Walton Education Foundation

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School Subject Project Amount Date Deadline
West Defuniak Elementary STEM Education Growing Readers Through STEM $993.99 9/16/19
Van R Butler Elementary STEM Education Lead the Way with STEM
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9/17/19
Paxton School STEM Education Providing Quality Science Lab Experiences for Students $997.40 9/18/19
Van R Butler Elementary Low Performing Students Oh Boy, We'd Be One to One!
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9/23/19
Van R Butler Elementary STEM Education STEM in the Gym! Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Spelling in Physical Education!
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9/24/19
Dune Lakes Elementary School Teaching Quality Ceramics by the Sea $1,255.00 9/24/19
Freeport High School STEM Education Teacher iPad needed to improve laboratory quality
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9/25/19
Emerald Coast Middle School Literacy Seeing is believing!
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9/25/19
Paxton School Literacy "Out with the Old, In with the New"
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FUNDED
9/25/19
Dune Lakes Elementary School STEM Education Grant for Generation Genius Subscription $360.00 9/25/19
Freeport High School Low Performing Students The Gift of Graduation
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9/25/19
Dune Lakes Elementary School Literacy Y.A.? Hooray!
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9/26/19
Walton Middle School Literacy Keeping the Magic in Middle School
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9/26/19
Walton Middle School STEM Education STEM Gardening at WMS $1,440.00 9/26/19
Walton High School Low Performing Students Equity for ELL Students
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9/26/19
Freeport Elementary Low Performing Students Hands on Autistic Learning Activities
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9/26/19
Dune Lakes Elementary School STEM Education Collaboration Skill Building K-5
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9/26/19
Paxton School Career/Technical Education Triumph Using Technology Tools
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9/26/19
Walton Intensity School of Excellence Low Performing Students Destination Innovation: Outdoor Learning Center for Students with Special Needs
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9/27/19
Freeport Elementary Low Performing Students iPads for iKids and Individualized Instruction
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9/27/19
Van R Butler Elementary Low Performing Students Building Better Mathematicians
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9/27/19
South Walton High School Low Performing Students Sensory calming space
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9/27/19
Dune Lakes Elementary School Low Performing Students Independent Literacy and Math Stations
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9/28/19
Van R Butler Elementary Literacy iRead, iKnow, iConquered! $1,495.00 9/29/19
Emerald Coast Middle School Literacy Who Was? What Was? Where Is?
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9/29/19
Freeport Middle School Literacy Extra! Extra! Read all about It!
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9/29/19
South Walton High School Literacy Teach Living Poets! $1,484.29 9/30/19
Dune Lakes Elementary School Literacy Read and Explore the World
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9/30/19
Freeport High School Teaching Quality You Can Count on Me! $580.20 9/30/19
Mossy Head Elementary STEM Education Little Bits for Learning
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9/30/19
Van R Butler Elementary Increasing Graduation Rates Building Our Boys to be Successful Young Men $865.56 9/30/19
Dune Lakes Elementary School STEM Education Learning Through Technology and STEM
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9/30/19
Dune Lakes Elementary School STEM Education STEM Garden
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10/01/19
Emerald Coast Middle School Literacy Laptops for Readers
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10/01/19
Freeport High School Teaching Quality PE in the Digital Age
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10/01/19
Bay School Literacy Power House of Learning $743.28 10/01/19
Dune Lakes Elementary School STEM Education Hands- On Science Field Trip
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10/01/19
Dune Lakes Elementary School STEM Education Robotics Funding for First Lego League
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10/01/19
Walton Intensity School of Excellence STEM Education Science in the "Outernet"
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10/01/19
South Walton High School STEM Education Oysters Suck... But that's a good thing...
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10/01/19
Walton High School STEM Education Boosting Biology with Technology
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10/01/19
Walton High School Teaching Quality ACCESS Literacy and technology $1,300.00 10/01/19
Van R Butler Elementary Literacy Guide Literacy instruction through technlogy
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10/01/19
South Walton High School Teaching Quality Color It Creative! $1,014.71 10/01/19
Bay School STEM Education Classroom STEM Lab Set-up
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10/01/19
Bay School STEM Education Illuminating a Love for Learning $928.85 10/01/19
Van R Butler Elementary STEM Education Blossom in Garden Greatness $0.00 10/01/19
WISE Pre-K Literacy Dynamic Dinosaurs through Dramatic Play and Teach and Talk with Stories while Learning $919.92 10/01/19
Mossy Head Elementary Teaching Quality Bringing Music To Life $983.36 10/01/19
Freeport Elementary Literacy Soundtrack to Success
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10/01/19
Paxton School STEM Education Stepping Up with STEM!
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10/02/19
Dune Lakes Elementary School Low Performing Students Playing to Learn Language
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10/02/19
Freeport High School Low Performing Students Knowledge is Power $1,296.98 10/02/19
Paxton School Literacy Epic Reading
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10/02/19
Van R Butler Elementary Teaching Quality Technology for Engaging and Rigorous Science Inquiry
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10/02/19
Van R Butler Elementary Low Performing Students Valuable Tool for Learning Disabilities
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10/02/19
South Walton High School Teaching Quality Calculated Investment $1,299.00 10/02/19
South Walton High School Literacy Inspire Spanish Speakers to Read
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10/02/19
Van R Butler Elementary STEM Education Ipads Powering Individualized Instruction $822.11 10/02/19
Van R Butler Elementary STEM Education Techy Teaching $822.11 10/02/19
West Defuniak Elementary Teaching Quality Help us become a 1-to-1 classroom!
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10/02/19
Paxton School STEM Education Science in the Classroom - STEM lab for our student's future
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10/02/19
Van R Butler Elementary Teaching Quality Please Help Students Build Accountability
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10/02/19
Paxton School Teaching Quality Infinite Solutions with i Pads
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10/02/19
Van R Butler Elementary Literacy Technology and Flexible Seating Options to Support Literacy in a Diverse Classroom
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10/02/19
Dune Lakes Elementary School Teaching Quality Growing Buds
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10/02/19

Growing Readers Through STEM

West Defuniak Elementary

By spring of 2020, all Kindergarten and 2nd grade students will complete at least one stem activity related to folk tales and fairy tales. This activity will enhance their understanding of the problems that the characters in the stories, help students think creatively while developing their engineering skills. 

