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2022-2023 Classroom Grants
Kelso's Choices in Action
This grant under Counseling Curriculum was awarded to Julie Lindberg and will benefit 500 students at Green Elementary.
Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Green Elementary students have the opportunity to see Kelso's Choices for Conflict Resolution strategies in Action through the Digital Access to video lessons. This goes with our Kelso's Choice Curriculum to teach students about when to go to adults for help with big/major problems, and how they can resolve smaller problems in a peaceful way using the choice wheel ex. Wait and Cool Off, Apologize, Walk away, Share and Take turns, Tell them to Stop, Make a Deal, and Talk it Out. These strategies are great to use at school, at home, and will be helpful in their future careers in communicating effectively with others.
Forbrain - Using Auditory Feedback Loop to Improve Speech and Reading in Students with Dyslexia
This grant under English Language Arts (Elementary) & Dyslexia Curriculum was awarded to Ella Jones, Meredith Anderson, Sherry McPherson and will benefit 24 students at Green Elementary.
Forbrain maximizes abilities in speech, attention, and memory with a sensory workout aiding students who struggle with language disorders, dyslexia, ADHD, and auditory processing disorder.
Creating Passionate Independent Readers
This grant under English Language Arts (Elementary) & Dyslexia Curriculum was awarded to Kathy Keim and will benefit 80 students at Green Elementary.
6th Graders at Green Elementary will build a community of readers by independently reading books and participating in authentic conversations with their teacher and peers. The goal is to build competence, confidence, and joy in our students which will help them become life-long readers and learners.
It's "Sew" Simple: Sewing the Fun into Art
This grant under Fine Arts Curriculum was awarded to Aerin Bentley and will benefit 300 students at Green Elementary.
What is one area of art that gets neglected the most? If you guessed the fine art of sewing and textile work, then you are correct! This grant will impact arts students in K – 6th grade at Green Elementary and provides embroidery cards/winders, sewing needles, a sewing machine, felt squares and several other materials. These materials will be used by our K -6th grade students who engage in our fiber art projects which range from learning to thread a plastic sewing needle for weaving to planning and creating their own original designs.
Perot Comes to Green's student led STEAM Night
This grant under Science / STEAM Curriculum was awarded to Carrie Sledge and will benefit 750 students at Green Elementary.
Full STEM ahead! Along with our Family STEAM Night, students and their families will have the opportunity to participate in an engaging exploration of Alternative Energy brought to us by the Margot Perot Museum and funded by the Foundation for Allen Schools.
This grant under Science / STEAM Curriculum was awarded to Sarah Wallwork and Kaylee Walker and will benefit 650 students at Green Elementary.
Generation Genius will allow all students at Green Elementary to bring science to life through fun and educational videos paired with lesson plans, activities, quizzes and reading material. Generation Genius is building upon their video library through the addition of engaging real world math application videos that ignite curiosity and wonder.
Kodaly Training for Elementary Music Teachers
This grant under Fine Arts Curriculum was awarded to Jeff Turner and will benefit 10,000 students across all AISD Elementary Schools.
Two Allen ISD elementary music teachers will attend 3 weeks of intensive Kodaly training at SMU. The strategies, techniques, and resources from this training will be an incredible asset to the teacher to better deliver the elementary music curriculum and will be shared with all our elementary educators across AISD.
ALLen Reads 2022
This grant under Library / Makerspace Curriculum was awarded to Kelly Clewell and will benefit 20,000 students across AISD and benefits every campus in Allen.
ALLen Reads encourages the entire Allen community to read the same book or the grade-level appropriate companion book. The grant provides copies of the selected books to all campuses in Allen ISD, and the students have access to community events related to the books, such as author and illustrator speakers, writing presentations, and musical performances.
Math by the Book
This grant under Math - Elementary Curriculum was awarded to Michelle Stewart and Katie Snider and will benefit 2,898 students in Kindergarten and 1st grade at EVERY Allen ISD elementary campus.
This grant will provide read aloud sets of books that link literary and math skills. We know many students love stories but may have a fear of math or even math anxiety. Students are able to connect concepts to context providing an increased level of engagement and retention. Stories bring math to life! House Bill 3 puts a focus on early literacy and math skills. This resource would be helpful in integrating math and literacy in the early grade levels. An integrated experience creates deeper learning connections for students. Science and Social Studies have already embedded read alouds for K- 3 curriculum documents and this grant will support integration in math as well.
This grant under Physical Education Curriculum was awarded to Geoben Johnson and Katie Snider and will benefit 16,500 students across Allen ISD in grades K – 9th.
BRAINball is an innovative and unique physical education learning system that merges physical activity and academic learning through play. In addition to the physical benefits, significant improvement will be seen in gross and fine motor skills, cooperative and cognitive learning. Brainball has proven to produce positive changes in letter recognition, students read better, improve mathematical skills, movement and writing skills. Research also shows positive changes in graphomotor skills, eye-hand coordination, and temporal-spatial orientation improvement when used on a consistent basis. The Brainball set includes 100 premade games/activities for K-6 that can be adapted for grades 7-9. Training will be provided to allow easy integration into district curriculum and to academic classroom teachers that want to use it for enhancing learning in their class. The brainball set is appropriate for Kindergarten through High School and can be adapted for students with special needs and learning deficits.
