Examples of successful past Teacher Innovative Grantsfunded by the Clear Creek Education FoundationPlease use these examples of innovative, sustainable, collaborative programs togive you an idea of some of the great things happening in the district that you cantake to your campus and make your own or come up with your own very NEW idea.Contact Kaci Hanson, [email protected] or 281.284.0031, for any questions orfor more ideas to!Elementary:Grant Name: Why the noise? What’s the commotion? Its learning and fun through C’Motion!Campus and Teacher: McWhirter, Kathryn StevensSummary: Motion takes learning to a new level as it combines using interactive gaming equipment with the process ofreviewing and applying core content skills. This twist to learning is designed to help at-risk children have fun, instill thelove of reviewing and using knowledge as the class uses fitness techniques while reviewing curriculum elements frommathematics, science, social studies, and/or language arts specifically chosen by their classroom teachers. *Ms. Stevenshad already worked it out with the vendor to this program to match our donation if it was funded and provide theprogram at another CCISD Title 1 school.Grant Name: Makerspace 101 – Innovation StationsCampus and Teacher: Ross Elementary, Brandy MagdosSummary: The goal of this grant is to provide elementary school students with enriching learning experiences throughthe use of a Makerspace. A Makerspace is a collaborative space where the students will come together to design, createand build items of their own creation through inquiry-based learning.Grant Name: Financial FinesseCampus and Teacher: Weber Elementary, Cynthia WeaverSummary: Financial Finesse is a project created to address the new financial literacy TEKS which were added to theelementary curriculum beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. It will incorporate a system of economics into the dailylives of the students allowing them to achieve mastery of the state objectives in a more meaningful way.Grant Name: STEM for Stewart Saturdays (Part 1)Campus and Teacher: Stewart Elementary, Geralyn KiserSummary: Stewart students love the science experiences they have at school. We want to invite families to join us forStewart STEM Saturdays, where teachers, students, and parents will all work together on science experiments orengineering projects. We also want our students to have opportunities to do science at home, offering enough support
for their parents to make the experiences meaningful and enjoyable. We need engaging, meaningful experiments andengineering projects for families to work on together at our special STEM Saturday events. We also need simple scienceand engineering kits to send home with students.Grant Name: Learning Together: Growing Leaders Through STEM (Part 2)Campus and Teacher: Stewart Elementary, Geralyn KiserSummary: Teachers at Stewart Elementary are committed to creating a learning environment that is highly engagingand gets students excited about learning every day. We want our students to be strong critical thinkers and problemsolvers in math and science. We need to provide opportunities for them to continue learning beyond the regular schoolday, including resources and support for their parents. We need math and science materials for Stewart STEMSaturdays, as well as meaningful math games for students and their families to use at home. We believe that if teachers,parents, and students work together, students will grow academically and develop the confidence to be leaders in theircommunity.Grant Name: Recess: Inclusion for AllCampus and Teacher: Ferguson Elementary, Meredith BrownSummary: The purpose of our grant is to provide a recess bucket to students with a physical disability throughout ourdistrict. Due to the physical involvement of these students and the high numbers of children at grade level recess, astudent in a wheelchair or walker is not able to safely access the play structures and participate in most recess activities.Due to this limitation, most of these students are often isolated from their peers during this time that is so importantsocially. The recess bucket would provide equipment and activities that would allow the student with a physicaldisability to participate in recess activities appropriate to their abilities with their non-physically disabled peers.Grant Name: Move to Succeed: Integrating Sensory Tools to Increase Student Success in First Grade ClassroomsCampus and Teacher: Whitcomb Elementary, Miriam BaileySummary: The First Grade team will take a grade level approach to integrate sensory tools and strategies to helpincrease student self regulation and decrease disruptive and distractive behaviors. This will impact all learners withinthe classroom by enhancing the learning environment and increasing student academic and behavioral successes acrosscontent areas.
Grant Name: Knight’s CafeCampus and Teacher: Mossman Elementary, Suzanne HargroveSummary: To provide a curriculum based "kitchen" where special needs children plan, prepare, and serve lunchmonthly to the Mossman staff and district guests.Grant Name: Puppets with CharacterCampus and Teacher: Falcon Pass Elementary, Katherine StathakosSummary: This grant would provide each kindergarten class with a set of puppets for student use in role play of socialskills and positive character traits throughout the year.Grant Name: 1st Graders Partner with Professional Writers Through Writers in the School ProjectCampus and Teacher: Falcon Pass Elementary, Katherine StathakosSummary: Utilize the WITS program (more information at www.witshouston.org) to bring in professional writers topartner with 1st grade teachers to mentor students in the joy and power of effective writing.Grant Name: See it and 3D it!Campus and Teacher: Falcon Pass Elementary, Deborah AdamsSummary: Using the 3D printer we received from last year, students will use handheld and desktop 3D scanners torecreate real objects utilizing their understanding of ratio and scale. Students will examine real-world uses for theirdesigns and the technology itself and use a 7-step design process to complete their projects.