STEM Education - K-5

posted September 16, 2019

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Lead the Way with STEM

Van R Butler Elementary

In August of 2019, 0% of my students scored 70% or higher on a district science pre-assessment. My goal is for 50% of my students to score 70% or higher on the district end-of-year science assessment in May of 2020. This grant will help accomplish this goal by providing my class with three additional student laptop computers. These computers will be used during my science block to allow students extra remediation, practice, and enrichment by using science programs such as Study Island and Project Lead the Way (a STEM initiative).  

STEM Education - 5

posted September 17, 2019

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Providing Quality Science Lab Experiences for Students

Paxton School

21st century students must be prepared for careers in a variety of ever changing fields. Scientific fields often require professionals to work in a lab setting or to be able to problem solve through inquiry. Laboratory education in the classroom assists with both of these skills. In our science classroom, I would like to provide students with quality lab experiences that expose them to inquiry based problem solving and modern equipment they are likely to see in a true professional laboratory. With the grant funded materials requested, students will gain a firm understanding of basic laboratory procedures, enhance their understanding of science curriculum standards, and engage in critical thinking for inquiry based problem solving. 

STEM Education - 9-12

posted September 18, 2019

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Oh Boy, We'd Be One to One!

Van R Butler Elementary

As my grant title states, receiving these three additional iPads would allow my class to reach a one-to-one technology ratio, meaning that each student would have their own device. This has been my goal for my classroom since I began teaching. The Walton Education Foundation and their wonderful community partners have made this goal possible, as I have received two to three devices each year from grants such as this one.
I have the goal of reaching a one-to-one classroom because it provides so many opportunities and possibilities for my students. My main focus is always the learning gains of each and every one of my students. With that being said, I will use the one-to-one technology to meet the needs of all of my students, from the English-language learners to the students in the gifted program, and students in between. Having a device for each student allows us to utilize programs tailored to meet the needs of each student. It also allows for immediate feedback and teacher intervention.
As I said, student learning gains and student growth are my main priority; therefore, the goal that I will be measuring to prove the effectiveness of this grant is that my students will increase their Student Growth Percentile (SGP) Score by 40 points or greater. I will be using the STAR Math Enterprise Assessment, taken four times each year, as my indicator for this goal.  

Low Performing Students - 3

posted September 23, 2019

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STEM in the Gym! Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Spelling in Physical Education!

Van R Butler Elementary

#1- To improve our student's academic performance while
also improving their movement and fitness levels.
#2- Cross Curricular teaching- Physical Education teachers
can work with other teachers to help improve Star
Scores, FSA testing, Vocabulary testing, and all
Grade Level Curriculum testing.
#3- To improve student's knowledge of the benefits of 'good
nutrition'.  

STEM Education - K-5

posted September 24, 2019

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Ceramics by the Sea

Dune Lakes Elementary School

Initiate a 3-D ceramics portion to our current 2-D Visual Arts program. 

Teaching Quality - K-5

posted September 24, 2019

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Teacher iPad needed to improve laboratory quality

Freeport High School

The goal with this iPad is to use it in tandem with the technology that we have in our lab in order for students to see data from their labs in real time on the Cleartouch board in the classroom.  

STEM Education - 9-12

posted September 25, 2019

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Seeing is believing!

Emerald Coast Middle School

Advanced 2D Art and Career Planning students will choose a literary source from the media center (fiction, nonfiction, informative text) and create a 3D illustration of a story, scene or quotation using technology from the Lenovo 300E series touchscreen tablets and Windows 3D Paint program. This 3D artwork will be displayed in the media center as a visual aide to increase understanding and comprehension of literary content. It will be used to grab student's attention and engage them in a story through the use of visual imagery. The illustrations created by art students will not only encourage all media center visitors to develop a love of reading beyond words, but also build an understanding for how it can trigger our imaginations.  

Literacy - 6-8

posted September 25, 2019

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'Out with the Old, In with the New'

Paxton School

My school prides itself upon academic success, and we realize that the foundations of that success come from a strong foundation of reading skills. Unfortunately, what we are finding is that some of our students have gaps that have not yet been filled when it comes to their basic skills in reading.

Even though at our school, we have educators who put lengthy hours into planning rigorous lessons, and tiered instruction we often find that it just isn't enough. The state of Florida has a multi-tiered system of supports for all students that provides quality instruction as well as supports to match the needs of all students. All students receive high quality core instruction. This is identified as Tier 1 instruction. Students who need extra support in order to be successful in reading are identified as Tier 2 students. These students receive more targeted instruction based on specific needs daily.

Upon our research and talking with our district reading coach, we expressed our concerns and she introduced us to the Sonday System. The Sonday System is a systematic system that is broken into four parts, the first part is the Sonday System LPL for preschool through kindergarten students, the second is the Sonday System 1 which is for beginning readers, the third part is Sonday System 2 that is geared is for intermediate readers, and the Sonday System E which is for grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. Throughout the Sonday System each day students are exposed to the big five components of reading; which includes phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.

