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Everyday teachers and administrators go beyond the curriculum and look for ways to enhance the learning environment for their students. By conducting creative, exciting projects and programs in and out of the classroom, they keep students motivated and engaged. Our foundation knows teachers are the real super heroes! Our foundation believes teachers and students are worth the investment of resources to support creating amazing learning experiences that have impact!

 

To see what needs your support, simply click on a grant request below to view the details. You can also do a detailed search and look for a project by a specific school, subject area, or teacher.

 

If you would like to make a general donation click here. If you would like more information about funding for this program, please contact Laura Grucza at lgrucza@educationfoundation.com or 813.574.0274.

 

 

 

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School Subject Project Amount Date Deadline
Alonso Senior High English Language Arts Journalists Matter $499.99 8/09/19
Barrington Middle School Science Reading in Science-Say What Now?! $1,997.00 8/20/19
Broward Elementary Other No Child Left Behind: We Need Technology and Flexible Seating Too! $1,973.99 8/08/19
Broward Elementary Literacy Today's Readers =Tomorrow's Leaders $1,860.00 8/08/19
Broward Elementary Science Technology and Teaching Resources for 21st Century Learners $1,959.19 8/13/19
Broward Elementary Mathematics Unlocking the Potential $1,463.72 8/15/19
Bryan Elementary-Plant City Science Preschool Garden $190.68 8/16/19
Cleveland Elementary Music Folk Music Expedition $2,000.00 8/19/19
Doby Elementary Exceptional Child Ed Engaging Gifted Learners with Science Text $164.78 8/16/19 9/30/19
Dunbar Elementary Magnet Science "WeDo" Love Lego Robotics! $1,711.00 8/08/19
Dunbar Elementary Magnet Literacy Big Books for Shared Reading $486.98 8/13/19
FishHawk Creek Elementary Music Falcons are drumming off some STEAM! $1,958.80 8/09/19
Foster Elementary Character Development Help us create a memory of a lifetime! $1,920.00 8/20/19
Greco Middle School English Language Arts Increasing Engagement through Flexible Seating $2,000.00 8/09/19
Hunter's Green Elementary Science Science Centers Steminists $1,827.62 8/16/19 3/03/20
Hunter's Green Elementary Character Development "Kiln"-ing It! $1,588.97 8/16/19 3/16/20
Ippolito Elementary Science WeDo Too! $1,980.00 8/09/19
Jackson Elementary Music Music for All!: Essential Percussion Upgrade $247.78 8/09/19
MacFarlane Park Elementary English Language Arts Future Problem Solvers State Competition $410.00 8/16/19
Palm River Elementary English Language Arts Ready, Set, THROW! Students Engaging in Meaningful Conversation! $237.61 8/10/19
Sickles Senior High Science Aquaponics $350.95 8/21/19
Strawberry Crest High School English Language Arts Digital Literacy and Writing $1,992.00 8/19/19
Walker Middle Magnet School Art Ceramic Draped Slab mask $587.00 8/17/19
Washington B.T. Elementary Science Blankenship's Bunch is Wild about Robots! $624.00 8/09/19

Journalists Matter

Alonso Senior High

The yearbook program at Alonso High School has gone through 3 advisers over the course of four years. Because of this, the program and the kids have been impacted poorly. We would like some money in order to purchase updated cameras for the program.

Here are the State of Florida journalism/yearbook curriculum standards that match our grant application:

VA.912.F.3.7 Create a body of collaborative work to show artistic cohesiveness, team-building, respectful compromise, and time-management skills.
VA.912.F.3.12 Use digital equipment and peripheral devices to record, create, present, and/or share accurate visual images with others.
 

English Language Arts - 9-12

posted August 9, 2019

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Reading in Science-Say What Now?!

Barrington Middle School

The goal of our project is to get technology into the hands of our Science learners so that they can deepen their literacy within Science class by researching specific content/vocabulary, finding reliable resources, and reading real world scientific articles that connect their scientific learning! 

Science - 6

posted August 20, 2019

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No Child Left Behind: We Need Technology and Flexible Seating Too!

