropriately challenging small group stations. Using online math programs, my students could review for their state exam using a variety of independent practice with video and example support. Last year, my students loved the online programs available; however, we struggled to find open computer labs in the second half of the year. Having 5 more laptops in the classroom would allow us to break into small groups more often. Aside from group work, this year we have a number of real world application projects planned and the access to technology would greatly improve our presentations and final products. Last year, our percent of students at or above benchmark increased by 12 percent with the 5 laptops as opposed to an increase of only 5 percent in 2016-2017 without laptops. This year my goal is to increase our percent of students at or above benchmark by 20 percent! 

STEM Education - 7

posted September 20, 2018

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Exceptional Students Plus Technology = Growth

Emerald Coast Middle School

Last August 3% of my students were at or above benchmark on STAR Math Assessment and this increased to 18% by May 2018. This year I'd like to increase my percent at or above benchmark to 30%.

This year in our unique skills class, my ESE students are researching and planning for the future. We set personal goals for organization and time management and discuss how these skills will help us positively contribute to our communities. We would love to take our discussions into active planning by allowing the students to discover for themselves the cost of running a household/business or planning a vacation. We can explore real world costs through internet research. Our other ongoing goal is to be successful in our daily classroom expectations. For my ESE students testing below grade level, there are an infinite number of online games and programs that would not only engage my learners but motivate them to continue learning. Some of these include math facts, cool math games, Khan Academy, Path Blazer, Achieve 3000, and Algebra Nation. Using these programs along with their detailed STAR reports, I can assist my students with setting their own academic goals of growth. Part of our academic goals this year include practicing typing for the state writing exam and submitting more legible writing assignments as some of my students struggle with writing disabilities.

 

Low Performing Students - 6-8

posted September 27, 2018

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Technology Today, Readers Tomorrow

Emerald Coast Middle School

My goal is to have more classroom laptops to help my students achieve their goals and increase their reading abilities as shown by FSA and STAR assessment scores.

This year in my intensive reading classes, my students are continuing their work with the online reading program Achieve 3000. Achieve3000 allows students to work on their “just right level”. This program allows practice with writing skills, vocabulary practice as well as reading comprehension questions that aligns perfectly to English Language Arts (ELA) Florida State Standards, for each of the three grade levels I teach and the ELL standards. This research based program allows me to differentiate their instruction, by choosing articles based on skill weaknesses and topics that are interesting to them. I also can assign articles based on which Florida State ELA Standard I wish my students to work on. My students in the past to show great grains on STAR assessment as well as FSA because of the use of Achieve3000.

Currently I have 72 students in my intensive reading classes and 29 in Critical Thinking. 32% of these students are ELL students, some of which speak little to no English. 21% of my students are classified ESE or have a 504 plan, having extra computers in my room will allow me to help meet these students’ accommodations and differentiate their instructional needs. All 72 of my intensive reading students are classified as part of the “lowest 30%”, according to their ELA FSA score from Spring 2018, meaning I have the lowest of the low at our school. These students need all the extra support and time they can using the online programs, to improve their FSA ELA scores.  

Literacy - 6-8

posted October 1, 2018

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Just Jump!

Paxton School

With cardiovascular disease on the rise, my goal is to increase the quality of the elementary child's physical education knowledge about the importance of cardiovascular activities of jump roping. Through learning about this lifelong fitness skill , the children will have habits of continually strengthening their cardiovascular system for the rest of their lives.
PE.K,1,2,3,4,5.L.4: Develop and implement a personal fitness program to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of fitness.
PE.K,1,2,3,4,5.M.1.12
Continuously jump a self-turned rope
PE.4.L.4.3
Maintain heart rate within the target heart rate zone for a specified length of time during an aerobic activity.
PE.5.L.4.3
Identify that an increase in heart rate intensity is necessary to enhance cardiorespiratory endurance.
PE.1.L.4.3
Identify the changes in heart rate before, during and after physical activity. 