At our school, we were very fortunate to have one Sonday System 1 donated for us to use with our students who are significantly below grade level; however we see students who are quickly moving from a beginning reader to more of an intermediate reader. This is where the need for the Sonday System 2 comes into place. After the students have tested out of the Sonday System 1, we need a resource that will fill the needs of these students. Sonday System 2 is a wonderful follow-up. Sonday System 2 offers structured, systematic, multisensory reading intervention that provides Tier 2 students with the reading skills necessary to become successful in not only reading but all subjects that require reading. Consistency is a key to learning. The Sonday Systems each build upon each other that leads to greater student success.
 

Literacy - 5

posted September 25, 2019

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Grant for Generation Genius Subscription

Dune Lakes Elementary School

Generation Genius is a science teaching resource produced in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association. It brings Common Core Standards to life through fun, educational videos, paired with lesson plans,classroom follow up activities, quizzes, reading material,vocabulary, depth of knowledge questions and more. Our goal is to engage students in the fifth grade common core standards, along as some third and fourth to prepare them for the Science FSA in the spring. This is our first year with a 5th grade class at Dune Lakes, and therefore their state science assessment will be incorporated into our school grade. In 2019 ECMS scored 61% in science. Our goal is to increase our score to 63% in science. We also plan on giving three benchmark tests throughout the year (beginning, middle, end) and hope to see a 10% improvement with each one. 

STEM Education - 5

posted September 25, 2019

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The Gift of Graduation

Freeport High School

The objective of this grant is to bridge the connection between technology and literacy while building student success on state standardized tests. Khan Academy provides that connection and in multiple studies has proven to be successful for students struggling to make concordant or college level scores on the SAT and/or ACT. The desired outcome will be increasing student scores on standardized tests using literacy skills and development through technologically guided practice. College Board tracked the benefits of the new program and had empirical data to show its success. “New data show studying for the SAT® for 20 hours on free Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy is associated with an average score gain of 115 points, nearly double the average score gain compared to students who don’t use Khan Academy. Out of nearly 250,000 test takers studied, more than 16,000 gained 200 points or more between the PSAT/NMSQT® and SAT” (https://www.collegeboard.org/releases/2017/average-score-gains-on-redesigned-sat).

The founder of Khan Academy states this about the new SAT feature, “Our mission at Khan Academy is a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere, and college readiness is a crucial part of that,” said Khan Academy Founder and Executive Director Sal Khan. “We partnered with the College Board because we wanted to help students achieve their goals through hard work and real learning, regardless of how much money they have. We’ve been humbled by the great reception Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy has received so far, but this is just the beginning. We’re in this for the long haul and are invested in building the world’s best SAT resources — that just happen to be free” (https://www.collegeboard.org/releases/2016/One-Year-Since-Launch-SAT-Khan-Academy-Leveling-Playing-Field).

Another statistical example of Khan Academy’s success is the following study:
Results from the 2010 Los Altos School District pilot test, which used the California Standards Test (CST) to measure performance:
The CST's grading scale was... Advanced
Proficient
Basic
Below basic
Far below basic

• The number of 'advanced' & 'proficient' students in the Los Altos nearly doubled from 23% to 41%.
• The worst 6% of students, namely those in 'remedial math', drastically improved their performance from the previous year, leapfrogging from 'far below basic' to 'advanced'.
• Zero students performed in the lowest category 'far below basic'.
• 12% percent of students who had been 'basic' improved to 'proficient'.

Standards effected by the grant:
• LAFS.910.RI.4.10 By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 9–10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
• LA.1112.1.7.1 - use background knowledge of subject and related content areas, prereading strategies (e.g., previewing, discussing, generating questions), text features, and text structure to make and confirm complex predictions of content, purpose, and organization of a reading selection;
• LA.1112.1.7.2 - analyze the author’s purpose and/or perspective in a variety of text and understand how they affect meaning;
• LA.1112.1.7.3 - determine the main idea or essential message in grade-level or higher texts through inferring, paraphrasing, summarizing, and identifying relevant details and facts;
• LA.1112.1.7.4 - identify cause-and-effect relationships in text;
• LA.1112.1.7.5 - analyze a variety of text structures (e.g., comparison/contrast, cause/effect, chronological order, argument/support, lists) and text features (main headings with subheadings) and explain their impact on meaning in text;
• LA.1112.1.7.6 - analyze and evaluate similar themes or topics by different authors across a variety of fiction and nonfiction selections.

 

Low Performing Students - 11

posted September 25, 2019

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Y.A.? Hooray!

Dune Lakes Elementary School

I am in desperate need for some 5th grade level and above books. I have lots of great readers but not enough books at their high levels. I will purchase books that have positive reviews, are at a high reading level, and appropriate for 5th graders.  

Literacy - K-5

posted September 26, 2019

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Keeping the Magic in Middle School

Walton Middle School

My goal is to not only increase students’ STAR Enterprise Reading scores, but to ultimately foster a love and genuine interest of literature. My intensive reading courses provide additional reading support to students who scored in the lowest 25th percentile on the FSA ELA/Reading assessment. However, 57% of my students scored below the grade 6 benchmark (expected reading level for a current 6th grader in the beginning month of school) on the first STAR Enterprise Reading assessment (taken in August 2019). My goal is that by May 2020, the number of below grade 6 students will decrease by 15% for a total of 42% students. Research has proven the best method of improving reading comprehension is through authentic and frequent practice with a variety of texts. The texts selected are specific to not only student need, but student interest.  

