Announcing the David Clune Award for Data Analysis and Educational Excellence

 

ERB is proud to announce the David Clune Award for Data Analysis and Educational Excellence, a successor program to our acclaimed Partnership in Learning Grants.  The purpose of the Clune Award is to recognize exceptional achievement in data-based research that supports student learning and drives educational excellence.

 

The Clune Award reflects ERB’s commitment to excellence in education through the collection and analysis of assessment data documenting student reasoning ability and learning achievement. It is named for David F. Clune in honor of his leadership as President of ERB from 2004 to 2017.

 

Award winners will receive a check in the amount of $5,000; Honorable Mention Awards may be made in the amount of $1,500.
 

 

How to Apply

Please carefully review the application requirements prior to submitting an application. Applications must be submitted via email to cluneaward@erblearn.org, in any format or formats appropriate to the content. Applications must include a completed Clune Award Application Cover Sheet. The last day to submit an application is September 7, 2018.

 

 
By submitting an application, applicants represent that (1) their submission does not violate the copyright, trademark, right of publicity or privacy or other right of any third party (including such elements as music, graphics, trademarks, logos, etc.), and (2) the applicant has the complete authority to grant all rights described in these guidelines. 
 
 
 

Application Requirements

Eligibility

 

The Clune Award is open to all ERB members in good standing. Any ERB member school or organization, or any consortium of schools or organizations (including at least one ERB member) working on pooled data may apply. 

 

Deadline

 

ERB is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Clune Award. The last day to submit an application is September 7, 2018.

 

Requirements 

 

Applications for the Clune Award should demonstrate how data analysis projects support student learning and further educational excellence. Examples of data analysis projects may include:

 

  • Projects that connect assessment data to student performance.
  • Projects that connect assessment data to admission decisions.
  • Projects that introduce professional development programs or curricular changes that are responsive to lessons learned from assessment data.

These examples are only intended to illustrate some of the types of projects that the Clune Award supports. Application projects are in no way limited to these categories. The Clune Award is broadly conceived as a way of recognizing and publicizing excellence and creativity in applying data to effectively support student learning.

 

Conciseness is encouraged in all applications, compatible with a full explanation of the work and its implications. Applications should identify:

 

  • The issue or question that gave rise to the project.
  • The methods by which the project was conducted, and how data was assembled and analyzed. A technical paper, if one was produced, may be submitted in conjunction with the application.
  • The principal conclusions from the project.
  • The actions taken, programs initiated, or changes instituted in response to the project findings, if any.
  • Any plans or initiatives with respect to follow-up data collection and analysis.
 

Award Process and Announcement of Winners

All applicants are notified of the outcome of the competition on September 17, 2018.  Awards are presented publicly at the ERB Annual User Conference and Member Meeting where award winners are invited to present their research and follow-ups.

 

ERB’s decisions are final and binding in all matters, including interpretation of the application guidelines as well as the identification of winners.

 

Clune Award winners agree to ERB interviewing them as well as featuring their project on the ERB website and in other promotional materials.

 

Past Recipients and Honorable Mentions

Congratulations to past recipients of the ERB Partnership in Learning Grant and David Clune Partnership in Learning Grant! Your dedication to your students and community is truly inspiring.

 

 

2017

2017 Co-Recipient

 

The Banner School, Frederick, MD 

 

 

How are they using their Grant?

 

The Banner School is using grant funds for building and maintaining an outdoor conservation classroom. It will be used for learning about plants, farming, and water quality in the Maryland area.

 

 

2017 Co-Recipient

 

Grymes Memorial School, Orange, VA

 

 

How are they using their Grant?

 

The Grymes School will use grant funds to purchase additional acreage to further develop a wildflower preserve and fund additional science curriculum activites related to the preserve. 

 

 

2017 Honorable Mention

 

The Advent School, Boston, MA

 

 

How are they using their Grant?

 

The Advent School will use grant funds to extend a successful SEL curriculum for Pre-K through Grade 6.

 

 

2017 Honorable Mention

 

St. Catherine's School, Richmond, VA

 

 

How are they using their Grant?

 

As a girl's school, St. Catherine's desires to increase knowledge and interest in computer science and engineering, not only at St. Catherine's but within the local community as well. They will use grant funds to develop this program with stipends for a pilot support team, free pop-up maker spaces at community events, free workshops for middle school girls throughout Richmond, and a mentor lunch series.

 

 

2017 Honorable Mention


Saint Stephen's & Saint Agnes School, Alexandria, VA

 

 

How are they using their Grant?

 

Saint Stephen's & Saint Agnes School plans to use grant funds to support thier "Green City Design Challenge" science program. This program provides students with a valuable project-based learning opportunity in which they explore real-world topics of city sustainability in a creative, collaborative, and issues-focused way. Funds will be used to attend a science conference in Barcelona where students would participate in video and virtual reality production projects that further explore sustainable city design.

 

 

2017 Honorable Mention


Carolina Day School, Asheville, NC

 

How are they using their Grant?

 

Carolina Day School plans to use grant funds to drive more focus to inquiry-based, student-driven learning. They are building a woodworking shop to support this type of learning.

2016

2016 Grant Recipient

 

St. George's Independent School Collierville, TN

 

 

How are they using their Grant?

