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    2022-2023 Classroom Grants

    All hands on regrouping!

    This grant under Math - Elementary Curriculum was awarded to Roberta Graham and will benefit 90 students at Norton Elementary.

    All hands on regrouping!  Norton fourth grade math students will have the benefit of learning the foundational skill of long division and multiplication through the use of hands-on manipulatives.   The manipulatives are kits that include both a regrouping tray and write and wipe board that provide a thorough and fun way to learn how to regroup in long division and multiplication.


    Math Matters

    This grant under Math - Elementary Curriculum was awarded to Vidya Anand and will benefit 50 students at Norton Elementary.

    This grant provides additonal math instructional materials that can be used in intervention, small groups, collaboration groups and math instruction in grades K – 6 at Norton.  Math Matters - Making classroom Math inclusive, by promoting students' active participation in deeper understanding of Mathematics will lead to more of our AISD students moving towards Middle School and High School Math with the inclination to WANT to learn more!


    Scootin along

    This grant under Physical Education Curriculum was awarded to Kelly Bonelli and Kristin Anderson and will benefit 677 students at Norton Elementary.

    Our Norton Knights will now be able to enjoy games and activities that involve scooters because of our Foundation's Grant through Allen ISD.

    We couldn't be more excited about getting new "wheels!"


    Circuits Alive

    This grant under Science / STEAM Curriculum was awarded to Shawna Wheeler and will benefit 200 students at Norton Elementary.

    Circuit's Alive will give students the hands on opportunity to see how energy flow through a complete circuit to perform a task.  They will see how circuits impact our world and are used in everyday objects.


    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

    Rise and Shine; It's Tang Math Time!

    This grant under Math Elementary Curriculum was awarded to Vidya Anand and will benefit 25 students at Norton.

    Rise & Shine; It's Tang Math Time - A fun way to positively engage Elementary students with puzzles aimed at building their number sense and computational fluency!


    From Egg to Chicken

    This grant under Science/STEAM Curriculum was awarded to Marci Dolton and will benefit 120 students at Norton.

    The “From Egg to Chicken” Grant would allow all first graders at Norton to experience the full life cycle of chickens in their own classrooms. Students would have hands-on learning starting at the beginning of the life cycle, watching it hatch, and seeing the changes of the chick during its first days of life. This experience would be rich with information and students would learn so much throughout this process.


    Masters of Science

    This grant under Science/STEAM Curriculum was awarded to Shawna Wheeler and will benefit 80 students at Norton Elementary.

    Science in the hands of readers creates an endless universe. This grant will allow me to inspire a love of reading in my students through read-alouds and stations while incorporating my science TEKS.


     Sphero Space STEM

    This grant under Science/STEAM Curriculum was awarded to Karen Szeryk and will benefit 100 students at Norton.

    Norton Elementary is preparing the next generation of aerospace engineers as they use Mini Spheros to learn how to create, code, problem solve and strengthen their STEM fundamentals. Using the Spheros, Norton students are maximizing this hands on experience to deepen their knowledge engineering in our solar system and beyond.