Teaching Quality - K-5

posted October 4, 2018

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'Breaking In to Break Out' the Escape Challenge

South Walton High

The goal of this escape challenge will provide student engagement, collaborative teamwork, develop critical problem solving skills by solving a series of learning activities/puzzles from the biology curriculum by breaking in a series of locks to break in an escape challenge box. Students work together to unlock each lock once they solve clues from the learning activity/lesson. Solving breakout boxes is an exciting educational challenge and fosters students to actively engage together as a team in the lesson to succeed in breaking in the box. Students will role play as 'investigators' in a laboratory setting.
 

STEM Education - 9

posted October 4, 2018

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Sensory Fun!

Van R Butler Elementary

The goal for my project is to create a simple sensory walk that can be placed in each hallway. This will allow students that need a way to get out a little extra energy, or students that have sensory disorders, to have a quick way to do that. 

Teaching Quality - K-5

posted October 2, 2018

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Fantastic Heads

Walton Middle School

Students will be further strengthening their visual literacy in art class by creating fantastic creature busts with attachments, working to understand the additive and subtractive processes of sculpture, as well as learning about non-traditional career paths in art.
VA.68.F1.1: Use non-traditional thinking and various techniques to create two-, three-, and four-dimensional artworks.
VA.68.F2.1: Investigate career opportunities available in the visual arts to determine requisite skills and qualifications for each field.
VA.68.H3.3: Create imaginative works to include background knowledge or information from other subjects (e.g., from history, environment, literary works).
MAFS.K12.MP5.1: Use appropriate tools strategically.
 

Literacy - 8

posted October 4, 2018

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Muscular Skeletons

Walton High School

We do not currently have any muscular models of the human body to utilize during Anatomy & Physiology. I am consistently trying to have the students imagine the presence of muscles ligaments and tendons when discussing the actions of the body.  

STEM Education - 9-12

posted October 4, 2018

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Learning through Literature

Van R Butler Elementary

100% of students in my 2nd grade class will increase their vocabulary, oral reading fluency, and comprehension by the end of 2nd grade.  

Literacy - 2

posted October 3, 2018

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Becoming Quality Readers with QR codes

Bay Elementary School

Project Summary & Objectives
Students will scan QR codes with an ipad to listen to a read aloud of quality literature and respond to the story in writing.

The internet is full of studies done to prove that reading to children supports the development of better readers. The vast majority of quality children’s literature is far above beginning reader’s abilities. In addition to this hurdle, is the fact that most parents home library is inadequate in providing appropriate quantities of reading material needed during this stage of development. QR codes provide the experience of quality text while also exposing students to fluent reading both at school and at home.
QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional barcode) first designed in 1994 for the automotive industry in Japan. A barcode is a machine-readable optical label that contains information about the item to which it is attached. -google
I intend for my students to utilize the classroom ipads to scan a QR code embedded with a link to a story that is read aloud to them while they enjoy the illustrations. Then the students will respond to the text in writing to practice 1st grade standards. I expect their STAR reading scores will increase with specific gains in the reading literature standards 1.RL.1.2, 1.RL.1.3, 1.RL.3.7, 1.RL.3.9, and 1.L.3.6.
QR codes can be scanned with any device that is equipped with a camera and connected to the internet. The response sheet will have the QR code on it allowing the student an opportunity to take the QR code home. There they can listen to the story additional times and share their experience with family members.
 

Literacy - 1

posted September 29, 2018

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Bringing Music To Life

Mossy Head Elementary

Add visual enhancement and greater participation enthusiasm to song preparation and performance by the addition of quality costuming. 

Teaching Quality - Pre K - 5

posted October 1, 2018

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AVID Tools for Success

Walton High School

To provide necessary tools to help AVID students achieve success in our AVID class as well as all other classes and beyond the classroom. Provide strategies and skills to help students be prepared for life after the classroom, whether college, military or the work force. 

Low Performing Students - 9-12

posted September 26, 2018

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Rockin' Readers

West Defuniak Elementary

At the beginning of each school year, my students take the STAR Reading Assessment to measure their ability to read. Based on my students’ performance this school year, 14/18 students, or 78%, are performing below grade level – measured by their GE (grade equivalency). This indicates that 22% are at/above grade level, for reading. My goal for this year is to increase that proficiency level to 70% at/above grade level. To achieve this goal, we will be working on the following foundational standards during whole group and small group reading instruction: LAFS.1.RF.1.1, LAFS.1.RF.2.2, and LAFS.1.RF.3.3. 