Literacy - 6

posted September 26, 2019

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STEM Gardening at WMS

Walton Middle School

One of our many goals this year is to convert our fifteen outdoor towers into indoor towers. To do so, we must purchase tower dolly's and LED lights for each tower. The reason we are converting our outdoor towers to indoor towers is that we have lost over five hundred twenty plants more than once, due to electrical failure and heavy thunderstorms. Until we raise enough funding to purchase a greenhouse to store our towers, I believe they will be put to better use inside our classrooms at WMS. I sent a staff email asking which teacher would like a tower in their classroom and got an overwhelming response. I currently have four towers inside my classroom. We also have towers in our special needs classroom and several other classrooms throughout our school. 

STEM Education - 6-8

posted September 26, 2019

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Equity for ELL Students

Walton High School

Our ELL (English Language Learner) population has tripled in the past three years (8 students to now 27 students). We are anticipating even more growth next year. We are planning to provide two classes in a block next year called Developmental Language Arts Through ESOL (#1002381) and English Language Development (#1002380). We need curriculum and materials for these new courses. This is where this grant can benefit us greatly. We want to purchase specific curriculum and materials that will give our teacher(s) and bi-lingual aide(s) guidance in helping our ELLs attain English as their second language at a faster pace. These materials will be the backbone of the writing, speaking, listening, and reading that are daily activities in this class so these students can be more successful in all their classes and in their life. Our school goal is to close the gap between our ELLs and their English-speaking peers. With older students, the statistics show they need 5 – 7 years to acquire a new language. We are hoping to speed that process along with these two classes.  

Low Performing Students - 9-12

posted September 26, 2019

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Hands on Autistic Learning Activities

Freeport Elementary

To give autistic students a hands on approach to learning using learning centers and to help students achieve their social/emotional, academic, communication, and independent functioning IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) goals to 80% accuracy over the 2019-2020 school year.  

Low Performing Students - Pre K - 5

posted September 26, 2019

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Collaboration Skill Building K-5

Dune Lakes Elementary School

My students need opportunities to help them learn how to collaborate and work together in the classroom. We expect them to work together with their peers every day without ever teaching them how to do this. They are asked to think critically, collaborate and communicate with others, all while being creative. This is a very tall order for children who come from different cultures and have different belief systems.

By focusing on collaborative skill building, students will build a greater sense of community and reduce the conflict that occurs while working with a team. The levels of student engagement will increase. Introverted students will learn how they can contribute to the success of their team. The goal is to boost student productivity and success while working on a team.

By purchasing the supplies requested below, students will be able to work in teams of 3 or 4 to learn the necessary skills to collaborate and cooperate with peers, teachers, and others using technology to solve problems.

Currently 21.9% of our students fall below a passing level on our district math tests. By implementing these collaboration activities with students we will raise their problem solving abilities so we have less than 10% fall in this category.  

STEM Education - K-5

posted September 26, 2019

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Triumph Using Technology Tools

Paxton School

Our goal is to be awarded this grant to purchase new computers that allow students to work online without interruptions. High School and Middle students who are enrolled in CIW online courses such as Digital Information Technology, Business Internet Associate and other Business Software Computer Applications will be provided new technology tools to improve learning and their academic performance.  

Career/Technical Education - K-12

posted September 26, 2019

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Destination Innovation: Outdoor Learning Center for Students with Special Needs

Walton Intensity School of Excellence

My students are kind and loving individuals who have been identified with various different type of significant disabilities. They come to school every morning with big smiles and big hearts. Throughout the day students are presented with many different learning activities which are designed to help solidify the skills that were introduced throughout their elementary school. These students within my classroom are encouraged to complete all activities with as much independence as possible. But, gardening activities build character. A school garden club is the perfect learning community for students in a class with a wide variety of learning, mental, and emotional needs. By creating a list of tasks and job duties, students at different developmental levels can find their own niche in the garden. By creating timelines of planting and garden activities, my students learn planning skills. More advanced students can lead groups of students while learning leadership skills and all students can have a hand in producing a physical product that they can show their friends, families, and school staff throughout the school year. 

Low Performing Students - 9-12

posted September 27, 2019

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iPads for iKids and Individualized Instruction

Freeport Elementary

My goal is to increase learning and productivity in reading within a multi-grade level special education classroom. There are often multiple grade levels in my classroom at the same time, therefore I meet with a small group of students to give them the individualized instruction they need. This leave the remainder of the students in my classroom, to work independently. Independent work is very challenging for the students I work with. They either are unable to complete the work correctly or repeatedly interrupt the small group of students I am currently working with. This results in none of my students getting the individualized instruction they need.
The students that I work with are multiple grade levels behind their peers in both reading and math. The 4th grade reading students I work with are reading on a 1st to 2nd grade level according to the district STAR reading test. My students need repetition and reteaching of new concepts in order to grasp new skills. Through the use of iPads these new concepts will be reinforced with the assistance of the online programs the district provides for struggling students. These programs, such as iReady Compass Learning and Moby Max, also give teachers weekly updates on students performance and skill mastery. Therefore students can be monitored and held accountable for their online learning. The goal is that my students will be able to increase their STAR reading grade equivalent through the use of these online programs in order to close the academic gap between them and their grade level peers. An increase of half a grade level would be expected for the 3rd and 4th graders I serve. 