Intermediate:Grant Name: String ProjectCampus and Teacher: Bayside Intermediate, Jennifer KidwellSummary: Numerous studies have demonstrated that instrumental music supports student achievement by aiding inbrain development and helping students learn teamwork and discipline. Offering violin to underperforming Mossman5th graders is an attempt to help close the gap between these students and their peers. This grant is designed to takeadvantage of the Education Village concept to enable vertical teaming and collaboration between Mossman, Baysideand Clear Falls High School (CFHS). Approximately 14.8% of Mossman Elementary students are economicallydisadvantaged. With the help of Principals Johnson and Thomas, we want to offer students the opportunity to learnviolin as an after-school program every day to these 5th grade students. The program will take place at Bayside whileoffering Clear Falls High School service learning opportunities to mentor these Mossman students.Grant Name: District Wide Science NightCampus and Teacher: Clear Creek Intermediate, Betty McCulloughSummary: District Wide Science Night for all Elementary and Intermediate School Students in Clear Creek ISDGrant Name: 7th Graders Learn from Professional Authors through the Writers in the SchoolsCampus and Teacher: Seabrook Intermediate, Kimberly CawleySummary: A professional author will teach writing from a crafting perspective to 7th grade students over the course of24 weeks.Grant Name: Destination InnovationCampus and Teacher: Victory Lake Intermediate, Darlene SchlitzbergerSummary: Destination Innovation is a spring semester project that allows for students to utilize their advisory time toparticipate in an innovation project of their choice. The end result of Destination Innovation is Innovation night wherestudents will showcase their project to the school and community celebrating their accomplishment of innovation. Thisopportunity for innovation allows time for personalized learning to occur as well as supporting the district mission ofleading the way in the 21st Century by encouraging innovation and forward thinking.Grant Name: Art in HistoryCampus and Teacher: Clear Creek Intermediate, Jennifer LearySummary: The Art in History program is where students can learn about previous cultures through historic, hands-on, 3Dimensional artifacts. With over 34 unique projects available, in areas of history, ELA, literacy, geography, art, math, andeconomics. This is an exciting way for students to learn. Clear Creek Intermediate is a title 1 school where manyfamilies have financial difficulties. This grant would allow for the artifacts to be paid for with no additional expenseneeded by the student.
High School:Grant Name: Collaboration Station: a technology-infused, flexible zone of the libraryCampus and Teacher: Clear Springs High School, Melinda HuttSummary: The Clear Springs Library wants to change the way students and teachers use the library. In conjunction withCCISD's Latitude 2 Learn initiative, which aims to transform teaching and learning, the new Collaboration Station willprovide a much needed, forward-thinking project development space. This transformation may be achieved, in part, byinfluencing the pedagogy utilized during instruction allowing an increase in the number of project-based, personalizedlearning experiences completed by our Chargers at Clear Springs.Grant Name: Makerspace-a-month ProjectCampus and Teacher: Clear Lake High School, Shirley Cook - DickeySummary: Makerspaces are a new movement in public libraries, and are intended to promote student initiated learningthrough a construction-based and hands-on learning environment. Educational Makerspaces in school libraries take theidea further, helping the students develop critical thinking processes and problem solving, and transforming the teacherfrom a deliverer of instruction into a facilitator and coach for independent student learning. I would like to provide oneongoing, curriculum-based makerspace every month in the Clear Lake High School library. The specific makerspace ideasare listed below. I will work with the Science, Math, Engineering, Career, Language Arts, Visual Arts, and ComputerScience departments to create maker projects that will support curriculum while encouraging creativity, higher levelthinking, and independent learning.Grant Name: Cabinet of Curiosities: Exploring Biology in the ArtsCampus and Teacher: Clear Falls High School, Nina MakepeaceSummary: The grant would allow for the purchase of a wide variety of biological reproductions and preservedspecimens to be used in the visual art classroom as subject matter for a variety of types of artwork.Grant Name: Aquaponics Gardening I and IICampus and Teacher: Clear Brook High School, Emilie OlivierSummary: The aquaponic gardening project will facilitate students in creating a self-sustaining recirculating ecosystemutilizing natural bacterial cycles to convert fish waste to plant nutrients. This is an environmentally friendly, natural foodgrowing method that harnesses the best attributes of aquaculture and hydroponics without the need to discard anywater or filter or add chemical fertilizers. AP Environmental Science, Aquatic Science, and Biology classes will use thesystem as a demonstration of sustainable food resources and nutrient cycling. This project is an expanded version of thesystem that was submitted the previous year; with increased implementation ideas.
Grant Name: Outdoor Learning CenterCampus and Teacher: Clear View High School, Rebecca GarlandSummary: Create an outdoor learning space for Clear View High School. Currently there is no outdoor space designedfor classroom or collaborative use. The grant will allow us to install a paved path and pad as well as benches arranged ina circular fashion in a space already designated and available at the end of English and Art hallway.Grant Name: Up we GrowCampus and Teacher: Clear Creek High School, Stacey LangeSummary: The students in our Alternative Academics classroom in wheelchairs have a hard time accessing the gardenat CCHS. We would like to begin a vertical garden and also explore hydroponic gardening.And so many more!