Teachers are first recipients of DPS Foundation grants

Dayton Board of Education recognizes six teachers for innovation

Six Dayton Public Schools teachers are recipients of the first round of grants awarded by the newly formed Dayton Public Schools Foundation for creating innovative learning experiences for their students. The teachers, who received surprise visits and check presentations in their classrooms last week, will be recognized at the Nov. 17 Dayton Board of Education Meeting, beginning at 5 p.m.

“We are pleased to welcome the Dayton Public Schools Foundation as a funding partner to help expand teaching and learning opportunities for our staff and students,” DPS Superintendent Lori Ward said. “This new foundation will stand in the gap to provide student opportunities our district is not able to offer without support.”

The 2015 recipients are as follows:

1. Michele Dinsmore, Amy Spense – Belmont High School, grades 9-12 $447.08

Butterfly Garden – Students from general and special education classes will build an outdoor learning space with a garden, and visual displays to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly and the impact of pollination on food and habitat production.

2. Julie Hagaman – Louise Troy School, grades K-2 $444.95

Reading Skills & Communication Going Hand in Hand – Students from a class with developmental disabilities will use a phoneme sequencing program to become fluent readers and competent spellers, ultimately increasing their speech and communication skills.

3. Susan Newman – Dayton Boys Prep Academy, K-5 $500.00

Hatching Chickens -Students will research and watch the life cycles of chicks raised in incubators, take responsibility for them, and compare their growth with that of a human.

4. Marcia Vannet – Belmont High School, grades 9-12 $500.00

Bring the Heat – Students of the physical science and chemistry classes will use hot plates to carry out hands-on science experiments and labs.

5. Veda Brown-Chambers – Meadowdale PreK-8 School $259.00

Teaching to Standards for Students with Developmental Disabilities – Students with various developmental disabilities at multiple grade levels will use an inquiry-based science program with evidence-based practices to solve problems that occur in their world so they can pass alternative

6. Sarah Schumacher – Louise Troy School, grade 1 $297.00

Weekly Readers – Students, using the Weekly Reader magazine each week, will choose project topics relating to social studies and science. They will learn about nonfiction reading, sharing what they learned with family and friends.


The teachers will use their funds in the second semester of the school year. The Dayton Public School Foundation is the funding partner for Dayton Public Schools to support its mission and vision. It exists to provide supplemental resources to fund innovative programs, filling gaps while sustaining and expanding successful programs often vulnerable to budget constraints.

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