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2022-2023 Classroom Grants
Cracking the Reading Code
This grant under English Language Arts (Elementary) & Dyslexia Curriculum was awarded to Cherry Ertsos and Kristi Hutchison and will benefit 150 students at Lindsey Elementary.
Cracking the Reading Code provides Lindsey Elementary kindergarteners with research-based, highly engaging books to read throughout the school year. Under the guidance of the classroom teacher, each kindergarten student applies their newly acquired phonics knowledge to authentic texts daily.
In My Time
This grant under English Language Arts (Elementary) & Dyslexia Curriculum was awarded to Katie Chong, Heather Davis and Katherine Vogit and will benefit 144 students at Lindsey Elementary.
IN MY TIME will provide all students with a content-rich, engaging weekly magazine to bring the real world into the classroom. Students will explore their world at school and then be able to take it home.
A Move in the Light Direction
This grant under Fine Arts Curriculum was awarded to Theresa Nolte and will benefit 890 students at Lindsey Elementary.
A Move in the Light Direction invites students to have fun and design, create and re-create works of art while simultaneously collaborating socially as a team effort and enhancing their fine and gross motor skills. Students use a giant lifesize LiteZilla (Lite Brite) and colored pegs that illuminate when placed on the large pegboard. Designs come to life on a large scale!
Reading the Staff
This grant under Fine Arts Curriculum was awarded to Cynthia Walz and will benefit 850 students at Lindsey Elementary.
Reading the music staff is complicated and can be confusing for many students. When every student has access to one of these staff whiteboards, they will be able to have consistent and individual practice when learning this difficult topic.
Game On Sports Section Refresh
This grant under Library / Makerspace Curriculum was awarded to Heather Janek and will benefit 850 students at Lindsey Elementary.
A sports book refresh will allow Lone Stars to gain new information to share with others while motivating our students to read and learn about new teams, athletes and the mechanics of sports!
Everyday I'm Calculatin'
This grant under Math - Elementary Curriculum was awarded to Tracy Martin, Dalissa Jackson, Rachael McKnight, Jeanne Marie Thomas, Amy Duckworth and Katie Massey and will benefit 150 students at Lindsey.
Math games are a proven way to develop computational fluency. We are so excited to have new, engaging games for our students to practice their skills.
Greg Tang Math Games
This grant under Math - Elementary Curriculum was awarded to Megan McCain and will benefit 150 students at Lindsey Elementary.
Greg Tang math games will provide all students the math fact practice they need to build fluency in a fun and challenging way. This will allow students to use their foundation of math fact fluency to build on more complex math skills.
This grant under Physical Education Curriculum was awarded to Connie Beaney and Eva Elmaalouf and will benefit 900 students at Lindsey Elementary.
Bowling is easy to learn. It encourages easy adjustment methods, which is why it is liked by most children and adults. It can be played for recreation, relaxation, competitively and socially. It is a lifetime sport and it's something fun you can enjoy with your family!
Full STEAM Ahead!
This grant under Science / STEAM Curriculum was awarded to Kristi Berry and will benefit 1,400 students at Lindsey Elementary.
Full STEAM Ahead! This mobile STEAM Cart will give teachers and students the opportunity to give their students an interactive experience when working with different STEAM challenges. Students will be able to think critically, make mistakes, and solve problems from those mistakes. When using the STEAM Cart, teachers will have access to materials that are needed in multiple challenges that will give all students (K-6) the opportunity to engage all learners through an interactive lesson.
Hands On Science Centers in Second Grade
This grant under Science / STEAM Curriculum was awarded to Ashley Bechtold and will benefit 144 students at Lindsey Elementary.
This hands-on, integrated science activity kit provides students with high-interest projects that cover eight different science concepts while integrating various math, reading, writing, social studies, and art concepts. The science activities provided in the science activity kits are hands-on, engaging, and student-directed.
Genius In the Making
This grant under Science / STEAM Curriculum was awarded to Akiya Garrity, Rhonda Nesin, Rachael McKnight and Vicki Wycoff and will benefit 850 students at Lindsey Elementary.