Low Performing Students - K-5

posted September 27, 2019

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Building Better Mathematicians

Van R Butler Elementary

As a result of implementing a very similar project a few years ago, the evidence concluded that student motivation for mathematics learning shifted tremendously. Student achievement increased beyond just our Hispanic ELL students. It is my goal to improve methodologies that I use to teach mathematics, specifically using various activities including technology to increase student engagement and excitement for learning. This project will help students improve in mathematics by immersing them in technology and activities that will require them to plan, communicate, coordinate, and solve problems.

Objective 1: To increase student achievement in mathematics, particularly in the English Language Learner (ELL) population, as evidenced by increased scores on the STAR Math Enterprise Assessment.

Desired outcome: At least 50% of the target population (students who are both low-achieving and ELL) will achieve an SGP of 45 or greater on the STAR Math Enterprise Assessment.


Objective 2: To increase student mastery in the Mathematics Florida Standards (MAFS), as evidenced through achievement on teacher-created, curriculum-based measures in the domains of Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Numbers and Operations in Base Ten, Measurement and Data, and Geometry. Primary benchmarks on this measure include MAFS standard MAFS.1.OA.1.1, in which students will demonstrate their ability to add and substrate within 20 using multiple strategies, standard MAFS.1.NBT.2.2, in which students will demonstrate ability to decompose numbers in multiple ways, standard MAFS.1.MD.3.4, in which students will demonstrate ability to organize and interpret data, and standard MAFS.1.G.1.1, in which students will demonstrate their ability to build and draw shapes with particular defining attributes.

Desired outcome: At least 50% of the target population will demonstrate mastery of the MAFS, demonstrated by a score of at least 80% on the aforementioned teacher-created, curriculum-based measure.
 

Low Performing Students - 1

posted September 27, 2019

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Sensory calming space

South Walton High School

I would like to create a safe and calming space for our special needs students. This space will create an environment that children can retreat to when they are overwhelmed or need a break. In my time working with children who have special needs such as autism, Down’s syndrome, brain disorders and behavioral issues these students often need a quiet and safe space to be able to calm down and take a break. My goal is to create that space with sensory lights to help them focus on instead of what is causing them stress. This space would also have pod chairs and chairs that conform to them to help with controlling their movements. 

Low Performing Students - 9-12

posted September 27, 2019

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Independent Literacy and Math Stations

Dune Lakes Elementary School

I hope to increase my students literacy and mathematics understanding by providing independent stations to practice skills in a fun, game-like format. 

Low Performing Students - 1

posted September 28, 2019

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iRead, iKnow, iConquered!

Van R Butler Elementary

My goal in writing this grant is to enable my students to take an active role in their education by providing opportunities for them to learn through interactive stories, games and puzzles in digital format. I can assign differentiated lessons and activities for my students based on their needs using data from standardized tests. My students are always eager to use devices and I plan to capitalize on that interest to challenge, remediate and build background knowledge using a variety of fiction and non-fiction sources in an effort to increase their educational success and love of learning.  

Literacy - 2

posted September 29, 2019

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Who Was? What Was? Where Is?

Emerald Coast Middle School

The goal: Ignite a passion for reading in my 6th grade students! (And help them reach their reading goals in the process!) 

Literacy - 6-8

posted September 29, 2019

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Extra! Extra! Read all about It!

Freeport Middle School

By the end of the current school year, my students will demonstrate independent reading ability and passage comprehension on literature passages as measured by Accelerated Reader software, weekly book reports and Star Reading assessments. 

Literacy - 6-8

posted September 29, 2019

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Teach Living Poets!

South Walton High School

Teach living poets is a movement that celebrates today’s poets, who are diving into the real world issues and celebrations. In literature, students often struggle with poetry. We believe that this springs from their inability to relate; most often, textbooks provide poetry that is centuries-old. By providing the work of living poets, our students will have access to relevant content that speaks to their real world- socially, politically, culturally, etc. Students need to be exposed to relevant material addressing issues in today’s world, and through diverse lenses. With poetry more so than any other genre of writing, students can understand what it is to be human and to be alive right now. Through the purchase of various poetry collections, students gain access to living poets- they’ll see literature as a movement- not old, dead language in a textbook. 

Literacy - 9-12

posted September 30, 2019

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Read and Explore the World

Dune Lakes Elementary School

The goal of this grant is to give students access to informational text (books and articles) related to science, math, and history that will also tie in hands on activities that go with what they are reading. Students participate in a designated time termed “Walk to Read”. During this time, students who are identified as needed reading interventions work in small groups on county identified research based programs. The rest of the students (about 3/4ths of the students) are left to read on their own. The items in this grant are intended to offer more literacy selections (books and informational text) along with kits that will give those students more structured and standards based assignment to do at that time. Students will rotate through the different texts and kits over the course of the year. Students will be able to plan, build and test designs related to different science and math concepts after reading the background information on that topic. It will offer real world connections to the concepts they are reading. It will tie in informational literacy with science and math.

 

Literacy - 5

posted September 30, 2019

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You Can Count on Me!

Freeport High School

Students will have access to technology that is necessary to be successful, but does not do too much for them.  

Teaching Quality - 9-12

posted September 30, 2019

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Little Bits for Learning

Mossy Head Elementary

Students will have increased knowledge of scientific concepts and show improved reading scores for non-fiction text on STAR assessments. Currently 57% of my students are proficient in reading, through use of this hands on technology which require them to read informational text I plan to reach my goal of 80% proficiency in reading by the end of the year.  

STEM Education - 3

posted September 30, 2019

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Building Our Boys to be Successful Young Men

Van R Butler Elementary

To teach skills necessary for success throughout their primary and secondary school years to the male students in our school. 