Literacy - 1

posted October 2, 2018

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Totally Thriving with Technology

West Defuniak Elementary

I am requesting the funds to purchase two (2) laptops (Dell Latitude 3189) and one (1) Apple iPad 9.7 inch tablet. By adding additional technological resources to my classroom, I hope to give my students additional time to practice key mathematical concepts through programs such as XtraMath, Zearn and Compass Learning. To obtain a baseline of each student’s skill level at the beginning of the year, students are required to take the STAR Math Assessment. Two of the core standard clusters in first grade are MAFS.1.NBT.1 (extend the counting sequence) and MAFS.1.OA.3 (add and subtract within 20). Based on this first assessment, 2/18 (11%) students showed mastery for MAFS.1.NBT.1 and 4/18 (22%) students showed mastery for MAFS.1.OA.3. My goal for this year is to increase the number of students showing mastery of the two aforementioned standards to at least 50% (9/18 students). 

STEM Education - 1

posted October 2, 2018

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iPads for Individualized Instruction

Van R Butler Elementary

My long term goal is to provide my students with opportunities in the classroom that will enable them to become successful adults in their future. Utilizing technology on a daily basis has a great impact on that, as they will regularly use technology for the rest of their lives.
The technology programs that students will be using on a daily basis will be individualized to meet each student's needs. For example, students who are considered to be below grade level will be assigned material based on the skills that they need to reach grade level. Students who are above grade level will be assigned skills to increase their growth, even beyond the third grade level.
Therefore, my short-term goal is for my students to increase their Student Growth Percentile (SGP) Score by 40 points or greater, according to the STAR Reading and STAR Math Enterprise Assessment. This goal will include all of my students, from the lowest performing students to the highest.
Students were tested on the STAR Reading and STAR Math Enterprise Assessment at the beginning of the school year. At that time, five students were below the 50th percentile in math and nine students were below the 50th percentile in reading. A second goal will be that by the end of the school year only two students will be below the 50th percentile in math and only four students will be below the 50th percentile in reading.  

STEM Education - 3

posted September 24, 2018

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Picture This!

South Walton High

My goal is for my students, Grades 9th - 12th, to experience the magic they can create by working in a wet darkroom. I wish to teach them the fine craft and art of developing photographic prints through darkroom techniques and processes for developing film and printing photographs from their developed film. The art of using darkroom processes is disappearing in our digital age. Our current society relies on digital capture to create images that at times may never exist as a photograph / hard copy, but may only exist as digital files on a server or cloud. The student’s photographic work will require knowledge and skills to successfully develop film and to print images from their developed film. The permanence of the black and white photograph has endured in time.

This is the knowledge I wish to impart to my students in Photography and 2D Art classes, as well as for my Drawing students, as they consider the possibilities of coupling darkroom processes with drawing issues such as mark making and alternate drawing methods. Returning to the darkroom rather than always depending on digital resources, brings the student to the historical arena where photography first began and its importance and hierarchy leading to digital imaging.

Darkroom work will enhance and add more complex layers of skills, techniques, and mastery to the student’s Art portfolios for college, career, and AP portfolios. I wish to impart to my students the knowledge and experiences the Darkroom holds for them as photographers and artists that are career related.

Art can play a key role in developing and nurturing creativity and imagination, a trait sought after by many employers in today's business world. Art also enhances self-image and confidence in one’s abilities. I believe the exciting process of creating and being successful in the darkroom will enable my students. Incorporating the darkroom experience into our 2D, Digital / Photo, and Drawing Art programs. The darkroom will enable our students to persist as they create and allows me to create a richer learning experience in the art classroom.  

Teaching Quality - 10

posted October 2, 2018

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Character Strong Advisory Curriculum

Freeport High School

Through our leadership class, we would like to implement the Character Strong Leadership Program. This program will help transform our school culture and climate by promoting positive interactions and relationship skills. The research shows that when a school takes time to cultivate a culture of character and develop social-emotional skills, grades go up and bad behavior goes down. It makes sense - when kids feel safe and supported, they perform better and want to be there. When students learn the value of kindness, service, and empathy, they don't just walk out of school being competent at math and science - they walk away being capable, compassionate people. 

