Curricular Area: Across Subjects Grant Focus: Professional Development Schools: Whitson Elementary, W&P Stevenson Intermediate, Henkle Middle School, Columbia High School Items Purchased: Teacher training for Project Based Learning
This grant sends three teams of five teachers consisting of staff members from each of the four schools to a foundational workshop for Project Based Learning.
Curricular Area: Across Subjects Grant Focus: Technology Schools: Whitson Elementary Items Purchased: iPads; eSpark Software and Services
The aim of this grant was to expand the successful eSpark individualized learning program that the second grade had been piloting for the prior two years, to include every 1st, 2nd and 3rd grader at Whitson Elementary.
Curricular Area: English Language Arts Grant Focus: Technology Schools: Whitson Elementary Items Purchased: 12 Kindle Paperwhites, 12 Kindle Fires, eBook Library
This grant supported a pilot into using eReaders to "encourage voracious consumption of high-quality books" by Whitson students, as well as supporting struggling readers and English language learners with "immersive reading" experiences.