Increasing Graduation Rates - 2

posted September 30, 2019

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Learning Through Technology and STEM

Dune Lakes Elementary School

The goal of this grant is to create a STEM station within my classroom. My goal is for students to interact with technology and STEM games daily. Each day within the classroom, students will be exposed to hands on learning through the use of technology. I also hope to promote excitement for learning through technology and STEM games.  

STEM Education - K

posted September 30, 2019

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STEM Garden

Dune Lakes Elementary School

Multiple grade levels participate in cultivating, planting, tending, and harvesting a school garden to provide fresh foods for the entire school. 

STEM Education - Pre K - 5

posted October 1, 2019

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Laptops for Readers

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 71 students in my intensive reading classes and 23 in Critical Thinking. 45% of these students are English Language Learners (ELL) students, some of which speak little to no English. 12% 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. Working one-on-one or in small groups with students really can make a huge difference. All 71 of my intensive reading students are classified as part of the “lowest 30%”, according to their ELA FSA score from Spring 2019, 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, 2019

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PE in the Digital Age

Freeport High School

To secure digital tools to supplement physical and health education instruction for students. 

Teaching Quality - 9-12

posted October 1, 2019

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Power House of Learning

Bay School

I will use the light table, sensory table, and tools to enhance literacy, math, and writing skills with play-based activities.  

Literacy - Pre-K

posted October 1, 2019

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Hands- On Science Field Trip

Dune Lakes Elementary School

First grade students will be exposed to science in a fun, interactive, play-based environment that is age appropriate to stimulate their curiosity and understanding of the way things work and the world around them.  

STEM Education - 1

posted October 1, 2019

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Robotics Funding for First Lego League

Dune Lakes Elementary School

My goal is to fund my schools first ever Lego League program. 

STEM Education - K-5

posted October 1, 2019

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Science in the 'Outernet'

Walton Intensity School of Excellence

I would like to take my students on field trips to enhance students learning in science related to learning objectives in our science classes. The grant would be used to cover all cost of the field trips so that every student would have an opportunity to experience learning in a different way. One example of a field trip would be to Gulf World.  

STEM Education - K-12

posted October 1, 2019

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Oysters Suck... But that's a good thing...

South Walton High School

Did you know that an adult oyster can filter 50 gallons of seawater per day? With rising pollution levels in the Choctawhatchee Bay and a near extinct oyster population, raising and releasing baby oysters into the Choctawhatchee Bay can help a precious ecosystem.

The goal for this grant will be fund a cooperative project with the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance for the construction of oyster beds in the Choctawhatchee Bay and the release of young oysters on established oyster beds 

STEM Education - 9-12

posted October 1, 2019

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Boosting Biology with Technology

Walton High School

To allow Biology students to reach their potential through interactive tutorials and virtual dissections via the eMind Software Suite. 

STEM Education - 9-12

posted October 1, 2019

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ACCESS Literacy and technology

Walton High School

Provide four laptop computers for daily use in my ACCESS ELA class in order to increase levels differentiation, collaborative and cooperative learning, and multi-sensory content within my classroom, as opposed to searching for and securing computer lab time.  

Teaching Quality - 9-12

posted October 1, 2019

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Guide Literacy instruction through technlogy

Van R Butler Elementary

My goal is to have 1:1 technology for my students so I can help guide them in literacy education as well as math and science by using the technology as a learning tool.  

Literacy - 2

posted October 1, 2019

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Color It Creative!

South Walton High School

To enrich the 2D and Drawing students experiences with color theory using colored pencil techniques as they create personal artworks. 

Teaching Quality - 9

posted October 1, 2019

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Classroom STEM Lab Set-up

Bay School

Initial assessments identified 81.25% of my students as “Below Standard” in Mathematics, while an informal poll of the same students showed Science as their favorite subject to date. I feel my students would greatly benefit from the introduction of a STEM program (Science – Technology – Engineering – Mathematics) that could capitalize on their current interests while creating a well-rounded educational experience that could improve Math scores in the process.

My goal is to establish a classroom “STEM Center” to help prepare students to work towards answering a variety of life’s dilemmas through observing problems, asking questions, making sense of issues and persevering to solve them. Students will work individually and collaboratively designing, building and testing working machines and structures through a wide variety of hand-on activities.  

STEM Education - Pre-K

posted October 1, 2019

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Illuminating a Love for Learning

Bay School

To assist my students with activities and experiences that will bring about the joy of learning and support their development as they begin their educational career. Having a positive first exposure to school will help them be receptive to the many types of learning that lay ahead. 

STEM Education - Pre-K

posted October 1, 2019

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Blossom in Garden Greatness

Van R Butler Elementary

Creating a passion for learning for all the students. To instill confidence to the struggling students by having success in an outdoor environment with hands on learning. To appreciate where food comes from and experience the process from beginning to end, with the preparation of the soil, planting, caring for and celebrating the success of the harvest. 

STEM Education - 1

posted October 1, 2019

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Dynamic Dinosaurs through Dramatic Play and Teach and Talk with Stories while Learning

WISE Pre-K

My goal is hands on teaching with verbal and nonverbal students at a young age. I plan on using dramatic play items and props as a voice to learn, teach and explain to peers. 

Literacy - Pre-K

posted October 1, 2019

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Bringing Music To Life

Mossy Head Elementary

By Spring of 2020, students will participate in at least two musical productions that enhance their STEAM skills. 