Career/Technical Education - 9-12

posted October 4, 2018

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Circling up the Students for Literacy Excitement

Walton High School

Our goal is to support our School Improvement Plan (SIP) for goals 1 and 5, Goal 1 states, '...80% of students in the ninth grade will obtain a scale score of 950 [...] or an SGP [student growth percentile] of 55 as demonstrated on the STAR [Reading] test [given in August and December 2018, and April 2019].' Goal 5 states, '80% of teachers will effectively implement a variety of at least 3 WICOR [Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading] strategies each 9 weeks' grading period [...].'

To achieve this goal, we would like to purchase relevant literature circle books for use in the classroom with my English 1 Honors students. Students will have choice of the selections to read in their circle with each round.

By providing my English 1 Honors class with fiction and non-fiction books for their literature circle selections, I will encourage reading and support our school goals.
 

Literacy - 9

posted October 4, 2018

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Books: Windows into Our World

Paxton School

The goal of this project is to support our School Improvement Plan (SIP) for goal 1; goal 1 states, 'Students in language arts for grades 4-10 will increase learning gains by 6%.” To achieve this goal, we have implemented a school wide reading initiative, “In order to increase literacy skills across all grade levels, the teacher will use grade level, complex text(s) through read-alouds, close and careful reading, or guided reading, incorporating WICOR strategies.”

As part of our school wide reading initiative, all students are given 20 minutes a day for silent sustained reading. But what happens when there are no interesting books to read? It is our goal to have interesting books for all students.

To achieve this goal, we would like to purchase relevant independent reading books that SpringBoard recommends getting students to read MORE outside of class; these suggested books are related to what we're teaching in class, so they'll complement the curriculum and get students to think about what we're learning even outside of class.

By providing our English 2 and English 3 teachers with fiction and non-fiction books for their personal classroom libraries, it will encourage reading and support our school goals. Additionally, these titles are fiction and non-fiction books that our SpringBoard curriculum recommended as outside reading to coincide with the themes of “cultural identity” and “the American dream” for the tenth and eleventh grade text books. What's better than having students not only read outside of class, but also have them read about the things we're learning about!  

Literacy - 9-12

posted October 4, 2018

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Student Food Lab Funding

South Walton High

Our goal is to provide the skills and practice needed for students to enter the job market in the food service industry with hands on experience in food preparation and sanitation. 

Career/Technical Education - 9-12

posted September 23, 2018

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Virtual Labster

Freeport High School

Biology, Honors Biology and AP Biology are academically challenging courses. They are also expensive courses with required laboratories for each standard that is to be taught. The type and amount of equipment and supplies needed for these labs is extremely expensive. The traditional labs are also very time consuming. Given that students are in class for a 50 minute period, it is not possible to finish a lab within that time. This time constraint often leads to inaccurate results of the lab exercises. The time and money also prohibits re-teaching of students who struggle with mastery of a concept. I try to find simple labs for the students to do with the given time and the amount of money available. My goal would be to use the grant money to purchase virtual lab accounts for my Biology, Honors Biology and AP Biology students. These virtual lab accounts would allow me do the virtual lab in the class with all students in a timely, cost efficient manner. Struggling students can also repeat the labs and get extra practice for a standard to improve the overall concept without additional costs.  

Teaching Quality - 9-12

posted September 26, 2018

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Seating for the Modern Student

Paxton School

In order for students to be engaged in the classroom, they must feel comfortable. Feeling comfortable has both physical and mental components. This grant focuses on the physical comfort of my students. Many students have difficulty staying still in a chair in the classroom. Movement about the classroom is often encouraged, but we can make these students more comfortable when they must sit by providing alternate forms of chairs. This goal does not impact a specific standard or benchmark for learning. It is intended to benefit the student in learning all content by providing a more comfortable environment. When students are comfortable, they can focus on the intended learning targets more closely and improve their learning. As a teacher, I can also spend less time directing students to sit properly in their seats and more time on direct instruction, small group learning, or one-on-one student assistance. Improvement in these aspects of the learning environment will have a positive impact on student engagement which will in turn improve student performance on all standards. 

