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    2022-2023 Classroom Grants

    Wiggle While You Work

    This grant under Early Childhood Curriculum was awarded to Meghan Gable and will benefit 20 students at Story Elementary.

    Kindergarten students need comfortability, flexibility and choice to help encourage and motivate students to learn. Research shows that students who are given opportunities to move have better academic performance and health, as well as improved behavior.  Flexible seating will empower students to have the ability to make choices, be actively engaged in learning and help manage student behavior.

     

    Future Falcon Storytime

    This grant under Early Childhood Curriculum was awarded to Kimberly Richardson and will benefit 20 students at Story Elementary.

    Future Falcons Storytime is a monthly program for incoming Story kindergarteners.  Children will participate in a read aloud, games, songs, and hands-on activities that correlate with social, emotional and academic skills.  Parents and Caregivers will be given a take-home kit to support their child's learning at home.

     

    Growing the Hearts of Readers All Year Long

    This grant under English Language Arts (Elementary) & Dyslexia Curriculum was awarded to Christie Barrick and Kimberly Richardson and will benefit 50 students at Story Elementary.

    The Growing the Hearts of Readers All Year Long will help provide students with high interest, self-selected quality literature to help keep them reading during the big breaks of the school year…fall break, winter break, soring break, and summer break. This book club will encourage them to read more at home as well as continuing to strengthen their reading skills.

     

    Math Maniacs Wanted

    This grant under Math - Elementary Curriculum was awarded to Rachel Wicks, Katie Cooley and Teri Coroneos and will benefit 60 students at Story Elementary.

    This grant will provide math manipulatives to engage and enrich first grade learning. This will benefit students of various learning abilities and covers many math concepts throughout the year.

     

    STEM Stations

    This grant under Science / STEAM Curriculum was awarded to Georgie Alexander and will benefit 60 students at Story Elementary.

    The purpose of this grant would be to give students the opportunity the engage in STEM activities weekly through stations and other choice activities by engaging them in the STEM design process. By integrating STEM in science stations students will develop critical skills such as resilience, critical thinking and problem solving.

     

    Helping Readers Soar!

    This grant under English Language Arts (Elementary) & Dyslexia Curriculum was awarded to Carrie Rios and Amy Light and will benefit 600 students at Chandler Elementary & Story Elementary.

    Large print novels lead to increases in reading comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and more while building confidence and growing a love of learning. The addition of these books to our school library will be beneficial to our students.

     

    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. 

     

    BRAINball

    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.

     

    ByrdseedTV

    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

    Story Falcons Increasing Social Emotional Learning

    This grant under Counseling Curriculum was awarded to Stacey Thomas and will benefit 451 students at Story.

    Story Falcons Increasing Social Emotional Learning is a library of children's picture book resources for staff members, as well as the counselor, which offers social and emotional support for our Falcons. Allen ISD, along with Story Elementary, is continuing to focus on the importance of SEL and this helps put immediate resources at staff's fingertips. These books will also help incorporate our monthly district Character traits.

     

     In the Seat for Success

    This grant under Early Childhood Curriculum awarded to Georgie Alexander and will benefit 20 students at Story.

    The purpose of this grant is to utilize the opportunity to engage students in active learning while giving them autonomy and flexibility they need to be successful. Flexible seating gives students the chance to be responsible for choosing the seat that will help them be as successful as they can be.

     

    Story Summer Book Club

    This grant under English Language Arts (Elementary) & Dyslexia Curriculum was awarded to Christie Barrick and will benefit 35 students at Story.

    The Summer Book Club will help provide students with high interest, self-selected quality literature to help keep them reading during the summer months. This book club will encourage them to read more at home as well as continue to strengthen their reading skills.

     

     Sports Section Refresh

    This grant under Library/Makerspace Curriculum was awarded to Kimberly Richardson and will benefit 500 students at Story.

    A Sports section refresh will be a welcome and much needed update to our aging library collection. Students will have access to the most current and relevant information from sports teams to athletes, or the mechanics and physics of the sport itself.

     

    Math Within Reach

    This grant under Math Elementary Curriculum was awarded to Shelby Mathews and will benefit 70 students at Story.

    Math Within Reach will provide students with a student-friendly, foundational resource that is engaging for both current and spiral review concepts in the flipped classroom model.