DPSF Announces its Fourth Round of Teacher Grantees

We are so proud to give away $3535 in teacher grants for school year 2018-9! These teachers have organized a creative project to implement for their classrooms next year and we are happy to support them!  We feel these projects will strongly impact the academic performance of our DPS students!  This impact, in addition to the $14,000 we just gave to the high school and middle school music departments for instruments, shows how much our community and staff donors care about our future citizens.  Thanks to all who are helping to give our students a quality education!

The Dayton Public Schools Foundation Teacher Grant recipients for School Year 2018-9 are as follows:

Amy Andrews — WOW PreK-6, gifted of grades 1-6

Problem Solving and Cooperative Learning through STEM Activities: Gifted students will work in small cooperative groups using engineering concepts to complete STEM activities from kits. Example: They will construct a house that can’t be blown down by the big bad wolf.

Jennifer Cain — Edison PreK-6, grade 5

MakerSpace STEM Stations: Students will use critical thinking to solve STEM-related challenges they encounter in a MakerSpace Kit.

Kim Dubbs — E. J. Brown Middle, grades 7 & 8 Science

The Balancing Act: Students will use digital balances to calculate mass and density when conducting scientific investigations. Realizing we had extra funds to fulfill her dream of 6 digital balances for small group work, we doubled her request so she could have what was necessary for student success.

Lia Florentino — Kemp PreK-6, ECE

Early Childwood Technology Integration: Preschool students will use tablets to repeatedly practice and extend lessons introduced by their teacher in small groups. Apps for writing their names, letters, and numbers will be included.

Christine Irby — Westwood PreK-6, K-3 Special Abilities

WE ARE STEAM-ABLE !: Students will learning STEAM concepts as they create colorful robotic mazes and obstacle courses in preparation for the Westwood Science Fair.

Tonda Learner — Cleveland PreK–6, ECE

Conscious Discipline for Preschool Families: a home-school connection: After a parent session about conscious discipline skills, students will demonstrate those skills in a play from the “Shubert” books. Families will be given 4 “Shubert” books and a puppet to read and re-enact at home.

Nancy McSherry — Kemp PreK-6, ESL Students

Language Ambassadors: New ESL students paired with “buddies” during first days at school will serve as “greeters” during special school functions. The buddies will orient their new partners and answer questions after receiving training. Pairs will have special shirts, a dinner, and tickets to social events.

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