STEM Education - 9-12

posted October 4, 2018

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Let's Monkey Around

Walton Intensity School of Excellence

to give 6th-9th grade students hands on experiences to better understand lessons taught in the classroom.
6th graders will have real life examples of how animals are classified by characteristics ( SC.6.L.15.1). 7th graders will research how different animals within the zoo have evolved as a species for survival and see these adaptions in real life(SC.7.L.15.2). 8th graders will get to see how living things share basics needs of life and how the cycle goes full circle (SC.8.L.18.4). 9th graders will use this field trip to get a better look into how animals are classified and how the animals have evolved over time. (SC.912.L.15.4) 

Low Performing Students - K-12

posted October 4, 2018

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Math Makers

Walton Intensity School of Excellence

According to STAR data, our low performing students struggle with algebraic number sense, particularly equations, and statistics/probability. To help students understand these concepts in a more tangible way, I am requesting 'Math Makers.' These are math manipulatives we currently do not have access to us and would enhance the students' understanding of math concepts that tend to be somewhat abstract. Learning gains will be tracked through Math STAR scores. Currently, 54% of our students have already shown some growth in math from their initial Math STAR test. My goal is that 100% of my students will show gains of at least 6 months of grade equivalency on their STAR Math assessment in May 2019.
Standards: MAFS.6-8: RP.1.1-3, NS1.1, 2.2-4, EE1.1-4, EE.2.5-8, SP1.1-4, sp. 3.5-8. 

Low Performing Students - 6-8

posted October 5, 2018

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“Coming In Loud and Clear”

Paxton School

Have you ever been working so hard on trying to complete a task, but the noise around you keeps bothering you? Quite annoying isn’t it? Unfortunately, in a classroom many students are often faced with this problem when they are completing computer-based assignments, working on online remediation programs or taking online tests.
As a teacher, we see our students struggle to focus on their assignments and become frustrated due to the noise of the other students. Teachers are always trying to find a way to be able to differentiate instruction in the classroom while working with one group and allowing another group to work on computer-based assignments and remediation programs. One way to help the students is to provide them with high quality head phones for their personal use when they are completing computer-based assignments, and remediation programs.
The website Schoolsin, offers headphones designed for classrooms, that comes in an easy portable carrying case that teachers can easily carry to various places such as computer labs for the students to use, and to store them safely in the classroom. These headphones will be easily accessible to the students and will provide them with a computer-based learning experience without background noise causing them to become distracted or frustrated.
 

Literacy - 5

posted October 3, 2018

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I love to Write--when I can...

Emerald Coast Middle School

Our project goal is 1) to be able to write on demand without waiting for a computer or computer lab to become available and 2) to provide at least half the class the ability to write, while the other half does seat work or reading, . These computers would be used in Miss Simpson (who teaches Math and Science) and my classrooms (I teach Social Studies and Language Arts). 

Literacy - 5

posted September 25, 2018

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Rocking to Succeed

Van R Butler Elementary

The goal of this project is to increase the grades and test scores for all ESE students by providing 3 types of flexible seating for 50 ESE students at our school. Providing a variety of choices in seating will allow the ESE students who attend the resource classroom a better chance to access all their grade level (K-4) reading and math benchmarks by making them more comfortable and being ready to learn. This grant will provide a variety of seating options for each child. Research shows that there are many benefits to flexible seating. These include burning more calories, using up excess energy, improving metabolism, increasing student motivation, increasing individual engagement, creating a better oxygen flow to the brain, and improving the students core strength and posture. In other words, flexible seating in our classroom would allow the ESE child, who often can't sit still, the opportunity to do more physical activity while sitting. Physical activity can be linked to higher academic performance, better health, and improved behavior. By providing different options of seating in the classroom the students can make choices. Each child can choose a seat that makes them more comfortable and ready to learn. It will allow the child to choose the option which will work best for them. When a child is ready to earn and oxygen is following to the brain, they will retain the information being taught in the resource classroom. All children participating in seating choices will be more comfortable. Their mind and bodies will be ready to learn. Research proves, children who are ready to learn will master more goals and perform better on tests. The majority of ESE students who would benefit from flexible seating are working on their grade level benchmarks in the areas of math:operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations in base ten, and in language arts: reading foundational skills, literature and writing. 