 

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Robotics acts as a perfect conduit to teach students computational thinking while also teaching them the necessary skills in coding, science, and engineering. 

 

St. George’s Independent School currently has a coding curriculum that begins teaching coding to junior kindergarten (four year olds) with simple Dash and Dot robots, programmed on iPads. These skills are enhanced and expanded throughout middle and upper school to include a focus not only on programming, but designing and building robots as well. Middle school has a new class this year, Inquiry, Innovation, and Invention (I3). This is a two year class beginning in seventh grade that is based on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). This year juniors and seniors were offered an Engineering Design and Robotics class, and all upper schoolers are invited to participate in the robotics club. In class, or as extracurricular activities, the programming and engineering design of robotics trains and expands creative problem solving, critical assessment, and computational thinking in an applied skill set. Students matriculate from grade to grade adding computational skills to a well-documented defined scope and sequence.

 

Academic departments are encouraged to work together and maximize interdisciplinary opportunities so students can see subjects in different lights. The lower school learning specialist used robots for students in a book club to illustrate how the mouse in The Mouse and The Motorcycle zoomed from place to place. There was only one robot but each student group had a set of code to write that made the robot drive past the cat or rev his engine. It was an innovative way to help students learn code, and become more engaged with reading in a disciplined of literature where kids are not expecting gadgets and technology. 

 
2016 Honorable Mention

(In no particular order)

 

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School Atlanta, GA

 

 

How are they using their Grant?

 

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School wants to disrupt the traditional teaching model by taking students outside of the classroom and exposing them to more complex, real-world problems. The expeditionary learning program will teach traditional school subjects in unconventional, yet more relevant, ways thereby increasing student engagement and achievement.

 

Mount Vernon Presbyterian will use Grant funds to cover the operational costs of an expeditionary learning program including gas, public transportation fees, and journaling supplies for student observations. They will also use funding to buy four small, Bluetooth printers so that students can print pictures for their observation journals while in the field.

 
2016 Honorable Mention

(In no particular order)

 

The Latin School of Chicago Chicago, IL

 

 

How are they using their Grant?

 

The Latin School of Chicago has made tremendous strides in its mission to a be ... "a community that embraces diversity of people, cultures and ideas." In pursuit of this mission, the school's students and faculty began a formal partnership with the Chicago community of Uptown in the summer of 2012. This Uptown Partnership quickly developed into a curricular cooperative and a model for true community engagement in which student's immersed themselves in hands-on service and witnessed first-hand the impact of their service.

 

The school will use Grant funds to continue this partnership by purchasing laptops for the Uptown community. The laptops would be used for after-school classes in coding, Java Script, music making, and website design as well as ACT/SAT tutoring. In May 2017 Chicago Latin secured a building in Uptown are to specifically for cross-community programming efforts. Funds would also support fee waivers as part of an innovative admissions outreach program in the community.

 
2016 Honorable Mention

(In no particular order)

 

Louise S. McGehee School New Orleans, LA

 

 

How are they using their Grant?

 

As an all-girl school, Louise S. McGehee knows they are charged with the unique task of combating the message society has given women for hundreds of years—your first priority is the care and keeping of others and your dreams must always come second. Louise S. McGehee wants their students to experience the joy of creating and achieving a dream. Because dreams should always come first.

 

The school will use Grant funds to purchase LINX explorer kits with which students will design and build environmentally friendly tiny homes. Students will learn about math and angles as they build perfectly pitched roofs and meticulously measure each piece of wood. This cross-curricular project, will promote confidence as students watch a dream to life.

 
2016 Honorable Mention

(In no particular order)

 

Harding Academy Nashville, TN

 

 

How are they using their Grant?

 

Harding Academy’s mission is “to educate and inspire children to become thoughtful, creative, lifelong learners who are self-disciplined, responsible, caring citizens”. To that end, the school created its Innovation Lab (iLab), a maker-space available to all grade levels in which students can prototype and share ideas in an atmosphere that celebrates experimentation.

 

Harding Academy will use Grant funds to purchase a modular synthesizer for their iLab. They will develop a program around the synthesizer as an innovative way to complement their language arts program. Because sound is emotive, humans instinctively relate sounds to feelings. A heartbeat, a siren, the rain falling on leaves—all conjure emotions and can be used to teach comprehension. The synthesis of sound can also give struggling readers a “voice” that they can manipulate to represent understandings of texts. 

 
2016 Honorable Mention

(In no particular order)

 

TMI - The Episcopal School of Texas San Antonio, TX

 

 

How are they using their Grant?

 

Over the last several years, TMI - Episcopal School of Texas has created a beautiful Outdoor Education area. The area has nature trails, a small creek, fruit and vegetable gardens, a pasture with native grasses, a flock of chickens, and even bat houses to attract natural pest-control helpers. Despite this bucolic setting, growth in the garden is stunted due to acidic soil that is high in nitrates, probably because of run-off from other school facilities and properties that utilize fertilizers and pesticides.

 

The school will use Grant funds to purchase equipment that students will use to measure the extent of the soil pollution in their Outdoor Education area. These measurements will inform a plan of action to restore balance to the soil as well as allow students to experience the effects of pollution first-hand. With this program, TMI hopes to inspire students to become lifelong conservationists.