Teaching Quality - Pre K - 5

posted October 1, 2019

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Soundtrack to Success

Freeport Elementary

Our classroom goal is to not only become better readers, but to also comprehend the books that we read. As of now, my at grade level and below grade level performing students struggle with independent reading. Individual CD players will help close that gap by exposing students to unfamiliar texts and help build their confidence for future assignments. With these CD players each and every student will confidently read and comprehend each text they are assigned without worrying if they can pronounce each word.  

Literacy - 3

posted October 1, 2019

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Stepping Up with STEM!

Paxton School

Our students are living in an ever changing world where they as individuals need to be able to connect multiple curriculum skills together to complete tasks, learn problem solving techniques, and use their own ingenuity and creativity to discover new ideas. As a fourth grade teacher, I strive to guide my students in reaching goals in cross curricular areas. However, students are not always as proficient in areas as we aspire them to be. According to the initial STAR Math Assessment given in August 2018, 26% of my students are below proficiency and not on grade level. Although fourth grade students do not take the Statewide Science Assessment, they are assessed in fifth grade. As a current fourth grade teacher and a previous fifth grade teacher, I understand the importance of vertical planning in the area of science to help increase students scores on the Statewide Science Assessment. I strongly feel that there can be a decrease in percentage of students that are not on grade level on the STAR Math Assessment and an increase in scores on the fifth grade Statewide Science Assessment by providing opportunities for STEM and hands on activities that will effectively and actively engage students. To help provide a hands-on, interactive, and engaging classroom where students can explore the application of skills, I feel that students need access to STEM and hands on science kits to help them succeed in these areas.
According to an article on nea.org, The National Education Association encourages the use of STEM activities in the classroom so that students can compete with other students and eventually employees in a workforce that is rapidly changing.They believe that STEM education is essential to provide this opportunity to our students.

Florida fourth grade math standard-MAFS.4.NF.2.4 requires that students should solve word problems involving multiplication of a fraction by a whole number by using visual fraction models and equations to represent and use and application of skills and concepts to do so. Also, the Math Standard- MAFS.4.MD.1.3 states that students should apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems. Florida fourth grade science standard- SC.4.N.1.1 requires that students raise questions about the natural world, and use appropriate reference materials that support understanding to obtain information, and conduct both individual and team investigations through free exploration and systematic investigations, and generate appropriate explanations based on those explorations. With these requirements for fourth grade students, the use of STEM activities could help benefit our students.

 

STEM Education - 4

posted October 2, 2019

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Playing to Learn Language

Dune Lakes Elementary School

In a society pressured by achievement, we often see a forced process of students learning the art of play instead of the innate process of students playing to learn. My goal is to maximize the limited time I have with over 750 students. I will do this by providing a high-quality experience that develops the cognitive, physical, and emotional facets of a child through purposeful movement on classroom instruments.  

Low Performing Students - K-5

posted October 2, 2019

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Knowledge is Power

Freeport High School

My goal for my ESE students’ is to increase their learning through updated textbooks, workbooks, and learning materials. Most of my resources are outdated at best and nonexistent in most cases. My most modern text goes back to 2004 and my average text is 1996. Well I don’t know about you but life has changed a lot since 1996 and 2004! For most subjects, my students lack the foundational textbook that could then easily be supplemented for their learning level. With more and more websites going to pay subscriptions it is hard to find decent up to date material to teach with. This grant would allow me to have access to updated material to increase engagement and learning. 

Low Performing Students - 9-12

posted October 2, 2019

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Epic Reading

Paxton School

As educators, we are always searching for ways to promote the love of reading with students. Our students currently have 20 minutes each day of DEAR time (Drop Everything and Read) in our classroom. This is a sustained silent reading time the students absolutely love. We have books from our library to read, but we also have access to a computer program known as epic. Epic gives students access to 35,000 eBooks. These books can be used as comprehension monitoring through Accelerated Reading assessments which students are rewarded for according to the number of points they earn each nine weeks by ourselves and our school. Epic also has some books that can be read aloud to children. According to www.readaloud.org , reading aloud to a child promotes language skills as well as literacy skills. Only 48% of young children in our country are read aloud to each day. Our goal is to purchase iPads to create the opportunity for more students to have access to epic during our daily DEAR time. These iPads can give 5-6 students daily time to read and be read to during sustained silent reading time.  

Literacy - 2

posted October 2, 2019

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Technology for Engaging and Rigorous Science Inquiry

Van R Butler Elementary

To increase grade level Science proficiency from a class average of 46% to 80% by the end of the 2019-2020 school year based on the 5th Grade Science Benchmark Assessment.

Science is a subject that requires students to be highly engaged and participate in guided and independent inquiry investigations to develop a true understanding. With the abundance of information and variety of resources that are available digitally, incorporating technology into science inquiry, allows students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts.  

Teaching Quality - 5

posted October 2, 2019

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Valuable Tool for Learning Disabilities

Van R Butler Elementary

Our goal is to improve cognitive functioning, higher-level thinking, and dyslexia reading for our special learners to succeed. Our special learners will be able to read easier, stay focused, find the answers and improve comprehension. I could go on forever with statics and studies the impact color brings to the learning environment and the visual impact it makes on the brain. In the most basic summary, color text help reduces the contrast between the text and the background, improves the readability of the text, which reduces the eye strain and that, in turn, improves concentration and reading comprehension. Once their brains are trained in these areas, they should be able to ease into the upper grades of mostly black/white context. Color will also be a huge benefit for visuals for our self contained kiddos who will only respond to what is visually appealing and what relates to life-like images. Color reaches to synapses in the brain to build bridges, enhancing memory. Bold colors are easily remembered while lighter colors are easier to read and capture attention. 