Low Performing Students - K-5

posted October 2, 2018

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Geared Up for STEM

Bay Elementary School

Students will build, explore, and problem solve using gear manipulatives in STEM related tasks that grow in escalating complexity. Completed projects will move when constructed correctly either by simply rotating the gears or actually roll on wheels.
Manipulatives, which are hands-on tools for teaching math and other subjects, are a great way to reach tactile and visual learners. STEM is important because it is in every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Manipulatives used in problem solving tasks can aid students in developing skills to maximize performance in math, engineering and science classes and realize their full academic potential through offering and receiving peer collaboration.
 

STEM Education - 1

posted October 3, 2018

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Tech for Tweens

Emerald Coast Middle School

Seventh graders in the state of Florida are expected to type a non-fiction essay with a two-hour time limit. This includes reading up to three grade level appropriate texts, creating a planning page of ideas, and typing the multiple paragraph essay. Results of an August 2018 survey showed 80% of our students do not feel comfortable typing a paragraph online with a time limit. With this grant, students would develop 21st century test taking skills. Our goal is to have 100% of students prepared for their online writing assessment in May 2019. To accomplish this goal, we would like to get five laptops to create a flexible work station. This workstation could include five students working on a digital text program, students partnered to create an essay, ELL students working with digital dictionaries for cognates, ESE students working in groups of 3-4 discussing an online text, or small groups of 5-6 students discussing current events. Laptops will provide flexibility for grouping by ability level, accommodations, topics of interest, and English proficiency. With these laptops, our students will utilize a digital device weekly and create exemplary responses online with fluency and proficiency.

Florida State Standards addressed by this grant:
Writing 2.6 Use technology, including the internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.
Writing 3.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; asses the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Writing 4.10 Write routinely over extended time frames and shorter time frames for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes and audiences.
Speaking and Listening 2.5 Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.
Reading 3.7 Compare and contrast a text on audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g.: how the delivery of a speech affects the impacts of the words)
Language 3.4 Consult general and specialized reference materials, both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.
 

Literacy - 7

posted October 2, 2018

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Sign Connection: Exploring the connection with the deaf world; past, present and future.

Freeport High School

This grant will allow the students 2nd year American Sign Language and Deaf Culture class to foster a sense of connection with the largest deaf student community in the state of Florida. The field trip to the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind will be an experience of a lifetime for these students. It will be an especially encouraging event for one particular student in our class who is deaf. He will benefit from the empowerment of being with so many other deaf students and staff, and he will be encouraged by exposure to the many opportunities available to him in the state of Florida. 

Teaching Quality - 9-12

posted September 21, 2018 - deadline December 27, 2018

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3, 2, 1 LEGO

West Defuniak Elementary

The goal of this project is to inspire students through science, technology, and innovation to become leaders and innovators in our world. I hope to encourage students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math as a result of participating in this project. 

STEM Education - 5

posted September 30, 2018

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Breakout Bonanza

Walton Middle School

To increase student engagement in science class and reinforce
Florida State Standards being taught. To improve test scores in science. 

Teaching Quality - 6

posted October 3, 2018

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Doctors “Soaring With High Success”

South Walton High

The goal of biology virtual laboratory simulations is to provide engaging, interactive and authentic laboratory investigations which will enhance and enrich students learning and take it beyond the classroom 

STEM Education - 10

posted October 3, 2018

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“Soaring With High Success”

South Walton High

The goal of biology virtual laboratory simulations is to provide engaging, interactive and authentic laboratory investigations which will enhance and enrich students learning and take it beyond the classroom. 