Broward Elementary

My 3rd grade scholars are resilient, curious and they defy ALL odds! They all come from low-income families, however I believe that their circumstance should not determine their future. They have the drive to learn and they thrive off of collaboration and engaging activities. My students have taught me the true definition of resiliency. No matter what they experience they still PUSH THROUGH! Even when they lack the basic necessities of life they still come to school eager to learn.

Last year, I incorporated technology in my classroom by using my personal ipad and personal laptop. I just wanted my students to have a glimpse of what technology could offer. We used various websites like gimkit, kahoot, google classroom, etc. With your help, I would love to enhance the use of technology by having a chromebook for each student. This will expand our horizons and allow us to explore and learn at a different level!

I would also like to incorporate flexible seating in our classroom. This allows students to feel comfortable while they're learning.  

Other - K-5

posted August 8, 2019

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Today's Readers =Tomorrow's Leaders

Broward Elementary

My goal is to increase the reading engagement in my classroom using different reading strategies, techniques and platforms. I will be able to accomplish this goal by adding culturally relevant books to my classroom library, providing reliable technology and offering flexible seating.

State of Florida Curriculum Standards:
LAFS.3.RL.4.10 which states: By the end of the year, students will read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.  

Literacy - 3

posted August 8, 2019

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Technology and Teaching Resources for 21st Century Learners

Broward Elementary

The goal of this project is to provide students with hands-on technology tools that can be utilized in everyday learning, through all content areas and in addition computer sciences. 

Science - Pre K - 5

posted August 13, 2019

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Unlocking the Potential

Broward Elementary

This is my 6th year teaching and my 2nd year with a focus on Math/Science as a departmentalized teacher. I teach at a Title 1/Renaissance school where the majority of our students live in low income housing. However we at Broward believe that, their current situation is not the precursor to their future. My goal this year is to enhance the technology and provide an extension of learning through alternative applications and projects using an I-pad. I also want to add several flexible seating pieces to my room to provide a more relaxed atmosphere for learning. 

Mathematics - K-5

posted August 15, 2019

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Preschool Garden

Bryan Elementary-Plant City

My goal is to create a Classroom Garden outside for the children to observe and understand how plants grow and change. We will chart and document the growth of the flowers as well as discuss what a plant needs to grow.  

Science - Pre-K

posted August 16, 2019

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Folk Music Expedition

Cleveland Elementary

To expose my students to music of different cultures
To be a contributing member in a group of peers
To understand songs, instruments and dances of different cultures 

Music - K-5

posted August 19, 2019

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Only $2000 Needed

 
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Engaging Gifted Learners with Science Text

Doby Elementary

The goal of this project is to attain a class set of copies of Scholastic's SuperScience Magazines for use with gifted students pulled in resource groups.  

Exceptional Child Ed - K-5

posted August 16, 2019 - deadline September 30, 2019

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Only $164.78 Needed

 
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'WeDo' Love Lego Robotics!

Dunbar Elementary Magnet

My goal for this grant is to provide my students with STEM activities such as WeDO 2.0 LEGO robotics, and IPAD Technology to enhance and enrich our gifted science, math, and technology curriculum. 

Science - K-5

posted August 8, 2019

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Big Books for Shared Reading

Dunbar Elementary Magnet

To raise funds to purchase big books to use during the shared reading and independent reading portions of our school day. Big books allow the children to practice reading strategies such as looking at the picture or using the beginning sounds of words in the context of a real book. They are also helpful for teaching students to read with one-to-one correspondence between spoken and written word. Finally, many students enjoy listening to and reading big books. They can be a motivating factor for students to engage in shared and independent reading.  

Literacy - K

posted August 13, 2019

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Falcons are drumming off some STEAM!

FishHawk Creek Elementary

The project goal is to create more access and opportunity to all students in my extremely large school. Giving them more opportunities to perform in ensembles, to have 1-on-1 instrument opportunities in class, and to be able to use these instruments to do lessons that connect to other subjects other than music like mathematics and science.  

Music - K-5

posted August 9, 2019

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Help us create a memory of a lifetime!

Foster Elementary

We would like to provide our students an opportunity to attend an end of the year school field trip to Busch Gardens if they show exceptional character, positive behavior, and responsibility during this school year. Students must S.O.A.R with PRIDE demonstrating our school-wide characteristics of positivity, respect, innovation, determination and excellence. 