Low Performing Students - K-5

posted October 2, 2019

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Calculated Investment

South Walton High School

My goal is to make my AP Statistics and Probability and Statistics Honors available to all
students regardless of financial ability by having TI-84 graphing calculators available in my
classroom. Each year we have students that would like to take these courses, but cannot afford
to buy a graphing calculator that is required for those classes. Removing the financial burden for
students will allow them to be able to take the advanced math courses they need so they are
prepared to solve the types of math problems they are going to face in life after high school.
 

Teaching Quality - 9-12

posted October 2, 2019

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Inspire Spanish Speakers to Read

South Walton High School

Seventeen years ago I arrived from Venezuela to a 7th grade classroom in Delaware. I spoke no English. In ELA a teacher handed me 'The Giver' (El Dador) in Spanish allowing me to keep up with my English speaking classmates and inspiring me to read for the rest of my life. Spanish speakers in the U.S. are forever disconnected from their language. They may speak at home, but rarely will they continue to nourish their vocabulary through reading, writing and listening to proper Spanish. Our goal is to allow our Spanish speaking students to read in their native language the similar literature their fellow students are reading in ELA, at the same time as we inspire them to read at home. By creating a small library filled with English literature in Spanish and Spanish literature we will open a door to discovery, skill building, and imagination for our school's Hispanic community.  

Literacy - 9-12

posted October 2, 2019

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Ipads Powering Individualized Instruction

Van R Butler Elementary

To provide students with the opportunity to utilize technology as an effort to support mastery of second grade standards within the classroom setting. 

STEM Education - 2

posted October 2, 2019

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Techy Teaching

Van R Butler Elementary

To provide students with the opportunity to utilize technology as an effort to support mastery of second grade standards within the classroom setting.  

STEM Education - 2

posted October 2, 2019

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Help us become a 1-to-1 classroom!

West Defuniak Elementary

My goal is to have enough classroom computers for each student to have their own to use in class. This will help with being able to access websites that will help improve their individual reading and math needs.  

Teaching Quality - 1

posted October 2, 2019

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Science in the Classroom - STEM lab for our student's future

Paxton School

As our students progress from year to year they are required to gain knowledge and master multiple science standards. Florida standards slowly progress by grade levels to ensure that students leave one grade level with the knowledge to succeed in the next grade level. Unfortunately, not every student gains the knowledge that they need to be successful in their current grade. Science can be a difficult subject for elementary students to understand. In subjects like math and reading, we provide many different tools to develop skills. However, in science, if tools are not easily accessible in the classroom, students may have a hard time understanding the information. Our students have proven to be better equipped with learning when they are given objects to manipulate while learning. As a fourth-grade teacher, I feel that with the items to create our own STEM lab in the classroom, we will increase science knowledge within the classroom. This will create an engaging learning atmosphere where students are encouraged to explore while learning.

Big Idea 1: The Practice of Science
Florida Science Standard SC.4.N.1.2 states that students must “Compare the observations made by different groups using multiple tools and seek reasons to explain the differences across groups.” Students could complete the lab in groups and compare findings. The same goes with Big Idea 8: Properties of Matter, SC.4.P.8.4 states that students must “investigate and describe that magnets can attract magnetic materials and attract and repel other magnets. With the lab material, students will have ample opportunities to practice, explore, observe, and question many scientific activities.
 

STEM Education - 4

posted October 2, 2019

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Please Help Students Build Accountability

Van R Butler Elementary

I will track academic growth and to show efficacy in the digital programs. Students will show an increase of 20% from pre program to post program.

I will utilize flexible seating and sensory tools to show an increase in on-task behavior.  

Teaching Quality - 5

posted October 2, 2019

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Infinite Solutions with i Pads

Paxton School

As students go from class to class each day, they are expected to write math problems and essays as ways to express their knowledge of subject matter. Students are living in a world filled with technology and are comfortable using technology in various ways. I would love to bring the use of technology into the classroom as a fun way to express knowledge in Algebra I and Algebra II to students who may struggle with the concepts taught in these classes and as a way to reinforce concepts for a deeper level of understanding. MAFS.912.a-REI.3.7 states that students will be able to solve a simple system consisting of a linear equation and a quadratic equation in two variables algebraically and graphically. All students take the Algebra EOC online and would benefit from practice of such standards taught through the use of technology. I would love for my students to be able to gain familiarity with the online graphing platform through websites, to understand the technological tools needed to be successful in the 21st century as well as on statewide assessments, and to assess success and deficits in skills taught through various online formative and summative assessments. The use of i Pads in the classroom would allow these advancements to take place.  

Teaching Quality - 9-12

posted October 2, 2019

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Technology and Flexible Seating Options to Support Literacy in a Diverse Classroom

Van R Butler Elementary

Let’s face it, literacy is the basis on which learning is built, in school and in life. It provides a way to climb out of poverty, get a good job, and be a productive citizen. Helping the struggling readers in our schools to catch up is one of the most fundamental challenges educators face. How do we help these students? I would argue that technology gives us the best chance. As an educator, it is important to get creative and take advantage of the many useful tech tools out there to support literacy in a diverse classroom (English language learners (ELLs) make up one-thirds of my students). I would like to enhance student engagement in literacy with additional technology and resources for small group instruction.

By the end of the year I would like to see a 25% increase in mastery in my student’s ability to, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
 

Literacy - 5

posted October 2, 2019

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Growing Buds

Dune Lakes Elementary School

Our goal is to enhance our students understanding of not only a plant's life cycle but toalso increase their awareness in out little community and how they can be a bigger part of it. 

Teaching Quality - 2

posted October 2, 2019

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