Generation Genius and Dr. Jeff are a refreshing addition to our science classrooms. Students and teachers alike enjoy the exciting videos, engaging experiments and challenging activities that help bring science to life in our classrooms.
Escape Rooms for the Classroom-Breakout Edu!
This grant under Science / STEAM Curriculum was awarded to Leslie Janek and will benefit 900 students at Lindsey Elementary.
This grant provides a school-wide subscription for BreakoutEDU which will allow all students at Lindsey Elementary to develop problem-solving skills and work collaboratively to complete standards-aligned escape rooms, both digitally and in the physical classroom. Students will also have the opportunity to use their technology skills to think logically about their curriculum and develop their own digital escape rooms to be shared with their classmates, fostering opportunities for communication, teamwork, and rigorous thought.
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
A is for Apple
This grant under English Language Arts (Elementary) & Dyslexia Curriculum was awarded to Jennifer Sessums and will benefit 120 students.
Alphabet Sounds Teaching Tubs from Lakeshore Learning provide a kinesthetic learning experience to help students deepen their alphabet knowledge. The students will work on letter sound correspondence, isolate and identify beginning sound in words, recognize objects whose names have same beginning sounds, identify upper and lower case letters and will increase their vocabulary.
Embracing Diversity Through Literature
This grant under English Language Arts (Elementary) & Dyslexia Curriculum was awarded to Katherine Heriot and will benefit 140 students.
Embracing Diversity Through Literature uses diversified books to create greater multicultural awareness with the help of main characters from diverse cultural, language, religious, and social groups. Each time they read a new book, we open up students' eyes to other worlds different from theirs or affirm and recognize their culture as represented in the books. Each time they open a new book, they have exposure to those different from us. Therefore, we will succeed in encouraging acceptance and preparing our students to thrive in a diverse world.
This grant under English Language Arts (Elementary) & Dyslexia Curriculum was awarded to Akiya Garrity and will benefit 132 students.
My Magazine will provide all students with a content rich, engaging weekly magazine to bring the real world into the classroom. Students will explore their world at school and then be able to take it home.
Reading Reaction with Scope
This grant under English Language Arts (Elementary) & Dyslexia Curriculum was awarded to Jennifer Smith and will benefit 110 students.
We will Shake up Reading with SCOPE magazine by engaging all students while placing multi-genre texts in their hands.
Soaring to Success with Literature Circles
This grant under English Language Arts (Elementary) & Dyslexia Curriculum awarded to Holly May and will benefit 120 students.
Soaring to Success with Literature Circles! Students' passion for reading and strategies for comprehension will SOAR as they participate in collaborative discussions with peers and their teacher around books of their choice.
Where's Your Evidence?
This grant under English Language Arts (Elementary) & Dyslexia Curriculum was awarded to Elizabeth Helms and will benefit 120 students.
“Whodunnit Book Club” Through the use of mystery books, students will strengthen their ability to use valid text evidence. Each student will be provided with their own copy of a book so they may read, discuss, and learn to annotate as they read.
Magical Carpet Ride
This grant under Fine Arts Curriculum was awarded to Theresa Nolte and will benefit 859 students.
Students at Lindsey Elementary begin each art class as a "family" as they gather together to discuss great works of art. They engage in meaningful, fun and academic discussions. Discussions are highly cross curricular, including geography, language arts, science, math, art, history and social studies. Magical Carpet Ride gives all students a chance to experience a positive, focused family discussion about art. Students are building a better sense of community . Students are encouraged to share what they have learned in art with their families.
A Reading Tool to Help Readers SOAR
This grant under Library/Makerspace Curriculum awarded to Heather Janek and will benefit 700 students.
Lone Stars LOVE to READ! Large print books give students another tool to use for our striving readers!
This grant under Physical Education Curriculum was awarded to Connie Beaney and will benefit 865 students.
Lindsey Lone Stars will now be able to enjoy games and activities that involve scooters because of a Foundation's grant. "Scooter Fun" for everyone!
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.