Character Development - 5

posted August 20, 2019

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Only $1920 Needed

 
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Increasing Engagement through Flexible Seating

Greco Middle School

My goal is to earn a grant necessary to fund the cost of implementing flexible seating for my entire class which serves over 120 students on a daily basis. I've spent money from my own meager pocket to implement all of the flexible seating I currently have and, though I wish I could fund the rest of the project, it simply isn't feasible given my salary as a new teacher. Last year, I was lucky enough to also befriend a teacher who let me move a number of high-top desks from his old room to mine when he left at the end of the year however, without begging, pleading, or spending more money than I already have on my classroom there's no way for me to truly transform the rest of my student's work spaces into interactive learning centers. Due to the fact that I teach in a Title I school that serves almost nine hundred students this year, 80% of whom are living in poverty based on their socio-economic status, it seems only fitting that their comfort and academic advancement be the main catalyst behind my push towards flexible seating.  

English Language Arts - 6-8

posted August 9, 2019

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Science Centers Steminists

Hunter's Green Elementary

To provide an interactive science and research environment to engage students in learning.The attached items and costs will provide four science centers which will be utilized by six fourth grade classrooms for the next four years. They will provide missing items needed to reinforce class curriculum in an interactive way.

I incorporate multiple standards into my teaching activities whenever possible therefore the following learning exercise incorporates the following standards: SC.35.CS-CS.1.2 [Describe how models and simulations can be used to solve real-world issues in science and engineering] and SC.5.N.2.1 [Recognize and explain that science is grounded in empirical observations that are testable; explanation must always be linked with evidence.].

Most importantly for the purposes of this grant and in keeping with Superintendent Eakins mandate to “continue working toward the goal of reaching a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020”1. My students in fifth grade are excited to come to reading science for an experience of research and hands on options to study for the standards SC.35.CS-CS.1.2 and SC.5.N.2.1; Determine the background of a topic; recount the key details then explain and integrate through experimentation.

As a fifth grade teacher reading, writing and research are the focus of my teaching plan. I have integrated a unique offering to excite students about reading and research. I found one solution to excite students not only about reading and researching a topic but to let them see it. They enjoy doing research on a topic, especially if we bring it to life with experimentation, pulling out the key details in the reading and turning it into a report and then allow them to experience the topic. That is why we now change the classroom into science centers where the students have the option to investigate a multitude of topics at a time. Students are assigned a station to start at and then move throughout the stations and topics. A book of prompt questions at each station for their investigation (research project) will be comb bound. In addition each student will have a notebook to answer the prompts questions and record any questions they may have while at the station. The center experience allows the students to go between five tables and for 20 minutes explore different science topics which then become the basis of a research topic. This grant will allow us to not only increase our selection of books for the research but also provide interactive tools, a laminator for our research books, and a printer to publish the prompt books and finished research reports.

I would like to provide my students with the love of research and science by having them participate in an interactive learning activity.
 

Science - 4

posted August 16, 2019 - deadline March 3, 2020

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'Kiln'-ing It!

Hunter's Green Elementary

I incorporate multiple standards into my teaching activities whenever possible therefore the following learning exercise incorporates the following standards:1) MAFS.4.OA.3.5 Generate a number or shape pattern that follows a given rule. Identify apparent features of the pattern that were not explicit in the rule itself. 2) MAFS.4.OA.3.5 Generate a number or shape pattern that follows a given rule. Identify apparent features of the pattern that were not explicit in the rule itself


It is essential in today’s world that our students are prepared with a solid foundation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). While I use simple pottery as a distinct genre of art in practice: including instruction in hand-building techniques such as pinching/coiling/slab building and other construction techniques, I use pottery to engage students. Student engagement while they are learning is the core of teaching; all other components contribute to it. Projects are designed with the students to develop critical, technical and manual skills. Class discussions, lectures and class projects focus on developing verbal and observational skills. Therefore, pottery in my class becomes more than an art project but a way to open students minds to critical thinking in a fun, interactive fashion. They are not just learning a task they are understanding what they are doing. They creatively, problem-solve and take on a more self-guided approach.

