Teachers at , , and are among the recipients of the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation's Academic Enrichment Grants for 2011-12, a member of the organization has told Santa Monica Patch.
The 24 grants, which are for up to $1,000 each, will go to teachers at 14 schools throughout the . They are to be used in classrooms during the 2011-12 school year.
(Scroll below for a list of Santa Monica schoolteachers who have received the grants.)
Additionally, a "super grant" of $4,500 has been awarded to teachers at . The grant is given to a school, grade level, core or department and is intended to foster collaboration and creativity between teachers. The Olympic High School teachers' grant will be used to purchase of a Smart Board for use in math classes.
The AEGs are intended to help teachers bolster their classrooms with state-of-the-art improvements. For example, a teacher at the will use the grant money to purchase high-powered microscopes for the school's fifth grade science classroom. Other classrooms will be using the grant money to buy iPads, photo-memory books and other new technology.
Teachers at grade levels ranging from preschool through high school, as well as teachers involved with child development and adult education, can apply for the grants.
Kelly Bates, a Samohi Spanish teacher who received one of the AEGs, said in a statement, "I will make sure that this contributes to a richer educational experience for all [who] pass through my classroom.”
The Education Foundation, founded in 1982, provides financial support to academic, arts and athletics programs in the SMMUSD. The organization consists of parents, business leaders and other members of the community.
2011-12 Academic Enrichment Grants for Santa Monica schoolteachers:SCHOOL # OF AEGS TEACHER RECEPIENT(S) GRANT TITLE
Edison Language Academy 1 Carlos Morales Structure of Living Things Franklin Elementary School 2
Grant Clark, Amy Badt, Lauren Berman and Kurt Schwengel Critical Thinking Skills Through Exploration
Kurt Schwengel iPads in the Kindergarten Classroom! John Adams Middle School
Lourdes Perez iMac Computer Grant
Tracy Daws, Lourdes Perez, Letitia Murphy and Barbara Ransom Explore Grant - ACT Preparation (Child Development Services)
Patricia Romo Physical Education for Early Childhood Lincoln Middle School 3
Susan Stivers and Marianna O'Brien Becoming a Mental Ninja With ThinkBlocks
Carol Wrabel Visualizing Physics and Chemistry
Martha Duran-Contreras English to the World English Language Learners 1
Heather Lowe and Keri King Solve a Problem! Olympic High School 2
Marcia Gecht "Writegirl"
Mark Suminski Workshop
Deborah Siemer, Laura Alexander, Harlan Tarbell and Anthony Fuller SMARTer Learning 1
Stefanie Mathewson Thinking It Through With Technology and Tiles 1
Erin Haendel Technology Tools Build a Common Classroom Language Samohi
Kelly Bates Spanish: The "Real World" Comes to the Classroom
Adrienne Karyadi Updated World Regions Classroom Maps
Veronica Garcia Hecht Leadership Curriculum
Tina Ustation Elmo TT-02RX LCD XGA Document Camera w/LCD Light