I Can See Clearly Now!
This grant under Special Education Curriculum was awarded to Patricia Reyna, Sherri Idbeis, Karen McCrary and Colleen Dunphy and will benefit 45 students across Allen ISD who have a visual impairment.
Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments serve students throughout the district and provide consult and direct instruction for teachers and students with blindness or visual impairments. An iPad Pro is a tool that makes accessing learning material possible for students that struggle with seeing on a regular iPad screen. An iPad Pro also serves as an evaluation tool for TSVI's and our Orientation and Mobility instructor in the district.
This grant under Advanced Academics - AP/IB/GT Curriculum was awarded to Kari Lockhart and will benefit 1,474 students that are in our GT programs in years K-6.
ByrdseedTV provides gifted and talented teachers and learners with resources that foster deep and complex learning. Activities from Byrdseed are designed and used by a teacher of gifted students, and facilitate critical and creative thinking, inductive and deductive thinking skills, as well as encourage creative individual investigations.
2021-2022 Classroom Grants
This grant under Counseling Curriculum was awarded to Julie Lindberg and will benefit 100 students.
Mindful Miniatures are a great way to connect with the school counselor. In a time when mental health has never been more important, connecting with students is vital. Families have gone through many struggles and loss. Miniatures in play are a great way for the school counselor to reach our students through time in the counselor office or small group.
Learning to LOVE Reading: 2nd Grade Book Clubs
This grant under English Language Arts (Elementary) & Dyslexia Curriculum was awarded to Kristin Crothers and will benefit 100 students.
Book Clubs are a fun and engaging way to get our students excited about reading! Students will be able to converse with each other about different texts and reflect on what they've read with their peers.
Mirror, Mirror In My Hand
This grant under English Language Arts (Elementary) & Dyslexia Curriculum awarded to Anna Levy and will benefit 88 students.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Mirror, Mirror In My Hand................Help us engage our learners with a hands-on visual approach as we teach the science behind sounds and letters. We want to engage and motivate students beyond the traditional ways of learning.....and it starts with a little hand, holding a little mirror.
Rootin' Tootin' Fun Scooter Skills
This grant under Physical Education Curriculum was awarded to Rebecca Stamey along with Chad Sanford and will benefit 600 students.
Scooter Board Activities are a fun experience for all ages. Students that have opportunities to use scooters can take away valuable lessons. How do students benefit? They practice moving different ways, at different speeds and at the same time develop cognitive, emotional and physical skills by traveling through obstacle courses, competing in relays, and participating in a number of modified Sports on Scooters.
This grant under Science/STEAM Curriculum was awarded to Sarah Wallwork and will benefit 600 students.
Generation Genius will allow all students at Green Elementary to bring science to life through fun and educational videos paired with lesson plans, activities, quizzes and reading material.
ScienceSaurus! Bridging Science and Literacy
This grant under Science/STEAM Curriculum was awarded to Sarah Twedt and will benefit 95 students.
SciecneSaurus Student Handbooks Level 4-5 adds support to and supplements the hands-on science done in the classroom, lab, or STEAM club while also reinforcing literacy, building vocabulary, and increasing comprehension. It is a one-stop-shop reference aid bridging a much needed gap between science and literacy.
This grant under Special Education Curriculum was awarded to Diane Drogosch along with Linda Clift and Lisa Kungle. It will benefit 68 students.
Flocabulary is a supplemental learning program for grades K-12 that provides video-based learning activities to support academic vocabulary development in the content areas of Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Math, Current Events, Vocabulary, and Life Skills. Flocabulary uses educational hip-hop music to engage students and increase achievement across the curriculum.
Learning Math with Touch
This grant under Special Education Curriculum was awarded to Lisa Kungle and will benefit 8 students.
TouchMath will allow students to make substantial growth in their mathematical skills and concept knowledge. Through the use of a variety of instructional methods students are given the opportunity to use concrete objects to experience math then apply what they have learned. The multi-sensory approach will enhance small group work and independent workstation tasks in the classroom.
DT - Leveled Readers
This grant under English Language Arts (Elementary) & Dyslexia Curriculum awarded to Ella Jones along with Jill Jaska, Susie Barlow, Deb Scott, Carli Burke, Dena Goddard, Amber Arnold, Candice Frazier, Janice Harrop, Maria Burnes, Julieta Henderson, Angela Lunde, Shia Valdovino, Janell Cook, Tami Everett. The grant will benefit 900 students at the following campuses: Anderson, Bolin, Boyd, Chandler, Cheatham, Evans, Green Kerr, Lindsey and Ford Middle School.
Connected texts are decodable books that use predictable words and word patterns through engaging stories. The Dyslexia Therapist can use these books, in combination with other materials, to address the student?s fluency and comprehension skills. The Allen ISD Dyslexia Department wants to enhance its program by giving its students the opportunity to read these books so they can become stronger readers.