 

Character Development - 4

posted August 16, 2019 - deadline March 16, 2020

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WeDo Too!

Ippolito Elementary

Provide STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) Design Challenges that incorporate robotics design and programming to our 4th-grade students. 

Science - 4

posted August 9, 2019

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Music for All!: Essential Percussion Upgrade

Jackson Elementary

My project's goal is to replace all of the essential percussion instruments in my school's inventory so that students will be able to learn and grow through musical ways! 

Music - K-5

posted August 9, 2019

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Future Problem Solvers State Competition

MacFarlane Park Elementary

Our goal is for students to strengthen their critical and creative thinking skills while researching a globally, significant issue and developing creative solutions.

LAFS.5.RI.1.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

LAFS.5.W.1.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
a. Introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
b. Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
c. Link ideas within and across categories of information using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., in contrast, especially).
d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
e. Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.

 

English Language Arts - 5

posted August 16, 2019

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Ready, Set, THROW! Students Engaging in Meaningful Conversation!

Palm River Elementary

Give my students the ability to speak and be heard through the use of a throw-able microphone to enhance classroom discussion. 

English Language Arts - 4

posted August 10, 2019

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Aquaponics

Sickles Senior High

Our goal is for students to learn about the exchange of gases/nutrients/minerals between plants and animals. In our Engergetics Unit we focus on photosynthesis and cellular respiration. In our Ecology Unit we focus on how all organism work together in order to have a successful ecosystem. Having the Aquaponics set up run by students in our classroom will allow students to have a sense of responsibility and accountability as well as learning first hand on how every organism is connected in life and how we need each other (all species of organisms) to survive. 

Science - 9-12

posted August 21, 2019

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Digital Literacy and Writing

Strawberry Crest High School

The English Department and the 2300 students at Strawberry Crest need your help! Our department had 30 laptops, dedicated to be used in the English and Reading classrooms. Those laptops are 11 years old and are no longer able to run due to the age and slow operating speed.

While our teachers are masters at teaching, students need technology to learn digital literacy skills, researching skills, basic computer skills, and to become aware of the world beyond the classroom.

We are trying to fund 12 of the 30 needed laptops through this grant.

 

English Language Arts - 9-12

posted August 19, 2019

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Ceramic Draped Slab mask

Walker Middle Magnet School

Compare and contrast various forms of artistic expression associated with specific groups of people, geographic regions, or time periods.

Investigate processes and beliefs used by various cultures and institutions, past and present, to create works of art -- Describe how artists use materials, tools, images, and ideas to create works of art.

Speculate about a work of art, i.e. who made it; what materials, techniques and skills were used; its intended purpose/audience; and how it was used -- Discover how an object is similar in function but different in structure due to who made it, materials used, and how and when it was made -- Identify the cultural clues found within arts forms and events -- Compare and discuss works of art based on similar sources of inspiration. 

Art - 6-8

posted August 17, 2019

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Blankenship's Bunch is Wild about Robots!

Washington B.T. Elementary

The goal of my project is to introduce my students to the wonderful world of robots!

State of Florida Curriculum Standards
Science:
SC.3.N.1.3 Keep records as appropriate, such as pictorial, written, or simple charts and graphs, of investigations conducted. Cognitive Complexity: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts

SC.3.N.1.4 Recognize the importance of communication among scientists. Cognitive Complexity: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts

SC.3.N.1.5 Recognize that scientists question, discuss, and check each other's evidence and explanations.

Reading:
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers. Cognitive Complexity: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts

LAFS.3.RL.1.2 Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key context in the text. Cognitive Complexity: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts

LAFS.3.RL.1.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events. Cognitive Complexity: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts

Cluster 2: Craft and Structure
STANDARD CODE STANDARD
LAFS.3.RL.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language. Cognitive Complexity: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts

LAFS.3.RL.2.5 Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections. Cognitive Complexity: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts

LAFS.3.RL.2.6 Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters. Cognitive Complexity: Level 3: Strategic Thinking & Complex Reasoning 

Science - 3

posted August 9, 2019

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