STEM Education - 9-12

posted October 4, 2018

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School Subject Project Amount Date Deadline
Emerald Coast Middle School Teaching Quality 3 Extra Computers Will Lead to a Multitude of Benefits
funded grant
FUNDED
10/02/18
South Walton High Literacy Osprey Literary Magazine: Making Every Student Soar
funded grant
FUNDED
10/03/18
Van R Butler Elementary Low Performing Students Safety First, Then Quiet Learning for All
funded grant
FUNDED
10/02/18
Van R Butler Elementary Teaching Quality Bicycles Wanted- please and thank you! :)
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FUNDED
9/24/18
Van R Butler Elementary STEM Education Makers Making a Difference
funded grant
FUNDED
9/21/18
Van R Butler Elementary Literacy Student Self-Assessment with SEESAW and other Applications
funded grant
FUNDED
10/04/18
Walton High School Low Performing Students Math Escape Rooms: Adding Excitement to Math Standards Review
funded grant
FUNDED
9/27/18
Van R Butler Elementary Literacy Ilearn with Ipads
funded grant
FUNDED
9/21/18
Van R Butler Elementary Low Performing Students Empowering Math Minds
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FUNDED
9/29/18 5/31/19
Emerald Coast Middle School STEM Education Be a Part of the Solution!
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FUNDED
9/20/18
Emerald Coast Middle School Low Performing Students Exceptional Students Plus Technology = Growth
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FUNDED
9/27/18
Emerald Coast Middle School Literacy Technology Today, Readers Tomorrow
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FUNDED
10/01/18
Paxton School Teaching Quality Just Jump!
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FUNDED
10/04/18
South Walton High STEM Education "Breaking In to Break Out" the Escape Challenge
funded grant
FUNDED
10/04/18
Van R Butler Elementary Teaching Quality Sensory Fun! $951.34 10/02/18
Walton Middle School Literacy Fantastic Heads
funded grant
FUNDED
10/04/18
Walton High School STEM Education Muscular Skeletons
funded grant
FUNDED
10/04/18
Van R Butler Elementary Literacy Learning through Literature
funded grant
FUNDED
10/03/18
Bay Elementary School Literacy Becoming Quality Readers with QR codes
funded grant
FUNDED
9/29/18
Mossy Head Elementary Teaching Quality Bringing Music To Life $983.36 10/01/18
Walton High School Low Performing Students AVID Tools for Success $991.71 9/26/18
West Defuniak Elementary Literacy Rockin' Readers
funded grant
FUNDED
10/02/18
West Defuniak Elementary STEM Education Totally Thriving with Technology
funded grant
FUNDED
10/02/18
Van R Butler Elementary STEM Education iPads for Individualized Instruction
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FUNDED
9/24/18
South Walton High Teaching Quality Picture This!
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FUNDED
10/02/18
Freeport High School Career/Technical Education Character Strong Advisory Curriculum
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FUNDED
10/04/18
Walton High School Literacy Circling up the Students for Literacy Excitement
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FUNDED
10/04/18
Paxton School Literacy Books: Windows into Our World
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FUNDED
10/04/18
South Walton High Career/Technical Education Student Food Lab Funding $1,000.00 9/23/18
Freeport High School Teaching Quality Virtual Labster
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FUNDED
9/26/18
Paxton School STEM Education Seating for the Modern Student
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FUNDED
10/04/18
Walton Intensity School of Excellence Low Performing Students Let's Monkey Around
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FUNDED
10/04/18
Walton Intensity School of Excellence Low Performing Students Math Makers
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FUNDED
10/05/18
Paxton School Literacy “Coming In Loud and Clear”
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FUNDED
10/03/18
Emerald Coast Middle School Literacy I love to Write--when I can...
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FUNDED
9/25/18
Van R Butler Elementary Low Performing Students Rocking to Succeed
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FUNDED
10/02/18
Bay Elementary School STEM Education Geared Up for STEM
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FUNDED
10/03/18
Emerald Coast Middle School Literacy Tech for Tweens
funded grant
FUNDED
10/02/18
Freeport High School Teaching Quality Sign Connection: Exploring the connection with the deaf world; past, present and future. $1,500.00 9/21/18 12/27/18
West Defuniak Elementary STEM Education 3, 2, 1 LEGO
funded grant
FUNDED
9/30/18
Walton Middle School Teaching Quality Breakout Bonanza
funded grant
FUNDED
10/03/18
South Walton High STEM Education Doctors “Soaring With High Success”
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FUNDED
10/03/18
South Walton High STEM Education “Soaring With High Success”
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FUNDED
10/04/18

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